Tag: Carbondale

Recovery through Service – Independence Pass

Jaywalker Lodge staff, clients, and alumni spent time this week volunteering on Independence Pass.  Jaywalker Expedition Director, Lynn Sanson, organized yet another outing to help our outdoor community remove obsolete cable, poles, and phone lines; restoring visual serenity to a 10 mile strech on Independence Pass.  The Aspen Times details the service work and operation in the article linked below.  We are grateful for the opportunity to recover through service this week in one of the most serene spots in the Roaring Fork Valley!‘Eyesore’ wires will be removed from old telephone poles on Aspen’s Independence Pass

Jaywalker Spring Alumni Trip – Moab, UT

“…to see a fellowship grow up about you, to have a host a friends, this is an experience you must not miss” Alcoholics Anonymous Page 89It is no secret that this is one of my favorite passages in the Big Book of Alcoholics Anonymous, it epitomizes everything that the Jaywalker Alumni Program represents. This past weekend I had the honor of taking 20 Jaywalker alums to Moab, UT for our annual spring trip. Past Jaywalker clients from Florida, Denver, Boulder, and the Roaring Fork Valley all met up in Moab for a weekend of mountain biking, dirt biking, four wheeling, golf, and of course fellowship. Big shout out to alumnus Andrew P for organizing, prepping, and cooking all of our wonderful meals, thanks for all you do brother. John S.

Winter Symposium on Addiction Disorders

Jaywalker Lodge will be exhibiting and attending the Psychotherapy Associates Winter Symposium January 29 – February 2 in Colorado Springs.  Please join us in the hospitality suite Tuesday morning from 8am – 11:45am for refreshments and discussion of our programs and best practices.  We will be exhibiting at booth #24.  Bob Ferguson’s talk titled  “It’s All Greek to Me- A Behind-the-Scenes Look at the Launch of a National Sober College Fraternity” will be Tuesday 1:45-3:15pm. All other details regarding they Winter Symposium may be found at http://cspaws.com

Green is the New Black

The past Friday, March 13th and Saturday, March 14th, Carbondale Community Arts and Humanities (CCAH) produced their 7th Annual Green is the New Black Fashion Show.  Their theme this year was: Underground. The performance was full of locals, performance art, inspiring sustainable fashion and a storyline to boot, this show isn’t just entertaining– it was about raising money to educate our youth in the Roaring Fork Valley. While the show and its designers created a lot of buzz, the sole purpose of this show is to make Arts education more accessible for youth in our community. The show took place at the Carbondale Recreation Center, but they were able to transform this space into a spectacular, city-esque, fashion runway.  Green is the New Black has sold out five of the last six years, and this year was no exception.  The show was standing room only, with all 500 seats being…

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“Remember Me, Hamlet”

Hamlet Director and Thunder River Theatre Company’s founder and artistic director, Lon Winston answers questions regarding our matinee performance. “Remember me, Hamlet” was a quote from the Ghost of King Hamlet played by Jaywalkers own poet laureate and former counselor emeritus Kim Nuzzo. Perhaps the only thing I remembered from Hamlet was “to be or not to be,” a skull, and sword fight – not too surprising ! Much to my delight, and thanks to an amazing production and spectacular acting I found a renewed appreciation for arguably, Shakespeare’s most famous and powerful tragedy. I had a new perspective and understanding of the difficulty of taking action, ambition, and appearances. All of the actors wore masks to represent the duality of the characters and their motivations. I can certainly relate to the wearing of facades during my addictions. I was too busy trying to be the person who I thought…

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The Sculpture has Landed

James Surls gave a loud “hoot” and tossed his cap into the air as the anxious crowd applauded the touchdown of the 20 foot sculpture onto the marble base where it will reside. There were dozens of onlookers, including those who have been working on Carbondale’s new traffic roundabout. The labor for bronze and steel sculpture “Sewing the Future” was donated by world renowned artist James Surls because of his love for Carbondale. Although, a Texas transplant, James raised his seven daughters in the Roaring Fork Valley and says he doesn’t plan on leaving anytime soon. The $200,000 in funds needed for the materials, casting, and fabrication were raised through a community outreach effort which included the assistance of several of the Jaywalker men. We assisted in raising awareness at several public events through selling T-shirts and supplying information about the design elements of the sculpture. A plethora of outdoor…

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Bicycle Friendly Community

Carbondale, Colorado has been recognized by The League of American Bicyclists as a Gold Level Bicycle Friendly Community. The creation of Carbondale’s new Community Bike Park made it possible for Carbondale to jump from a Bronze Level Certification to a Gold status. Carbondale will retain its Gold status for the next four years. Next stop is the Platinum status! For more information on Carbondale and our Bicycle Friendly Community please click here! Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

Traffic

I’m not a fan of traffic, in fact I don’t know many people that are.  I lived in Chicago for a few years and had to deal with rush hour traffic on a daily basis.   Living in this valley we are blessed with not having many traffic jams and those usually come from an accident, weather and the occasional cattle drive.   I was stuck in one such traffic jam today as I brought the back roads to work and I have to say I didn’t mind one bit. There’s something wonderful about watching a cattle drive.   The steam of each breath the cowboys and their horses take.  The cattle dogs running back and forth to keep the cattle in line, biting at their heels when they delay or wander in the wrong direction, the quick look up to one of the hands for approval  and then off they go again.  …

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The 43rd Annual Carbondale Mountain Fair

It’s that time of year! Make plans this weekend to attend Carbondale’s Mountain Fair. The Carbondale Mountain Fair is known for arts and crafts,  entertainment, great food and a lot of fun. Over 300 volunteers work together to make this one of the most popular and unique fairs in Colorado, and admission is FREE. Jaywalker U student will be helping with set up tomorrow morning and Jaywalker alum will be helping with clean up on Monday. For more information on volunteer opportunities click here! Janet DeMars Program Director Jaywalker U

Coffee and Community for a Cause

Jaywalker would be nothing without the Carbondale Community , which has looked us in the eye, embraced us, and given us a second chance.” Bobby Ferguson, Founder of Jaywalker Lodge.” Second Chances ! Without them, most of us in the Recovery community would be lost or worse. Bobby Ferguson’s second chance resulted in Jaywalker Lodge, which has been helping alcoholics and addicts realize theirs for the last nine years here in Carbondale. Bobby’s vision for Boomerang Coffee Company ( formerly the Blend) is multi-faceted. Boomerang will provide employment opportunities for clients, alumni, and others in the community. Those in recovery will have another safe place to socialize and integrate into the community. Finally, all net profits from Boomerang will support the efforts of A Way Out, an Aspen based non-profit which provides a “Hand-Up” to addicts in need. Executive Director, Liz Means, and several board members were on hand Thursday…

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