Friday, December 12, 2014

Unwrapping the Dilemma of Wrapping Paper

As the holiday season approaches and gifts are shared between friends, family, and loved ones, mounds of wrapping paper can quickly accumulate. It's best to have a strategy ahead of time to deal with this dilemma before the holiday season picks up so that you know how to best prevent waste. Here are a couple of tips:

1) A good present comes with a good story
"This gift is from a sheep herder who guided me to a secret temple on the steep mountain peeks of the Andes Mountains..." No, no, no. Not that type of story! I meant the newspaper! Why even bother buying overpriced holiday wrapping paper when you can get it for FREE from newspaper distributors around town? You could even try to match the story to the person if you wanted to get real personal. Didn't these people do an elegant job in their wrapping?


2) Recycle it
Most, but not all, wrapping paper is recyclable. Watch out for wrapping paper that is heavily dyed, laminated and/or contains non-paper additives (gold+silver+aluminum lining, glitter, plastics).

3) Get creative!
How about having some fun with those mounds of paper! It's not trash at all, but rather supplies for some fabulous paper mache art. A great activity for those of all ages.

Also, don't forget to take pictures of the decorations outside your place for the Holiday Decorating Competition! Pictures are due by Saturday, December 20th. Send your picture to neighborhoodambassador@mso.umt.edu to win a holiday gift basket. Vote for your house or those in your neighborhood by using our Facebook page to determine who wins. May the friendly competition begin!


Wednesday, November 19, 2014

Preparing for Winter Weather

Looking for ways to save energy and money this winter? Try weatherizing! It's a cheap solution to making your apartment / house more efficient and cozy during the cold winter months. Menards put together this comprehensive video on how and where to install weathreization around your home. These supplies are available at practically any hardware store in town.


Some other things include reducing the heat used in the first place. Instead of going to turn up the thremostate a couple of notches, cuddle up in your favorite sweater or under a blanket. Snuggie time! While you're away from the house, go ahead and turn down the thermostat 10-15 degrees. There's no use in heating an empty house right? This is made easier if you have a programmable thermostat.
                                            

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Halloween Trick-or-Treat Station


U-District trick-or-treaters are invited to stop by our table at 405 University Ave. for some Halloween fun! 


Friday, August 22, 2014

Welcome Bags ready to go!


All 100 welcome bags have been filled and are ready to be delivered to incoming University District student renters! Thanks to all of the neighbors that volunteered to help out with the delivery efforts. We could not have done it without you!!

Wednesday, May 14, 2014


 Moving out?
Drop off the stuff you no longer need. We'll take y our clothes, furniture and appliances. Reusable stuff only please.
         Moving in?
 Come get free stuff for your new place!

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Neighborhood Block Party!

Don't miss the second annual neighborhood ambassador block party event coming up THIS Sunday!


  • FREE bike tune ups from ASUM Transportation's Bike Ambassadors!
  • Live music!
  • Big Dipper ice cream truck!
  • Free food!
  • Kids' activities!
  • & More!