Help us plan Run Tosa Run 2016

Run Tosa Run 2015 starting line

Runners take off from the starting line of the 2015 Run Tosa Run. Photo by Anthony Sell.

You could say we’re biased, but we happen to think we have the best darn neighborhood 5K race around, and after two years of growth using a neighborhood-wide course, we’re expecting Run Tosa Run to really take off in 2016.

We’re getting off the ground early with planning the next race in an effort to increase the number of runners, improve our business outreach and expand the activities and attractions we host at the finish line. To make this all happen, we’re actively recruiting volunteers to fill a handful of key roles (no experience necessary).

Why would you want to help plan Run Tosa Run? Well, the best reason is to give something back to the neighborhood we call home, but we also raise money for Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin, give exposure to our local businesses and help bolster East Tosa’s reputation as a place runners live and love. (Plus, it’s actually kind of fun putting on a race.)

The race tentatively is scheduled for May 14, the first Saturday after Mother’s Day. The race committee will have an organizational meeting tentatively on Nov. 18, and then followup meetings will begin in January and be held monthly until the race, with much of the activity taking place in the final few weeks before race day.

In particular, we need people willing to coordinate promotions, volunteers, the kids’ run, equipment, the race packets and post-race festivities. If you or someone you know is interested in learning more, please contact race director Dave Paulsen at 414-399-0067 or

Promotions coordinator

The promotions coordinator will take the lead in developing and carrying out a strategy to increase race participation, including through printed promotional material, social media marketing, media pitches and possibly some advertising. Reaching out to companies to sponsor teams of runners is another approach we’d like to pursue this year.

Time commitment: All in advance of the race, with a steady stream of promotions starting by January.

Volunteer coordinator

This is one of our most important roles. The volunteer coordinator reaches out to groups in the community, such as Key Clubs, Boy Scouts and Girl Scouts, to solicit volunteers for the week leading up to the race and race day in particular. The coordinator also maintains our VolunteerSpot for the race. We have needed at least two dozen volunteers in the past, but we’d like to increase our coverage this year.

Time commitment: Would require some time right off the bat working with the race committee to determine what volunteers we need, refreshing our VolunteerSpot page and developing a plan to solicit volunteers. After that, most of the heavy lifting will be in the final month before the race. On race day, the coordinator is the primary contact person for all volunteers.

Kids run coordinator

Our kids’ run is a half-mile loop of one neighborhood block. The coordinator helps prepare the course, ensures volunteers have medals to give the young finishers and is available if parents have any questions. We’d also like the kids run coordinator to oversee planning of activities that the kids can do before and after their race, such as face painting and crafts.

Time commitment: In advance of the race, this would require a modest amount of time planning activities and possibly helping the promotions coordinator to specifically promote the kids’ run. Most of the effort would be focused on race day, coordinating activities for the kids and making sure our kids run goes smoothly.


Post-race coordinator

This person will take the lead in expanding our offerings at the finish line, possibly to include vendors, activities, partnerships with local businesses and maybe a more elaborate offering of food and refreshments.

Time commitment: This will start picking up early in 2016 as we line up attractions for our race finish line. The race-day commitment would primarily be making sure everything is set up properly and answering any vendor questions.

Oh What Fun! Trick or Treat 2015 Follow Up

This was our first year expanding Trick or Treat to all of the TETNA blocks. As with every year, some blocks get a more visitors than other blocks, but we expect to build from this year as participants continue to adjust to the new patterns. Luckily the rain ended in time and the fire pits were out in full force.

It sure looks like everyone had lots of fun! Below is a collection of photos highlighting the great night:

WE WANT YOUR PHOTOS! If you have any great photos you would like to share, shoot us an email with a link and we will add them.


Taste of East Tosa 2015

Taste of East Tosa

Thursday, November 12, 2015
6:30 — 9 pm (Tasting begins at 7 pm)
Kneeland-Walker House
7406 Hillcrest Dr.

Facebook event

Gather with neighbors at the beautiful Kneeland-Walker House for a dinner of samplings from local East Tosa restaurants – a Taste of East Tosa, if you will.

Area Businesses Participating:
Juniper 61
Lutheran Home
Ono Kine Grinz
BelAir Cantina
North Ave Grill
Tosa Bowl and Bun
Irie Zulu Cafe
Cafe Blue

Desserts and sodas will also be provided. You are welcome to bring your own alcoholic beverage or favorite cocktail; however, the Wauwatosa Historical Society prohibits red wines. Party attire can be festive, not fussy.

This adult-only event is a relaxed opportunity to meet the TETNA Board and other residents of the neighborhood. Many rooms make for many conversations. A tour of the house is also available.

Every year the TETNA Board members provide a plate of desserts to share. Continuing from last year, there will also be a contest for the most delicious dessert item!

Cost: $10 per person (plus $10 household membership fee if not yet paid)

Complete the Taste of East Tosa RSVP form by Nov. 7 and mail your check (payable to TETNA) to:
Taste of East Tosa, c/o Cindy Anderson
6425 W. Clarke Street
Wauwatosa, WI 53213

Or you can register completely online below!

Come taste, sample, vote and converse!

Online Regstration

Remember, Taste of East Tosa is for TETNA members. Please be sure to complete your Membership Registration before signing up for Taste of East Tosa.

Pay via PayPal

Select the number of people attending.

Trick or Treat 2015 – Bigger than ever!

Saturday, October 31, 2015
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM
Rain or Shine

Facebook event

Trick or Treat 2015 to be held on Halloween night

TETNA Trick or TreatTETNA’s Halloween Trick or Treat nighttime event is back and it’s going to be bigger and better than ever! Mark your calendars for the evening of Oct. 31 and plan to attend this spooktacular event from 6:30-8:30 p.m.

Every year TETNA offers this safe and fun event in our neighborhood. In the past, the trick or treat blocks have been limited to certain areas. This year we are going all out and opening the TETNA Trick or Treat event to the ENTIRE neighborhood! So get your costumes, candy buckets, and spooky faces ready to explore the Halloween festivities that our whole neighborhood has to offer.

TETNA Halloween DecorationsThe Trick or Treat event is for TETNA members and the trick-or-treating is for children ages 14 and under. The whole family is welcome to join the fun and each group of children should be accompanied by at least one adult. You must register to participate in the event – whether your little goblins will be trick-or-treating or you will be handing out candy (or both!).

Online Registration New this year, you can register for Trick-or-Treating and pay for your annual membership completely online. If you don’t have any trick-or-treaters and would prefer to give out your own candy, we will send you the display sign for you to print, and there is nothing more you need to do. However, if you plan to have any trick-or-treaters participating or want to hand out some of the awesome TETNA-provided candy, you will need to stop by to pick up/drop off at the in-person registration.

Bring to In-Person Registration

  • Completed Membership Registration Form (we will have extras there in case you forget)
  • Completed Trick or Treat Registration Form (we will have extras there in case you forget)
  • Candy Donation: 100-piece bag of candy PER CHILD. The candy must be individually wrapped and factory sealed. Due to safety concerns, we cannot accept opened bags of candy. (Also handing out candy and want to keep the kind you picked out? Just let us know.)
  • Membership Dues: $10/household ($8 for seniors) – cash, checks payable to TETNA, or credit card
  • Optional Donation to Scholarship Fund

Take Home from In-Person Registration

  • Glow sticks for each registered child
  • Information sheet
  • Trick or Treat display sign to identify TETNA participants distributing candy
  • Starter candy supply for candy distributors (Note that this is a very popular event and we’re not able to provide all of the candy that you might need to accommodate all the trick-or-treaters. You can either purchase additional candy on your own, or turn out your light when the candy runs out.)

When and Where to Register

  • Tuesday, October 27, 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • Thursday, October 29, 6:30pm-8:00pm
  • Saturday, October 31, 8:30am-10:00am

Register at St Pius X School located at 2506 Wauwatosa Ave – enter the school doors from the parking lot and look for signs.

Volunteers As always, we are always looking for volunteers to help make this event successful. Volunteering also provides you the opportunity to meet others in the neighborhood. If you are interested in helping with Trick or Treat registration or in another capacity, please visit our Volunteer Spot page to sign up or contact the event chair Erica Storm (

TETNA looks forward to another successful spooktacular event!


Jake’s 21st Memorial Blood Drive

Saturday, October 3rd, 2015
9 am – 2 pm
Roosevelt Elementary School
2535 N 73rd Street (enter 74th Street door)


Please come and donate at Jake’s blood drive!  Your support is vital to many in the community – please sign up!


Jake was 4 years old when he was diagnosed with Rhabdomyosarcoma.  He received numerous blood and platelet transfusions that were integral during his 3 1/2 years of treatment.  Jake lost his battle in March 2009 at the age of 7.  His family sponsors two blood drives each year at Jake’s school, Roosevelt Elementary.  Jennifer, Jake’s mom, says, “We hope donors will continue to be there for all the other children who need blood products.”

How to schedule an appointment:

(1) Signup Online
(2) Call Jennifer – 414-810-4793
(3) Email Jennifer

Appointments encouraged, however, walk-ins are welcome.  Open to all… remember to bring an ID or Donor Card. Child care provided.