Feb 1 Downtown Bismarck News

Potential Bismarck Autonomous Bus

A driverless bus might be making its way into the downtown area soon. Bismarck City officials gave approval for the Engineering Deptartment to apply for NDDOT Grant funding for a short-term lease of an autonomous fixed route bus at the Jan 23 Bismarck City Commission Meeting. A fixed route allows for autonomous vehicles to accurately map their path and use multiple systems to accurately track the autonomous vehicle’s position as it moves along the path. The initial concept would run a route connecting Downtown Bismarck to the State Capitol Grounds. If awarded, the short-term lease would be rented March-October of 2019.
Photo: MPR News. Click the picture to read the associated article about MnDot testing autonomous buses.

Impact Foundation’s Giving Hearts Day  is a one day fundraising event for non-profit organizations throughout the region. Several members in the Downtown Association will be participating in Giving Hearts Day including: Abused Adult Resource CenterBismarck Cancer Center FoundationHeartview FoundationNorthern Plains DanceYouthworks and Missouri Valley Family YMCA. Giving Hearts Day was started in 2008 by Dakota Medical Foundation and Impact Foundation as the region’s first one-day virtual fundraising event.  For more information and to find the 2018 participants, click here. Consider a donation!

“A Special Night Out” 
Member Pirogue Grille is teaming up with Special Olympics North Dakota for an “A Special Night Out” on Tuesday, February 6. Pirogue Grille is one of the 10 restaurants in North Dakota that proudly donate 15% of their sales to help send Team North Dakota to the 2018 USA Games in Seattle, Washington. Call ahead to reserve a table for “A Special Night Out.”

Valentine’s Day is right around the corner! Treat your loved one with something special from Downtown Bismarck.
Valentine’s Day Specials 

Downtown Events

Feb 1 & 3
Healing Art Workshops: Arcylic Painting 
Art Gallerie on Main

Feb 1-28
Flurry Fest 
Bismarck Parks and Recreation District

Feb 3
Bis-Man Symphony Presents: Brahms, Mahler and Mozart
Belle Mehus Auditorium

Feb 3
Trivia Night
Sixteen03 Main Events

Feb 3
Thyroid Clinic 
Dakota Pharmacy

Feb 5
Color Palette with Oil Pastels 

Feb 5
Indian supper Tikka Masala
Fireflour Neapolitan Pizzeria & Craft Coffee Bar

Feb 7
1 Million Cups 
Dakota Stage Ltd.

Feb 9
1964 The Tribute
Belle Mehus Auditorium

Feb 9
Live Stand Up Comedy
Dakota Stage Ltd.

Feb 9-10
BMHBA Home Show
Bismarck Event Center

Feb 9-10
Winter Art & Craft Fair
Bismarck Event Center

Feb 10
Masks in the Moonlight 
Sixteen03 Main Events

Feb 12-13
Main Street ND Summit
Bismarck Event Center

Feb 13
Fat Tuesday’s Mardi Gras Celerbation
Blarney Stone Pub

Feb 15
Comedy Night
Sixteen03 Main Events

Downtown News

Start Bismarck will be hosting Startup Drinks on February 12 at Proximal 50’s new building in Downtown Bismarck. Get a sneak peek into the rehabbed One Source Lighting building, plus a look into the new training studio- aka: The Warehouse. Startup Drinks is an agenda-free event designed to connect passionate people over drinks to celebrate entrepreneurship.