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Thursday, December 5, 2019

Aurora City News 12/5





Dec. 5, 2019






Aurora's new mayor and council

A new mayor, three new city council members and two incumbents were sworn in Dec. 2 following their election to office in November.

Newly elected Mayor Mike Coffman, Ward IV Council Member Juan Marcano, Ward V Council Member Alison Coombs, At-Large Council Member Curtis Gardner, along with Ward VI Council Member Fran├žoise Bergan and At-Large Council Member Angela Lawson, who retained their seats, joined Ward I Council Member Crystal Murillo, Ward II Council Member Nicole Johnston, Ward III Council Member Marsha Berzins, At-Large Council Member Dave Gruber and At-Large Council Member Allison Hiltz on the council. Johnston also was appointed as Mayor Pro Tem.

To view the final results, visit AuroraGov.org/Elections.




Festival of Wreaths bidding ends Friday, Dec. 6

The 20th Annual Festival of Wreaths is wrapping up Friday, Dec. 6, so get your bids in now before it's too late. All proceeds support exhibits and education programs at the Aurora History Museum and Historic Sites.

Read more
www.auroragov.org




Holiday celebrations abound in Aurora



Looking for a way to get in the spirit of the holiday season? You'll find everything you could want right here in Aurora.

Stop by the DeLaney Farm Historic District, 170 S. Chambers Road, from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Dec. 7, and Sunday, Dec. 8, for the free Holidays at the Farm, with games, history and a hot chocolate bar.

If you have a pet, check out Pet Pics with Santa Claws from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at Nick's Garden Center, 2001 S. Chambers Road. It's just $10 for a digital photo with Santa, and the event supports the Aurora Animal Shelter.

For a chance to give back, visit the Stocking Stuffing Party at 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 7, at the Aurora Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Parkway, and help stuff stockings for families in need.

Next weekend, enjoy the holiday spirit with pioneer-style crafts, snacks and a special wagon ride next to a certain someone from the North Pole at Prairie Rides with Santa from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15, at the Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Ave. It's $10 per person, and all ages are welcome. Visit the link to register for a time slot.

Visit another of Aurora's historic sites when the Centennial House, an 1891 Fletcher home, hosts a Holiday Open House from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 14, at 1671 Galena St. Enjoy a free, self-guided tour, along with cookies.

If you can break for lunch, the Aurora History Museum, 15051 E. Alameda Parkway, is hosting Christmas with the Browns for its Lunch and Learn Series from noon to 12:45 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 18. Bring your lunch, and enjoy a presentation from the Molly Brown House Museum about the joys and traditions of a Victorian Christmas. The cost is $4 ($3 for Aurora residents).









UPCOMING EVENTS

City Council Special Study Session
Monday, Dec. 9, 5:30 p.m.
Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Aurora Room
AuroraGov.org/Council • Streamed live at AuroraTV.org

Festival of Wreaths
Through Dec. 6
This year’s 20th Annual Festival of Wreaths display and fundraiser event features wreaths generously sponsored and decorated by local businesses, organizations and individuals. Wreaths will be on display at the Aurora History Museum, Aurora Municipal Center, Town Center at Aurora and Stanley Marketplace for people to enjoy while an online bidding will take place. Proceeds benefit the Aurora History Museum.
AuroraMuseum.org

Holidays on the Farm
Saturday and Sunday, Dec. 7 and 8, 9 a.m. to noon
Celebrate the holidays with a glimpse into Aurora's past. Enjoy games, history and a hot chocolate bar with fix-ins donated by Savory Spice Shop. Free admission.
DeLaney Farm Historic District, 170 S. Chambers Road
AuroraMuseum.org

Pet Pics with Santa Claws
Saturday, Dec. 7, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Get your pet's photo taken with Santa at this annual event supporting the Aurora Animal Shelter. $10 for a digital photo, with a printed photo provided at no extra cost upon request. The shelter will also be accepting cash donations and in-kind donations of pet toys, treats and supplies. No appointment necessary.
Nick's Garden Center, 2001 S. Chambers Road

Stocking Stuffing Party
Saturday, Dec. 7, 1 p.m.
Help spread the holiday spirit with families in need through the Aurora Public Library’s seventh annual Season of Giving: Stocking Project. Donate stocking stuffers at any Aurora Public Library through Dec. 6, then join us Saturday, Dec. 7, for a stocking stuffer party at Aurora Central Library.
Aurora Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Parkway
Learn more at AuroraLibrary.org

Prairie Wagon Rides with Santa!
Saturday, Dec. 14, and Sunday, Dec. 15, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Enjoy the holiday spirit with pioneer-style crafts, snacks and a special wagon ride next to a certain someone from the North Pole. $10 per person; all ages welcome
Plains Conservation Center, 21901 E. Hampden Ave.
Register for a time slot online

Holiday Open House
Saturday, Dec. 14, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Celebrate the holidays inside an 1891 Fletcher home. Enjoy a free, self-guided tour and cookies. 
This 1891 Queen Anne Victorian style home is one of the oldest original houses built as part of the Town of Fletcher, now called Aurora.
Centennial House, 1671 Galena St.
AuroraMuseum.org

Aurora History Museum Lunch and Learn Series: Christmas with the Browns
Wednesday, Dec. 18, noon to 12:45
Molly Brown House Museum will share the joys and traditions of a Victorian Christmas. Get into the holiday spirit at this festive program about kissing balls, Christmas trees, stockings hung with care, and Jingle Bells! Cost: $4 ($3 Residents). Bring your lunch.
Aurora History Museum, 15051 E. Alameda Parkway
AuroraMuseum.org

MLK Art, Poetry and Essay Contest
Through Dec. 18
How do Dr. King's words affect you and how can you ensure they keep echoing into the future? Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by sharing what his dream and words mean to you, using a medium of your choice. “The Words Ring On” art, poetry and essay contest is open to students in grades in K to 12. Entries must be submitted by Dec. 18.
For submission guidelines, visit AuroraLibrary.org

The Second City's "Twist Your Dickens"
Through Dec. 22
Back by popular demand, this seasonal satire returns in a madcap send-up of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic. Tickets at 303.739.1970 or AuroraFox.org
Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave.
AuroraFox.org

















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Questions?
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Thursday, November 21, 2019

Aurora News 11/21/19


Nov. 21, 2019


2020 city budget approved by council

The city is required to balance its budget every year, and 2020 is no
different. The budget provides a sound financial plan to provide funding for
the best possible municipal services, and was built with caution in mind and
an eye toward the future.

The upcoming year’s city budget of $850.8 million, which the Aurora City
Council approved unanimously in November, is an annual spending plan
targeting the City Council’s broad goals and priority projects.

The 2020 budget includes the following: 15 new police officers; additional
funding for police vehicles and fire apparatus; adjusting the fire
department’s Medical Support Unit program to match peak call volume
hours; and staffing an additional fire engine in southeast Aurora without
adding new staff.

To view the 2020 budget document visit AuroraGov.org/Budget.


Art 2C sculpture exhibition On Havana Street

On Havana Street and the city of Aurora Art in Public Places program bring the Sixth Annual Art 2C on Havana sculpture exhibit and competition, which spreads along Havana Street from East First Avenue to East Yale Avenue. Check it out.

Read more
onhavanastreet.com

Federal grant supports new I-70 interchange by mid-2023 

By 2023, a new interchange on Interstate 70 in Aurora will provide greater connectivity for people and freight to key employment centers, Denver International Airport, and local, regional and international commercial markets. 

A newly awarded $25 million federal grant will kick-start the I-70/Picadilly Interchange Project that has been planned for more than a decade. The new interchange will address growing traffic in the area, improve safety on Tower Road, replace deficient roadways, and connect Picadilly Road between Colfax Avenue and Smith Road to further improve mobility in the area.

The city of Aurora received its full request for funding and the maximum amount permitted per project under the U.S. Department of Transportation’s BUILD multimodal surface transportation grant program, and only six projects in the entire country received this amount. The city and private developers also will contribute funding to the $56.6 million project.

The interchange at Picadilly Road will provide additional infrastructure needed to support the planned population and employment growth in the area, including the new Aurora Highlands, Stafford Logistics Center and Painted Prairie developments, the continued expansion of Majestic Commercenter, Porteos and Prologis business parks and the Highpoint mixed-use development, and the future Horizon Uptown project.

Construction could start by mid-2021, with completion in 2023. For more details and ongoing project updates, visit AuroraGov.org/I70Picadilly.



UPCOMING EVENTS

City Council Town Meetings
• Ward I (Crystal Murillo) - Thursday, Nov. 21, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Moorhead Recreation Center, 2390 Havana St.
November meetings for all other City Council Wards have already taken place or have none scheduled for the month.
AuroraGov.org/Council

City Council Meeting and Swearing-in of New Mayor and Council Members
Monday, Dec. 2, 7:30 p.m.
Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway, Council Chamber
AuroraGov.org/Council • Streamed live at AuroraTV.org

"Sisters Who Swing"
Friday, Nov. 22, 7:30 p.m.
Colorado has some of the nation's finest vocalists. This night features four of them. These Sisters will rock, knock, and swing your socks off.
The People's Building, 9995 E. Colfax Ave.
ThePeoplesBuilding.com

Theatre Esprit Asia Cabaret
Sunday, Nov. 24, 4 p.m.
Join Theatre Esprit Asia for a pre-Holiday cabaret at the People's Building. Plus, after a year-long hiatus, meet the new artists and celebrate the announce of its new brand. Includes silent auction and cash bar.
The People's Building, 9995 E. Colfax Ave.
ThePeoplesBuilding.com

Thanksgiving Day
Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 29
City of Aurora municipal offices and courts will be closed in observance of Thanksgiving Day. Go to AuroraGov.org for a complete list of which city facilities will be open or closed on the holiday.

The Second City's "Twist Your Dickens"
Nov. 29 to Dec. 22
Back by popular demand, this seasonal satire returns in a madcap send-up of Charles Dickens’ holiday classic. Tickets at 303.739.1970 or AuroraFox.org
Aurora Fox Arts Center, 9900 E. Colfax Ave.
AuroraFox.org

Holiday Tree Lighting
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 5 to 7 p.m.
Enjoy the sights and sounds of the holiday season with the lighting of our holiday lights, a visit from Santa and more. Free
Aurora Municipal Center, 15151 E. Alameda Parkway
AuroraGov.org/Events

Devour the Arts
Tuesday, Dec. 3, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Mix, mingle and get a taste of what's happening in the creative community on East Colfax. Includes visual art, pop up performances, appetizers and a cash bar. Free admission
The People's Building, 9995 E. Colfax Ave.
Register at Eventbrite

Festival of Wreaths
Through Dec. 6
This year’s 20th Annual Festival of Wreaths display and fundraiser event features wreaths generously sponsored and decorated by local businesses, organizations and individuals. Wreaths will be on display at the Aurora History Museum, Aurora Municipal Center, Town Center at Aurora and Stanley Marketplace for people to enjoy while an online bidding will take place. Proceeds benefit the Aurora History Museum.
AuroraMuseum.org

Season of Giving
Through Dec. 6
Help spread the holiday spirit with families in need through the Aurora Public Library’s seventh annual Season of Giving: Stocking Project. Donate stocking stuffers at any Aurora Public Library, then join us Saturday, Dec. 7, for a stocking stuffer party at Aurora Central Library.
Learn more at AuroraLibrary.org

MLK Art, Poetry and Essay Contest
Through Dec. 18
How do Dr. King's words affect you and how can you ensure they keep echoing into the future? Celebrate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by sharing what his dream and words mean to you, using a medium of your choice. “The Words Ring On” art, poetry and essay contest is open to students in grades in K to 12. Entries must be submitted by Dec. 18.
For submission guidelines, visit AuroraLibrary.org








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