Friday, December 21, 2018

Jackson Rancheria Brings Holiday Cheer to Children at Shriners Hospital

SACRAMENTO, Calif. — The sights and sounds of Christmas filled the play area at Shriners Hospital when the Jackson Rancheria Casino Resort hosted a holiday party for patients this week.
Rich Hoffman, CEO of Jackson Rancheria, serenaded patients and families with holiday carols while a team of Santa’s elves — Jackson Rancheria employees — helped kids build gingerbread houses.

“Giving back during the holiday season is very important to Jackson Rancheria, and our holiday giving always includes bringing cheer to children in need,” said Hoffman.

Before hosting the December 18 holiday party, Hoffman and the Jackson Rancheria staff toured the Northern California Shriners Hospital.

“The hospital tour opened our eyes to the amazing work being done for children right here in our backyard,” said Hoffman. “I always knew Shriners Hospital provides exceptional care, but to see the specifics — the research and other programs — gave me a deeper appreciation of the positive impact this hospital makes on children and families in our community.”

The Jackson Rancheria holiday party was a prelude to the Christmas morning celebration that takes place at Shriners Hospitals for Children — Northern California each year.  This year, the magic of the morning will begin when patients wake up to find a holiday stocking donated by Jackson Rancheria at the foot of their bed.  The celebration continues when Santa arrives in a horse-drawn carriage to deliver toys to patients spending the holiday at the hospital.

The holiday celebrations are examples of the many activities Shriners Hospital organizes for patients as part of its Therapeutic Recreation and Child Life program.  Patients are scheduled for play as part of their daily routine. Community groups frequently come to the hospital to entertain and host activities for children.

Play is an important part of the healing process, notes Activities Coordinator Breanna Williams, as it gives children the opportunity to explore their environment and interact with others. Most of all, says Williams,  “The activities that take place during the holiday season speak to the generosity of many and remind us of how people can and do make a positive difference in the lives of children.”

About Shriners Hospitals for Children
Shriners Hospitals for Children is changing lives every day through innovative pediatric specialty care, world-class research and outstanding medical education. Located at 2425 Stockton Boulevard in Sacramento, Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California provides care to children with orthopaedic conditions, spinal cord injuries, burns, cleft lip, scars from any cause and other complex surgical needs. Admission is based on age and diagnosis.   Care is provided regardless of the families’ ability to pay. Shriners Hospitals for Children is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization and relies on the generosity of donors. All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent permitted by law. For further information call (916) 453-2000 or go online to

Monday, December 10, 2018

Lockwood Fire Protection Auxiliary Helps Camp Fire Family

Lockwood Fire Auxiliary held their annual Christmas Community Pot Luck on December 8 with the usual great food, singing and raffle.  At the beginning of the evening it was announced the Auxiliary had picked a family who lost everything in the Camp Fire to support with the proceeds from the raffle.  People bought tickets like there was no tomorrow, raising over $700.00 to send to the Hill family with seven children.

The full story on the family and the letter sent to Lockwood Fire is on the Lockwood Fire web site, It is truly amazing.

Recognition was given to volunteer firefighters Randy Binz, Jim Darnell and Doug Mather.  A new recruit was also introduced.  Their dedication to learning and assisting the department with cleaning, painting and maintaining the fire house along with other projects were acknowledged and appreciated.  The Auxiliary presented CAL FIRE Division Chief Rob Withrow  for his outstanding work with the Lockwood Board, firefighters and Auxiliary to help bring the department back from a difficult period.  Of special note was the introduction of a new trophy award, the Perpetual Puff Award. The award will be presented to a deserving individual each year with the name and year engraved on the side.  This first year recipient was Jackie Vaughn who has volunteered to the department over 18 years in a variety of capacities as Board Director, Board President, Auxiliary member, webmaster and communications and public outreach coordinator.

Every year the Auxiliary invites the Pine Grove DJJ youth to come and enjoy good food and camaraderie during what must be a difficult time for most.  The boys outdid themselves this year presenting the Auxiliary with a chocolate and vanilla, raspberry filled, white frosting topped, beautifully decorated, huge cake to share with everyone.  It was a very "delicious" event!

Cal Fire leading the caroling

Friday, December 7, 2018

Amador Child Abuse Prevention Council - Dec 2018

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CAPC Newsletter                                                  December 2018

Holiday Safety for Families
Child abuse is incredibly prevalent in the winter holiday season because of stress, the expense and bustle of shopping, and increased alcohol use. Accidents related to holiday decorating and festivities also contribute to unsafe conditions for children. Here are some tips to help keep families and homes safe during the holiday season.
Beware of Holiday Candles
~Keep candles away from decorations and other combustible materials.
~Do not leave children unattended in the room with lit candles.
~Keep candles, matches, and lighters out of the reach of children.
~Refrain from using candles to decorate Christmas trees.
Test Tree Trimmings
~When decorating with lights be sure to purchase the type that have been tested and labeled by an approved laboratory.
~For outside decorations - use only lights that are labeled for outside use.
~Do not overload electrical outlets and always unplug all lights when leaving the home or going to bed.
Keep Christmas Trees Fresh
~Choose a fresh tree and secure it in a sturdy stand.
~Locate the tree away from heat sources and exits - water it daily.
~If you purchase an artificial tree, make sure that it is fire retardant.
Prepare for Holiday Parties
~Decorate with flame retardant or non-combustible materials.
~Have a designated smoking area outside, for the sake of others that are sensitive to secondhand smoke.
Designate a Driver
~If you are a party attendant, select a driver.
~If you are a host you should have a supply of nonalcoholic beverages on hand for the designated drivers.
Inspect Fireplaces
~Fireplaces should be cleaned and inspected each year before the start of the heating season. Creosote forms as the wood burns, creating a buildup in the chimney walls that will cause a fire if not properly cleaned.
~Always protect your home and your family by using a sturdy screen when burning fires.
~You should only burn wood and not paper or pine limbs which can float out of the chimney and may ignite a neighbor's yard.
~Never use flammable liquids in a fireplace.
~If stockings are hung on the mantle, don't start a fire in the fireplace.

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

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

Resilient Amador
Steering Committee, Tuesday, December 11, 3:00-5:oopm
Join CAPC in creating a county-wide effort to recognize and address the impact of Adverse Childhood Experiences(ACEs) in Amador County. Meeting here at our CAPC offices, 975 Broadway, Jackson.  

Children's Holiday Festival
Friday, December 14, 5:30-8:00pm
975 Broadway, Jackson
Next CAPC Meeting
Monday, January 28, 10:30am-12:00pm
975 Broadway, Jackson 

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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Child Abuse Prevention Council of Amador, Mail: PO Box 815, Jackson, CA 95642,Location: 975 Broadway, Jackson, CA 95642

Tuesday, December 4, 2018

Amador Fire Safe Council Town Hall Meeting - Mon Dec 17

Mitchell Mine Fuel Break Project
Mitigating the Risk of Fire in Amador County

With the recent devastation of the Camp Fire, we must face the fact that the fire risk in Amador County is very high. To this end, we need to continue to take action to be prepared for wildfire and mitigate the fire risk.

Since we formed in 2002, the Amador Fire Safe Council (AFSC) has been working with partners and stakeholders to reduce the risk of wildfire in Amador County. The Amador Fire Safe Council (AFSC) is a local 501(c)3 nonprofit organization with the mission to “improve the protection of Amador County residents and their properties from the catastrophic effects of wildfire through action, partnerships, education and outreach.” The board of the AFSC is made up of Amador County residents that volunteer their time to write grants, attend and facilitate planning meetings and work with the AFSC Coordinator to implement projects.

In September, the AFSC was awarded $1,017,239 from CALFIRE’s Climate Change Investment funds to implement the Mitchell Mine Fuel Break, which is located between Pine Grove and Volcano. The planning for this project has been in the works for years, and environmental compliance is roughly 50% complete; work on the ground is projected to start in early 2019.

The Mitchell Mine Fuel Break will be a 300-foot-wide shaded fuel break that is approximately 10.4 miles, through public and private land, strategically placed by CALFIRE and AFSC professionals, and sanctioned as a priority by the Amador Fuels Reduction Collaboration (see map). A shaded fuel break is an area where underbrush and small trees are cleared, leaving trees larger than 10 inches in diameter in the cleared swath. As the name describes this would act as a break of fuel functioning to significantly slow down a wildfire, and provides an open space for fire fighters and emergency responders to work to fight the wildfire.

In addition to CAL FIRE, the Bureau of Land Management (BLM) and Indian Grinding Rock State Park are project partners; the fuel break will include public land managed by both of these entities. The fuelbreak includes many parcels of private land and in order to make it effective, AFSC needs to partner with the included private landowners – therefore, we need Rights of Entry for work to occur.

The Amador Fire Safe Council will be hosting a public meeting Monday, December 17 at 6:30 p.m. at the Pine Grove Town Hall, 19899 Highway 88, Pine Grove, CA to discuss the project with the community. If you are a resident of the Upcountry or a community member interested in the project, please come to learn more about the project.

For more information on the project visit the Amador Fire Safe Council website and like the AFSC on Facebook.

Monday, December 3, 2018

17th Annual Children's Holiday Festival - Fri Dec 14

Winter Festivals Around the World" is coming! Please join us on Friday, December 14. FREE and open to ALL families! The fun begins at 5:30 pm, and Santa Claus will be there at 6:45 pm