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***Construction Update***

Northwestern Energy will not be closing the intersection of Fuller and Lawrence this week but will start that work on Monday August 11th.

Bike Helena Announces the launch of Bike Helena Shuttle Fest

Bike Helena announces the launch of the inaugural event, Bike Helena Shuttle Fest.  Bike Helena Shuttle Fest is a three day FREE bike shuttle event on August 15th, 16th and 17th 2014 in Helena, Montana.  Bring your bike and ride continuous shuttles that hit the best of Helena’s South Hills Trail System as well as the iconic Continental Divide Scenic Trail on top of MacDonald Pass.  On top of all of that, The Montana Brewer’s Association will be hosting Helena’s 150th Birthday Brewfest at Memorial Park on Saturday afternoon/evening that will feature over 20 Montana breweries pouring over 60 Montana Made beers and live music!

Additionally, there will be a fundraiser to raise funds for Helena’s Vigilante Bike Park on Friday evening at The Garage in Downtown Helena. 

For more information on Bike Helena Shuttle Fest, Please contact Pat Doyle, Community Outreach Director, Helena Tourism Alliance/Tourism Business Improvement District/Bike Helena pdoyle@helenamt.com , 406-449-2107

Website: http://www.bikehelena.com/index.php/shuttle-fest/

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/BikeHelena  Twitter: https://twitter.com/BikeHelena

150th Anniversary Alive @ Five Breaks Attendance Record

July 18, 2014, Helena, MT -  Downtown Helena Inc.’s Alive @ Five signature 150th anniversary event on July 16th featuring Mission Mountain Wood Band broke Alive @ Five attendance records with an estimated 6,000 people.

Mission Mountain Wood Band started the evening with a tribute to the history of Helena and Wednesday’s celebration. In typical MMWB fashion, they built momentum and kept the crowd engaged for two hours 30 minutes straight with their signature blend of Montana inspired bluegrass, country rock, and folk style music. Thank you MMWB for a wonderful celebration.

This event was made possible through the generosity of the City of Helena Parks and Recreation Department; premier sponsors First Interstate Bank and Mountain West Bank; perennial wristband sponsor Valley Bank; beverage distributors Sandy Macs, George’s, Mountain Country, Lehrkinds and Gusto; the vendors; the volunteers from First Interstate Bank, Mountain West Bank, Bert and Ernies, and Hellz Bellz; and our Alive @ Five Committee and Staff. Without their support, an event like this would not be possible.

“Alive @ Five is possible through the generosity of our sponsors, our vendors and distributors; our volunteers; and the City of Helena Parks. This week we really want to thank everyone who made the 150th Celebration Alive @ Five so wonderful,” said Tracy Reich, Executive Director of the Helena Business Improvement District and Downtown Helena Inc. “Mission Mountain Wood Band made the evening a memorable one for Helena’s anniversary and a memorable evening for all who were there.” Thank you to everyone who attended.

Alive @ Five continues July 23rd with 10 Years Gone in Performance Square from 5 – 9 pm.

Notice of Construction Downtown Starting July 14

Northwestern Energy will be working on gas mains in various locations downtown for the rest of July and part of August. Their preliminary schedule is as follows: – Warren Street: one lane will be closed for the next two weeks. The intersection at 6th and Warren will be closed for two days. We will post as soon as we know which two days. – Park Avenue: one lane will be closed just past Broadway to Wong. This work will begin the end of July and continue into August. – 11th and Last Chance Gulch: this intersection will be closed one to two days between July 30th and August 8th, near the Helena Vision Center. – Lawrence and Fuller: this intersection will be closed for a period of time in August. Northwestern Energy will update HBID as work progresses; we will post more information as we received it. Please share this information with your neighbors.The project is expected to take about two weeks and the southbound lane of Warren will be closed the entire time. 

The Helena Business Improvement District (HBID) is seeking proposals for office and/or storage space within the BID boundaries.

HBID needs a visible office location with sufficient storage and operations space to efficiently carry out the breadth of programs it offers and DHI offers. Details are in the attached RFP ; a BID Boundary Map  is also attached for reference. Please direct all questions and responses to Tracy Reich, treich@helenabid.com or 447-1535.Click here for  RFP office space Click here for  BID Boundaries