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  • Charlie the Rockin’ Clock in Brea History’s Biggest Hits!

    6 years ago by

    Charlie the Clock and his kid crew in front of the Wildcat statue at BOHS - Brea Olinda High School.


      "Unity is strength...when there is teamwork and collaboration, wonderful things can be achieved." - Mattie J.T. Stepanek

        Hi everyone!

          And welcome to our site! I'd like to give you a background about Brea's first children's book: Charlie the Rockin' Clock in Brea History's Biggest Hits! -- a centennial celebration.

            In early 2015, I had an idea and contacted Heather Ashlyn Collins, a 2006 BOHS grad and recent grad of CSUF, to draw an animated caricature of Brea’s historic iconic "Charlie’s Clock." Thereafter I contacted a local print shop to make a cutout of the character. Charlie’s Clock was renamed “Charlie the Clock” as the clock belongs to everyone. We then held “The Face of Brea” contest at Edwards Brea Theater West 10 to celebrate Brea’s 98th birthday, followed by local events exhibiting the clock cutout. While in the process of making many, many, many people smile along the way, Charlie the Clock cutout served as a fun symbol and creative education tool in getting people excited about our centennial year. (See theater photo caption)

              You'll see Charlie the Clock soon at Edwards Brea Stadium East 12 , Brea SummerFest, Brea Country Fair, and maybe our schools! 'Charlie the Clock' caricature cutout dazzled the crowds at the 28th annual Brea Summerfest, the 36th Brea Country Fair, and for a time was on exhibit at the Brea Museum, where he was taken out to visit events at our elementary schools fall 2015. Also, 'Charlie the Clock' was invited back to Edwards Brea Stadium West 10 the week of November 16, and sister theater Edwards Brea Stadium East 12 extended Charlie's visit through the week of Thanksgiving!

                What fun we had once again as "Charlie the Clock" caricature cutout was invited back to Country Hills PTA's Annual Cougar Color Run Fundraiser 2016!


                  It was my hope that Charlie the Clock would become a mascot for the City of Brea celebrated as a symbol and learning tool in representing Brea’s rich history. In February of 2016, I thought of a children’s centennial book featuring Charlie the Clock -- soon after discovering that it would be the first children’s book in Brea.

                    I brought together a team of very talented community people to create the book and subprojects. Former longtime Brean and author of the city's best-selling history book, Brea: Celebrating 75 Years and A Centennial History of the BOUSD,Teresa Hampson, was contacted to write the young person's history book. Also I connected with Heather Ashlyn Collins again to illustrate the book.

                      BOHS GITA Instructor Todd Salesky enlisted three of his students: Kyle Tam, Zoya Kahn, and Jennifer Choi, to build CharlietheClock.Club website. The book’s theme song was written and sung by a 2017 BOHS senior choir member, Hayden Mangum. In addition, a video is planned showcasing students of Stagelight Performing Arts dancing with with an animated Charlie the Clock that will be drawn by 2017 CSUF grad Alejandra Mertz.

                        The book features Brea school kids, grades 3rd-6th: Roman M., Lauren T., Jarred G., Jesse H., Madison M., and Skyler S. along with Orange County Register longtime local news columnists, Susan Gaede aka “Newsy Suzie,” Terri Daxon, elementary teacher Jill Berrner, and former Brea student, Valeria Z.

                          We also conducted a “Kids Imagine Brea Essay” contest, resulting in four winning essays on Brea's future from elementary students: Jessica L., Lauren A., Mollie C. and Haylee R., chosen by the Brea Education Foundation. The winning essays and photos will be showcased in the book.

                            Additionally, we scheduled a panoramic photo shoot to feature as many local kids as possible in the book. Instead of the photo, it will be a panoramic illustration.

                              Read what BOUSD superintendent and local dignitaries had to say after reading the centennial children's history book:

                                "I applaud the efforts of so many people rallying around Charlie the Clock to tell the history and timeless story of the City of Brea. The engaging story is told by Charlie the Clock and through the eyes of local children living in Brea. Charlie the Clock is a wonderful read for children of all ages." - Brad Mason, Ed.D. Superintendent, Brea Unified School District

                                  "What better way for our young students to experience Brea's past than a children's book! And not just any children's book but one that has a clock as its historical tour guide. They will remember the journey they are about to take for years. A journey into what made Brea the city it is today." - Don Schweitzer Former Brea Mayor

                                    "In order to make learning history both exciting and informative, the use of “Charlie the Clock” to travel through time to the various stages of Brea’s history is a creative new idea. It is an approach which will do much to help countless young people understand and appreciate the culture and history of Brea." - Wayne D. Wedin Former Brea City Manager and Councilman

                                      Of note: Part of the proceeds from the book will go back to Brea Olinda Unified School District through the Brea Education Foundation.

                                        Good Things Take Time. Stay tuned!!

                                          Sincerely,

                                            Carolyn Campbell 😊

                                              Creative Director/Project Manager

                                                Brea's landmark, Charlie's Clock, located in Brea Downtown on the corner of Birch Street and Madrona Avenue. Photo courtesy of Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography


                                                  The Test of Time: A Brea Landmarks List

                                                    Good Old Brea Clock, 300 W. Birch St. (at Madrona)… The two-sided timepiece served as the stationmaster’s clock at the Santa Fe Railyards in Riverside, but both the duration of its time there and its origin remain unknown. It was brought to Brea in 1975 by a man named Charlie to advertise his clock shop in the old Brea Hotel building (east side, Brea Boulevard at Ash Street). In 1979, a car ran into it, causing major but repairable damage. When Brea began to redevelop its old downtown, there were plans to preserve the Brea Hotel and other buildings in a historic block, but developers couldn’t be found to take on the potentially costly project. Instead, in 1994, the buildings were razed and the clock (which the city had bought because local folks had come to consider it a landmark) went into storage. As Brea’s new downtown approached its opening in the late 1990s, the clock was completely renovated. Today, its base, post and the casing around its face remain original, but its mechanism has been recast and reassembled, and the unique calligraphy of its original face and hands has been carefully recreated, with neon added so it can be read at night. During the city’s centennial year, Charlie the Clock has experienced new life. Recreated in costume form and starring in this book, Brea’s landmark timepiece has become a fresh symbol of Brea’s historic heritage.

                                                      Written by Teresa Hampson

  • BBON gets Two Scoops! on the new Farrell’s in Brea

    6 years ago by

    Our BBON Kid Reporters, Christine and Carly, had a super fun BBON Video Adventure as they did a walk through interview with Farrell’s cast member Dominique at our new Farrell’s Brea!  It was a tough job, I know, but somebody had to do it!  

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    Grand Re-Opening at Brea Albertson’s

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    BBON was at the Grand Re-opening this morning of the Brea Albertson's grocery store, located at 2500 Imperial Hwy, Brea, CA 92821. Vintage Chevrolet Club members Jerry and Billie Bowland were there with their 1963 Impala SS, along with Jack Smith and his Model T Ford, and other classic car club members. Albertson's presented Brea Olinda High School and American Legion Veteran's Post Brea #181, each, with gift cards worth $500.  Attended by several dozen patrons, Brea City Councilman Ron Garcia, Albertson's staff and management, even Santa Claus!, the grand-reopening was a huge success.

    Be sure and stop by and shop at the newly remodeled Albertson's! Shop Brea!

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    Eagle Hills Christmas Lights!

    6 years ago by

    From the Brea Downtown, travel east on Birch Street, toward Valencia, any night after the first weekend of December. From Kraemer, as you approach Starflower, you see the lights. Brake lights and left turn flashers from your side of the street and twinkling headlights patiently making their way west on Birch, as right turn flashers wink their intentions. They're all going to the same place, to see the same thing. The Christmas Lights at Eagle Hills.

    One man, Bob Starbuck, decorated his home for Christmas at Eagle Hills, in 1981.  His neighbor, John McQuade, with encouragement from his wife, decorated his home as well. Some of their neighbors decided to join in the festivities and a 30-year tradition was born.

    BBON had the great pleasure of spending a few hours with John at his home to get the story behind the lights. Originally from York, England, John McQuade came to the States at age 17 and made his home in Placentia, before coming to Brea in 1981.  A lovely man with a delightful sense of humor and a twinkle in his eye, he's known as the "ringleader", though he says there is no neighborhood committee, no meetings and no pressure. "There is no competition", he says with a slight Irish brogue.  His neighbors, Don and Judy, who live across the street and have decorated their home for 27-years, seconded that saying they don't compete as neighbors and even help each other with their projects. They all agreed, while we talked, that despite the costs and hard work, it's all worth it when visitors give them a thumbs up or a "thank you" for their efforts.

    Taking us through the interior of his home, we learned John starts bringing Christmas out of storage in early October and begins the painstaking task of decorating from the inside out.

    A table with a Christmas Train, surrounded by all kinds of toys, is the first thing you see in the living room. When you close the door and take a few steps, you are immersed in Yuletide magic and enthralled by Santas, Snowmen, Elves, Fairies, Reindeer, stuffed animals, all-manner of whirligigs, doo-dads, moving, singing, sparkling, glittery, Christmas! We couldn't stop nudging each other and exclaiming, "Did you see this?!" in every room. Wide-eyed grown-ups behaving like wide-eyed children. It was wonderful!

    And when we weren't entranced by a dancing tree or a wiggling Santa, John told us that he stores his decorations in his home, his garage (at Christmas, the Bear Cave!), and at a separate storage unit. When asked, he says he has no idea how many lights he puts on his home, because he's never counted them.  John arranges all of the indoor decorations himself, including the lighting, and his son helps him with the outdoor arrangements.

    Neighbors and friends add to his collection by at least one decoration every year and he still adds new finds himself, but has no "favorite" in his menagerie.

    When John McQuade isn't making Christmas a little brighter in Brea, he spends his time volunteering for CHOC, so it made sense when I asked him before we left, why he does this year after year. He said two words, "the kids". Visitors who are aware of John's time with CHOC sometimes leave donations for the organization as a way of thanking him, and the neighborhood, for making their Christmas more cheerful and bright.

    The Christmas Lights at Eagle Hills are on every night starting this weekend until December 31. Remember to drive carefully, watch for children (young and old), be patient and enjoy. And if you get out of your car for a stroll around the neighborhood, look for John McQuade on Primrose. You can't miss him. He's at the house with all the Christmas Lights! And you'll want to see the decorations inside.


      By Kathy Cannon

       

       

       

  • Laughter and Joy=A Wonderful Holiday Mix

    6 years ago by

    "A Kodachrome Christmas" will be seen at the Curtis Theatre in Brea December 1-4 this year.  It's another show filled with laughter that the whole family can enjoy.  Written and Directed by Pat Hazell, an Emmy winning writer from The Seinfeld Show, it's the story of Earlene Hoople, the Queen of Rural Media.  Ready to leave the world of show biz, she tapes her last Christmas Special in front of a live audience.  After crafting herself nearly out of her mind, Earlene is ready to tickle your sanity with Letter to Mrs. Claus, an outrageous family slide show, fresh-baked snicker doodles and the church hand bell choir.  Performances are at 8 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday and 2 p.m. on Sunday.  Ticket prices range from $30 to $23 for children.  The Curtis Theatre is located in the Brea Civic and Cultural Center at the corner of Birch and Randolph.  Parking is free in the underground lot.

  • Meet the Author! Brea Choir Director speaks at Library

    6 years ago by

    Dave Willert will speak at the Brea Library on Saturday, December 10th at 10 a.m.   Willert is the Choir Director at Brea Olinda High School as well as the author of his third novel in the "Dimensions" series The  Cloud Monsters.  The Dimensions series is a blend of science fiction and  fantasy, with the addition of spiritual and mystery genres.  Books will be available for purchase and signing. Willert is a musical director, composer, author and educator.  He began writing in 1969 in an Honors English classd and has been creating fiction ever since.  If you have questions about this event, pleae call 714 671-1722 to reach the library.

  • Holiday Tree Lighting at the Brea Civic and Cultural Center

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    You can kick off your family's holiday festivities at the annual Holiday Tree Lighting ceremony at the Brea Civic and Cultural Center on Thursday, December 8, 2011 at 6:30 p.m.  Everyone will feel the beginning of their holiday feelings as their watch the lights begin to sparkle on the giant tree.  When Santa arrives, the children's eye's light up.  You can get a professional 5X 7 photo with Santa for just $5!  The Country Hills Cougar Choir, The Singing Pastors and the Darden Family will be the special musical guests for the evening.  Clever, artistic and decorative gifts will be on sale at the Brea Gallery with a 25% discount if you visit during the evening of the tree lighting. For more information, you can visit the City of Brea website.

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