October News | Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2023
Make Sure You Secure Your Veterans Salute Tickets Before it's Too Late
Don't miss your chance to get tickets for Aurora’s annual Veterans Salute Monday, Oct. 30.

Join us for a special luncheon and ceremony that honors our veterans from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency Aurora-Denver Conference Center, 13200 E 14th Place

Tickets cost $15 per person. Purchase yours by visiting or by calling any of our recreation centers. Don't wait, tickets are selling fast!*

This year's event will be especially memorable as we celebrate all branches of service with this year’s theme "Together They Serve."
Guests will have the opportunity to mix and mingle over coffee at 10:30 a.m. Doors for the main event open at 11 a.m., where attendees can enjoy a special luncheon, live entertainment and a ceremony that honors all our veterans. Dueling Pianos is this year's featured entertainment who will be performing classic throwback tunes that attendees will want to sing along with.

For more information about the event, visit AuroraGov.org/Salute

*Last day to purchase tickets is Friday, Oct. 20
Let’s Build the Future of Aurora Together
Over the past year, Parks, Recreation and Open Space has been on a master planning journey through Our Parks, Our Places.

The master plan is now available for review online. Staff from the city of Aurora and consulting partner Sasaki have been learning more about how residents currently use our amenities, what their priorities are and what they’d like to see in years to come.

The master plan is guided by six principles that will provide an organizational framework for all aspects of the plan, from community engagement to strategies and recommendations. These guiding principles are:
  • Welcoming, Safe Spaces
  • Connectivity
  • Investment in the Future
  • Lifelong Learning
  • Environmental Stewardship
  • Inclusivity

To learn more about these principles, department priorities and more, visit EngageAurora.org/AuroraParks to review the master plan in full. Residents are invited to share their feedback on the master plan through Engage Aurora through Friday, Oct. 20.
Want to Swim Even When it is Starting to Get Cold Out? Check Out Utah Indoor Pool
Utah Pool, located at 1800 S. Peoria St., is officially reopened! The 25-meter-long eight-lane deep main pool is calling for you to have a splashing good time and the 20-yard-long and six-lane wide leisure pool is calling for you to get your relaxation on.

The main pool stands at approximately 83 degrees and the leisure pool at 87 degrees, perfect to enjoy while the weather starts getting cooler.

Hours are as follows:

  • Lap Swim: 6-8 a.m. Monday-Friday
  • Public Swim: 10 a.m.-8 p.m. Monday-Friday and noon-4 p.m. Saturday-Sunday
  • Aurora Swim Programs: 4-7 p.m. Monday-Wednesday and 9 a.m.-noon Saturday-Sunday
  • Overland High School Programs: 8-10 a.m. Monday-Friday
  • Aqua-Fit Program: 8-9 a.m., Saturday

Learn more about Utah Pool and our four additional indoor pools at AuroraGov.org/Pools
Trick or Treat
Nature Trail Event
The time has come to register for the slimiest, crawliest, grossest Trick or Treat Nature Trail event! The popular Star K Ranch Trick or Treat Nature Trail is back again to bring family fun to the Aurora community.

Costumes are encouraged, and tricks or treats are guaranteed!

When: 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 28 and Sunday, Oct. 29

Where: Star K Ranch, 16002 E. Smith Road

How: The event costs $2 per person. You must register for your time slot.

This festive event sells out yearly, so be sure to go to AuroraGov.Org/NaturePrograms to register today!
Celebrate Life at the Inaugural Catrina Ball
Support your local Aurora Public Library while celebrating life with their inaugural Catrina Ball fundraiser. While the event is centered in one culture, this is a party for everyone! It is slated to be a big fiesta with a Día de los Muertos theme. You will have a great time dancing to live music and enjoying delicious food.

When: 6:30 to 10 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 4

Where: Central Library, 14949 E. Alameda Parkway

How: Buy your tickets today and join the fiesta at CatrinaBallAurora.org

Tickets include complimentary dinner and drinks, performances by local musicians, exclusive access to exhibits and more!
Are You a Fan of Halloween and Breaking a Sweat? Look No Further with Halloween Zumba
Goblins and ghouls also like to work up a sweat. Celebrate spooky season at our Halloween Zumba Glow Party!

Join us for an hour of Zumba, then stay for a fun party that will be sure to lift your spirits. We can’t wait to help you with your glow-up! Be sure to mark your calendars for Thursday, Oct. 26 from 5:30 to 7 p.m. at Southeast Recreation Center, 25400 E. Alexander Drive

Learn more at AuroraGov.org/Recreation and claim your spot by registering on Perfect Mind!

Costume optional, refreshments and glow jewelry provided.
Test your Knowledge with Morrison Nature Center History
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Morrison Nature Center Hits Two Decades
Be a part of history as we celebrate Morrison Nature Center’s 20th Anniversary! Join us at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 21 for a special announcement from a city official recognizing the amazing story of Morrison Nature Center.

After the proclamation, stick around for more fun with free nature programs like insect collecting, puppet shows, bird walks and more. Staff past and present will be there to celebrate all that has been accomplished at this treasured city of Aurora site. Cake, treats and other celebratory surprises will also be available to any party animals stopping by.

Morrison Nature Center is located at 16002 E. Smith Road, to find out more about this fun anniversary get-together, visit AuroraGov.Org/Parks, select Nature and click on Morrison Nature Center
Fall Break Fun: Free Youth Access to Our Recreation Centers
From October 16 to 20, Aurora youth, ages 13-18 will have free entry to Central, Moorhead and Southeast recreation centers.

Teens will be able to partake in a variety of fun activities including games, wildlife encounters, crafts, competitions, cooking classes and much more.

There will also be free drop-in play at eSports Lounge, located at Expo Community Center from 3:30 to 7:30 p.m.

When: Noon to 7 p.m., Monday, Oct. 16 through Friday, Oct. 20


How: Teens ages 13-18 are free to drop in anytime during the scheduled time and dates listed above.

For more information about this program, visit AuroraGov.org/WeAreAuroraYouth
Check out Quincy Reservoir Before It Is Closed for the Season
Shout out to @allisonhiltz for capturing these beautiful photos of Quincy Reservoir! This gorgeous reservoir boasts 160 acres of water surface that is well known by metro anglers for trout, largemouth bass, perch and crappie. Explore Quincy's shoreline along the 3.5-mile soft surface trail perfect for viewing wildlife and waterfowl before it closes for the season!

Quincy Reservoir will officially close for the season as of Tuesday, Oct. 31 and will reopen again in 2024. During Quincy's off-season, enjoy shoulder season at Aurora Reservoir! Learn about the reservoir's hours, amenities and more at AuroraGov.org/Reservoirs
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