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City Manager's Report November 19, 2021

Fall Mini-Carnival

On October 28, the Brea Senior Center hosted its first Fall Mini-Carnival in the outdoor courtyard of the senior center. The event featured carnival games, raffle prizes, popcorn, face painting, Halloween candy, and a hot dog lunch, all provided free of charge. Eleven different senior-service sponsors hosted carnival game booths such as milk can throw, target shooting, basketball, and cornhole, including small prizes or a chance to win larger raffle prizes. Thanks to generous sponsors, close to 100 hot dog lunches were served. It was incredible to see smiles on faces as they played games and socialized with their friends. The Fall Mini-Carnival was a memorable start to the fall season. The event was so well-liked, that the seniors requested it happen every year.

Celebrating Halloween with the Best Buddies

The City of Brea continued its Best Buddies Halloween tradition this year by virtually hosting over 275 children from the Brea Olinda Unified School District’s Best Buddies Program. To be cautious due to the current pandemic, a short video was sent to greet the Best Buddies and wish them a “Happy Halloween.” In addition, treat bags filled with school supplies, candy, and other sweet treats, were delivered to the school sites by Brea Police Cadets and administrative staff. The City is excited to continue this great tradition and is thankful for community partnerships to help keep it growing. Special thanks for the generosity received from SoCalGas’s sponsorship and Wal-Mart’s school supply donation.

Thank you cards were sent from the Best Buddies which provided heartwarned smiles to all who viewed them.

Senior Halloween Party

Halloween came a little early this year to the Brea Senior Center on Friday, October 29. With almost every senior dressed in costume, the staff and volunteers had fun serving 136 lunches consisting of a roast beef sandwich with au jus, pumpkin soup, scalloped potatoes, honey mustard salad, fruit, and pumpkin cookies. After dancing to “Thriller” and giving out raffle prizes, the annual costume contest began with categories like “Most Original,” “Scariest,” and “Best Overall.” Jessie’s “mummy” costume was the victor this year, closely followed by women dressed in traditional “Dia de Los Muertos” clothing.

Brea Senior Center Received Rotary Club Donation

Members of the Rotary Club of Brea recently stopped by the Brea Senior Center to donate $1,000 to the Senior Center’s Case Management Program. For decades, the Rotary Club of Brea has supported the Case Management Program serving Brea seniors who need additional support identifying and navigating healthcare, food, financial, transportation, housing, and mental health resources available in the community. These case management services are all provided free of charge, but oftentimes a financial need arises that a senior cannot cover, such as in-home care assistance or home safety equipment after a fall. That’s where the Rotary Club of Brea’s donation steps in to cover these unexpected expenses and support seniors in times of crisis. The City of Brea is grateful for the Rotary Club of Brea providing a safety net to the senior community.

Over 500 United States Military Veterans and community members were able to share in the 9th annual Veterans Day Ceremony, held on Thursday, November 11 at the Brea War Memorial, located at the Brea Civic & Cultural Center. Traditionally, this event honors and celebrates military families and remembers Breans who paid the ultimate price for their country.

This year’s keynote address was given by Sergeant Major Peter Gutierrez, Commandant of the Sunburst Youth Academy. The Firehawks Class 28 from Sunburst Youth Academy were also in attendance and gave every Military Veteran a carnation during the ceremony. This ceremony always brings the community together for a memorable event filled with meaning. Thank you to all U.S. Military Veterans for their service and dedication.

Black Friday Specials

Attracting over 100 customers each year, the Brea Fitness Team capitalizes on one of the busiest shopping days of the year. This year’s Black Friday exclusive offers include Massage Therapy, Personal Training, Pilates Reformer, Boot Camp, TRX, and One-Month Memberships. The specials help attract individuals to the Brea Community Center and often become long-term users of Brea Fitness services.

Valid November 15-29 only.

Sixteenth Annual Thanksgiving Workout

The Brea Fitness Team annualy hosts a special Thanksgiving morning workout. This year’s theme is “Feast Mode ON” with the option to choose either a Boot Camp or Zumba Party. The atmosphere is enhanced by upbeat music, festive t-shirts, and swag bags.

Certified Personal Trainers, Berry Liang, and Andrea McGranahan, will lead the 75-minute Boot Camp leading participants through obstacle-style workout stations, which include TRX straps, designed to use bodyweight resistance to build muscle and strength, cycle sprints, slam balls, and battles ropes.

Certified Zumba Instructors, Pam Johnston, and Lori Maier, will lead the 75-minute high-energy Zumba Party. All fitness levels can take advantage of this full-body metabolic workout, in preparation for a guilt-free Thanksgiving feast.