Tag: Mark Kloster

“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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Living Large in Sobriety

If newcomers could see no joy or fun in our existence, they wouldn’t want it. We absolutely insist on enjoying life.” Enjoy life , we did! This past weekend, 13 Jaywalker Alumni and clients joined 200 other people seeking to enjoy life in Recovery. The Harmony foundation held the 3rd Annual National Recovery Skiathon at the Beaver Run resort in Breckenridge, Colorado. The attendees enjoyed 4 days of fellowship, music, comedy, speakers, movies and spectacular snow conditions. The event included participants from treatment centers, Alumni and families, treatment professionals and a great showing from Collegiate recovery programs. Jaywalker was a proud co-sponsor with 20 other national treatment programs. Our own, founder and CEO of Jaywalker, Bobby Ferguson, gave an incredible keynote address Saturday night sharing his vision of Living Large in Sobriety. We enjoyed great music from Nashville recording artist Sonia Lee and hilarious comedy from Kurtis Mathews. Based on…

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National Recovery Ski-athon

Last call for the Third Annual Jaywalker Alumni Ski Trip in Breckenridge Colorado Feb. 5-8th. Jaywalker staff and alums will be joining other programs from across the country for the Third Annual Recovery Ski-athon. The weekend will consist of music, comedy, films, speakers. 12-step meetings, and skiing. We still have a few spots available so please contact Mark Kloster at mkloster@jaywalkerlodge.com For more information please click here!

Aspen X-games 2015

X Games Aspen 2015 will take place January 22-25, 2015 at Buttermilk Mountain in Aspen, Colorado. Its time for Big Air and Big entertainment as the X Games once again descend upon Aspen. The on-mountain games are free and open to the public. This years Xtravaganza will feature four themed interactive festival villages: Galleria, Gaming Shack, Playground, And Sound Factory. This years concert performers include: Snoop Dogg, Chromeo, Skrillex, and Wiz Khalifa performing in the Sound Factory Festival Village at the base of Buttermilk. This year will also include the Major League Gaming X Games Invitational for all the Xtreme Gamers. This is an exciting event and Jaywalker clients and Alumni will have the opportunity to see the competition live and in person. In addition to volunteering to drive our clients to and from the events our Alumni will once again have the opportunity to be of service to those…

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Stimulant Abuse Among College Students Problematic

Nearly one in every five college students abuses prescription stimulants.” A recent survey sponsored by Partnership for Drug -Free Kids revealed that more than 20% of college students abuse prescription stimulants. The students reported using the drugs to help them stay awake, study or improve their school performance. The drugs abused are typically the same as those prescribed for legitimate ADHD patients, such as Adderall, Ritalin, and Vyvanse. “The profile that emerges is less that of an academic goof-off who abuses prescription stimulants to make up for lost study time than a stressed out multitasked who is burning the candle at both ends and trying to keep up.” The drugs can be useful for those who suffer from ADHD but the abuse potential can lead to full blown addiction. Stimulant abuse can result in depression, social anxiety, and paranoia. Abuse can also lead to other stimulant drugs such as cocaine…

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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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Congrats Mark K!

Last Friday Alumni Coordinator, Mark Kloster, celebrated 4 years of sobriety! Many people say, “So-and-so is their rock!” Well Mark Kloster is the rock to many people. Mark has always been positive and there for many of us. I met Mark two years ago and found out that he was originally a cop. I thought to myself, that I would not get along with Mark because I disliked cops in the past. But Mark is just like you and me. He’s a loving, caring, funny, outgoing man who I’m glad to call my friend. Since the first day I met Mark He has always been there for me, always cheering me up, and always giving me positive feedback that helped me get through many tough situations. Mark is fully transformed the alumni program and has given the alumni the chance to do volunteer work around the community and expand their…

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Gardening Collaborative

Empowering community through education, sustainable projects, and gardens for hunger relief within our communities. Kim Willie of Growing Food Forward stated, ” Last Thursday volunteers from Jaywalker Lodge, A New Path, and Aspire Women’s Recovery did a great job in an hour and a half; hand-tilling the soil, cutting and planting potatoes, and mulching them in with layers of straw and organic compost from Pitkin County Landfill in the three beds behind the Third Street Center in Carbondale, CO.” What a great collaborative effort to do our small part to help bring fresh, local, organic produce to those in need. Kim Willie, and the Growing Food Forward project have planted almost 100 gardens this spring and summer which will help supply our local food pantries like Lift-Up, with healthy, nutritious food. Our Recovery programs which have the opportunity to be part of this incredible undertaking, also derive a great benefit…

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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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Shipway Celebrates 1 Year

Steve Shipway was the classic example of a “Broken Man” upon his arrival At Jaywalker Lodge a year ago. I first met Steve on a Lodge expedition to Moab while taking a group hike. Those of you who know Steve, know that he likes to share a good story or two! This story was not happy tale, but one of despair and defeat. Steve told of all the things he had built and achieved in his life but that he had lost them all to his disease of addiction. He was mentally, physically, and spiritually bankrupt, but after our conversations I had a strong sense that he was ready and willing to transform his life. He had shown me pictures of his home, his family, and his dogs and I could hear the love and compassion underlying the guilt and shame. Steve took his determination and strong work ethic and…

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