Monday, August 28, 2017

Foothill Conservancy’s Mokelumne River Cleanup - Sat Sept 16

Kate & Steve Buckley,
2016 River Cleanup
Foothill Conservancy invites everyone to join in the 2017 Mokelumne River Cleanup on Saturday, September 16, from 8:30 am until noon. The event will focus on the Mokelumne’s Electra Run south of Jackson, the most-popular section of the river. The annual, family-friendly event gives people an opportunity to protect the Mokelumne’s water quality and clean up recreational sites while enjoying a beautiful morning along our local river.

Event page on web site:

“The Mokelumne River cleanup volunteers remove trash and recyclables from the river. Every year they share the satisfaction of making our river pleasurable and safe for all, from the wildlife that live there to the people who enjoy the river for fishing, swimming, picnicking and paddling.” said Carolyn Schooley, cleanup coordinator. “We welcome participation by groups as well as individuals.”

The Mokelumne River Cleanup is part of the annual Great Sierra River Cleanup, sponsored by the state Sierra Nevada Conservancy. Get information about additional Great Sierra River Clean-Up locations, including those coordinated by EBMUD near Pardee and Camanche Reservoirs.

All participants must register in advance by going online to or by calling Carolyn at (209) 223-3508. Volunteers under 18 are welcome, but must have adult supervision. Minors must turn in a liability release signed by a parent or legal guardian. Liability releases can be found on the Conservancy website.

Volunteers should wear sturdy boots and long pants, and bring work gloves, a hat, sunscreen, insect repellent and a water bottle. Coffee, water and snacks will be provided.

Foothill Conservancy of Jackson is the leading conservation group involved in the protection and restoration of the upper Mokelumne River. The organization is actively pursuing river conservation, wise water planning and watershed restoration efforts in our area.

For more information, contact Carolyn at 209-223-3508 or

Foothill Conservancy: Hike to Pacific Valley - Sun Sept 10

Foothill Conservancy invites members of the public to join us in hiking to the Stanislaus National Forest’s beautiful Pacific Valley on Sunday September 10. Pacific Valley is located on Highway 4, one hour east of Arnold. The hike will follow the Mokelumne Coast-to-Crest Trail from Mosquito Lake downhill to Pacific Valley. It features spectacular views and old-growth forests.

The 10,300-acre Pacific Valley road less area is a potential addition to the Carson-Iceberg Wilderness. This hike will be an opportunity to learn about how you can help protect wild places like Pacific Valley and the North Fork of the Mokelumne River.

“This is a moderate difficult hike of about four miles,” said Foothill Conservancy Executive Director Amanda Nelson. “The trail will be rocky in places, and we’ll descend about 500 feet in elevation. Depending on the group’s wishes, some may want to hike an additional three miles with extensive gains and losses in elevation.”

The canyon slopes and bottoms in this area are heavily forested, streams meander through wildflower spangled meadows, and the valley is rimmed by high mountain peaks. Pacific Valley provides important summer range for mule deer, as well as old-growth forest habitat for the Pacific fisher and pine marten. Pacific Valley Creek, a tributary of the North Fork Mokelumne River, supports a population of rare Lahontan cutthroat trout. The Mokelumne Coast to Crest Trail traverses much of the area.

Advanced registration is required for the hike. After you register, the Conservancy will send you detailed instructions to the trailhead. Hikers should bring their own water, food, and hiking gear.
For more information and to register, contact Amanda Nelson, Foothill Conservancy, at or call 209-223-3508 weekdays.

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Wednesday, August 23, 2017

Tri-County LGBT Alliance: 2nd Annual Pride in The Park - Sat Sept 2

We are so pleased to announce that The Tri County LGBT Alliance will be hosting the 2nd Annual Pride in The Park!
Saturday September 2nd
12pm to 8pm
Murphy's Community Park by the creek

Guest speakers
Community Building
Local food
Silent auction
Local bands and performances
Horse Drawn Carriage Rides
Family fun
Beer and wine
Free admission

Our First Pride in the Park was a smashing success that brought the entire community together in celebrating our oneness!

Please invite your friends, family, allies and all!

We would like to thank every single individual and business in the community for your continued support and love, which without none of this would be possible!

Monday, August 21, 2017

Exciting happenings with the Go! Youth Program!

Operation Care's Youth Community Center - A great place for Youth to hang out after school !
Go! Youth Volunteer at local Community Garden

Operation Care's Go! Youth Summer Program offers a safe place for kids to be during the summer. Our program encourages youth to give back to the community through volunteering at local agencies. This summer our Go!Youth volunteered to do some planting at the local community garden. Hailey, a local community member welcomed the youth, showed them around, and explained how the community garden works. The community garden has 16 plant beds that can be rented out by community members. Some of the beds are called "open beds" that are available for anyone to help plant and water; these are the beds that our Go! Youth worked in. They helped to plant baby plants that needed to be transferred from the green house where they started as seeds to the open beds that would be available for community members to harvest. After the planting was complete, they enjoyed teaching each other how to play horseshoes and sitting at the benches in the shade. Many of the Go! Youth were able to take home some extra plantings. They were excited to take watermelon, strawberry and cantaloupe seedlings to plant at home with their families.
For more information on the Go! Youth program, contact: Andrew or Natalie at 223-2897
Summer Sendoff Fundraiser

Go Youth's Summer Sendoff Fundraiser was a huge success. Every one of our youth put so much into this fundraiser from handing out flyers throughout the community, to helping make our goodies and delivering them. They learned a lot along the way too, they were able to learn what really goes into a fundraiser gaining valuable skills in planning, budgeting, scheduling, and customer service. We hope you enjoyed the sweet treats.
Six Flags Bound!
Go! Youth at Six Flags
This year was the first time that we were able to take the kids from ourShoot for the Stars summer program, along with all of the youth in our Building your Future summer program, to Six Flags Discovery Kingdom in Vallejo. We were delighted to be able to do something like this with our younger youth.
We had a great summer this year. It was inspiring to see all of the work our youth put into earning this trip. They really are a great group, and this trip was something all of them have been looking forward to all summer. The day of the trip couldn't have been better. From riding roller coasters like Medusa, Superman, Ultimate Flight, and The Joker that got all of our hearts pumping, to spending some time seeing all of the animals at the park, it was a blast. Finally, we all were able to spend some time looking at all of the sweet souvenirs. We can't wait for next summer to swing around.

Still none of this would be possible without all of the wonderful community agencies that continually support our youth. Thank you!

Sweet Summer Fun!
A Few Words from Go! Youth

Dear Andrew and Natalie,

My experience with the GoYouth program was fun and interesting. I liked it because you guys and Operation Care put a lot of work into the things you do for us kids/teens, and the fact that it was fun to participate in. I probably would have had a pretty boring summer without you guys. Thank you.


"Go youth is a wonderful place to hang out and chill out during the summer. Go youth provides transportation, food and an overall safe environment. What I enjoyed about go youth was use was the education, because it will provide me with the skills to overcome any possible interference in my upcoming stage as an adult."
~ Tyler
We are thrilled to announce that our Go Youth After School Program will be launching on August 16th!

This program will offer junior high and high school students an opportunity to learn how to live a positive violence free life. Offering youth a safe place the after school, the program will run on Wednesday and Friday from 3:30 to 5:00pm. Transportation is available upon request and snacks are always provided.

For more information, please call Natalie or Andrew at 209-223-2897.
Go Youth Community Center
Located at: 1001 Broadway, Suite #101, Jackson, CA 95642

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Wednesday, August 16, 2017

Sutter Amador Hospital provides students with needed school supplies

JACKSON – As students start to return back to school, not every child has the basic supplies they need. As part of Sutter Health’s partnership with Operation Backpack, Sutter Amador Hospital donated more than 50 backpacks full of school supplies to help local students start the school year off with the supplies they wouldn’t otherwise have.
Operation Backpack, a yearly campaign organized by the Volunteers of America, delivers backpacks, collected for students from pre-kindergarten through 12 graders, to homeless and at-risk children in our communities. Sutter Amador Hospital’s donations were distributed to students at Amador County Public Schools.

"We are extremely grateful to Sutter Amador hospital for coordinating this backpack project and for donating them to our schools,” said Sean Snider, director of student services at Amador County Public Schools. “We appreciate this assistance in helping us meet the needs of our students."
The hospital collected the backpacks and school supplies for two weeks in July as part of Sutter Health’s Operation Backpack campaign and the materials were distributed locally last week.
“Year after year, our staff show tremendous generosity by providing backpacks and back-to-school materials during this annual drive,” said Anne Platt, Sutter Amador Hospital CEO. “Together, we are helping children learn and thrive in school, stay in school and build a bright future.”
As a system, Sutter Health donated more than 2,000 backpacks this year and has sponsored the program for the last seven years helping to ensure as many children as possible get the tools they need for the start of school.
"Volunteers of America is blessed to have a partner like Sutter Health,” said Ana Bankert, community relations manager at Volunteers of America Northern California. “The Operation Backpack Campaign is successful thanks to the generosity of Sutter Health staff who dedicate countless hours and resources year after year."

For more information about Operation Backpack or to get involved, visit

Tuesday, August 15, 2017

California Indian Curriculum Fundraiser - Aug 25 & 26

Lucy’s Spice Box is participating in a unique fundraiser at BINZ tasting room in Amador City for 2 nights, Friday & Saturday, August 25-26 to help support and build awareness for positive change in the Native America Curriculum in our public schools. There is very limited seating for these 2 evenings so they won’t last. This event is not to be missed!


Binz Wines Tasting Room
14204 Main St, Amador City
(209) 296-2191

Mandated Reporter Training offered 2nd Thursdays starting Sept 14

MANDATED REPORTER TRAININGS are open to everyone, and are offered on the 2nd Thursday of every month! Please be sure to RSVP, at 223-5921.

Friday, August 11, 2017

Foothill Conservancy raft trips treat locals to the river in our own backyard

On Sunday, July 16, and Sunday, July 23, nearly 100 happy rafters enjoyed a special raft trip on the Mokelumne River’s Electra-Middle Bar Run between Jackson and Mokelumne Hill. O.A.R.S. of Angels Camp, a locally owned-and-operated worldwide outfitter, providedprofessional guides, fully equipped rafts and transportation for the trips. Proceeds from the raft trips benefit the Foothill Conservancy’s efforts to protect, restore and sustain the Mokelumne River.

This year, 85% of the rafters were Amador and Calaveras County residents.

“We love getting people out on the river,” said Amanda C. Nelson, the Conservancy’s Executive Director. “While you can enjoy the Mokelumne from its beaches and banks, floating down the river gives people an entirely new perspective. This was the first time I’d ever been river rafting, and I had a marvelous time. It’s great fun.”

Since regular commercial rafting is not yet allowed on the river, the trips were held under special use permits from the Bureau of Land Management.

“We run river and other adventure trips all over the world,” said Clavey Wendt, O.A.R.S. Vice-President for Community Development. “But there’s really nothing more fun that taking people rafting on our home river. The Mokelumne is a beautiful river that truly deserves permanent protection as a designated Wild and Scenic River.”

The Foothill Conservancy would like to thank its rafting guests; O.A.R.S.; Raley’s, which provided staging for the trips in its parking lot; and PG&E and American Whitewater, which provided flow data in the days leading up to the trips. Since flows were high on the river much later than usual this year, accurate flow predictions were especially important for ensuring the trips were carried out under safe conditions.

“We sold these trips out in advance,” Nelson said. “Even then, people were calling us and dropping by our registration tent both Sundaysasking if they could join a trip. There’s clearly demand for this kind of recreation locally, and we’re happy to promote continued river accessand river recreation for locals and visitors, alike. We hope we can run trips again next summer.”

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Thursday, August 10, 2017

Big Red Barn Fundraiser at Rancho Arroyo Seco: "Score With Argonaut High School" - Sat Sept 30

IONE, CA—August 1, 2017—With the BIG RED BARN as the back drop, Rancho Arroyo Seco will host its 11th annual community fundraiser on Saturday, September 30, 2017. This year, proceeds from the event will go toward the purchase of a digital/video scoreboard for the Argonaut High School Stadium. In addition, it will support the video production vocational course offered at the school. Over 70 students in these classes will handle all pre- and post-production of the content for the scoreboard. This class is providing students with vocational training for today’s world.

The opportunities this equipment offers are more than just keeping score. Picture the game highlights, graduation and award ceremonies with each student featured on the big board, and up-close visuals of football, soccer, track meets and more. As a bonus, this video technology will allow the school to have an ongoing revenue stream through digital advertising offered to businesses and organizations.

The goal for the fundraiser is to raise $25-30,000 or more. The school already has a major donation for the purchase of the scoreboard, but needs what this fundraiser can provide, to “seal the deal”. A tri-tip dinner will be catered by Amador Catering and served by Argonaut High Schools students. The evening will feature Seth Seever calling a live auction, a silent auction and raffle, and a no-host bar sponsored by the Jackson Lions Club.

For questions or additional information, contact Sharon Long at 209-304-5118, or email All donations are tax deductible through the Community Foundation of Amador, Tax ID# 68-0447992. Tickets to the event are $30 each, and can be purchased at Argonaut High School or online at  If you cannot attend, consider a donation. Checks are made payable to BIG RED BARN 2017, and mailed to Rancho Arroyo Seco, P.O. Box 1730, Ione, CA 95640, or call 209-274-2777. The BIG RED BARN is located at 3740 Hwy 104 in Ione. 

Wednesday, August 9, 2017

Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council - August 2017

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CAPC Newsletter                                                  August 2017

 Pediatric Groups Identify Oral Signs
of Child Abuse and Neglect

Neglect is a significant part of child abuse, and oral health issues fall into this area. Awareness around the different forms of neglect can help us identify and prevent further child abuse before it happens. Because of this, we are sharing this very informative article this month from Dentistry Today. 

The American Academy of Pediatrics (AAP) and the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry (AAPD) have collaborated on an updated report that aims to help dentists and other physicians identify problems involving a child's teeth, gums, and mouth that may be signs of physical or sexual abuse and neglect.  

According to the report, injuries and infections in and around the mouth appear often in children who are maltreated. For example, caregivers may react violently during the child's developmentally normal fussiness at mealtime and bedtime. Symptoms that may be signs of abuse or neglect include:
  • Bruises on the lips, gums, tongue, or soft tissue inside the mouth from eating utensils or a bottle during forced feeding
  • Burns or blisters from scalding liquids or fractures to teeth, facial, or jaw bones or scars or blackened teeth from previous injuries
  • Skin irritation, bruising, or scarring at the corners of the mouth, which could be from gags applied
  • Injuries to the back of the throat, sometimes intentionally inflicted to make a child cough up or vomit blood or create other symptoms that would require medical attention and care
  • Injuries and infections tied to forced oral sex, such as tears and other signs of trauma inside the mouth or sores or rashes caused by sexually transmitted disease
  • Bite marks inside the mouth from the child's own teeth, which sometimes are caused by physical or sexual abuse.
In cases of dental neglect, the groups note, untreated cavities and gum disease interfere with a child's ability to eat, communicate, grow, and develop properly. The report also describes the connection between bullying and dental health, as children with mouth or dental abnormalities are frequent targets of bullying and face increased risk of depression and suicide.

Additionally, the AAP and AAPD report, the approximately 100,000 children in the United States involved in sex trafficking or forced prostitution each year have oral and dental problems from abuse and malnutrition, which can lead to poorly formed teeth, cavities, infections, and tooth loss.

Family Strengthening  
Mini-Grants Now Available!
We are excited to announce that funding is available for Family Strengthening mini-grant proposals for the 2017-18 fiscal year. Mini-grants will be awarded up to $2,000. Funding is provided by the Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council (ACAPC).
Grants are available for qualified organizations and agencies to provide Family Strengthening programs within the County of Amador.
Family Strengthening is the premise that children do well when families do well, and that
families do well when they live in supportive communities. Enhancing connections within
families, and between families, and the institutions that affect them, result in better outcomes
for children and their families.
Mini-Grant Application

Mini-Grant applications may be submitted to ACAPC at any time throughout the 2017-18 fiscal year, however grant reviews and awards will occur bi-monthly, suggested application deadline dates are as follows:
Thursday, August 31, 2017 - 5:00pm
Tuesday, October 31, 2017 - 5:00pm
Friday, December 29, 2017 - 5:00pm
Wednesday, February 28, 2018 - 5:00pm
Monday, April 30, 2018 - 5:00pm
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, September 18, 10:30am-12:00pm
975 Broadway, Jackson 
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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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