May 19th Downtown Bismarck News

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Early Bird Tickets
Now on Sale!

Enjoy beautiful Downtown Bismarck the evening of June 15th while you sample unique wine selections, enjoy appetizers, and take in all forms of local art at each of our many great business locations.  Get your Art & Wine Walk Passport stamped at each location for a chance to win prizes!  Make it to all the locations to be eligible for the Grand Prize!  Walk the historic streets and patronize our artistic community and Downtown Businesses.  Tickets for the event are $50/person in advance, $55/person late bird (plus Eventbrite processing). You must be 21 to participate. Proceeds from the Downtowners Art & Wine Walk will go to the Downtowners non-profit to promote betterment and revitalization efforts of our historic.
Tickets can only be purchased online, early bird sales now open!
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Budget Inn Site Changes Hands

The corner of 2nd St and Thayer Ave has been a lot of things in Bismarck’s history. Originally the location of the Thompson House, a pioneer mansion with beautiful detail. The Thompson House was razed for what was the Fleck House motel. A good example of mid-century architecture. From a Holiday Inn to what was most recently the Budget Inn, the property had fallen into disrepair. The site, which occupies almost half a city block, has been recently purchased by a developer group. If you’ve walked or driven by recently you’ve seen the site being prepped and cleaned up. Stay tuned to the Downtowners newsletter for more info on this site.
(Thompson House pictured top left, Fleck House pictured below)
Downtown Events
Dakota Stage
Written by Steve Martin, as Dakota Stage’s website says, The Underpants is about Louise and Theo Markes whose “quiet, simple existence is turned on its head when Louise’s underpants fall down in public. Hilarity and insanity ensue as the Markeses welcome two men infatuated with Louise to rent the spare room in their home. The Underpants is one of the funniest plays ever written.” There are only four more days to go see this hilarious play running at Dakota Stage, May 18-20 at 7:30 pm and May 21 at 2:00 pm.
Rock N Roll Tacos Pop-Up
The best taco truck in North Dakota is popping up in Bismarck at the Main Bar. The truck is here tonight only from 5-10 pm.
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Bismarck Library: Author Visit
Join author and former lawyer Jackie M. Stebbins at the Bismarck Public LIbrary tonight as she shares her story of overcoming one of the rarest brain diseases in the world, autoimmune encephalitis. Open to all ages, a book signing will follow the author’s talk, and books will be available for purchase. The event will be held in Meeting Room B.
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Bismarck Bike Rodeo
The 14th Annual Bismarck Bike Rodeo is this next Tuesday May 23rd from 4-7 pm! Bring your bike, helmet, and an adult and come to learn about bike safety, ride on an obstacle course, and have your bike tuned up. There will be helmets given away to those in need (while supplies last), and a bike raffle for all kids who participate. The rodeo will be located in the Public Schools Transportation Building, and will take place both inside and outside.
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Comedy Open Mic Night
Have you ever wanted to try your hand at stand-up comedy? Are you looking for a night of laughter? Either way, you’re in luck! Big Dog Tiki Bar is hosting a Comedy Open Mic Night tonight, May 18th. Sign up starts at 6 pm with comedy starting at 7 pm. In addition to good humor, patrons can enjoy craft cocktails featuring locally distilled rum or moonshine.
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No Brains No Headache Podcast 3 Year Anniversary Party

No Brains No Headache Podcast is a comedy themed podcast hosted by Jordan Weichel and Matt Cleary. If you know anything about these guys it is a miracle they lasted 3 years, so it’s cause to celebrate. Join for the live recording of Episode 155 at the Big Dog Tiki Bar, home of Heart River Spirits on Friday, May 19th. The party starts whenever you show up but doors open at 4:00. They suggest you come around 7:00. The live recording starts at 8:00. But wait, there is a twist… FREE BEER WHILE SUPPLIES LAST compliments of Matt and Jordan. During the live recording every patron will receive 1 raffle ticket for every beer Matt drinks (he once drank 8 in an hour) for a chance to win a prize. You can also enjoy Jordan’s famous chicken wings and all the craft cocktails.
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Breakfast at the Zoo
Back by popular demand, Dakota Zoo is hosting several breakfasts throughout the year. Come enjoy a generous portion of scrambled eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, coffee and juice at a unique time and place. Past participants say the zoo animals are particularly active during these morning events, and that it’s a great time to visit the Zoo. First one coming up is Saturday, May 20th from 8-10 am. Cost is $10 for member adults and $5 for member children. Non-member adults are $20 and non-member children are $15.


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Little Kids, Big World: Nature Stories

Saturday, May 27th at 10am and 11am, toddlers and preschoolers are invited to this free interactive learning series where they will see a new exhibit all about the stories in nature then hear a story about animals.

These interactive 30-minute programs introduce children to North Dakota’s fascinating history. All children must be accompanied by a parent or guardian and are asked to meet at the east entrance information desk.

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LEGO Club for Kids
Children 10+ meet to build with LEGO bricks at the Bismarck Library. Junior Makers ages 5-9 are welcome with a caregiver over 12. The Library has a collection of LEGO bricks and minifigures for children to use. Please leave your own at home. This club meets every last Thursday of each month. Thursday, May 25th is the next upcoming meeting of the LEGO club, from 3:30-4:30 pm.
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Bike to Books
May is National Bike Month. To celebrate, Bismarck-Burleigh Public Health and Bismarck Veterans Memorial Public Library are partnering to encourage biking to books. Bike to the library any day in May, and you will receive a free water bottle (while supplies last). Just stop by the Children’s Library Information Desk to collect your reward. All ages are encouraged to participate!
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Bismarck Community Orchard Clean-Up Day

Help clean up the Community Orchard after a long winter this Sunday, May 21st at 10 am. Some light raking, mulching, and trash pick up will be needed. The Orchard is located near the Clem Kelley Softball Complex, 517 W. Arbor Ave. Parks and Recreation will provide gloves and equipment. All you need to bring is yourself! (and maybe some friends)
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Kids Music and Storytime
Each Saturday morning at 11 am, Ferguson Books puts on a fun-filled, energetic story time with music! Boram from her Matilda Music Studio brings a short but lively story that encourages music participation from all who attend!
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