Tag: Mark Kloster

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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Oscar Party at The Alumni Clubhouse

Another great night at the Jaywalker Alumni Clubhouse as Alumni and Friends of Jaywalker took in the 86th Annual Academy Awards Show. Congrats to Fellow Longhorn Matthew McConaughey and Jared Leto who took home Best Actor and Supporting Actor for Dallas Buyers Club. Personally, it was a tossup for me as to best Picture between Dallas Buyers Club and 12 Years a Slave. They were two of the most visceral and powerful Movies I have experienced in some time. !2 Years a Slave was definitely deserving of the Oscar for best Director and Best Picture. Cate Blanchett was also Oscar worthy for her performance in Blue Jasmine where she portrayed an addicted and delusional former socialite. I found it interesting that Addiction played a prominent role in Many of the top movies and performances. Movie-going is one of the many activities I share with my friends in Sobriety and it…

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Young and Restless Spaghetti Dinner

The Young and Restless meeting of AA invites you to a Spaghetti Dinner with Beignets and Games to benefit CCYPAA “ What the heck are Beignets and who the heck is CCYPAA ? Well, Beignets are luscious French Doughnuts and CCYPAA ( say: see see paw ) is the Colorado Conference of Young People in Alcoholics Anonymous. Tonight, (Saturday March 1st) the Young and Restless Meeting of AA is hosting a Fundraising Spaghetti Dinner beginning at 6 PM at the First United Methodist Church in Glenwood Springs. The cost is $ 7 with all proceeds benefiting CCYPAA. After dinner there will be Games, fellowship, and fun. Many Jaywalkers and Jaywalker Alumni had the opportunity to participate in the annual CCYPAA conference a couple of years ago when it was hosted in Aspen. It was an awesome experience to see our young people and the young at heart share the message…

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Ski Day with Friends From Texas

Jaywalker Lodge is pleased to welcome the men of Gaston House, Sober Living in Dallas, Texas to The Roaring Fork Valley for a day of shredding and fellowship. We will meet up with the Gaston House boys on Monday Morning at Snowmass, where a group of our Alumni will serve as local guides for skiers and snowboarders. At noon, we’ll all meet at the top of Sneaky’s for a group photo to commemorate this historic occasion followed by lunch. More turns in the afternoon before heading back to Carbondale for one of Chef Brian’s fabulous dinners. We’ll finish off the day with a 12-step meeting for all those who wish to check in. Considering the massive snowfall we’ve received of late and the encouraging snow forecast, our visitors from Texas should be in for an awesome treat. With Gratitude, Mark Kloster Alumni Coordinator

Seahawks Win

Over 40 Jaywalker alumni and friends showed up tonight to watch the Seattle Seahawks win their first Superbowl. Although it wasn’t the outcome most of us were looking for, it was a still a night of food, fun, and fellowship. Congratulations to the “12th man”, we will see you next year! Donnie Hagenbart Program Coordinator Jaywalker U

Sober Superbowl Party

Make plans to join us Sunday for a Recovery oriented Party to watch our own Denver Broncos take on the Seattle Seahawks. The event is open to anyone in the recovery community and there is no charge, but we will gladly accept donations to offset food cost. The usual 6 PM Narcotics Anonymous meeting will be held next door at the Blend coffee shop, Thanks Wade ! What: Sober Superbowl Party featuring Food, Fun, Football, & Fellowship Where: Jaywalker Alumni Clubhouse (1154 Hwy. 133, next to the Blend) When: Festivities will start at 3:30 PM (Kick-off is at 4:30 PM) come early while food is Hot ! The food will be catered by White House Pizza featuring Hot Wings, Sandwiches, SpinArt Dip, & Caprese Salad. There will also be soft drinks and a Superbowl cake to enjoy. John S. has declared himself Ping Pong Champion of the World and is…

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Reunited with the Jaywalker Family

Up until three months ago my life had become overtaken once again by the beast of addiction. I had become a cripple on a couch. Another job lost and a lot of strained relationships. I was fearful to do anything except get to a liquor store. I had been beaten once again into submission. I knew I couldn’t make it any longer the way I was going.   Scared as hell, I jumped in the car and drove, obliterated, to CeDAR in Denver, CO. Still without surrender, and with a lot of drama with police and staff, I was accepted on a ten-day-evaluation. Still no true change of heart, I felt relief. I was going to get the help I needed. It took almost a week to get over feeling sorry for myself, and some convincing not to just walk out. I ended up staying, and after a few days…

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