The Wauwatosa Neighborhood Association Council (NAC) supports Tosa’s 30 local neighbor-hood associations with information, mentoring and training. Their mission is to create a stronger, safer and more vibrant community by helping neighbors connect to people, places and resources. Involved, connected neighbors make great neighborhoods, and great neighborhoods are one of the many reasons Wauwatosa is such a wonderful place to live.
Bluemound Manor • Charles Jacobus Park • Currie Park Estates • Fisher Woods • Glenview Heights • Greenwood Estates • Highland Park • Historic Heights • Inglewood • Jennings Park • Lowell Damon Woods • Lovers Lane Estates • Ludington Commons • Mayfair Park • Olde Hillcrest • Pabst Park • Park Ridge • Parkway Estates • Pasadena Quarry Heights • Ravenswood • Ruby Gardens • Sheraton Lawns • Swan Park • Tosa East Towne • Tosa Heights • Washington Highlands • Tosa Village • Wellauer Heights • Wellauer Park
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News about what’s happening in Wauwatosa from the Neighborhood Association Council
Tosa’s All-City Read Writing & Visual Arts Contests
now through Friday, February 26
If you or your kids are budding writers or artists, it’s time to create an entry for the Tosa’s All-City Read Writing and Visual Arts contests. Compete for great prizes and notoriety! There are four age categories: grades 3-5, grades 6-8, high school and adult. For the writing contest, simply write an essay of less than 1,000 words on themes taken from the City’s 2018 book, Lab Girl. For the visual arts contest, you may use any medium, including paint, pen and ink, pencil, pastel, sculpture, ceramics, fiber, printmaking or digital media. Find full contest rules and downloadable entry forms at
Wauwatosa Distinguished Citizen 2017 Nominations
now through Monday, January 8
Do you know someone who has made significant contributions to the community life of Wauwatosa? Nominate that person for the 2017 Wauwatosa Distinguished Citizen award. Nomination forms are available at the City Clerk’s office, the Wauwatosa library, on the website, or from an Award Council member at
Holiday Tree Lighting/Holiday Magic Weekend
Friday, December 1
The Tosa Village Business Improvement District is hosting its annual Holiday Tree Lighting and kickoff to the Holiday Magic Weekend on Friday, December 1, from 5 to 9 p.m. The Tree Lighting ceremony begins at 5:45 and features musical performances and a thrilling arrival of Santa on a fire truck. Santa will visit with children at Paulina Esthetics Boutique, 7601 Harwood Ave., starting at 6:30. Throughout the entire weekend there will be specials at Village businesses, refreshments and free trolleys providing easy transportation through the Village. Find out more at
Breakfast or Lunch with Santa
Saturday, December 2
Enjoy breakfast (9:30 a.m.) or lunch (noon), meet Santa, take photos, make 3-4 crafts and partake in holiday activities at the CelticMKE Center, 1532 N. Wauwatosa Ave. For tickets, go to: celticmke.com/CelticMKE-Events/breakfast-lunch-with-santa.htm Admission is $8.
Santa Cycle Rampage
Saturday, December 2
There’s nothing quite like the sight of 700 Santas and elves to get you in the holiday spirit. The Rampage departs from Cranky Al’s, 69th and North Ave., at 9:30 a.m. and ends at Lakefront Brewery, 1872 N. Commerce St., at 10:30 a.m. Costumed riders are welcome for pre- and post-ride parties at many other bars and restaurants. Register to ride in advance at wisconsinbikefed.org/rides/santa-cycle-rampage or that morning starting at 7a.m. at Red Dot Tosa, 6715 W. North Ave.
Canadian Pacific Holiday Train in the Village
Sunday, December 3
Hosted by the Village of Wauwatosa BID, All Aboard for Tosa Cares is a community event aimed at raising awareness of and increasing donations to Tosa Cares, a local food pantry. Join your neighbors for the Canadian Pacific Holiday Train stop at the Harwood Avenue railroad crossing (near the Little Red Store) and free concert featuring Terri Clark, Dallas Smith and Kelly Prescott, beginning at 4:15 p.m.
Don’t forget to bring your donations to Tosa Cares. The top requests are peanut butter, jelly, tuna, soup, cereal, canned fruits (not in heavy syrup), canned vegetables, rice, pasta, and macaroni and cheese. They also look for the following personal care items: soap (bar or pump), toothpaste, toothbrushes, shampoo and toilet tissue. Be sure to check the expiration date before donating.
Dinner & a Flick
Friday, December 8
Friends of Hoyt Park & Pool present the classic holiday comedy “Elf” (rated PG) in the Grand Hall, from 6 to 9 p.m. in the Grand Hall at TOSA Pool, 1800 N. Swan Blvd. Admission is free, and there will be food and drinks for purchase from The Landing’s menu. Bring your own folding or camp chair, or sit at one of their picnic tables and enjoy a fun, relaxing and funny evening
Oh Night Divine: A Holiday Concert with Tallymoore
Saturday, December 9
Contemporary Irish Folk band Tallymoore will perform a mix of songs from their repertoire as well as some of the favorite holiday classics at the CelticMKE Center, 1532 N. Wauwatosa Ave. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item for the Wauwatosa Community Food Pantry. Admission is $10 in advance or $15 at the door. Doors open at 6 p.m., concert at 7 p.m. Details at www.facebook.com/events/1281965061930361/
Wauwatosa Community Band Concert
Tuesday, December 12
The Wauwatosa Community Band, a 70+-piece concert band, will present an entertaining holiday program at 7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, December 12, in the Lois Weber Theater of Longfellow Middle School, 76th and North Avenue. Much of the music will have a Russian flair: selections from the Nutcracker Suite, Alfred Reed’s “Russian Christmas Music,” and the “Ukrainian Bell Carol.” Donna Kummer is the band director, and the announcer is Gladys Chmiel. Treats will be provided following the concert. Admission is $5 ($3 for seniors and students).
Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce Annual Showcase & Social
Celebrate the annual winners of the Small Business Community Award, Civic Appreciation Award and Regional Impact Award, visit with Chamber member exhibitors and enjoy a buffet dinner, 4:30-7:30 p.m. at the Radisson Hotel, 2303 N. Mayfair Rd.
Tosa’s All-City Read – The Amazing Tosa Race Scavenger Hunt
Starts: February 1, Awards Party: Sunday, February 25, 3-5 p.m.
Team up with a carload of friends and test your knowledge of Tosa, Lab Girl and nature for the chance to win great prizes. Then join us at our awards party to earn more points and celebrate the winners. Find out more and register at
EFW Black & White Gala 2018
Saturday, February 3
Enjoy this evening of live music, dancing, heavy hors d’oeuvres, an auction, raffles and more to benefit the students and teachers of the Wauwatosa School District at the Crowne Plaza Milwaukee West, 10499 W. Innovation Drive. Registration begins January 1.
Tosa’s All-City Read – Lifelong Gardening
Wednesday, February 7
Master Gardeners will teach you techniques and tips to help you enjoy gardening throughout your lifetime, including how to modify the garden and the gardener. Victory Garden will talk about their programs, followed by treats made with items from the garden. From 1 to 3 p.m. in the Muellner Building at Hart Park, 7300 Chestnut St. To reserve your place, go to
Tosa’s All-City Read – Geology Rocks! Confessions of a Field Geologist
Thursday, February 8
Tosa’s All-City Read presents Dr. Dyanna Czeck of UW-M’s Department of Geosciences, who will show and tell us about her career, travels and discoveries, proving that we all can be scientists if we want to be. For ages 10 through adult. If you dig rocks, you won’t want to miss this free event from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in the Firefly Room at the Wauwatosa Public Library.
Tosa’s All-City Read – The Boy Who Loved Math (and Girls Who Do Too!)
Saturday, February 10
Tosa’s All-City Read invites you to explore the improbable life of Paul Erdös, a kid who loved math and grew up to be a famous mathematician. Play a few math games, learn about prime numbers and enjoy doughnuts together with your son or daughter, ages 5-14, from 9 to 10:30 a.m. at Mathnasium of Wauwatosa, 6931 W. North Ave. Reserve your place by calling 414-369-6284 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Tosa’s All-City Read – Succulent Garden Workshop
Thursday, February 15
Bring a little green into your home with a beautiful tabletop succulent garden you make yourself. Gale Borger of Gerry’s Garden Shop will lead you through the process of creating a green masterpiece, 7-8:30 p.m., location to be announced. Cost: $30. Reservations are required; go to
Tosa’s All-City Read – Women in Science: Tales from the Lab
Saturday, February 17
Four local women scientists discuss their unique career journeys—their research, their struggles, their triumphs. Do any of their experiences mirror Hope Jahren’s in Lab Girl? Have they found it harder for women to get ahead? What do they see as the future of science… and the prospects for girls in school today? Ages 12 and up are invited to this event, 1:30-3 p.m., at the Medical College of Wisconsin, 8701 Watertown Plank Rd. Bring your questions!
Tosa’s All-City Read – Aromatheraphy Workshop
Wednesday, February 21
Aromatic (essential) oils from bark, flowers, leaves, roots and stems have therapeutic properties and can promote physical and psychological wellness. Molecular biology researcher and certified aromatherapist Beth Unger of Divine Scents talks about the benefits of botanicals and helps you make a roll-on formula that you can take home, from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at Luther Manor, 4545 N. 92nd Street. Reservations are required; go to www.TosasAllCityRead.com/events.
Tosa’s All-City Read – Dandelion Wishes: A Painting Workshop
Thursday, February 22
Lab Girl shows us the beauty in elements of nature we often take for granted—even in dandelion seeds! Painters from beginning to expert will enjoy this step-by-step class at Arté Wine & Painting Studio, 1442 Underwood Avenue, that leads you through a complete painting to take home. For ages 14 and up. Cost: $35. 7-9 p.m. Register online at
Tosa’s All-City Read – In Our Own Voice: Surviving Mental Illness
Saturday, February 24
Join your neighbors for an important discussion about mental illness, one of the key themes in Lab Girl. Volunteers from the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) share compelling stories about their recovery for a greater understanding of mental illness. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel investigative reporter Meg Kissinger, author of an award-winning series on the failures of the mental health system, will talk about her research and family experience. From 10 to 11:30 a.m. in the Firefly Room at the Tosa Library