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Holiday Tree Lighting

Friday, November 30

Kick off the holiday season with the lighting of the new tree in the newly redesigned pocket park near St. Bernard’s Church, starting at 6 p.m. Enjoy carols from a local children’s choir, trolley rides around the Village, and specials at various shops and restaurants. There will even be free hot chocolate and a chance to talk to Santa. Watch for a Facebook event page, coming soon.

Tosa East Presents Peter Pan

November 30-December 9

Tosa East presents the musical favorite about the boy who could fly on Friday, November 30 and December 7, Saturday, December 1 and 8, with matinees on Sunday, December 2 and 9. For times and tickets, go to the Tosa East Players website

Santa Rampage Ride

Saturday, December 1

Join hundreds of other “Santas” and elves and hop on your bicycle for a ride through Tosa and Milwaukee. The group departs Cranky Al’s at 9:30 a.m. and makes several stops along the way before ending up at Lakefront Brewery in Milwaukee. Preregister at or register day-of from 7 to 9 a.m. at BelAir Cantina on North.

Brunch with Santa

Saturday, December 1

Enjoy brunch with himself at the Celtic MKE Center at either 9:30 a.m. or 12 p.m. There will be kids crafts to make and take home, holiday activities, photo opportunities and a gift bag from Santa. Tickets must be purchased in advance at

Wauwatosa Woman’s Club Christmas Gala 
Saturday, December 1

The Wauwatosa Woman’s Clubhouse will be decked-out for a Christmas fundraising event that features dinner in the ballroom, live music, silent and live auctions and raffles. Cost is $40 per person. Call 414-257-9935 or email for reservations.

All Aboard for Tosa Cares

Friday, December 7

The colorful Canadian Pacific Holiday Train returns to the Village at the Harwood Avenue crossing at about 4:15 p.m. Entertainment will be provided by The Trews and Willy Porter from 4:30 to 5 p.m. Please bring non-perishable food items for Tosa Cares food pantry. Get additional details and food donation suggestions at

Christmas Tour of Homes

Saturday, December 8

The Wauwatosa Woman’s Club will sponsor a Christmas Tour of Homes in the historic Ravenswood Neighborhood Association from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Three homes will be decked in holiday finery for the event, plus the tour includes the WWC club house and the Wauwatosa Historical Society’s Kneeland-Walker House. $20 in advance. Call 414-257-9935 or email for tickets and more information.

Tallymoore Holiday Concert

Saturday, December 8

Celtic MKE presents I’ll Be Home for Christmas featuring Tallymoore at 7 p.m. Get in the holiday mood as you hear Tallymoore perform a mix of songs from their repertoire as well as some holiday classics. Attendees are encouraged to bring a non-perishable food item to be donated to the Wauwatosa Community Food Pantry. Get details and tickets at

Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio

Thursday, December 13

Hart Park Senior Center presents “Rock ‘N’ Roll Radio: Stories from the 5th Beatle” by WOKY’s Top DJ during the 1960s-70s, Bob Barry. He interviewed Chuck Berry, the Animals, Wings and the Rolling Stones when they came to town. Beginning at 1 p.m., he’ll tell about celebrity encounters, career highlights, setbacks and hijinks that made Milwaukee radio rock! $3 members / $5 non-members. Pre-registration appreciated by calling 471-8495.

No School Day Bowling

Monday, January 21 and February 18

The Education Foundation of Wauwatosa hosts $5 bowling on days off and early release days at Bowlero, 11737 W. Burleigh. $5 per person includes shoe rental and unlimited bowling for two hours. $3 per person goes to the EFW. Concessions are available. Just ask for the “EFW Deal” when you check in. Find out more at

Wauwatosa Chamber of Commerce Community Showcase and Social

Thursday, January 17

The entire community is invited to celebrate the winners of the Civic Appreciation Award, Small Business Community Award and Regional Impact Award, along with special honoree Make-a-Wish Wisconsin. From 4:30 to 7 p.m. at the Radisson. Purchase tickets in advance at

Collection for Tosa Cares

February 1-28

Tosa’s All-City Read encourages all readers to take part in a drive for Tosa Cares Food Pantry by bringing non-perishable food items to All-City Read events or dropping them off at North Shore Bank, 8706 W. North Avenue.  

Tosa’s All-City Read Book Discussions

Throughout February

If you’d like to talk about Station Eleven with your fellow Tosans, reserve your place at one of 10 free discussions at some of Tosa’s favorite restaurants and retailers, including Arté Wine & Paint Bar, Jose’s Blue Sombrero, Miss Molly’s Café and Tosa Bowl & Bun and more. Get location and date details and register at

“Zin! Zin! Zin! A Violin”

Friday, February 1

In conjunction with Tosa’s All-City Read, the Wauwatosa Public Library Children’s Department will host members of the Wauwatosa East Orchestra and their magical instruments at 1:30 p.m. Recommended for ages 3-6.

EFW Black & White Gala

Saturday, February 2

The annual fundraiser for the Education Foundation of Wauwatosa moves to a new location, the to be staged at new location, the Milwaukee County Zoo Peck Pavilion. Enjoy dinner, dancing, silent and live auction and more. Event registration opens January 2 at

A Visit from the Traveling Symphony

Wednesday, February 7

To kick off the Tosa’s All-City Read celebration of the book Station Eleven, Tosa East Orchestra students will perform solo and ensemble pieces from a variety of musical genres at Hart Park Senior Center from 1 to 2:30 p.m. Free. Registration required at

Avoiding the Next Pandemic

Saturday, February 9

Could we have a Station Eleven-style pandemic? Infectious disease specialists Joyce Sanchez, MD and Mary Beth Graham, MD from Froedtert and the Medical College of Wisconsin talk about real-life infectious disease threats today and what is being done to prevent the next major outbreak, at the Kneeland-Walker House. Free. Registration required at

An Introduction to Foraging

Sunday, February 10

Tosa’s All-City Read presents Kyle Denton, owner of Tippecanoe Herbs in Bay View, who will talk about foraging the healing plants found in the wilds of southeast Wisconsin, as well as how they can be prepared and used. 1-2:30 p.m. at the Kneeland-Walker House. Free. Registration required at

Pandemic Game Night

Tuesday, February 12

Tosa’s All-City Read teams up with Mathnasium of Wauwatosa for a fun game night featuring the cooperative game Pandemic. Four diseases have broken out in the world and it is up to a team of specialists to find cures before mankind is wiped out. Bring the family (kids 8 and older) or meet friends that night to form teams of four. Free. Registration required – call 414-369-6284 or email

Survivor: Tosa!

Saturday, February 16

Have you long been an armchair Survivor fan? Or do you just love to compete? You won’t be dropped on a deserted island for a month, but your team will join in an afternoon of fun competing against your neighbors in a variety of wacky and unique challenges. Do you have what it takes to be the ultimate Survivor Tosa Team? Recommended team size is 4. Free. Registration required at

Outdoor Emergency Survival

Sunday, February 17

Can you safely spend a night—or more—outside? Experts from REI present “Preparing for the Unexpected: Outdoor Emergency Basics” at 1:30 p.m. at the Wauwatosa Library. This workshop offers a wealth of valuable information to better prepare you for your adventures, from a day in the state park to an extended backpacking adventure deep into the wilderness and everything in between! Free. Registration required at

Acting with Shakespeare

Saturday, February 23

Think Shakespeare is old or boring? Think again! Join the Summit Players for this fun workshop at 2 p.m. at the Tosa Library. Adults and older kids are invited to enjoy non-threatening theatre games, learn a bit about developing character, and work together to bring a little Shakespeare to life. Theater buffs and newbies all welcome. Limited to 30 people. Free. Registration required at

A Conversation with Emily St. John Mandel

Sunday, February 24

In Tosa’s All-City Read keynote event, Station Eleven author Emily St. John Mandel will join WUWM Lake Effect host and executive producer Mitch Teich for a conversation about Mandel’s bestselling book. Have your questions about Station Eleven answered by the author herself. A book signing with the author will follow the event at the Celtic MKE Center. Free. Registration required at

Sketchnoting Workshop

Tuesday, February 26

Visual thinking helps you practice listening, become adept at synthesizing content and big ideas, and increase learning and memory. Tosa’s All-City Read presents an engaging, hands-on workshop with graphic recorder and art teacher Sherrill Knezel at 6:30 p.m. at the Tosa Library. She’ll teach you how to use visual thinking and graphic note-taking to increase your efficiency at school, work and beyond. Open to age 12+, students and adults alike. Free. Registration required at