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  • Olinda Elementary Read Around Fundraiser an overwhelming success!

    6 years ago by


    Former Mayor Roy Moore is shown as a “Guest Reader Day” speaker!

    Olinda Elementary Read Around Fundraiser was a great success!  They raised a whopping $35,517.27!  They are proud of every dollar raised at the PTO Read Around, as it directly funds many programs at Olinda. For all the hard student workers, the fun begins this month as they are rewarded with grand prizes such as gift certificates to Kona Shave Ice, Brea Cinema, Game Truck, and Farrell’s, along with the opportunity to be in the spotlight as Principal for the Day, and Teacher for the Day!  Awesome job Olinda parents and students!

  • Brea Historical Society’s Casino Night Fundraiser

    6 years ago by


    Casino Night Dinner and Silent Auction

    No need to travel far to experience Casino night out! When just around the corner, you could make a date to go to the Brea Historical Society’s Casino Night Dinner and Silent Auction on Saturday, March 10.  Their 13th annual fundraiser will feature a host of fun, from a gourmet dinner, casino games, the Swing Cats Big Band, a silent auction, raffle and door prizes to one of San Diego’s best magicians – Kevin Viner!


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    BOHS 2012 Fame Hollywood Champions

    Holding the 1st place trophy (Nicole Berkey and Spellbound President Becca Harpster.)

    BOHS Masquerade Choir performing "Alice in Wonderland."

    BOHS Spellbound Choir

    Friends of the Brea Olinda Choir Sponsorship Form

    Headed to FAME’S National Show Choir Competition in Chicago on April 21-22 is none other than BOHS talented choir groups: Spellbound and Masquerade!!  On Saturday, both groups, Spellbound and Masquerade, performed at FAME Hollywood, one of the most popular and prestigious event in the West for Show Choirs! Choir groups came from many locations such as Utah, Arizona, New Mexico, Nebraska, California and Hong Kong to qualify for FAME Nationals in Chicago.  BOHS walked away with the biggest victories of the night with Spellbound taking Grand Champions (1st place) in the unisex division, and Masquerade, our mixed group, took 1st runner-up in Mixed Division (2nd Place).

    Friends of the Brea Olinda Choir are actively raising money to finance their trip to Chicago to compete in FAME National’s in April.  Any donation, whether large or small, to help them achieve their goal will be very much appreciated. They also have 250 Breaopoly games left to sell at $25.00 per game.  If they sell the remaining Breaopoly games, they will raise about $6,000.00 with the challenging task of raising around $37,000.00.

    Photos courtesy of Robin Berkey.

  • Inaugural Brea Olinda Wildcat Golf Tournament

    6 years ago by


    Brea Olinda Lady Golfers 2011 Century League Champions: Back row, from left: Tiffany Park (Jr), Veronica Rodarte (Fr), Cassidy Winder (Jr), Rebecca Yang (Sr), Melanie Chieng (Sr) Coach Nancy Smith

    Flyer and Registration Form

    Sponsorship opportunities

    BOHS Golf program is extending a special invite to join them in the Inaugural Brea Olinda Wildcat Classic! The BOHS Golf booster club is looking for sponsors to participate in an exciting tournament scheduled at Western Hills Country Club on Monday, April 9.  Your donation will help support the boys and girls team for the 2012 season. Of special note: Last year the Lady Golfers won the 2011 Century League Championship, advancing to the CIF State Finals Competition for the first time in team history!! Both boys and girls teams are practicing hard to ensure a great season but need the necessary funds to play well in competitive tournaments.  See Registration Form and Sponsorship opportunities!



  • BOHS Ladycats move on to the CIF Division 1AA Finals

    6 years ago by

    Keitra Wallace gives a stunning performance in Ladycats victory over Orange Lutheran

    IT AIN'T OVER 'TIL IT'S OVER, as the BOHS Ladycats return to the CIF Division 1AA finals!
    Ladycats recap and agenda:
    • The BOHS Ladycats victor over Orange Lutheran, 57-50, to advance to the Division 1AA quarterfinals.
    • QUARTER FINALS: Saturday, Feb 25. Ladycats defeated Edison Chargers, 72-49.
    • SEMI-FINALS: Thursday – Saturday, February 29 -March 3.
    • FINALS: Sweet victory at Anaheim Arena on February 28, as the Ladycats defeated Long Beach Poly Jackrabbits 49-23, RETURNING to the CIF Division 1AA finals.
    • FRIDAY Ladycats face Mater Dei in the championship game at the Anaheim Arena on March 2, 8:45pm. Tickets are $13/$7/$7 and parking is $12

  • Family Night Booster Club Fundraiser for BOHS Baseball Team

    6 years ago by

    The BOHS Baseball Team has been busy getting ready for their big season!  League games start on March 12.  They will be competing with El Dorado.  Fans of BOHS Baseball Team, you can follow them on their newly revamped web site:   Check out their Family Night Booster Club Fundraiser at Grascio’s Ristarante Italiano tomorrow.

  • The United Choirs of Brea to perform “GREASE”

    6 years ago by

    Get your tickets now before they are sold out!

    United Choirs of Brea
    is the word, is the word that you heard, It’s got grove, it’s got meaning…….
    Announcing The United Choirs of Brea performance in GREASE at BreaOlinda High School. The United Choirs of Brea encompasses all of BOHS and Brea Junior High School choirs!  This is a fun musical you don’t want to miss. The price is right and the talent is unequivocally awesome!  Tickets on Sale NOW!  For ticket information contact Friends of  Brea Olinda Choir at

  • Brea Junior High Show Choir Express takes 1st Place

    6 years ago by


    Brea Junior High Show Choir

    We have some awesome young talent in our backyard!  Brea Junior High School Show Choir Express competed in the Murrieta Show Choir Showcase 2012 held at Murrieta Mesa High School Performing Arts Center. They took 1st place in their division defeating six intermediate schools with some schools representing more than one group.  In addition, they won Best Musicianship and Best Showmanship out of all the groups!  Directed by BOHS Vocal Music Director, Dave Willert. and Choreographed by Doug Kuhl, their group set included: Get Ready, Steam Heat, Blue Skies, Turn the Beat Around, Roll with It, Show Me the Way, and Summertime Blues.


    6 years ago by

    BOHS grad to play Glinda in the musical Wicked!
    In The News Worldwide: 1998 BOHS grad Alli Mauzey is on national tour of WICKED the musical in Temple Arizona!  Alli will be playing Glinda the good in “WICKED!”

  • 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.

      "Tick-Tock, History isn't So Boring After All!" ™

        Where there is unity there is always victory. Publilius Syrus

          Hi everyone!

            And welcome to our site! I'd like to give you a background about Brea's 1st young person'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 young person's book in Brea.

                        In a collaborative effort -- 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 promotional video is planned showcasing the book's 2-minute song, students of Stagelight Performing Arts, Farrell Ice-cream Parlour staff members, and Edwards Brea Stadium West 10 attendants, with with an animated Charlie the Clock dancing in Brea Downtown.

                              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 an illustration spread across two pages.

                                    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

                                            Charlie's Clues Re: Cover of book. What does 10 and 12 mean in Brea?????

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

                                                They Say Good Things Take Time!


                                                    Carolyn Campbell 😊

                                                      creative business development/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