Friday, March 27, 2015

News from Amador Fire Safe Council - April 2015

Not if,  but when….
Join the Amador Fire Safe Council
and the
Lockwood Fire Protection District Auxiliary
For a special event on
Saturday, April 18, 10 a.m.
Station  152, corner of Shake Ridge & Hale

  • Find out how to protect your home and property from catastrophic wildfire
  • Landscaping tips
  • Prepare your family for evacuation
  • Help us find you during emergencies

Smoke detector drawing
Refreshments will be served

 Please join the Amador Fire Safe Council for a special event:
Before and After the Flames:
Fire, Forests & Climate Change
in the Sierra Nevada

Implications for Current and Future Forest  Management

A Conversation with Guest Speakers
Hugh Safford, PhD, USFS Regional Ecologist
Becky Estes, PhD, USFS Province Ecologist
Thursday, April 30, 2015
7 p.m.
GSA Building, 12200B Airport Road
For more information:
209-295-6200 or


Thursday, March 26, 2015

"Knitting for a Cause": The Period of Purple Crying Campaign, April 2015

Knitting for a Cause - the Period of Purple Crying Campaign

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. During the month of April, the focus of the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council is on the "Period of Purple Crying". Our aim is to bring attention to and educate parents and the community about this sensitive time, and to the dangers of reacting in frustration with a baby’s crying, such as shaking or harming them in some other way.
We are inviting knitters and crocheters throughout the county to create purple hats for newborn babies of Amador County. To launch this year's project, information about the Period of Purple Crying and limited amounts of purple yarn, are being delivered to locations in all parts of the county. Completed hats can be returned to the Child Abuse Prevention Council’s office, at 975 Broadway in Jackson. All hats are then distributed to Amador County's parents of newborns. And while Child Abuse Prevention Month is once a year, we are gladly accepting hats all year long.  

This year, families are also invited to submit a photo of their newborn in a purple cap to the Child Abuse Prevention Council’s Facebook page at:

All participants posting a photo will be entered into a drawing to win a beautiful handmade quilt. For more information, please contact us at 223-5921 or email us at You can also find us at

Tuesday, March 24, 2015

Celebrating Hospice Volunteers - April 12-18

During National Volunteer Week, Hospice of Amador & Calaveras Honors those who Give Selflessly to Others
Over 40 years ago, the U.S. hospice movement was founded by dedicated volunteers who wanted to bring compassion and care to people at life’s end. This commitment to volunteering among our nation’s hospices continues to be a foundation of hospice care.
During National Volunteer Week, April 12-18, Hospice of Amador & Calaveras is celebrating the many gifts of its dedicated volunteers from our community who provide support, companionship and dignity to patients and family caregivers facing serious and life-limiting illness.
“Hospice care began as a grassroots volunteer-driven movement and without volunteers, we could not do the work we have been doing at Hospice of Amador & Calaveras since 1982,” said Dan Riordan, Executive Director.  "Volunteers are the heartbeat of our agency, without them it would be difficult to do the work we do," said Ann Metherd, Volunteer Coordinator
More than 200 volunteers provide over 21 thousand hours per year to help Hospice of Amador & Calaveras care for patients and families in the community. These hours also include our thrift store/fundraising and bereavement volunteers.
Hospice volunteers often serve patients and families at the bedside but they also assist in the office, help raise awareness, contribute to educational programs, and provide fundraising support and more.
The National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization reports that there are an estimated 355,000 trained hospice volunteers providing more than 16 million hours of service to hospice programs each year.
An estimated 1.6 million patients in the U.S. are cared for by hospice every year.
Hospice volunteers help the people they serve live every moment of life to the fullest and enable the organizations they work with to achieve their mission in the community. Most hospice volunteers choose to give their time helping others because of their own experience with the compassionate care hospice provided to a dying loved one.
"I feel like I need and want to give back because I feel I have been given so much," said Ann Andrews, when asked why she volunteers. "The contribution I am giving makes me feel good.  I enjoy working with the staff even though I may not know all of them personally I feel a part of the team.  They help me feel that way."
It is federally mandated under Medicare that five percent of all patient care hours be provided by trained volunteers reflecting the vital role that volunteers play in the provision of care.

For those interested in learning more about hospice or volunteer opportunities, please contact Ann Metherd, Volunteer Coordinator, or visit or contact us at (209)223-5500.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Distinguished Kiwanis Club Presidents receive award by Division Lt. Governor

Dr. Kevin and Mrs. Debbie Blasingame received an impressive “Distinguished President” plaque at a recent Amador County Kiwanis Club meeting.  The award was presented by Guy Blair, the Immediate Past Division 44 Lt. Governor of the Kiwanis Cal-Nev-Ha District of Kiwanis International. Kevin was installed as club president in 2013 and is currently serving his second term.  Debbie served two terms as the 2009-2011 club president.  Both were recognized as “distinguished” based on criteria established for outstanding leadership in several areas.  The award is well earned.

Kiwanis District Lt. Governor Guy Blair presents Dr. and Mrs. Blasingame with Distinguished Presidents award

Thursday, March 5, 2015

Operation Care: "NO MORE" Week is March 8-15

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Together we can end Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Amador County, CA-- Operation Care is saying NO MORE to domestic violence and sexual assault. Every two minutes someone in the United States is sexually assaulted and every minute, 24 people are victims of physical violence, rape and stalking from their partners. Operation Care brings together everyday men and women in Amador County who want to end domestic violence and sexual assault here and throughout the United States. During NO MORE Week, March 8-15, Operation Care is asking you to join in the movement to end the silence and end the violence. Say NO MORE and make domestic violence and sexual assault awareness and prevention a priority year-round.   

Domestic violence and sexual assault are everyone's issues, because we all potentially know someone who is a victim. It may be a family member, classmate, friend, or neighbor, but chances are, someone you know has been abused or sexually assaulted. In order to end domestic violence and sexual assault, conversations need to start and the blame and shame game that victims face has to end.

Operation Care is encouraging everyone to take part in this National movement because only together can we end the silence, only together can we end the stigma, and only together can we end the violence.


What is NO MORE?
NO MORE is a national movement to raise public awareness and engage bystanders around ending domestic violence and sexual assault. Launched in March 2013 by a coalition of leading advocacy and service organizations and major corporations, NO MORE is supported by hundreds of domestic violence and sexual assault organizations at the local, state and national levels that are using its signature blue symbol to increase visibility and funding to address these critical issues.

What is NO MORE Week?
It's NO MORE's birthday! NO MORE Week is a national effort to engage every individual, organization, or corporation to say NO MORE and to make domestic violence and sexual assault awareness and prevention a priority year-round. You're invited to join the NO MORE movement and help end domestic violence and sexual assault.  For specific ways for you to get involved, go to

About Operation Care
Operation Care has been providing services and safe shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault since 1980. During the 2013/14 fiscal year, 43 women and children were provided safe shelter. Advocates helped 40 victims with temporary restraining orders, and provided crisis intervention to 45 sexual assault victims. The staff provided 406 peer counseling sessions to 115 adults and 14 children, and hundreds of transports to appointments, court, and other locations. 

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 call209-223-2897 or visit and

Operation Care
619 New York Ranch Road
Jackson, CA 95642
fax: 209-223-2987

Wednesday, March 4, 2015

Lockwood FPD's Annual "Taco De Marzo" - Sat Mar 28

Saturday, March 28
6:30 PM
Lockwood Fire Station #2
19715 Shake Ridge Road, at the corner of Hale,
Above Volcano, CA
Build your own tacos!
Just $10 includes all the fixin’s plus rice, beans, coffee, water or bring your own beverage.
All proceeds benefit the Lockwood Fire department.
Questions? Call 209-296-5681