Saturday, February 25, 2017

AAUW Movie & Discussion: "He Named Me Malala" - Thurs Mar 30

Join AAUW members and celebrate Women's History Month with a movie and discussion.
Learn more about a girl's quest for education, what it cost her and, how she succeeded in earning a Nobel Peace Prize.

"He Named Me Malala"
Thursday, March 30
6:00 p.m.
First 5 Amador/Margaret Dalton Children's Center Building
975 Broadway in Jackson

Our March Libations & Conversations, at Amador 360 in Plymouth, Tuesday, March 21, will also have a Women's History Month topic. Stephanie Young will lead a discussion about Mary Rippon, the first female professor west of the Mississippi.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

Community at the Union: Support Amador STARS


Join us Thursday, February 23 at the Union to support an amazing community service provided by Amador STARS.  Bring a bottle of wine  to support the Amador STARS Corkage for a Cause night.  Every $10 corkage fee paid on February 23 will go directly to Amador STARS.  There will also be a special raffle to support STARS.
Call us to reserve a table at 209-296-7711.
Have you seen our new menu??  Come by and try some new tasty menu items.
Join us for Chubby Monday on February 27 ... Volcano's prelude to Fat Tuesday... mask making, beads and cajun special menu.  Because we can... it's Volcano.
Volcano Union Pub + Inn
Pub Serving Thursday - Monday
Rooms available nightly

Volcano Union Pub + Inn, 21375 Consolation Street, PO Box 171, Volcano, CA 95689

Community Shows their Local Hospice the Love

This past Valentine’s Day, Hospice of Amador & Calaveras announced the 7 lucky winners for their 8th annual “Take a Chance on Love” Valentine’s Day Raffle, which were drawn & announced live on KVGC Radio.  Ariane Debien, Hospice’s new Executive Director said, “I am truly overwhelmed to learn of the community’s continued generosity to Hospice of Amador & Calaveras, announcing this year’s event raised over $25k by purchasing 4,976 raffle tickets, with all proceeds benefitting your local hospice, Hospice of Amador & Calaveras."

"Thank you to our generous donors, contributors, raffle sponsors, volunteers, employees and everyone who purchased a ticket to support our hospice mission.”  Debien added, “And an extra special thanks to Stanley Lukowicz, The National Hotel, Jackson, for again purchasing $10k in raffle tickets and donating all of them to 10 local well-deserving non-profit agencies. What a beautifully powerful way of paying it forward to our community.”

Here are the 2017 Hospice of Amador & Calaveras’ Valentine’s Day Raffle Winners:

Grand Prize: Diamond Bracelet: Betty Hanson, Calaveras Senior Center Volunteer (raffle ticket purchased and donated to the agency by Stan Lukowicz)
2nd Prize: 3 Nights/Yosemite: Renee Brown
3rd Prize: Gold: Amador STARS (raffle ticket purchased & donated to the Amador STARS by Stan Lukowicz)
4th Prize: Local Golf Package: Mike Benapfl
5th Prize: 2 Nights/Tahoe: Jack Robertson
6th Prize: 2 Nights/Monterey: Shari Casagrande
7th Prize: Airplane Ride: Lottie Tone

Ariane also expressed how appreciative the team is of the very generous donors & contributors who helped make this year’s raffle another success!

Thank you to our very generous donors: Stan Lukowicz, The National Hotel, Jackson; Dr. Ralph & Isolde Harder; Louise Longley & The Alice McLaughlin Estate; Castle Oaks Golf Club; Greenhorn Creek Resort; La Contenta Golf Club; Saddle Creek Resort; Sequoia Woods Country Club; Keith Des Voignes, Century 21 Tri-Dam; Wayne Garibaldi, American River Bank, and Jim & Cheryl McCloud, Foothill Aviation), contributors (Jackson Rotary Club, Jackson Lions Club, Angels-Murphys Rotary Club, American River Bank, Jim & JD Guidi of KVGC Radio and Bill Cruit, Webmaster) raffle sponsors (Andrae’s Bakery & Murphys Historic Hotel - volunteers who sold tickets, distributed posters, and to the heart-felt dedicated local staff for doing such a great job caring for our patients & families, and being the inspiration for folks wanting to support us; volunteers who worked on this fundraiser & general supporters (we are fortunate to have too many to list, but we appreciate each and every one of you!) and everyone who purchased a ticket to support your local hospice mission. 

Hospice of Amador & Calaveras, end-of-life specialists, trusted by physicians, patients and families serving Amador & Calaveras Counties for 35 years.  If you think hospice care may be right for you, call 209-223-5500 or 209-736-9442 today to learn how your local, non-profit hospice can help.

Friday, February 17, 2017

The Labyrinth Project - Events in Feb-Mar 2017

News - February 16, 2017

1.     LGBTQ Social and Activity Group: On-going, every 1st and 3rd Fridays, 4:00 – 5:30 at Hein and Co., 204 Main St., Jackson. All ages welcome. Join us for dialogue, friendship, support and social activities. Contact: Marla Vander Meer (209) 256-3750 also find us on facebook at Motherlode Pride Center.
** This Friday, Feb. 17 our group will be having a Beginning Drawing class taught by local artist, Lori Williams. There is no cost. The drawing part is not mandatory. Materials will be provided. People can bring something with them like  a photo or something else they want to draw. We will probably be downstairs. Look for the mini Pride Flag.

2.     The Labyrinth Project: On-going, every 2nd and 4th Fridays, 2:00 – 3:00 or 3:30 at Sierra Wind Wellness Center, 10354 Argonaut Lane, Jackson. Groups focus on learning about the labyrinth and how to use it to promote personal wellness. Labyrinth Facilitator/Coordinator: Marla Vander Meer 256-3750

** On Friday, February 24 we will be having a Finger Labyrinth making workshop. No cost. All materials provided. All ages welcome. Please RSVP to Marla at 209-256-3750

** March Labyrinth Event – “Relax into Spring” - Save the Date!
            When: March 18 (Saturday)
            Where: Sutter Creek Auditorium @ 18 Main Street, Sutter Creek
            Time: 12:00 noon  to 3:00p.m.
What: Drop in labyrinth Walk – Introduction to labyrinths (what they are)  and their use as simple but effective tools for stress reduction and relaxation. Opportunity to walk our beautiful 30’ canvas labyrinth. Inside event – rain or shine. For more information contact Marla at (209) 256-3750.

About the Labyrinth Project
Labyrinths are an ancient pattern that people have walked for thousands of years. Unlike a maze, labyrinths have only one path that meanders, usually in a circular pattern, into the center, then back out again along the same path. Although it is considered a spiritual tool and is often called a Sacred Path, it does not belong to any religion or spiritual belief. All are welcome to walk. Labyrinth walking has been found to help people find peace, reduce anxiety and depression, gain insight, empower creativity, find their own center, speak to God/spirit/Higher Self, process grief, find emotional healing and release stress among many other things. Learn more about these amazing tools through free workshops, classes and labyrinth walks. The goal of The Labyrinth Project is to educate people about the Labyrinth as a wellness tool and to promote the building of public labyrinths in Amador County. For More information contact the Labyrinth Project Coordinator: Marla Vander Meer, Veriditas Trained Labyrinth Facilitator at (209) 256-3750

Labyrinth Project services are available at NO COST!
Schedule a presentation, workshop, labyrinth walk, labyrinth event or even a labyrinth building consultation. Talks, workshops and walks are offered with a variety of focus and can be tailored to your specific needs. We are also happy to participate as a part of other events. For more information contact: Marla Vander Meer, Veriditas Trained Labyrinth Facilitator at (209) 256-3750.

Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council - Feb 2017

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CAPC Newsletter                                                  February 2017
New mini-grant funding opportunities through 
the Child Abuse Prevention Council of Amador.
Click HERE for all the details!
Support for Parents - Self-Care on Valentine's Day

Valentine's Day often comes with a lot of pressure and expectation about what the day should look like, whether or not you are in a romantic relationship. In preparation of this Valentine's Day, consider putting your energy into the relationship that you have with yourself, without giving into the false need to rely on any outer circumstance or person to dictate and determine the course of your day.

Gift yourself with all of the things that you wish to receive or experience on this or any day. Allow yourself to bask in the beautiful brilliance that is you and to treat yourself to all of the greatness that you long for and deserve. By giving yourself these gifts, you are more able to share your love with your children. Try out one or all of these ideas and see which ones resonate with you.
Have Willingness - Commit to changing up the way you have moved through your relationships in the past. Challenge what hasn't worked so far and actively commit to understanding who you need to be to love yourself fully and to attract a partner who can also love you for your authentic self.

Forgive Yourself - Excuse yourself for all the times that you may have lost a significant piece of yourself to find another. Deeply forgiving past mistakes and misjudgments in your past relationships will help you cultivate an open heart that is ready for new experiences.
Eat Well - Being selective about what food you choose to nourish your body with, is one of the most important forms of self love. Know how your food choices affect you and select the ones that create the highest form of energy, comfort and delight in your body.
Surround Yourself with Beauty - Our outer environment has great influence over our internal condition. Create a space for yourself that lights you up and fills you up. Fresh flowers, soft music or an organized home base can all be very helpful in creating a high vibe living area.
Write Yourself a Love Note - Take some time to write down all of the things that you admire about yourself. Release the urge to point out your flaws. Your self doubt muscle may be stronger than your self love muscle at the moment, but focusing on your strengths and your gifts will fuel your mission to create more appreciation and gratitude for yourself.
Never underestimate the power and value in nurturing the relationship that you have with yourself. Self-love breeds confidence, success and joy within you. With it comes the great power to breath light into every corner of your life and is the key to creating healthy and lasting relationships with your children.

This article has been adapted from the original "9 Ways to Practice Self Love this Valentine's Day" by Melody Pourmoradi.
Child Abuse Prevention Mini-Grants Now Available 

We are pleased to announce that CAPC has funding available for child abuse prevention mini-grant proposals for the 2016-17 fiscal year. One-time mini-grants will be awarded up to $2,000. For all the details and an application click on the links below. 
 Next deadline Tuesday, February 28, 5:00pm.
Upcoming Events
NEW!  Free Mandated Reporter Training  
The second Thursday of every month, from 10:00am - 12:00pm, the Child Abuse Prevention Council is holding free mandated reporter trainings.

Open to parents, child care providers, teachers, the community, staff or colleagues needing a refresher course, or new staff with no previous training, give us a call, (209) 223-5921. For the flyer with all the information, click HERE
Next CAPC Meeting
Monday, March 20, 10:30am 
975 Broadway, 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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Investing in Our Youngest Children
Stay up to date on all the latest news and information for the youngest children in our county! Sign up for First 5 Amador's monthly e-newsletter HERE!
Child Abuse Prevention Council of Amador, Mail: PO Box 815, Jackson, CA 95642, Location: 975 Broadway, Jackson, CA 95642

Monday, February 6, 2017

13th Annual Bunco for Breast Cancer - Friday, April 7

13th ANNUAL BUNCO FOR BREAST CANCER event is coming soon! We have spots for single players and teams to play! You don’t need to play bunco to join us, just pre-register and come for the great time! We also have a beautiful silent auction and wine table auction! It is an amazing evening where we join together with the common cause of helping those on their cancer journey.
All of this is possible because of our amazing community that we live in! Our community is the Amador STARS!
All funds raised remain local to help women with any type of cancer on their cancer journey through the services of Amador STARS. 91% of funds raised by Amador STARS last year, went directly to patient services. We offer FREE transportation, wigs, scarves, caps, hats, make up tips w/classes for ladies, support groups and resources.
For more information, visit our website:
Call Amador STARS at 267-1246 for more information, or contact Ginger at 296-4042 or