Thursday, April 16, 2020

City of Aurora Newsletter - 4/16/20

Supporting each other during this crisis, messages from the mayor and council members, celebrating Earth Day every day

April 16, 2020

Mutual support while enduring this crisis

During the current COVID-19 crisis, we know that everyone has been affected in different ways, whether it be your health, your finances, your sense of security or your feeling of community. Amid these uncertain times, please prioritize the well-being of yourself, your family and those around you. That means continuing to follow the state’s Stay-at-Home order, avoiding all non-essential activities outside your home, and always observing physical distancing when you are out. While that may limit your in-person interactions with friends and family outside your home, the more we all adhere to these guidelines, the faster we can begin to reopen parts of our lives and ensure we keep others healthy and on a track to physical, financial and emotional wellness. If you or someone you know is in need of help during this time, check out the city’s COVID-19 resources page for businesses and for residents, call 211 for assistance, or reach out to Aurora Mental Health Center's free support line at 303.617.2300.

With that in mind, there are ways, if you are able, to show support for your community during this time of crisis. While there are programs in place to assist local businesses affected by COVID-19 (including the city of Aurora’s Economic Relief Loan and Grant Program), many small businesses remain open in a limited capacity to serve residents. Consider utilizing curbside, takeout or delivery programs, or purchase a gift card so the business can have more financial stability now, and you can still enjoy their services later. Many retail centers, like Stanley Marketplace, the Havana Business Improvement District and Southlands, have information online on businesses you can support. And additional information is available through the Aurora Chamber of Commerce and Visit Aurora.

Other ways to help:
·    Donate blood at Vitalant or Children’s Hospital Colorado
·    Send meals to healthcare workers via programs like Denver Feed It Forward
·    Volunteer or contribute through the Help Colorado Now COVID-19 Relief Fund or other service organizations

Thank you, Aurora, for observing Stay-at-Home guidelines, reaching out to neighbors and friends, lifting up front-line health care workers and first responders, and supporting local businesses during this time.

Video messages from mayor and council members
Aurora's mayor and council members have been recording messages to keep their constituents up to date on how to stay in touch, stay involved and stay informed during the COVID-19 crisis.

You can watch the videos on this playlist. Please make sure you subscribe to the city of Aurora YouTube channel or check back often as more videos are being added every week.

Make Earth Day every day

Earth Day image, two hands holding a globe
While COVID-19 remains top of mind for everyone at this time, we also wanted to take a moment to remember Earth Day coming up April 22. Here are a few things everyone can do to conserve resources, even while staying at home:

·    Teleconference instead of travel (something many people are doing these days).
·    Reduce your use of disposable plastics, especially single-use plastics like bottles, bags and straws.
·    Replace inefficient incandescent light bulbs with efficient CFLs or LEDs.
·    Donate old clothes and home goods instead of throwing them out.
·    Use cloth towels instead of paper ones.
·    Change your paper bills to online billing.
·    Read documents online instead of printing them.
·    Use reusable bottles for water, and resuable mugs for coffee.
·    Turn off lights when leaving a room.
·    Turn off and unplug electronics that are not being used.
·    Lower the temperature on your water heater.
·    Contact your utility company to find out about renewable energy options.

For tips on recycling in Aurora, visit


Council Member Town Meetings
Council members are eager to hear from residents and committed to forums in which those conversations can occur, but the format and structure of town meetings may be affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Please visit to check the latest information on meeting dates.

City Council Regular Meeting (Virtual)
Monday, April 20, 7:30 p.m.
View this meeting online at and cable channels 8 and 880. You can also listen to the meeting by phone (see for details). In advance of the meeting, submit a comment for Public Invited To Be Heard or an individual agenda item to Please indicate in your email whether you want your comment read into the record at the meeting or simply forwarded to mayor and City Council. Staff will read the first three minutes of any comment into the record as requested. Comments will also be accepted in advance of the meeting by phone by calling the City Clerk’s Office at 303.739.7094. • Streamed live at or cable channels 8 and 880 only

Explore the world while staying at home
Do you feel a little shut off from the rest of the world during the Stay-at-Home order? Some city programs have some great ways for you to stay connected.
·    Aurora Dance Arts: On its Facebook page, Aurora Dance Arts is providing live online dance classes, with some of their fabulous faculty teaching from home, dance tutorials and dance challenge videos, and various other online resources for dancers and families.
·    Aurora Fox Arts Center: The Aurora Fox has a weekly video interview, “Meet the Artists,” with artists connected to the Aurora Fox. Check it out on the Aurora Fox’s Facebook page or Instagram.
·    Aurora History Museum and Historic Sites: Explore online exhibits, archives and lesson plans from your home, including interactive maps, such as one of East Colfax Avenue, history videos, and more. You can also take a virtual tour of all the city’s historic sites.
·    Aurora Public Library: The library has daily storytime on Facebook, ebooks, audiobooks and other remote-access tools, Learn at Home activities, Do It Yourself projects, virtual field trips to museums, national parks, etc., and more. Aurora Public Schools students can access most library databases using their student ID number.
·    Art in Public Places: The city’s Art in Public Places program has a downloadable coloring book featuring some of the most popular public arts in Aurora. Visit its Facebook page to download your free copy.
·    The People’s Building: Aurora's newest cultural facility is creating a series of videos on its Facebook and Instagram titled “Six Feet Apart,” which profiles some of the artists and performers who will be showcased at the building once we return to healthier times.

City of Aurora Metro District Information Meeting
Thursday, April 30, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
The city of Aurora is hosting this informational meeting, which will be presented in a teleconference format due to COVID-19, to discuss Title 32 Metropolitan Districts. This meeting will include a presentation from the Special District Association of Colorado and city staff members, along with a chance for questions and discussion. Information on how to access the meeting and participate is available at

City Center Visioning Study
The original outreach meetings scheduled for April on this project have been delayed until further notice due to COVID-19. Please visit for project updates and future outreach opportunities in the coming days.

Have a comment, question or need our assistance? Contact Access Aurora online, at 303.739.7000, or via iOS or Android app.

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