Monday, March 20, 2017

Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council - March 2017

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New mini-grant funding opportunities through
the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Amador.
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A Community that Cares
Child Abuse Prevention and Early Childhood Education

The Child Abuse Prevention Council of Amador (CAPC) is excited to share with you an enriching partnership with the Early Childhood Education (ECE) class at Amador High School taught by Lorra Biddle.

The ECE class offers students an opportunity to learn about the principles of child development, early learning environments, trends and issues in early childhood education, and classroom management techniques. The class has also been encouraged to get involved in projects that touch the community.

One such project has been to learn to knit or crochet purple caps for CAPC's Knitting for a Cause campaign, which happens each April in conjunction with Child Abuse Prevention Month (see next month's newsletter for all the details). As some students were having trouble mastering the art of knitting or crocheting, their teacher started a project to raise funds to purchase looms to make learning easier. The fundraiser is called "Pass the Purple Hat." (If you would like to make a donation to their class, contact their teacher, Lorra Biddle, at 257-7337.)

After the students finish creating the caps they are returned to CAPC where the caps are then gifted to families with newborns to educate parents about the "Period of Purple Crying," a normal but frustrating period of increased crying all infants experience. The program teaches parents how to cope with this crying and of the dangers of reacting out of  frustration with shaking or other extreme physical responses. In the above photo, ECE students show off their caps which are being worn by their class project infant dolls.
Another class project offers a Playschool for families of Amador
 County. This is a fun and educational event that provides a free opportunity for families, while giving students real-life experience working with young children. The next session will run from April 3rd through May 25th, and they are now taking sign-ups. This Playschool will be held 2 - 3 days each week, and will be from 10:10 - 11:25 am. To enroll, please call Lorra Biddle at Amador High School at 257-7337. Or inquire by email at

The Child Abuse Prevention Council thanks Lorra Biddle and all of the ECE students for their enthusiasm and creativity in reaching out to our community! 

Child Abuse Prevention Mini-Grants Now Available 

We are pleased to announce that CAPC has funding available for child abuse prevention mini-grant proposals for the 2016-17 fiscal year. One-time mini-grants will be awarded up to $2,000. For all the details and an application click on the links below. 
 Next deadline Tuesday, April 28, 5:00pm.
Upcoming Events
NEW!  Free Mandated Reporter Training  
The second Thursday of every month, from 10:00am - 12:00pm, the Child Abuse Prevention Council is holding free mandated reporter trainings.

Open to parents, child care providers, teachers, the community, staff or colleagues needing a refresher course, or new staff with no previous training, give us a call, (209) 223-5921. For the flyer with all the information, click HERE

Next CAPC Meeting
Monday, March 20, 10:30am 
975 Broadway, Jackson

Child Passenger Safety Tech Training 
Tuesday, May 16 Friday, May 19, 8:00am-5:00pm
Amador Health and Human Services
Click here for a flyer with all information needed to register.

About CAPC
Our Vision
All children know how they are valued; all families receive the support, education and tools necessary to give every child a safe, healthy, and nurturing home; and a community that actively supports the health, safety, and education of its children.
Our Mission 
CAPC is committed to preventing all forms of child abuse in Amador County through community partnerships, free trainings, education, and family-centered events that value children, strengthen families, and engage communities. 
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Child Abuse Prevention Council of Amador, Mail: PO Box 815, Jackson, CA 95642, Location: 975 Broadway, Jackson, CA 95642

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Friends of the Amador County Library Spring Used Book Sale - April 21, 22 & 23

Friends of the Amador County Library
Spring Used Book Sale
April 21, 22 & 23, 2017
American Legion Hall
12134 Airport Road, Sutter Creek
(Hwy 49, across from the Italian Picnic Grounds)

Friday, April 21, 4 pm to 7 pm
FACL Members only. Non-members may join at the sale.
Saturday, April 22, 10 am to 4 pm
Open to the general public.
Sunday, April 23, 11 am to 3 pm
Open to the general public.
Everything on sale at half price (Sunday only).
Proceeds support the Amador County Library.
Sponsored by the Friends of the Amador County Library.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

AAUW Movie & Discussion: "He Named Me Malala" - Thurs Mar 30

Join AAUW members and celebrate Women's History Month with a movie and discussion.
Learn more about a girl's quest for education, what it cost her and, how she succeeded in earning a Nobel Peace Prize.

"He Named Me Malala"
Thursday, March 30
6:00 p.m.
First 5 Amador/Margaret Dalton Children's Center Building
975 Broadway in Jackson

Our March Libations & Conversations, at Amador 360 in Plymouth, Tuesday, March 21, will also have a Women's History Month topic. Stephanie Young will lead a discussion about Mary Rippon, the first female professor west of the Mississippi.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Community at the Union: Support Amador STARS


Join us Thursday, February 23 at the Union to support an amazing community service provided by Amador STARS.  Bring a bottle of wine  to support the Amador STARS Corkage for a Cause night.  Every $10 corkage fee paid on February 23 will go directly to Amador STARS.  There will also be a special raffle to support STARS.
Call us to reserve a table at 209-296-7711.
Have you seen our new menu??  Come by and try some new tasty menu items.
Join us for Chubby Monday on February 27 ... Volcano's prelude to Fat Tuesday... mask making, beads and cajun special menu.  Because we can... it's Volcano.
Volcano Union Pub + Inn
Pub Serving Thursday - Monday
Rooms available nightly

Volcano Union Pub + Inn, 21375 Consolation Street, PO Box 171, Volcano, CA 95689

Community Shows their Local Hospice the Love

This past Valentine’s Day, Hospice of Amador & Calaveras announced the 7 lucky winners for their 8th annual “Take a Chance on Love” Valentine’s Day Raffle, which were drawn & announced live on KVGC Radio.  Ariane Debien, Hospice’s new Executive Director said, “I am truly overwhelmed to learn of the community’s continued generosity to Hospice of Amador & Calaveras, announcing this year’s event raised over $25k by purchasing 4,976 raffle tickets, with all proceeds benefitting your local hospice, Hospice of Amador & Calaveras."

"Thank you to our generous donors, contributors, raffle sponsors, volunteers, employees and everyone who purchased a ticket to support our hospice mission.”  Debien added, “And an extra special thanks to Stanley Lukowicz, The National Hotel, Jackson, for again purchasing $10k in raffle tickets and donating all of them to 10 local well-deserving non-profit agencies. What a beautifully powerful way of paying it forward to our community.”

Here are the 2017 Hospice of Amador & Calaveras’ Valentine’s Day Raffle Winners:

Grand Prize: Diamond Bracelet: Betty Hanson, Calaveras Senior Center Volunteer (raffle ticket purchased and donated to the agency by Stan Lukowicz)
2nd Prize: 3 Nights/Yosemite: Renee Brown
3rd Prize: Gold: Amador STARS (raffle ticket purchased & donated to the Amador STARS by Stan Lukowicz)
4th Prize: Local Golf Package: Mike Benapfl
5th Prize: 2 Nights/Tahoe: Jack Robertson
6th Prize: 2 Nights/Monterey: Shari Casagrande
7th Prize: Airplane Ride: Lottie Tone

Ariane also expressed how appreciative the team is of the very generous donors & contributors who helped make this year’s raffle another success!

Thank you to our very generous donors: Stan Lukowicz, The National Hotel, Jackson; Dr. Ralph & Isolde Harder; Louise Longley & The Alice McLaughlin Estate; Castle Oaks Golf Club; Greenhorn Creek Resort; La Contenta Golf Club; Saddle Creek Resort; Sequoia Woods Country Club; Keith Des Voignes, Century 21 Tri-Dam; Wayne Garibaldi, American River Bank, and Jim & Cheryl McCloud, Foothill Aviation), contributors (Jackson Rotary Club, Jackson Lions Club, Angels-Murphys Rotary Club, American River Bank, Jim & JD Guidi of KVGC Radio and Bill Cruit, Webmaster) raffle sponsors (Andrae’s Bakery & Murphys Historic Hotel - volunteers who sold tickets, distributed posters, and to the heart-felt dedicated local staff for doing such a great job caring for our patients & families, and being the inspiration for folks wanting to support us; volunteers who worked on this fundraiser & general supporters (we are fortunate to have too many to list, but we appreciate each and every one of you!) and everyone who purchased a ticket to support your local hospice mission. 

Hospice of Amador & Calaveras, end-of-life specialists, trusted by physicians, patients and families serving Amador & Calaveras Counties for 35 years.  If you think hospice care may be right for you, call 209-223-5500 or 209-736-9442 today to learn how your local, non-profit hospice can help.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Labyrinth Project - Events in Feb-Mar 2017

News - February 16, 2017

1.     LGBTQ Social and Activity Group: On-going, every 1st and 3rd Fridays, 4:00 – 5:30 at Hein and Co., 204 Main St., Jackson. All ages welcome. Join us for dialogue, friendship, support and social activities. Contact: Marla Vander Meer (209) 256-3750 also find us on facebook at Motherlode Pride Center.
** This Friday, Feb. 17 our group will be having a Beginning Drawing class taught by local artist, Lori Williams. There is no cost. The drawing part is not mandatory. Materials will be provided. People can bring something with them like  a photo or something else they want to draw. We will probably be downstairs. Look for the mini Pride Flag.

2.     The Labyrinth Project: On-going, every 2nd and 4th Fridays, 2:00 – 3:00 or 3:30 at Sierra Wind Wellness Center, 10354 Argonaut Lane, Jackson. Groups focus on learning about the labyrinth and how to use it to promote personal wellness. Labyrinth Facilitator/Coordinator: Marla Vander Meer 256-3750

** On Friday, February 24 we will be having a Finger Labyrinth making workshop. No cost. All materials provided. All ages welcome. Please RSVP to Marla at 209-256-3750

** March Labyrinth Event – “Relax into Spring” - Save the Date!
            When: March 18 (Saturday)
            Where: Sutter Creek Auditorium @ 18 Main Street, Sutter Creek
            Time: 12:00 noon  to 3:00p.m.
What: Drop in labyrinth Walk – Introduction to labyrinths (what they are)  and their use as simple but effective tools for stress reduction and relaxation. Opportunity to walk our beautiful 30’ canvas labyrinth. Inside event – rain or shine. For more information contact Marla at (209) 256-3750.

About the Labyrinth Project
Labyrinths are an ancient pattern that people have walked for thousands of years. Unlike a maze, labyrinths have only one path that meanders, usually in a circular pattern, into the center, then back out again along the same path. Although it is considered a spiritual tool and is often called a Sacred Path, it does not belong to any religion or spiritual belief. All are welcome to walk. Labyrinth walking has been found to help people find peace, reduce anxiety and depression, gain insight, empower creativity, find their own center, speak to God/spirit/Higher Self, process grief, find emotional healing and release stress among many other things. Learn more about these amazing tools through free workshops, classes and labyrinth walks. The goal of The Labyrinth Project is to educate people about the Labyrinth as a wellness tool and to promote the building of public labyrinths in Amador County. For More information contact the Labyrinth Project Coordinator: Marla Vander Meer, Veriditas Trained Labyrinth Facilitator at (209) 256-3750

Labyrinth Project services are available at NO COST!
Schedule a presentation, workshop, labyrinth walk, labyrinth event or even a labyrinth building consultation. Talks, workshops and walks are offered with a variety of focus and can be tailored to your specific needs. We are also happy to participate as a part of other events. For more information contact: Marla Vander Meer, Veriditas Trained Labyrinth Facilitator at (209) 256-3750.