Friday, June 30, 2017

Come raft the Mokelumne! July 16 & 23

June 30, 2017

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Come raft the Mokelumne in July! 
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Take a cool break on a hot summer Sunday by rafting with your family and friends on the Mokelumne River'sbeautiful Electra-Middle Bar Run. Trips are scheduled for Sunday, July 16, and Sunday, July 23, at noon and 4:00 pm.

This is a special opportunity to enjoy a professionally guided trip on the Mokelumne. 
O.A.R.S. of Angels Camp will provide expert guides and equipment for this speciPhoto of raftersal experience. The trip is perfect for every member of your family -- a nice float trip with some fun rapidsand beautiful scenery.Commercial rafting isn't yet allowed on the Mokelumne, so this is a rare opportunity to see the river you love from the water level. 

The cost is $75 per person and tickets can be purchased online. Proceeds benefit the Foothill Conservancy's Mokelumne River conservation programs. We expect high demand for these trips, so please reserve your seats today!
For more information, including a video of the trip and a link for advance registration (required), take a look at this page.
        Together, we will protect the Moke for good! 
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Foothill Conservancy
35 Court St., Ste. 1
Jackson, CA 95642
E-mail us       209-223-3508

Thursday, June 29, 2017

Lockwood and the SF Giants: Firefighter Appreciation Night

Lockwood Fire Protection District was honored with an invitation to their annual Firefighter Appreciation Night at Tuesday (June 27) evening's game with the Colorado Rockies.

Leaving the station well tended in the hands of our Fire Chief John King and Engineer Frankie Digirolamo, 14 of us carpooled to Vallejo and caught the ferry to downtown San Francisco for a day of sightseeing. We enjoyed a tailgate party before the first pitch at 7:15.

It was great to meet and network with our fellow firefighters from all around the area and our local districts.   A tight game, it went to 14 innings before a victory by the Giants.  The ferry picked us up at the beautiful AT&T Park landing and jetted us back to Vallejo for the long drive home and back to supporting our district.

Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Operation Care needs your help!

As a past supporter of Operation Care, I would like to give you my heartfelt thanks for your previous donations. Your contributions have helped us to provide 24/7 response, assistance, and emergency shelter to over 258 survivors of domestic violence and 30 sexual assault victims during the current fiscal year right here in Amador County.
We have also been very successful in reaching young people in our community through our GO! Youth Program; an exciting year-round prevention program including activities on building healthy relationships, preventing sexual assault, anger management, self-esteem, cyber protection, and financial management.

We receive approximately 85% of our funding from state and federal grants, which require that we match a percentage of that funding with local contributions. Our local requirement more than tripled this year, growing by over $44,000. Therefore, we are in need of significantly more local support than ever before. We have held fundraisers, and have received generous donations from people like you, but still have fallen short by about $15,000.

This is your opportunity to truly make a difference. If just 150 people contribute $100 now, or $25 per month for four months, we can meet our goal. Of course, a donation of any amount is accepted, and genuinely appreciated. Can we count on you to make a donation to keep these important programs for Amador?

It's easy to donate, you may go online to (or click DONATE NOW below) and securely make a one-time or recurring donation, or you may stop by our office or mail your check to Operation Care, 817 Court Street, Suite 12, Jackson, CA 95642.
I thank you in advance! Together we can help to bring about a culture of peace and non-violence, and to protect those most vulnerable in our society.


Tammie Crabtree
Executive Director

Operation Care is a 501(c)3 charitable organization. Tax ID##94-2797327. Donations will be eligible for all applicable tax deductions.

Phone: 209.223.2897
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Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Go! Summer Youth Program - Begins June 19

Coming in June: Operation Care's Go! Youth Summer Youth Program! 
Dear Friends,
Operation Care's Go! Youth program is excited to announce our new Go! Youth Community Center. Beginning on June 19th, we will be open MondayWednesday and Friday from 9-5 for youth ages 12 - 17.  We provide a safe place for youth including snacks, games, crafts, books, a computer lab, movie days, and more, with respect at the center of their experience.
For more information contact: Andrew or Natalie at 223-2897

Sign up for our FREE SUMMER YOUTH PROGRAMS at the Go! Youth Community Center. These programs focus on helping the youth in our community to develop the skills to live violence-free. Groups are fun and full of energy and activity to engage youth and encourage participation.
Go Youth Community Center
Located at: 1001 Broadway, Suite #101, Jackson, CA 95642
See below for class schedules. All of our programs are FREE and transportation is available upon request.

Building your Future
For youth ages 12 to 17
June 19 - July 28
9:30 am - 12:00 pm

This program includes activities on:
  • Building Healthy Relationships
  • Preventing Sexual Assault
  • Anger Management
  • Self Esteem
  • Cyber Protection
  • Financial Management
Fun field trips and snacks!
To see the full schedule and download an application for your child, please click  here.
Shoot for the Stars
For youth ages 7 to 11
June 20 - July 25
Tuesdays 10:30 - 11:30 am
Program includes activities on:

Building Friendships
Standing up to Bullies
Gaining Confidence
Dealing with Peer Pressure Establishing Boundaries
To see the full schedule and download an application for your child, please click  here

Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions.
Andrew Flores                                         Natalie Vetter
Prevention/Outreach Specialist                Prevention/Outreach Specialist
Staff Spotlight

Go! Youth Program works with the Youth of Amador County to help build healthy relationships. The Operation Care advocates that lead the program are dedicated to providing a safe place for youth.
Natalie is a Prevention and Outreach Specialist; she has been with Operation Care and the Go! Youth Program for three years. She is currently working on a Master's in Child Development at Sacramento State. She hopes to use her degree to help educate the community on the importance of healthy relationships especially in the youth. "As adults it is our job to protect and give youth a voice."
Andrew is also a Prevention and Outreach specialist; he has been with Operation Care for a little over a year. Before his time as an employee, he volunteered with Operation Care for almost two years helping with various events within the community. He recently graduated from Folsom Lake College and will be attending Sacramento State in the fall to pursue his Bachelor's in Psychology. He hopes to use his education to continue to serve the community. He believes that, "We all have a part to play in building healthier communities".


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Friday, June 9, 2017

First 5 Amador ~ June 2017

As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher!
Ready ... Set ... Grow!
June 2017
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Upcoming Events

Summer Playgroups  
9:30 - 11:30am
Mondays, June 5 - July 24
Camanche Lake Community Center, Camanche
Thursdays, June 1 - July 27
Upcountry Community Center, Pine Grove

Summer Library Programs
Thursday, June 29, 1:00 - 3:00pm

Saturday, June 24, 10:00am-12:00pm
Jackson Fire Department. Call to save your spot!
(209) 257-1092 

Starts in August.
Wednesdays, 9:00 - 11:00am
Camanche Lake Community Center
For more information or to enroll your child call 257-1980, x103
Third Wednesday each month, 6:00-7:30pm
Sophia's Well, 270 A Hanford Street, Sutter Creek. 
Call 256-3691 or 257-1092 for more information. 

Dear Safe to Sleep® Community:

As a mother, a grandmother, or a caregiver of an infant, you know that safe sleep practices can reduce baby's risk of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) and other sleep-related causes of infant death. Caring for your own health is also an important part of keeping baby safe and healthy. Here are a few ideas of what you can do to keep yourself as healthy as possib

Get your yearly health checkup. You can talk to your health care provider about how you are doing and about your health goals. You can also receive any vaccines or medical tests you need.

Tell your health care provider if you are feeling depressed or anxious during pregnancy or after birth. You may have a condition that is sometimes referred to as postpartum depression. Together, you can find the treatment that is right for you. NICHD's  Mom's Mental Health Matters has resources about depression and anxiety before and after pregnancy and how to get help.

If you are pregnant, get regular prenatal care. Regular prenatal care is linked with a lower risk of SIDS and can reduce the risk of pregnancy complications. To support a healthy pregnancy,women should seek prenatal care as soon as they think they are pregnant and continue to get regular care throughout the pregnancy.

Eat healthy. You can find tips on healthy eating at Choose My Plate. Make healthy eating a lifelong habit that you share with the child you care for.

Breastfeed your baby. Breastfeeding lowers a mother's risk of type 2 diabetes, certain types of breast cancer, and ovarian cancer. And babies who breastfeed, or who are fed breastmilk, are at a lower risk of SIDS than are babies who were never fed breastmilk.

Be active. Following physical activity guidelines can help you maintain good health so that you can take better care of baby. Find opportunities for physical activity that you can do together, such as taking baby for a walk.

Sleep. It is difficult to get enough sleep when you are caring for an infant, so try to sleep when the baby sleeps. Lack of sleep or lack of quality sleep increases your risk for high blood pressure, heart disease, and other medical conditions. Sleep deprivation can affect your ability to think clearly and react quickly. Experts recommend trying to get between 7 and 9 hours of sleep daily.

Do not smoke during pregnancy, and don't smoke or allow smoking around your baby. Cigarette smoking is harmful to your health in many different ways. And babies are at higher risk for SIDS if they are exposed to cigarette smoke in the womb or in their environment.

The Safe to Sleep® campaign has up-to-date information and materials to help you learn more about ways to reduce the risk of SIDS and other sleep-related causes of infant death. Remember, your health is important for baby's health!
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Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
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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.

This month join us at the Jackson Fire Department!
Saturday, June 24, 10:00am-12:00pm.
See the FLYER with all the information.
Call (209) 257-1092 to save your spot!

Upcoming Workshops & Events  

ASQ/ASQ-SE Training 
Thursday, June 27, 9:00am - 3:00pm 
First 5 Amador, 975 Broadway, Jackson
Please call 257-1092 to RSVP.
Lunch included.

One of the most important factors for the timely delivery of early intervention services is the early and accurate identification of infants and young children who may have developmental delays or disorders.

The Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ): A Parent-Completed, Child Monitoring System, is a screening system designed to be completed by parents or primary caregivers.

Each questionnaire contains 30 developmental items that are divided into five areas: Communication, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Problem Solving, and Personal-Social.

The questionnaire can by completed in 10-20 minutes. In most cases, these questionnaires can identify accurately infants or young children who are in need of further evaluation to determine whether they are eligible for early intervention services.

Fruit Cones
A Healthy Summer Snack for Kids 

A fun way to make sure the kids are snacking on healthy goodies.  And it's so easy!
All you need is fresh fruit (bigger fruit cut up into bite sized pieces) and ice cream cones.
You can use blueberries, raspberries, blackberries, grapes, cantaloupe, peaches, strawberries, melons, etc.
Scoop the fruit into cones. Enjoy! No extra mess, plates or utensils.

   ILibaryCalling all children 0 to 5 years of age.   
Join Amador's favorite reading club!
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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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