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Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market

Now through March 27

Be sure to visit the Greenhouse Annex at the Mitchell Park Domes from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturdays to buy local produce, baked goods, honey, meats, cheese, grains, handmade soaps, prepared foods, beverages & more. Please visit to get updates on vendors and how they’re keeping everyone safe.

7th Annual Tosa for Tots

Now through December 11

Drop off new, unwrapped gifts for kids to help make this Christmas a special one. Choose a gift request from the virtual Angel Tree at Collection sites include Ruckus & Glee, Wisconsin Athletic Club, Saz’s, Gigi’s Cupcakes, Ruby Tap and more.

Candy Cane Lane Holiday Decorations

November 27 through December 26

Take a drive or stroll down Candy Cane Lane (from Montana Avenue on the north to Oklahoma Avenue on the south, and from 96th Street on the west to 92nd Street on the East) to see a stellar display of holiday lights and spirit, along with entertainment and Santa. Lights are on 6-9 p.m. on weekdays and 5-10 p.m. on Saturday and Sundays. Donations are accepted for the MACC Fund.

light showDrive-Through Holiday Light Show

Now through January 3

Pile the family in the car and view some of the most spectacular lights and season decorations in Milwaukee at the Holiday Light Show at Boerner Botanical Gardens, daily from 4:30-9:30 p.m. through January 3. Purchase tickets in advance at the Facebook event page.

Milwaukee Makers Market

Saturday, November 28 and December 20

You’ll find some of your favorite Tosa artists at this art, craft and maker fair at Discovery World, 500 N. Harbor Drive, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. There’s sure to be something for everyone on your shopping list. More information can be found on the Milwaukee Makers Market Facebook page.

Holiday Tree Lighting in the Village

Friday, December 4

The annual Wauwatosa Village Holiday Tree Lighting celebration returns to the parks in the center of the Village on Friday, December 4. The tree is located in Root Common Park, right across from Niemann’s Candies and Anodyne Coffee. Watch for activities to be announced on the Wauwatosa Village BID website and Facebook page.

Virtual Santa Cycle Rampage

Saturday, December 5

Wannabe Santas and elves will be partaking in a virtual Rampage this year. All are invited to purchase some Rampage gear and bike with their bubble-worthy friends whenever and wherever they feel comfortable doing so on December 5. No streets will be closed off. Get full details and purchase gear on the Wisconsin Bike Federation Facebook page.

Holiday Ornaments and Cocoa

holiday lightsWednesday, December 9

Grab a make-and-take kit from the Wauwatosa Public Library’s Children’s Department and join them online at 3:30 p.m. for a virtual craft party. More details will be available on the Children’s Library’s Facebook page.

Little Miss Ann with the Tosa Children’s Library

Friday, December 18 Log onto Facebook Live ( at 10 a.m. for a fun, interactive program with Little Miss Ann, an award-winning children’s musician. Kids will be inspired to sing, clap, jump, dance and count to Ann’s reimagined classics and soulful originals that explore topics like animals, culture, individuality, hope, counting & community. Ann Torralba is an instructor at Chicago’s iconic Old Town School of Folk Music. She’s made five albums and has played concerts all over the country.

Ice Castles Lake Geneva

January 15 through February 28

Explore caverns and tunnels made entirely from ice, then race down an ice-carved slide and squeeze through crawl spaces and slot canyons. With fountains, thrones, wishing wells, and more, you’ll be mesmerized by this unique, and family-friendly attraction at Geneva National Resort. See times and purchase tickets on the Ice Castles Facebook event page.

Tosa’s All-City Read Events

For more information about the book and events in February, go to and follow the All-City Read on Facebook at

book cover Call me AmericanA (Virtual) Evening with Author Abdi Nor Iftin

Tuesday, February 2

In Call Me American, Iftin recounts his childhood in war-torn Somalia and how he escaped to America—first by way of the movies and, years later, through a miraculous green card. Join this relaxed conversation with him as he answers readers’ questions about his life then and now. On Zoom, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. To reserve your place, go to

The Immigrant Experience: A Panel Discussion

Thursday, February 4

Join the audience as a panel of immigrants living in Milwaukee talk about what made them come to America, how that journey transpired, and what they found when they arrived. They’ll touch on topics such as expectations vs. reality, assimilation, prejudice and acceptance. On Zoom, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. To reserve your place, go to

Somalis in Milwaukee

Monday, February 8

Like many American cities, Milwaukee has a vibrant Somali community. Find out how Milwaukee has welcomed them and how they keep their culture alive as they strive to make Wisconsin their new home. On Zoom, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. To reserve your place, go to

Immigration Today

Wednesday, February 10

Immigration law is not only complex, it’s also constantly evolving. Marquette University Law School Associate Professor Ed Fallone will talk about the nuts and bolts of immigration law and answer your questions about what changed under the last administration and what might be happening next. Fallone has helped form three nonprofits serving the legal needs of immigrants in Milwaukee.

On Zoom, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. To reserve your place, go to

An Open Discussion about Islam, Muslims and Contemporary Issues

Thursday, February 18

Othman Atta, Director of the Islamic Society of Milwaukee, presents a frank discussion about Islam, Muslims in the U.S. and abroad, and issues such as fundamentalism and women’s roles in Islam. There will be plenty of time to ask questions. On Zoom, 7-8:30 p.m. Free. To reserve your place, go to

Henna 101

Tuesday, February 23

NACBefore Somali weddings and holidays, it’s customary for a woman to get her hands or feet decorated with intricate patterns in henna. Learn about this tradition, then get step-by-step instructions on how to create a henna pattern on yourself or a brave friend or family member. Each participant will get a tube of henna in advance. On Zoom, 7-8:30 p.m. To reserve your place, go to

Book Discussions

If you’d like to talk about Call Me American with your fellow Tosans, join us at any of these discussions, free and open to the public. To reserve your place, go to

Book Discussions:

Sunday, February 7, 3:30-5 p.m.

Zoom book discussion

Thursday, February 11, 10-11:30 a.m.

Zoom book discussion

Monday, February 15, 6:30-8 p.m.

Zoom book discussion

Monday, February 22, 7-8:30 p.m.

Socially distanced at Mt. Zion Lutheran Church ELCA, 12012 W. North Avenue

Thursday, February 25, 1-2:30 p.m.

Zoom book discussion

Black History Month Celebration

Thursday, February 18

Join your neighbors virtually from 7:00 to 8:15 p.m. for guest speakers, school-aged performers, singers and drummers. This is a family-friendly event. Watch the Tosa Together Facebook page for further information about this and other events.