Central Recreation Center opening, Aurora Fox
announces new season, and more
May 2, 2019
It's here! Grand opening is May 9 for Central
image above to watch a video tour of the facility
The wait is over, Aurora. The new Central
Recreation Center, 18150 E. Vassar Place
near Tower Road, will officially open May 9 with a public event,
and everyone is invited.
From 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thursday, May 9, join the
opening celebration with cooking and fitness demonstrations,
healthy snacks and shaved ice (both while supplies last), raffles
and giveaways, tours of the center and, of course, access to the
entire center including pool area, all for free.
The 61,000-square-foot center provides programming
for all ages, from fitness and fun to learning and doing.
State-of-the-art amenities include a lap pool, an indoor wave
pool, a lazy river, an interactive waterslide, an elevated indoor
track, a gymnasium, top-of-the-line fitness equipment, group
exercise studios, teaching kitchens, party rooms, incredible
views and more.
The interactive waterslide is be the first of its
kind in North America. The inner tubing of the slide is
manufactured with lights and sounds, giving the slider a truly
unique experience of soaring through a lit tunnel into the pool
below. Similar to the slide at the Moorhead Recreation Center,
this slide will also protrude from the building.
This center was truly imagined by the community.
An extensive public input process began in 2016 to see how
Aurorans pictured their new recreation center. With three open
houses and over 200 attendees at each, the outcome was an
aquatics-focused center with fitness, an indoor running track and
child care as well as the need for community rooms and places for
people to connect.
The $34 million bonded project is being fully
funded by city marijuana tax revenues.
Code Update - Final draft available for review
Aurora’s new zoning code is nearly complete after more
than four years of work. A final draft is available
online, and stakeholders can provide comments through May
31, or at an open house 4 to 6:30 p.m. May 21 at the
Aurora Municipal Center.
During the annual Aurora Fox Gala on April 27,
Aurora Fox Arts Center Executive Producer Helen R. Murray
announced the 35th season lineup, where all but one production
are, once again, new to the Aurora-Denver area.
“With how diverse Aurora is, I want to give voice
and representation to different parts of our city and to all the
families who call Aurora home,” Murray said.
to Oct. 13: “Miss You Like Hell.” A new musical about an
undocumented woman facing deportation to Mexico who arrives in
Philadelphia to persuade her estranged 16-year-old daughter to
join her on a road trip to California.
to Dec. 22: The Second City's "Twist Your Dickens."
After a successful run last year at the Aurora Fox, this twisted
version of “A Christmas Carol” returns with brand-new comedic
to Feb. 9, 2020: “The Squirrels.” An epic animal-kingdom soap
opera with rebel armies, conspiracies and divided family
loyalties explores classism, gentrification and racial tensions
to March 15, 2020: “Secrets of the Universe and Other Songs.”
This world premiere of a reworked musical play by Marc Acito is
based on the real-life friendship between Albert Einstein and
American singer Marian Anderson.
to April 5, 2020: “For Peter Pan on Her 70th Birthday.” Fifty
years after she played Peter Pan at her hometown children’s
theater, Anne is casted back alongside her siblings.
to May 10, 2020: Disney’s “Freaky Friday the Musical.”
Contemporary update of the hit Disney film.
The current season's final production, “Caroline,
or Change,” ends May 5 and will be immediately followed by the
Aurora Fox Cabaret Series, “This is Me,” starring Jalyn Courtenay
Webb, May 10 and 11. For tickets and more information, visit AuroraFox.org.
City Council Town Meetings • Ward I (Crystal Murillo) - Saturday, May 4, 10
a.m. to noon New Nation Church, 2001 Jamaica St. • Ward II (Nicole Johnston) - Budget town meeting -
Thursday, May 23, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Beck Recreation Center, 800 Telluride St. • Ward III (Marsha Berzins) - Wednesday, May 8, 6:30
to 8 p.m., Aurora Municipal Center City Cafe, 15151 E. Alameda
Parkway (second floor) Thursday, May 16, 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. (Mornings with
Marsha) Tin Cup Cafe, 50 S. Peoria St. • Ward IV (Charlie Richardson) - Thursday, May 16,
6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Fire Station No. 11, 2291 S. Joliet St. • Ward V (Bob Roth) - Budget town meeting - Tuesday,
May 21, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Heather Gardens, 2888 S. Heather Gardens Way • Ward VI (Françoise Bergan) - Budget town meeting -
Wednesday, May 15, 6 to 8 p.m. City of Aurora Public Safety Training Center
(CAPSTC), 25950 E. Quincy Ave. AuroraGov.org/Council
City of Aurora Career Fair Thursday, May 2, 9 a.m. to noon Learn more about job opportunities with the city of
Aurora. Multiple city departments will be on hand to engage with
prospective job seekers. No RSVP is necessary. Aurora Municipal Center Lobby, 15151 E. Alameda
Spring Quilt Sale May 2, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; May 3, 10 a.m. to 3:30
p.m.; May 4, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. All quilts are handmade by the wonderfully talented
volunteers of the Aurora Center for Active Adults Quilt Bee.
Special orders accepted. Aurora Center for Active Adults, 30 Del Mar Circle AuroraGov.org
FAA Public Workshop Thursday, May 2, 5 to 7:30 p.m. The Federal Aviation Administration is holding a
public meeting to discuss changes to flight paths and procedures
within the metro area airspace. The FAA has proposed these
changes to increase efficiency and access to the airport. These
proposed changes may increase or decrease air traffic over Aurora
neighborhoods. Aurora Municipal Center Lobby, 15151 E. Alameda
Food Truck Rodeo Friday, May 3, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Enjoy delectable treats from local food trucks every
first Friday from May to November. Each Food Truck Rodeo has a
different lineup of food trucks. Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn, 15151 E. Alameda
E-cycleEvent Saturday, May 4, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Most electronic items—desktop computers, laptops,
cellphones, tablets, gaming equipment, consumer electronics and
similar—will be accepted. A new fee of $5 will be charged per
household dropping off. Additional fees will be charged for
certain types of monitors, televisions and printers/copiers.
Visit the website for complete details and a list of items that
will not be accepted. Tallyn's Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Road AuroraGov.org/Recycle
Aurora Cinco de Mayo Saturday, May 4, noon to 8 p.m.; Sunday, May 5, noon
to 6 p.m. Celebrate in the Aurora Cultural Arts District with
dance performances, live music, Chihuahua dog races, contests and
delicious food from vendors and local brew in the beer garden. Fletcher Plaza, 9898 E. Colfax Ave. AuroraCulture.org
Aurora Police Fallen Officer Memorial Thursday, May 9, noon to 1 p.m. An annual ceremony recognizes our fallen heroes,
including the Aurora Police Department Honor Guard presentation
of the colors, and the singing of the national anthem. Limited
seating is available. No RSVP necessary. Aurora Police Headquarters courtyard, 15001 E.
Alameda Parkway Facebook.com/AuroraCOPD
“This is Me” starring Jalyn Courtenay Webb Friday and Saturday, May 10 and 11, 7:30 p.m. The Aurora Fox Cabaret Series presents “This is Me”
starring Jalyn Courtenay Webb, recipient of the 2018 Henry Award
for best leading actress in a musical. Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave. Tickets: AuroraFox.org
Aurora Mini-Con Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Celebrate comics, cosplay and everything
pop-culture. Join us for a family-friendly day of crafts, panels
and activities with local organizations, artists and authors who
love "nerd-culture" as much as we do. Don't forget to
cosplay! Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Parkway AuroraLibrary.org
Stanley Marketplace Walking Tours Saturdays, through May 18, 10:30 a.m. Don’t miss your opportunity to learn the unique and
eccentric stories hidden in this community-focused marketplace
and historic landmark. $5 per person Stanley Marketplace, 2501 Dallas St. Tickets at AuroraMuseum.org
Waste-free Luncheon and Recycling Fair Saturday, June 8, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Enjoy a light lunch and local libations with zero
waste. Everything will be composted or recycled. At the same
time, learn more about where to recycle electronics, light bulbs,
household chemicals, appliances and more. Lunch is free; cash bar
available. Bring a nonperishable food item or cash donation to
benefit Colfax Community Network and Interfaith Community
Services. The People's Building, 9995 E. Colfax Ave. RSVP required: 303.739.7137 or firstname.lastname@example.org