It takes time to build a better community but it begins with believing in better. We believe you want more than just a house. You want a sense of place. You want to sit on your front porch and enjoy the flowers in your yard, the landscaped boulevards and the amazing mountain views. You want to live in a neighborhood where kids can safely walk down sidewalks to visit friends and family and play in neighborhood parks.
You enjoy an active lifestyle and want to walk your dog and run, hike or bike on paved trails that connect to business, shopping, schools and entertainment. You are community-minded and appreciate energy conservation and protecting land, wildlife and water resources.
And most of all, you value time to enjoy your home, your family and all that Montana offers.
That’s why we believe in building a better community – because you believe in better!
– Mark Runkle & Rebecca Ryland
The East Helena Fireworks show has been an annual spectacle ever since VFW Post 10010 began funding the project in 1957. In 2010, the VFW announced it needed to focus funds on other necessities that benefit vets. At that time, Karl Meagher founded the non-profit organization Prickly Pear Fireworks and took on the task of raising funds from community residents and businesses to keep the tradition afloat. With the help of Richard MacDonald, Meagher was able to continue the fireworks display for another seven years, raising nearly $20,000 a year to cover the rising cost of fireworks. In 2017 Meagher felt he could no longer lead the charge to raise funds and that is when Shellie, owner of Shellie's Country Café, jumped up and said, "I'm in!" Shellie and team members Dean and Aimee have set a goal of raising $35,000 for this year's Fireworks display - and anything over $35,000 will be donated directly to Helena's Veterans' Services. Mountain View Park located in the center of Mountain View Meadows subdivision on the southeast side of Helena is the best place around to view the Fireworks. To add to the community festivities, Mountain View Meadows, Opportunity Bank and Chicago Title will sponsor activities at the park for those coming out to picnic and play before the show. Starting at 6:00 PM, vendors including Cool Cat Hot Dogs, Flying Cloud Coffee, and the Missionary Mexican Food Truck will be on hand to sell a variety of fare from hot dogs, fresh chicken salad and pulled pork sandwiches to ice cream, coffee drinks, Italian sodas, tacos, burritos, enchiladas and quesadillas. And that's not all--Jump Houses with FREE JUMPING FOR KIDS will be set up featuring FIERCE T-REX and the PRINCESS CAROUSEL. Additional parking across from the park will be provided by Mountain View Meadows. Of course, the main event -- Prickly Pear Fireworks -- will put on a spectacular display starting at dark. It's not too late to lend your support. To make a donation to help fund the fireworks, visit www.helenafireworks.com or email [email protected] . You can also drop off donations at either of the Shellie Country Café locations. For additional information call Shellie at 442-0033 or Dean at 439-0489. If you believe Fireworks make for a better 4 th of July celebration, then please donate now to keep this valuable community-wide tradition alive and well right here in our own backyard!