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  • The United Choirs of Brea to perform “GREASE”

    5 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

    5 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.


    5 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!”

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

    5 years ago by

    Hey there!

      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 fun symbol and learning 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! Background: '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! Once again, Charlie the Clock cutout was invited back to Brea Country Hills PTA’s 2nd Annual 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 talented community people to create the book and subprojects. Former longtime Brean and author of Brea: Celebrating 75 Years, Teresa Hampson was contacted to write the children’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 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.

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

                      We are currently waiting to hear word about sponsorship for the notable book project.

                        Stay tuned!!


                            Carolyn Campbell

                              Book project coordinator

                                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

  • Q&A with Jeanette Pohlen, Brea’s Basketball Sports Hero

    6 years ago by

    Jeanette relaxing with the sweetest little bird

    We caught up with Jeanette Pohlen, former BOHS Ladycat and Stanford Grad, now playing for the WNBA.  Here’s what she had to say. How’s are former BOHS Ladycat doing since leaving Stanford University to join the pro’s?

    JP: I am doing really well. Currently playing in Turkey in the offseason of the WNBA.

    BBON: What was it like to be a part of the WNBA draft?

    JP: Being a part of the WNBA draft was an experience I will never forget. It is what I have been working for my whole career for and to be given the opportunity to continue my career in the pros has been such a blessing. Having my family there to experience it as well made it that much better.


    BBON: Since being selected by Indiana Fever, what has your schedule been like?

    JP: Since being selected by the Indiana Fever, my schedule was pretty busy during the season. A lot of traveling for games, practice, appearances, and training. Now that we are in the offseason I am just trying to improve certain aspects of my game to make me a better player.

    BBON: Now that you play with the pro’s, is it everything you imagined it to be?

    JP: Playing in the pros has definitely been everything I imagined it to be. Obviously there are things you can't really prepare for but I had some great teammates for my rookie year. Getting to play with some of the top veteran players in the league like Tamika Catchings, Katie Douglas, and Tangela Smith was awesome. They were so welcoming.

    BBON: What is it like being one of Brea’s sports heroes?

    JP: Haha I don't know if I would consider myself a hero but I hope that I can have an influence on young girls that want to play basketball and follow their dreams. I've had so much support in Brea growing up throughout my career and I know I wouldn't be where I am today if it weren't for everyone that believed in me.



  • 2011 City of Brea Holiday Tree Lighting

    6 years ago by

    "Snow" falling at the Brea Civic Center, Dec. 8, 2011

    Snow fell in Brea on Thursday night, for the first time since 1949!

    Hundreds of Breans gathered last night in front of the Civic Center, filling seats and bleacher space, more children than adults. And the reason we were all there? The Annual City of Brea Holiday Tree Lighting! And whether you call it a Holiday or call it Christmas, the city provided a program that satisfied everyone's tastes.

    After a welcome from the evenings emcee, Mayor Pro-Tem Don Schweitzer, the entertainment began with the talented young people from the Country Hills Elementary School Cougar Choir, directed by Debbie Shin, singing "Winter Wonderland", followed by "Jingle Bell Rock" and "Santa Claus is Coming to Town".

    When their opening set of music was complete, our emcee directed us to practice shouting, "Light the tree" and after a few practice shouts, the tree lit-up in cheerful Christmas lights to ooohs and aaahs from the crowd.

    Next, The Singing Pastors, (Pastor Doug and Brenda Green from North Hills Church, Pastor Davis Hill from Firehouse of Prayer, Pastor Mike O'Brien from Downtown Chapel, Brea Foursquare Church, and Pastor Dave Rader from Brea Baptist Church), were introduced and after a short, very funny song about shipping holiday packages, the four (plus one on piano), engaged us with Christmas Carole's that reminded the crowd of the Reason for the Season.

    The Pastors started singing "Let It Snow" after our emcee reminded us that the last time it snowed in Brea was over 60-years ago. Just then, to the sounds of squeals of delight from young and old, snow flurries started to fall from the sky! The sky next to the Civic Center roof, where they had installed foam machines that launched simulated snow into the air and down onto the crowd below. How fun! While children tried to catch the "snow" in their hands, grown-ups laughed and smiled and enjoyed the sight. Snow in Brea, falling from the sky!

    The Darden Family, a very talented family of singers and performers, rounded out the evenings entertainment with the final song of their set, "Here Comes Santa Claus".  That's when we heard the sirens, as Santa was escorted in style to the Civic Center, riding on Brea's own historic Seagraves Fire Truck, with a contingent of Brea Police Department's finest, ensuring he arrived on time.

    After a short greeting, Santa headed to the Brea Library where he was ready to listen to Christmas wishes from young and old.

    What a fun night! What a beautiful tree! What a marvelous program!

    Entertainment before and after the festivities was provided by KOST 103.5, broadcasting Christmas music live from the Civic Center.

    The City of Brea extends special thanks to Brea Corner Bakery, Brea Firefighters Association, Brea Home Depot, Brea Lions, Brea Vons, Mary Harrington, La Neve Photography, Memory Garden Memorial Park, and North Hills Church.

    Don't forget to have a look at images from the Holiday Tree Lighting on the BBON Facebook page!


  • Brea Olinda High School Boys Cross Country are winners!

    6 years ago by

    In 2010, the Brea Olinda boys’ cross country team captured their first CIF Division 3 regional title and went on to a third-place finish in statewide competition. Led by Jeremy Mattern, winner of the OC Register/ award for Coach of the Year, the team continues to make Brea proud, this year earning an ESPN ranking of 4th among boys’ cross country teams in California and 36th among teams nationwide. On Saturday, October 1st, 2011, Brea will host its Cross Country Invitational at beautiful Carbon Canyon Regional Park. Will BOHS run roughshod over the competition, fulfilling the hopes and expectations of their unflagging Brea supporters? Be there and find out!

  • Beautiful Brea Old & New Sandra Lynn Interview

    6 years ago by

    On November 1st, 2010,Beautiful Brea Old & New (BBON) embarked on its 1st BB video adventure featuring Sandra Lynn Modic of Sandra Lynn Music. Sandra Lynn is a 2003 Brea Olinda High School Grad who has a chance at Country Pop Stardom! In October of 2011, Sandra Lynn married David Ellison, Executive Producer of Mission Impossible - Ghost Protocol. David is the son of Larry Ellison of Oracle Software. We congratulate the newlyweds and wish them a lifetime of happiness!