Record crowd enjoys East Tosa cuisine at TENTA’s “Taste” event at Birch

The evolution of TETNA’s “A Taste of East Tosa” from what it originally was to what it has become has been a wonder to behold.

This year’s event featured a record number of East Tosa eateries putting their best foot forward to provide event patrons with tasty samples and delectable delights. The most stunning change, however, perhaps was the venue move to Birch, the event space on North Avenue adjacent to Camp Bar. The new location allowed guests to purchase beverages of their choice throughout the evening, an atmosphere that promoted mingling and socialization among the amazing neighbors of TETNA.

We’re already looking ahead to next year to make a few tweaks, adding even more restaurants and kicking things up a notch!

In the meantime, thanks to all who came out to this great members-only event. The more than 80 attendees this year also may be a record, and we can’t say enough about how our local businesses came through with such a great lineup of food: Cosmos Cafe, Tosa Bowl and BunNorth Avenue GrillLutheran Home & Harwood PlaceIrie ZuluBelAir CantinaCranky Al’sRocket Baby BakeryOno Kine GrindzWauwatikiHue VietnameseIndulgence Chocolatiers, Cafe Blue, Ca’ Lucchenzo, Milk & Honey Liqueur and McDonald’s.

If you’d like to get involved in your neighborhood, including by helping us with great events like this, send us a message or come to our next meeting, at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month in the Center Street Park pavilion.


TETNA needs neighbors like you to volunteer now for 2019… Here’s how.

The end of one year and beginning of another often is a time when we reassess life’s priorities and enjoy the excitement of taking up new opportunities while letting go of some of the old. Resolutions may be personal, but even the personal can be community-minded. I hope you have enjoyed some of the contributions that our TETNA board and volunteers have made to the neighborhood in recent years, and I ask that you give some thought to making your own contribution in 2019, not with your money but your time.

The nice thing is that volunteering with TETNA doesn’t require a lot of time, but a little time goes a long way in enhancing our neighborhood’s quality of life, from popular family events like our Spring Egg Hunt and adult events like Taste of East Tosa to special campaigns, like our drive to add Tosa East Towne signs on lampposts in the neighborhood. (Those beautiful signs have arrived, and we’re working with the city to install them.)

So here’s the hard sell: Much of this good news won’t keep happening without neighbors like you stepping up to make it happen, and right now we need more neighbors to get involved. Start by committing to just a year of support for your neighborhood association. You can email me at dmpaulsen@gmail.com with your interests or questions, or join us at one of our upcoming meetings, which are held at 7 p.m. on the second Monday of each month at the Center Street Park pavilion. (The next is Jan. 14.)

One of the easiest ways is by joining our board, which meets to discuss upcoming events and ongoing issues in the neighborhood. It’s a great, no-hassle way to add your voice. No strings attached.

We also are looking for a new coordinator for our TETNA Nighttime Trick-or-Treat. If you’ve enjoyed that festive Saturday in October every year, then take on this fulfilling role for 2019 and help us keep it going for the future. We don’t want to lose such a popular event, so your time can make a big difference.

If you have a background in writing or publications, we could use your help producing our 12-page TETNA newsletter, which is distributed three times a year to homes around the neighborhood. This often is the first way new residents hear about the neighborhood association and provides timely reminders about upcoming events and other news.

Finally, Run Tosa Run is scheduled for May 18, and we now are forming this year’s race committee. If you are an avid runner or just a supporter of the event with an interest in contributing, we can use your help in one of a variety of planning roles. Some may require just a bit of your time in the week or two before the race, or join us in the earlier planning stages as we take a big-picture look at the future of the race, which has raised thousands of dollars for Ronald McDonald House Charities.

And the best part about volunteering is you don’t have to do it alone. Take on a new role with a friend or your family. Along the way, you will have the support of fellow neighbors who love East Tosa like you and want it to continue to thrive. Join us today.

Sincerely,
David Paulsen
Board President
Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association


Decorate your house for TETNA’s Halloween contest

Think your house will be the spookiest this Halloween? Then sign up to participate in Tosa East Towne Neighborhood Association’s inaugural house decorating contest.

Register your house with this form by Friday, Oct. 26. All registered homes of TETNA members will be eligible to win and highlighted on the decorated homes map available online. To become a member or renew your membership, visit tosaeasttowne.org/join.

Secret judges will be out from 6:30-8:30 on Saturday, Oct. 27, during TETNA’s Nighttime Trick or Treat. Creativity is a plus. Judges also will take into account overall scariness, though your decoration concept need not be scary to win. Selection criteria ultimately will be up to the judges.

House decoration winners will be announced and prizes distributed on Sunday, Oct. 28.


Learn about the upcoming Tosa schools referendum

Residents will vote Nov. 6 on a $124.9 million facilities referendum proposed to address significant needs of the Wauwatosa School District’s aging schools. The School District is hosting several informational open houses in October, and all Wauwatosa residents are invited.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 16: 6:30-8 p.m. at McKinley Elementary School, 2435 N. 89th St.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23: 11:30 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. at Hart Park Senior Center.
  • Tuesday, Oct. 23: 6:30-8 p.m. at Lincoln Elementary, 1741 Wauwatosa Ave.

Additionally, a Referendum Fact Sheet was mailed to all Wauwatosa residents the week of Sept. 17. Watch your mailbox in early October for a Referendum Newsletter with more info. You also can learn more at wauwatosaschools.org/ref2018.


TETNA’s Nighttime Trick or Treat is Saturday, Oct. 27

Pumpkins on ledge

TETNA’s Halloween Trick or Treat nighttime event is back and better than ever! Mark your calendars for the evening of Saturday, Oct. 27.

Every year, TETNA offers this safe and fun event in our neighborhood. This year we are continuing to open the TETNA Trick or Treat event to all neighborhood blocks! So, get your costumes and spooky faces ready to explore the Halloween festivities that our whole neighborhood has to offer.

The Trick or Treat event is from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27 and for TETNA registered members. The trick-or-treating is for children ages 14 and younger. 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 be an official event participant – whether your little goblins will be trick-or-treating or you will be handing out candy (or both).

Want to trick-or-treat?

Come to the registration and sign up! The first 500 people to drop off their candy at registration will be given a reusable trick or treat bag (maximum of 5 per registered household). All participants will get a glow stick for each trick-or-treater. The cost to participate is a 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.

If you also are handing out candy and want to keep the kind you bought, just let us know at in-person registration, or you can just sign up online. (If you still need to renew or join TETNA, visit our membership page).

Want to hand out candy?

Come to registration and sign up! You will get a sign to put in your window to identify your house as a TETNA participant and some candy to get you started.

Note that this is a very popular event and we’re not able to provide all the candy that you might need to accommodate all the trick-or-treaters.

You can either purchase more candy on your own or turn out your light when the candy runs out. Note: if you don’t plan to accept candy from TETNA, you can sign up online and print your Trick or Treat sign.

Teal Pumpkin Project

Don’t forget about the Teal Pumpkin Project too. 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. Signs will also be available for pick up at registration.

New this Year

In addition to trick-or-treat, TETNA will be holding a house decorating contest. Register your house with this form by Friday, Oct. 26. All registered homes will be eligible to win, and highlighted on the decorated homes map available online. Secret judges will be out from 6:30-8:30 on Saturday night. Winners will be announced and prizes distributed Sunday, Oct. 28.

Not a TETNA member yet?

Become a member and register for the event at the same time! Our membership year runs from Oct. 1-Sept. 30. Register and pay online, or bring your dues and this membership registration form and Trick or Treat registration form. We will have extra forms if you forget. But make sure to bring your bags of candy for all your trick-or-treaters!

When and where to register

Center Street Park Pavilion, 6420 W. Clarke St.

  • Tuesday, Oct. 23, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Thursday, Oct. 25, 6:30-8 p.m.
  • Saturday, Oct. 27, 8:30-10 a.m.

Volunteers

As always, we are looking for volunteers to help make this event successful. If you are interested in helping with registration or in another capacity, visit signup.com/go/BuSfXuY or email peytonfam@att.net.

Tosa Tushie Drive

The Second Annual Tosa Tushie Drive will be held in conjunction with TETNA Trick or Treat registration. Neighbors registering as trick-or-treaters or as treat-givers are encouraged to bring a package of diapers and/or wipes to any of the Trick or Treat in-person registration times. Additionally, diaper/wipe donations can be dropped off at Tosa Pediatrics during their regular hours Oct. 10 to 26. All diaper/wipe donations will be given to a local shelter to help families with small children.