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Design selected for new Tosa East Towne lamppost signs

Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association received 515 responses to its survey seeking residents’ input on a design for new lamppost signs in our neighborhood. Each of our six finalists received dozens of first-place votes, but there was one clear leader, the colorful design submitted by Tosa East Towne native Zack Goehner.

Zack Goerhner's design

Zack Goehner’s design was selected for Tosa East Towne’s lamppost signs.

Thanks to all who participated in our survey, and congratulations to Zack. The TETNA board at its February meeting approved his design for our lamppost signs.

UPDATE: We have reached our fundraising goal! Thanks to everyone who contributed.

Zack, 34, grew up on 64th and Meinecke, and after leaving town to live in Seattle for about 10 years he moved back to the neighborhood last year “so my kids could be closer to their grandparents.”

“I have been inspired creatively by our neighborhood since childhood,” Zack told TETNA. “I had countless sketches of our house and crayon-drawn maps of our streets. So I’m forever grateful to have had an opportunity to contribute to our neighborhood through art.”

Here’s how he describes the idea for his winning sign design:

“The design was inspired by the majestic rows of bungalows that stand throughout our neighborhood — Tosa East Towne’s signature aesthetic and symbols of our closeness as neighbors. I tried to capture the enchanting colors and shapes that appear when the first and last light of the day hits our streets. The signs will be a warm welcome: unique and colorful, just like we are.”

You can find more works in his portfolio at

TETNA will discuss ordering and installing the signs at its next meeting, at 7 p.m. March 12 at Center Street Park Pavilion. All are welcome to attend.

Volunteer Appreciation Night planned as TETNA encourages more residents to get involved

There are so many ways to get involved in our neighborhood. Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association invites residents to consider donating their time and energy to ensure our events and services continue in the future.

Please email if you are able to help fill any of the following volunteer roles:

TETNA board: The board meets once a month to carry out the business of the neighborhood association, and board members typically are asked to help now and then at events throughout the year, though each event is organized by a designated coordinator. Attending our annual meeting is a great way to learn more, and you can submit your name for our board election on the spot. This year’s annual meeting is 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Red Dot.

Newsletter distribution: Help distribute copies of our newsletter to homes on your block three times a year.

Newsletter editing: We are looking for residents with a background in communications and/or writing to help compile our newsletter, which is produced three times a year and features short articles on past and future neighborhood events.

Sponsor and advertiser outreach: Help us maintain our existing base of business supporters and add new sponsors and advertisers through personalized contacts.

Kathleen Flanders

Past coordinator Kathleen Flanders hands out drawing prizes before the 2017 Spring Egg Hunt. This year’s hunt is March 24.

Spring Egg Hunt: This year’s hunt is Saturday, March 24. Email us if you are available to help set up at Center Street Park.

Run Tosa Run: Want to help organize our next 5K? We’d love to have you on board. No experience in race management is necessary. We also need residents available to help on race day, which this year will be May 19.

Trick or Treat: Volunteers will be needed to help with registration and our kickoff event, and we’re also looking for an assistant coordinator to help with planning.

Taste of East Tosa: This popular November event is in need of a coordinator, who will line up the East Tosa restaurants that provide the food for the evening. Please let us know if you will help preserve Taste of East Tosa as a TETNA tradition.

Volunteer Appreciation Night

We also want to say thank you to everyone who already is actively involved as a volunteer, from the neighbors who deliver our newsletters to the course marshals who make sure our Run Tosa Run race goes smoothy. Our first Volunteer Appreciation Night will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. March 13 at Tosa Bowl & Bun, featuring a relaxed evening of socializing with fellow volunteers and a sampling of food from Tosa Bowl & Bun’s menu. Drinks, including beer and wine, will be available for purchase.

Invitations were emailed to known addresses on our volunteer list. If you’re one of our volunteers but didn’t receive an invitation, let us know by emailing

TETNA partnering with Cub Scouts to shovel snow for older neighbors in need

Shoveling scoutsTosa East Towne Neighborhood Association has identified a need among some of our neighbors for help with shoveling snow after winter storms, so TETNA is partnering with Cub Scouts Pack 155 to connect volunteer shovelers with those in need.

If you are an older neighborhood resident or someone who struggles to remove snow from sidewalks and driveways because of physical limitations, you are invited to submit your name and address here in our Google Form or email, and we will relay your information to leaders of the Roosevelt Elementary-based Pack 155.

Personal information will remain confidential and will only be used to dispatch scouts to residences. This is a volunteer service project intended only to help those truly in need, so please do not submit your information if you have no problems shoveling snow.

Pack 155 will be coordinating the volunteers. Pack leaders will dispatch shovelers when possible and may not be able to attend to all addresses immediately after a storm, so if you need immediate assistance you may need to make other arrangements. That said, we hope that this partnership will grow and evolve in ways that will provide a valuable service for some of our neighbors while providing experience with community service for some of our younger residents.

Vote for your favorite Tosa East Towne sign design

TETNA Sign Collage

Preview of the 6 sign designs selected as finalists by the TETNA board.

The new lamppost signs for Tosa East Towne are moving along. In October, we launched a fundraising campaign to fund the new signs, and released a request for designs. We received an overwhelming amount of support in both areas, raising over $2,000 and receiving 20 designs. We’re thankful to everyone who had a hand in supporting the project, and submitting a design.

Now comes the fun part – we want your feedback on the designs. We’ve narrowed it down to six finalists, which all feature a unique and creative design, that would look great in our neighborhood. We encourage you to view the designs and rank them 1-6 by clicking on this survey link. Part of the reason we are asking you to rank is there is possible we will choose more than one design. While resident feedback will be the most important factor when making our selection, the board reserves the right to make the final decision on the design(s) selected. Note that the survey is best viewed on a laptop or desktop. The survey will be open until 1/31.

We look forward to seeing your favorites, and will update you as soon as we have our winner!

Get involved in your neighborhood; learn more at TETNA annual meeting

TETNA board meeting

Scott Shelnutt of the North Avenue business Tosa Block Party speaks at TETNA’s January meeting. The monthly meetings are held in the Center Street Park pavilion on second Mondays. Our annual meeting will be 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Red Dot. Photo by David Paulsen.

I’ve never met anyone who hated living in our neighborhood. Sure, we grumble sometimes about parking or traffic or maybe our neighbors’ peculiar habits. But overall, we live here because we’ve come to love it. And I suspect for many of us, a big part of why we love it traces to the countless hours of volunteer time that residents give to neighborhood organizations, such as the PTA, Cub Scouts or Girl Scouts or your neighborhood association.

With TETNA’s annual meeting set for April 18 at Red Dot, I’d invite you to consider attending and, more importantly, taking on a more active role with your neighborhood association.

Events like the nighttime Trick or Treat, Spring Egg Hunt and Run Tosa Run only happen because of volunteers like you, and the help you can provide may only require a few hours. It also might turn into something you look forward to each year.

We also are looking for residents interested in taking on leadership roles:

  • Board members
  • Board officers (such as treasurer)
  • Newsletter editing
  • Event planning
  • Scholarship review

And we’re always looking for new ideas. Maybe you have a few, about how to make our neighborhood even better. Share them with us and learn more at our annual meeting at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 18, at Red Dot, 6715 W. North Ave. If you want to learn more in advance, email us at