Thursday, April 21, 2022

This Is Aurora - City Newsletter - April 21, 2022


Interim police chief announced, home repair funds available, Earth Day celebration and more


April 21, 2022

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Former longtime Aurora police chief to lead department on interim basis pending national search for new chief  


Daniel J. Oates, who led the Aurora Police Department from 2005 to 2014 and who has become a trusted voice on police reform efforts across the country in recent years, will serve as Interim Chief of Police and will help in selecting a permanent chief by the end of this year.  


I selected Dan for this important role because he has established trust with our community and many of our officers, and I believe he will effectively manage the department and further the enduring transformation in public safety our community expects under our ‘New Way’ plan,” said Aurora City Manager Jim Twombly. “Dan brings focus to crime reduction, community engagement and internal leadership that will serve our community well during this transition. He will also provide critical guidance as we begin to seek community input in selecting a permanent chief.”


A robust community engagement process will be included in every step of the recruitment and hiring process. The community's trust, support and collaboration is essential to the long-term success of this position, so this will be critical. Please watch for opportunities to be involved as the city moves forward.   


Oates is scheduled to have a minor medical procedure at the end of April and will arrive in Aurora by May 23 after a brief recovery period. He will begin having conversations with key community leaders and key APD staff members remotely in the meantime. 


Twombly and Oates shared remakes at news conference April 20, and it can be viewed at


Visit the city's website to view the entire news announcement.



Central Park Meeting Invitation


New park site at Central Recreation Center input meeting


Share your input and learn more about the new park site next to Central Recreation Center, 18150 E. Vassar Place, in person from 6 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 21, virtually on Facebook @AuroraPROS, or by taking a survey starting on April 21 at


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City programs offer home repairs at no cost


Does your home need repairs or a new paint job? The city of Aurora is accepting applications from income-qualified homeowners needing assistance in making necessary health and safety repairs to their homes. All programs are first-come, first-served until the funding is depleted.


The city’s housing rehabilitation programs include the Emergency Repair Program, which provides grants and/or loans to address urgent home system problems that are an immediate threat to the health and safety of the occupants, such as malfunctioning furnaces or water heaters and broken sewer and water main lines. Additional loans are available to correct conditions that pose a hazardous situation for the occupant’s health, safety or well-being. To apply, visit Contact Paulette with questions at 303.739.7912 or


Brothers Redevelopment, a contractor with the city, manages the following housing rehabilitation programs. To learn more about these programs—including qualifications—and apply, visit Contact Cinthia with questions at 303.685.4225 or


·     Minor Home Repair Program: Addresses repairs related to accessibility, electrical, plumbing, roofing, and HVAC.

·     Paint-A-Thon Program: Provides exterior home painting for active adults (60 years or older) with disabilities at no cost.


Learn more about the city’s housing rehabilitation programs at





Celebrate Earth Day at Aurora Reservoir


Enjoy guided nature hikes, bird walks, planting in the native plant garden, nature crafts, and local earth-friendly organizations and vendors from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 23, at Aurora Reservoir, 5800 S. Powhaton Road.


In addition, learn about the upcoming volunteer opportunities and ways to get involved in the city's parks and open space system. Entrance to the reservoir is free for those coming to the celebration. Visit the event webpage to find out more.







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) - (Budget town meeting) Thursday, April 28, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Moorhead Recreation Center, 2390 Havana St.

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

Ward III (Ruben Medina) - (Budget town meeting) Wednesday, May 4, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Aurora Center for Active Adults, 30 Del Mar Circle

Ward IV (Juan Marcano) - Thursday, May 12, 6:30 to 8 p.m., Elevation Christian Church, Millie's Cafe, 15600 E. Alameda Parkway

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

Ward VI (Françoise Bergan) - Wednesday, May 18, 6 to 8 p.m., Tallyn's Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Road

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, April 25, 6:30 p.m.

View online at or on cable channels 8 and 880. Visit for the agenda. For information on addressing City Council during the meeting, go to Comment.

Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway


Mayor Mike Live

Thursday, April 28, 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.

Live on Facebook and


COVID-19 Vaccine Mobile Clinics

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

Central Recreation Center, 18150 E. Vassar Place

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.


COVID-19 Testing Site

Open through April 30

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



RTD Systemwide Fare Study and Equity Analysis

Tell RTD what you think about its fares and how they can be improved, and how you use RTD transit services. Share your opinion at a virtual public meeting or via an online survey.

Zoom public meeting (English): April 21, 6 p.m. (register to attend)

Zoom public meeting (Spanish): April 28, 6 p.m. (register to attend)

Online survey in English or Spanish (open until May 1): (email by April 22 for survey language assistance in another language)


Antique Appraisal Fair

Saturday, April 23, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Have fun while having your antiques and collectibles evaluated by local appraisers. The Aurora Museum Foundation collects all funds raised to directly benefit the programs and exhibits of the Aurora History Museum.

Visit this link to reserve a timed entrance to the event.

Aurora Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Parkway


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, 15051 E. Alameda Parkway


Aurora Fox: "Freaky Friday the Musical!"

April 29 through May 22

The Aurora Fox presents a contemporary musical retelling of the classic Disney film “Freaky Friday.” When an overworked mother and her teenage daughter magically swap bodies, they have just one whacky day to put things right again before mom’s big wedding. With a score by Pulitzer Prize winner Tom Kitt, Disney’s “Freaky Friday the Musical!” is a delightful magical adventure for the entire perfectly imperfect family.

Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave.

Information and tickets:


Aurora's 131st Birthday Party

Saturday, April 30, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Celebrate your city at Aurora's 131st birthday party, with a special birthday-themed scavenger hunt and craft, a slice of cake and games.

Aurora History Museum, 15051 E. Alameda Parkway


Spring Quilt Sale

Friday, May 13, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Saturday, May 14, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Beautiful, handmade quilts are made by the talented members of the Aurora Center for Active Adults Quilt Bee Volunteers. Proceeds benefit special projects at the Aurora Center for Active Adults. Special orders are accepted.

Center for Active Adults, 30 Del Mar Circle


Chalk Lines and Vines

Saturday, May 14, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Sunday, May 15, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

Arapahoe County's Chalk Lines and Vines event is back for its second year. Sample wines from over 15 Colorado wineries, watch chalk artists bring their masterpieces to life, enjoy live music and entertainment, and more.

Arapahoe County Fairgrounds Event Center on the Central Green (outdoors), 25690 E. Quincy Ave.

Tickets and information:


Free Loader Days

May 14, June 11, July 16 and Aug. 13, 8 a.m. to noon (while supplies last)

The city is offering free mulch on select Saturdays as a service to residents working to sustain a healthy landscape in Colorado's arid climate. Bring a pick-up truck or open trailer to have us load it full of mulch, or bring your own shovels and containers to serve yourself.

Near the intersection of East Hampden Avenue and Dawson Street (enter via South Dawson Street and follow the signs)

More information:


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, 15051 E. Alameda Parkway







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