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City of Aurora News

Outdoor sirens testing; What PAR officers do; High Line Canal cleanup, and things to do this week

March 5, 2020

photo of outdoor siren on sable boulevard

Testing of outdoor warning sirens on March 10

The city of Aurora Office of Emergency Management will conduct an audible test of the city’s emergency outdoor warning sirens at 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, March 10. The test will include more than 50 sirens throughout Aurora. If you are outdoors, you should hear a 3-minute wailing sound. There will be no voice heard during the test, and the sirens may not be audible indoors.

The city conducts audible tests of the sirens twice a year (in March and November), and silent testing weekly year-round. The second audible test for 2020 is scheduled for 11:30 a.m. Nov. 10.

The purpose of these all-hazards sirens is to provide notice regarding an emergency situation, such as a tornado warning or hazardous-material spill. There is no “all-clear” tone that sounds when the situation has been resolved or mitigated. Instead, any tone coming from the sirens should be viewed as a call to immediately take shelter and seek additional information via weather radio, local TV and radio, or the city’s Facebook ( and Twitter (@AuroraGov) accounts. In the event of an emergency, both residents and businesses should use the information available to make a determination as to when the threat has passed. It should be noted that sirens will be re-activated in the event a new warning or a new threat arises.

For more information about the outdoor warning sirens and to hear an example of the siren wail, go to

Volunteer for the High Line Canal Cleanup

Volunteers are needed for the annual High Line Canal Cleanup, an event to clear trash from the 11-mile stretch of canal that runs through Aurora. The 2020 event will take place from 8 a.m. to noon Saturday, March 21.

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Keeping your neighborhood safe

Aurora Police officer smiling from inside police car
Neighborhoods in Aurora are assigned Police Area Representatives, or PAR officers, who educate residents and stakeholders in their designated area about crime prevention, direct crime prevention initiatives and perform problem-solving techniques to address
quality of life issues.

Each officer works closely with residents and businesses in their assigned area. They attend Neighborhood Watch meetings, and offer help with problems that may have a detrimental impact on the quality of life in neighborhoods.
To view the PAR area map and find out your assigned officer, visit and search for PAR Officer.

Neighborhood Watch is a group of residents organized with the goal of taking an active role in making their community healthy and crime free by working with law enforcement and other city resources. The program operates through a communication chain that includes PAR officers, area representatives, block representatives and residents. Community members are made aware of resources at their disposal like neighborhood liaisons and code enforcement officers to improve the quality of their communities. A volunteer residents Neighborhood Watch board coordinates the program, and is available as a resource.

To find out more about Neighborhood Watch, call the Aurora Police Department at 303.739.6346.


Council Member Town Meetings
Ward I (Crystal Murillo) - Thursday, March 26, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 9898 E. Colfax Ave.
Ward II (Nicole Johnston) - Thursday, March 19, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Beck Recreation Center, 800 Telluride St.
Ward III (Marsha Berzins) - Thursday, April 16, 7:30 to 8:45 a.m.
Tin Cup Bar & Grill at Aurora Hills Golf Course, 50 Peoria St.
Ward IV (Juan Marcano) - Thursday, March 19, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Stampede, 2430 S. Havana St.
Ward V (Alison Coombs) - Tuesday, March 17, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Heather Gardens Clubhouse, 2888 S. Heather Gardens Way
Ward VI (Fran├žoise Bergan) - Wednesday, March 11, 6 to 8 p.m.
Heritage Eagle Bend Clubhouse, 23155 E. Heritage Parkway
At Large (Allison Hiltz and Angela Lawson) - Wednesday, March 18, 6 to 8:30 p.m.
Moorhead Recreation Center, 2390 Havana St.

City Council Regular Meeting
Monday, March 16, 7:30 p.m.
Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, City Council Chamber • Streamed live at

Public to Be Heard on the 2021 City Budget
Monday, March 16, 7:30 p.m.
During the regular meeting of the City Council, there will be opportunity for public speaking on the 2021 city budget.
Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, City Council Chamber

Boating 101
Sunday, March 8, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
This free class by a park ranger is your guide to choosing the proper watercraft, understanding boating laws and park rules and learning weather awareness when out on the water.
Aurora Reservoir, 5800 S. Powhaton Road
Registration required at

UNC Opera Presents “The Mother of Us All” and Other Excerpts
Tuesday, March 10, 11 a.m.
The University of Northern Colorado Opera Theater celebrates the centennial of the 19th Amendment by performing works about the women's suffrage movement by composers who were part of the movement as well as excerpts from Virgil Thompson's "The Mother of Us All," an opera about women's rights activist Susan B. Anthony.
Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9990 E. Colfax Ave.
Registration required at

City of Aurora Career Fair
Wednesday, March 11, 4 to 8 p.m.
The city of Aurora is promoting available jobs with the city, including full-time, part-time and seasonal work. Featured jobs include: arborists, CDL drivers, dispatchers, parks workers, streets workers, water utility workers, water certified workers and many more.
Aurora Municipal Center Lobby, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway

Be Counted Census Chats: Coffee, Cupcakes and the Census
Wednesday, March 11, 10 a.m. to noon
Aurora Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Parkway
Wednesday, March 11
Martin Luther King Jr. Library, 9898 E. Colfax Ave.
Friday, March 13, 4 to 6 p.m.
Mission Viejo Library, 15324 E. Hampden Ave.
Wednesday, March 18, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.
Tallyn's Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Road
To ensure everyone is counted in Aurora, the Aurora Public Library is hosting census chats to give library patrons a chance to get their questions answered by the experts. Grab a coffee and cupcake and learn how you can be seen, be heard and be counted.

Facts on Tap: Tour & Trivia Night
Thursday, March 12, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Get a crash course on the Hometown Pride exhibit at the Aurora History Museum, then test your knowledge at our on-site trivia night. Pre-registration required. The $10 admission includes two drink tickets. 
Aurora History Museum, 15051 E. Alameda Parkway

For Peter Pan On Her 70th Birthday
March 13 to April 5
For Anne, playing Peter Pan at her hometown children’s theater is one of her fondest and most formative memories. Now, 50 years later, Neverland calls again, casting her and her siblings back to this faraway dreamscape where the refusal to grow up confronts the inevitability of growing old. "For Peter Pan" is a tale that flies in the face of time, as age comes for us all, while we search for a second chance at youth.
Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9990 E. Colfax Ave.

Winter Reading Challenge
Through March 15
Cozy up with a good book and take part in the Aurora Public Library's Winter Reading Challenge. This fun program has prizes for all ages just for reading. Adults: this is the first challenge of our year-long Adult Reading Challenge! Win prizes for completing each challenge; complete all five to be entered for a grand prize drawing.
Aurora Public Library branches

"SECRETS OF THE UNIVERSE and other songs"
Through March 15
In 1937, a physics professor at Princeton University received a call. The internationally-renowned classical singer Marian Anderson was giving a concert at the McCarter Theatre at Princeton. But because she was African-American, Anderson was denied a hotel room. Instead she accepted an invitation to stay at a professor's home. That professor was Albert Einstein. The play is based on the true relationship of these titanic figures.
Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9990 E. Colfax Ave.

Spring Break Camp
March 16 to 20, 8 a.m. to noon
This week-long spring themed camp engages campers, ages 7 to 10, from the time they are signed in until the time they are picked up! Daily agendas include STEM activities, active games, team building tasks, crafts and much more. $125 ($100 for Aurora residents)
Central Recreation Center, 18150 E. Vassar Place
Click here to register

High Line Canal Cleanup
Saturday, March 21, 8 a.m. to noon
Volunteers are needed to help clear trash from the 11-mile stretch of canal that runs through Aurora. Volunteer check-in happens at 8 a.m. at the Community College of Aurora.
To volunteer, call 303.739.7372 or email

Author Visit & Book Signing: Chris Bohjalian
Tuesday, March 24, 7 p.m. 
Tattered Cover Book Store and Aurora Public Library welcome bestselling author Chris Bohjalian for a special presentation and book signing celebrating the release of his new novel "The Red Lotus" (releasing March 17).
The event is free to attend, but registration is required. Books will be available for purchase from Tattered Cover Book Store. Attendees must purchase a copy of "The Red Lotus" from Tattered Cover to enter the signing line.
Tallyn’s Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Road

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