Thursday, March 31, 2016

Knitting for a Cause - the Period of Purple Crying Campaign

Child Abuse Prevention Month April 2016

In our efforts to bring awareness and education to our community about child abuse prevention, the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council’s focus for April - Child Abuse Prevention Month - 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 invite knitters and crocheters throughout the county to create hats with purple yarn for newborn babies of Amador County. To launch our 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.  We thank the many businesses and organizations that will be displaying this information about the Period of Purple Crying and coordinating the collecting of the hats:

The Camanche Lake Community Center; Clark’s Corner CafĂ© and the Ione Family Learning Center in Ione; The Hole Affair, Sierra Wind, First 5 Amador and Sutter Amador Hospital in Jackson; The Sewing Cottage in Martell; Joy’s Yarn Shop and the Upcountry Community Center in Pine Grove; Possibili-Teas in Pioneer; Plymouth City Hall; Gallery M in River Pines; the Sutter Creek Gallery; and The Country Store in Volcano.

Completed hats can be returned to the various locations listed above, to the Child Abuse Prevention Council’s office at the Margaret Dalton Children’s Center, 975 Broadway in Jackson, or at the "Celebrate Our Children" event which will be held Saturday, April 23 at Argonaut High School in Jackson. All hats are then distributed to local parents and families of newborns in partnership with Sutter Amador Hospital and the Baby Welcome Wagon Program, a project of the Amador County Health Department and First 5 Amador. And while Child Abuse Prevention month is once a year, we are gladly accepting hats all year long.  

Along with the hats, families will receive a DVD and materials to help parents and caregivers of babies understand what is called the "Period of Purple Crying." Infant crying increases in newborns at about 2 weeks, peaking at 2‐3 months, and usually declines by 5 months. However, some babies cry as long as 5 hours a day, while others cry less than 20 minutes a day, even though basic needs have been met (such as being fed, a diaper changed, etc). This is normal. The materials take apositive approach encouraging parents and caregivers to improve their relationship with their baby while bringing awareness of normal infant development, specifically, about crying in infants.

As a community member, how can you help? Touch bases with new parents so that they have someone to talk to or to care for their child, and so they can take a short break. Reassure them that they are not doing anything wrong for not being able to stop their baby from crying. Share this information with others, especially anyone caring for an infant: grandparents, neighbors, boyfriends, relatives, and temporary caregivers.

To further spread awareness about Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council will be hosting an activity booth for children and families at the 18th annual Celebrate Our Children event on Saturday, April 23, at Argonaut High School. In addition, there will be children's art greeting cards displayed at the Amador Chamber of Commerce in Jackson, during the month of April. The artwork featured on these beautiful cards was created by local Amador County children. These cards are available for $3.00 per notecard, and $4.00 per greeting card, as a suggested donation. The funds received through donations like this support the work of the Council to provide free trainings, education, and outreach events that value children, strengthen families, and engage communities.

The Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council believes that every child deserves to live a healthy and safe life free from violence. Child Abuse Prevention Month encourages all members of our community to play an active role in recognizing and preventing all forms of child abuse and neglect. The goals of the Council are to make our community members aware of what child abuse is, how to recognize it, how to report it, and what resources are available in our county to support families and children.  Special thanks go to Joy's Yarn Shop in Pine Grove and The Hole Affair in Jackson, for all of their help and support.  

Child abuse and neglect are preventable when all community members, including parents, families, care providers, neighbors, school staff, and governmental agencies work together. It’s our job as adults to keep children safe. For more information about any of these activities, or to learn more about the Council, contact us at 223-5921 or email us at . You can also find us at, and on Facebook.

Wednesday, March 30, 2016

Celebrating Hospice Volunteers April 10-16

During National Volunteer Week, Hospice of Amador & Calaveras Honors those who give selflessly to others.

Jackson,CA – 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

More than 200 volunteers provide over 232,000 hours per year to help Hospice of Amador & Calaveras care for patients and families in the community.

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.

“Our volunteers, whether in the thrift stores, sitting with patients, offering respite for the families, or creating handmade items, provide a great deal of support. We know that they come to our organization because they understand our mission and want to help. We appreciate and honor each and every one of them “. Ann Metherd, Volunteer Coordinator

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. We average above 9%.

For those interested in learning more about hospice or volunteer opportunities, please visit hospiceofamador.orgor by calling (209)223-5500 or (209)736-9442.

Tuesday, March 29, 2016

Liberty and Justice for All

For the 79th consecutive year, the Lions Clubs of California sponsored by Lions International, held its annual Student Speakers Contest in local communities.  Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp was among the Amador County High School’s to be invited to the prestigious event.  This year, four students from PGYCC prepared and delivered speeches to The Upcountry 88 Lion’s Club and spoke of Liberty and Justice for All. Speaking of the topic with the utmost respect and sincerity and competing against experienced high school students in the area, the four youth gave outstanding speeches and presented well.
Across the Nation, over $103,500.00 will be paid out in scholarships to the winning students.  This year, The Upcountry 88 Lion’s Club, and Chairperson Steven Zanetta, generously gave each PGYCC youth a $25.00 educational scholarship and a Certificate of Appreciation for their participation in the Student Speakers Contest.  The Club also gave Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp a Certificate of Appreciation which read, “In recognition of the cooperation and effort you have devoted to the 79th annual student speaker program and for the dedication to helping the youth of California reach their potential as accomplished speakers, we DO HEREBY COMMEND  Claudette Perrin, Judy Levinson, and the Pine Grove Camp. We believe that America’s future is dependent upon each succeeding generation’s leadership, vision, and creativity. You have demonstrated your willingness to further those values”.

Monday, March 21, 2016

Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation 2nd Annual Shrimp Feed - Sat May 14

Hungry for helping your community create something that future generations will enjoy? Let's try something different. How about all the shrimp and pasta you can eat and benefit your community at the same time?

The Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation is proud to present the 2nd Annual Shrimp Feed on Saturday, May 14th, 2016. This delicious event will be held at the historic Native Sons Hall at 56 Main Street, Sutter Creek.

The dinner will include: All you can eat Shrimp and Cocktail Sauce, Pasta, Salad, French bread, and Ice Cream. There will be fabulous items on display for our Raffle and Auction. The evening wraps up with a delicious Dessert Auction. Tickets for the event are only $40, with no host cocktails and socializing at 6 pm and dinner at 7:00. To purchase tickets call (209) 304-9192 or (209) 267-5503.

This dinner is sponsored entirely by the Native Sons of the Golden West, Parlor 17 and all proceeds from the event will be donated to the SCCBF to help finish the Miners’ Bend Park. This project is transforming an empty lot at the South end of Sutter Creek into an Historical Gold Mining Park. Lots of work has already been done creating this amazing display. Artifacts from local mines are now on display, but more work is needed to finish the project. That’s where you come in to help!

Be sure to get your tickets for the 2nd Annual Shrimp Feed now, as there will only be seating for 150 people, and tickets are going fast. Call (209) 304-9192 or (209) 267-5503 today for your tickets and help us complete the new  Miners’ Bend Historical Gold Mining Park.  Your participation and support is appreciated. All donations are tax deductible. Visit WWW.SCCBF.ORG for more information on the project.

Don’t want to come out for dinner, but you still want to help? You can purchase an engraved brick for the Commemorative Walkway at the park and have your family’s name, a loved one, pet, or business name cemented into Amador’s history forever. Call Frank at (209) 304-9192 or visit SCCBF.ORG for information on ordering.

Help the Sutter Creek Community Benefit Foundation finish this amazing new part of Amador’s history!

Thursday, March 10, 2016

Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp: Controlled burn breaks loose on Butte Mtn. Road

A fire was reported Wednesday afternoon in the 17000 block on Butte Mountain Road. CAL FIRE, Jackson Fire and a Pine Grove Youth Camp crew all responded to an escaped “controlled burn.”
Firefighters quickly got a line around the fire and its forward progress was stopped. An estimate on the burned area is about 6 acres. Crews will be on scene for some time mopping up.

Sent by:
Mike Roots
Pine Grove Youth Conservation Camp
PO Box 1040
13630 Aqueduct-Volcano Rd.
Pine Grove, CA 95665
Division of Juvenile Justice

Tuesday, March 8, 2016

Child Abuse Prevention Council - March 2016

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PO Box 815
Jackson, CA 95642
Location: 975 Broadway, Jackson
It's our job as adults to keep kids safe.
CAPC Newsletter                                                           March 2016
When Trauma Happens

As parents, caregivers and community members we do our best to keep our children safe. But despite our best efforts, sometimes terrible things happen. What can we do for our children when they experience a traumatic event in their lives? The following can be used as a guide to help us through challenging life moments.

Helping Your Child Heal From Trauma

Trauma is an emotional response to an intense event that threatens or causes harm, either physical or emotional. Trauma can occur as a result of a natural disaster (such as an earthquake or flood), violence, or abuse. Seeing violence happen, even if you are not the victim, also may cause trauma. Trauma can have a lasting effect on children's brain development. If not addressed, it can lead to trouble with school, relationships, or drugs and alcohol.

What You Might Be Seeing 
Children's reactions to traumatic events vary with age, culture, and personality. Some children show the following signs of trauma: 
  • Startling easily and having difficulty calming down
  • Behaviors common to younger children (e.g., thumb sucking, bed wetting, fear of the dark, clinging to caregivers)

  • Tantrums, aggression, or fighting
  • Becoming quiet and withdrawn, wanting to be left alone
  • Wanting to talk about the traumatic event all the time, or denying that it happened
  • Changes in eating or sleeping (sleeping all the time, not sleeping, nightmares)
  • Frequent headaches or stomachaches
What You Can Do  
Try the following to help your child heal from trauma:
  • Help your child feel safe. Stay calm and keep a regular routine for meals, play time, and bedtime. Prepare children in advance for any changes or new experiences.
  • Encourage (don't force) children to talk about their feelings. Tell children it is normal to have many feelings after a trauma. Listen to their stories, take their reactions seriously, correct any misinformation about the traumatic event, and reassure them that what happened was not their fault.
  • Provide extra attention, comfort, and encouragement. Spending time together as a family may help children feel safe. Younger children may want extra hugs or cuddling. Follow their lead and be patient if they seem needy.
  • Teach children to relax. Encourage them to practice slow breathing, listen to calming music, or say positive things ("That was scary, but I'm safe now").
  • Be aware of your own response to trauma. Parents' history of trauma and feelings about their child's experience can influence how they cope. Seek support if you need it.

Remember that everyone heals differently from trauma. Respecting each child's own course of recovery is important.
Find help when needed. If your child's problems last more than a few weeks, or if they get worse rather than better, ask for help. Find a mental health professional who knows proven strategies to help children cope with trauma.
Thank you to the California Family Resource Association for this valuable article.

Remember: With patience and support, 
families can heal and recover from trauma.
Upcoming Events

Next CAPC Meeting
Monday, March 21, 10:30am
975 Broadway, Jackson
Celebrate Our Children
Saturday, April 23, 11:00-am - 2:00pm
Argonaut High School, Jackson

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, Location: 975 Broadway, Jackson, CA 95642

Tuesday, March 1, 2016

R3C Wild Horse Program the Backcountry Horseman’s Association Rendezvous - Sat Mar 19

R3C Wild Horse Program, Saturday, March 19, 2016 horse adoption at the Backcountry Horseman’s Association Rendezvous. Information is on the flyer below.

We are also excited to announce our plan to have our May Adoption at our training facility where the trainers can show you all they have learned and how the program works. We have a tentative date of May 1, 2016 for this adoption where we plan to have 7 – 10 horses available. I will keep you all posted with updates.

Thank you all again for your support and we hope to see you in Angels Camp.

Deputy Rebecca Eubanks #1151
Post Release Re-Entry Programs
Field Investigator, Home Detention Unit
Work Release Division
Sacramento County Sheriff's Department
(916) 874-1481 Desk
(916) 893-0664 Cell

Rotary Clubs of Amador County Projects

Amador County—March 1, 2016—The four Rotary Clubs of Amador County - Upcountry,  Ione, Jackson and Plymouth-Foothills - are fun, vibrant clubs that make a difference. Year after year, through volunteerism and community projects, each club plans and implements many projects that benefit their local community as well as Amador County. Rotary clubs raise funds through events, and also are eligible to receive matching grant funding from the Rotary District 5190 that covers northern California. The following are just a few examples of Amador County Rotary clubs in action.

Rotary Club of Amador Upcountry sponsors a car show that allows other non-profits to benefit by selling food or merchandise, keeping the profits and there is no charge for space rental. This allows other groups to receive community recognition and profits from this event. The Rotary Club of Ione has made improvements to Evalynn Bishop Hall, a community and emergency center located in Ione. This year will be Phase III of the project that has included upgrades to the commercial kitchen, parking lot lighting, electrical upgrades, painting the hall, installing a grease trap and more. The Rotary Club of Plymouth-Foothills sponsors a Farmer’s Market that has become a community gathering place. People buy produce, Rotary sells local wine and beer, and the event also features music from local entertainers and a $10 meal prepared by local restaurant or caterer. The Rotary Club of Jackson is the oldest Amador County Rotary club and has many community events throughout the year. This year they are supporting the Amador Public Library. The new system allows for ease of rotating books in the library. Utilizing a matching Rotary District Grant, the club will supply the materials and labor.

Each Amador Rotary club meets weekly and invites anyone interested to attend and explore the world of Rotary. For more information, on meeting locations and time, visit the Rotary Clubs of Amador County on Facebook at: Links to each individual club with additional information are available on the site.

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