Tuesday, January 28, 2014

Safeway Foundation Support Recreation Opportunities for Amador and Calaveras People with Disabilities through The Arc

In Amador and Calaveras counties, The Arc of Amador and Calaveras serves over 200 people with disabilities. People with disabilities often suffer from isolation, depression, and limited access to recreation opportunities. To help combat the need of increased integration and expanded services, the Safeway Foundation, the charitable giving arm of our local Martell Safeway, has donated $2,800.00 to support and enhance The Arc of Amador and Calaveras’ recreation programs for people served.

“We are grateful to Safeway for their generous support of our mission,” said Shawnna Molina, Executive Director of The Arc of Amador and Calaveras. “Hundreds of people served between the two counties will see the benefits of this contribution immediately. This will also have a positive impact on stimulating recreation businesses in our local communities. Too often people with intellectual and developmental disabilities face the daily anxiety of isolation and depression, this is exactly what we needed to jump start The Arc’s recreation program.”

The Arc of Amador and Calaveras operates several programs across the region to provide support and services to persons with developmental disabilities so they can better live, work learn, and recreate in the mainstream of life. The $2,800.00 grant will be used in Amador and Calaveras counties to provide enhanced and expanded recreation opportunities to people with disabilities.

The Arc of Amador and Calaveras has been serving people with Developmental Disabilities since 1971 and was created by parents determined to ensure the most full and independent lives possible for their children with intellectual and developmental disabilities.  The Safeway Foundations philanthropic giving will help catapult this important legacy by enhancing recreation programs.

Safeway Inc. is a Fortune 100 company and one of the largest food and drug retailers in North America based on sales.  The company operates 1,406 stores in the United States with annual sales of $37.5 billion in 2012.   

To learn more about supporting The Arc or giving, please, email Shawnna Molina, Executive Director,  or contact the administrative office at (209) 267-5978.

Friday, January 24, 2014

Operation Care - January 2014

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Staff and volunteers are hard at work preparing for our Color Madness 5K fun run/walk on February 1st, and our annual talent show "Amador's Got Talent" onSaturday, February 8th. Please join us for both events to raise awareness and support victims of violence.   

Additionally, we postponed the 2-week mandated Victim Assistance Training until Feb 10-14th and 18th-21st.  
All staff and volunteers working for Operation Care are required to complete this program. Space is still available. If you are interested, please call Ashley at 223-2897 to sign up.
Hope to see you all at the upcoming events. Thank you for your continued support. Without you, we wouldn't be able to help those most vulnerable.
--Tammie Crabtree
Executive Director
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Operation Care's 2nd Annual Color Madness
5k Fun Run/Walk - FEB 1 

example of color madness t-shirt 2014 
If yo
u have not registered yet, please do so now!!!
Color Madness shirts are going FAST!!!!

 Saturday, February 1st, 2014 
Time: 9 am Registration, 10 am Start Time
Late registration starts at 8 am 
Where: Start & Finish at Margaret Dalton Hall
download flyer & registration form 
For More Information: 
Contact us: 209.223.2897
This event is sponsored by:
Motherload Crossfit   
Tickets are still availabale for 
Amador's Got Talent
Come enjoy our amazing local talent 
while helping victims of domestic violence.

Date:  Saturday, February 8th, 2014
Location:  Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort

  • Cocktail hour starts at six o'clock in the evening
  • Dinner begins at seven
  • Show will commence after dinner is served 

General (12 and older) $50 per person
Child (6 - 11) $25
Children 5 and under FREE

Tickets also available at:
Operation Care
619 New York Ranch Road
Jackson, CA. 209-223-2897.   
Where to go for Help
If you or someone you know needs help, dial 911 or call the 24-hour crisis line at 209-223-2600 or (800) 675-3392. Operation Care provides safe shelter for women, men, and children, as well as counseling, support services, crisis intervention, education, and referrals. For more information, to make a contribution, or to volunteer your services, please call 209-223-2897.  

More about Domestic Violence:
Operation Care
Mary Kay Foundation
Blue Shield Against Violence
California Partnership to End Domestic Violence:

Thursday, January 23, 2014

Operation Care and GO! Youth Program holds 2nd Annual Color Madness 5K Fun Run/Walk on Feb 1

Paint the town blue! And pink, and yellow! Operation Care and the GO! Youth Program will be holding the second annual Color Madness 5K Fun Run/Walk to raise awareness of teen dating violence. This could be the most fun you've ever had. Start the run with a pure white t-shirt and throughout the day, you will be coated with Color Bombs of blue, green, pink, purple, and yellow until you come out like a tie-dyed hippie. Each station adds a new explosion of color to your clean, white outfit until you cross the finish line in a blaze of color.  

The run/walk will be held Saturday, February 1st with a timed run at 9:00 am and the FUN run/walk beginning at 10:00 am. The event is sponsored by Motherlode Crossfit, and will start and finish at First 5 Amador at the Margaret Dalton Hall, 975 Broadway Street in Jackson. Participants will receive a Color Madness t-shirt while supplies last.   Pre-registration forms are available download here or at Operation Care's office, 619 New York Ranch Road in Jackson. Late registrations will be accepted on the day of the event at 8:00 am. Cost for the run/walk is $15.00 for adults. Children 18 and under are FREE. Anyone interested in volunteering for this exciting event should contact Colleen at 209-223-2897.

Watch Operation Care's Facebook page for up-to-date information ( and join in the colorful fun.

About Teen Dating Violence   
Teens and young adults experience the same types of abuse in relationships as adults. This can include physical, verbal or emotional abuse, sexual abuse, or the use of technologies and/or social media to harass or threaten a current or ex-dating partner.
While there are many warning signs of abuse, here are ten common abusive behaviors:
  • Checking your cell phone or email without permission
  • Constantly putting you down
  • Extreme jealousy or insecurity
  • Explosive temper
  • Isolating you from family or friends
  • Making false accusations
  • Mood swings
  • Physically hurting you in any way
  • Possessiveness
  • Telling you what to do

If you or a loved one is in a violent relationship, please get help. Operation Care provides assistance and education to teens and adults. The mission of the organization is to provide domestic violence and sexual assault support services, crisis intervention and education in our community. For more information call 209-223-2897 or and

PHOTO: Participants in last year's Color Madness FUN Run/Walk

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

UCCE Master Food Preservers offers 2014 Volunteer Training Program - Orientation on Feb 3

UCCE Master Food Preservers 2014 Volunteer Training Program
Amador & Calaveras Counties
March 24 – June 9, 2014

The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) invites adults interested in helping others learn about safe home food 
preservation to apply to train as a Master Food Preserver (MFP) volunteer. UCCE Master Food Preserver volunteers learn research-based information and then share that knowledge with our communities in Amador and Calaveras counties through public classes, community events, and newsletters. 

Who Can Apply?
Residents of Amador, Calaveras and Tuolumne counties.
Applicants must be available to attend 11 classes on Monday afternoons from 3:30 -7:30 pm, March 24 through June 9, in Jackson and Valley Springs.  There is no class on May 26, 2014.  Only one class may be missed.
Applicants must be comfortable using a computer and accessing the internet.  Quizzes and homework are online; class communication is via email.

How to Apply
Attend one of our orientation meetings to learn about the Master Food Preserver Program, our community involvement, and your participation requirements.  The meetings are Monday, February 3,from 4-5 pm at the UCCE office in Jackson, and Monday, February 10, from 5-6 pm at the Calaveras Senior Center in San Andreas. RSVP for either session with Robin Cleveland at 530-621-5528
Complete and submit the online application at by Friday, February 14.

What We’ll Do
Review applicants. Main criteria for acceptance: 1) prior community service, 2) experience teaching, either by giving presentations, writing, or in one-to-one situations, 3) experience/interest in home food preservation.
Conduct interviews during the last week in February.  We will contact you within a week of the interviews about whether or not you have been accepted into the program. 
A background check, including fingerprinting, is required to become a certified Master Food Preserver.  
Teach you how to preserve food successfully using scientifically researched home processes. Topics include Food Safety, Canning Basics, Canning High and Low Acid Foods, Pickling, Jams & Jellies, Freezing, and Dehydrating.
Provide you with plenty of Volunteer and Continuing Education opportunities.

What You’ll Do If Accepted into the Master Food Preserver Volunteer Training Program
By March 14 pay the $125 course fee. 
Attend the 11 classes. Only one class may be missed and must be completed outside of normal class time with a mentor.
Mail the completed Live Scan form to Robin Cleveland at the above address by April 11, 2014.

What You’ll Do as a Certified Master Food Preserver
Actively participate in the Master Food Preserver program; answer food preservation questions at the county fair, public classes, and other community outreach events.  Help with program activities through internal committees.
Attend monthly MFP meetings in Jackson and Mokelumne Hill as often as possible.
Complete 50 volunteer hours your first year, then 25 volunteer and 12 continuing education hours annually. Take an annual food safety recertification test.

For more information, contact Robin Cleveland at 530-621-5528 or

The University of California Division of Agriculture & Natural Resources (ANR) prohibits discrimination or harassment of any person in any of its programs or activities (Complete nondiscrimination policy statement can be found at  HYPERLINK "  Inquiries regarding ANR’s nondiscrimination policies may be directed to Linda Marie Manton, Affirmative Action Contact, University of California, Davis, Agriculture and Natural Resources, 2801 Second Street, Davis, CA 95618, (530) 750-1318.

Thursday, January 9, 2014

American Red Cross Seeking Nominees for Local Heroes Recognition in San Joaquin, Calaveras and Amador counties

Annual Event to Honor Local Residents Who Exhibited Heroism in 2013

STOCKTON, CA – The American Red Cross Capital Region Chapter is seeking out local heroes of San Joaquin, Calaveras and Amador counties to be honored at the 12th Annual Red Cross Heroes Breakfast, to be held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at Wine & Roses in Lodi.

The Red Cross is asking community members to nominate individuals who they consider heroes. Do you know someone who has demonstrated an act(s) of heroism in the last year? Now is your chance to place them in the spotlight. Submit the story of your hero and why they should be recognized.

Candidates for nomination can be anyone who lives or works in San Joaquin, Calaveras or Amador Counties who has gone above and beyond the call of duty to exhibit a true act of selflessness. There are twelve different categories for nomination including firefighters, law enforcement officials, medical workers, good Samaritans and even animals who have performed heroic deeds.

In addition to honoring local heroes, the Red Cross will also recognize the winners of the Hero Essay Contest – a contest being conducted among local K-12 students in which participants write about their hero and what makes them heroic. Winning essays - one winner from grades K-6 and one from 7-12 – will be read before the audience during the breakfast!

The Heroes Breakfast is an opportunity to not only honor those who have demonstrated courageous acts, but also to recognize the heroism which surrounds us and our communities everyday.

The deadline to submit nominations is Friday, February 14, 2014. Nomination forms are available at the American Red Cross by contacting Liza Cruz at (209) 644-2828, or Forms are also available on the chapter website at

The 12th Annual Red Cross Heroes Breakfast for San Joaquin, Calaveras and Amador Counties is made possible thanks to Chase Chevrolet.

About the American Red Cross:
The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and counsels victims of disasters; provides nearly half of the nation's blood supply; teaches lifesaving skills; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization – not a government agency – and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its humanitarian mission. The Capital Region Chapter serves an eleven-county region including Alpine, Amador, Calaveras, El Dorado, eastern Nevada, Placer, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Stanislaus, Tuolumne and Yolo counties.  For more information, please visit or follow us on Twitter at:

PGYCC celebrates the holidays in Volcano

To start the Christmas season off the community of Volcano invited our fire fighters to the town's Christmas dinner.  This type of activity was a first for most of them.

Shortly after that the camp was covered in a blanket of snow which provided a white Christmas; another first for most of our fire fighters. 

Chef Wilson held her annual Christmas cookie decorating contest.

Everyone received a Christmas present from Santa and a comforter for their bed. 

YCC Brady hosted the annual crew bay decorating competition and everyone enjoyed the beautiful cake that Volunteers Mike and Karen Kuhn brought to camp.

Finally, it was Brady’s Big Bingo Bash that sent 2013 out with a bang. 

December was a fun month at the Grove!

Mike Roots
Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp
PO Box 1040
13630 Aqueduct-Volcano Rd.
Pine GroveCA 95665
Division of Juvenile Justice