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This Is Aurora - City Newsletter - Feb. 18, 2021



Feb. 18, 2021


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Explore Engage Aurora, new tool to make your voice heard


The city of Aurora wants to hear from residents, business owners, leaders and other stakeholders about the needs and wants of the community in a more active and ongoing way. is a new tool the city launched this week, which is designed to help foster meaningful conversations online in addition to traditional methods such as surveys and town halls.


Given the pandemic, the limitations for in-person meetings has created an opportunity to explore new methods for the vital public input in city decisions. Engage Aurora provides that space for the community to review projects or ideas, make comments and have conversations with city staff and other community members.


All city departments have access to the engagement tool and its use will be all-encompassing, from emergency preparedness, water construction and recreation projects to mobility studies such as the Havana Street Corridor Study and visioning projects like the City Center study.


While Engage Aurora is easy to access and use, it is not the city’s intent to use this new engagement platform to replace traditional outreach, but rather to enhance public participation.


Pay a visit to and start the conversation. The city is listening, and we know you have ideas to share. 




Join Northwest Aurora Mobility Study meeting Feb. 23

Find out more about the planned design and construction of a 10-foot pedestrian boulevard on 25th Avenue in northwest Aurora at a virtual meeting from 6 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 23, on WebEx. Visit the webpage for the link to connect.

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Council Members Marsha Berzins, Curtis Gardner, Angela Lawson named to National League of Cities advocacy committees


Aurora Council Members Marsha Berzins, Curtis Gardner and Angela Lawson have received appointments to National League of Cities (NLC) federal advocacy committees for 2021.


Berzins, who represents Aurora’s Ward III, has been reappointed to the NLC Public Safety and Crime Prevention Committee. Berzins has also been named to the NLC’s Large Cities Council and Military Communities Council.


Gardner, who is an at-large council member, has been appointed to the NLC Finance, Administration and Intergovernmental Relations Committee.


Lawson, who is an at-large council member, has been reappointed to the NLC’s Transportation and Infrastructure Services Committee.


As committee members, Berzins, Gardner and Lawson provide a voice for Aurora’s priorities at a national level and help NLC advocate on behalf of America’s cities and towns before Congress, with the administration and at home.


The National League of Cities, based in Washington, D.C., serves as a resource and advocate for U.S. cities, towns and villages. For more information on NLC’s committees, go to






Council Member Town Meetings

Council members are eager to hear from residents and committed to forums in which those conversations can occur. The format and structure of town meetings is virtual during the COVID-19 crisis. Please visit to confirm meeting dates and find information on how to join. If you don't know your council ward, go to and click on "Property Info."

Ward I (Crystal Murillo) - Thursday, Feb. 25, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

Ward II (Nicole Johnston) - Thursday, March 4, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Ward III (Marsha Berzins) - Wednesday, March 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Ward IV (Juan Marcano) - Wednesday, March 10, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Ward V (Alison Coombs) - Wednesday, March 3, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Ward VI (Françoise Bergan) - Wednesday, March 24, 6 to 8 p.m.

At Large (Angela Lawson, Allison Hiltz, Curtis Gardner) - Thursday, March 18, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.


City Council Winter Workshop (Virtual)

Saturday, Feb. 20, 8:30 a.m.

The Aurora City Council will discuss the city budget, strategic plan, road maintenance, TABOR and a mental health ballot initiative. Listen to the workshop live at 855.695.3475. This Winter Workshop will also be aired on and cable channels 8 and 880.


City Council Study Session (Virtual)

Monday, Feb. 22, 5 p.m.

The Aurora City Council is expected to hear the results of an external investigation led by Jonathan Smith into the actions of police officers, firefighters and paramedics in the case of Elijah McClain. View this study session online at and cable channels 8 and 880.


City Council Regular Meeting (Virtual)

Monday, Feb. 22, 6:30 p.m.

View this council meeting online at and cable channels 8 and 880. See for details on how to address the council by phone during Public Invited to Be Heard or another agenda item. Note: Because of the recent website outage, the City Council continued all items from its Feb. 8 agenda to the Feb. 22 meeting.


Mayor Mike Live

Friday, Feb. 19, 3 p.m.

Mayor Pro Tem Françoise Bergan will join the mayor to talk about the upcoming groundbreaking of a new recreation center in southeast Aurora. Join the conversation with your questions for the mayor or mayor pro tem.

Facebook Live or


Gen Z Interpretation of the Letter from Birmingham Jail

Thursday, Feb. 25, 6 p.m.

Dr. Janiece Mackey, youth from YAASPA (Young Aspiring Americans for Social and Political Activism), and the Aurora branch of the NAACP will present on the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.'s historic Letter from Birmingham Jail. Hosted by the Aurora Police Department and city of Aurora, and sponsored by ReACT (Responding to Aurora's Critical Topics).

Available on Zoom (passcode 236467) or by calling in to 346.248.7799


Black Employees for a Better Aurora (BEFABA) Annual Black History Month Celebration

Friday, February 26, noon

Join this annual celebration by the Black Employees for a Better Aurora (BEFABA) under the theme "The Black Family – Representation, Identity, and Diversity." To be entered into a raffle, please RSVP to

Available on Zoom starting at 11:45 (passcode 974597) or by calling in to 669.900.9128


"We Are A-Town!" Aurora Arts District Cleanup

Saturday, Feb. 27, 8 to 11 a.m.

Sponsored by The People's Building, this volunteer effort will clean up trash between Chester Street and Florence Street in Original Aurora.

Information on Facebook


ComedySportz Live

Saturday, Feb. 27, 7:30 p.m.

The original improvised comedy competition is back. Attend the live show or stream it to your home.

The People's Building, 9995 E. Colfax Ave.

Click here for tickets


"The Pavilion"

Feb. 26 to March 21

Do you remember your high school sweetheart? Are you ready to see them again at your reunion? After two decades of failed relationships, Peter returns to his high school reunion hoping to rekindle his romance with Kari, the girl he abandoned after an unexpected pregnancy. As the night progresses, both Peter and Kari face the consequences of choices made long ago...and the daunting prospect of starting again. Depending on the public health guidelines as opening day approaches, this production could be live or virtual.

Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9990 E. Colfax Ave.

Tickets on sale now at


COVID-19 Testing Sites

Through March 30

Monday through Saturday, 8 a.m. to 5 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


Religious Diversity in Aurora Exhibit

Online through May 2021

The Aurora History Museum is showcasing and celebrating the wide variety of faiths and religious experiences of Aurorans in the new exhibit “Religious Diversity in Aurora.” Explore photos of over 140 houses of worship in the city and learn about other people’s beliefs and traditions. 

Free online exhibit at Aurora History Museum webpage



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