soon for Neighborhood Improvement Grants of up to $5,000
Aurora wants to
help spruce up neighborhoods while strengthening neighborhood relationships
among residents by offering Neighborhood Improvement Grants of up to $5,000
for neighborhood groups and residents (where a neighborhood organization
may not exist) in 2022.
The city has
allocated up to $60,000 for grants for 2022, with a maximum of $5,000 per
awarded project. The competitive grants promote projects that improve a
neighborhood's physical condition, enhance pride and identity, increase
neighborhood communication, and bring new assets to the neighborhood that
foster gathering and positive experiences.
projects include clean-up events, community message boards, community
benches, little free libraries or food pantries, etc.
interested in applying must attend one of three virtual pre-application
meetings to learn more about the funding opportunity and application
life and legacy of the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with motorcade
Luther King Jr. Day, Jan. 17, join the city of Aurora for a motorcade
from the Aurora Municipal Center to the statue of Dr. King at Aurora's
MLK Jr. Library, where a wreath-laying ceremony will be held. Also,
check out other events as part of the city's 36th Annual MLK Jr.
new director of Planning & Development Services
hired Planning & Development Services director is bringing 25 years of
land use, policy and law experience to the city.
who most recently spent six years as the planning manager for the Tualatin
Hills Park & Recreation District in Beaverton, Oregon, will take on her
new role Jan. 31 at the city of Aurora to oversee long range planning,
development services and development review.
“Aurora is such a
vibrant city with so much opportunity,” Rustad said. “I’m looking forward
to becoming an integral part of the community and joining the city team to
address the challenges and prospects that we face while working toward a
Planning & Development Services department continues to manage issues
related to growth and development of Aurora's undeveloped land, economic
development and redevelopment strategies, affordable housing, mobility and
accessibility strategies, small business support, sustainability efforts
and execution of action items in the Aurora Places comprehensive plan.
Council members are
eager to hear from residents and committed to forums in which those
conversations can occur. Please visit AuroraGov.org/Council to confirm meeting dates and location
information. If you don't know your council ward, go to AuroraGov.org and click on "Property Info."
Ward I (Crystal Murillo) - Thursday, Jan.
27, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 9898 E Colfax Ave.
Ward II (Steve
Sundberg) - Thursday, Jan. 20, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Beck Recreation Center,
800 Telluride St.
Ward III (Ruben
Medina) - Wednesday, Feb. 2, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m., Community College of
Aurora, 16000 E. CentreTech Parkway
Ward IV (Juan
Marcano) - Thursday, Jan. 13, 6:30 to 8 p.m., changing to virtual on WebEx
Ward V (Alison
Coombs) - Jan. 18 meeting canceled; Feb. 15 and 19 meetings will be virtual
Ward VI (Françoise
Bergan) - Wednesday, Jan. 19, 6 to 8 p.m., changing to virtual on WebEx
At Large (Angela
Lawson, Curtis Gardner, Danielle Jurinsky, Dustin Zvonek) - Wednesday, Feb.
9, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Central Recreation Center, 18150 E. Vassar Place
This show is moving
to an hour-long format airing every last Thursday of the month, with
continued conversations led by Mayor Mike Coffman and Aurora City Council
members on various community-based topics. Live on Facebook and AuroraTV.org.
and courts will be closed in observance of MLK Jr. Day. Find a full list of
city facility closures at AuroraGov.org.
Martin Luther King
Through Jan. 17,
various locations, including virtual events
Join the city of
Aurora for the 36th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration, a
series of educational, motivational and inspirational events, including a
performances, prayer breakfast, youth summit, wreath-laying ceremony and
Walk and learn about
the rich history of the DeLaney Historic District, starting with the Gully
and DeLaney families who immigrated to the area in the 1860s. Find out
about the types of animals who live in the area, view the farm's buildings
Dontrell Jones the Third believes it is his duty and destiny to venture
into the Atlantic Ocean in search of an ancestor lost during the Middle
Passage. But his family is not at all ready to abandon their beloved son to
the waters of a mysterious and haunting past.
drive-through clinic supported by Jogan Health and the city of Aurora. The
clinic offers Pfizer and Moderna, first, second and booster shots. Pfizer
pediatric shots for ages 5 to 11 require an appointment (see website for
Campus south parking lot, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway
Open Monday through
Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (opening one hour late Thursday, Jan. 6, and
closing at 5 p.m. Jan. 6 due to extreme cold temperatures)
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
The Rise of the
Aurora Suburb during the Cold War
Open through April
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.
Museum, 15515 E. Alameda Parkway
Without a Home in
Open through May 29
is a key issue facing Aurora, and to build a wider understanding of people
who are often overlooked, misunderstood or unheard, staff at the Aurora
History Museum engaged in an oral history project on the streets of the
city. Learn more at Aurora History Museum. Free admission. The museum is open Tuesday