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Have you heard?! Teal is the new orange!

Teal Pumpkin Project

Guest Post – Heidi Hemling

Summer has suddenly turned to fall and that means children are getting anxious for the coming Halloween festivities. I see many families decorating their homes with creative haunted houses, spooky lights, and pumpkins of all shapes and sizes. They fill our neighborhood with color and excitement. However, if you take a closer look the next time you are strolling through the neighborhood you will notice that some families are electing to decorate their doorsteps with teal pumpkins.

Why teal, you ask? Because teal is the color for food allergy awareness and trick-or-treat events present significant risks to those children who have been diagnosed with food allergies. The homes decorated with these brightly colored pumpkins indicate participation and support for The Teal Pumpkin Project. This movement was started in 2014 by a Tennessee mom and has now been embraced by Food Allergy Research and Education (FARE).

According to FARE, “1 in 13 children is affected by food allergies and the strongest reactions are usually triggered by milk, eggs, peanuts, tree nuts, soy, wheat or shellfish” Even more startling, FARE estimates that approximately “every three minutes, a food allergy reaction sends someone to the emergency room.”

It’s easy to join the movement and it does not mean you cannot also hand out candy or other food treats if you enjoy doing so. Participating simply means you are offering a non-food treat option that allows for children with life-threatening food allergies to participate in the fun and tradition of trick-or-treating. If you and your families or children would like to become more involved, there are many ways to join the Teal Pumpkin Project:

  • Attend TETNA trick-or-treat registration and grab your very own Teal Pumpkin Project flyer to indicate you have non-food treats available
  • Purchase some inexpensive toys such as glow sticks, bubbles, or pencils to hand out as non-food items
  • Paint a pumpkin a brilliant shade of teal to place in front of your home
  • Visit the Teal Pumpkin Project’s downloads page for access to free materials such as yard signs and stickers to show your support
  • Add your street to the Teal Pumpkin Project Map to let others in the neighborhood know that you are offering non-food treats
  • Share tweets, Instagram posts and Facebook posts with the hashtag #TealPumpkinProject to help spread the word

Let’s come together as a neighborhood to make sure all children are included and can have a happy, healthy, and safe trick-or-treat this year!

Trick or Treat 2016 – SAVE THE DATE

Saturday, October 29, 2015
6:30 to 8:30PM
*ENTIRE* East Towne Neighborhood

TETNA Trick or Treat

Mark your calendars, this year’s nighttime TETNA Trick or Treat event will be held on October 29th! After last year’s success, we will keep the event open to the ENTIRE neighborhood!

Look out for full details and registration info on the website soon as well as the October Newsletter!

Facebook event

2016 TETNA Block Party & Movie Night

Saturday, August 27, 2016
3:00 PM to 10:00 PM
Center Street Park

TETNA Block Party
We have lots of fun stuff planned, but the more volunteers we have, the more fun we can offer! Please sign up to volunteer.

The TETNA Annual Block Party & Movie Night at Center Street Park is fun for the whole family, including: games (volleyball and kickball), activities (water balloon toss, bubble blowing, giant Jenga), food from the grill, and a bounce house! Come for the fun and food, and then stay at dusk to watch a movie under the stars!

Block Party Schedule of Events:

3:00 – Set up – give us a hand setting up tables and food
3:30 – Bounce House opens (small fee for a hand stamp to take turns all evening)
4:00 – Water Balloon Toss – all ages!
4:30 – Food available for purchase: Hot dogs and sausages, corn on the cob, chips, watermelon, popcorn, drinks. Bring a picnic blanket and join us for an old-fashioned cookout.
5:00 – Bubble Blowing Contest – fashion a wand from pipe cleaners and make the biggest bubble on the block! Face painting and temporary tattoos available too!
6:00 – All Neighborhood Kickball Game – the whole family can join the team!
8:00 – Set up your blankets and get ready for the summer family classic: The Sandlot (Recommended 8+, Common Sense Media Review)

Other features: A possible visit from our neighborhood Fire and Police department, volleyball net, and live music (do you know someone in the neighborhood who would be willing to play some tunes? Let us know!)

Grab a group of people from your block and join us. We can’t wait to see you at this year’s Block Party!

Shop the TENTA Rummage Sale June 4th

Saturday, June 4th, 2016
8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Entire TETNA neighborhood

TETNA Rummage Sale SignThe ever-popular TETNA annual neighborhood-wide rummage sale will be on Saturday, June 4th from 8AM to 3PM. There are over 50 homes participating selling a wide variety of items available. Check out the map below or click this link to see all the registered homes. We hope to see many of you buying and selling at this great event, which is sponsored this year by Beth Jaworski of Shorewest Realtors!




View 2016 TETNA Rummage Sale in a full screen map

June 4 is TETNA’s neighborhood Rummage Sale, sponsored by Beth Jaworski

Saturday, June 4th, 2016
8:00 am – 3:00 pm
Entire TETNA neighborhood

TETNA Rummage Sale SignThe ever-popular TETNA neighborhood-wide rummage sale will be on Saturday, June 4th. We hope to see many of you buying and selling at this great event, which is sponsored this year by Beth Jaworski of Shorewest Realtors!

If you would like to register as a seller, please fill out the form below. Here are are few things to keep in mind:

  • Registration is open only to those living within the TETNA area (map)
  • TETNA Members can register for free!
  • Non-members can register for $5 (but really you should just go ahead and join TETNA first)
  • Last day to register is Tuesday, May 31st.
  • TETNA will place signs on the perimeter of the neighborhood and publicize the sale in local/social media.
  • We publish an online (printable) map that is only available until the end of the sale.
  • You can call attention to your sale with any signage or banners you want to, though we’ll also be sharing a customized TETNA sign that you will be able to download to show that you are registered. Stay tuned.

If you’re interested in helping with the rummage sale in any capacity, or if you have questions, please email Christina Piel.