Monday, September 11, 2017

First 5 Amador - September 2017

As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher!
Ready ... Set ... Grow!
September 2017
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Upcoming Events
Saturday, September 23, 10:00am-12:00pm.  
Call to save your spot!
(209) 257-1092
September 13 and 148:30am-3:30pm.
Jackson Rancheria.
Register HERE.
(see full description below)

Wednesday, October 116:00-8:00pm.
First 5 Amador, Jackson.
Call if you need child care, 257-1092.

Grandparent Cafe
Second Wednesday of each month.
Call for location, 223-1624, x204.
Third Wednesday each month, 6:00-7:30pm
Call 256-3691 or 257-1092 for more information. 

All Playgroups run from 9:30-11:30am on the following weekdays at the given locations:
Mondays - Camanche 
Tuesdays - Jackson  *NEW LOCATION*
First 5 Amador , 975 Broadway
Wednesdays - Ione

"Bridges Out of Poverty" Workshop
Wednesday, September 13 and Thursday, September 148:30 am - 3:30 pmGrand Oak Ballroom, 
Jackson Rancheria Hotel
The 'Bridges Out of Poverty' FREE two-day workshop is coming to Amador County!  Stakeholders, community partners, consumers, family members and other organizations have identified that Bridges Out of Poverty is a priority for Amador. As a result, we have worked very hard to bring this valuable training to our community. Presented by Teri Dreussi-Smith. Training materials are provided, lunch will be on-your-own. See attached flyer for more details.

What is Bridges Out of Poverty? If you did not grow up in poverty, you may be unaware of the "hidden rules" that govern many aspects of life for the poor. People in poverty are often in survival mode, and support systems taken for granted in middle class and wealth are largely nonexistent. If your business, agency, or organization works with people from poverty, a deeper understanding of their challenges - and strengths - helps you collaborate with them to create opportunities for success.
Please register for the training by using this link -

Click HERE for a flyer with more information.
If you have any questions, please contact Stephanie Hess at (209) 223-6308,


Child Passenger Safety Week

September 17-23

Car crashes are a leading cause of death for children 1 to 13 years old. Many deaths and injuries can be prevented by proper use of car seats, boosters and seat belts. Getting safety information and car seat instructions to parents and caregivers is crucial to saving young lives.

Grandparents Day
Sunday, September 10

Sharing the Care

For many families with children under 5, grandparents fill a critical need for infant-toddler child care that is trusted, affordable, and accessible.
"In 2011, 4.8 million infants, toddlers, and preschoolers in the U.S.were cared for by grandparents while parents worked or attended school. That's 24% of all children under 5, approximately the same number of children enrolled in formal child care programs.

In 2017, with support from the David and Lucile Packard Foundation, ZERO TO THREE conducted focus groups with grandparents to learn more about the joys and challenges of "sharing the care." Resources were developed to share what was learned, with information designed both for grandparents and for organizations that serve grandparents and young families." 
Zero to Three is an organization who's work is guided by the idea that During the first three years of life, emotionally nourishing relationships lay the foundation for lifelong health and well-being. By supporting the caring adults who touch the lives of infants and toddlers, we hope to maximize our long-term impact in ensuring all infants and toddlers have a bright future.

Please click HERE for their many valuable resources for grandparents from Zero to Three!
Dad and Me Every Month!

Celebrate being a dad (or uncle, or grandpa...) every month at our Dad and Me outings, held at fun venues around the county on the fourth Saturday from 10:00am-12:00pm. Every month story time and a snack are provided!
This month join us at the Gold Country Campground in Pine Grove. Attend Dad and Me and receive an all day pass to enjoy the spray park, mini-golf, playground and horseshoes!

Saturday, September 23, 10:00am-12:00pm
See the FLYER with all the information.

Call (209) 257-1092 to save your spot!

Upcoming Opportunities   

Playground Stencils - Learning Through Movement

Physical activity supports more than fundamental movement skills in young children. By using the playground stencils for free- and teacher-led play, children gain motor skills while complementing learning in the following areas:

Social-emotional development - By participating in group activities, children learn self-awareness, self-regulation, interaction, group participation, and cooperation.

Language and literacy - By integrating letters and pictures into the playground, children practice their language use and conventions, letter recognition and letter sounds.

English-language development - By participating in free play and teacher-led activities, children have the opportunity to practice listening, speaking, letter awareness, rhyming, and color recognition.

Mathematics - By utilizing playground stencils with numbers and patterns, children can practice number recognition, counting, patterning, and measurement.

Nutrition - By integrating fruits and vegetables into the playground, healthy food choices are promoted. 

Click  here to download the flyer.

Get Involved! 
Would you like to improve the quality of care you offer to children in your home day care, preschool setting, or other early learning environment?

Give us a call at First 5 and find out about the many resources (and incentives!) available to you, (209) 257-1092.
Healthy QUICK TIPS of the MONTH
Baked Apple Chips

Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 2 hours


1 apple per person (you can make two apples worth on two sheets at once in the oven, but you need to bake it for about an extra 30-45 minutes)

  • Mandoline slicer or mad slicing skills.
  • Thick-bottomed baking sheet + silicone mat or parchment paper
  • Preheat oven to 200F.
  • Slice apples very thin, about 1/16 of an inch. Arrange on lined thick-bottomed baking sheet, making sure that none overlap.
  • Bake for 1 hour, flip slices, then bake for one more hour. Remove from oven and let cool to crisp. Store in an airtight container.

   ILibaryCalling all children 0 to 5 years of age.   
Join Amador's favorite reading club!
Imagination Library Logo
Over 800 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

Saturday, September 9, 2017

Hospice of Amador & Calaveras’ 18th Annual Art Auction at Karmère - Fri Sept 22

An Evening of Art, Wine, and Culinary Delights 

Hospice of Amador & Calaveras’ signature fundraising event, the 18th Annual Art Auction, is almost underway, but tickets are going quickly. On Friday, September 22, this popular affair is once again being hosted at Karmère Vineyards & Winery in Shenandoah Valley, and promises an unforgettable evening of music, wine, local art, and what looks like a sellout crowd of nearly 200 people! Tickets and a few tables of eight are still available, but they will not last long!

This elegant evening, with the backdrop of panoramic, harvest-season vineyards, will begin with a preview of raffle prizes, and unique pieces of artwork donated by talented local artists. Guests will nosh on appetizers donated by The National Hotel, sip award-winning Amador County wine, and enjoy the late-summer sunset. Dinner, graciously donated by Highway House Restaurant and Bar, and a live auction follow, giving guests an opportunity to take home inspired pieces of art, or win a lovely raffle prize, and more.

Musical entertainment donated and provided by local favorite songstress Darcel Hunter, and guitarist Gordon Rowland.

For only $70 per person, guests will experience a delightful and delicious evening, with all proceeds benefiting Hospice of Amador & Calaveras—our region’s only non-profit, independent hospice agency. For 35 years, Hospice of Amador & Calaveras has provided families with quality, compassionate end-of-life care for all who need it, regardless of ability to pay.

This event would not be possible without the generous major sponsorships and donations of venue, food and wine, music, and more. Our heartfelt thanks go out to Karmère Winery, Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort, Sutter Amador Hospital, The National Hotel, Highway House Restaurant & Bar, Assist Care Residential Communities, Calaveras Community Foundation, Dan Fields, MD, Sutter Medical Group, Plymouth Clinic, G.E.M. Electric, and Mark Twain Medical Center.

To order your tickets, call 209-223-5500, or go online to Tickets will be sold out soon so don’t delay!

Wednesday, September 6, 2017

Operation Care: BINGO & Pasta Fundraiser - Sat Sept 30

Don't miss out!
B - I - N - G - O
The pasta dinner will be half the fun on  
Pasta & BINGO night
Saturday, September 30th  
at the American Legion Hall  
Spaghetti & Meat Sauce | Pesto Pasta | Clam Linguini
Bread, Salad, Wine
...and Dessert by Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort
And when the pasta's gone, the BINGO begins!  
Please join us for the fun, and help us meet our  
fiscal fundraising requirements.
complete details below:

Our Mission

The mission of Operation Care is to provide domestic violence and sexual assault support services, crisis intervention and education in our community. 

Our Vision

We believe in the value and dignity of individuals, and that people have a right to live in a safe, secure environment, free from violence. Operation Care provides individuals with the opportunities and tools to end the cycle of violence.
For more information call 209-223-2897 or visit and

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Operation Care, 817 Court Street, Suite 12, Jackson, CA 95642