Thursday, December 30, 2021

This Is Aurora - City Newsletter - Dec. 30, 2021



Dec. 30, 2021


An image of the words Happy New Year amid a field of gold stars


Happy New Year from the city of Aurora


No matter whether 2021 was a year to remember or a year to forget for you, we wish you a hopeful and joyous start to 2022. May your endeavors be safe, fulfilling and prosperous, lifting up the whole community and supporting your friends, family and neighbors.


The city of Aurora is here for you now, and in the new year. From exciting programs and activities, to our commitment to make your experiences with the city as efficient and encouraging as possible, we have a lot to look forward to in 2022.


Make a resolution to be engaged in your community this year. Please follow the city on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Nextdoor for the latest updates and news, sign up for Engage Aurora to see how you can let your voice be heard, consider signing up for one of Aurora's 32 boards and commissions, or check out the city's website for ways you can get involved and volunteer.


As always, reach out to Access Aurora with your questions and concerns at 303.739.7000,, or via the Access Aurora app.


Thank you for being the best part of Aurora!




Youth: #RechargeYourBatteries with New Year's events

The city's Youth Violence Prevention Program and city partners are offering a variety of fun activities for youth this New Year's Eve, including a soccer tournament, a lock-in, and safe zones.

Read more


Submit your questions for public forum with Consent Decree Monitor finalists


Image of cover of the Consent Decree

The city of Aurora’s executive management team and the Colorado Attorney General’s Office leadership team are seeking public input before selecting a Consent Decree Monitor who will oversee the city’s progress made in the consent decree reached between the organizations in November. The consent decree requires the city to resolve issues identified in a "Patterns and Practices" report about the Aurora Police Department and Aurora Fire Rescue.


Two independent firms are finalists for the Consent Decree Monitor position. On Jan. 5, 2022, at 6:30 to approximately 8 p.m. at a virtual public forum, they will answer questions submitted in advance from people who live or work in Aurora. The forum will air live on and Comcast channels 8/880 in Aurora.


Through Jan. 4, 2022, people who live or work in Aurora may submit questions related to the consent decree through the Engage Aurora portal or by calling Access Aurora at 303.739.7000. During and immediately after the forum until 11:59 p.m. Jan. 5, public feedback about the finalists will be accepted at the same Engage Aurora portal.


Anyone who wishes to read the consent decree and related materials before submitting questions or providing feedback can visit the city’s frequently updated ‘New Way’ progress webpage.






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. If you don't know your council ward, go to 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., Stampede, 2430 S. Havana St.

Ward V (Alison Coombs) - Tuesday, Jan. 18, 6 to 7:30 p.m., Central Recreation Center, 18150 E. Vassar Place

Ward VI (Françoise Bergan) - Wednesday, Jan. 19, 6 to 8 p.m., Tallyn's Reach Library, 23911 E. Arapahoe Road

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


City Council Study Session

Monday, Jan. 3, 6:30 p.m.

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


Free Youth Admission to Recreation Centers

Dec. 30, 2 to 8 p.m.

As part of the "Recharge Your Batteries" winter break activities through the city's Youth Violence Prevention Program, youth ages 12 to 17 can get free drop-in admission to various activities like sports, dancing, swimming, improv classes and more. Snacks and dinner are provided. Valid only at Central and Moorhead recreation centers. No registration required.

Central Recreation Center, 18150 E. Vassar Place, or Moorhead Recreation Center, 2390 Havana St.


Aurora Five-O Gaming Trailer

Dec. 30, 2 to 6 p.m., Central Recreation Center

As part of the "Recharge Your Batteries" winter break activities through the city's Youth Violence Prevention Program, youth can engage with Aurora police officers and their unique FIVE-O gaming trailer. See what the FIVE-O gaming trailer is all about at No registration required.

Central Recreation Center, 18150 E. Vassar Place, or Moorhead Recreation Center, 2390 Havana St.


Closure of Utah and Beck Indoor Pools

Through Jan. 2

Utah and Beck indoor pools will be closed due to staffing shortage as lifeguards are re-assigned to cover the "Recharge Your Batteries" youth program at Central and Moorhead recreation centers. We appreciate your understanding and support of our youth!


Holiday Lights Displays

Through Jan. 3

Add your favorite holiday light displays in Aurora or post your own with a photo and the story of your lights. While you are on our Engage Aurora website, explore some of the past projects in which our residents engaged and register for an account to stay updated on future ways to engage.


Christmas Tree Recycling and Free Mulch

Through Jan. 10

Bring your Christmas tree to one of the city's drop-off sites for free recycling: Please remove all nails, decorations and stands from trees prior to drop-off. Free mulch is available anytime (while supplies last) at all drop-off locations. Please bring your own truck, bags, shovel and containers.

Del Mar Park, 12000 E. Sixth Ave. (at Peoria Street in the west parking lot)

Saddle Rock Golf Course, 21705 E. Arapahoe Road (west of E-470) 

Olympic Park, 15501 E. Yale Ave. (east of Chambers Road)


New Year's Closures

City of Aurora municipal offices and courts will be closed Friday, Dec. 31, in observance of the New Year's holiday. A full listing of city facility closures is available at


Special E-cycling Pricing

Through Dec. 31 and Jan. 3 to 8

8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

Open to residents and nonresidents, this event with our e-cycling partner will accept most electronic items (desktop computers, laptops, cell phones, tablets, gaming equipment, consumer electronics and similar). A fee of $5 will be charged per household/vehicle. Some additional fees may apply for monitors, televisions and floor model printers.

Techno Rescue, 3251 Lewiston St., Suite 10

More detail available at


New Year's Eve Youth Events

Friday, Dec. 31, times vary (check website for details)

As part of the "Recharge Your Batteries" winter break activities through the city's Youth Violence Prevention Program, events include a soccer tournament for youth ages 15 to 20, a Safe Zone at Global Village Academy, and food, games and gifts at The Salvation Army.

More information


Aurora Fox Cabaret Series: Spinphony

Friday, Dec. 31, 7:30 p.m.

Ring in the new year in style with Spinphony. Part classical string quartet, part rock n’ roll, this group features high energy, one-of-a-kind mashups of today’s favorite contemporary music with instrumental classics.

Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave.



MLK Jr. Commemoration Week of Service

Jan. 10 to 15

As part of the city's 36th Annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Commemoration, city staff, community partners and residents are encouraged to serve nonprofits through volunteerism and giving.

Find volunteer opportunities:


Museum Lecture: Aurora Housing and Community Services

Wednesday, Jan. 19, noon to 1 p.m.

City staff will discuss homelessness in Aurora and available city resources. This free lecture is available in person or virtually, but registration is required to receive the WebEx meeting link.

Aurora History Museum, 15051 E. Alameda Parkway

Register online:


High Line Canal Community Walk

Saturday, Jan. 22, 9:30 to 11:30 a.m.

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 and more.

DeLaney Farm, 170 S. Chambers Road

Register online:


Tri-County Health Daily COVID-19 Vaccine Clinics

Daily until further notice

9 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday through Thursday

9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Friday through Sunday

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


New COVID-19 Vaccine Mobile Clinics

Jan. 3 and 31, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Moorhead Recreation Center, 2390 Havana St.

Jan. 3, 10, 17, 24 and 31, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (hosted by Living Waters Christian Center)

First Presbyterian Church, 1585 Kingston St. (behind McDonald's)

Jan. 27, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Central Recreation Center, 18150 E. Vassar Place

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

Now open through at least Jan. 31

Open Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. (note new closing time)

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 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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