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St. Angela Merici

  • Making the Cut: Colby Canales selected for USA Baseball SoCal Region

    2 years ago by

    Colby Canales of Brea was selected to the USA Baseball National Team for the Southern California region. Canales, a St. Angela Merici alumni and current sophomore at Servite High School, has also accepted a baseball scholarship to Loyola Marymount University in Los Angeles.

      Colby Canales of Brea selected to the USA Baseball National Team for the Southern California region.

        After an extensive selection process consisting of three tryout rounds, Colby managed to make the cut to move forward in the final pick to represent our country as part of Team USA.

          The Canales household is very excited and grateful as dad, Pete Canales said, “Our family is extremely blessed to have this opportunity for him.”

            We congratulate Colby and wish him the best in his future endeavors.

  • Annual Brea SummerFest Giveaway on BBON

    4 years ago by


      It’s a “Thriller” to announce our annual BBON Brea SummerFest Giveaway, but first….

        MoonWalker the reflection of Michael.

        MoonWalker the reflection of Michael.

        You can’t beat it, beat it, beat it! The Annual 29th Brea SummerFest is coming on June 1-3, with a variety of entertainment tribute bands performing mimicry, creativity, and showmanship of many legendary bands such as Michael Jackson, Led Zepplin, No Doubt, U2, Huey Lewis and the News, and Fleetwood Mac. Plus, more family-fun on the carnival side with nearly 20 rides and no one ever goes hungry or thirsty at this festival!

          No need to “Ramble On.” Just enter our BBON Brea SummerFest Giveaway to win -- starting on Monday, May 30 through Wednesday, June 1!

            UPDATE: TWO ADDITIONAL WINNERS FOR A TOTAL OF LUCKY 7 -- Thanks to The Absolute Wurst!

              SEVEN Lucky Winners will receive gifts from favorite local eateries:

                *Jimmy's Famous American Tavern Brea --$25 Gift Card

                  *Mendocino Farms Brea-- $35 Sandwich Voucher good for 2 Mendo Sandwiches and 2 Puck’s Fountain Sodas.

                    *Mammalucco's-- $25 Gift Card

                      *Dog Haus Fullerton gifts valued at $180. (4) people to win: Combo Meal Gift Cards – choice of drink, fries or tots, burger, hotdog or sausage dog. Retail value per four promo cards: $45

                        Winners announced on BBON Facebook on Thursday, June 2.

                          Good LuCk and “Goodbye Yellow Brick Road.”

                            Get it? Got it. Good.

  • BBON Brea SummerFest Giveaway Coming Soon

    5 years ago by

    BBON Brea SummerFest Giveaway Coming Soon!

    BBON Brea SummerFest Giveaway Coming Soon!

      Hey everyone, it’s time for another giveaway! We’re partnering again with Brea SummerFest to kick-off the festival with a three-day giveaway on BBON Facebook.

        Because one can be a lonely number, we’re multiplying it by seven for (7 Gifts for 7 Fans!)


            The Gifts:

              (2) $20 Gift Cards for Urban Plates. Urban Plates is due to open in Village at La Floresta, a hub of retail and destination dining in Brea, at Imperial Highway between Valencia and Rose Drive, in early 2016. The gift cards can be used at any of their locations: Brea, Irvine, Del Mar or Carlsbad.

                $25 Gift Card for California Grill Brea

                  (2) $25 Gift Cards for Taps Fish House & Brewery, Brea Downtown or Corona.

                    $25 Gift Card for On The Hook

                      $25 Gift Card for Green Tomato Grill. The Green Tomato Grill is opening another restaurant, which will be located in the Von's center, on the corner of Central Avenue and Brea Boulevard, in August 2015. The gift card can be used at their Orange or Brea eatery.

                        (2) $20 Gift Cards for Cha Cha's Latin Kitchen

                          $25 Gift Certificate to Brea's new eatery La Puerta Authentic Mexican Food

                            One month of free lessons at Virtuo Music & Performing Arts. Their prize is transferrable and is good for children or adults. Winners choice of dance, instrument or vocal.

                              The giveaway is scheduled to start on Tuesday, May 26 and will run through Thursday, May 28. The winners will be announced on BBON Facebook on Friday, May 29, the first day of the three-day festival. Gifts will be available to pickup during the 28th Annual Brea SummerFest! Good Luck!

  • Brea SummerFest Giveaway to be held on Beautiful Brea Old & New

    6 years ago by

    Three-day event starts on Friday, May 30, 2014 at 5pm.

      Going on 27 years the annual Brea SummerFest has entertained the community and beyond, with a three-day event boasting ‘Something for Everyone’ featuring rides, rides and more rides, delicious variety of festival food and assorted beverages such as pizza, street tacos (beef or chicken), teriyaki chicken, hamburgers, hot dogs, beer, wine, sodas, cookies, cakes and ice cream and - entertainment galore! Brea SummerFest has got it all!

        BBON Brea SummerFest 2014 - Three FAB prizes for three lucky winners!

          Adding further excitement, we have partnered once again with Brea SummerFest to run a 3-week giveaway this year on Beautiful Brea Old & New Facebook, giving three lucky people the chance to win prizes valued up to $165 each. Our giveaway starts this Wednesday, May 14 and ends just before Brea SummerFest begins on Friday, May 30. Giveaway details below:

            Giveaway 1 - One Winner

              Entry giveaway dates: May 14 & 15


                  Virtuo Music & Performing Arts Dance Academy – 4 complimentary tickets to see "You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown" at the Curtis Theatre on June 27 or 28, valued at $60.

                    Brunos Tratorria Restaurant– two $20 guest appreciation cards

                      Burrissimo Fresh Italian (Brea) - two complimentary entrées and two complimentary beverage passes, valued at $18.96.

                        Total retail price: $118.96

                          Giveaway 2 – One Winner

                            Entry giveaway dates: May 21 & 22


                                Virtuo Music & Performing Arts Dance Academy

                                  One month of free vocal lessons and One month of free instrument lessons, valued at $120

                                    (Winners Choice)

                                      Plus one month of free dance lessons, valued at $45.

                                        Total retail value: $165.

                                          Giveaway 3 – One Winner

                                            Entry giveaway dates: May 27 & 28


                                                Ultimate Smile Dentistry Dr. Warren J. Schlott, DDS and Bryce D. Nebeker, DDS

                                                  Free Dental Bleaching (Includes impressions, bleaching trays and 4 tubes of whitener), valued at $150.00.

  • St. Angela Merici holds fundraiser for Christ Cathedral, the former Crystal Cathedral

    6 years ago by

    John D. McEntee, Father Michael of Saint Angeles and Roman Catholic Bishop Father Kevin Vann are shown at a meeting at the home of John NcEntee (courtesy Susan Gaede)

      People: The Christ Forever Campaign Leadership Committee of St. Angela Merici Catholic Church are conducing meetings to raise money in order to repair and enhance the recent purchase of the Crystal Cathedral in Garden Grove, now known as Christ Cathedral,John McEntee had one of the meetings at his house. He had the Wienerschnitzel food truck and an icecream truck there. Diocese of Orange Bishop Kevin Vann and 7 other priests were in attendance.

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

  • Bob Bickel, 50 year resident of Brea, passes away

    7 years ago by

    50 year Brea resident Bob Bickel died of cancer October 14. Services were held October 20 at St. Angela Merci Church in Brea.

           50 year Brea resident Bob Bickel  died of cancer October 14 just 10 months after his wife Shirley died of  the disease. Bob and Shirley had been married for 62 years. You never saw one without the other. They both loved music and enjoyed all the jazz sessions in the Brea Downtown.  Bob played the drums in high school.
         Bob  was active at St. Angela Church, and Father Tim Olsen came back to participate in the packed service. The long time local resident served as little league coach for many years, and was on the  board of the senior center for 20 years in a leadership position. He enjoyed running the popcorn machine at the center.  He also helped with BREAL.
          Bob loved Brea and Breans adored him. The Brea Museum folks loved his knowlege he shared about the history of Brea. He enjoyed talking about Brea and joking about Sam’s Place. One of Bob’s cousins told Marty Simonoff that Bob once worked at the Brea Post Office and they nicknamed him “Pug.” Marty called him “Pug,” whenever he saw Bob after that.  Bob wanted to know how Marty knew about his nickname.  Marty jokingly told him he saw it on the US Postal Serice web site. Well that started Bob on weeks of searching the internet for the US Postal Service link that displayed his name. Marty thought about telling him but it was  too much fun letting him search. Finally Bob figured out his cousin told him and they always had a good laugh when they saw each other when the subject came up.
        Bob and Shirley were named “Volunteers of the Year at the museum in 2008.  Bob retired from Union Oil in 1986 after 31 years. He kept busy by serving on the  Parks and Recreation Commission for 10 years and participated at the senior center.  Family was very important. Neighbor and good friend Darlene Riley said, “You could always count on Bob.” He made a difference.
    Susan Gaede

  • St. Angela Merici Parish School Community Rummage Sale

    7 years ago by

    Every weekend there are people who set out to rummage through an assortment of yard sales to find inexpensive, secondhand objects that others do not need anymore. Many times there are great finds and it’s a way to recycle goods where it’s a win/win situation for everyone, especially if it is helping a non-profit organization - attend St. Angela Merici Parish School Community Rummage Sale this Saturday, September 29, from 7:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. See flyer for further details.

  • It’s Brea SummerFest time – three-day weekend of fun, food & entertainment

    8 years ago by

    See Brea SummerFest

    We hope you enjoyed our 2012 BBON Brea SummerFest Contest as much as we did! Thanks again for everyone who participated. We had six winners: Melinda Glass Ganahl, Kelli Cornwell Llewellyn, Naila Centeno Currie, Richie Miguel, Valerie Wood Reeves, and Joe Mendez!! The anticipation of waiting for such a great event wasn’t easy but thankfully, we have arrived and Brea SummerFest weekend event starts today! Celebrating 25 years of food, fun, & family entertainment! Take the family, friends, neighbors and have a great time! See you ‘Down on the Corner!’

  • 24 years of producing McEntee magic at Brea SummerFest

    8 years ago by


    John McEntee and Monica McEntee donated the entertainment for SummerFest the past 24 years. John recently produced the Liza Minnelli show in Las Vegas. (courtesy photo John McEntee).

    SummerFest is celebrating their  25 year anniversary of food,fun, & family entertainment June 1, 2, and 3 at St. Angela  Merici Catholic School at 575 S. Walnut Street.  The event draws over 25,000 people and is the largest community event in North Orange County.

    Founder and president of TEl Entertainment John D. McEntee  has been donating the celebrity entertainment every year.  McEntee  began his career at Brea Olinda High School where he contacted agents and started booking bands charging students $3 a head. Then the entrepreneur decided why couldn’t he be the agent and his career took off.  He became so good at his profession of talent buying he opened offices in Anaheim, Sacramento and Las Vegas. Need Snoop Dog at a party just call John.  He often  provides  personalities for sports,  film, and television nationwide. He negotiated a contract for  America’s Got Talent winner Terry Fator and  for 5 years with a 5 year option to headline at Mirage Resort and Casino.  Recently John produced the Donna Ross show and Liza Minnelli show in Las Vegas. He said he loves his job and would do it for free.
    McEntee has a very special connection to SummerFest …he grew up attending St. Angela Merici Church and made his Holy Communion there. Nearly 50 years to the day, (last week) his grandson, Isaiah, received his Holy Communion at the same church.
    Every year during the show he dazzles the audience by dressing up in a fun costume.  One year he came out dressed as a chicken, we hope he will continue to surprise us.
    Some  of the talent donated by John and Monica McEntee in past 24 years in SummerFest included artists Peter Frampton, Pat Benetar and Neil Giraldo, Rick Springfield, Sugar Ray, Eddie Money, Terry Fator, The Commodores, The Pointer Sisters, Jan & Dean, Les Brown & His Band of Renown. Jim Belushi & the Sacred Hearts, and many more.
    SummerFest free concerts for this anniversary year are amazing.  They include Starship starring Mickey Thomas to perform along with Rick Derringer, Skip Martin (Dazz Band/Kool and the Gang, MC Hammer, Creedence Clearwater Revisited, and Starship to name a few. Go to to see the complete list and times.  Guests will want to come early to get a good seat because no seats are reserved.  Do come for a treat and bring the family.  See you there.
    Susan Gaede

  • BBON Q&A with John McEntee – the man behind the curtain at Brea SummerFest

    8 years ago by


    John McEntee

      By Carolyn Campbell

        John’s  celebrity clients he has booked during his 35-year career reads like a list of who’s who of superstars with well known celebrity Terry Fator of America’s Got Talent fame. Currently, he is working with Jeff Tracta, celebrated impressionist/comedian/singer, who recently performed at The Palms in Las Vegas. Jeff is incredibly talented and John is making him shine.  Together they are a great team.  We caught up with John today for our BBON Q&A, and here’s what he had to say:

        BBON: At what age did you catch the entertainment bug?

        John: In 1974, I was 19 years old water skiing at the Colorado River with friends.  While there, we entered the BlueWater Marina located on the river, and I asked Cybil, the Restaurant Manager, how come there wasn’t a band there? I went on to tell her that if I brought a band to play, could I collect the door admission and you keep the alcohol revenue. Without hesitation, Cybil agreed! A 4-piece band played for 9 days, the money was split four ways, making a profit of $2,200 back in the day.

        BBON: Many fans of Brea SummerFest think you are an alumnus from St. Angela Merici Parish School. However, you did not attend the school, but went to church regularly. What inspired you to give back to St. Angela Merici?

        John: I was inspired by the church. I grew up very poor. There were 10 of us in a two bedroom home with one bathroom.  My mom and dad could not afford to send us to a private school.  I made my Holy Communion at St. Angela Merici at age 7. By age 21, I was an alcoholic. I went to the church for inspiration, making a vow to quit. I haven’t had a drink in 36 years!

        BBON: St. Angela’s Brea SummerFest has entered its 25th Anniversary year with your company, TEI Entertainment, providing phenomenal entertainment year after year, tell us one of your proudest moments in running the show?

        John: It was the time when the police shut down three city blocks, due to the massive crowds that gathered at Brea SummerFest to see Peter Frampton’s performance.

        BBON: As with every event, there are always changes in the agenda causing tension. What stands out most in your mind as a time at Brea SummerFest when everything seemed to be going wrong, but miraculously ended great?

        John: The Commodores were scheduled to perform.  Five minutes prior to show time the generator broke.  Luckily, we had a back-up and fired it up within 10 minutes!

        BBON: What is the secret to longevity in running a successful business?

        John: Four things come to mind: Enthusiasm, give 100 percent, love what you are doing, and never give up! The youth of today are spending way too much time on the computer.  In my day you hustled. There was a Tastee Freez in Brea years ago.  I was around seven when I approached the Tastee Freez manager to ask if I could pick up trash for a meal.  He said yes.  At nine years old I was employed there wiping tables.  And at 15, I became the night manager.

        BBON: You and your wife Monica have three children and three grandchildren; did any of the McEntee’s follow in your footsteps in the entertainment industry?

        John: My daughter Nina is a Music/Spanish Teacher at St. Angela Merici.  She is an example of someone who loves what she is doing.  Also, my daughter Melissa is currently assisting a director of an upcoming movie. My son, Johnny, is a college football quarterback and senior at the University of Colorado. You can see him on YouTube, "Johnny Mac Trick Shot Quarterback posted by Hardcore Huskie." And my wife Monica has been making costumes for homeless and underprivileged children for 25 years.

        The McEntee family