Happy Independence Day! We hope your weekend is a welcome celebration of food, family and rest. We also hope you celebrate safely amid dry conditions and COVID-19.
Aurora is currently under a Stage 1 Burn Restriction due to the increasing fire danger associated with current weather conditions. That means that the sale, possession and use of fireworks are illegal in our city. This ban is not unique – dozens of other jurisdictions in our state have issued burn restrictions. The goal is to prevent both structural and wildland interface fires in our community.
Please remember to maintain social distancing when around people not in your household, wear a face covering when you're out, and keep up good hygiene habits with frequent handwashing.
If you would like to file a complaint about non-emergency fireworks use, you can fill out an online form at AuroraGov.org/ContactUs. We ask that you only use 911 if there is a life-threatening emergency or to report activity that poses an imminent threat. If 911 call takers are flooded with non-emergency calls or questions, they are unable to help those who have an urgent need.
Helping your dog this Fourth of July
Even though they are banned in Aurora this year, the sounds of booming fireworks will likely continue, and that can be a stressful situation for pets. The Aurora Animal Shelter has some tips to calm your dog's anxiety.
Three recreation centers, two outdoor pools reopen next week; reserve your time now
Several Aurora recreation locations are now open or opening soon:
• Beck, Central and Moorhead recreation centers will reopen to the public Monday, July 6. Details and reserved spots are available at AuroraGov.org/Recreation. Central and Moorhead recreation center indoor pools will also be open with adjustments made for health and safety. Beck Recreation Center’s pool has been undergoing renovations and will not open at this time.
• Del Mar Water Park and Meadow Hills outdoor pool will reopen Wednesday, July 8. Details and reservations are available at AuroraGov.org/Pools.
• The city’s two spraygrounds located at Great Plains Park and Red-tailed Hawk Park will reopen July 8.
• The Aurora Reservoir swim beach is open daily, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.
• The Eldorado, Hampden Run and Pagosa Park playgrounds have all been recently renovated and are now open to the public.
Visit AuroraGov.org/PROS for continued updates on recreation programming and facilities in Aurora.
For the latest on COVID-19 and the city's response, as well as available resources for businesses and residents, go to the city's information page at AuroraGov.org/COVID-19.
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 AuroraGov.org/Council to check the latest information on meeting dates.
City Council Regular Meeting (Virtual)
Monday, July 6, 7:30 p.m.
View this meeting online at AuroraTV.org and cable channels 8 and 880. You may also listen to the meeting by phone (see AuroraGov.org for details). In advance of the meeting, submit a comment for Public Invited To Be Heard or an individual agenda item to firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.
Because of the Independence Day holiday, there will be no Mayor Mike Live show on Friday, July 3. The show will resume July 10 at 3 p.m., when you can join Aurora Mayor Mike Coffman on his weekly live stream of "Mayor Mike Live" on Facebook and AuroraTV.org.
The city of Aurora will host the Trusted Voices: Census 2020 series on Facebook Live. Join us as we talk with trusted voices throughout our community about the benefits and opportunities of completing the 2020 census.
Aurora Mobile Food Pantry (note new day and location)
Thursdays in July, 10 a.m. until food has been distributed
In partnership with Aurora Interfaith Community Services, the city of Aurora has distributed more than 150,000 meals this summer as part of the Aurora Mobile Food Pantry. Photo ID or proof of Aurora residency is required. All Aurora households are eligible. Food for pets is also available, as well as emergency food kits for those experiencing homelessness. For questions, call 720.557.6444 or visit AuroraGov.org/MobileFoodPantry.
Overland High School, 12400 E. Jewell Ave.
Virtual STEAM-Powered History Camp
July 13 to 17 (ages 11 to 13)
July 20 to 24 (ages 8 to 10)
Experience Aurora's history through the past and present of science and technology. Our virtual summer camp provides activities that can be completed on your own time, but also includes daily online instruction for everyone registered for camp. Cost: $15 per camper. Materials and fees included. Registration and more information at AuroraMuseum.org
Draft Oil and Gas Regulations Virtual Town Hall
Thursday, July 16, 6 to 8 p.m.
The city of Aurora is updating the Aurora Municipal Code with regulations and Best Management Practices related to oil and gas. All oil and gas regulations will be contained in a new document titled "Oil & Gas Manual." The Aurora Municipal Code will be updated to refer to the Oil & Gas Manual for regulations pertaining to oil and gas. Two virtual town hall meetings will take place for the public to ask questions about the draft regulations. Access the meeting online at AuroraGov.org/OilandGas or call 1.720.650.7664 (access code 146 898 3757) for audio only. To submit comments on the draft regulations by July 26, email Oil&Gas@auroragov.org.
Little Foxes Summer Theatre Program
July 20 to 31, 9 a.m. to noon
The Aurora Fox Arts Center is reopening its doors with the children's theater program, limited to 16 students, for a two-week theatrical experience like nothing the Little Foxes have ever done before. "Odyssey 3000!" will be a little bit “Twilight Zone,” a little bit “Megamind,” and a whole lot of fun when our young artists create an entirely original show based on a futuristic theme! Participants will work to devise and produce an original show, from the ground up. Register at AuroraFox.org.
Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave.
Daily, 10 a.m. (Wednesdays is ASL)
Aurora Public Library has been offering virtual programming since mid-March. One of the most popular programs is the daily storytime. Other ongoing programs include Reader’s Corner, Mystery Read and Create & DYI. To learn more about all the virtual programming, visit AuroraLibrary.org or the Aurora Public Library Facebook page
Virtual Dance classes
Daily, time varies
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.
Every week, time-travelling news anchor Skip DeCade takes you back in time reporting on Facebook Live Aurora news from the first half of the 20th century. The stories presented are borrowed from the Aurora Democrat newspaper which reported Aurora's news from 1909 to 1955.