Friday, April 27, 2018

Plymouth-Foothills Rotary event at Amador Brewing Company yields new tables for McGee Park in Plymouth

On April 8th the Plymouth Foothill Rotary held a fundraiser to benefit McGee park in downtown Plymouth. The robust affair was a great success thanks to the hard work of Rotary members and their friends. Fabulous food was cooked and prepared by hard-working and ever-creative Bill and Cheryl Speed of Billy Bones.

Special thanks goes out to Will Pritchard and his staff for allowing us to host this very fun event at Amador Brewing Company. And of course, a huge thank you to all who attended, enjoyed the tasty tacos and HOT poppers and quaffed the brew. We are pleased to announce that our goal was met and four new picnic tables will be in McGee Park in time for the upcoming summer Farmers Market. Join us at our next Plymouth Foothills Rotary event on May 5 when we host the 27th Annual Plymouth Flea Market on Main Street!

Plymouth-Foothills Rotarians and friends pictured left to right: Carl McDanel (president), Jessica Herndon (event coordinator), Jamie Wibbenmeyer, Ed Scott, Cheryl Speed, Deirdre Mueller, and Marilyn McDanel.

Supporters of the McGee Park fundraiser have some fun.

Friday, April 20, 2018

Hospice of Amador & Calaveras Celebrates Volunteers during National Volunteer Week

Hospice Volunteers Enjoy Luncheons and Recognition

JACKSON, Calif.—April 20, 2018—Two special luncheons were held this week honoring the volunteer force at Hospice of Amador & Calaveras. The first luncheon, held Monday at the Highway House in Jackson, celebrated the Amador County volunteers, and Tuesday’s event at the Historic Murphys Hotel honored Calaveras County volunteers.

In the two days, more than 120 people enjoyed lunch, words of inspiration and appreciation by HOAC staff, including Executive Director Ariane Debien, Volunteer Coordinator Renee Davis, Thrift Store Manager Dave Carlton, Griefbusters Coordinator Tammy Beilstein, and HOAC Chaplains George Stathos and Mike Wilson. Guests were also treated to a tribute video created by HOAC Chaplain Mike Wilson.

Additionally, at both events, volunteers were given several gifts and service milestones were recognized for individuals who had reached 3, 5, 10, 15, 20, and even 25 years of volunteer service. Among those receiving recognition for their dedicated and loyal service were Jackson Thrift Store volunteers Barbara Giannini and Nancy Powell, who each received a 25-year pins and a bouquet of fresh flowers, and Jackson Thrift Store volunteer Lisa Conti-Ripley, who received her 20-year pin and flowers.

Hospice of Amador & Calaveras has been serving as the two-county region’s only non-profit, independent hospice agency for more than 35 years. In that time, HOAC has never turned away a patient for services due to inability to pay.

In her remarks to Monday’s gathering, HOAC Executive Director Ariane Debien said, “In 2017, our volunteers, among many other things, made 942 patient visits, conducted 102,000 thrift store transactions, and served 53 children with 127 Griefbuster visits. We are absolutely blessed by their dedication and commitment to our mission.”

Volunteer Coordinator Renee Davis said, “Without our 194 volunteers, we simply would not be able to provide the level of consistently available, quality care that we have built our reputation on. Our volunteers truly enable us to serve our patients with all possible options for compassionate end-of-life care. There are no words to describe how valuable these people are to us.”

To learn more about how you can become a volunteer with Hospice of Amador & Calaveras, please call 209-223-5500.

Milestone Recipients, Jackson

Milestone Recipients, Murphys

Jackson luncheon

Monday, April 16, 2018

Operation Care: Denim Day - Thurs Apr 26

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month
Believe Survivors!
Denim Day
Thursday, April 26 at 10AM
Petkovich Park, Jackson

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Joint Upcountry Rotary/Lions Golf Tournament - Sat Aug 4

It has been many years since the President Elects from both the Up Country 88 Lions and Amador Upcountry Rotary were out visiting local businesses together.
Joe Bonini and Mike Spence are co-chairing the upcoming joint Tournament at Mace Meadows Golf Course on August 4, 2018.
Anyone can play or sponsor a hole by calling Mike or Joe (phone numbers on poster below).
Proceeds benefit the upcountry community through Rotary and Lions services and scholarships.

Saturday, August 4, 2018
8AM check in / 9AM start  / 1:30 BBQ
Mace Meadows Golf Course, Pioneer
Golf & Raffle
$75 per player

For more information, , visit:

Thursday, April 5, 2018

First 5 Amador - April 2018

As a parent, you are your child's first and most important teacher!
Ready ... Set ... Grow!
April 2018
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Upcoming Events

Strengthening Families - Social Connections
Thursday, April 5, 6:00-8:30pm
Call The Resource Connection to RSVP, 223-1624.

Self-Empowerment Workshops
Friday, April 13, 9:00-12:00.
RSVP at (209) 223-6315

Free financial literacy workshop, Thursday, April 12
Call (209) 223-1485 x243 to RSVP.

Celebrate Our Children
Saturday, April 21, 11:00-2:00, Argonaut High School, Jackson

Wednesday, April 25, Upcountry Community Center, 1:00-3:00pm
Wednesday, April 25, Ione Family Resource Center, 4:30-6:30pm
Thursday, April 26, Camanche Lake Community Center, 12:00-2:00pm

Let's welcome spring! Saturday,  April 28, 10:00am - 12:00pm. 
RSVP to save your spot! (209) 257-1092.

Wednesday, May 2, 5:30-8:30pm
Presented by California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN)
First 5 Amador, Jackson

Saturday, May 5, 8:00am check-in, walk begins at 10:00am.
Village Green Area in William Land Park, Sacramento.

Ongoing Events:

Grandparent Cafe
Second Wednesday of each month.
Call for location, 223-1624, x204.
Third Wednesday each month, 6:00-7:30pm. 
Call 256-3691 or 257-1092 for more information. 

All Playgroups run from 9:30-11:30am on the following weekdays at the given locations:
Mondays - Camanche 
Tuesdays - Jackson  
First 5 Amador , 975 Broadway
Wednesdays - Ione

April is Autism Awareness Month
Awareness, Acceptance, and Appreciation

Join in celebration for 2018 National Autism Awareness Month! National Autism Awareness Month represents an excellent opportunity to promote autism awareness, autism acceptance and to draw attention to the tens of thousands facing an autism diagnosis each year.

Nearly a quarter century ago, the Autism Society launched a nationwide effort to promote autism awareness, inclusion and self-determination for all, and assure that each person with ASD is provided the opportunity to achieve the highest possible quality of life. Autism spectrum disorder (ASD) is a complex developmental disability, typically appearing during childhood and affecting a person's ability to communicate and interact with others. You can learn more about it  HERE.

The focus for this year and beyond is ensuring acceptance and inclusion in schools and communities that results in true appreciation of the unique aspects of all people. Let's get one step closer to a society where those with ASDs are truly valued for their unique talents and gifts.

What can I do?
  • Put on the Puzzle! The Autism Awareness Puzzle Piece is the most recognized symbol of the autism community in the world. Autism prevalence is now one in every 68 children in America. Show your support for people with autism by displaying the Autism Awareness Puzzle Piece - as a pin on your shirt, a magnet on your car, a badge on your blog, or even your Facebook profile picture - and educate folks on the potential of people with autism!
To learn more about AUTISM, get valuable resources, and to join in on the conversation, visit the Autism Society's website. 
Dental Care for Children
in Amador County

The newly opened WellSpace Healthin Martell is now providing
pediatric dental services two days a week in Amador County. They currently offer dentistry services to patients from birth through age 20. 

Dental care should begin at an early age to provide children and adolescents with the best possible opportunity for good oral health that will last a lifetime. Untreated tooth decay can cause pain and infection that can lead to problems with eating, speaking and overall health. Through their program, they are able to refer patients to specialists as needed.

Their dental team is staffed by dedicated professionals specially trained in serving infants, children, and adolescents of all ages. Their goal is to offer high quality dental care in a fun and pleasant child/youth friendly environment in order to create a positive experience for infants, children and teenagers. They customize every patient's treatment.

The services they provide include:
  • Comprehensive new patient exams
  • Recall exams
  • Emergency visits/exams and diagnosis
  • Regular and deep cleanings
  • Full-mouth & individual x-rays
  • Fluoride treatments
  • Dental sealants
  • Oral hygiene instruction
  • Temporary fillings
  • Dental fillings and restorations
  • Crowns for primary and permanent teeth
  • Space maintainers
  • Routine extractions
Their staff is also trained to help anyone that is uninsured or perhaps unaware that they might be eligible for low- to no-cost health care programs. They can help families navigate the enrollment process of many budget friendly health care programs including Medi-Cal, Health Net, Access Dental and Liberty Dental. In addition, they offer a sliding scale fee system depending on income if someone does not qualify for specific programs or services.

If you or someone you know is interested in scheduling an appointment, the number is (209) 268-0560. 
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!

This month join us at the Ridge Road Garden Center in Pine Grove for a fun hands-on morning with plants! Enjoy a snack, story-time and a free book to bring home.

Saturday, April 28, 10:00am - 12:00pm. 
See the FLYER with all the information.

Save the fourth Saturday of every month for more outings held at fun venues around the county. Story time, a snack and a free book are provided each month!

Upcoming Opportunities 

California Preschool Instructional Network (CPIN) presents...

Regulating the Star Within: 
Social-Emotional Development

Focus on Self-Regulation
Presented by Katy Downs-Stroh, Regional CPIN Lead

Wednesday, May 2, 5:30-8:30pm
Dinner will be served.

First 5 Amador, 975 Broadway, Jackson

Please RSVP by Friday, April 27 to First 5 Amador - 257-1092
Free child care will be provided, please include how many 
children will need care and their ages when you RSVP.

Print the flyer HERE!


How can you give kids the best start in life? 

One of the most important factors for early intervention services, is the early and accurate identification of infants and young children who may have developmental delays or disabilities.
The Ages & Stages Questionnaires (ASQ) are screening tools designed
to be completed by parents or primary caregivers, that encourage parent-caregiver involvement. Each questionnaire can be completed in 10-20 minutes, and is divided into five areas: Communication, Gross Motor, Fine Motor, Problem Solving, and Personal-Social. The benefit for all children and families is so that parents/caregivers know which areas they can focus on at home with their children.
For more information, please call First 5 Amador at 257-1092. 

Get Involved! 

Would you like to improve the quality of care you offer to children in your family child care home, preschool setting, or other early learning environment?

Give us a call at First 5 and find out about the many resources (and incentives!) available to you, (209) 257-1092.

Download the Enrollment FormHERE or in Spanish, HERE.

Priority enrollment deadline is May 11.

Print the flyer HERE, or in Spanish, HERE.

Print this info-graphic to share!

Healthy QUICK TIPS of the MONTH
Energy Bites ~ Healthy No-Bake Snacks!

Spring is here and longer days mean more refueling for energetic kids. Try these easy no-bake snacks that will be a huge hit with kids (and adults too!).

Hands-on time: 10 minutes
Start-to-eat time: 30 minutes

* measuring cups and spoons
* mixing bowl
* microwave-safe bowl
* baking sheet
Kids kitchen skills:
* measuring
* stirring
* using a microwave

These no-bake snacks taste a lot like chewy granola bars. Pop them in your mouth for a quick pick-me-up.

* 2 cups oats
* 1/3 cup dried cranberries or raisins
* 1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
* 1/3 cup honey
* 1/2 cup sunflower seeds, optional
* 2 tablespoons coconut oil (or melted butter)
* 1 tablespoon applesauce

1. In a mixing bowl, stir together the oats, dried cranberries or raisins, cinnamon, and sunflower seeds.
2. In a separate microwave-safe bowl, place the honey, coconut oil, and applesauce. Microwave for 30 seconds. Stir, then microwave for 10 seconds more at a time until completely melted.
3. Add the honey mixture to the oat mixture. Stir well for about 5 minutes. Let the mixture cool until it can be easily formed into a ball. If it's too sticky, refrigerate for about 10 minutes or add more oats, 1 tablespoon at a time, until it holds together.
4. Butter your hands, then roll the mixture into 1-inch balls. Place them on a waxed paper lined baking sheet. Refrigerate until they harden, then store in an air tight container in the fridge until you are ready to eat them.

Makes 4 Servings

Happy Snacking!

One day, California's success 
will be measured by the 
well-being of its youngest children.

   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 |
First 5 Amador supports and designs programs for children 0-5 years old and their Families. 
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