Warm weather has finally arrived and schools are closing for the summer. Make the most of your summer by enjoying all the outdoor activities, parks and fun events that make Tosa come alive. Be sure to check out what’s new in our local parks. Take the kids to the new playground at Webster Park. It’s one of our farthest northwest parks on Mayfair Road south of Congress. A new concert series, called Tosa Twilight Zone Music Series, kicks off its first concert on May 29 in the newly-opened urban gathering space, 69th Street Plaza Pocket Park at 69th And North Avenue.

The Tosa Tonight free outdoor concert series brings you eight summer concerts in Hart Park. At the first concert on June 13, The Tosa’s All-City Read book for 2018-2019 will be announced along with a book giveaway. On July 11, the Wauwatosa NAC partners with Tosa Tonight to encourage all neighborhood associations to gather for a fun evening of food and music. And on July 4th there will be a concert and activities before the fireworks. Be sure to walk by the new Hartwork Project art sculptures in Hart Park whenever you’re enjoying the park.

But that’s not all. Enjoy the Farmer’s Markets, Hoyt Pool and The Landing Beer Garden, Food Truck Thursdays at City Hall, the East Tosa Gran Prix Bike Race, MidTown Tosa Festival and 5K Run for Wellness, National Night Out, the Firefly Art Fair or sit at an outdoor patio. We wait for these simple pleasures all winter long.

Warm weather also brings “construction season” not only to Tosa but in the region. Construction is hard on everyone — our residents, businesses and the traveling public. Please carefully watch for pedestrians and construction workers as you drive through construction zones. Please have patience. Follow the detour signs and obey the speed limits and stop signs; especially when detouring through neighborhoods. The closure of eastbound State Street will continue into fall as improvements to old water and sewer pipes continue. Use extra caution during events, like the concerts and 4th of July activities, as residents use the temporary pedestrian asphalt path on the south side of State Street to walk and bike in the area.

I can’t wait to find my fun this summer as Tosa comes alive. I hope to see you walking, biking, dining or attending one of our great events. Enjoy and be safe.
Kathy Ehley