David Paulsen

Neighbors like you are needed to join TETNA’s board

Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association remains an active institution serving your neighborhood, by providing local information to members, hosting events and working to improve the quality of life for residents. This is a completely volunteer association made up of neighbors like you, and we are looking for additional neighbors to step up and serve a term on the board.

This is a great way to get active in your neighborhood, and the time commitment starts with just attendance at our monthly meetings, which typically are held at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month. The board oversees the great work of TETNA’s event coordinators, and board members typically volunteer at some of those events when they are able. We also encourage board members to share ideas for new events, initiatives or communications.

New terms start in May. If you would like to learn more about serving on the board, please email info@tosaeasttowne.org.

The new board usually is elected in April at TETNA’s Annual Meeting. The coronavirus pandemic continues to shake up our spring schedule, and that includes the Annual Meeting, which previously was scheduled for April 15 at Tosa Bowl & Bun. Instead, the TETNA board is working to facilitate the official functions of the Annual Meeting — such as budget presentation and board election — online and by email.

When it becomes possible to gather again in person, we look forward to rescheduling an Annual Meeting-style event and other fun activities that showcase our neighborhood. In the meantime, please remember your neighbors while you are staying “Safer at Home.”

Support East Tosa restaurants with takeout and delivery during COVID-19

Restaurants and bars have closed for dine-in service as part of the widespread efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19, but many of our favorite establishments in East Tosa remain open for takeout, curb-side pickup and/or delivery. Help support these local business by continuing to enjoy their great food while staying safe during the coronavirus pandemic.

Info is only as current as we have time to keep it current, so check ahead with the restaurant to be sure take-out and delivery is still available.

If you are aware of additional East Tosa businesses offering takeout and delivery, please let us know at info@tosaeasttowne.org.

A word on TETNA’s upcoming activities amid the coronavirus outbreak

UPDATE 12:50 P.M. MARCH 16: We are sad to announce we will be canceling this year’s Spring Egg Hunt given the legitimate concerns over the spread of the coronavirus and the uncertainty that remains with less than three weeks until the event. The CDC is now recommending that citizens avoid gatherings of 50 or more for the next eight weeks. The decision to cancel our popular Egg Hunt, though regrettable, is an obvious one at this point. Thanks to Ruckus & Glee for its support this year and for Maghan White for all her prep work. We hope to be able to offer another family-oriented event for our neighborhood later this year, as conditions allow. We’re in this together, East Tosa.


With many public gatherings being canceled or postponed this month in an effort to slow the spread of the coronavirus outbreak, Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association would like to update our members and neighbors about the status of the several events planned for this spring.

Plans are still underway for Spring Egg Hunt on April 4, TETNA’s Annual Meeting on April 15, Run Tosa Run on May 16 and the TETNA Neighborhood Rummage Sale on June 6. At this time, we have not made any decisions to cancel or postpone any of these events, however, we realize that may become necessary depending on how the response to the coronavirus evolves between now and then.

We are hopeful that conditions will improve in time to proceed with our Spring Egg Hunt, but we will update you on the status of that and the other events as further decisions are made.

This is an unprecedented and difficult time, though with the precautions now being implemented by institutions and organizations throughout our community, the residents of Tosa East Towne can be part of efforts to minimize the impact of the virus. And although “social distancing” has been identified as part of this public health strategy, we hope residents will not forget their neighbors and will find ways to connect with and serve each other.

If you have ideas you’d like to share for ways Tosa East Towne can respond, please send them to info@tosaeasttowne.org. We hope to see you soon.

Some coronavirus resources:

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Wisconsin Department of Health Services

Wauwatosa School District

City of Wauwatosa

Neighbors encouraged to get involved by joining TETNA’s board

It has been an honor and a pleasure to serve as your Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association board president the past three years, and I have been encouraged recently by the level of interest among neighbors in volunteering their time to help make our neighborhood a better place.

Alderman Joel Tilleson gives an update on city news for Tosa East Towne residents at TETNA’s 2019 Annual Meeting, held at Tosa Bowl & Bun.

Our Annual Meeting is a great time to think about getting more involved, including on our board. Any TETNA member can serve, and this year I will be looking to hand off my role to a new TETNA president.

If you are interested in that or any of our other officer roles, please email us at info@tosaeasttowne.org for more information.

There are plenty of other reasons to join us for our Annual Meeting, which will be at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 15, at Tosa Bowl & Bun, 7212 W. North Ave. The agenda will include appearances by our council members and Wauwatosa police, and the presentation of our Volunteer of the Year Award and a $750 check to this year’s college scholarship recipient. Plus food and good conversation.

It’s also a great way to spend time getting to know your neighbors. We hope to see you there.

UPDATE: Run Tosa Run canceled for 2020

2018 race start

Runners head north on 69th Street after the start of the 2018 Run Tosa Run. The 2020 race is scheduled for May 16. Photo by Shaku Mays.

UPDATE: The TETNA board regrettably has voted to cancel this year’s Run Tosa Run due to uncertainty about our ability to gathering for a race amid the persistent threat of COVID-19. You can see additional details of the cancelation here. If you were registered for the race and didn’t receive our cancelation email, please email runtosarun@gmail.com for followup.


It’s time again to lace up your running shoes and hit the streets for our annual Run Tosa Run 5K and kids run on May 16, 2020, being held on the Saturday after Mother’s Day for the seventh straight year.

The race has grown steadily over the past five years, and in 2019 our 300 registrants helped us raise enough money to donate $5,500 to Ronald McDonald House Charities Eastern Wisconsin, with lead sponsors BelAir Cantina and GRAEF.

GRAEF logo

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.

5K run/walk at 9 a.m. May 16

The 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. View a map of the course here, and check out this nifty animation created by the City of Wauwatosa below…

Route map for Route #5 by City Staff on plotaroute.com

Kids’ run at 8:30 a.m. May 16

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

Online registration for our 5K is now open:

  • $25 through March 13.
  • $30 from March 13 to May 1.
  • $35 from May 2 to May 13.
  • $40 on race day, with credit card.
  • Kids run is $8 no matter when you register.

Packet Pickup

Early bird packet pickup will be from 4:30-6:30 p.m. Friday, May 15, in the pocket park next to Rocket Baby Bakery. You also can pick up your packets on race day starting at 7:30 a.m.

Run Tosa Run kids run

Young runners gather at the starting line for the 2017 Run Tosa Run kids event. The 2020 events are scheduled for May 16. 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.
  • 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.

Volunteer to help

Our 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. Our SignUp.com page will launch soon. To sign up in advance, email runtosarun@gmail.com.

About our top sponsors

In addition to lead sponsors BelAir Cantina and GRAEF,  we’re grateful for the support last year of our other top sponsors, Lutheran Home & Harwood Place, Mathnasium Wauwatosa and Shine Salon.

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.

Past results

Run Tosa Run 2019

Run Tosa Run 2018

Run Tosa Run 2017

Run Tosa Run 2016

Run Tosa Run 2015

Run Tosa Run 2014