The Great Shakeout
On October 21, the Brea Civic and Cultural Center participated in the Great Shakeout Earthquake Drill followed by a full evacuation of the Civic Center. Employees and tenants all practiced “Drop, Cover and Hold On” and shortly after, the Brea Police Department’s Watch Commander initiated an evacuation.
Brea Firefighters Successfully Promoted
Holiday Programming Returns to the Curtis Theatre
Patrons of the Curtis Theatre will be excited to hear that some fan-favorite artists are returning just in time for the holidays. To kick things off, Christmas with the Alley Cats will be back with performances November 26 – 28. America’s premiere doo-wop group puts its acapella spin on the holiday classics while showcasing its humor and heart-warming storytelling. Following that will be performances of It’s a Wonderful Life - The Radio Play. This beloved film is brought to life on stage, complete with costumes and live sound effects, from December 9 – 19. Produced in partnership with STAGEStheatre, this holiday tradition is immensely popular and is the perfect family-friendly wintertime experience.
New Seats and Carpet Installed at the Curtis Theatre
The City of Brea is pleased to be hosting its annual Veterans Day Ceremony this year on Thursday, November 11 at 10:00 a.m. Please join us in-person as the community pays tribute to all military heroes, veterans, retired, and active-duty members. Additionally, those Breans who have made the ultimate sacrifice for their country will be honored. The ceremony will take place at the Brea War Memorial, located in front of the Brea Civic & Cultural Center, 1 Civic Center Circle.
Please plan to arrive early to the ceremony to find parking and a seat. Underground parking will be limited and street closures will occur prior to the start of the ceremony. Guests needing special assistance may park on the west side of the Civic & Cultural Center or may be dropped off in the semi-circle in front of the Civic & Cultural Center prior to the street closure. The exact time of the street closure will be posted on the City’s website closer to the event day. For more information, please call Brea Special Events at 714-990-7771.
The 27th annual City of Brea Nutcracker Craft Boutique will be hosted on Friday and Saturday, November 19 and 20, at the Brea Community Center. This boutique is one of the largest in North Orange County and features a variety of different vendors selling one-of-a-kind holiday gift items. There will be over 250 vendors Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. and Saturday 9:00 a.m.-4:00 p.m.
This year’s City of Brea ornament will be sold at the boutique. The keepsake ornament will also be available for purchase throughout this holiday season. For more information on purchasing a City of Brea ornament, please call Special Events at 714-990-7771.
Grant Funds Awarded for The Tracks at Brea Trail Western Extension
In the fall of 2020, San Gabriel and Lower Los Angeles Rivers and Mountains Conservancy (RMC) announced a grant call through California Parks and Outdoor Access for All Act, Proposition 68. In an effort to meet a City Council goal to continue to apply for grants for the Tracks Western Extension, staff submitted a grant application earlier this year. The application scope of work was for community engagement, concept development, and permitting for the segment between Berry Street and the Brea Canyon Flood Control Channel. Earlier this month staff received the notification that the City of Brea was successful in their request and received grant funds of $225,000 with no matching requirement. Staff will bring the agreement to the City Council for consideration at a future meeting. This grant is a great support to expand the Tracks at Brea Trail to encourage more walking, cycling, jogging, and other outdoor recreation and fitness uses.
Birch Hills Golf Course Improvements
Brea’s Friendship City Namyangju
On November 2, an eight-member delegation from Namyangju, South Korea visited Brea for the first time. The delegates were excited to learn more about Brea’s history and they had many activities planned during their half-day visit. The delegates were able to tour Brea’s Civic & Cultural Center, the Curtis Theater, the Art Gallery, the Police Department, and attended a City Council Meeting. Mayor Vargas mentioned he is eager to visit Namyangju in the near future. The friendship with Namyangju is valued and will continue to enrich both cultures, create opportunities, and allow for a bond between two sides of the world.
Chuseok with Brea’s Korean Sister City
On October 8, the Brea Senior Center welcomed the Brea Korean Sister City Association (BKSCA) to celebrate Chuseok, the Korean equivalent of Thanksgiving. With the help of their many volunteers, the entire BKSCA team served an authentic Korean lunch to 140 seniors, free of charge. Every senior in attendance was gifted a goodie bag, while raffle prizes like mini waffle-makers and heated blankets were randomly distributed to the crowd. BKSCA volunteers even hosted games for the seniors and helped teach them Korean words and phrases. Brea’s City Council members and local representatives were also in attendance. The Senior Center and its patrons were grateful to celebrate the Chuseok holiday with BKSCA.
Brea Gallery Opening Reception
The Brea Gallery was excited to host its first opening reception, since the 2020 pandemic shutdown, on October 9 for Drawn to Paper: Fresh Perspectives in Mixed Media. Approximately 150 visitors attended, people were enthusiastic to celebrate the premiere of the exhibit, as well as the artists, with light snacks and beverages. Visitors enjoyed a discount in the Gallery’s Gift Shop. Also, a few pieces of artwork, of the 72-original works on display, were sold. Several Cultural Arts Commissioners were in attendance to show their support of the Gallery and the event.