Maureen Connors Badding arrived in Wauwatosa 22 years ago via Buffalo and Phoenix. She's a freelance writer and habitual volunteer who enjoys book clubs, travel, entertaining and cheering for her daughter's swim team.
With the recent snows, it may be a good time to remind ourselves that spring will eventually come and Tosans will once again emerge from hibernation to take part in the many activities that make this such a great place to live.
Here are a few dates you will definitely want to mark on your calendar:
1. Thursday, April 7: The Wauwatosa Public Library Foundation Leadership Luncheon
11:30 a.m. - 1 p.m. at the Crowne Plaza Hotel on Innovation Drive
Featured Speaker: Andrew Ross Sorkin, NY Times business writer and best-selling author of Too Big to Fail: The Inside Story of How Wall Street and Washington Fought to Save the Financial System -- and Themselves. Sorkin's book was on the NYT bestseller list for months and is now being made into an HBO movie.
Leadership Award Winners: Denise Lindberg, Executive Director of the Friends of Hoyt Park & Pool, and six Tosa high school students who have demonstrated leadership qualities.
If you've never been to the Leadership Luncheon, this is the year to go. It's the Library Foundation's only fundraiser and makes possible all the nice "extras" at the Library that aren't included in the city budget: extra computers, an improved website, special book collections and the new subscription to Tutor.com, an online homework help site. (Watch for more information to come on the luncheon on the library's website, wauwatosalibrary.org. )
2. Saturday, May 28: Open Swimming Begins at the TOSA Pool at Hoyt Park
Yes, it's really happening! Tosa will have a pool again, thanks to the hard work of countless volunteers and the generosity of community members of yesterday and today.
Also mark your calendar for a community gala on Friday, May 27 to celebrate the opening. Check out the pool website for membership information.
3. Saturday, June 4: Village Green Street Fair
Harwood and Underwood Streets
It's the second annual Village Green Street Fair, moved from late September to a sunny, warm weekend in June. Come down to the Tosa Village to shop the Farmers Market and enjoy displays, demonstrations and vendors specializing in sustainable and eco-friendly practices and products. There will be activities for kids, entertainment and lots of ideas for gardeners and homeowners.
Watch for more information on the event here and on the Village BID website.