May 13, 2021
City seeks community input to address homelessness

The Aurora Housing and Community Services Department will host an open house for community input on alternative sheltering options and locations for safe sites, known as safe outdoor spaces, to address homelessness in the city. The open house will take place from 4 to 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 19, at the Restoration Christian Fellowship parking lot, 15660 E. Sixth Ave.

Community partners and representatives of each model will be available at the open house to answer questions from community members. Sheltering models include Pallet Homes, Tiny Homes, tents for safe camping sites, safe parking examples, and more.

This effort responds to the gap identified in the 2020 Point-in-Time (PIT) report. The report indicated over 400 individuals were experiencing homelessness in Aurora, and currently, the number of emergency shelter beds available hovers around 150. The models would serve as temporary places to stay while the individuals work with service providers to get back on their feet and obtain permanent housing. Community partners would also help monitor and run the day-to-day logistics of the site(s).

In addition to the open house, the alternative shelter examples will remain on display through May 27 for community input. Those unable to attend the open house can submit their feedback online through May 31 at EngageAurora.org/Homelessness.
Additional dates now available at Aurora COVID-19 vaccine clinics
Weekend COVID-19 vaccine clinics continue at the Aurora Municipal Center with additional appointments now available at AuroraGov.org/Vaccine for May 15 and 16, May 22 and 23, and June 5, 6 and 12. The clinics are both drive through and walk up.
New Aurora History Museum exhibit explores the rise of Aurora during the Cold War

Following World War II, Aurora experienced rapid suburban growth. The presence of military centers like Fitzsimons General Hospital, Lowry Air Force Base, Buckley Field and the Rocky Mountain Arsenal brought many military personnel and their families to Aurora. The city transitioned from a small agricultural community to a bustling suburb. Between 1940 and 1960, Aurora’s population expanded by more than tenfold. Meanwhile, the great powers of the Soviet Union and the U.S. faced off, causing tension and fear worldwide. 

Join the Aurora History Museum & Historic Sites for an in-person exploration of Aurora's economic prosperity and suburban expansion during the Cold War with the exhibit “The Rise of the Aurora Suburb During the Cold War.”

“The Rise of the Aurora Suburb During the Cold War” exhibit opened Tuesday, May 11 and will remain open through April 24, 2022. The museum is open from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Admission is always free. For more information and to stay up to date on related programming, visit AuroraMuseum.org.
IN THE NEWS
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 are virtual during the COVID-19 crisis. Please visit AuroraGov.org/Council to confirm meeting dates and find information on how to join. If you don't know your council ward, go to AuroraGov.org and click on "Property Info."
Ward I (Crystal Murillo) - Thursday, May 27, 6 to 7:30 p.m.
Ward II (Nicole Johnston) - Thursday, June 3, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Ward III (Marsha Berzins) - Wednesday, June 9, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Ward IV (Juan Marcano) - Wednesday, July 14, 6:30 to 8 p.m.
Ward V (Alison Coombs) - Wednesday, June 2, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.
Ward VI (Françoise Bergan) - Wednesday, May 26, 6 to 8 p.m.
At Large (Angela Lawson, Allison Hiltz) - Thursday, May 13, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

City Council Study Session Meeting (Virtual)
Monday, May 17, 6:30 p.m.
View this study session online at AuroraTV.org or on cable channels 8 and 880. Visit AuroraGov.org/CouncilMeetings for the agenda.

Mayor Mike Live
Friday, May 14, 3 p.m.
On its first anniversary this Friday, "Mayor Mike Live" will discuss e-scooters and shared mobility with a city planner. Most importantly, the mayor will be answering your questions live. Join the conversation on
Facebook Live. Also available on AuroraTV.org.

Chalk Lines and Vines 
May 15 and 16, noon to 6 p.m.
Sample Colorado wine while enjoying live chalk art, live music, food trucks, and more. The event will be held outside where you can socialize safely and enjoy incredible views of the Front Range and Eastern Plains. Sponsored by Aurora Art in Public Places Program. The $35 ticket includes wine tasting and souvenir wine glass and tote, in addition to the live entertainment and art. For adults 21 and older. 
Click here for tickets
Arapahoe County Fairgrounds and Event Center, 25690 E. Quincy Ave.

E-scooters Ridership Webinars
Monday, May 17, noon and 5:30 p.m.
Shared mobility is back to provide Aurora residents with another mobility choice. Vendor Bird is hosting Zoom webinars to provide interested attendees with a summary of their service, community pricing information, special features, safe riding and parking expectations, and other details, and offer a chance for questions from attendees. Everyone who participates will earn a free ride.
Click here to attend one of the webinars

Alternative Shelter Options Open House
Wednesday, May 19, 4 to 7 p.m.
Attend this event and provide input on alternative sheltering options and locations for safe sites, known as safe outdoor spaces, to address homelessness in the city. Community partners and representatives of each model will be available at the open house to answer questions.
The shelter examples will remain on display through May 27 for community input. Those unable to attend the open house can submit feedback online through May 31 at EngageAurora.org/Homelessness.
Restoration Christian Fellowship parking lot, 15660 E. Sixth Ave.

Colorado Remembers 
Saturday, May 29, 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The city of Aurora and the Colorado Freedom Memorial Foundation present a commemoration of those who have served in the military and their families. The event includes a free-will donation pancake breakfast and displays of military artifacts and themed entertainment. The heartfelt ceremony and tribute is followed by special tours of the memorial and static military displays.
Colorado Freedom Memorial, 756 Telluride St.

Jazz Brunch
Sunday, May 30, 1 to 3 p.m.
Join the Daryl Gott Trio for a set of fantastic jazz, followed by a jam session. Admission is free; pre-order your favorite food from neighborhood favorites Third Culture Bakery and Baba & Pop's Pierogi and bring it to the event. In-house bar service available. More details available on Facebook
The People's Building, 9995 E. Colfax Ave.

The Rise of the Aurora Suburb during the Cold War
Open through April 2022
Join the Aurora History Museum & Historic Sites for an in-person exploration of Aurora's economic prosperity and suburban expansion during the Cold War. 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 & Historic Sites, 15515 E. Alameda Parkway

COVID-19 Testing Site
Extended through June 30
Open 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 is 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
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