Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Foothill Conservancy to hold annual fundraising dinner at Karmère on Saturday, June 24

Join your friends to celebrate our beautiful Sierra foothills in the Shenandoah Valley on Saturday, June 24 at the Foothill Conservancy’s annual fundraising dinner at Karmère Vineyards & Winery.

The event will feature a family-style dinner catered by Taste Restaurant and Wine Bar, no-host fine wines and craft beers, appetizers and desserts, live music, and unique raffle and auction prizes. The event will begin at 4 p.m. and end around 7 p.m.

“We’re excited to be holding our annual dinner at Karmère this year,” said event organizer Susan Bragstad. “The patio is a lovely spot to spend a Saturday afternoon celebrating the foothills with your friends, and we know that everyone will enjoy the food, music, wine, beer and auctions.”
Cool jazz music for the dinner will be provided by vocalist and guitarist Herb Boxhorn of Fiddletown and saxophonist Klaudia Promessi of Sutter Creek.

Special prizes for this year’s raffle and auctions include a week at a Tahoe-area private home, an overnight stay at Sorensen’s Resort, a guided raft trip on the Mokelumne River with local river experts, dinner for four prepared by Lucy’s Spice Box, fine wines – including a case of Easton Zinfandel – and much more.

Beverages available for purchase at the dinner will include the fine wines of Karmère and craft beers from Lagunitas Brewing.

Tickets are on sale now: General $40, Children 12 and under: $10. They’re available from the Foothill Conservancy office (call first, 209-223-3508) and online (see Events at:

Proceeds from the event benefit the nonprofit community-based conservation organization Foothill Conservancy, whose mission is “to protect, restore, and sustain the natural and human environment in Amador and Calaveras counties for the benefit of current and future generations.” The Conservancy’s programs include river, forest and watershed protection and restoration; land use planning; and sustainable community development. The organization was formed by Amador and Calaveras residents in 1989 and its directors and staff live in our two counties. Its headquarters are in Jackson.
For more information, contact Susan Bragstad,, 209-267-5506.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Looking for a great fundraiser? Try Dickey's "Rib Raisers"!

Looking for a great fundraiser? Dickey's BBQ is offering a Rib Raiser fundraiser along with Jamba Juice!

Here's how it works:
1) Pick a three hour block of time on any day Monday thru Thursday.
2) Dickey's will give 15% and Jamba Juice 10% of all sales generated within that time period from guests who mention that they are there to support your organization.

It's that EASY! There's no selling involved and we will even customize a flier so you can post it on any social media or put up around town.

We are also offering free use of our party room. Great for birthday, anniversary, graduation, sports awards parties, staff luncheons, etc.  All we require is a minimum of ten people and we can cater your event or you can choose from our regular menu.

Call us now at (209) 418-9280 for more details!
Dickey's Barbecue Pit # 547
"What are we passionate about? We are passionate about the art of great barbecue!"

Monday, May 15, 2017

PG&E, Amador Fire Safe Council Join Forces to Combat Wildfire Risk in Amador County

SAN FRANCISCO, Calif.—Even though the drought emergency is over, the damage has already been done. The drought and bark beetle infestation have killed more than 100 million trees in California, and U.S. Forest Service scientists expect elevated levels of tree mortality to continue this year in some areas. That’s why Pacific Gas and Electric Company (PG&E) is working with Fire Safe Councils across its service area to reduce the threat of wildfire. The company is awarding $2 million in funding to local Fire Safe Councils, including $75,000 to the Amador Fire Safe Council.
This year, PG&E will be funding 43 local Fire Safe Council and other 501(c)3 projects in 22 counties. The project in Amador County includes fuels reduction.
“The safety of the communities we serve is the top priority for PG&E and we are committed to support local wildfire prevention efforts in the gold country. This collaboration among PG&E, CAL FIRE and the Amador Fire Safe Council will help ensure that the communities we serve can prevent and are prepared for wildfires,” said Dave Meier, senior manager of PG&E’s Stockton division.
“The Amador Fire Safe Council thanks PG&E for providing funding for the fuel reduction work that will help protect our communities from the devastating effects of wildfire,” said Pat Minyard, chair of the Amador Fire Safe Council.
This is the fourth consecutive year PG&E has funded local Fire Safe Council projects to help residents protect their homes, communities and the environment from wildfire. Many of the projects are focused on creating fuel breaks and emergency access to help CAL FIRE and local fire departments safely fight wildfires when they do occur.
Working to Reduce Wildfire Threat
PG&E is working hard to reduce the threat of wildfires. The company inspects all of its overhead electric lines each year, and also inspects trees along power lines in high fire-danger areas twice a year. As a result of these inspections, PG&E removed more than 236,000 dead or dying trees last year to prevent them from contacting power lines, starting wildfires or contributing to other public safety risks. This is in addition to the 1.2 million trees that PG&E works each year.
The company also created a dead tree wood clean-up program to help its customers. PG&E will manage the wood on property or haul away wood from dead trees felled by the company to protect powerlines, at no cost to the homeowner, in qualifying counties where tree mortality is high. The wood is sawn for use as lumber or chipped for use in biomass facilities to generate renewable energy.
As part of its summer fire detection patrols, PG&E will fly five planes over routes in the daytime, which is when fires are most likely to spark. Last year, PG&E detected and reported more than 140 fires, supporting a quick response to fires before they spread.
About PG&E
Pacific Gas and Electric Company, a subsidiary of PG&E Corporation (NYSE:PCG), is one of the largest combined natural gas and electric energy companies in the United States. Based in San Francisco, with more than 20,000 employees, the company delivers some of the nation’s cleanest energy to nearly 16 million people in Northern and Central California. For more information, visit and

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Be a Sponsor of the Amador Autism Group's Destruction Derby Car!

Amador Autism Group partnering with Bryan Ronk at Ronk Family Painting and Debbie Wiegel at design.fx presents
The 6th Annual Destruction Derby Car.
Sponsorships are now available for the 2017 AAG Destruction Derby Car!

Thursday, May 4, 2017

Child Abuse Prevention Council ~ May 2017

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CAPC Newsletter                                                  May 2017
Thank you!
Knitting for a Cause and Child Abuse Prevention Month

We received so many adorable hats last month!! And even though April - and Child Abuse Prevention Month - has ended, we gladly accept hats all year long! Thank you to everyone who has been making hats so far, they will go to families with new babies and help educate them about the Period of Purple Crying, a normal but frustrating period of increased crying infants can experience in the first few months after birth.


We want to thank the many businesses and organizations that displayed the information about the Period of Purple Crying, and coordinated the collecting of the hats:
The Camanche Lake Community Center; Clark's Corner Café and the Ione Family Learning Center in Ione; KVGC Radio, Sierra Wind, First 5 Amador and Nexus Youth & Family Services, California Tribal TANF Partnership in Jackson; Joy's Yarn Shop and the Upcountry Community Center in Pine Grove; Possibili-Teas and Faith Lutheran Church in Pioneer; Plymouth City Hall and the Fairgrounds Office in Plymouth; R Homes & Properties and Sutter Creek Gallery in Sutter Creek; and The Country Store in Volcano.
Completed hats can be returned to the Child Abuse Prevention Council's office at 975 Broadway 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.
Why Purple? 
What it's All About ~ The Period of Purple Crying
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 a positive 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 base 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.
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 for all of their help and support. 
Why Children Don't Tell

We often hear the question, "Why don't children tell someone when something bad is happening to them?" Parents say with certainty, "My child would tell me if someone was abusing them." If only it were that easy.
Statistics show that 73% of children do not tell anyone about sexual abuse for at least one year. The grooming process is manipulative and designed to keep children silent. Frighteningly, it is also effective. Reasons for this include the relationship of the child to the abuser, the child's shame about the abuse and fear of repercussions, and the methodical erosion of sexual boundaries. Abusers are skilled at developing these factors and using them to their advantage.
  • Relationship of Child to Abuser - Only 7% of child sexual abuse (CSA) cases involve abuse by a stranger. It is most likely that the child knows, trusts, and loves his or her abuser. In about 30% of CSA cases, the abuser is actually a family member. Children are generally taught to obey authority figures and so may not understand that they can say no. Further, they may not want to end the relationship or punish anyone - they just want the abuse to stop.
  • Internalized Shame and Fear - In many cases, victimized children blame themselves for sexual abuse. This is often encouraged by abusers, who may tell the children that they are at fault or that no one will believe them. Boys, particularly, may be ashamed to tell - they feel they should have been able to stop the abuse, they may question their sexual identity and fear being stigmatized.  Further, abusers may make incidents a "secret," and threaten to harm children socially or physically if the secret is told.
  • Erosion of Sexual Boundaries - CSA is generally a process rather than an immediate action. Abusers create or build upon relationships with children and their families. They capitalize on their positions as family members, authority figures, instructors, or community leaders by emotionally manipulating children - establishing "favorites," engaging in a cycle of flattery and humiliation, filling voids such as father-figure, counselor, mentor and spending increasing amounts of time with their victims. They publicly challenge boundaries with overt physical contact. Hugs, swats, rubs, and pats can be made to look like innocent actions. Children who report this behavior may be told, "Oh, he/she always acts that way." By the time sexual abuse occurs, the child is dependent on and emotionally controlled by the abuser, confused as to what behavior is acceptable and whether boundaries have been crossed.
A final reason children don't tell is that in many cases, adults don't ask. It is imperative to encourage children to discuss incidents that make them feel uncomfortable, to explain the dynamic of secrets, and to help them understand appropriate and inappropriate touching. If your child or a child in your care does allude to or discuss an incident of CSA, listen. The prevalence of false report is very low, between 2 and 10 percent.  Click here for information on how to handle disclosures of abuse.

If you are a mandated reporter, and are in need of an introductory or refresher information, CAPC offers free monthly trainings the second Thursday of each month. See below for all the details. 
Upcoming Events
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, May 15, 10:30am-12:00pm
975 Broadway, Jackson
Child Passenger Safety Tech Training 
Tuesday, May 16 Friday, May 19, 8:00am-5:00pm 
Amador Health and Human Services 
Click herefor a flyer with all information needed to register.
Friday, May 26, 9:00am-5:00pm, Upcountry Community Center, Pine Grove  
Or - Wednesday, July 19, 9:00am-5:00pm, Ione Family Resource Center, Ione
Call  296-2785 to reserve your spot. 

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, Jackson, CA 95642, Location: 975 Broadway, Jackson, CA 95642

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) seeks volunteers to be there for a child

Court Appointed Special Advocates (CASA) of Amador County is seeking volunteers to join their next training session to become volunteer advocates.

A volunteer advocate, known as a CASA, after 40 hours of training, are assigned to be a special person in the life of a child who has been neglected or abused.  The court will appoint the CASA to be the eyes and ears of the court and to report back to the court information they have gathered. The CASA will also tell the court what decisions and services may be in the best interest of that child.

CASA of Amador currently has a waiting list of children who are in need of a CASA.

For more information about the program or details on how to become a CASA, please call the CASA program at 209-257-1980, extension 108. You may also email the CASA Coordinators, John or Fara