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Life On Havana Street eNews
February 2015
In This Month's Issue
Featured Business...
Katsu Ramen Japanese Noodle House
Food & Dining...
Valentine's Day Gum Drop Festival & Chocolate Tasting at The English Teacup
Events/Happenings...
March 21--Tweet Tweet, It's Spring: Twitter Hidden Cash Event
April 18--Earth Day Free Electronic Recycling & Document Shredding Event
Date TBD--Grocery Cart Race Date Coming Soon
May 2--Havana Street Deadheaders' Community Rose Garden Clean-Up and Pruning
Demonstration
May 26--Dotsero Jazz Concert & BBQ Sampler Party
June 13--8th Annual Cruzin' Havana Car Show & Poker Run
June 23--Ron Ivory & Miles Apart, R&B and Motown Review Concert & 1st Annual
"Hero" Night
July 28--Six Foot Joe and the Red Hot Rhinos Concert & 4th Annual District Pizza
Party
August 25: Aurora Symphony Brass Quintet Concert & 7th Annual District Ice Cream
Social
Tidbits...What's New On Havana Street...
Big Daddy's Pizza to Open February 9
Applebee's Ribbon Cutting Photo
Graffiti House Gone
Support Comitis By Buying Discounted Nuggets & Avs Tickets
7/20 Reflection Memorial Garden
Neighborhood Clean Up Grant Ideas Sought
Highline Canal Clean Up
Watch us on YouTube
Join us on Facebook
Havana Motor Mile News...
You Just Got a Raise!
New Mom & Pop Restaurant Opens
Featured Business: Katsu Ramen Japanese Noodle House
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After much anticipation, Katsu Ramen opened for
business on January 26 in the Birchtree Shopping Center
at 1930 S Havana. This is the second Havana District
Restaurant owned and operated by Chang Lee and Yumi
Ogai, who also own the very popular Sushi Katsu at 2222 S
Havana.
Traditional Japanese ramen noodles are prepared from
scratch daily by Katsu Ramen’s chef, who recently arrived in Aurora from Osaka,
Japan. The chef is a family friend of Chang and Yumi and has over 17 years’
experience. The ramen noodle bowls are big and hearty. The noodles are thick,
slightly chewy and delicious. Katsu Ramen has already earned 4 & 5 star ratings on
Yelp, with the primary drawback being the fact that after only a week they have
become extremely popular and the wait is long. The lines have been out the door at
lunch and dinner, wrapping around the building at times, with a reported 30-minute
wait to be seated. Their hours are listed as 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. daily, but every day
since opening the crowds have been so large that they have sold out of ramen early.
As with any new business, getting up and going is challenging. Opening an incredible
mom & pop Japanese noodle house like Katsu Ramen in an area like the Havana
District, where area residents crave delicious ethnic food, increases this challenge
exponentially! Knowing Chang and Yumi, they will rise to the challenge and work
out the opening kinks. You can view their menu at www.ramendenver.com.
Ramen noodle bowls are priced from $9.25 to $9.85; rice bowls with miso soup
priced from $8.25 to $9.50.
Katsu Ramen is located on the SE corner of Jewell & Havana at 1930 S Havana, #5,
Aurora CO 80014, right next door to The English Teacup. They close for their own
lunch break between 3 and 4:30 p.m. If you go, we encourage you to get there right
before they open at 11 a.m. or at 4:30 p.m. when they reopen for dinner. The line
may be long, but the food is well worth the wait! We hear that you can give them
your name when you arrive and then can go explore and shop at The English Teacup
or go have a beer at Whispers in the same shopping center to pass the time
while you wait.
UPCOMING EVENTS--FIND HIDDEN CASH!
TWEET, TWEET IT'S SPRING: TWITTER HIDDEN CASH EVENT
Not on Twitter? Learn how to set up and use Twitter on
your phone by clicking this link: Click Here
WHEN: SATURDAY, MARCH 21, 2015, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHAT: FIND HIDDEN CASH IN THE HAVANA DISTRICT!
COST: FREE
Follow us on Twitter! Here’s how it works:
We will be tweeting out clues throughout the day from
our OnHavanaStreet Twitter
Account: [email protected] Street.
FIND OUR TWEETED CLUES BY SEARCHING FOR #TweetHavana
Follow our tweeted clues to find the fake bills we have hidden at various locations in
the Havana District. We will be hiding a total of $500 in $50 and $100 fake bills!
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When you find one of the fake bills, locate one of our Art 2C on Havana sculptures
and take a picture of yourself holding the bill in front of the sculpture. Tweet the
picture to our OnHavana Twitter Account so we know who found the bills. We will
meet up at the new Applebee’s at The Gardens on Havana at 4 p.m. to exchange any
fake bills you have found for real cash money! We will check the pictures you
Tweeted to verify that you are the person who found the hidden cash!
DO YOUR PART FOR EARTH DAY--12 NOON - 3 P.M.
EARTH DAY FREE ELECTRONIC RECYCLING AND DOCUMENT SHREDDING EVENT
WHEN: SATURDAY, APRIL 18, 2015, 12 noon- 3 p.m.
WHAT TIME DOES IT START? 12 NOON
WHAT TIME DOES IT END? 3 P.M.
WHERE: IN THE PARKING LOT AT THE STAMPEDE
2430 S HAVANA STREET, AURORA, CO 80014
WHAT DOES IT COST? NOTHING, IT’S FREE!
WHAT ELECTRONIC ITEMS CAN I RECYCLE, 12 NOON TO 3 P.M.?
Free recycling of old/used electronic items that plug in including but not limited to
PCs, CPUs, towers, laptops, notebooks, cell phones, office phones, cords, pagers,
monitors, keyboards, printers, copiers, faxes, mice, wires, and, yes, even TVs.
Television Recycling--any size—limit two TVs recycled for free per
family. Additional TVs, over the two per family limit, can be recycled at a cost
$40 each. Techno Rescue’s Green Team will be on hand to accept and safely
recycle your electronic items. Techno+Rescue, an Aurora company,
www.technorescue.com, 303-482-2207
FREE, SAFE, SECURE DOCUMENT SHREDDING AND RECYCLING, 12 NOON TO 3 P.M.
Help stop identity theft! Bring the documents you need shredded in boxes or
bags. Shred-It will have 3 trucks set up at this event in a separate part of the
parking lot to completely and confidentially shred your documents. There is a 4
bag/box limit per person and you need to take your empty bags/boxes back home
with you. Website: shredit.com
We are all volunteers working this event, it is costing you nothing to e-recycle and
shred—your patience is greatly appreciated!
WHAT TIME DOES THIS EVENT START? 12 NOON! THE HOURS FOR THIS EVENT ARE 12 NOON
TO 3 P.M., DESPITE WHAT YOU MIGHT SEE PRINTED ELSEWHERE.
No date yet
GROCERY CART RACES TO BENEFIT COMITIS CRISIS CENTER
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No date has been set yet for the 2015 Grocery Cart Races
since Safeway has not been able to commit to a
date. Safeway and Albertsons are in the middle of
merger talks, which are expected to be finalized by midFebruary. Our Grocery Cart Race committee has a
meeting with Safeway on February 18, and we hope to be
able to set a late March or April date for the races at that
time.
Once we have a date and details worked out, we will post the information on the On
Havana Street.com website. We will also be calling all of the teams that have raced
in past years. This is a BIG fundraiser for Comitis, the only homeless shelter in
Aurora. We will be looking for new teams to compete this year too--watch the
website! (Pictured is the Leadership Aurora Team)
Havana Street Deadheaders Unite!
JOIN THE HAVANA STREET DEADHEADERS IN OUR ANNUAL COMMUNITY ROSE
GARDEN CLEAN-UP
What: Spring clean up of the Lisa Strawn Memorial Rose
Garden at The Gardens on Havana and rose pruning
demonstration
When: Saturday, May 2, 10 a.m. to 12 noon
Where: In the Rose Garden Plaza at The Gardens on
Havana, 1350 S Ironton Street, Aurora CO 80014
Cost: Free
What: The community is invited to come out to learn how to prune roses and help
care for the community rose garden for the 2015 growing season. Members of The
Denver Rose Society will be on hand to give a pruning demonstration. We will clean
out the beds, trim back dead canes and prepare the roses for the 2015 growing
season.
Bring a pair of prunings shears and some gloves if you have them. Volunteers will
need to sign a release to be allowed to work on the roses. All of the volunteers will
get a lunch voucher good at Uncle Maddio's Pizza.
Come on out and join the Havana Street Deadheaders. The Deadheaders tend to the
rose garden throughout the growing season so it looks fantastic for our summer rose
garden concert series. The rain/snow date is Saturday, May 9, 10 a.m. to noon.
2015 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
DOTSERO JAZZ CONCERT & BBQ SAMPLER NIGHT
WHEN: TUESDAY, MAY 26, 2015
TIME: 6-8 P.M.
COST: FREE
WHERE: In the rose garden plaza at The Gardens on
Havana, located just south Maurice's & Dick's Sporting Goods. To GPS this location,
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use 1350 S Ironton, Aurora CO 80012
Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on and something nonalcoholic to drink. This is a
free family event--no smoking of any kind at the concert. Dotsero Website
Door Prizes: Everyone at the concert will receive a ticket for the free door prize
drawing (no purchase necessary). We will do the door prize drawing at 7 p.m.
BBQ Sampler: Free BBQ sandwiches for the first 400 in attendance from Dickey's
BBQ Pit and Gibby's Big Back Yard.
The 2015 concert series is brought to you by On Havana Street with the City of
Aurora Show Wagon rental charge off set by a generous donation by Medicine Man
Aurora.
CLASSIC CAR SHOW
8TH ANNUAL CRUZIN' HAVANA CAR SHOW & POKER RUN
WHEN: SATURDAY, JUNE 13, 2015
TIME: 10 A.M. TO 5 P.M.
COST: FREE
WHAT: 8TH ANNUAL CRUZIN' HAVANA CAR SHOW &
POKER RUN, PRESENTED BY HAVANA AUTO PARTS
WHERE: In the Havana Corridor. Five festival sites including The Stampede, Havana
Machine, Mike Naughton Ford, Concorde Healthcare parking lot, and Gibby's in the
Buckingham Village Shopping Center.
Save the date! Our car show committee is just beginning to make plans for this
popular classic car show, a benefit for D.A.R.E. and the Collector Car Council of
Colorado. There are five festival sites with hundreds of classic cars, food and
entertainment at each. Free poker run with chance to win an ocean cruise for
two. The 2nd place winner of the poker run wins a 13-drawer stainless steel tool
chest from Havana Auto Parts! The winner of the 2nd chance drawing in the poker
run wins $200 cash! Roll the fuzzy dice at each festival site for a chance to win gas
cards. Enjoy our 2nd annual classic model car show, too.
Entertainment: Rusty the Ragtop Rocker and the Atomic Drifter Rockabilly Band,
da Boogieman, DJ Van Jeffries, DJ Justin Jeffries, and Randy Jay with Cruisin' Oldies
Radio 950 AM.
We will have more information and vendor registration details posted on the website
OnHavanaStreet.com in March. Program advertisement opportunities will also be
listed on the website in March.
2015 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
RON IVORY & MILES APART, R&B AND MOTOWN REVIEW, AND OUR FIRST ANNUAL
"HERO" NIGHT
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When: Tuesday, June 23, 2015
Time: 6-8 p.m.
COST: FREE
WHERE: In the rose garden plaza at The Gardens on
Havana, located just south Maurice's & Dick's Sporting
Goods. To GPS this location, use 1350 S Ironton, Aurora
CO 80012
Calling all Motown and Old Skool Fans! Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on and
something nonalcoholic to drink. This is a free family event--no smoking of any kind
at the concert. Ron Ivory/Miles Apart website
Door Prizes: Everyone at the concert will receive a ticket for the free door prize
drawing (no purchase necessary). We will do the door prize drawing at 7 p.m.
1st Annual "Hero" Night: Free Hero sandwich sampler for the first 400 in attendance
from Subway, Jimmy Johns, Quiznos, Safeway's Deli, and Chick Fil A.
The 2015 concert series is brought to you by On Havana Street with the City of
Aurora Show Wagon rental charge off set by a generous donation by Medicine Man
Aurora.
2015 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
SIX FOOT JOE AND THE RED HOT RHINOS--HORN-DRIVEN ROCK 'N' ROLL
When: TUESDAY, JULY 28, 2015
Time: 6-8 p.m.
COST: FREE
WHERE: In the rose garden plaza at The Gardens on
Havana, located just south Maurice's & Dick's Sporting
Goods. To GPS this location, use 1350 S Ironton, Aurora
CO 80012
Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on and something
nonalcoholic to drink. This is a free family event--no
smoking of any kind at the concert. Joe and the band will have you up on your feet
dancing in the street! Six foot Joe Website
Door Prizes: Everyone at the concert will receive a ticket for the free door prize
drawing (no purchase necessary). We will do the door prize drawing at 7 p.m.
4th Annual District Pizza Party: Free pizza for the first 400+, while it lasts, from
Papa Johns, Pizza Hut, Big Daddy's Pizza, Uncle Maddio's Pizza and StevO's Pizza.
The 2015 concert series is brought to you by On Havana Street with the City of
Aurora Show Wagon rental charge off set by a generous donation by Medicine Man
Aurora.
2015 SUMMER CONCERT SERIES
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AURORA SYMPHONY BRASS QUINTET AND OUR 7TH ANNUAL DISTRICT ICE CREAM
SOCIAL
When: Tuesday, August 25, 2015
Time: 6-8 p.m.
COST: FREE
WHERE: In the rose garden plaza at The Gardens on
Havana, located just south Maurice's & Dick's Sporting
Goods. To GPS this location, use 1350 S Ironton, Aurora
CO 80012
Bring a lawn chair or blanket to sit on and something nonalcoholic to drink. This is a
free family event--no smoking of any kind at the concert.
Door Prizes: Everyone at the concert will receive a ticket for the free door prize
drawing (no purchase necessary). We will do the door prize drawing at 7 p.m.
7th Annual Ice Cream Social: Free ice cream, frozen yogurt or frozen custard for
the first 400+ in attendance from Baskin Robbins, Menchie's Frozen Yogurt, Freddy's
Frozen Custard & Steakburgers, and Good Times Burgers & Frozen Custard.
The 2015 concert series is brought to you by On Havana Street with the City of
Aurora Show Wagon rental charge off set by a generous donation by Medicine Man
Aurora.
BIG DADDY'S PIZZA SET TO OPEN FEBRUARY 9
NEW BUSINESS
We will soon have another pizza joint in the District. Big Daddy's Pizza has set a
February 9 soft opening. They plan to be open from 11 a.m. to 3 a.m. Big daddy's is
taking the former Starbuck's space in the Market Square Shopping Center just across
the parking lot from King Soopers at Mississippi & Havana. On Havana Street has
heard that they have already hired all of the employees that they need and are busy
with final tenant finish and training.
APPLEBEE'S RIBBON CUTTING
A great new sit-down dining option!
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Employees from the new Applebee's at the Gardens on Havana joined Aurora
Chamber members for an official ribbon cutting on Monday, January 26, 2015. If you
have not visited our new Applebee's yet, you are in for a wonderful experience. This
new restaurant is beautiful and menu is incredible. You have to go!
Redevelopment
Graffiti House Gone
The asbestos was cleared from the old house at 897 S
Havana (NW corner of kentucky & Havana) in
January. Demolition began on January 28. What was
supposed to take only a couple hours turned into an all
day project when the hydraulic line on the excavator
broke after only 5-6 bites into the building. The building
and all the debris have been removed from the site.
COMITIS CRISIS CENTER NIGHTS
GET DISCOUNT AVS AND NUGGETS TICKETS AND SUPPORT HOMELESS VETERANS
AT COMITIS
Here are two opportunities to get discounted tickets to the Avs and Nuggets and
support Comitis Crisis Center, too.
Comitis Crisis Center Night/Military Appreciation, Avs vs Tampa Bay Lightning,
Sunday, February 22, at 5 p.m.:
Upper Level Corner - $30 (A $41 value)
Lower Level End - $60 (A $103 value)
Club Level End- $70 (A $103 value)
Note that $2 of every ticket will be donated to the USO and Homefront Care and $8
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of every ticket sold will be donated to Comitis Crisis Center to end Veteran
homelessness! Order tickets on line here or call Kate Socha at 303-405-8186.
Comitis Awareness Night with the Denver Nuggets, Nugs vs. LA Lakers,
Wednesday, April 8, 7 pm. at the Pepsi Center:
Corner Loge: $70 (regularly $98+fees)
Club corner: $60 (regularly $85+fees)
Upper center: 425 (regularly $40+fees)
$5 of every ticket purchased will benefit Comitis! To order tickets, go on line at this
link. For more info call Christine Seppala at 303-405-6188,
ANOTHER OPPORTUNITY TO GIVE BACK
7/20 REFLECTION MEMORIAL GARDEN
In honor of those who have been lost and those whose lives have been changed
forever, a memorial garden will be built as part of the Aurora Municipal Center
Xeriscape garden at Alameda and Chambers. The new section will provide a serene
and beautiful natural space where the community and those impacted by the loss
from the 7/20 Aurora theatre shooting can remember loved ones and reflect, seek
comfort, strength, peace and hope.
Donations are being sought to add artwork, benches, and other features to this
special place. Here is the link to the donation page: npo.justgive.org/720Memorial
YOUR IDEAS AS NEEDED
NEIGHBORHOOD BEAUTIFICATION PROGRAM
We need your ideas by the afternoon of February 11! Email your ideas for projects
in Wards III and IV, the two wards that are included in the Havana district, to
[email protected] Gayle will be attending a meeting at the City about
this program on Feb 12 and will share your ideas.
Neighborhood Beautification Grant Program
The City of Aurora has allocated $60,000 for the Neighborhood Beautification
Program, which is designed to encourage neighborhoods to take action to improve
the appearance of their neighborhoods. This grant program will be managed by the
Neighborhood Liaisons and will provide up to $10,000 per ward. Projects should
improve the physical condition of a neighborhood, enhance neighborhood pride and
identity, and increase communication among neighbors.
The Neighborhood Beautification Program is intended to encourage
community/neighborhood maintenance and to promote neighbor to neighbor
communication, self-reliance and neighborhood pride. Community leaders will apply
for the grant, recruit volunteers, and organize each step of the beautification
project. A guide will be available to give tips on organizing and implementing a
beautification program.
THE HIGH LINE CANAL
ANNUAL HIGH LINE CANAL CLEAN-UP PLANNED
The Highline Canal crosses Havana at Exposition. The canal is a popular walking,
biking and running trail. Every spring, the City of Aurora hosts a Highline Canal
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clean up.
When: Saturday, March 14, 2015
Time: 8 a.m. - 12 noon
Check in at the Community College of Aurora Centretech campus at 8 a.m. on March
14. You will receive full instructions when you register.
To register: If you would like to participate in the clean-up this year, call Mary
Dawson at 303-739-7372 or email her at [email protected]
YOU JUST GOT A RAISE!
HAVANA MOTOR MILE
The date of this photo is July 2008. This is the Safeway gas station at Mexico &
Havana. Checking the GasBuddy.com website this morning, the current gas prices
are:
REGULAR $1.67/GAL
MIDGRADE $1.81/GAL
PREMIUM $1.95/GAL
WOW! You just got a raise! That's a savings per gallon of between $2.19 to
$2.22 today over the 2008 pricing!
According to the Federal Highway Administration, the average driver ages 20-34
years old in Colorado drives 15,098 miles/year and the average driver ages 35-54
drives 15,291 miles/year.
Assuming you drive an older sedan that gets a combined average of 19 miles per
gallon, that means you 35-54 year olds are buying 805 gallons per year. 805 gallons
x $2.22 = $1787/year that you are saving with the lower gas prices right now
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compared to the 2008 pricing. That's almost an extra $150 per month that you can
now spend on a car payment instead of paying for gas.
Maybe it is time to think about updating your vehicle since you just got a
raise! With the lower gas prices, a new/gently used SUV or truck might be in your
future. The 2016 models are starting to come in at our Havana Motor Mile
Dealerships and there are some great deals on 2014 and 2015 models right
now. Visit the Havana Motor Mile page on the website to shop on line 24/7. Here is
the link
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Continuing to provide unique experiences in dining, shopping and living On Havana Street.
Sincerely,
Gayle Jetchick, Executive Director, Havana Business Improvement District
303-360-7505
www.OnHavanaStreet.com
On Havana
337 Oswego Street
Aurora, CO 80010
303-360-7505
[email protected]
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