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  • Brea Community Center to host Spring break day camps!

    6 years ago by

       Look no more if you're wondering where to send the kids during Spring break!  Brea Community Center will host a Spring break day camp April 9-13 for kids   ages 6-12. The camp will run daily from 7am-6pm and include outings to the movies, pool table tournaments and other activities to keep the kids busy during their time off from school. Cost is $125 per child for residents of Brea and those who work in the city and $140 per child for all others.  Parents can call (714)990-7631 with any questions they may have and register for the camp at the front counter of the Community Center.

  • 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

  • Brea Historical Society Publishes New Brea History Book

    6 years ago by

    The Brea Historical Society is accepting pre-orders of its new pictorial history book,  Brea: Then and Now.

    You will journey into the past some 10,000 years ago when the local indigenous tribe the “Tongva” inhabited the ethnographic area of Brea.  Next, you will travel to the Spanish era when California was first discovered by Juan Cabrillo in 1542 and when Portola walked through Brea in 1769 along ‘El Camino Real’, to the Mexican era when Brea was part of “Alta California” under Mexico through the Rancho periods of the Ontiveros family and later Abel Stearns to the modern day era of the 1900s, 1910s, 1920s, two world wars and several others, oil, oranges, opportunity, education, commerce, until today the 2010s.

    It is the only pictorial book of Brea in existence.   Each hard cover copy of this limited edition book is $25.00.  Checks should be made payable to the Brea Historical Society and mailed along with your name, address, phone number, and e-mail to the Brea Museum & Heritage Center.   The museum mailing address is P.O. Box 9764, Brea, CA  92822-9764.

    Brea, Then and Now. Authored by Tim Harvey & published by the Brea Historical Society, this exciting new book is a pictorial history of Brea from the ancient & colonial times to the present day era illustrating a rare collection of photographs of the people, workers, city, industry, school, churches, and much more! On sale now at the Brea Museum or submit your order by mail.  New Edition - $25.00, including tax. (Add $5.00 for shipping & handling mail orders.)

     

  • FARRELL’S STILL LOOKING FOR MANAGERS!

    6 years ago by

    We're still looking for some awesome managers at the soon to be open Brea location!

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