Thursday, August 30, 2018

Rotary of Plymouth Foothills Funds Essential Oils Program for Hospice of Amador & Calaveras

New Program Will Ease Pain and Bring Comfort to Hospice Patients & Caregivers

JACKSON, Calif.—August 28, 2018—Rotary of Plymouth Foothills awarded a check for $1,200 to Hospice of Amador & Calaveras representative Wendy Mathis recently, which will provide lift off and sustenance to the new Essential Oils program for one year. Rotary of Plymouth Foothills Community Service Chairperson Jamie Wibbenmeyer was thrilled to help a local organization like Hospice.

“As Rotarians, we are always looking for ways to help the community. We were made aware of Hospice’s needs through [Boardmember] Dr. Dan Fields. Then, Wendy spoke to our club about the essential oil program and we all enthusiastically supported the project. Many of our members have had experience with Hospice and we are all grateful for the work they do and glad to help with this project.”

Rotary of Plymouth Foothills Community Service Chairperson Jamie Wibbenmeyer
presents a check for $1,200 to Wendy Mathis, community liaison for Hospice of Amador & Calaveras.
Essential oils are a growing and widely accepted approach to alternative healthcare, including palliative and end-of-life treatments. According to Ohio’s Hospice of Dayton, one of the first hospice agencies in the country to fully develop an essential oils program, “Aromatherapy is the holistic therapeutic application of genuine essential oils for enhancing the physical, emotional, mental and spiritual health of the individual.  Aromatherapy stimulates the body’s own natural healing abilities, encompasses the whole person, and is individualized for each patient.” 

Like other hospice agencies, the aromatherapy program at Hospice of Amador & Calaveras will be available to both patients and their caregivers and will launch in the fall with lavender oil as its first offering.

Hospice of Amador & Calaveras is the region’s only independent, non-profit hospice agency and serves residents of Amador and Calaveras Counties. For 35 years, the agency has never turned away a patient for inability to pay. For more information, please visit our website at or, or call 209-223-5500.

UCCE Master Gardeners: New Volunteer Training - Oct 16 & 30

New Volunteer Training
Orientation Meetings:
October 16, 2018 at 5 p.m. or
October 30, 2018 at 11 a.m. in Jackson
The University of California Cooperative Extension (UCCE) invites adults interested in helping others learn about sustainable gardening and landscaping to apply to train as a Master Gardener volunteer. UCCE Master Gardener volunteers learn University-based scientific information and then share that knowledge with the gardening community. Master Gardener volunteers are people of all ages and from all walks of life with a common desire to help others learn about sustainable gardening and landscaping. UCCE invites potential applicants to attend an orientation on October 16, 2018 at 5 p.m. and October 30, 2018 at 11 a.m. in Jackson, CA.
RSVP at 530-621-5528 or

Any resident of Amador County or El Dorado County can apply to become a Master Gardener, however, first priority is given to Amador County residents. Residents of El Dorado County will train in Jackson but will be Master Gardeners in El Dorado County. Applicants need reliable internet access; most communication will be through email and web-based learning.

To apply to become a Master Gardener, sign up on our MG Training interest list at and attend one of the two training orientation meetings to learn about the UCCE Master Gardener Program, our community involvement, your participation requirements, and the training requirements, October 16, 2018 at 5 p.m. and October 30, 2018 at 11 a.m. in Jackson, CA. RSVP at 530-621-5528 or Complete and submit the online application by November 9, 2018 (link will be given out at orientation meetings).

Criteria for acceptance into the Master Gardener Program includes; 1) prior community service, 2) experience teaching others, either by giving presentations, writing, or in one-to-one situations, 3) experience successfully gardening. We will conduct interviews during the week of November 19-23, 2018 and contact you within a week after the interview with your acceptance status. We do require a background check, including fingerprinting. Accepted applicants will need to complete a Live Scan background check.

Our commitment to Master Gardener Trainees is to teach you to research-based home gardening solutions. Training topics and activities will cover basic plant science, propagation, fertilization, irrigation, soil, compost, vegetable and fruit gardening, trees, Integrated Pest Management (diseases, weeds, insects, small animals), research tools, and outreach techniques. We will provide you with a mentor and plenty of volunteer and continuing education opportunities.

The 2019 Master Gardener Volunteer Training fee is $200 and can be paid online or by mail. Master Gardener trainees must complete the fingerprinting process by December 21, 2018 and commit to attend 15 weekly classes on Tuesday’s beginning January 15 through April 9, 2019 from 9am-4:00pm in Jackson along with field trips and hands on activities. In the first year of serving as a Master Gardener, volunteers complete 50 volunteer hours in the community, each year thereafter 25 volunteer and 12 continuing education hours are required annually. Volunteers must have internet service and commit to logging volunteer and continuing education hours on our online Statewide MG Volunteer Management System. (We provide instructions.) Additionally, Master Gardeners attend monthly MG Continuing Education/General meetings as often as possible.

For more information, contact Robin Cleveland at 530-621-5532 or

Thursday, August 16, 2018

Community Tables: Upcountry Rotary and American River Bank donate funds for tables at Pioneer Veterans Hall

Community Tables
Amador Upcountry Rotary and the American River Bank have recently donated funds to replace the tables in the Veterans Community Hall in Pioneer Park on Buckhorn Ridge Road.  Everyone who uses the Hall will benefit from these new tables that are safer and lighter in weight.

For the last year or two, CAFE 88 and local volunteers have been providing free Community Meals on the second Tuesday of every month in the Hall. Now there are more local businesses that have recently joined in sponsoring these meals, which serve 75 to 100 dinners each time, which appear to be growing in popularity. Truly a table set for you and your upcountry neighbors and friends.

Stronger Together - Clubs Raise Over $8000 for Upcountry

In cooperation with the newly reopened Mace Meadow Golf Course, the Rotary Club of Amador Upcountry and Up Country 88 Lions clubs joined forces to throw a sold-out Golf Tournament Benefit this month.

After completing the course, players joined the clubs’ volunteers for a barbeque, raffle prize drawings, and golf contest awards. With the generosity of local sponsors and players, they were able to raise over eight thousand dollars which will go back into our local community in the form of local projects and scholarships.

This is the first time that the two different clubs actually worked together toward the shared goal of serving our upcountry.

Tuesday, August 7, 2018

2nd Annual Spaghetti Spooktacular - Sat Oct 6

Child Abuse Prevention Council - August 2018

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CAPC Newsletter                                                  August 2018
Positive Parental Discipline

Discipline is helping children develop self-control 
and appropriate social behavior. It is one of a parent's most important, yet most difficult, tasks. By following proven disciplinary ideas, this job can be much easier and great results can be accomplished. Good parental discipline builds responsible children with positive self-esteem and values.

Why Children Misbehave
  • Low self-esteem 
  • Lack of positive role models 
  • Frustration or anger 
  • Feelings of neglect 
  • Insecurity 
  • Inadequate parental interest and guidance 
  • Extremely high expectations from adults 
  • Failing grades in school 
  • Inadequate sleep 
  • Reaction to family changes such as divorce or separation 
  • To seek attention - negative attention may seem better than no attention

What You Can Do

Parent's Toolbox - Prevention Tools:
  • Check the Basics: Is the child hungry, tired or sick? Some children become irritable at predictable times of the day. 
  • Communicate Clear Expectations:
    Children need to know what behavior parents expect. Instructions should be stated as simply as possible using words your child can understand, speaking clearly, with eye contact to be sure you have his/her attention. Tell your child why the behavior is important. After you've clearly stated your expectations, consider rehearsing the desired behavior with the child if the situation is appropriate. 
  • Change The Environment: The environment can be changed (something taken away, added, or rearranged) to avoid inappropriate behavior. For instance, if a two-year-old is pulling the leaves off your plants, the plants can be moved to a higher shelf. Make the environment fit the needs of the child. 
  • Model Appropriate Behavior: Children imitate the behavior of others. Show your children how you want them to behave. Children learn from what they see. If they see appropriate behaviors, they will act appropriately. 
  • Plan Transitions: Many people, especially young children, have difficulty changing activities without warning. (For example, your three-year-old is watching his favorite TV show; you tell him it's time for bed.) Preparing your child for transitions ("As soon as this show is over, it will be time to get ready for bed") and involving him in the next activity ("You can choose which pajamas you want to wear") may smooth this stress. 
  • Use Humor: Many times, potentially tense or difficult moments can be eased by humor, silliness, or a hug. Try using a puppet. Sometimes a child will cooperate with a puppet's request while resisting yours. Sometimes we just need to lighten up. 
  • Offer A Choice Between Two Alternatives: Offering a child a choice helps her to feel she has control over her life and helps gain her cooperation. Ask your child, "would you rather wear your nightgown or pajamas to bed?" or "What would you like to do before we leave the park, swing for five minutes or play on the slide for five minutes?" 
  • Reduce Boredom: Some children get into trouble when they are bored. Involving them in an interesting activity or conversation will redirect their energy.

Thank you to the Child Abuse Prevention Center in Sacramento for this great article. Please visit their website for more valuable resources and information.

Family Strengthening  
Mini-Grants Now Available!
We are excited to announce that funding is available for Family Strengthening mini-grant proposals for the 2018-19 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 2018-19 fiscal year, however grant reviews and awards will occur bi-monthly.
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 steering committee meeting, Tuesday, August 14, 3:00-5:00pm975 Broadway 

Thursday, August 9, 8:00am - 4:00pmColumbia, CA
Light breakfast and lunch provided.


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 6, 10:30am-12:00pm

Building a Resilient Amador!

The relationship between adversity within a family and adversity within a community are directly related. Nourish the soil and the roots, and your leaves and blossoms will flourish and grow! Ignore the soil and the roots, and the leaves and flowers will wither away.

The Child Abuse Prevention Council is working towards building a community that tends its soil so everyone can thrive!

To learn more or to get involved, give us a call (209) 223-5921, or send us an email:

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. 
Investing in Our Youngest Children
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Child Abuse Prevention Council of Amador, Mail: PO Box 815, Jackson, CA 95642,Location: 975 Broadway, Jackson, CA 95642

Monday, August 6, 2018

Hospice of Amador & Calaveras: ​Motherlode Cruisers Give Back!

Hospice of Amador & Calaveras Receive Proceeds from Annual Car Show

JACKSON, CA —The Motherlode Cruisers again packed Historic Main St. in Jackson for their annual vintage car show on May 19. This year’s event included 180 painstakingly restored vintage cars, including roadsters, sedans, muscle cars and more. As in past years, this year’s event included vendor booth with arts and crafts, a beer garden, live music and a raffle, making it a day for the whole family.

On July 24, club spokesman Bret Risius awarded two checks in the amount of $3000 each, to Hospice of Amador & Calaveras, and Tri-County Wildlife, the other recipient of this year’s show proceeds.

“Many of our members are older, and Hospice of Amador & Calaveras services have been used for some of our family members. We know they do a lot for the community and we try to give back to some organizations that sometimes get overlooked. We do what we can for the community and [Hospice] is really great.”

Hospice of Amador & Calaveras Executive Director Ariane Debien said, “Our agency is honored to have been included in this fun event. We are truly grateful for the support of the Motherlode Cruisers!”

Motherlode Cruisers is a vintage car club with members primarily based in Amador County and surrounding Sierra foothill communities. Their sponsorship of the annual vintage car show is held each year on the third Saturday in May. For more information, visit

Hospice of Amador & Calaveras is the region’s only independent, non-profit hospice agency and serves residents of Amador and Calaveras Counties. For 35 years, the agency has never turned away a patient for inability to pay. For more information our website at  or call 209-223-5500.​