Thursday, March 15, 2018

Operation Care: A Night at the Oscars! Fri June 22

Please join us as we honor our local heroes!
The evening begins with cocktails at 6:00pm, dinner at 7:00 with presentations honoring individuals in our community that most directly help victims of domestic violence and sexual assault.

Round out the evening with an exciting raffle and silent auction followed by dancing until 10:00pm.
To keep with the Oscars format, attendees are requested to wear semi-formal attire or dress as your favorite actor.

Tickets are $75 per person, or $500 for a table of eight.

Proceeds benefit Operation Care's domestic violence and sexual assault programs. Operation Care is a 501c3 organization. Tax ID 94-2797327.
This program is partially funded by CAL OES RC17201628.
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Tuesday, March 13, 2018

“Dress to the Nines” Event a Success!

Taste Restaurant Partners with Hospice of Amador & Calaveras for Oscar Night

MARCH 13, 2018—PLYMOUTH, CA—On Oscar Night, Sunday, March 4, the red carpet was rolled out for well-dressed guests dining at Taste Restaurant and Wine Bar in support of the “Dress to the Nines” fundraiser for Hospice of Amador and Calaveras. All guests who wore their black-tie attire had nine percent of their final dinner bill donated to Hospice.

The event was a collaboration between the staff at Hospice of Amador and Calaveras and Tracey Berkner, co-owner of Taste Restaurant and Wine Bar. “I have been touched by the resources and compassion of Hospice. I wanted to give back not just by writing a check but by having fun and getting the community involved,” stated Berkner.

Tracey Berkner and Julie Ekhardt-Cantrell
To donate, all you had to do was dress up and come in. Even if just for a glass of wine and a bowl of pasta at the Wine Bar, a dessert date, or a full dinner in the dining room, every sequin and bow tie counted. Those who did not come prepared were offered the option to add nine percent to their bill as a donation to Hospice. Ariane Debien, Executive Director of Hospice, was on hand in a stunning black lace dress with her family.

“I am thrilled to enrich the partnership with local businesses. This was so much fun!” Debien shared with the rest of her team from Hospice, after dinner. Local legend Johnny Vinciguerra was on hand in his red-carpet best to kick-off his birthday celebration. His blue sparkling shoes were the hit of the evening!

The final donation came to just over $500.00 for the evening. “I am positive that this is just the beginning to a wonderful tradition with Taste and that next year we will have every seat filled with beautifully dressed community members dining out to support Hospice. We thank all of the attendees, but also those who came for dinner and opted in to the donation on the spur of the moment!” said Wendy Mathis, community liaison for Hospice of Amador and Calaveras.

Mark your calendars for next years “Dress to the Nines,” event on Sunday, February 24, 2019 at Taste Restaurant and Wine Bar. Can you be better dressed than Johnny V?

Photos by Bill Lavallie

Celina Clark and Kathy Theroux

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

FACL Semi-Annual Book Drive - Sat Mar 31

Friends of the Amador County Library Book Drive
Saturday, March 31 from 10am-2pm
42A Summit Street, Jackson (behind the old court house)

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CAPC Newsletter                                                  March 2018
Preventing the Maltreatment of Children 
With Disabilities
Abuse and neglect are three times more prevalent in children with disabilities than for their peers without disabilities. Maltreatment of children with disabilities is also likely to result in more serious injuries and harm. Learn how to spot risk factors and help prevent the maltreatment of this vulnerable population in Information Gateway's updated bulletin for professionals, The Risk and Prevention of Maltreatment of Children With Disabilities.

Information Gateway's updated bulletin describes the scope of the problem, discusses risk factors, and looks at issues encountered when assessing a child with disabilities for maltreatment. It also includes promising prevention, collaboration, and training strategies; related statistics and research; examples of community, family, and child-focused prevention programs; and a list of helpful resources.

Childhood disabilities are diverse and carry different risks. For instance, hyperactivity disorders result in behaviors that may cause a negative stress reaction in a parent or caregiver under stress. Children who are vision or hearing impaired and/or nonverbal may be more vulnerable to neglect and sexual abuse. In addition, disabilities can be isolating, and social isolation increases the odds for maltreatment. Find out how you can recognize the characteristics of a child's disabilities to understand their vulnerabilities and how to protect them.

Check out related Information Gateway products for relevant material:

For more information, visit their website, email them at, or call them toll-free at 1.800.394.3366
ACEs, Trauma Informed Care and Resiliency Training in Amador County

Building Community Resiliency
Tuesday, March 27, 1:00-4:30pm

Explore Adverse Childhood Experiences & Adverse Community Environments. Understand the implications of ACEs on health and well-being, learn the crucial foundations for building resilient communities, and ID techniques to alleviate the effect of ACEs in your community.

Trauma Informed Care
Wednesday, March 28, 8:00am-4:00pm
Learn how to define types of trauma, describe the impact of trauma on the development and well-being of children, adults and family support staff, and identify strategies for responding to trauma and resisting re-traumatization.

Register through Strategies 2.0 HERE.

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:

Monday, April 30, 2018 - 5:00pm
Don't Rush to Flush!

Thank you City of Ione Police Department for hosting the FIRST permanent medicine collection bin within Amador County! This collection bin allows Amador residents to safely dispose of their unwanted, controlled AND non-controlled medications. 

Ione PD is located at 1 E Main Street, please call ahead for hours of operation (209) 274-2456

Click HERE to watch the video.

Upcoming Events
Addressing ACEs
(Adverse Childhood Experiences)

Join CAPC in creating a county-wide effort to recognize and address the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences(ACEs) in Amador County.

Next collaborative meeting, Tuesday, March 13, 3:00-5:00pm975 Broadway (flyer)


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
Sierra Learning Community

Delving Deeper into ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences): Breaking the Cycle of Intimate Partner Violence, for the flyer click HERE.
Building a Trauma Sensitive School Community
Thursday, March 15, 8:30am - 4:15pm
Mokelumne Hill Town Hall, for additional information call (209) 754-6916.

Next CAPC Meeting
Monday, March 19, 10:30am-12:00pm

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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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