Thursday, June 20, 2019

City of Aurora Newsletter

Bike to Work on June 26, free rec passes at Aurora Youth Expo, public art up for international award

June 20, 2019

Hit the trails for Bike to Work Day

Colorado Bike to Work Day is June 26

Now is the time to sign up for this year’s Bike to Work Day, which is presented by Way to Go—a program of the Denver Regional Council of Governments.

The city of Aurora encourages residents to sign up and try commuting by bike June 26, which can positively impact regional air quality, health and traffic congestion. Combining the ride with public transit or parking your car closer to work and biking the rest of the way makes participation even easier.

On Bike to Work Day, here are some activities happening to support Aurora participants:
·     City of Aurora Breakfast Station, High Line Canal trail underpass, west side of Chambers Road near the Aurora Municipal Center, 6:30 to 9 a.m.: Breakfast burritos, water, snacks and fun giveaways
·     City of Aurora Water Station, RTD 2nd and Abilene Station, near 14051 E. Ellsworth Ave., 4 to 6 p.m.: Quench your thirst on the ride home
·     Jubilee Roasting Co., 1452 Kenton St., 7 to 9 a.m.: Free 12 ounce drip coffee or cold brew
·     Dry Dock Brewing Co. South, 15120 E. Hampden Ave., 4 to 7 p.m.: Half off first pint and bike jerseys
·     Peak to Peak Tap & Brew, 16701 E. Iliff Ave. and 9735 E. Colfax Ave., 4 to 7 p.m.: 20% off all menu items
·     Mixing Bowl Cookie Dough, 5580 S. Parker Road, 4 to 7 p.m.: Half off one item (excludes pints and take-and-bake cookie dough)

Other Bike to Work Day events are happening at the Stanley Marketplace, the Anschutz Medical Campus and elsewhere in Aurora. Visit for more details on events in Aurora and to register.

Take our selfie challenge by posting a photo of yourself or a friend participating in Bike to Work Day on social media and include #BikeToWorkDay and #ThisIsAurora in your post. You’ll be entered into a drawing for a Bike Commuter Pack donated by the city of Aurora’s Planning & Development Services department. Breakfast burritos donated by Bicycle Aurora.

Free rec passes available to youth at Aurora Youth Expo

At the Aurora Youth Expo, Aurora youth can pick up free day passes to city recreation centers and pools as they explore ways to stay safe and healthy this summer. It all takes place 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 22, at the Aurora Municipal Center.

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Art at Central Rec Center up for international award

Aspire artwork at Central Recreation Center
On Tuesday, the city’s Art in Public Places Program received notification that "Aspire," the public art at the recently opened Central Recreation Center, has been named one of the CODAawards Top 100 artwork in the world by CODAworx, a global online community that showcases design projects featuring commissioned artwork in interior, architectural and public spaces.

"Aspire" was selected out of 435 projects submitted from 27 countries. 

Now we need your help to get the People’s Choice award. Voting is open for only a short window, so please vote by Friday, June 28.

Click here to vote today. Aurora’s entry is listed as “Aurora Recreation Center.”

The internationally acclaimed CODAawards celebrate the projects that most successfully integrate commissioned art into interior, architectural or public spaces.


City Council Town Meetings
• Ward I (Crystal Murillo) - Thursday, Aug. 22, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 9898 E. Colfax Ave.
• Ward II (Nicole Johnston) - Thursday, Sept. 26, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Beck Recreation Center, 800 Telluride St. (no summer meetings)
• Ward III (Marsha Berzins) - Saturday, July 27, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.,
Bicentennial Park Pavilion, 13600 E. Bayaud Ave.
Thursday, Aug. 15, 7:15 to 8:30 a.m. (Mornings with Marsha)
Tin Cup Cafe, 50 S. Peoria St.
• Ward IV (Charlie Richardson) - Thursday, July 18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Stampede, 2340 S. Havana St. (budget town meeting)
• Ward V (Bob Roth) - Tuesday, July 16, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Heather Gardens, 2888 S. Heather Gardens Way
• Ward VI (Fran├žoise Bergan) - Wednesday, July 17, 6 to 8 p.m.
Tallyn's Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Road

City Council Meeting
Monday, June 24, 7:30 p.m.
Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Council Chamber • Streamed live at

Summer Concerts: Soul School 
Thursday, June 20, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Aurora Rhythms kicks off the free summer concerts on the lawn with Soul School, an Aurora band known for its variety of oldies, R & B, Motown, rock and funk. Eventgoers are welcome to bring their own blankets, lawn chairs and food or purchase from the food trucks on-site Top Dawg Sausages and Philly’s Italian Water Ice. 
Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway

Centennial House Open Day & Sign Dedication
Saturday, June 22, 1 to 4 p.m.
Feast on ice cream, witness turn-of-the-century beauty on a guided house tour and hear music of the 1870s from Capitol City Brass Band. Hats and parasols encouraged. At 1:30, grab your ice cream and join the official unveiling of the new sign celebrating the history of Aurora’s Centennial House. Tickets $5 at the door (fundraiser for the foundation)
Centennial House, 1671 Galena St.

Library Rhythms Concert: Skean Dubh
Saturday, June 22, 3 p.m.
Enjoy the musical stylings of Celtic band Skean Dubh. From fire-driven instrumentals and Scottish ballads to Irish pub songs and Celtic folksongs, Skean Dubh shares the rich and varied musical heritage of the Celtic people. Light refreshments provided. Registration required.
Aurora Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Parkway

Aurora Arts Festival
Saturday and Sunday, June 22 to 23, noon to 8 p.m.
Celebrate local artists, makers, businesses and community organizations at the Aurora Cultural Arts District's annual free event also featuring entertainment, rides and pop-up performances all day. Food trucks will be selling food on site.
Fletcher Plaza, 9898 E. Colfax Ave.

Cinderella Eats Rice and Beans: A Salsa Fairy Tale
Tuesday, June 25, through Saturday, July 13
The Little Foxes presents a groundbreaking, bilingual children's musical. Cinderella, a newcomer from Puerto Rico, comes to visit her "stepsister," Rosa, in the United States. The catch? Cinderella only speaks Spanish and Rosa only speaks English! Will these two girls be able to reach an understanding at the ball (game)? 
Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave.

Summer in the City
Wednesday, June 26, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.
Summer in the City events are perfect for families and children to live it up with healthy snacks, larger than life inflatables, board and field games, crafts, face painting and so much more.
Appaloosa Park, 5575 S. De Gaulle St.

Animal Ordinance Open House
Wednesday, June 26, 5 to 7 p.m.
Ask questions of city staff about proposed changes to the city's animal ordinances. The proposals are available for review online, as are public feedback forms that will be open through mid-July.
Central Recreation Center, 18150 E. Vassar Place

Provide Input for Upcoming Rec Center
Wednesday, June 26, 6 to 8 p.m.
Join us for the first community open house to help shape Aurora's newest recreation center. We want to hear your ideas for the design process. Bring your family, friends and neighbors!
Infinity Middle School, 25100 E. Belleview Ave.

Summer Concerts: Kutandara
Thursday, June 27, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Aurora Rhythms free summer concert series continues with Kutandara and its Zimbabwean Afropop Marimba. Eventgoers are welcome to bring their own blankets, lawn chairs and food or purchase from the food trucks on-site La Crepe a Papa and Philly’s Italian Water Ice. 
Aurora Municipal Center Great Lawn, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway

Open Day at DeLaney Farm Historic District
Saturday, June 29, 9 a.m. to noon
Explore Aurora’s agricultural roots. Open day includes performances and programs.
DeLaney Farm Historic District, 170 S. Chambers Road

Artspace Survey Extended
Survey deadline extended through June 30
We are working hard to gather a few more responses from our creative community regarding what you want in affordable live/work housing, studio and other creative work space in Aurora. If you are an artist, please take five minutes to take the survey and share the link with your artist friends as well.

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