Monday, December 6, 2021

Neighborhood News - December 2021


City of Aurora

Housing and Community Services

Neighborhood Liaisons


15151 E. Alameda Parkway, 4th Floor

Aurora, CO 80012 Phone: 303.739.7280






Thank you for your interest in the city of Aurora's Housing and Community Services Department. We connect Aurorans to events, programs, and resources that build strong families, safe neighborhoods, and a diverse community. Additionally, we are a link between community members and their local government and serve as a trusted source of information for the Aurora community.


Inside your latest Neighborhood News:


·     COVID-19 Resources

·     Planning and Development Services Director Finalists

·     Drosselmeyer’s Toy Shoppe & Nutcracker Sweets

·     2022 MLK Commemoration - Art, Poetry and Essay Contest

·     Without a Home in Aurora Exhibit

·     Planning and Zoning Commission Openings


COVID-19 Resources


Frequently updated:

·     City of Aurora:

·     State of Colorado:

·     Tri-County Health Department:

·     211 Colorado:


Planning and Development Services Director Finalists


The city of Aurora is interviewing candidates for Director of Planning and Development Services and invites you to attend a virtual Meet and Greet event with the finalists. Join us online from 7 to 8 p.m. Thursday, Dec. 9, for the opportunity to hear from the candidates, ask your questions, and provide your feedback to city management.


This position will oversee the Planning and Development Services Department, which plans the development of property and neighborhoods and prepares plans and studies that contribute to City Council goals and objectives. The department comprises the following divisions:

·     Development Services Division - includes Urban Renewal, Retail Assistance and Economic Development

·     Long Range Planning Division - includes Special Projects, Aurora Places, Environmental Management, Mapping and Socioeconomic Planning

·     Development Review Division - includes the Planning Information Center and Zoning and Development Applications


No RSVP is needed for the virtual Meet and Greet. Just use the following link when it’s time for the meeting. You can join on your phone or computer. We ask that you please mute yourself and have your camera turned off when joining the meeting. If you are asking a question, you can unmute and turn your camera on. There is a “Raise Hand” function to let the moderator know you would like to ask a question, and you will be called on when it’s time to unmute.


As the event approaches, more information about the finalists will be available at, which will also serve as your portal for providing feedback after the event. Feedback will be accepted through Sunday, Dec. 12.


If there are others in your organization whom you would like to include in this virtual Meet and Greet, please feel free to forward this message.


Thank you for your support and involvement with the city of Aurora, and we look forward to seeing you Dec. 9.


To join the Meet and Greet at 7 p.m. Dec. 9:


For questions, please contact Geoff DeMoss,, 303.739.7229.


Drosselmeyer’s Toy Shoppe & Nutcracker Sweets


Aurora Dance Arts, a program of Library and Cultural Services, has been busily dancing and rehearsing in the fall of 2021, as it plans to make a triumphant return to stage performances, despite the challenges of COVID-19, for the presentation of “Drosselmeyer’s Toy Shoppe & Nutcracker Sweets.” This fun new twist on the traditional holiday dance production will be performed Dec. 17 through 19 at the R.L. Troutman Theater at Aurora Central High School, 11700 E. 11th Ave.


This re-imagined version of the Nutcracker follows Clara and godmother Drosselmeyer in the enchanted toy shop on Christmas Eve, with toys twirling to life and fluttering snowflakes and sugar plums dancing through her dreams.


This unique show incorporates traditional the Tchaikovsky Nutcracker musical score and contemporary musical selections. There are also beautiful costume, prop and set updates and a variety of dance styles, including ballet/pointe, contemporary, jazz and tap.


This family-friendly show is timeless, appropriate for all ages, and an absolute must-see for the holiday season. Tickets are $20 each. For tickets and more information, visit


Show times:

* 7:30 p.m. Friday, Dec. 17

* 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 18

* 3 p.m. Sunday, Dec. 19



2022 MLK Commemoration - Art, Poetry and Essay Contest


Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by sharing what his dream means to you through the Aurora Public Libraries Art, Poetry and Essay Contest!


Create a piece of art or write a poem or essay in response to this prompt: What does Dr. King’s dream mean to you and how can you help realize the dream? 


The contest open to kids and teens grades K – 12. Submissions are due by Friday, Dec. 17. Visit for guidelines and an entry form. Stay tuned for more information about the city's 2022 Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration.



"Without a Home in Aurora" Exhibit


Housing insecurity is a key issue facing our city. To build a wider understanding of people who are often overlooked, misunderstood or unheard, staff at the museum engaged in an oral history project on the streets of Aurora. Museum patrons will be able to meet over 20 Aurorans experiencing housing insecurity. The goal of the exhibit is to shed light on a very complex and complicated social demographic. Accompanying personal testimonials are portraits and photography, reflecting the nature of life on Aurora’s streets. Much of the photography is being provided by local street photographer, Amy Forestieri


The exhibit will be running from Dec. 14, 2021 through May 29, 2022.



Planning and Zoning Commission Openings


The city of Aurora is accepting applications for residents to serve on the Planning and Zoning Commission.


The commission provides recommendations to the Aurora City Council on zonings and a wide range of planning- and development-related issues. Members also review site plans and use approvals unless appealed to the City Council.


Members must be registered electors and residents of Aurora for at least one year immediately preceding the date of their appointment. No member shall hold paid office or position in the city administration. If any member ceases to be an Aurora resident, membership will terminate immediately.


To apply for the commission, call the City Clerk’s Office at 303.739.7094 or visit The Aurora City Council will interview selected applicants at a future study session.


The commission usually meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 6 p.m. The term of service is three years.


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City Council Meetings: listing of upcoming city council meetings. Aurora City Council meetings are held on scheduled Mondays at the Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway.



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City of Aurora | Housing and Community Services | Neighborhood Liaisons | 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Ste. 4500, Aurora, CO 80012 | 303.739.7280