Thursday, October 7, 2021

This Is Aurora - City Newsletter - Oct. 7, 2021



Oct. 7, 2021



Celebrate fall with fun events this month


With Halloween just around the corner, the city is hosting Pop-up Pumpkin Patches this year to ensure everyone has a pumpkin to decorate.


Find your perfect pumpkin and a decorating kit to take home, but plan to arrive early as these items are free and available only while supplies last.


·     Thursday, Oct. 7, 3 to 5 p.m., Moorhead Park, 2390 Havana Ave.

·     Thursday, Oct. 14, 3 to 5 p.m., Olympic Park, 15501 E. Yale Ave.

·     Wednesday, Oct. 20, Fletcher Plaza, 9800 E. Colfax Ave.

·     Thursday, Oct. 21, 3 to 5 p.m., Appaloosa Park, 5575 S. De Gaulle St.


For some treats, come out to the city's Boos Cruise featuring drive-through trunk-or-treating from 3 to 7 p.m. Friday, Oct. 29, at the Aurora Sports Park, 19300 E. Colfax Ave. Don your best costume and prepare for a trunk load of spooky fun from city departments and local businesses. Participants must register in advance for $5 per car.


Learn more about this event and others at


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Watch council candidate forums on AuroraTV


View the recent Aurora municipal candidate forums (Ward I, II and III, and At Large), sponsored by the Aurora Chamber of Commerce, the Aurora Women's Club, Sentinel Colorado, the League of Women Voters, 9News and Telemundo, at



Suggest a theme for Aurora's 36th annual MLK Jr. commemoration


Planning is underway for the 36th annual Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration scheduled for January 2022, and the city needs your help coming up with a theme for this event.


Share your theme suggestions by emailing your answer to one of the prompts below to or submitting your response in person at any Aurora Public Library.



·     What word do you think of when you think of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.?

·     What does Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s legacy mean to you?


Entries are due Friday, Oct. 15. The planning committee will select the theme.



Featured City Board/Commission

Aurora Commission for Older Adults


The Aurora Commission for Older Adults is accepting applications to fill several vacancies. This commission enhances the quality of life of the older-adult population in Aurora by supporting current programs and promoting the development of new ones in the areas of housing, transportation, health, nutrition, legislation, recreation, education, advocacy and networking. To learn more and apply, visit






Council Member Town Meetings

Council members are eager to hear from residents and committed to forums in which those conversations can occur. Please visit to confirm meeting dates and find information on how to join, with some meetings taking place virtually, while others are scheduled to return to in-person events. If you don't know your council ward, go to and click on "Property Info."

Ward I (Crystal Murillo) - Thursday, Oct. 28, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Moorhead Recreation Center, 2390 Havana St.

Ward IV (Juan Marcano) - Thursday, Oct. 14, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Stampede, 2430 S. Havana St.

Ward V (Alison Coombs) - Wednesday, Nov. 3, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Heather Gardens Clubhouse, 2888 S. Heather Gardens Way

Ward VI (Françoise Bergan) - Wednesday, Nov. 17, 6 to 8 p.m., City of Aurora Public Safety Training Center (CAPSTC), 25950 E. Quincy Ave.


City Council Regular Meeting (Virtual)

Monday, Oct. 11, 6:30 p.m.

View the meeting online at or on cable channels 8 and 880 to listen to this special study session. Visit for the agenda. Learn more about public comment at council meetings at


Mayor Mike Live

Thursday, Oct. 14, 4 p.m.

Mayor Mike Live is taking a break Oct. 7, but will return Oct. 14 with new and interesting topics. Join the conversation with your questions. Live on Facebook and


Pop-up Pumpkin Patches

Thursday, Oct. 7, 3 to 5 p.m., Moorhead Park

Thursday, Oct. 14, 3 to 5 p.m., Olympic Park

Wednesday, Oct. 20, 3 to 5 p.m., Fletcher Plaza

Thursday, Oct. 21, 3 to 5 p.m., Appaloosa Park

Pick up your perfect pumpkin and a decorating kit at these pop-up pumpkin patches from Aurora Parks, Recreation and Open Space. Free, while supplies last.


ARPA Survey Deadline

Friday, Oct. 8

We need your big ideas! The city of Aurora will receive $65.4 million in American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA) funding related to COVID-19 economic impacts. What will help our community thrive? Fill out the survey online at to share your most pressing needs.


Fire Safety Fair

Saturday, Oct. 9, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Join us to learn more about making your home safer from fire, see fire trucks from across the metro area and watch a live fire demonstration.

Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway

More information on


"Hundred Days"

Through Oct. 10

How much life could you squeeze into 100 days if you had to? That's the question this folk-punk musical seeks to ask.

Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave.

Tickets on sale at


Neighborhood Leader Network: Virtual Kick-off Meeting

Thursday, Oct. 21, 6 p.m.

Are you a leader in your neighborhood or a resident who wants to get more involved in neighborhood engagement? The city of Aurora is looking to form a neighborhood leader network to better help Aurora neighborhood groups thrive. Share your ideas and brainstorm with other leaders on what this network should look like and how it can support the continued growth of neighborhood relationships. Registration is not required. Visit for meeting information. Email by Oct. 19 for interpretation assistance.


Nine Mile Bridge Construction and Design Enhancements: Public Meeting

Tuesday, Oct. 26, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

The city is leading the design and construction work on a pedestrian bridge over Parker Road near Interstate 225 to connect the RTD Nine Mile Station with homes and businesses on the north side of Parker Road. If you live, work or regularly visit this area, register now to join us for a virtual public meeting to see images of the bridge design, discuss the plans for and impact of construction, and ask questions about the project.

To register for this virtual meeting or learn more about this project, visit

Email by Oct. 12 for interpretation assistance.


Boos Cruise

Friday, Oct. 29, 3 to 7 p.m.

Register for $5 per car to attend this drive-through trunk-or-treating event.

Aurora Sports Park, 19300 E. Colfax Ave.


Neighborhood Engagement Survey Deadline

Monday, Oct. 31

Take this survey to provide your thoughts about how you engage with your neighbors, neighborhood and city. Your feedback will help the city gauge how it can best support these efforts with ongoing or new programs.


Survey on Youth Deadline

Monday, Oct. 31

The Aurora Youth Violence Prevention Program and other local agencies part of the new Aurora Partners for Thriving Youth Coalition seek community input on how issues related to mental health, substance use, safety and violent behavior impact youth. The feedback you provide will help inform the strategic plan for the Aurora Youth Violence Prevention Program and the response of the agencies in the coalition.

To give feedback and learn more, visit The survey can be completed anonymously


Youth Engagement Pop-up Events 

Through Oct. 31

Music, games, food and resources are all part of multiple pop-up events for youth this summer and fall throughout the city as part of Aurora's Youth Violence Prevention Program. The events promote a safe space for youth to connect with positive role models and meet new friends. Check out the calendar with event details at


Election Day

Nov. 2

Ballots for the coordinated election will start arriving in mailboxes Oct. 8. Voters will fill seats for Aurora City Council Wards I, II and III and two At-Large positions, and vote on other issues.


Tri-County Health Daily COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Daily until further notice

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Saturday (note evening time change)

11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday

Walk-in and drive-through clinic (no appointment necessary) supported by Jogan Health and the city of Aurora. The clinic now offers Pfizer booster shots to those who are eligible (see website for details).

Aurora Municipal Campus southwest parking lot, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway


COVID-19 Testing Site

Extended through Oct. 31

Open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., free testing for COVID-19 is provided to anyone who wants to be tested, especially those who have symptoms. No appointment is necessary. No doctor referral, no health insurance, and no proof of identification are required. Online registration in advance is preferred but is not required.

Aurora Center for Active Adults parking lot, 30 Del Mar Circle, at Del Mar Park


Aurora Parks Explored

Open through Oct. 31

Aurora has nearly 100 parks to explore, and the Aurora History Museum wants to help you explore more of the story behind them at this free exhibit "Aurora Parks Explored." Learn more at Aurora History Museum. Free admission. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday.

Aurora History Museum & Historic Sites, 15515 E. Alameda Parkway


The Rise of the Aurora Suburb during the Cold War

Open through April 2022

Join the Aurora History Museum & Historic Sites for an in-person exploration of Aurora's economic prosperity and suburban expansion during the Cold War. The exhibit includes local stories experienced by Aurora residents during the Cold War to enrich the understanding of the period. Learn more at Aurora History Museum. Free admission. The museum is open Tuesday to Sunday.

Aurora History Museum & Historic Sites, 15515 E. Alameda Parkway







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