Brea Old and New: Tick-Tock, History Isn't So Boring After All™ ~ Charlie the Clock

‘All things Brea’

  • BOHS plants new trees donated by Dwight Manley

    4 years ago by

    Dwight Manley donated $10,000 towards 13 new trees in front of the Brea High School gym (photo courtesy Susan Gaede)

    Dwight Manley donated $10,000 towards 13 new trees in front of the Brea High School gym (photo courtesy Susan Gaede)

      Who put the tree buckets at the high school? I asked president of the school board Bill Hall about the new trees in front of the high school gym. He said,“The trees are the result of a donation from Dwight Manley. Dwight asked about the trees that used to be there and wondered if the district had plans to replace them at some point. I shared with Dwight that the District’s resources where pretty thin due to the cost we’ve incurred having to deal with the March earthquake and the damage to Fanning Elementary, the BOHS PAC and the BOHS Cafeteria. It’s hard to replace trees when you’ve had to re-direct $6 to $7 million from your budget for the mitigation of asbestos and unplanned repairs to your schools. Dwight felt strongly that the area around the BOHS Gym should project a welcoming feel and the pride we have in our High School.

        Dwight generously offered to contribute the money to complete the landscaping. The total cost was over $10,000. The trees were planted over Christmas break.

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

  • Historic “Charlie the Clock” character debuts at Edwards Theater for “The Face of Brea Contest”

    4 years ago by

    Live, Work, or Play in Brea...It’s Time for YOU to be "The Face of Brea."

      YOUR Chance to Win Great Prizes!

        It’s no mystery that Beautiful Brea Old & New (BBON) has been fascinated with Brea's icon "Charlie the Clock" from way back, changing our logo over three years ago to reflect Brea’s centennial year -- using Charlie the Clock’s face for inspiration!

          Now is the time for our vision of ‘Charlie the Clock’ to come to life as a beloved character in showcasing our BBON “The Face of Brea” Photo Contest -- celebrating Brea’s 98th birthday on February 23, 2015.

            Our beloved "Charlie the Clock" is debuting at Edwards Brea Stadium West 10 as a an animated cutout for "The Face of Brea" Contest on BBON, celebrating Brea's 98th birthday!

            Our beloved "Charlie the Clock" is debuting at Edwards Brea Stadium west 10 as an animated cutout for "The Face of Brea" Contest on BBON, celebrating Brea's 98th birthday!

              Contest details: Starting Friday February 13, in the lobby of Edwards Brea Stadium West 10, you will have the chance to enter the contest by placing your face in “Charlie the Clock” cutout to be “The Face of Brea.”

                All you have to do is take a photo as 'The Face of Brea' and upload it onto Beautiful Brea Old & New Facebook, where your image will be placed in an FB album for VOTING purposes. Greg of Greg Voisan Panoramic Photography will choose 5 winners from the top 15 entries with the most votes/likes. Winners will be announced on BBON Facebook Saturday, February 28. Each winner will win gift cards from local community businesses.

                  Charlie the Clock cutout was so unique that Ric Clough and team at Printing Services LTD paid special attention to every detail in order to create a perfect handmade cutout. It's was a first for the print shop accomplishing an awesome job.

                    5 FAB Prizes for 5 Lucky Winners, valued at $50 each:

                      - $50 Gift Card to Lillie's Q Restaurant

                        - $50 Gift Card to D'Vine: A Mediterranean Experience Restaurant

                          - $25 Gift Card to BJ's Restaurant & Brewhouse paired/w a $25 Gift Card to Frost My Cake

                            - $25 Two movie passes to Edwards Brea Stadium West or East paired/w a $25 Gift Card to The Butchery Brea

                              -$25 gift certificate to Cedar Creek Inn paired/w a $25 gift basket from Han's Beauty

                                "The Face of Brea" photo contest rules:

                                  1. All ages are eligible to enter the contest. The individual submitting the photo (giving consent) must be 18 years or older and will be considered the contestant eligible to compete for the prize.

                                    2. One photo entry per person.

                                      3. Upload your photo, name, and contact info to Beautiful Brea Old & New (BBON) Facebook page. Your photo will be featured on The Face of Brea Facebook album, where voting will take place.

                                        4. Only one vote/like per person per photo entry. Comments will not count as votes.

                                          5. All photos must be owned by the photographer submitting them and may be used in BBON publicity efforts.

                                            6. Please note a brief description and title of entry photo.

                                              History of Brea's Charlie the Clock: Brea’s Charlie the Clock or Brea Clock now resides in Brea Downtown at the corner of Birch and Madrona Streets, across the street from Macallan’s Public House.

                                                The clock appeared on Brea Blvd. in 1975 to promote Charlie’s Clock Shop in the former Brea Hotel building.

                                                  For years it was known as “Charlie’s Clock” because it stood outside of the clock shop. When the shop closed, the City of Brea purchased the clock, by then a local and beloved landmark. During the transformation of the Downtown, the clock went into storage and stayed there until recent years when it was very carefully restored with an exact reproduction of the clock’s original clock face. A bit of neon was added so it is more visible at night. The casing around the face and post are all original.

                                                    Of final note: As a long time Brea resident and public relations professional, I commissioned Brea artist Heather Ashlyn Collins to create a cutout of the beloved Brea clock to help remind everyone of Brea’s 100th Anniversary in the Year 2017, and kicking off Brea’s 98th birthday with The Face of Brea Photo Contest! A special thanks to Terri Daxon of Daxon Marketing Communications.

                                                      We can't wait to see your fun photos with our dapper looking gent, Charlie!


                                                          Carolyn Campbell

  • Simon Youth Foundation Seeks Local Applicants for Scholarship Program

    4 years ago by


      For 16 consecutive years, the nonprofit Simon Youth Foundation awards Simon Youth Community Scholarships to at-risk high school students. College-bound students, who will be graduating in the class of 2015 and live within 50 miles of a Simon property, are eligible. Applications are available and being accepted until February 25, for Brea Mall, Westminster Mall and The Shops at Mission Viejo.
  • Into the Woods coming soon to the Curtis Theatre

    4 years ago by


      Have you seen Into the Woods on the big screen yet? Did you know the film adaption was inspired by Broadway’s hit musical Into the Woods?

        Now is your chance to see this masterful musical show at the Curtis Theatre, where you’ll embark on a fairy tale journey with a childless baker and his wife. They're put to the task by a witch to acquire magical items from classic fairy tales such as Cinderella, Little Red Riding Hood, Jack and the Beanstalk and Rapunzel.

          Performance Dates and Times:

            Friday, February 6th 8pm

              Saturday, February 7th 8pm

                Sunday, February 8th 3pm

                  Friday, February 13th 8pm

                    Saturday, February 14th 8pm

                      Sunday, February 15th 3pm

                        Friday, February 20th 8pm

                          Saturday, February 21st 3pm & 8pm

                            Contact the Box Office at (714) 990-7727 on Tuesday through Friday from 12-3pm or purchase your tickets online.

  • Photo enthusiasts: BBON ‘All Things Brea’ Amateur Photo Contest

    7 years ago by

    Photo by Greg Voisan Panoramic Photographer - 'All Things Brea' Amateur Photo Contest judge.

    BBON “All Things Brea” Amateur Photo Contest
    Entry Theme:"All Things Brea"
    Get your camera ready and take your ‘photo passion’ on an exciting, new challenging level by entering BBON ‘All Things Brea’ Amateur Photo Contest. Check out the details and get ready to show off your best work in capturing.......
          Something that depicts life in Brea.
            Something that is identifiable as being Brea.
                  An artistic photograph inspired by living in the city of Brea.
    *Prize: $100.00
                Prize sponsored by Ana Ceja Brea Realtor
    'It's About You'
    Contest details:
    Contest dates: August 13 – Friday, August 17.
    Popular vote contest with expert judge making final decision.
    Amateur photo contest rules:
    1. All photos must be owned by the photographer submitting them and may be used in BBON publicity efforts.
    2. Please note a description/title of your entry photo.
    3.  Any identifiable people in the photo must give their permission to use it for this contest.
    4.  Maximum of two photos submitted per person.
    5.  Must be 18 years or older to enter contest.
    6.  Voting based by popular vote with final three contestants chosen on last contest day by expert judge.
    7. Open to everyone focusing on 'All Things Brea.'
    Voting details:
    Voting process starts on Monday, August 13, with contest participants uploading photos on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday. Wednesday is the last day to upload photos. On Thursday morning, top (5) (based on popular votes) are announced, and voters will continue to vote throughout Thursday, as two contestants will be eliminated, leaving (3) left as finalist on Friday.
    Friday our expert judge (Greg) decides who wins. Winner is announced on August 17, Friday afternoon. Winning photo will be showcased on BBON Facebook Timeline Cover and community Web site.