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City Manager's Report July 29, 2021

Celebrating the 41st Annual Country Fair

The 41st Annual Country Fair was held on Saturday, July 3 in City Hall Park. The weather was beautiful and attendance was the highest it has ever been. Brea resident Lori April was quoted in the Orange County Register saying, “To be able to have this again, I felt like in my heart I was home.” That was a common sentiment felt the entire day since the event was canceled last year due to the pandemic. The Country Fair brought back the feeling of community togetherness, patriotic pride, and the unique and special “Brea spirit.”

The day began with the Brea Ministerial Association’s morning service. Mayor Steven Vargas opened the Fair and emceed a majority of the program along with Country Fair Committee Member Joseph Covey. Continuous entertainment was held in the bandstand featuring Whiskey Hayride, Brea Olinda Cheer, Christ Lutheran Church and School Choir, the Bel Airs, and the J.Allan Band.

Guests of all ages enjoyed food (provided by food trucks this year, due to Orange County Health Department restrictions), games, the Beautiful Baby Contest with over 100 entries, carnival rides, field games, pony rides, pie-eating contest, hula-hoop contest, Kreepy Kreatures, a collectible car show with over 77 cars and an antique car display, recreational swimming at the Brea Plunge, and characters, such as Captain America, Wonder Woman, Spiderman, and Raya from Raya and The Last Dragon greeting guests throughout the day. And, the Market Place craft area had over 45 vendors.

The Fair is co-sponsored by the City of Brea and the Country Fair Steering Committee which consists of 27 community volunteers. A special thanks to all of the committee members, the non-profit groups, event sponsors, City staff from the Community Services Department, Communications & Marketing Division, the Print Shop, the Public Works Department, the Fire Department, and the Police Department who all worked diligently to make the fair a reality and success for the community.

Applied Practice is Open to the Public

The Brea Art Gallery opened its latest exhibit, Applied Practice: Constructing Notions on the Contemporary Craft Process, on July 17. This summer exhibit will be available to view until September 10. This new, in-house curated exhibit is an exploration of the skill-cultivation and dedication of makers from backgrounds such as ceramics, glass, metalworking, fiber arts, and more. Focusing on contemporary art made from craft media and processes, and exploring the life-long relationship creators have with their materials, works on view explore the ever-evolving questions in the world of the craft of form versus function, and utility versus conceptualization. Presenting sixteen dynamic artists, working in a variety of approaches and styles, this show invites visitors to delve into the possibilities of these age-old materials and techniques.

Stop by the Gallery Wednesday through Sunday, 12:00 to 5:00 p.m., or for more information, please visit BreaGallery.com.

The City’s New Reception Team

The City reception team, Alexis Alvarado and Sergio Heredia-Melchor, are excited to be part of the city hall team and are looking forward to interacting with Brea’s wonderful community. Included below, Alexis and Sergio share some information to introduce themselves.

Covering Mondays, Tuesdays, and Wednesdays

Hi everyone! My name is Alexis Alvarado and I am the new Administrative Clerk I within the Community Development Department. I am a local Southern Californian who has lived in the area my entire life. I am going to school for Business Administration at Golden West College with the hopes of transferring to a four-year college for my Bachelor's degree in the near future. I am looking forward to building new professional relationships and am excited about future opportunities within public administration.

Covering Thursdays and working Fridays

Hi, my name is Sergio Heredia-Melchor and I am the new Administrative Clerk II within the Economic Development and Affordable Housing Division. I was previously an Administrative Intern for the Community Development Department and worked on projects such as the Housing Element Update and the Projects in Process StoryMaps. I recently graduated from Cal Poly Pomona with a Bachelor’s Degree in Urban and Regional Planning and I have a passion for public service.

Alexis and Sergio look forward to greeting and assisting the community. Please feel free to reach out to them for any reception related items.

Live Concerts in the Park Return to City Hall Park

After going virtual in 2020, Brea’s Concerts in the Park series returned to a live and in-person format this summer. The program kicked off on July 7 with the Symphonic Winds of the Pacific – a long-standing tradition that delivers a diverse repertoire of patriotic, pops, and movie music that always starts the summer on a high note. A dynamic lineup of six free concerts offers something special for everyone. From the smooth rock sounds of Yachty by Nature, to the R&B and Soul of Motown Mix, the New Orleans swagger of the Red Light Brass Band, to the iconic British Invasion classics of My Generation, the 2021 concert series is one of the most exciting ever. Concerts in the Park wraps up on August 11 with the swing and sultry stylings of Lizzy and the Triggermen. Concert goers are invited to bring a blanket, and a picnic to check out some of the boutique vendors on-site, and enjoy the sounds of the summer.

Family Films in the Park

This summer, Family Films in the Park were held on Friday evenings, June 18 and 25, and then again on July 23, at the Arovista Park Amphitheatre. The attendance averaged 150 participants of all ages who enjoyed the following movies: Frozen, Big Hero 6, and Raya and the Last Dragon. Each child received a free raffle ticket before the movie began to be entered into a drawing. During the film’s intermission, prizes were raffled off to the children in attendance and they were thrilled at the opportunity to win a fun prize.

Special thanks to City staff from the Community Services, Public Works, and Police Departments, as well as the Communications & Marketing and Print Shop Divisions.