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  • Kiwanis Club of Brea Celebrates 60th Anniversary

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    The Kiwanis Club of Brea recently celebrated their 60th anniversary at Cedar Creek Inn. Local dentist Dr. Tom Green was Dinner Master of Ceremonies and Speaker. He spoke about the Club history from 1951 to the present. “Quite interesting to learn that women were not allowed in the club until 1987 and club meetings were once held at Bruno’s Deli. Can't imagine making $20,000 in one fundraiser but the club did just that in 1995! In 1999 we had 56 members!....It would be great to have that number membership again.” Charles Phillips noted in the Kiwanis newsletter. Kathy Rone was the first woman allowed to join in 1989. Anita Galins became the first woman president in 1993. In the year 1971 Boy Scout Troop 801 was chartered. In the early years the club was more for networking and social connections.

    Joe Salazar was presented the 'Kiwanian of The Year' award for his unselfish and distinguish service as Club President in 2010-2011 & Dennis O'Hern the President's award for, being the best Club Secretary anywhere. By the way during the Division 30 Installation, Joe Salazar received the prestigious 'Sho Yamata Award for distinguished Service and Dennis O'Hern the Gary Mayer award for the Club Secretary making significant contributions to his Club and Division 30.

    The Kiwanis Club had by far the best service hours participation in Division 30 this year. They provided over 4300 hours serving our community and the children of Brea. The top five participating members per all events were: Dennis O"Hern 76%..Joe Salazar 62%..Charlie Phillips 62%..and Allan Nakamura 49%.

    Breans especially enjoy the club’s traditional Country Fair Pancake Breakfast, Spelling and Essay Contest, and Easter Egg Hunt. The club motto is “We Build” and the club has given over $30,000 to the Boys and Girls Club. Brea Olinda High School students who want to help the community belong to the Kiwanis Key Club.

    The Incoming President is Dr. Isabell Choi. Interested in joining the club that meets at 7:15 a.m. on Thursday give her a call at (562)881-4141.Allan Nakamura is President Elect. Among the welcome and distinguished dinner guests were Mayor Ray Moore and Councilman Marty Simonoff and their wives. Outgoing Division 30 Lt.Governor, Debbie Schiebel, and incoming Lt. Governor, Mike Fields. Ray, Marty, Debbie and Roy were all involved in handing out awards, commendations and installing Board and new officers.

    Story Courtesy of Susan Gaede

  • Brea Farrell’s Update, October 26.

    6 years ago by

    Brea Farrell's is starting to take form as construction is underway with an anticipated opening in December! Check out the link to their blog, showing photos of the hard work in progress!   Farrell's Brea

  • Sciacca’s Chef Dylan

    6 years ago by

    Introducing Chef Dylan of Sciacca’s Social Club and Grill, “My burgers are all ½ pound patties that are ground in house every morning!” Dylan is a hands-on and self-taught chef who grew-up in the kitchen. A senior at Brea Olinda High School, Dylan is an ambitious young man who views food as a form of art as seen in his creation of the hockey puck - 8oz fire grilled beef patty, split and grilled all beef hot dog, 2 slices applewood bacon, Sciacca beef chili, 2 slices Monterey Jack cheese! His next creation: BOHS Wildcat Burger! It will be on the menu in the next couple of days!


    6 years ago by

    The top 100 watercolor paintings selected from more than 1,000 entries submitted to the 43rd annual Watercolor West International Juried Exhibition are on display now at the Brea Art Gallery.  These works exemplify a new level of difficulty in this medium.  The Watercolor West Society continues to exclusively feature transparent watercolor paintings in their shows.  These artistic works will continue to be displayed through Decmber 18.   A series of demonstrations by top watercolor artists are being given in conjumtion with the showing.  For more information on these events call 714 990-7730.

  • BBON Curtis Theatre Contest

    6 years ago by

    Beautiful Brea Old & New and the Curtis Theatre are teaming up to bring you a contest that will last throughtout the season! Great chance to win fantastic gifts and bonus prizes, too!


    6 years ago by

    October is definitely potato month at the Brea Souplantation.  The spuds are cropping up in dishes from tossed salads to the soups and kitchen favorites to the bakery.  For potato lovers this is the month to let your appetite for the taters go wild in the local  casual dining favorite spot. You can lead off your lunch or dinner with the Arugula Chicken and Tarragon salad with Crunchy Potatoes, and the bonus is that it's gluten free.  In the Deli Salad section you can select from the Sweet Vidalia Onion and Yukon Gold Potato or the Roasted Potato with Chipolte Chile Vinaigrette.  Shepherd's Pie over Skin-On Smashed Potatoes is featured in the Soup area, and Cheesy Scalloped Potatoes with Bacon are close by in the Kitchen Favorites. After 4 p.m. you can feast on this month's warm dessert, Gooey Caramel Pumpkin Cake.  That's to be found in the bakery section close to the Roasted Potato Focaccia. The Brea Souplantation is just off Lambert at Pointe Drive.


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    Celebrated artist Marlo Bartels unveiled his latest work Sakura Obelisk at the new Stone Valley     Townhomes community in Brea.  The 12-foot, handmade-ceramic mosaic obelisk sculpture is the 153 piece in Brea’s Arts in Public Places collection. “The obelisk is festooned with Cherry Blossoms, which in Japan symbolize spring,” described Bartels.  “Sakura is the promise of spring, of renewal.  It reminds us of the brevity of life; the fact that beauty is fleeting, and that life should be celebrated every day,” explained the artist. The Art in Public Places program makes Brea an unusually artistic community of its size.


    6 years ago by

    By Carolyn Campbell

      Dwight Manley is Brea's hometown successful businessman who purchased a huge portion of Brea Downtown in 2003. When approached by BBON for an interview, traces of his boyhood shyness are evident in his short answers.

        Dwight Manley

          BBON: What kind of a kid were you, when at an early age you discovered a deep passion for collecting coins?

            Dwight: I was shy. I loved coins + went to the Brea coin shop where Yard House is now all the time!

              BBON: In 2003, you made community headlines in purchasing Brea Downtown. Today Brea Downtown is a destination location. What do you foresee for Brea Downtown in five to 10 years?

                Dwight: It's only going to get better!

                  BBON:From successful rare coin expert, sports agent, real estate developer, to television producer, what’s next for you?

                    I take each day one at a time. So we'll have to see!

                      BBON: Tell us what it was like growing up in Brea in the 70’s and early 80’s?

                        Dwight: It was a lot of fun: watching open fields + orange groves become the Brea mall!


    6 years ago by

    Brea new mom and illustrator of retro-inspired images for all ages Ashleymarie Sey Lively has published a children’s book, illustrated for book magazines and art exhibits, and graduated Cal State Long Beach with a BFA in Illustration. Moreover, she is a very talented young artist who launched her own business, Sey Studios, in 2011. read more