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The Holiday Season

Cheers to another year of East Missoula United and all of your amazing support!

2021 Holiday Gathering and Tree Lighting

We found a generous tree company to assist us with our holiday decor at the East Missoula Lion’s Park this year.

Headwaters Tree Care will be climbing the crooked tree at the park and revisiting each strand of lights. They will hang fresh lights (where needed) with care.

We’d love to compensate this generous company for their time, AND we will need to replace at least 1/2 of the lights that are hanging up the tree now. Please keep them in mind for your tree care needs.

We’re accepting light donations again. *Please Spread the Word!* It would be very helpful if you could check to be sure your lights work before you swing them by. Of course, new lights are very welcome as well. Financial donations will also be accepted to help pay Headwaters and/or buy more lights, if we aren’t able to get enough donations.

Sidenote: If all financial donations aren’t used, we’ll use them for our next postcard mailing. We promise your donation will go toward doing good for our community.

Here is a reminder of the delight the tree brought last year.

Finally, we welcome you to join us on the Winter Solstice, December 21st for a tree lighting and gathering at the Lion’s Park. Time of the event is TBD.

Light donations can be left at Lady J’s Barber Shop (she has a new location) at 3720 Hwy 200, Missoula, MT 59802. Barbershop hours are 10-5 Tuesday-Friday and by appointment on Saturday. Maybe you’ll need a fresh new cut while you’re there?

The light decorating will take place next week sometime, so the sooner you are able to drop donations or make a financial contribution, the better. We didn’t give ourselves a very big window to collect this year.

Financial donations can be made here. Feel free to leave a note in the comments if you’d like us to recognize your donation on our social media and website. All donations between now and December 21st will be used to light our community tree, and possibly bring warm drinks and snacks to our gathering on 12/21.

Psst: We heard a rumor Santa and Mrs. Claus might be there again!

Please let us know if you’d like to help in any way with our event or decorating process. We have a lot of opportunity if you like spreading holiday cheer!

Thank you and Happy Holidays!

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Trick or Treat?

Last year East Missoula United created a map for the trick or treaters in our neighborhoods. We had so much fun that we’re doing it again.

If you’d like to be on our map please message us on our contact form or email us at [email protected]

There will be three safety locations provided by the River of Life Church.

  • 735 Michigan Ave – Mount Jumbo School
  • 953 Discovery Way – Hidden Trail Park
  • 187 S Easy St – Ben Hughes Park

These locations will also be on our map.

We’d love to hear from you soon, if you’re planning to have treats and you want some costumed traffic. Happy Fall!

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Community Yard Sale

Our Map is available here.

330 Montana Ave

560 Colorado Ave

975 Montana Ave

4 Braaten Place

339 Speedway

656 Utah Ave

315 Minnesota Ave

546 Speedway

1081 Anglers Bend Way

4430 MT Highway 200 East

It’s that time of year again. We had such success last year, and great feedback about our yard sale extravaganza, that we’re doing it again. This year, we have a few tips for you to make it even better than it was last year.

1. Email us your address, by August 15th, so we have adequate time to broadcast it. We’re making another map! This map can be accessed by everyone that “sails” through East Missoula on August 27th. We will have a link they can click, just like last year, and they’ll have a handy map on their device, ensuring they don’t miss a single sale.

2. We need you to add your own address to Craigslist. We would do it for you, but by doing it yourself you can add photos and descriptions of what you’re offering. As seasoned yard-salers would concur, this is appreciated, it will draw more traffic to your sale. If you don’t do this step, that’s okay, you’ll still be on the map, but we promise it will help bring the crowd.

3. If you are a Facebook User, feel free to add your sale to Facebook as well. We’ll publish our map on the East Missoula United FB page, feel free to share the map link in any/all of your listings.

4. We have sign making supplies you can pick up. We’ll have them available at an East Missoula location. Posterboard, an EMU head (so everyone knows you’re part of the club) and instructions on how to add your address and yard sale deets to Craigslist. We will email you the location you can pick up your supplies, after we get your address. We’ll make sure you have enough time to make your sign. Or, join us for our collaborative sign making event (see #5).

5. We’re hosting a sign making event at the Lion’s Park Pavilion, in case you’d rather not make your signs on your own. This evening of sign design will happen on the Thursday before our big event. August 25th, at 7pm. We’ll have paints, brushes and other supplies available for your use. This is not a required event, but we thought it might be helpful for those of you that might not have all of these supplies on hand.

6. Be sure you hang up your signs the night before the big community sale! Do this August 26th! This will draw traffic from Hwy 200 into our neighborhoods, to gather your treasures.

Here are the instructions for uploading your sale to Craigslist Missoula.

1. Follow this link =>

2. Click on “create a posting” in the upper lefthand corner of the page.

3. Select: “for sale by owner.”

4. Select: “garage & moving sales.”

5. Fill in the fields with your individual information. East Missoula United will have a posting as well, with a link to our map.

2022 Yard Sale Flyer
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Earth Day 2022 Details

We still need volunteers! Check our list of needs to see if you’d like to help.

This is where you’ll find a complete list of items we can and absolutely cannot accept at our event. Message us if you have any further questions.


We will only accept refuse during the business hours listed above. If our containers fill before 4pm, we may have to turn you away. We apologize for any inconvenience. 9am is our open time, and not before. We will have the area roped off to avoid early-birds. Remember, this event is run entirely by volunteers, so we help during those hours and not before.

What we can take off your hands:

Here is what we WILL and WON’T take: We’ll have a metal recycling bin from Pacific Recycling available, but the bin is strictly for the items listed in the document below. We cannot take your entire car, so please arrange for pick up of that elsewhere. Montana Public Radio has a program where they’ll pick up your vehicles, so reach out to them for more details.

Recycling Details:

Here is the Pacific Recycling Guide. Please review before bringing your recycling.

We cannot recycle any containers that are closed, the pressure within can be very dangerous. Please read the detailed document above to learn what we can accept.

If you have cardboard or paper you’d like to recycle please visit Pacific Recycling, they have bins outside (*always open*) for the public to recycle.

Garbage Details:

We will have THREE 20 yard dumpsters on site at Burnich. We want to fill them up, but once they are full, we cannot take anything else. So, bring us your garbage!

Acceptable Garbage

Yard Waste:

We encourage you to take your organic yard waste to Garden City Compost. We can give you further directions at Burnich, if you happen to pull through the lot. Review their website to see what they accept. We will have a very limited number of passes available to Garden City Compost if you’ve got yard waste to drop off. If you’d like to donate a trailer to our event to collect waste, please contact us.

Hazardous Waste:

We cannot accept hazardous waste. Please visit the Missoula County Health Department for details on disposal of Hazardous Waste. It sounds like there are plans to open a permanent facility. Fingers crossed that happens soon.

Drive In Directions:

You MUST enter the parking lot from Minnesota Avenue, NOT Hwy 200. We cannot create a hazard in the middle of that busy highway, so please enter using the map below.

Map for Clean Up Day


This is for you, for our neighbors. We have sponsors to thank for helping us provide this ‘free to you’ service. We want you to take advantage of this opportunity to save on dump fees, to connect with this new neighborhood organization (East Missoula United) and to chat with other neighbors emerging from hibernation after a long winter. The events we hold are to connect us to one another.

Please reach out if you or a neighbor need help. We’d appreciate knowing in advance, so we can try and find volunteers to be where we need them on the 23rd. On that note, if you want to be a volunteer, we need you! We need all of the help we can get. We’ll feed you donuts.

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Earth Day Event 2022

Do you want to be part of something special in your neighborhood? It’s almost time for our 2nd annual Earth Day Event. Below you’ll find a list of volunteer opportunities (day of and preparations). Please help us spread the word and get yourself & your pals on this list of neighbors we can lean on.

Earth Day Volunteer Needs:
1. Movers. Some of our neighbors aren’t able to transport items they’d like to get rid of. Do you have the means and muscle to be on this list? 
2. Drivers with Trucks! We need pick up trucks, do you want to volunteer yours for the day? Are you interested in making some trips to the dump, if our bins are filled? You don’t have to answer yes to both.
3. Crowd Control/Traffic Monitors. We need help in the parking lot of Burnich keeping the traffic flowing in the proper direction and keeping everyone safe.
4. Bin Monitors. Each of the dumpsters we’ll have in the lot, in addition to the Pacific Recycling bin, requires a monitor. This can happen in shifts, you won’t be stuck at a dumpster all day – unless you want to be.  
5. Street Cleaners. Initially we had a vision of neighbors walking through the hood picking up trash. We found we didn’t have enough volunteers for that last year. Do you want to head this crew, or participate? 
6. Park Cleanup. We hope to have a handful of folks helping the Lion’s clean up the park, that they so generously provide for this community. If this sounds like your jam bring gloves, rakes, shovels and a wheelbarrow (if you have them/one). 
7. Yard Cleanup. We weren’t able to offer this service last year, but maybe you’d like to help your neighbor clean up their yard? We had a lot of unfulfilled requests in 2021. We can match you up with someone in need. 
8. Posters. We need signage made and distributed for this event. We’ll recycle some from last year, but we need help hanging and dispersing signage throughout East Missoula. We can get a stack of posters to you if you’ll spread the word. Or, we’ll happily add you to the list for our sign making day.

We’re also looking for sponsors of this very popular (well-attended) event. We will acknowledge donors on our marketing materials and social media. Donations can be made here, or contact us directly for more info. 

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Happy New Year!

We had a lovely event on December 21, 2021. Mark your calendars for December 21, 2022 because we’ll do it again!

Here are a few photos from the magical evening and preparations throughout the month of December.

We want to acknowledge our helpers and volunteers. There were a few people that spent many hours at the Lion’s Park working on lights and decor. Matt at Rocky Mountain Line was especially gracious. He donated hours of time and use of his bucket truck to get that magical tree adorned.

Thank you to the River of Life church for donating cider and hot cocoa.

Santa and Ms. Claus were the most perfect addition. They almost didn’t make it all of the way into the park after being spotted at the fence by some kiddos. We hope they’ll join us again in 2022.

Thank you so much to the Lion’s who donated power and Jack Ballas for his time and burly extension cord. This community is a better place because of the East Missoula Lion’s and the park. *Psst: We were thinking it might be fun to have a skating rink!*

And, the biggest thank you to all of you who donated lights in 2021. You left them in that red bucket under the pavilion at the park. We can give ourselves a big pat on the back for making all of the pieces come together.

Remember if you’d like to volunteer to help with 2022 decor, we’ll take extra hands. We will decorate sometime after Thanksgiving, follow us on FB for event details or subscribe to our newsletter to ‘be in the know’.


Another Variance

In the Ole’s Parking Lot, we’ve got another variance to address. Please see the details below. Thank you!

Here we are again… We promised that we would do our very best to keep the neighborhood informed, but had no idea just how many times we would find ourselves in this spot, over and over again. The Ole’s lot surrounding the gas station. For many years, it has had a planned variation that would allow housing/apartments. The developer is asking for a revocation of the planned variation. Why might you ask? Well because the planned variation would only allow 44 units. If the property reverts to the same zoning as the rest of Ole’s, they can built 59 units! Three stories! More is better, right? I will not do more today than let you neighbors know the facts. Time is short, comments are due in a couple of weeks. Think about how you feel about this. Please post comments! We can meet as a group to discuss a unified message, if we have one. Check the links below, I am not sure how well they will work, but I have the originals and can forward them to anyone who needs them. Comments are requested by Monday, November 8, 2021. Thank you in advance for your consideration; your comments are much appreciated. Comments received up to that date will be included with the staff report and public hearing packet. Any comments received after that date will be brought to the public hearing.

Should you wish to attend the public hearings concerning this request, the public hearing before the Planning Board will be held on Tuesday, November 16, 2021 at 6:00 PM. See information on how to view the hearing and submit comments including a Citizen Participation Guide at:

Public hearing before the Board of County Commissioners will be held over a Microsoft Teams call on Thursday, December 9, 2021 at 2:00 PM. To join the call on your phone, call 406-272-4824, Conference ID 513 904 676#.

The application and attachments can also be viewed here:


Happy Halloween!

We thought it a might be beneficial to create a Halloween Trick-or-Treat map for our neighborhood. If you were missed, please feel free to message us and we’ll get a tiny ghost added for your location.

You’ll notice a few icons that have our famous EMU icon, and those are special safety stations provided by our friends at River of Life. There are two more, not pictured on our map, at 187 S Easy St – Ben Hughes Park & another on the Corner of West Riverside Dr. & 4th St. (Milltown). We wanted our map to be “walkable” but also inclusive. There is one more address that was submitted in West Riverside – 7810 W. Riverside Dr. so if you plan to find treats in that neighborhood – don’t miss that spot!

We hope to add to our map next year. Enjoy!

Here is a link if you prefer that.

Stay Safe!

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Yard Sale Map!

Hey Neighbors & Visitors,

Here is an active map of the sales that will be happening in East Missoula Saturday (Sept 11th) and Sunday (Sept 12th). You may have to download the Yard Sale Treasure Map application to get the most out of this map, but you should be able to access it on Google Maps, if you’d rather not. If you’re in need a paper map please visit our friends at Habitat Restore on Hwy 200 (across from the Reno Cafe). We will post one on the door for you to take a photo of, with your phone. We also hope to have a list of addresses for all of the participants to share with treasure hunters at each of the addresses on the map.

If you’re tooling about East Missoula looking for sales, look for the infamous EMU. And, if you’re simply looking for a list of participants you’ll find it below.

We hope to make this an annual event and would love to have help with advertising and organizing next year. Would you like to be on the committee? Contact us if you are interested.

Happy Treasure Hunting!

Feel free to print me for your home made yard sale sign.


4135 Placer Lane, Missoula, MT 59802

817 Speedway Avenue

560 Colorado Ave

25 Canyon View Drive

Habitat ReStore! 3655 MT-200 East

720 Speedway

4225 Placer Lane

224 Sommers Street

756 Montana

220 Clyde

315 Minnesota

3972 Highway 200 East

428 Speedway

404 Speedway

28 Canyonview Drive

711 Speedway

2 Canyon View Drive

364 Colorado Ave

630 Angels Court

205 ½ Speedway

750 Dakota

975 Montana

859 Cheyenne Lane

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Community Yard Sale

We’re joining forces and making East Missoula the destination for any/all treasure seekers. Do you want in?

EMU Yard Sale Flyer

Please let us know ASAP if you’d like to be on the destination list for the Community Yard Sale weekend. The more participants we get, the bigger crowd we’ll draw.

You know how to get in touch with us, if you have questions please let us know.