Tag: Carbondale

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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New CMC President to Speak in Carbondale

Colorado Mountain College offers students a choice- really THE choice- to live, work, take classes, earn degrees, receive training and contribute to the economies of our mountain communities.” Dr. Carrie Besnette Hauser, President CMC Colorado Mountain Colleges 9th and newest president will be the featured speaker Monday, March 10th at 7 PM at Thunder River Theatre in downtown Carbondale. Dr Hauser will share her plans to lead CMC “toward becoming the most inclusive, innovative, student -centered college in the country” at the Roaring Fork Cultural Councils inaugural 2014 event. Hauser’s career has included leadership and management roles in higher education institutions, private foundations, and the public policy arena. Prior to Colorado Mountain College, Hauser served as a senior fellow for the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation and as president and CEO of Kauffman Scholars, Inc. Before joining Kauffman, Hauser was vice president for advancement and external relations at Metropolitan State University…

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Beginning 2014 Mindfully

Mindfulness is paying attention, on purpose, in the present moment, non-judgementally, as if your life depended on it.” John Kabat-Zinn As an alcoholic and an addict I have to agree with John Kabat-Zinn. When it comes to the practice of mindfulness I am certain, my very life does depend upon it. Just like working the Steps and practicing the principles of Recovery in all my affairs I must strive to practice Mindfulness in everything I do, not just while meditating or praying but in all my activities. By staying Mindful, in the present moment, I can see things as they really are, not clouded by the judgement and fear of my alcoholic mind. This past weekend a couple of Jaywalker alumni and myself had the opportunity to participate in the Mindful Life Program. We joined 20 others in being part of the inagural Mindful Life Program held at the Third…

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