Tag: Carbondale

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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Java Good Time?

Jaywalker Lodge, pioneer of the Open Community Model of Care, ™ proudly announces the launch of our first “social enterprise” venture in downtown Carbondale, CO. Jaywalker recently purchased The Blend, an established and popular coffee shop which is located immediately next door to the Jaywalker Alumni/Community Center. The retail business will be managed and staffed by Jaywalker alumni and clients, and all proceeds will be donated to a charity called, A Way Out.  A Way Out is a program which supports locals in the Roaring Fork Valley, who are recovering from addiction. Bob Ferguson, Founder of Jaywalker Lodge, was interviewed by a local radio station. Check out the interview at http://www.ksno.net/coffee-shop-and-community-carbondales-new-blend/ and be sure to join us July 10th, from 5-8pm, where The Blend will host a grand re-opening with a new name and new logo! Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

Mount Sopris Music Festival

The 12th Annual Mount Sopris Music Festival will take place this Saturday and Sunday (June 28th & 29th) at Steve’s Guitars here in downtown Carbondale. Solutions client, Breton M, will be putting on a solo performance Saturday at 12:30pm outside the Village Smithy. Come by and show some support! Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

Jaywalker Softball

Softball season has begun! Come out and show your support for the two Jaywalker alumni softball teams Tuesday nights from 7pm-9pm at The North Face field in Carbondale, CO. Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

May We Never Forget

The men of Solutions aided the Town of Carbondale in planting 8 Memorial trees at the Third Street Center Sat. morning.  The tree pictured is a Snow Crabapple and was donated by Jaywalker in memoriam to those who have lost their battle with the disease of addiction.  In the 9 years I have been working here, we have lost a number of our brethren.   Those men live today in our consciousness, ever reminding us of how fortunate we are to have captured the magic of sobriety so elusive to so many.  May we never forget.  “No addict/alcoholic dies in vain”.  Believe it, for their legacy lives in all of us.  Carpe Diem! Dan Reed Program Director Jaywalker Solutions

Carbondale Biking

Every year in the spring and fall, The League of American Bicyclists awards the distinction of bronze, silver, gold and platinum to cities and towns across the nation that have applied to be Bicycle Friendly Communities; currently there are 260 communities across the nation.  A designation lasts four years, but during the interim, communities can reapply to improve their status. In 2012, Carbondale earned the bronze designation; The Carbondale Bicycle, Pedestrian and Trails Commission is trying to improve that status to silver.   Carbondale is a thriving bicycle community and hosts various organized bicycle tours such as the Bicycle Tour of Colorado and Ride the Rockies; the paved Rio Grande Trail goes through the heart of town and mountain bike trails are abundant.  With the help of some grants, Carbondale is adding a bicycle park that will be completed in September and will include a pump track, bridges, various obstacles and…

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Mike’s ‘Going Away’ Party

Say Farewell but never Goodbye ” Michael Moreland Personally, I’m not a big fan of going away parties but today was an exception. The Jaywalker staff came together to share food, fun, and memories with Mike Moreland, Jaywalker Lodge Residential Manager, and a fond farewell as he embarks on a new life journey. We enjoyed great food from Smoke BBQ , Chef Brian’s famous fixin’s, and the incredible McDonald’s hamburger and fries- carrot cake by baker extraordinaire, Rocky. ( Really…not a typo). Mike and his beautiful family are heading back to Illinois to begin a career in the family fast food dynasty. Mike has been a Jaywalker mainstay for the last five years. The first year as a client and alumni leader and then as an invaluable employee for the last 4 years. He began as a residential tech, became the Solutions coordinator,a counselor in the IOP program, and is…

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“Beneath the Surface”

I am still in awe of the inspiration that comes from the origin of Karen’s belief that everyone’s voice should and must be heard.” Valerie Haugen. associate artistic director, TRTC This weekend, Thunder River Theatre Company is hosting the forth annual Karen Chamberlain Poetry festival here in Carbondale. The Poetry festival was created to honor the inspiring life of Karen Chamberlain, who passed away in September 2010. The theme of this years installment is ” Beneath the Surface.” Valerie Haugen said the notion of encouragement was the inspiration and recurring theme of this years poetry festival which features workshops, open mics and live music. I had the opportunity to attend last night’s featured poets and open mic with friends, clients, and alumni. Many of the poets spoke of love, loss, redemption, and hope. Without the encouragement and inspiration of loved ones, counselors, and other addicts I would have never found…

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Synchronicity and Sacred Space

Through storytelling and dance, Synchronicity & the Sacred Space probes the strange landscape where scientific thought encounters the unknown, and human perception and reality are fluid partners in an enigmatic dance. I received a phone call last week from my good friend, Rita requesting some volunteer help to set up for a Dance event to be held Sunday night at Roaring Fork HS. I coordinated with Fran of Aspen Dance Connection to schedule our work time Sunday morning. Initially, I balked at giving up my normal Sunday morning Spiritual fellowship but decided that sometimes it’s a good idea to change up our routines. Myself, two Alumni, and two Jaywalker Lodge clients arrived at the High School to begin our “stage crew” work. At this point, I wasn’t quite sure what type of dance event it was and quickly became more confused as we begin the set-up and the event format…

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