Thursday, March 11, 2021

This Is Aurora - City Newsletter - March 11, 2021



March 11, 2021



Join the Aurora Civic Engagement Academy


What does it mean to be a civically involved in Aurora? It means being part of one of the most international and dynamic cities around. It means being engaged with neighbors, leaders and businesses to guide a solid community.


In its desire to encourage responsible citizenship and understanding between the city government and the residents it serves, the Aurora City Council formed the Aurora Civic Engagement Academy in 2016. The six-session academy is designed to provide residents with a complete overview of city government, resident participation and the opportunities that exist for resident involvement.


The next academy starts in early April, meeting on six Thursday evenings in virtual sessions. Applications are open now and will be received on a first-come, first-served basis until the maximum class size is reached. Applicants must be Aurora residents and at least 14 years old. There is no cost to participate.


Learn more and apply at




Seed Library at Aurora Public Library

The Aurora Public Library, in partnership with Revols Beehive Garden, is now hosting a Seed Library, a self-sustaining seed collection that gardeners can borrow and plant at home, then harvest, collect and return the seeds for next season.

Read more


volunteers helping clean the high line canal

Sign up to help clean the High Line Canal


People wanting to improve the environment are encouraged to join Aurora Water and the High Line Canal Conservancy at this year’s High Line Canal Cleanup. The volunteer event, which involves removing trash and debris from the 11-mile stretch of canal that winds through Aurora, is slated for Saturday, April 24 from 8 a.m. to noon.


Scouting, youth and religious groups are encouraged to sign up and learn about the importance of preventing pollution in our waterways. Volunteers must be at least eight years old and minors must be accompanied by an adult. COVID-19 protocols and the city’s ongoing safety measures will be in place. 


Protecting our waterways is everyone’s responsibility. Help clean and protect this beautiful and historic recreational amenity. For more information or to volunteer, visit, call 303.739.7372 or email






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, March 25, 6 to 7:30 p.m.

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

Ward III (Marsha Berzins) - Wednesday, April 14, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Ward IV (Juan Marcano) - Wednesday, April 14, 6:30 to 8 p.m.

Ward V (Alison Coombs) - Wednesday, April 7, 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 Study Session (Virtual)

Monday, March 15, 6:30 p.m.

View this study session meeting online at or on cable channels 8 and 880.


City Council Meeting (Virtual)

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

View this regular council meeting online at or on 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. 


Mayor Mike Live

Friday, March 12, 3 p.m.

This Friday, the mayor will be joined by the Aurora-South Metro Small Business Development Center to talk about the role this center has played at supporting small businesses during the pandemic; also, the city’s Office of Emergency Management will discuss the city’s Hazard Mitigation Plan, which is intended to lesson the long-term risk from natural hazards, and remind us about things we can do to be prepared for inclement weather. Join the conversation with your questions for the mayor or his guests.

Facebook Live or


Electronics Recycling Drop-off Event

Through March 13, 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday and 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday

This year's e-cycling events are happening on site at Techno Rescue, 3251 Lewiston St., Suite 10.

For details, visit this link.


Aurora History Museum (Virtual) Lecture: Colorado's Love Affair with Drive-In Theaters

Wednesday, March 17, noon to 1 p.m.

Aurora was home to Colorado's first drive-in theater, and dozens more soon followed. Some were gone within months. Some are still alive today. Join Michael Kilgore, author of "Drive-Ins of Colorado," as he describes the people, the stories, and the giant screens that entertained millions of movie-goers.

The lecture is free, but you must register to receive the link to the online Webex meeting. Space is limited, please only register if you plan to attend. More than one person can attend using the same computer. There is no cancellation fee.

Register here 


English for Traumatic Emergencies

Wednesday, March 17, 6:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The Aurora Office of International and Immigrant Affairs, Aurore Fire Rescue and Si La Bul are offering this second of a four-part webinar series called English 911 for non-English speaking residents who feel as if they are not prepared to communicate in English during an emergency. The session is provided in English, and recordings with translated captions will be provided in following weeks.

Join on Zoom


"The Pavilion"

Through 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 at


Naturalization Information Session at the Library (Virtual)

Wednesday, March 24, 6:30 p.m.

Aurora Public Library invites you to learn how to become a U.S. citizen at this virtual presentation by a representative from the U.S. Office of Citizenship & Immigration Services. The discussion will include eligibility, test materials, what to expect during the interview, and more.

Visit for the link to join the session via WebEx.


COVID-19 Testing Sites

Through March 30 (closed Saturday, March 13 due to weather forecast)

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



Image of a mask with the message to Keep It Up on continued COVID precautions





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