Thursday, October 18, 2018

Mother Lode Newcomers & Friends Luncheon - Thurs Nov 1

Mother Lode Newcomers and Friends is a philanthropic, social, and recreational club, established to welcome newcomers to the Mother Lode area and connect them with others that are new to our area. The Club meets at monthly membership luncheons on the first Thursday of the month.

Reservations are due 10 days prior to the lunch date (Oct 23).

Email to register. Guests welcome.
Please come and join us! 
Visit for more information.

Take A Stand: An Anti-Bullying Program - Wed Nov 7

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Dia de los Muertos Celebration - Sat Nov 3

Free Family-Friendly Community Event!

The Day of the Dead – El Dia De Los Muertos is an ancient Aztec celebration focused on remembering and honoring our beloved dead. It is not a sad, somber remembrance but is bright, vibrant and celebratory as it acknowledges that death is just a part of life.

Join us in learning about this ancient celebration and its symbols. Get a temporary Day of the Dead face tattoo, decorate traditional sugar skulls and make tissue flowers for the altar.

Decorate the community altar by creating a memorial for your own beloved dead using your own photos and mementos.

Join us in walking the memorial labyrinth as we remember and honor our loved ones as we celebrate the sacred cycle of life, death and rebirth.

This is a DROP IN event. The community labyrinth walk program will begin at 2:30 although the labyrinth will be open to walk throughout the day.

This is a celebration so bring finger food, snacks, dessert or drinks to share. This gathering is provided by the Serenity Center (209) 295-2003  and The Labyrinth Project (209) 256-3750.  Call either number for more information.

Tuesday, October 16, 2018

Amador Makers announces election of its inaugural Board of Directors

Amador Makers, an organization dedicated to fostering a creative community for Makers working in wide range of mediums, has elected its first Board of Directors at its October meeting, held last Sunday.

Elected Board President was Craig Baracco, reporter with the Ledger-Dispatch newspaper and gentleman adventurer of some renown, elected Program Director was Molly Allen, CEO of Made in Amador, and elected treasurer was Paula Terrintino, master crafter of many mediums.

The new Board pledges to continue to build the Amador Makers both as an organization and a community and to achieve the organization's long-term goal of being a Maker Space to Amador County. All are welcome to join, regardless of age, area of interest, or skill level. Amador Makers meet the second Sunday of each month, and our next meeting will be on Sunday November 11th at 3:00 pm.

For more information see our Facebook Page or email

Monday, October 8, 2018

First 5 Amador - Oct 2018

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

Dad and Me
Let's build with our hands! 
Saturday, September 29, 10:00am - 12:00pm. 
RSVP to save your spot! (209) 257-1092.

Join us to make a difference to reduce childhood trauma, develop trauma-informed systems, and create a thriving and resilient Amador County.
Tuesday, October 9, 5:00-7:00pm, Jackson.
Light dinner and child care will be provided. 
Please RSVP, (209) 257-1092

Thursday, October 18, 4:30-8:00pm

Wednesday, November 14
For all child care providers, T-K and Kindergarten teachers!
Please RSVP, (209) 257-1092

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. 

Toddler Playgroups
Back in action!
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

Lead Poisoning is Not Yesterday's News

National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week is October 25-31

While some contaminated old buildings have fallen to the wrecking ball, the threat of exposure to high levels of lead remains real for Americans living and working in unsafe conditions.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says children living in 4 million households in the United States are being exposed to high levels of lead.

Research indicates about 500,000 U.S. children between the ages of 1 and 5 have blood lead levels above 5 micrograms per deciliter, the reference level at which the CDC recommends public health actions be initiated.

Lead poisoning occurs when lead builds up in the body, often over a period of months or years. Children under the age of 6 are especially vulnerable because their growing bodies absorb more lead than adults and their brains and nervous systems are more sensitive to the damaging effects of lead, according to the Mayo Clinic.

Furthermore, the Mayo Clinic says signs and symptoms of lead poisoning often don't appear until dangerous amounts accumulated. Low levels of lead in blood have been shown to affect IQ, the ability to pay attention and academic achievement. At very high levels, lead poisoning can be fatal.

Where Does Exposure Occur?
Typically, children are poisoned by lead-based paint and lead-contaminated dust in older buildings (built before 1978). Other sources include contaminated air, water and soil.

In Flint, Michigan, a 4-year-old boy's blood lead level jumped from 2 micrograms to 6.5 after the city decided to pump tap water into homes from the Flint River. The decision drew harsh criticism because high levels of lead were discovered, an expected result in any public water system not providing corrosion control treatment, according to a draft report issued by the Environmental Protection Agency.

Adults who work with batteries, do home renovations or work in auto repair shops also may be exposed to lead. Eating or drinking from dishes or glasses that contain lead poses a risk, too. Lead is a concern for pregnant women because it can result in reduced growth of the fetus and premature birth, according to the EPA.

Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the CDC are sponsoring National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week, Oct. 25-31, 2015. This year's theme is, "Lead-Free Kids for a Healthy Future."

The event will focus on the many ways parents can reduce a child's exposure to lead and prevent its serious health effects.

Can You Minimize Risks?
The EPA says simple steps, such as keeping your home clean and well-maintained, can go a long way in preventing lead exposure. The EPA also recommends you:

  • Get tested; pediatricians and local health departments can test children's blood to measure lead levels
  • Inspect and maintain all painted surfaces to prevent paint deterioration
  • Address water damage quickly and completely
  • Keep your home clean and dust free; household dust from deteriorating lead-based paint or contaminated soil can be a major source of lead exposure for children
  • Let the water run to flush the tap, use only cold water to prepare food and drinks and use a water filter; lead in older pipes can leach into drinking water
  • Teach children to keep their hands and toys out of their mouths and wash their hands frequently
  • Eat well; prevention begins with a healthy diet rich in calcium, iron, zinc and vitamin C
Lead poisoning is preventable. 

Thank you to the National Safety Council for this article.
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 we will visit a horse ranch! Enjoy a snack, story-time and a free book to bring home.

Saturday, October 27, 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!


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.

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Healthy QUICK TIPS of the MONTH
Spooky Snacks!

Pizza Mummies

Slices of sandwich bread
Marinara sauce
Thin strips of mozzarella cheese
Sliced black olives


Toast sandwich bread; spread with marinara sauce. Top with thin strips of mozzarella for gauze and sliced black olives for eyes. Broil until the cheese melts slightly.

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. 
For more information call us at (209) 257-1092, visit our website,and follow us on Facebook and Twitter!
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Thursday, October 4, 2018

Operation Care: Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence

Take a Stand Against Domestic Violence
Amador County, October 2018 - October is nationally recognized as Domestic Violence Awareness Month (DVAM). This year, Operation Care is taking a stand against domestic violence and reminding our community that there are still countless people--victims and survivors, their children and families, their friends and family, their communities--impacted by domestic violence.  
"We all need to take a stand.It needs to be more shameful to be an abuser than to be a victim"said Tammie Crabtree, Executive Director of Operation Care. Survivors of domestic violence have traditionally been quiet and sometimes ashamed about their abuse, while onlookers tend to turn away when witnessing abusive behavior. But as we have seen in recent months with the #MeToo movement, cultural and social change is obtainable when enough people speak out. "We need to stand together and tell victims we will not tolerate abusive behavior any longer," said Tammie. "person cannot abuse the men, women, and children in our community and think that we will turn away. We WILL take a stand, and we encourage survivors to tell their stories so that together we can stop the abuse. We cannot lose another life because of domestic violence. As a community we must ALL TAKE A STAND."
 In an effort to de-stigmatize domestic violence, and to amplify the voices of domestic violence survivors, The National Council Against Domestic Violence ( has implemented the #SurvivorSpeaks hashtag. In response, Operation Care will be publishing domestic violence statistics and encouraging survivors to use #SurvivorSpeaks in their social media posts to come forward with strength and share stories that need to be told, thus bringing awareness to this important issue that impacts millions of women, men, and children nationally. The #SurvivorSpeaks campaign encourages all of us to take a stand, and not stop until society has zero tolerance for domestic violence and until all victims and survivors can be heard!
What is Domestic Violence?
Domestic violence is defined as a pattern of abusive behavior in any relationship that is used by one partner to gain and maintain power and control over another intimate partner. Domestic violence includes physical, sexual, emotional, economic, psychological, or actions/threats of actions that influence another person. Domestic Violence can happen to any person regardless of race, sexual orientation or economic status.
Everyone deserves to be in a healthy relationship, if you are constantly in fear of your partner and feeling belittled or intimidated, you are not in a healthy relationship. Operation Care offers one-to-one peer counseling, support groups for victims of domestic violence, court and hospital accompaniment, Temporary Restraining Order assistance, a 24-hour crisis line, a Safehouse for women and children, and safe shelter for men. If you or someone you know needs help, dial 911 or call the 24-hour crisis line at (209) 223-2600.
Please join Operation Care this October and Take a Stand against Domestic Violence, and use #SurvivorSpeaks to tell your story.
 About Operation Care
Operation Care has been providing services and safe shelter for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault since 1980. During the 2017/2018 fiscal year, 42 women and children were provided safe shelter. Advocates helped 35 victims with temporary restraining orders, and provided crisis intervention to 35 sexual assault victims. The staff provided 200 peer counseling sessions to domestic violence and sexual assault victims and provided services to 198 adults and 36 children, along with hundreds of transports to appointments, court, and other locations. 
The mission of the organization is to provide domestic violence and sexual assault support services, crisis intervention and education in Amador County. For more information call 209-223-2897 or visit and

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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Operation Care, 817 Court Street, Suite 12, Jackson, CA 95642