Saturday, June 29, 2013

NAMI Family to Family added to SAMSHA Registry of Evidence-Based Programs

A Milestone for NAMI Family-to-Family  

The National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) is pleased to announce that the NAMI Family-to-Family Education Program has been added to the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) National Registry of Evidence-based Programs and Practices (NREPP).

In the review, the program was independently assessed and rated for quality of research and readiness for dissemination.

"NAMI is proud to be included in the registry," said NAMI Executive Director Michael J. Fitzpatrick. "It is an affirmation of one of NAMI's signature education programs, established over 20 years ago, which to date has already helped more than 300,000 family members of people living with mental illness. 
Read the details at NAMI California
Teri Brister, NAMI Director of Content Integrity and NAMI Basics,calls the recognition a milestone in the two-decade history of Family-to-Family. 

This is quite an honor for NAMI Education, and exciting for NAMI Amador, as this is the first NAMI Education class we first offered in 2010, partnering with NAMI Gold Country.

More details at:

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Wednesday, June 26, 2013

First 5 Amador: July News & Announcements

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Investing in Our Youngest Children
Healthy Social, Emotional & Physical Development 
Early Learning * Quality Care * Family Support
July 2013
Rethink Your Drink

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Upcoming Events     

Thursday, June 6
Detert Park, Jackson
(The Toddler Playgroup will be here that day instead of Pine Grove.)

Kindergarten Bridge Program
Mondays - Thursdays
All 6 elementary schools.

Summer Reading Program
Reading is Delicious

For other events, please visit our Calendar

potter the otter
Tip of the Month
 "Drink Water for thirst, and you should know, water is healthy. It helps you grow!"

Potter's Tips
 * Drink water when you are thirsty - it's the best choice

*Fill a pitcher with water and add fresh fruit slices for more flavor (see below!) 

*Limit juice to 4 to 6 ounces per day (less than 1 juice box), even 100% fruit juice contains sugar and should be limited

*Prevent tooth decay - don't put soda or juice in a baby bottle or sippy cup

*Drink low-fat or skim milk with meals - it will help your bones and teeth grow

For more ideas about rethinking your drink, please visit the following websites:
BanPac - Bay Area Nutrition & Physical Activity Collaborative

Thank you to First 5 Santa Clara for these great resources!  
Fun Water!
(That's healthy!)

Fresh fruit infused waters are easy to make. Slice up some fruit, veggies, or herbs & place them in a pitcher, add cold water, and chill for a few hours. Pour over ice, garnish with a piece of fruit and enjoy.

Some fruits you might want to try alone or in combination with other fruits:

Click on the image to open and print out some great recipe ideas!   

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Ready...Set...Grow!                                                                    Volume 31 
News & Announcements

Rethink Your Drink

Did you know that a regular sized juice box (6 oz.) has 4  
teaspoons of sugar per box? Or that a small carton of chocolate milk (8 oz.) has as much as 7 teaspoons?
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Sugar beverages have been linked to several severe health problems such as obesity and Type 2 Diabetes. Studies show that an average 4 year old eats almost 65 lbs. of added sugar a year, more than 17 teaspoons of sugar each day.

A large number of children as young as age two are drinking one or more sweetened beverages a day. The single biggest source of added sugar in our children's diet comes from these sweetened drinks, which are non-nutritious calories.

The Rethink Your Drink campaign, developed by First 5 Santa Clara, Kaiser Permanente and the Santa Clara County Public Health Department, is encouraging families to reduce or eliminate drinking sugar-sweetened beverages.

Rethink Your Drink asks parents and caregivers to choose healthy drinks like water for their children instead of sweetened beverages, sports drinks, juices, or punch. It also encourages children to learn to make these healthier choices for themselves.

Program Spotlight

Potter the Otter Loves to Drink Water
In an effort to provide families important information, First 5  Amador has teamed up with a savvy critter that knows the importance of drinking water.  Potter the Otter is here in Amador County! Through the distribution of books and activities, he is encouraging families to drink water instead of sugary drinks.

 If you are interested in additional information, please contact First 5 Amador at 257-1092.

Here are some free Potter the Otter activities to print out to do at home:
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First 5 Amador supports and designs programs for
children 0-5 years old and their families.
For more information please visit our website:
or call us at (209) 257-1092. 

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As a parent, you are your child's first & most important teacher!
Save money on books for your children--get them for free!  Sign your child up today and start receiving one free book a month from the Imagination Library.  This is a free program, available to all Amador County children 0-4 (from birth until their fifth birthday). 
All you have to do is read to your child! 
For more information click here.

Amador STARS presents "Color Me Hope" at Camp Out For Cancer - Sat Sept 7

You don't have to leave Amador County to participate in the FuColor Course! The Color Course has come to Amador County Fairgrounds on September 7thEarly registration before July 5th saves you $5! You will receive a Color Me Hope white tee shirt, $5 snack bar certificate, free music concert, participation in the Fun Color Course and optional 5 K Walk or Run. All proceeds go to Amador STARS to help local cancer patients on their journey. Join us for a fun filled day and get dusted with colors, along the way.

Wednesday, June 19, 2013

Sutter Creek Lions Club Pig Feed - Sat Aug 24

Please know that the Sutter Creek Lions Club Famous Pig Feed will be held on:

August 24th, 2013, Saturday evening

Doors open 5:30PM

Dinner at 6:30PM

Location 18 Main Street, Sutter Creek, CA 95685 Sutter Creek Auditorium

Tickets $25.00 each

The Pig Feed is one of two fund raisers that The Sutter Creek Lions Club has during the year. The funds generated from the Pig Feed and Crab Feed go back into the community, with support to;
  • ACRA for park maintenance at Molly Joyce Park and The Sutter Creek Lions Park, that was deeded to ACRA.
  • City of Sutter Creek for the replacement of benches on Main Street
  • Support of Boy Scout Troop 63
  • Scholarships to Seniors to help with future education in Farming, Teaching, Engineering
  • Camp Out For Cancer
  • A Christmas To Remember
  • White Cane Days
  • Sobor Grad
  • Sutter Creek Parade Of Lights
A new program will be to provide a scholarship (by application each year) to full time college students that graduated from Amador County High Schools.
Please send your request for tickets with a check (made out to Sutter Creek Lions Club) for $25.00 for each ticket.
Mail To:
Chuck Swiderski
20190 Lomo Ranchos Road
Volcano, CA 95689

Thank You for supporting The Sutter Creek Lions Club
Chuck Swiderski

Thursday, June 13, 2013

Amador Fire Safe Council - Wed June 19

Amador Fire Safe Council
Board of Directors Meeting
"The mission of the Amador County Fire Safe Council is to protect the people of Amador County and their property from the effects of catastrophic wildfire through education, cooperation, innovation, and action."
AFSC, P O Box 1055, Pine Grove, CA 95665 – Phone: (209)295-6200

Meeting Agenda
June 19, 2013
3:00 to 5:00 p.m.
Amador County Agriculture Department Conference Room
12200 Airport Road, Martell

1.      Call to order
2.      Approval of Agenda (Action)
3.      Introductions
4.      Approval of Minutes May 15, 2013 (Action)
5.      Treasurer’s Report (Action)
6.      Executive Director Report
7.      AFSC invoices confirmation (Action) (see reverse side)
8.      Announcements
9.      PRESENTATION:  Division Chief Brian Estes, 2013 Fire Season Outlook
10.  Committee/Grant reviews (Discussion and possible Action)
·      Hazard Fuels Reduction & Maintenance Committees             
·      Employee Handbook Review Committee
·      ACCG Report – Cornerstone Project updates
·      Tiger Creek RAC project status
·      High Country CWPP status
·      Sherwood project status
·      Fiddletown CWPP
11.  Old Business (discussion and possible action)
12.  New Business  (discussion and possible action)
13.   Public Comments
14.  Next meeting, July 17, 2013
15.  Closed session  (Jan Bray)
16.  Adjournment

Bank of America Grant aims to provide employment support and employment opportunities to those with developmental disabilities in Amador and Calaveras counties.

The Arc of Amador and Calaveras, a non-profit organization that serves adults with developmental disabilities, announced today it is the recipient of a $5,000.00 grant from Bank of America.  The grant aims to enhance the current Supported Employment Programs within Amador and Calaveras counties while increasing opportunities for persons served and broadening The Arc’s reach to employers while deepening The Arc’s impact to service.  The program will continue to provide a range of services to help stakeholders develop skills essential for workforce success.  Additionally, the program allows stakeholders the opportunity to discuss various careers based on their interests and talents, and determine the corresponding workforce goals that best fit their need for ultimate success. 

Director of Supported Employment Services, Ileshia Knigge; and Executive Director, Shawnna Molina worked together in landing the grant awarded to The Arc. “The funds given to the Arc will help individuals gain employment, enrich their lives and help them become members of the community,” Knigge said.

“We have to challenge ourselves to rethink how we are going to continue to sustain and expand programs in a world where Federal and State budget cuts to programs, as important as Supported Employment, are a regular occurrence.” Molina said.  “This funding will allow our participants the enhancements they need to continue their successes. We are very grateful to Bank of America for recognizing the importance of our request and providing these much needed funds that will help us serve those in need in Amador and Calaveras counties.”  

Bank of America’s V.P. Consumer Market Manager, Joseph Laroste; Senior V.P. Sales Performance Manger, Lee Jenkins; came to personally deliver the $5,000.00 check with our local Bank of America V.P. Banking Center Manager, Debbi Bellotti.  “I’m very impressed with how friendly and enlightening it is here at The Arc,” said Laroste.  “Everyone is so happy and excited to be here, staff and people served.  The Variety of classes and services offered is amazing.”  Belloti expressed her gratitude “thank you for being a part of the community and allowing us to participate in supporting such a good cause. We are glad to partner with and support The Arc”

The Arc of Amador and Calaveras Supported Employment program provides skills training and on–the-job supports in obtaining and maintaining community-based employment opportunities.  Currently The Arc supports 39 persons served throughout Amador and Calaveras counties in various employment settings.  Employers who hire someone supported through The Arc’s program are eligible for thoroughly screened applicants; employees skills and abilities are pre-matched to the job requirements; on-site job training with the employee by one of The Arc’s professionals; additional training, as necessary for duration or the employees tenure’ follow-up support services;  and job coaching.

To learn more about The Arc of Amador and Calaveras’ Supported Employment Program, please visit or contact Director of Supported Employment Services Ileshia Knigge 

PHOTO L to R: Joseph Laroste, Debbi Belloti, Ileshia Knigge, Lee Jenkins

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Foothill Conservancy Fundraiser - Sun July 14

Always a fun event and for a great benefit!
Italian Picnic Grounds.... Sunday, July 14... begins at 4 pm.
Entertainment: Herb Boxhorn with Klaudia Promessi and Ensemble
Meet the new director, CECILY SMITH

Enjoy lots of wonderful food and wine and...
over 40 raffle/auction items
Hope to see you...
Contact Susan Bragstad for tickets and information:
267-5506 or
To protect, restore, and sustain the natural and human environment in Amador and Calaveras counties
for the benefit of current and future generations.
For more information about this non-profit organization, visit:

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

The Great $1 Yard Sale – Fri & Sat, June 14 & June 15

The Great $1 and $2  yard sale returns to benefit the Amador STARS.  
June 14th  8-5 p.m. and June 15th   8 - 1 p.m. at the Pine Grove Park on Hwy. 88. 
Most all items are marked just $1 and $2.  Furnishings are marked accordingly.
At 11 a.m. on June 15th fill a grocery bag for $2.
If you have donations, you can drop them off on Thursday June 13th noon- 7 p.m. 
Help the Amador STARS fill the gas tanks on the cancer vans by supporting the yard sale!

Tuesday, June 4, 2013

Amador Flyfishers (AFF) Meeting - Tues June 18

Amador Flyfishers (AFF) welcomes local resident and writer Mark Kautz on Tuesday June 18, 2013 at 7:00pm in the Amador County Administration Center at 810 Court Street, Jackson.  Our general meeting will begin at 7:00pm followed by Mark's presentation, "Fishing small streams in Amador, El Dorado and Alpine Counties".  Mark is a long time avid fisherman, blogger (, freelance writer for the Ledger Dispatch and Sport Fishing Weekly, and author of the book, "Fishing, Ghosts and My  Mother's Gray Hair".  AFF meets the third Tuesday of each month to socialize with other flyfishers, share local fishing reports, and to support fishery conservation issues.  Drop in and check us out - visitors welcome! (
Contact Information: Ron Calvert,

Amador County Recreation Agency - Activities & Events Update

 **Pie 101…The Art of Pie Making…June 4th – 5:30-8pm -Amador High Culinary Room - $50.
**Zumba at the Hub…Every Tuesday evening…$7 general…$5 students…cash or check at the door.
**Amador Children’s Theatre Workshop…Starts June 24th  for 3 weeks…
9-Noon  Monday –Thursday with a snack break…Cost: $100
**Creek side Day Camp…Sutter Creek …8-12, m-f, Starts June 10th.
**Irragation Made Simple….June 15th at the HUB 9 am…Only $10!!!!
**Bingo every 1st, 3rd , and 5th Mondays of the month, at the HUB, Jackson.
Major Events
 **Splash & Swim Bear River…AQUATHLON,Saturday, September 7th
** Tri Amador October 6th (Sunday) - Triathlon at Lake Camanche this year, more details to come.

**FREE dinner for all BINGO players.
Monday Night...June 3rd.
*Celebrating our move to the HUB!
Hot Dogs, Chips, and Soda...
Desserts by our very own Kathy Simmons!!!
And Coffee is always Free!

Doors open at 5:30
Early Bird games 6:10
Main BINGO starts at 6:30

The HUB is located at 206 B Main St.,Jackson.
above Hein and Co.
For more ACRA at 223-6349

***New Location***BINGO at the HUB
1st, 3rd,& 5th Monday evenings of the Month.

Irrigation Made Simple
Sue’s from Sue’s Custom Gardens is a licensed landscape contractor who can shed some light on how to fix your irrigation or install new drip lines…She can help you make it grow, with her knowledge of irrigation. She will share with you the “tips and tricks” of the trade!
Only $10
June 15th At the HUB Community Center 9am.
For more info …cal ACRA 223-6349

The Art of Pie Making…Pie 101
June 4th – Tuesday 5:30-8pm
Amador High Culinary Room - $50.Students will prepare their own Country Apple Pie during class, sample Pumpkin and Pecan fillings, , leaving with all of the recipes of the day and a special gift courtesy of The Pie Belle.
Pre-registration required.
Call ACRA at 223-6349,

British  Soccer Camp
The Largest and Most Popular Camp Program in the USA and Canada!
June 10-14,  Mon.- Fri.
Howard Park, Ione
Free Jersey deadline 4/26.

3-5yrs…Mini Soccer 1.5hr,  9am-10:30am        $107
3-5yrs…Mini Soccer 1.5hr,  10:40am -12:10    $107
6-12yrs      Half Day………………9am-12pm        $123
13-16yrs   Half Day……………….1pm-4pm          $123

*Registration includes a free soccer ball and camp t-shirt.
Call Jamie Kent at 916-265-2498 or
Kim Traverso at 223-6349 or
*Host a coach from England…get $80 rebate.

Jackson After School Program at the Hub
Free!   Ends… June 5th
6th, 7th and 8th graders.
TuesdayFriday, 2-5pm.
Pool, ping pong, youth projects, and lots of other fun games.
Please bring signed parental consent form with you.
The Hub Community center is located at 206 Main St. Jackson.
Call ACRA for more information at 223-6349.

  ***New this week***Amador Children’s Theatre Workshop
Improvisational games, stage direction, & stage presence while building confidence through a theatre. The team will write a play to be performed for an audience.
Teaching children respect for others, building self-esteem and reinforcing teamwork to achieve a common goal through performance and fun.
June 24th-July 11th (no workshop July 4th)
9am to 12pm with snack break Monday through Thursday.
Ends July 11th
Cost: $100
Kim Traverso at 223-6349 or

Creekside Day Camp
Campers Wanted Youth 5th-7th grades for our creek side summer camp.Featuring fun activities, nature projects, learning opportunities, and exploring our  community in and around Sutter Creek.
Two 2-week sessions:
June 10-21
June 24- July 12
Monday through Friday, 8am-noon
$50 per 2week session
(That’s only $5 per day including snack and tee shirts!)

Adult Co-ed Outdoor Soccer League
Starts June 16th 5pm
7 0n 7, 16 yrs and up
Sunday Nights, Howard Park Ione.
$350 per team
Call John at ACRA 223-6349 or go to our website at
Pioneer Men’s Softball League
Games are played at Pioneer Park
Weekdays Starting June 17th.
Games start at 6pm.
Sign up cutoff date: June 12th.
Price per team $700
Call Kim at ACRA 223-6349 or go to our website at and
Splash & Swim
Amador County’s Recreations first AQUATHLON…Swim & Run Race at Bear River Reservoir….One mile across-lake swim and two mile run. You won’t find a more beautiful place to challenge yourself in this fun multi-sport event.
$45 participation fee.
Call Jessie at ACRA 223-6349 or go to our website at and

Check out our website for additional details:
**Online sign ups available: links can be found on our website