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Brea Music and Movies in the Park 2013

by Carol or Jim Chamberlain

Looking for something to do in the evening this summer how about going to a show or listening to a concert and its all FREE. Each year City of Brea provides both venues starting in June and ending in August. There is something for young and old. All the movies are rated G or PG, and the concerts have a wide varity of different music.

Concerts in the Park start July 10, 2013, with Symphonic Winds of the Pacific. if you would like more information click here for all the concerts dates and times.

Brea Family Film Festival starts June 21, 2013, with Shrek rated PG for more informationation on dates and times click here

Brea Baptist Church Car Show

by Carol or Jim Chamberlain

Come to the 5th Brea Baptish Church Car Show to be held March 23, 2013 at Birch and Flower in Brea CA 9AM to 3PM.

You will see 100 hundred of the finest pre 1976 cars, hotrods, Woodys, Panels, Muscle cars, Lead sleds, etc.  There will be gourmet food trucks, vendors, Blues Brothers & original film car, The Tank one of kind motorcycle, working farm and big trucks, and much more.  Its a fun day for the whole family.

If you would like to show your vehicle click here to download a printable flyer with registration form. 

Mission San Juan Capistrano

by Carol or Jim Chamberlain

One of the area’s most popular attractions, the Mission San Juan Capistrano is located on Ortega Highway about an hour south of Los Angeles. Orange County’s only Mission, the site documents and preserves over 230 years of Native, Spanish, Mexican, and U.S. history. It also serves as a fun and educational resource for visitors of all ages. People from all over southern California travel to the Mission to discover bygone eras and to take part in various special events such as the Saint Joseph’s Day celebration and the annual battle of the Mariachis festival.

Mission San Juan Capistrano was founded in 1775 by Father Lasuen in order to bring Christianity to the Native peoples of California. Natives were encouraged to join the Mission and convert to the Spanish Catholic way of life. By 1806, the Mission’s population had grown to over 1,000 people.

Over the next several decades, however, the Mission suffered a decline due to natural disaster, illness, and Mexican rule. Things began to improve slightly after the U.S. won the Mexican American War in 1848, and several territories, including California, became part of the United States. By the early 1900s, a number of artists, photographers, visionaries, and wealthy individuals had taken an interest in the decaying site. Restoration and preservation efforts began in earnest in the 1910s and continued throughout the 1940s.

Today, the preserved adobe Mission serves as a historic landmark and museum. It sits on 10 acres of grounds and gardens and features audio tours, educational tour booklets, exhibits, and historical re-enactments. Daily activities include Koi fish feeding, guided tours, and the Mission’s award winning audio tour. (There’s even one for children) Native American Basket Weaving takes place on the first and third Wednesdays of every month, and on weekends, visitors can pan for gold and make their own adobe bricks.

Museum exhibits change frequently, so there’s always something new to discover, such as the historic artifacts, rare paintings, and religious documents featured in the August Mission Treasures exhibit. Depending on the time of year, visitors also can enjoy the Mission’s outdoor concert series, Music Under the Stars, or spend an adventurous night camping on the museum’s grounds.

Veterans and current military get free admission on Labor Day weekend. For more information, including current hours and exhibits, visit the Mission at


by Carol or Jim Chamberlain

Wish you could experience the thrill of flying an F-16 Fighter Jet or a Boeing 737-700? Now you can, at Flightdeck, Anaheim’s most popular flight simulation center.

Consistently rated one of the top 10 things to do in Orange County, Flightdeck’s flight simulation center features nine fighter jet simulations and one Boeing 737-700 flight simulator.

Whether you want to take control of a commercial jet or fight in air-to-air combat while maneuvering in the air at 600 knots, Flightdeck has the experience for you. Inexperienced pilots typically start with the FOX-1 Mission flight. Returning customers can experience the FOX-2 Mission, which builds on FOX-1 and includes additional air-to-ground combat. FOX-2 pilots have their choice of eight different aircraft, including the F-14 Tomcat and the MIG-29. Both missions are 45 minutes long.

Customers looking to experience an increased challenge can participate in the three-hour Viper-1 program. After three blocks of highly personalized instruction, pilots test their ability to perform a combined skills flight in a simulated combat environment. Training includes taxi and take-off, formation take-off, basic landing procedures, air combat maneuvers, air-to-air munitions, target acquisition, SAM Missile avoidance, and more.

While the majority of Flightdeck’s simulations are for one pilot only, parents and children, couples, and friends can ride together in Flightdeck’s newest addition: the F-111. This exciting new simulation takes place in an actual F-111 Fighter Bomber cockpit known as the “Aardvark.” Co-pilots sit side-by-side as they fight to avoid opponents, stay in the air, and hunt for bogeys. (Minimum age with adult supervision is 7)

Always dreamed of flying a commercial jet? Check out the 30, 60, and 90-minute options available for Flightdeck’s 737 flight simulator. The true-to-life, 180-degree wrap-around screen lets you see the world through a real pilot’s eyes, as you taxi, take off, climb, cruise, descend, and land in the midst of a variety of weather conditions. Experienced flight instructors guide you through the basic controls and teach you how to go through the pre-flight inspection. The 90-minute package may include an in-flight emergency and/or a diversion to another airport. With the 737-700 simulator, anything’s possible! 

Classroom training and in-flight instruction take place before each simulation to ensure participants get the most out of each experience. Group events, including birthday parties, bachelor parties, and corporate team building exercises, are available. Pilots must be at least 11 years old and 4’11” tall, unless accompanied by a parent in the F-111. Reservations by telephone are required. For additional information, visit Flightdeck at

Coffee is Life

by Carol or Jim Chamberlain


Please take a moment to enjoy the people, friends, and family around you we are on this earth for a short time and in a blink of and eye we are gone. Enjoy the coffee not the cup.

Life is Like Coffee
Author Unknown

 A group of alumni, highly established in their careers, got together to visit their old college professor.Conversation soon turned to complaints about stress in work and life. Offering his guests coffee, the professor went to the kitchen and returned with a large pot of coffee and an assortment of cups: porcelain, plastic, glass, crystal, some plain looking, some expensive, some exquisite. He told his guests to help themselves to the coffee. After everyone had a cup of coffee in hand, the professor said:  If you noticed all the nice looking expensive cups have been taken up, leaving behind the plain and cheap ones. While it is normal for you to want only the best for yourselves… that is the source of your problems and stress be assured that the cup adds no quality to the coffee. In most cases it’s more expensive, and in some cases even hides what we drink. What all of you really wanted was coffee, not the cup.  But you consciously went for the best cups… And then you began eyeing each other’s cup. Now consider this … The jobs, money and position in society are the cups. They are just tools to hold and contain LIFE. And the type of cup we have does not define, nor change the quality of life we live. Sometimes…by concentrating only on the cup, we fail to enjoy the coffee. Savor the coffee not the cup! The happiest people don’t have the best of everything. They just make the best of everything! Live simply. Speak kindly. Care deeply. Love generously. The richest person is not the one who has the most, but the one who needs the least.  “Life is like Coffee”

Here was a wonderful slide show with music:

Laguna Beach a la Carte - A Food & Wine Experience (March 8-11)

by Carol or Jim Chamberlain

Four days of wine pairings, cooking demonstrations, special restaurant offers, and tasty culinary delights start March 8 in Laguna Beach. The event kicks off on Thursday evening with a diverse mix of winemaker and chef’s dinners hosted at various restaurants around town. Enjoy gourmet two-to-six course prix fixe dinner menus with or without wine pairings from $30 to $125 per person. Half-off discounts and special pricing for couples are also available.

To learn the details, visit here.

On Friday from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m., head over to the historic Hotel La Casa del Camino to experience Chef Craig Connole’s award-winning Mediterranean-inspired cuisine. Ten distinct creations will be showcased in three amazing locations: overlooking the ocean at The Rooftop Lounge, in the middle of a romantic Spanish courtyard, and to the beat of great music in the Lobby Lounge. Live music, cocktails, and a wine bar will also be available. Prefer to try something else? Restaurant specials, like the complete French dinner for two for $59.95 offered by Cést La Vie, continue throughout the weekend.

Don’t miss the signature event on Saturday, March 10: Laguna Beach Uncorked! – An International Wine & Food Fest. The event runs from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m. and features tastings from 25 Laguna Beach restaurants and 25 wineries from around the world, as well as chef demos, live music, seminars, and more. General admission is $75 in advance and $95 at the door. There are also 150 VIP tickets available. Tickets are on sale now -- simply click here. Proceeds benefit the CHOC Children’s Hospital. 

Saturday evening check out another of Laguna Beach’s great restaurants or grab a spot at the Sunset & Savor event at Surf & Sand Resort’s Pool Deck. Limited to 100 guests, the event features a selection of specialty cocktails, sweet treats, select beers, Chateau Ste Michelle wines, and – of course – great food. Sunset & Savor starts at 6 p.m. Tickets costs $75 each.

Wrap up this ultimate Food and Wine Experience on Sunday with a gospel and champagne brunch at Tivoli Too!, or with a three-hour chef demonstration and cooking class at Nirvana Grille, which will focus on local and seasonal produce. Then, from 2 to 5 p.m., snack, sip, and surf at The Deck at Pacific Edge Hotel. At 6 p.m., it’s time for more champagne -- this time paired with signature garden-inspired hors d’oeuvres. A four-course tasting menu paired with wine from a local California winery follows the champagne reception at Montage.

Click here for tickets.

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3230 E Imperial Hwy, Ste 125
Brea CA 92821

Carol & Jim Chamberlain 714-726-3166 or 714-726-3144                  "Yes, We Can Be In Two Places At Once!"                                              BRE Lic Numbers: 00912962, 01015143