Museum reopens, with new reservation system in place
The Aurora History
Museum is excited to be open to the public once again this week, making its
excellent exhibits once again available for in-person viewing. There are
some health-related changes in effect to help prevent the spread of
COVID-19, including time and capacity limits, so the museum is requiring
reservations for all museum guests as well as face coverings at all times.
Each reservation is good for an hour and 20 minutes, and no more than 10 visitors
are allowed in the museum at any one time.
available Tuesdays through Fridays. As always, admission is free, and you
can learn more about exhibits and visiting the museum at AuroraMuseum.org.
When you return to
the museum, check out the exterior improvements that are underway. The
exterior project is nearly complete, with new benches, bike racks and trash
receptacles still to come.
For those not yet
ready to head to the museum, there are still many online exhibits and
projects available on the museum's website.
And if you prefer activities outdoors, the city's Historic Sites make
for a popular tour of the city.
Testing site at
Aurora Sports Park offers free drive-up COVID-19 tests to all
Since opening last
week, a new community-based COVID-19 testing site at the 250-acre Aurora
Sports Park has served over 2,000 people.
is available for free to any individual who wants to be tested, especially
for those who have symptoms. The site, at 19300 E. Colfax Ave., will be
open from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. seven days a week, except for a closure on
Sunday, Aug. 23, and Monday, Aug. 23. Pre-registration at TCHD.org/AuroraTesting
is suggested to expedite the testing process but is not required.
The city of
Aurora—in coordination with Gov. Jared Polis and support from Aurora Mayor
Mike Coffman and the Aurora City Council—is providing the host location for
this testing site as well as logistical, communications and funding support
via the state of Colorado, Arapahoe County CARES dollars, and the city.
MAKO Medical of
North Carolina will manage staffing, testing operations and logistics, with
support from the Colorado Department of Public Health and Environment. MAKO
Medical will maintain the test results website, and Tri-County Health
Department will contact any individuals directly with positive results. A
link to the test results website will be available at TCHD.org/AuroraTesting.
action on restricted breed ordinance
The Aurora City
Council decided Monday, at its regular meeting, to not place a repeal of
the Restricted Breed Ordinance on the ballot for 2020, and did not approve
placing it on the ballot for 2021. The City Council also voted to postpone
the discussion of a repeal via ordinance to a later time. Some council
members expressed they would like to see a proposed Dangerous Dog Ordinance
in place prior to making further decisions on the Restricted Breed Ordinance.
Council members are
eager to hear from residents and committed to forums in which those
conversations can occur, but the format and structure of town meetings may
be affected by the COVID-19 crisis. Please visit AuroraGov.org/Council to check the latest information on meeting
City Council Special
Study Session (Virtual)
Monday, Aug. 24, 6
View this meeting
online at AuroraTV.org and cable channels 8 and 880. You may also
listen to the meeting by phone (see AuroraGov.org for details).
at AuroraTV.org or cable channels 8 and 880 only
Mayor Mike Live
Friday, Aug. 21, 3
Join Mayor Coffman
on Facebook Live or AuroraTV.org every Friday for updates on
the city’s COVID-19 response, as well as information on topics being
discussed in our city. This week on the show will be new Chief of Police
Vanessa Wilson, who was sworn in during this week’s council meeting, to
discuss changes she’s already made in the Aurora Police Department and what
her focus will be moving forward. As always, we welcome residents’
questions during the show. Live streamed on Facebook and AuroraTV.org.
Trusted Voices: Census 2020 Series
Through Sept. 1,
Tuesdays, 10 a.m.
The city of Aurora
will host the Trusted Voices: Census 2020 series on Facebook Live. Join us as we talk with trusted voices
throughout our community about the benefits and opportunities of completing
the 2020 census.
Aurora Mobile Food
August, 10 a.m. until food has been distributed
In partnership with
Aurora Interfaith Community Services, the city of Aurora has distributed
more than 290,000 meals this summer as part of the Aurora Mobile Food
Pantry. Photo ID or proof of Aurora residency is required. All Aurora
households are eligible. Food for pets is also available, as well as
emergency food kits for those experiencing homelessness. For questions, call
720.557.6444 or visit AuroraGov.org/MobileFoodPantry.
Town Center at
Aurora, 14200 E. Alameda Ave.
Daily, 10 a.m.
(Wednesdays is American Sign Language)
Library has been offering virtual programming since mid-March. One of the
most popular programs is the daily storytime. Other ongoing programs
include Reader’s Corner, Mystery Read and Create & DYI. To learn more
about all the virtual programming, visit AuroraLibrary.org or the Aurora Public Library Facebook
Daily, time varies
Aurora Dance Arts is
providing live online dance classes, with some of their fabulous faculty
teaching from home, dance tutorials and dance challenge videos, and various
other online resources for dancers and families.
Every week, time-travelling
news anchor Skip DeCade takes you back in time reporting on Facebook Live
Aurora news from the first half of the 20th century. The stories presented
are borrowed from the Aurora Democrat newspaper which reported Aurora's
news from 1909 to 1955.