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  • Clean sweep: Brea Olinda Choir Masquerade wins Diamond Bar competition

    4 years ago by

    Photos courtesy of Fuller Photography

      Off to a great start, Brea Olinda Choir Masquerade, our nationally-ranked advanced mixed show choir, wins Diamond Bar competition.

      Off to a great start, Brea Olinda Choir Masquerade, our nationally-ranked advanced mixed show choir, wins Diamond Bar competition, taking home the Grand Champion trophy, Best in Show and Best in Music.

        MASQUERADE, Brea Olinda's nationally-ranked advanced mixed show choir, roared into the 2015 season with a complete sweep of awards at the Diamond Bar Competition this past Friday night. Taking home the Grand Champion trophy, Best in Show and Best in Music, the group of more than 60 performers also received an extended standing ovation from the entire audience, including competing schools. Directed by Dave Willert and choreographed by Doug Kuhl, Masquerade, along with Brea Olinda's Thundercats and Spellbound choirs is headed next month to the FAME National Show Choir competition in Orlando, Florida with more than 120 students, staff and chaperones. The choirs are still working to raise the final funds for their trip and your contrubition to this local powerhouse of a program is greatly appreciated. You can donate by visiting Brea Olinda Choir. Congratulations again to MASQUERADE and their outstanding performance and representation of what our wonderful city is all about!

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                      Our Brea Olinda Choir is headed into the homestretch for fundraising. The BOHS choir groups have worked so hard to get all the money raised for competition season and the trip to FAME Nationals.The FAME competition in Orlando is on March 13 & 14th. Our choir is looking for donations, large and small. The BOHS Choir kids would really appreciate your gift! Please see the attached form:


  • Street Closures for Brea 8K on Sunday, February 22

    4 years ago by


      The 24th Annual Brea 8k Classic race is next Sunday, February 22nd. With almost 4,000 race participants, plus spectators and over 500 volunteers, traffic will be impacted on the streets along the race route.The major streets involved are Birch Street, State College Blvd., North Associated Road, Lambert Road, and North Kraemer Blvd.

        To ensure the safety of all race participants and volunteers, everyone is reminded to please follow directions of the police officers and course monitors along the route and to use extreme caution when driving near the 8K set-up/take-down crews, police officers, course monitors, volunteers, and race participants.

          Street closures: 6:45 - 9:00 am Birch Street (between Poplar and State College) State College Blvd. (between Lambert and Imperial Hwy.)

            Country Hills and Park Paseo neighborhoods: Greatest traffic impact is 7:30 - 9:00 am. Brea Police Department officers will direct traffic and control intersections to allow limited access as the flow of racers permits.

              Complete race information can be found at Brea 8k Classic.

                Carol Mitchell

                  2015 Brea 8K Logistics Committee

  • Sponsor the Brea 8K to help fund BOHS programs

    4 years ago by


      From its beginning, the Brea 8K Classic was a heartfelt, hometown event that focused on fun, fitness and fund raising for the students and programs of Brea Olinda High School. Today, though much larger, it’s still run by a team of hard-working but entirely unpaid parent and community volunteers.

        The proceeds of this year’s race will benefit the award-winning arts and technology programs of Brea Olinda High School-Instrumental Music, Vocal Music Boosters, and GITA/Academic Booster Club.

          The event kicks off with a performance of the Star Spangled Banner by Julianne Sexton, a senior from our vocal music program. Vocal music students also volunteer to cheer on the kids who run in the Fun Run (10 & under) by dressing up as popular film and animated characters. Band members from BOHS for a drum line to inspire the runners of the 8K near the finish line.

            This is one of the most popular races in Orange County - very professional and was chosen last year to be the home of the national USA Track and Field Masters 8K Race. Many of the best runners come from all over the country to participate in the Masters Race, in addition to the thousands who run the Brea 8K.

              This is the Brea 8K's 24th year. We are still on the lookout for Sponsors. Without the tremendous support from our sponsors, this race couldn't be possible.

                For businesses or companies interested in becoming a part of this year's race, contact Irene McCallister at If you'd like to be a goodie bag sponsor, please contact Jimini Ohler at

                  Mary Wentsel Pipes

  • BOHS Band and Color Guard 4th Annual Thanksgiving Pie Sale

    4 years ago by

          Hi everyone! What's a holiday feast without a scrumptious pie? 'Tis the season for fundraisers!

            The Brea-Olinda Instrumental Music Boosters has an amazing opportunity to support our award winning programs while receiving a delicious Holiday Pie from Marie Callendar's awesome bakery just $15 per pie. This price includes applicable tax and pie tin fee. 35% going back to us. Most exciting is we have convenient Brea pick up at our highschool on the hill the Wednesday before Thanksgiving.

                            8 different Pies to choose from:





                                      French Apple


                                          Lemon Meringue


                                              Suger free razzle and apple available too! (Sorry - no cream pies due to temperature constraints).

                                                PIE PICK UP -Pies will be available for convenient Drive Up Delivery on Wednesday, November 26th from 2:30pm-6:30pm at Brea- Olinda H.S. upper parking drop off circle at the Wildcat! This being the day before Thanksgiving makes leaving out of town or staying home a breeze to get your Holiday pie very conveniently.

                                                  ORDERS MUST BE RECIEVED BY 11/14 this Friday.

                                                    Reply to to order and recieve pick up reciept/ticket.

                                                      Thank you for supporting music in our schools.

                                                        BOHS BAND AND COLORGUARD BOOSTERS

                                                          Jimini Ohler

                                                            (714) 458-1641 call or text

  • Brea Lions split $50,000 to deserving recipients

    5 years ago by

    Bill McLeran, Brea Lions Club All-Star Charity Football game chair, distributed a check to Brea cheerleaders Haley Richey, Tatum Drinnenberg, and Madison Main from proceeds of the game. (courtesy Susan Gaede)

      Brea Lions roaring with success: Brea Lions distributed proceeds from their 55th O.C. Prep All-Star Charity Football Game recently. Approximately $50,000 was brought in from the event (oldest in the state & 3rd oldest in nation) and distributed to Orange County Youth Foundation, Western Youth Services, Brea Olinda Unified School District Special Education, and the Brea Olinda Cheer squad. Additional proceeds were previously distributed to several high schools and youth groups who participated through the sale of tickets and/or ads. Game Chairman Bill McLeran made the presentations at the Brea Lions Club dinner meeting.

        Any news? Give me Susan Gaede a jingle 714-529-8561 or e-mail her at

  • Get Ready for the 28th Annual Brea Fest

    5 years ago by

      Where can you go for a budget-friendly community food festival? If you guest the obvious: Brea, you’re right! Going on 28 years, the Original Food Fest (Brea Fest) is slated for Friday August 22, from 6:30 p.m. – 10 p.m. at 1 Civic Center Circle at the corner of Birch St. and Randolph Ave. I think it’s safe to say many people will enjoy Brea Fest as a mere $3 is the cost per person for delicious food and beverages from over 35 outstanding restaurants!

        Held at the Brea Civic & Cultural Center, this family event draws thousands each year with great live bands, outdoor dancing, a gallery exhibit and artist demonstrations, along with theatre performances. And for your little ones, “Kidsville” returns with kid-pleasing food and entertainment, face painting and make-and-take crafts.

          The food festival helps to support many of the city’s ongoing activities; we appreciate, such as Curtis Theatre productions, Brea Gallery exhibits, Concerts in the Park, and arts education programs. It’s truly a community collaboration of volunteers, restaurants, and distributors who donate their products as area businesses sponsor much of the entertainment. If you would like to take part in Brea Fest, please call (714) 990-7771.

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    Laurel PTA spearheads community involvement for Lagos de Moreno Park Revitalization Project

    5 years ago by

    This year Laurel Elementary School’s Park, Lagos de Moreno, turned 45 years old. For the past five years PTA volunteers, Mary Martinez and Diane Stites, along with fellow school park enthusiasts, have been on a mission to revitalize the park (open to the public when school is not in session). Today the park is in poor condition with the playground area containing just a few equipment, much different than it was in October of 1973, the day it was renamed from Laurel Elementary Park to Lagos de Moreno in honor of Brea’s sister-city located in Mexico.

      Back in September of 1973, plans were made to welcome 13 visitors from our sister-city Lagos de Moreno, Mexico established in 1969. At the time Lagos de Moreno was 300 years old with a population of 65,000 residents, which was large in comparison to Brea then and surprisingly now. Various city committees were developed with specific duties to entertain the guests’ five-day stay in the City of Brea. It took many people to make the event a success. Among the committee members were Brea’s Mayor Don Fox and his wife Pat, along with fellow council members and their wives, city staff, Brea-Olinda Unified School District board members, and 30 citizens, many of who were Mexican-American residents residing near Laurel Elementary School, the city’s largest Mexican-American populated area.

        Lagos de Moreno busy five-day Brea itinerary started with the official welcoming on Wednesday, October 3, 1973 at the Brea Community Center. Thursday morning began with a breakfast at the Imperial Golf Course, followed by two separate luncheons: one for the women and another for the men. After lunch the women engaged in a two-hour shopping excursion while the men participated in an industrial tour. To unwind and relax, a late afternoon siesta time was allocated as dinner was planned at Sandy’s Casita. The highlight on Friday was the football game of Brea-Olinda vs. Laguna Beach held at the high school. Then on Saturday morning the Lagos group joined Brea dignitaries for the formal Lagos de Moreno Park dedication to start the daylong festivities, which included an installation of a plaque at the park's one acre entrance. It was also noted that Lagos de Moreno Park was intended for the Mexican-American residents located in the central area of the city. Sunday morning consisted of a tour of Disneyland. And finally farewell activities were scheduled before the Lagos group made the long trek back home.

          Many of you who are familiar with Lagos de Moreno Park remember the significance of the fire truck. According to Don McBride, longtime rotarian member, the Brea Rotary Club was instrumental in gifting Lagos de Moreno a working fire truck along with other necessity items. Prior to the sister-city relationship evolving, Don recalls going down there and serving as an interpreter on a boat in Mexico translating how we wanted to develop a mutually beneficial program between our two cities, which soon after became the first sister-city Brea adopted. We also had a fire truck that was donated by the City of Huntington Beach and placed in the park for children to enjoy. Jack Smith, Olinda native and museum docent, recalls installing the 1946 Seagrove fire truck at Lagos de Moreno Park in 1975. But where is our fire truck today?

            After a few phone calls, the fire truck was found just down the road at Unicorn Metals on Lambert Road in La Habra. Luis Ornelas owner of Unicorn Metals said, that the City of Brea contacted him about 10 years ago to relay that the fire truck, due to its unsafe worn condition, was available for purchase. Luis said he purchased it but did not have a plan in mind regarding what he was going to do with it. So, today it’s located in his scrap metal yard, in tact, and according to Luis, if anyone is interested in restoring it, contact him as it is for sale.

              What’s next for Lagos de Moreno Park? Mary and Diane have been working hard to gather funds to restore Lagos de Moreno Park creating Revitalize the Heart of Brea: Lagos de Moreno Park - Laurel Elementary. In the past, many of their attempts included applying for grants from major corporations such as Kohl’s, Avery Dennison’s and taking the Pepsi Refresh Challenge in 2010, offering a million dollars a month for playground equipment to the winning school based on votes. Unfortunately, they did not win, but to their delight they gained a lot of attention from the city and residents of Brea that led to the Laurel PTA members meeting with representatives of the City of Brea and Brea-Olinda School District on June 4, 2014, to discuss plans about revitalizing Lagos De Moreno Park-Laurel Elementary "lower" playground.

                On the agenda this summer is an open community forum. A date will be announced soon. Everyone is invited to lend a voice to the revitalization project of Lagos de Moreno Park. Mary and Diane ask that concerned citizens help spread the word to attend and assist in creating a concrete plan for ‘our gem’ of a park in the ‘Heart of Brea.’

                  A special thanks to former Mayor Don Fox's wife Pat for the Lagos de Moreno articles of memorabilia and also to Mary and Diane, Laurel Elementary PTA members, for contacting Beautiful Brea Old and New Facebook to assist in spreading the word.

                    We can do it if we work together.

                      Carolyn Campbell

  • Local girl, Katie Gerberding, making strides for the American Cancer Society

    5 years ago by

    FBF: All smiles and having fun decked out in patriotic flair at the 4th of July County Fair, Katie Gerberding's photo was selected as the winner of our BBON 'All Things Brea' Amateur Photo Contest back in August of 2012. (courtesy of Christina Eisenmann Gerberding)

          FBF: Back in August 2012, Katie Gerberding was our BBON ‘All Things Brea’ Amateur Photo Contest winner! Diagnosed with Leukemia in 2007, seven years later Katie remains cancer-free! And is actively involved with Relay for Life, raising much-needed funds and Cancer awareness, alongside her mom Christina. They both would like to invite you to upcoming events that help the American Cancer Society raise money:

            The Brea Relay for Life, benefitting the American Cancer Society is a 24 hour event that raises funds and awareness for those battling cancer. Katie and I are very involved in the Relay For Life, It was one on the many organizations that helped our family when Katie was diagnosed with Leukemia in 2007, at the age of 5. Our Relay takes place Saturday June 28th at Brea Olinda High School at 10AM, its a 24 hour event.

              Part of being a relay participant, and for Katie being a cancer survivor, we fundraise. My daughter Katie has organized a Skate Night Fundraiser this Saturday June 7th at Holiday Skate in Orange, from 7-9:30 PM. Its a going to be a great event, the cost for skating is $7.50 plus skate rental. If you have your own skates, you will save a few bucks. And yes, you can use in-line skates to : )

                For every person that mentions at the door, that they are there for the Cancer Society, we will get back $3 per person!! So please, help us pack this place!! And please share this post.


                    Christina and Katie G

  • Brea SummerFest Giveaway to be held on Beautiful Brea Old & New

    5 years ago by

    Three-day event starts on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 5pm.

      Going on 27 years the annual Brea SummerFest has entertained the community and beyond, with a three-day event boasting ‘Something for Everyone’ featuring rides, rides and more rides, delicious variety of festival food and assorted beverages such as pizza, street tacos (beef or chicken), teriyaki chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, beer, wine, sodas, cookies, cakes and ice cream and - entertainment galore! Brea SummerFest has got it all!

        BBON Brea SummerFest 2014 - Three FAB prizes for three lucky winners!

          Adding further excitement, we have partnered once again with Brea SummerFest to run a 3-week giveaway this year on Beautiful Brea Old & New Facebook, giving three lucky people the chance to win prizes valued up to $165 each. Our giveaway starts this Wednesday, May 14 and ends just before Brea SummerFest begins on Friday, May 30. Giveaway details below:

            Giveaway 1 - One Winner

              Entry giveaway dates: May 14 & 15


                  Virtuo Music & Performing Arts Dance Academy – 4 complimentary tickets to see "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" at the Curtis Theatre on June 27 or 28, valued at $60.

                    Brunos Tratorria Restaurant– two $20 guest appreciation cards

                      Burrissimo Fresh Italian (Brea) - two complimentary entrées and two complimentary beverage passes, valued at $18.96.

                        Total retail price: $118.96

                          Giveaway 2 – One Winner

                            Entry giveaway dates: May 21 & 22


                                Virtuo Music & Performing Arts Dance Academy

                                  One month of free vocal lessons and One month of free instrument lessons, valued at $120

                                    (Winners Choice)

                                      Plus one month of free dance lessons, valued at $45.

                                        Total retail value: $165.

                                          Giveaway 3 – One Winner

                                            Entry giveaway dates: May 27 & 28


                                                Ultimate Smile Dentistry Dr. Warren J. Schlott, DDS and Bryce D. Nebeker, DDS

                                                  Free Dental Bleaching (Includes impressions, bleaching trays and 4 tubes of whitener), valued at $150.00.

  • Farrell’s Scoops Out Free Sundaes for Military Men and Women

    5 years ago by

      May is National Military Appreciation Month and Farrell’s Ice Cream Parlour, for the 5th time in a row, will be serving a free all-American, Red White and Blue ‘Thank You’ sundae to those brave soldiers who served and are now serving in the U.S. Armed Forces! Topped with an American flag, the sundae will be served with 2-scoops of vanilla ice cream, strawberries and blueberries, whipped cream, and a sweet cherry. The all-American, Red White and Blue sundae is also available to purchase at $7.99 for civilians with one dollar from each purchase going to the A Million Thanks organization, a 501c3 non-profit military support charity.

        Plus, there will be thank you notes available for children to color and adults to write a special message of support to military men and women currently serving our nation. At the end of the month, Farrell’s with the help of A Million Thanks, will send them out to members of the armed forces in military bases around the world. So far, over 7 million thank you letters have been sent to our troops via “A Million Thanks,” collecting and distributing thank you letters to U.S. military personnel serving at home and abroad.

          There is no purchase necessary, a valid military photo ID must be presented to receive the free sundae. For further information, visit Farrell's website.