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  • Brea’s Holiday Trolley Light Tour on Sale Now

    6 years ago by

    Celebrate the holiday season by reserving your seat on the City of Brea’s (red and green) Trolley, touring Brea Downtown, and Eagle Hills neighborhoods.  Enjoy a 45 minute fun way to get around “Good Old Brea”- guaranteed to get you in the holiday spirit. Tickets are on sale now for $7.00 and $10.00 per person at boarding. You’ll want to order them now as they usually sell out.

    Purchase tickets at the front counter of The Brea Community Center located at 695 E. Madison Way, corner of Madison Way and Randolph Avene. For questions, call (714) 990-7100.

    This year’s proceeds will benefit Senior Center transportation needs.

  • Christmas in Brea Downtown

    6 years ago by

    Christmas is coming too soon many will say, so while you are preparing for Thanksgiving, make it a point to mark your calendar for Brea Downtown’s annual “Bonus Shopping Day” on Saturday, December 1.  It will be a fun day for the entire family as Santa's arriving at Brea Downtown at noon that day!  Thereafter St. Nicholas will be available for photos every Saturday and Sunday  from 12:00 p.m.-5:00 p.m. in December. See flyer for further details.

    Like Brea Downtown Facebook at for up-to-date information about merchant sales, coupons, contests and more!


  • Bruxie Gourmet Waffles celebrates its first birthday in Brea Downtown

    6 years ago by

    Left to right: Darnisha Meyers, John Isitt, Kimo Rafael and Chase.
    Did you know that you could take your dog to dine at Brea Bruxie? Kimo Rafael took his pal Chase, a blue nose year old pitbull, and his friends Darnisha Meyers and John Isitt to Bruxie’s for lunch. Chase was a happy camper eating doggie treats while Kimo and his friends indulged in Bruxie’s delicious food!  What Chase doesn’t know won’t hurt, right?

    Maybe will see them tomorrow as Bruxie is having a grand celebration in honor of their 1st birthday in Brea.  And to pay tribute to this milestone, Bruxie will host a “Birthday Fundraiser” benefiting the Make-A-Wish Orange County and the Inland Empire and the Wounded Warrior Project. The festivities will include a ribbon-cutting ceremony at 11:00 a.m. staged by the Brea Chamber of Commerce, with the ribbon being officially cut by Bruxie partners Dean Simon and Kelly Mullarney.

    “We want to say “thank you” to the community – many of whom comprise our 10,000 Facebook fans – with a Bruxie-wide fundraiser that will benefit two worthy organizations,” commented Managing Partner Dean Simon. “November 8th marks the second anniversary of our first location in Old Towne Orange and the first anniversary of our second location in Brea Downtown, so it makes for the perfect day to host an event to give back to the community.”

    The more the merrier, so come on out tomorrow at 11:00 a.m. and celebrate in grand style with Brea Bruxie!

  • Kidz Block Party Halloween event at Brea Downtown 2012

    6 years ago by

    Kidz Block Party Halloween blast presented by The Cause Community Church

    12 days to go until North Orange County’s largest FREE Halloween annual event: The 2012 Kidz Block Party presented by The Cause Community Church. On Wednesday, October 31, from 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m., treat your kids to a great, family-friendly Halloween party held in Brea Downtown with plenty of premium candy – hundreds of thousands – pony rides, a petting zoo, 20' tall rock climbing, 25' tall giant shark slide, over 40 game booths, entertainment and more!!

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  • Brea Jazz Festival:10 years and going strong

    6 years ago by

    Hey Wildcats its "Jazz Night" tonight at the 10th Annual Brea Jazz Festival!

    Garry Hobday -10th year serving as Master of Ceremonies for the Brea Jazz FestivaL

    Those of you who have attended Brea events will recognize the man in the picture as Garry Hobday, referred to as “The Voice of Brea.”  He has served as master of ceremonies for the Brea Jazz Festival since its first year.  I have had the privilege of being the voluntary EMCEE for all ten years. They keep letting me do it,” says Garry.

  • The Old Brea Tower Records: Library, history exhibit – it’s anyone’s guess

    6 years ago by

    Tower Records closed its doors in Brea Downtown on November 6, 2006.

    Unlike some cities that have numerous “ghost signs” around town, Brea’s Tower Records is practically the only one people will immediately point out, especially due to the fact that this November 9, it will be seven years since Tower Records closed in Brea. And of course its location is very visible sitting on the corner of Brea Boulevard and Birch Street in Brea Downtown.

    Around 2 ½ months ago we learned from the Friends of the Brea Library Facebook fan page, that the library may occupy the space. We immediately posted the information and received an overwhelming response on Beautiful Brea Old & New (BBON) Facebook fan page. Many people favored the idea and expanded further on developing the thought. There was also a lot of brainstorming with great suggestions on what type of business would complement the vacant downtown location.

    Since the majority of people who commented on BBON supported the Library plan, we have put in a call to do a follow-up to inquire if any progress has been made.

    Or will “Good Old Brea” get a visit from  Russell Solomon, the founder of Tower Records, who is planning to archive the history of his Sacramento based-chain stores. "Ideally, we want to formulate an exhibit that will go to cities where Tower really had a presence," said Greig Best, executive director of the Sacramento History Foundation. A traveling Tower Records exhibit is planned to make its debut by 2015. What are the chances, though the place is still vacant and obviously ideal for the exhibit!

    One thing for sure, its ghostly site becomes even more noticeable every year in September and October when a Halloween store sets up shop in Brea Downtown.

    We’ll keep you posted.

  • BBON partners again with Brea Jazz Festival to conduct contest

    6 years ago by

    3-day BBON Brea Jazz Festival Contest is coming! Brea Downtown and BBON are joining forces once again to conduct a BBON Brea Jazz Festival Contest, on Wednesday, August 29, Thursday, August 30, and Friday, August 31, a week before the start of the 10th Annual Brea Jazz Festival. Join us for the fun and win prizes!

  • Block Charity Event of the Year in Brea: 2012 Living by Design, Not by Diagnosis

    7 years ago by

    2012 Charity Block Party Fundraiser

    The Sickle Cell Disease Foundation of Orange County (SCDFOC) is partnering with Brea businesses to hold the Block Charity Event of the Year: 2012 “Living by Design, Not by Diagnosis” in Brea Downtown on August 5, 2012, from 12:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

    There will be live performances from a host of top-notch entertainers such as Phil Gates Blues Band, The Four Tops, Freddie Poole (formally of the Supremes), Derek Bordeaux, Jagged, Saxophonist Alex Hayes Jr., along with the spirited Los Angeles Lakers Girls!

    The stage will be set-up in front of Red Brick Pizza, the signature sponsor for this event.

    Join the community of Brea in giving back to a worthy cause, Sickle Cell Disease.

    Free to everyone!

  • Come experience the Annual Taste of Brea

    7 years ago by

    Where can you get a great night of  food, drink, music, shopping, and fun?? At the Annual Taste of Brea - 6 days and countdown!  Many of your favorite eateries in Brea will be participating along with area shops. Admission is free and for $20.00 you can purchase a wristband with unlimited samples of food, beer and wine. EAT – DRINK – SHOP... local – experience Brea!  It’s all happening at Brea Downtown on Thursday, May 17, 5:00 p.m.-9:00 p.m.


  • Sarah Bain Gallery celebrates the legacy of artist Dr. Suess

    7 years ago by

    The Cat and the Hat popped into the Sarah Bain Gallery and 110 W. Birch in the Brea Downtown and interacted with children (Dominique Webb shown in picture.) The Dr. Theodor Seuss exhibit continues until April 29. (courtesy Susan Gaede)

    Dr. Theodor Seuss Geises private artwork was not  discovered until after he passed way.  The famous children’s illustrator thought  he was known for his children’s books and illustrations, therefore, he never  thought he'd be taken seriously as a fine artist. The Lost, Forgotten, and  Hidden works of Theodor Seuss Geisel are now being displayed at the Sarah Bain Gallery in the Brea Downtown at 110 W. Birch Street.  One can purchase the  replicas of lithographs, books, and whimsical sculptures.

    In celebration of Dr. Seuss’s birthday and  Read Across  America, the  new exhibition explores a comprehensive survey of Dr’ Ted Geisel’s seventy-five artistic legacy.  Do pop in and bring your kids. The  Cat and the Hat pops in and out. By the way Dr. Seuss had no children he said  “You have em, I’ll entertain them”. Call the gallery (714)990-0500 the hours the  gallery is open and you can also book a school tour by calling this  number.

    Story by Susan Gaede