Thursday, March 17, 2022

This Is Aurora - City Newsletter - March 17, 2022



March 17, 2022

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Don’t hang up when calling 911


Recently, Aurora911 initiated a change so callers whose call is not immediately answered will hear a recorded message instead of only hearing the line ring. The recorded message is meant to assure callers that their attempt to connect their phone to 911 was successful and that call takers are aware of their call and will answer as soon as possible.


This is a nationally common practice in emergency communications centers, intended to keep callers on the line when call volume exceeds available call takers. The recorded message was introduced due to an increased call volume, as well as the increased frequency of callers hanging up and calling again in a short period regarding the same emergency.


Since 911 call takers respond to every single call (including ones that hang up), repeat calls move people farther back in line and delay the process to properly address an emergency. The fastest way to reach assistance in an emergency is to call 911 and stay on the line. Residents also need to be responsible and not use 911 for non-emergency calls. It should only be used for medical, fire, or police emergencies. Non-emergency public safety calls can go to 303.627.3100.


For city services, people can call 303.739.7000, use the Access Aurora app, or visit Emergency call lines are staffed 24 hours, seven days a week. Aurora911 is here to respond to crises and will continue to review all options to best serve our community.




Spring Youth Days Offer Free Activities This Week

Youth ages 12 to 17 will have FREE daily access to Central and Moorhead recreation centers from noon to 8 p.m. March 17-18. Activities include sports competitions, animal interactions, creative projects, peer tutoring and more!

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April 16 open house on 13th Avenue mobility


At an upcoming open house, the city of Aurora will share a draft concept for proposed changes to a portion of 13th Avenue to make walking, biking, driving, and rolling safer and more comfortable for people of all ages on the corridor.


Residents are invited to show up anytime between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. Saturday, April 16, at Aurora West College Preparatory Academy, 10100 E. 13th Ave., to share opinions on a draft concept that includes a new shared path next to the road, changes to parking and improved lighting. The feedback gathered will assist the city in finalizing the recommendations.


This important corridor connects residents, students and businesses to their neighborhood, city and region and places like schools, parks, a light rail station, trails, job centers, stores and restaurants.


Residents who need language interpretation at the open house may email by April 2 to make a request. Anyone who cannot attend the April 16 open house may view the draft concept online starting April 18 at and provide feedback.


To review additional information about the project, visit For questions, contact Tom Worker-Braddock at 303.739.7340 or


Featured city board/commission

Citizens Advisory Committee on Housing and Community Development


Apply now to serve on the Citizens Advisory Committee on Housing and Community Development. Volunteer to assist the City Council in the development, implementation and evaluation of the city's Community Development Block Grant Program and housing assistance plan. Find out more and apply at





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 location information, and to find links for joining virtual meetings. If you don't know your council ward, go to and click on "Property Info."

Ward I (Crystal Murillo) - Thursday, March 24, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 9898 E Colfax Ave.

Ward II (Steve Sundberg) - Thursday, May 19, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Central Recreation Center, 18150 E. Vassar Place

Ward III (Ruben Medina) - Wednesday, April 6, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Aurora Center for Active Adults, 30 Del Mar Circle

Ward IV (Juan Marcano) - (Budget town meeting) Thursday, April 14, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Colorado Early Colleges, 1400 S. Abilene St.

Ward V (Alison Coombs) - Tuesday, April 19, 6:00 to 7:30 p.m., Heather Gardens, 2888 S. Heather Gardens Way

Ward VI (Françoise Bergan) - Wednesday, March 23, 6 to 8 p.m., Heritage Eagle Bend Golf Club, 23155 E. Heritage Parkway

At-Large (Curtis Gardner, Danielle Jurinsky, Angela Lawson and Dustin Zvonek) – (Budget town meeting) Thursday, May 5, 6 to 8 p.m., Heather Gardens, 2888 S. Heather Gardens Way


City Council Study Session

Monday, March 21, 6:30 p.m.

View online at or on cable channels 8 and 880. Visit for the agenda.


Mayor Mike Live

Thursday, March 31, 3:30 to 4:30 p.m.

This show has moved 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. The topics for the March show include Aurora Water quality standards and Comcast’s affordable internet services for residents.

Live on Facebook and


Aurora Municipal Center Expanded Hours

Monday to Friday 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

The Aurora Municipal Center is open for walk-in Water Billing and Cashier Services payments, and for advance appointments. Enter through the east doors (facing Chambers Road). Appointments can be made directly with city departments, but for faster and more convenient assistance, most services are available online at Contact Access Aurora at 303.739.7000 with questions.

Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway


Red Tape Reduction Committee Public Hearing

Thursday, March 17, noon

The Aurora City Council’s Red Tape Reduction Committee wants to hear from businesses, community groups and others about their experiences working through development planning, permitting, review and other processes.

Visit to sign up to speak or provide online feedback. An additional public hearing is scheduled for 6 p.m. April 20.


Aurora Fox: "Hurricane Diane"

March 18 - April 10

The Aurora Fox presents an Obie-winning comedy with a twist! Pulitzer Prize finalist Madeleine George pens a hilarious evisceration of the blind eye we all turn to climate change and the sloppily drunken catharsis that awaits us. Even in our own suburban backyards.

9900 E. Colfax Ave.

Visit for information and tickets.


Aurora Neighborhood Leader Network Meeting

Tuesday, March 29, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Elected leaders of neighborhood organizations and HOAs are invited to attend the next Aurora Neighborhood Leader Network virtual meeting to share ideas, challenges and solutions on various neighborhood topics. Registration is not required. Email by March 25 for language interpretation assistance.

Find meeting details at


Arapahoe County Virtual Town Hall

Wednesday, March 30, 6:30 p.m.

Arapahoe County invites residents to a virtual town hall about the approach to forming a single-county health department. Learn about the process overview, work completed to date and ways residents can provide input.

Details at


Tri-County Health Daily COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Daily through March 31

Noon to 7 p.m. seven days a week (times are subject to change)

Walk-in and 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 details).

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


COVID-19 Vaccine Mobile Clinics

Saturday, April 9, noon to 7 p.m.

Saturday, May 7, noon to 7 p.m.

Central Recreation Center, 18150 E. Vassar Place

Wednesday, April 13, noon to 7 p.m.

Sunday, May 8, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Moorhead Recreation Center, 2390 Havana St.

Clinics offer Pfizer and Moderna first, second and booster shots and Pfizer pediatric. Pre-registration is suggested but not required. Visit the website for details.


COVID-19 Testing Site

Open until further notice

Open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 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


Colfax Art Jams

The first Saturday of the month starting April 2 through October 1

noon to 4 p.m.

Join the Aurora Culture Arts District for free concerts and performances surrounded by local artisans and more.

Fletcher Plaza, 9800 E. Colfax Ave.


13th Avenue Corridor Open House

Saturday, April 16, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Give feedback regarding proposed changes to make traveling for people more comfortable on the 13th Avenue corridor at an open house on Saturday, April 16, at Aurora West College Preparatory Academy.

10100 E. 13th Ave.

Find out more at or share your opinion at


The Rise of the Aurora Suburb during the Cold War

Open through April 24

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, 15515 E. Alameda Parkway


Without a Home in Aurora Exhibit

Open through May 29

Housing insecurity 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 to Sunday.

Aurora History Museum, 15515 E. Alameda Parkway







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