Wednesday, October 19, 2016

Only one more week to view our FREE 3D Break the Cycle Exhibit!

Only one more week to view our
FREE 3D Break the Cycle Exhibit
October 17 - 21

Visit our 3D Break the Cycle Exhibit and learn about of the effects of domestic violence on individuals, families, and community. Take a stand against domestic violence by visiting this comprehensive and informative exhibit.
3D Break the Cycle Exhibit
9am - 5pm
October 3 - 7  
October 17 - 21
The exhibit is located at:
Health and Human Services Building 
10877 Conductor Blvd. Sutter Creek
Conference Room D
Help Turn the Golden State PURPLE!

Throughout the month, Operation Care will be placing baskets at various businesses throughout the county to gain support in "Turning the Golden State Purple". Take a Stand and Help support healthy relationships by wearing purple bracelets, pins and ribbons during the month of October....

Learn what you can do! Click here
Every Contribution Counts!
There are many ways to donate to help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and to help educate our community on the effects of violence...Learn More

Operation Care | |

Operation Care, 619 New York Ranch Road,After 9/1/15: 817 Court Street, Suite 12, Jackson, CA 95642

Tuesday, October 11, 2016

Lockwood FPD participates in Bells Across America

On Sunday, October 9, 2016, Lockwood Fire Protection District was pleased to participate in the 6th annual “Bells Across America” event sponsored by the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation.

Lockwood Fire was notified by Debbie Abrams a district resident, of the event she participates in at her home each year. She has a bell mounted, a flagpole and an alarm box on a special section of her property to honor her brother, Los Angeles Firefighter/Paramedic Glenn L. Allen, who perished in a fire on February 18, 2011 while on duty.

“Bells Across America” is part of the National Fallen Firefighters Memorial Weekend in Emmitsburg, Maryland. Debbie and her husband live-streamed the event and rang the bell along with those in Maryland. In attendance were neighbors, Lockwood Firefighters, Board Directors, Auxiliary members and local county Board Supervisor Lynn Morgan. It was a somber experience as the bell rang and echoed throughout the trees and mountains in a single ring. Photos of the event can be seen at

Lockwood Fire was the only west coast participating fire department. Lockwood will hold the event at Lockwood Fire Station #151 next year so everyone will have the opportunity to participate in this nationwide event.

Friday, October 7, 2016

First 5 Amador - Oct 2016

As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher!
Ready ... Set ... Grow!
October 2016
October is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month.

October 15th is Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.
We are honoring all the families who have experi
enced this profound loss and grief. For more information or resources you can visit
There is also a local support group in Amador for families.
Click here for a flyer with more information.

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Upcoming Events

 Grandmother's Tea
Saturday, October 15, 12:30 - 3:30pm 
Sutter Amador Hospital, Jackson 
For more info., call 209-223-7452.
Understanding the Basics of an IEP
Thursday, October 206:00-8:00pm 
975 Broadway, Jackson
Dad and Me 
Saturday, October 22, 10:00am-12:00pm
Call to save your spot, 257-1092.

Friends of the Library Book Sale
October 22, 10am-4pmOctober 23, 11am-3pm 
American Legion Hall, Sutter Creek 

Dr. Thompson - Mind Matters
Nutrition & Challenging Behavior
Monday, October 245:30-7:30pm
975 Broadway, Jackson
Trauma Informed Care
Thursday, October 275:30-8:00pm
975 Broadway, Jackson.
Free child care available.

Mom to Mom
Perinatal Wellness Support Group for Pregnant and New Moms 
Second Saturday of every month, 2:30-4:00pm
975 Broadway, Jackson. RSVP for free child care, 257-1092.
Third Wednesday each month, 6:00-7:30pm
Sutter Amador Outpatient Bldg, Mountain Room. Call 257-1092 for more information. 
Playgroups follow the ACUSD calendar.
Click for the schedule of times and locations.

For more listings, please visit our Calendar.

Congratulations to our My Teaching Partner graduates! They have spent the past 10 months working hard to improve on the invaluable work they do for children! Thanks to funding from First 5 California, we were able to bring this in-depth quality program to Amador County early child educators.
Pictured Left to Right: Nancy Butow, owner Nancy's Lullaby Nursery - Jackson;Shannon McCrory-Puente, owner Lil' Explorers Preschool & Daycare - Jackson;Shannon Blake, teacher Ione State Preschool - Ione; Denise Moreno, director Monarch Montessori Preschool - Plymouth; Megan Moreno, teacher Monarch Montessori Preschool - Plymouth; not pictured - Katie Ferner, teacher Jackson Early Head Start - Jackson.
Mental Health Awareness Week
First Week of October 
This week is Mental Health Awareness Week.
An important way to reduce stigma around mental illness is to have open and honest conversations with your loved ones.

Research states that it takes young people 6 to 8 years, from the onset of symptoms, to ask for help. By starting a conversation and providing support, your loved ones may be more likely to seek treatment sooner rather than later. Talking about mental health will help reduce the risk of consequences associated with untreated mental illness.
What does it mean to have an open and honest conversation about mental illness? If you are concerned about someone in your life but not sure what to do, try taking these steps:
1. Find a time to talk privately, and share why you're concerned. Ask questions that call for more than just a yes/no or one word response and then really listen.
2. Offer hope and support. Let them know that struggling with mental health is quite common and that people can and do recover.
3. Share resources. Offer information about where to find help. For example, to learn about local and national organizations providing mental health services.
4. Follow-up. Ask the person how you can help, and follow their lead about what is helpful.
If you believe a loved one is at risk of suicide, visit to learn about the warning signs and how you can help.
Recovery is possible. Each Mind Matters has stories from real people who share their personal testimonies of hope and resilience in overcoming a mental health challenge.

Visit  to watch these powerful videos and consider sharing them with a person who you are concerned about.

Dad and Me Every Month!

Celebrate being a dad every month at our Dad and Me outings, held at fun venues around the county on the fourth Saturday of each month. This month join us at the Amador Flower Farm!!  Click HERE for the flyer with all the information. 
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Snack time on the go ~ Zucchini Muffins 

These nutritious muffins are a convenient and yummy way to snack on the go. Be sure to include your little ones to help you make this easy recipe!
3 cups grated fresh zucchini*
1 cup vegetable oil
1 cup sugar
2 eggs, beaten
2 teaspoons vanilla
2 teaspoons baking soda
Pinch salt
3 cups all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon nutmeg
1 cup raisins or dried cranberries (optional)
You don't need a mixer for this recipe.
1 Preheat the oven to 350°F (175°C). In a large bowl combine the sugar, eggs, and vanilla. Stir in the grated zucchini and then the vegetable oil.
2 In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda, nutmeg, cinnamon, and salt. Stir these dry ingredients into the zucchini mixture. Stir in walnuts, raisins or cranberries if using.
3 Coat each muffin cup in your muffin pan with a little butter or vegetable oil spray. Use a spoon to distribute the muffin dough equally among the cups, filling the cups up completely.
4 Bake on the middle rack until muffins are golden brown, and the top of the muffins bounce back when you press on them, about 20 to 25 minutes. Test with a long toothpick or a thin bamboo skewer to make sure the center of the muffins are done.
Set on wire rack to cool for 5 minutes. Remove muffins from the tin let cool another 20 minutes.
*If your kids are suspect of green bits in their muffins, you can peel the zucchini first. Though we encourage you to introduce them to lots of green foods every day!  
Click HERE to print the flyer.
What is Trauma
Informed Care?
Becoming "trauma-informed" means recognizing that people often have many different types of trauma in their lives. People who have been traumatized need support and understanding from those around them.

This evening is for parents, grandparents, foster care parents, child care providers, preschool and K-12 teachers or for anyone who has or works with children.
The evening will include discussion around the following:
  • What is trauma?
  • How to recognize trauma in children.
  • Strategies to use with children that may have experienced trauma.
  • When should parents/care givers be concerned and get professional help?
  • What resources are available in Amador county?

   Calling all children 0 to 5 years of age.   
Join Amador's favorite reading club!
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760 Amador kids and counting! Get free books for your children! Sign your child up today and start receiving one free book every month from the Imagination Library! This is a free program, available to all Amador County children aged 0-4 (from birth until their 5th birthday).
All you have to do is read to your child!   
For more information click here. 
It's Our Job as Adults to Keep Kids Safe

Stay up to date on all the news and information about keeping our kids safe from abuse and neglect. Sign up for the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council's monthly e-newsletter HERE!
First 5 Amador | (209) 257-1092 |
PO Box 815 / 975 Broadway | Jackson, CA 95642
First 5 Amador supports and designs programs for children 0-5 years old and their Families. 
For more information call us at (209) 257-1092, visit our website,and follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
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First 5 Amador, PO Box 815 / 975 Broadway, Jackson, CA 95642