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  • Photo enthusiasts: BBON ‘All Things Brea’ Amateur Photo Contest

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    Photo by Greg Voisan Panoramic Photographer - 'All Things Brea' Amateur Photo Contest judge.

    BBON “All Things Brea” Amateur Photo Contest
    Entry Theme:"All Things Brea"
    Get your camera ready and take your ‘photo passion’ on an exciting, new challenging level by entering BBON ‘All Things Brea’ Amateur Photo Contest. Check out the details and get ready to show off your best work in capturing.......
          Something that depicts life in Brea.
            Something that is identifiable as being Brea.
                  An artistic photograph inspired by living in the city of Brea.
    *Prize: $100.00
                Prize sponsored by Ana Ceja Brea Realtor
    'It's About You'
    Contest details:
    Contest dates: August 13 – Friday, August 17.
    Popular vote contest with expert judge making final decision.
    Amateur photo contest rules:
    1. All photos must be owned by the photographer submitting them and may be used in BBON publicity efforts.
    2. Please note a description/title of your entry photo.
    3.  Any identifiable people in the photo must give their permission to use it for this contest.
    4.  Maximum of two photos submitted per person.
    5.  Must be 18 years or older to enter contest.
    6.  Voting based by popular vote with final three contestants chosen on last contest day by expert judge.
    7. Open to everyone focusing on 'All Things Brea.'
    Voting details:
    Voting process starts on Monday, August 13, with contest participants uploading photos on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Wednesday is the last day to upload photos. On Thursday morning, top (5) (based on popular votes) are announced, and voters will continue to vote throughout Thursday, as two contestants will be eliminated, leaving (3) left as finalist on Friday.
    Friday our expert judge (Greg) decides who wins. Winner is announced on August 17, Friday afternoon. Winning photo will be showcased on BBON Facebook Timeline Cover and community Web site.

  • Second Annual Brea Film Festival

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    Jason Perez teaches photography at Brea Olinda High School and Mount San Antonio College.  Last year he produced the Inaugural Brea Film Festival. His objective was to showcase his students work while helping them gain an understanding of production/team work.  Jason said, “I was amazed at the turnout of 200 people, given I promoted it just one week prior to the event!”

    This year he has gained more support from the BOHS Departments of Art, Graphics, and Food.  With their help, there will be trophies, posters, t-shirts, brochures, logos and food for the event scheduled on Friday June 1, at 6:00 p.m. at BOHS Performing Arts Center.  In addition, he has enlisted four top-notch judges for 27 movie entries, forming teams of two to six students per film.  Jason tapped into his movie industry connections in selecting judges such as Roger Camp, retired photography instructor at Golden West College, who's known for his famous Huntington Beach photos in the 70’s and his books namely, “Butterflies in Flight” published in 2002, which was featured on the Today Show and ultimately made the New York Times' best seller list.  Also judging is Jeffrey Jones, photographer on America’s Top Model, David Barney, former disc jockey and voiceover artist known in the Hollywood area, and Brea Olinda High School English Teacher/Film Studies Mrs. Batchelor, receiving her master’s degree in film studies at Chapman University.

    Due to health issues, Jason considered cancelling this year’s event, but felt strongly in continuing the festival as Orange County does not have a film festival focusing on K-12, whereas the 13th Annual Newport Beach Film Festival attracts university-level film makers. He would like to get more kids interested in film making.  Jason says, “Even if the students are not interested in making movies, learning the overall production process of how to put a package together well is so important in life.”

    Already in mind are Jason’s next Brea film festival goals: Sponsorship within the industry and countywide, and invite colleges such as Chapman University and Orange Coast College.  We think he’s on a roll and will experience great success!



  • Brea Volleyball Academy offers North Orange County Juniors Top-Notch Clinic

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    Coach Beth

    As a high school volleyball player and 1997 BOHS graduate, Beth Cinderey-Deloyen caught the volleyball bug and has entered her eighth year as a Varsity Volleyball Coach, coaching five years at El Modina High and three years in her current position as Head Volleyball Coach at Brea Olinda. Four of her students this year will receive college scholarships with one attaining a full-ride volleyball scholarship.
    Due to her enthusiasm and love of the sport, “The number one sport for female athletes,” Beth exclaimed, she founded Brea Volleyball Academy in December 2011. Brea Volleyball Academy is a junior girls’ volleyball club offering girls in North Orange County regional and travel volleyball experiences to strengthen the skills needed for competitive opportunities as well as build confidence, socialization, leadership and friendship for everyone. Whether the player’s goal is to become a college athlete or to just to play for fun, Brea Volleyball Academy is a great place to achieve personal growth.
    While playing in high school, Beth traveled quite a bit, especially to South Orange County because there were no volleyball clinics in the area. Since opening, enrollment at Brea Volleyball Academy has increased from 12 to 70, with many members coming from St. Angela Merici Girls Volleyball Team.
    With an impressive team of top-notch coaches, she and Co-Director Gary Quire have definitely filled a much needed niche. Currently, they rent the Brea Community Center and American Sports Center in Anaheim to provide an adequate practice atmosphere, but Beth noted she is interested in locating a facility in Brea. Ideally, Beth would like to work and live in Brea; she and her young family are planning to move from South Orange County to Brea! Welcome Brea Volleyball Academy!

  • A Mediterranean experience is coming to Brea Marketplace Center

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    LOCAL BIZ NEWS: Fans of Mediterranean food, you may have heard that D’Vine – A Mediterranean Experience is opening next month in the Brea Marketplace Center where Renaissance Bistro was located.  According to Lena, Owner, the existing building was demolished in order to rebuild a rustic Mediterranean atmosphere to give diners a grand ambiance reflective of the culture.  Guests can expect fresh authentic Mediterranean food such as hummus, kebab, falafel, and tabouleh.  They will also have live entertainment showcasing Belly Dancers, too! An experience you will not forget!

  • CASH MOB in Brea – Cast your vote

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    Cleveland International Cash Mob Day (photo by Summer Jo Shepherd.)

    Have you heard of Cash Mobs? In August of last year a blogger named Christopher Smith organized a Cash Mob to encourage people to give back to their community by giving a financial boost to an independently owned local business.  Since then Cash Mobs have caught on around the world and are growing daily.

    BBON is all about the community.  In keeping with our mission, we would like to UNITE the people to PROMOTE local businesses via our inaugural BBON CASH MOB!

    The format is simple:  Nominate a favorite independently owned business that you would like to support.  Votes will be tallied and the business that gains the most votes wins the mob.  Next, a day/time is scheduled, if the merchant agrees.  On the given date, everyone shows up and vows to spend a minimum of $20.00 at the establishment.  It’s a way to stimulate the local economy while having fun working together with people for a cause!

    So let’s hear your nomination for our first BBON CASH MOB!

  • Greg Voisan Photography is named Orange County’s first Google Trusted Photographer

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    Brea Downtown by Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography

    Greg and Ronna Voisan are long-time residents of Brea.  For 30 years Greg has enjoyed his hobby in photography.  Working together, Greg and Ronna have taken Greg’s love of photography and turned it into a business.  In 2011 they launched Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography, offering 360 degree HD interactive panoramic photographic virtual tours to businesses throughout Southern California.  Greg takes several panorama’s and stitches them together to make virtual tours for use on business websites.

    Last year Greg had the opportunity, while working for a South African Company named FanCam, to travel to several countries and the U.S. shooting large stadiums and indoor arenas for high profile sporting events including the Rose Bowl.

    A short time ago, Greg discovered a new program Google was administrating that was related to Google Places pages for businesses, that can be accessed through Google Maps or a Google Search for a business.  He seized the opportunity and contacted Google to inquire about working as a photographer for Google Business Photo Program, which offers the Google Streetview Technology to give small and medium sized businesses the ability to show off their space with Google Virtual Tour.  The steps to achieve his goal were certainly an endeavor worth attempting.  And after a lengthy certification process, Greg obtained his dream job and has become the first Google Trusted Photographer in Orange County!

    To see more of Greg Panoramic Photography, visit There are tours of local places in Brea, Orange County, and Brea ‘s sister cities of Hanno, Japan and Lagos de Moreno, Mexico on their website.  Greg and Ronna like to say, “It’s like being there.”

  • SUO COMING SOON: Brea Downtown vintage-inspired store

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    SUO peach dress ensemble

    SUO Boutique is a women’s fashion forward clothing store. They opened in 1999 and currently have three locations including their newest in Brea Downtown which is scheduled to open in the end of March. It is located on Birch St. directly across from the Edwards Theatre.

    Along with women’s apparel, SUO also carries a large selection of affordable handbags, shoes,jewelry, and other accessories. They have an experienced team of buyers and receive new items weekly. The selection is always fresh and on-trend with looks ranging from classic and casual to vintage-inspired and feminine. SUO has a strong denim following and they carry several denim lines including Miss Me, Silver, H&G, and Flying Monkey. They have wonderful jewelry and the Brea location will be carrying items from the sassy retro collection of Classic Hardware.

    For more information about this adorable boutique, follow them on Facebook at


  • BBON to film scoop queen of Brea

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    Susan Gaede

    Susan Gaede's CRYSTAL BALL: The crystal ball reveals an Italian restaurant is coming to the Brea Downtown in the former Sciacca’s Bar and Grill location at 210 W. Birch. ......  Don’t you just love a scoop!  We bet you can’t guess!

    Working alongside Susan Gaede aka “Newsy Suzie”…. we caught the bug and cannot resist a good scoop either. It’s always fun to surprise Susan with our knowledge about a secretive dig now and then because she is Brea's own "Queen of Scoops.” Furthermore, we have a definite date with Susan Gaede to film her this week talking about some of her wacky stories about getting her scoops, her famous people wall of photographs, many of them she photographed, and the personal side of Susan that may prove to be “off the record” as “Newsy Suzie” says! Related Grey of Brea will do the honors of providing our BBON Susan Gaede Video Adventure!


  • There’s a new vintage store in town!

    6 years ago by

    Storefront picture

    Have you been to Elle Vintage Suite?  Long-time Brea resident and skilled antique dealer, Darla Beason, opened Elle Vintage Suite last month at 420 West Lambert Road, Suite L.  Darla has been in the antique business for over 12 years working shows and swamp meets, selling at antique malls, online and at her private home.

    At Elle Vintage Suite you will find three different rooms filled with Victorian, French Country, and Cottage items including  furniture, accessories, jewelry, art, textiles and more!  There are quality items for men and women at prices for every budget.  In addition, you can rent space to host a small party up to 24 people.

    Open Tuesday through Saturday from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.  Closed Sunday and Monday, but available for private appointments.  For further information, call 1-714-256-2136 or visit



  • Family Resource Center to host self-esteem and healthy relationships workshop

    6 years ago by

    What role does healthy self-esteem play in your relationships? The community center's Family Resource Center will hold a workshop shortly to answer that question.  Brea's Family Resource Center will hold the workshop "Self-esteem and healthy relationships" March 13 from 6:30-8pm. A representative of the Women's Transitional Living Center will run the workshop.  RSVP'ing is mandatory. A $75 gas card will also be raffled off at the end of the workshop.  For more information or to sign up, call 714-990-7150.