Run, walk, volunteer, cheer at Run Tosa Run 2017

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Runners cross the finish line of the 2016 Run Tosa Run. Photo by Mindy Mays.

We at TETNA look forward to spring each year, not just because the air begins to wREGISTERBUTTONarm and the neighborhood begins to bloom, but also because it’s time again to lace up our running shoes and hit the streets on the Saturday after Mother’s Day for the annual Run Tosa Run.

The race has grown steadily over the past three years, and in 2016 about 300 runners registered and helped us raise enough money to donate $5,500 to Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin.

BelAir Cantina and GRAEF have signed on as lead sponsors of Run Tosa Run 2017, set for May 20, and you can register here.

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It’s a great way to raise awareness of all our neighborhood and local businesses have to offer while raising money for our charity. What makes Run Tosa Run a success? It helps to have such a beautiful course, but we also couldn’t do it each year without our terrific sponsors and many dedicated volunteers.

We invite you to join us as a runner, volunteer, sponsor, vendor or simply a resident cheering on the runners as they pass through our neighborhood.
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5K run/walk at 9 a.m. May 20

rtrlogoThe 5K is chip-timed by West Bend-based Absolute Race Timing, which scrolls results on kiosks and a monitor at the finish line and also emails runners their results after they finish. The course starts at 69th Street and North Avenue and weaves through the neighborhood between 74th Street and 62nd Street. This year’s course is still being finalized, and we may pursue course certification by the USATF this year.

Kids’ run at 8:30 a.m. May 20

The kids’ run is about a half mile, looping one neighborhood block and finishing under the same finish line arch as the 5K. The run is recommended for children ages 10 and younger, and each young runner gets a Run Tosa Run T-shirt and a finisher’s medal. We also offer various children’s activities near the starting/finishing line.

Registration details

You can register online at our registration page. If you require a paper registration, please emailruntosarun@gmail.com and we can send you a copy of the form. Anyone registering by May 1 gets our early-bird cost of $25 and is guaranteed a T-shirt featuring our Run Tosa Run logo. Online registration will continue at $30 until May 18. We also will accept race-day registrations for $35 with credit cards.

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Participants in the 2016 kids’ run turn a corner toward the finish line. Photo by Mindy Mays.

Prizes and awards

  • Medals/ribbons will go to top 3 male/female finishers in age categories: under 20, 20-29, 30-39, 40-49, 50-59, 60+.
  • Overall top male and top female finishers receive awesome East Tosa gift baskets. We’re still assembling this year’s awards, but you can see here what top finishers won.
  • All 5K participants can enter drawings for equally awesome East Tosa prizes.

Some rules

Strollers are welcome, starting at the back of the pack. Not welcome are animals, roller skates, roller blades, skateboards or bikes. The race will be canceled only by extreme weather, in which case race fees will be used as donations to Ronald McDonald House Charities.

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Volunteer to help

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on SignUp.comOur great volunteers are a big part of our success each year. You can help with race week preparations and on race day in a variety of roles, from packet pickup to serving as a course marshal at one of the intersections on the course. Sign up on SignUp.com at signup.com/go/WSVecd or email runtosarun@gmail.com.

About our sponsors

In addition to lead sponsors BelAir Cantina and GRAEF,  we’re grateful for the support of our other top sponsors, Children’s Hospital of WisconsinLutheran Home & Harwood Place and Hue Vietnamese Restaurant, with more sponsors to be announced soon.

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About the cause

RMH 3C Logo VertRonald McDonald House Charities of Eastern Wisconsin will benefit from the proceeds raised by the event. The well-known charity is located on Watertown Plank Road in Wauwatosa, near Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin. The Ronald McDonald House mission is to provide a “home away from home” for families while their children are receiving medical treatment at local hospitals at little or no cost. The House is more than just a place to stay – offering families therapeutic programming including art, animal and music therapy, a comprehensive meal program, comfortable community spaces and so much more.


Join us April 8 for our Spring Egg Hunt, sponsored by Indulgence Chocolatiers

Egg Hunt 2016One of TETNA’s most popular events of the year is a great way for families to get outdoors as winter turns to spring. The annual Spring Egg Hunt draws dozens of young egg seekers to Center Street Park a week before Easter, and this year’s hunt is set for April 8 at 10 a.m.

Indulgence Chocolatiers logoWe were fortunate to have Indulgence Chocolatiers as sponsor of the event in 2016, providing chocolates to participants and a gift card to one lucky drawing winner. We’re happy to have Indulgence back again as sponsor of the 2017 event.

Facebook eventTo participate, just bring a basket and your smiling faces! All families with current memberships participate for free. If you are not a member, you may pay your $10 dues at the event.

And if you are available to volunteer to help with the activities on April 8, please email Kathleen Flanders at katflanders@yahoo.com.

Check tosaeasttowne.org and TETNA’s Facebook page for more details as we get closer to the event date.


Help TETNA identify events for 2017 neighborhood calendar

Do you have an idea for a new public event in the Tosa East Towne neighborhood? Do you have suggestions for making existing neighborhood events better? If so, we want your input at our next meeting, at 7 p.m. Monday, Feb. 13.

Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association is dedicated to improving the quality of life in our neighborhood, and one of the most visible ways we carry out that mission – with the help of your annual dues – is by organizing events that all our residents can enjoy.

Hundreds of children participate each year in our neighborhood’s Trick or Treat, held on the Saturday evening before Halloween. Hundreds of residents come out to run and walk in our Run Tosa Run, held each May. TETNA also organizes an egg hunt before Easter, a neighborhood-wide rummage sale, the Taste of East Tosa dinner party, an outdoor movie night and occasional social gatherings at North Avenue hotspots. And we gladly support great events in our neighborhood that are organized by other groups, such as Que & Brew in July and Fall Fest in October.

As we get started with planning our 2017 events, we’re looking for residents’ feedback on which events we should emphasis, which ones we should downplay (or even phase out) and whether there is something new we should try this year.

Facebook eventIf you’d like to contribute your ideas – whether or not you have time to help plan our events – join us at 7 p.m. Feb. 13 in the Center Street Park pavilion for our monthly meeting. We have scheduled an hour-long work session to help focus our efforts as we finalize TETNA’s calendar of events for the year.

Come be a part of what makes our neighborhood a great place to live!

For more information or to submit your ideas by email, contact us at info@tosaeasttowne.org.


TETNA’s seniors invited to apply for $500 scholarship

2016 scholarship Avery Pankratz

Tosa East senior Avery Pankratz (left) receives the 2016 TETNA scholarship from then-president Christina Piel at the annual meeting, held in April at Cranky Al’s.

Know an outstanding high school senior in the Tosa East Towne neighborhood? Encourage him or her to apply for our $500 TETNA Scholarship by Feb. 10.

This scholarship recognizes a student who best exemplifies the TETNA philosophy: “To provide a welcoming and nurturing environment and to maintain the quality of life and sense of community through shared interests and neighborly interaction.”

The scholarship competition is open to neighborhood seniors who attend public or private school, but only students whose families have a current, paid TETNA membership are eligible. The neighborhood is bounded by 60th Street on the east and 76th Street on the west and stretches from North Avenue north to the city limits. For more information, contact the Tosa East Career Center or email Nicole Etter at sweeneyetter@gmail.com.

This scholarship is made possible by the generous donations of our members and area businesses and concession sales at the annual Block Party & Movie Night. Click the “Donate” button at the bottom of this page if you would like to give to the Scholarship Fund. Additional info is available here.

How to apply for scholarship

Seniors at Wauwatosa East High School should have received information about the TETNA scholarship earlier this month through their scholarship packets and can apply through the school’s standard process.

Other high school seniors in the Tosa East Towne neighborhood can apply by producing the following:

  1. Completed Application Form
  2. Two (2) letters of recommendation from teachers, employers, community, church leaders or others who can discuss your character and accomplishments
  3. On separate paper answer the following questions. Please number your answers to correspond to this application.
    1. What extracurricular, community or volunteer activities did you participate in during high school? Please provide a list of these activities on the form provided.
    2. Please give a brief description of your duties/responsibilities of the three activities most important to you. Include the reason of its importance to you.
    3. The TETNA Scholarship is intended to recognize neighborhood high school seniors whose activities demonstrate support for the Association’s philosophy: To provide a welcoming and nurturing environment and to maintain the quality of life and sense of community through shared interests and neighborly interaction. Please describe in an essay how your participation in a community, church and/or other activities embodies the above philosophy.

Please return this completed application to Nicole Etter by Feb. 10, 2017.





East Tosa restaurants shine at TETNA dinner event

Taste of East Tosa at Kneeland-Walker House

East Tosa cuisine is laid out for sampling.

East Tosa cuisine is laid out for sampling.

Dozens of people made it out to TETNA’s annual Taste of East Tosa event on Nov. 17 to sample some of the wonderful cuisine available to us in our neighborhood, another reminder that we’re lucky to live with such great flavors so close by.

This year’s feast featured food from a mouth-watering 13 kitchens: Café BlueTosa Bowl and BunBelAir CantinaHue VietnameseNorth Ave. GrillHarwood Place/Lutheran HomeTall Guy and a Grill,Red DotCranky AlsRocket Baby BakeryJuniper61Ted’s Restaurant and Irie Zulu.

Laura Kirklewski shows off her winning Pumpkin Bars

Laura Kirklewski shows off her winning Pumpkin Bars

Taste of East Tosa was again held at the Wauwatosa Historical Society’s Kneeland-Walker House, which had been beautifully decorated for Christmas.. Attendees were able to take a tour of the historical mansion and learn more about its history.

We capped the night with a fun TETNA tradition, our board members dessert bakeoff. By vote of attendees, this year’s bragging rights went to board newcomer Laura Kirklewski for her Pumkin Bars. We can’t wait for next year to see the great tastes that will be available in our neighborhood.

Thanks to our participating kitchens:

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Recipe: Laura’s Pumpkin Bars

4 eggs

1 2/3 cups granulated sugar

1 cup oil (vegetable)

1 15oz can pumpkin

2 cups flour

2 teaspoons baking powder

1 teaspoon baking soda

1 teaspoon salt

2 teaspoons cinnamon

Beat eggs, sugar, oil and pumpkin together.  Add remainder (dry) ingredients.  Mix until thoroughly combined.  Spread batter in a greased 10×13 in baking pan.  Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes.  Let cool.

While bars are cooling, make frosting.

1 8oz block of cream cheese, softened

1 stick of butter, softened

2 cups powdered sugar

1 teaspoon vanilla

Beat cream cheese and butter together.  Slowly add sugar until well combined.  Add vanilla.  Spread over cooled bars.  Cut and enjoy!