Did you know Missoula has a Tool Library featuring over 2,700 tools that can be checked out?

Yep, do-it-yourselfers can take advantage of checking out all kinds of items to take on  those projects for a lot less than you would if you had to buy or rent the tools you need. And if you need a little expert advice to go with the tools, they can offer that, too. And they can be checked out for free as part of an extremely low annual membership fee with the Missoula Urban Demonstration Project, or MUD! Instead of checking out books, you're checking out tools.

MUD is a very cool organization in Missoula whose mission is to provide a tool library, demonstration site, and skill-sharing center all in one location. Since 1981, MUD has shared tools and taught skills to help build a more sustainable community.

Through workshops, advice, product knowledge and demonstrations, MUD empowers people to do it on their own through tool sharing and hands-on learning activities. Now with over 500 members, MUD is growing. And in order to keep up with demand, they hold an annual fundraiser to meet the needs of their growing membership base.

You're invited to MUD's annual Garden Party, Saturday, September 10, from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. It's their biggest event each year, with fun and entertainment for all ages. Food and beverage vendors, raffles, silent auction, carnival games and live music can all be enjoyed at MUD's Garden Party. And if you're not already acquainted, the party is at their location, giving you a wonderful opportunity to learn about this outstanding organization.

Ticket range from $15 in advance for members, $18 in advance for nonmembers, then $20 or $24 day of the event. Admission tickets include dinner from Andes Latin Food Truck plus one free beverage. You can get those advance tickets here.

MUD is located at the corner of Russel and Wyoming in Missoula, 1527 Wyoming Street.

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