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Week Ten:


What are You Doing Every Day/Week? Record it on this Calendar. If you can’t print the calendar call Kim or Ericka at the phone numbers below and we’ll send you a few copies, or create a similar calendar on a piece of paper.



Check out this Shelter-in-Place packet, it has GREAT information and interactive exercises!


Amador Day Program ZOOM Meetings:

Join ZOOM at Meeting ID # 918 226 1275

  • Mondays at 11:30am for Relationships/Communication
  • Mondays at 1:00pm for Art!
  • Tuesdays at 11:30am for a Social Hour!
  • Wednesdays at 11:30am for a Social Hour!
  • Thursdays at 1:15pm Music & Relaxation with Katie and Connie!
  • Fridays at 10:00am for Current Events
  • Fridays at 11:30am for Health and Exercise
  • stay tuned for more to come!

Calaveras Day Program ZOOM Meetings:

Join ZOOM at Meeting ID: TBA

  • Call Lori at 754-4001 to schedule one-on-one EXCEL classes!
  • meeting schedule to come.


Visit the Self-Isolated Penguins – How are their communities different? How are they the same? How are they entertaining themselves? Can we learn anything from them?



Week 10 Counting Money Worksheet: click here


Budget for the Week: (Interactive and Ongoing Throughout Facility Closure). Let’s say you can go to WalMart every weekend to get things you need. This week we’ll give you $10. What would you buy with it? Record your transactions on this Check Book Register. If you can’t print the register call Kim or Ericka at the phone numbers below and we’ll send you a few copies, or create a similar register on a piece of paper.  So far you've received:

  • $100
  • $55
  • $75
  • $40
  • $60
  • $25
  • $90
  • $30
  • $85
  • $10


Sports & Fitness

Special Olympics Northern California is excited to announce 2020 Summer Games @ Home.   Summer Games @ Home is an inclusive and engaging virtual event open to all Athletes, Unified Partners, and Young Athletes. Athletes and Unified Partners will train and compete from the safety of their homes in any, or all, of six different sports:  basketball, bocce, fitness, soccer, tennis, and track & field. Summer Games @ Home will culminate with four days of online events, programs, and festivities.

Upcoming Dates:

  • May 21, 2020:  Registration Opens
  • June 1-7, 2020:  Health & Fitness @ Home "Fitness Week"
  • June 1-14, 2020:  Training @ Home
  • June 15-21, 2020:  Competition @ Home
  • June 20, 2020Special Olympics Fundraiser
    • Journey to Summer Games:  A virtual walk/run/bike to raise funds and awareness for Special Olympics
  • June 29-July 2, 2020:  Summer Games @ Home Celebration
    • Healthy Athletes®  activities, awards presentations, social events, guest speakers, a dance, and more


Exercise of the Week: Standing Toe Touches!!   Be sure to slightly bend your legs when you're stretching down to your toes!  Use a chair to help you keep balance.  How many Toe Touchess can you do at one time? In 5 minutes? 10 minutes?  Put on a good TV show and do some Standing Toe Touches!  Be sure to record your success daily on your weekly calendar.


Friday Night Dance Party 8pm – 9pm:


Chair Yoga:


Sport Movie of the Week

Double Teamed: In 1985, identical twins Heather and Heidi Burge are forced by their overly-pushy father to leave their former school and attend a different school to have better chances at college scholarships. Heidi, however, tended to think that she was athletically inferior to Heather, and in an attempt to get out of Heather's shadow, she joined in a school play.

Heather and Heidi are both attending the school to play volleyball rather than basketball, but the girls' basketball coach notices Heather because of her height. She seizes this opportunity to play basketball to help her train for the coming volleyball season. Heather meets Nicky Williams, the star of the Palos Verdes High School Sea Kings. Heidi, in the meantime, learns that her father told the coach that both of the girls would play on the basketball team, despite the fact that Heidi had already committed to performing in a school play.

Heather and Heidi are both furious over the situation - Heather because she didn't want Heidi on the team and Heidi because she thought Heather put their father up to it. Heidi wanted to be independent of Heather and pursue her own interests.

When the twins first start playing for the Sea Kings, they leave a bad impression on the team by lying and implying that they are rich like many of their teammates. Heather and Nicky form a serious rivalry and Nicky even tries to run the Burge twins out of school by telling the school about the Burges' living situation.

They both eventually befriend Nicky when they see that her father is too preoccupied with business to attend her basketball games. At their first tournament in New York, they win second, and Heather wins MVP. However, in another game, Heidi is selected to take the game winning free throws. This makes Heather, the usual star, extremely jealous, so she later plays a late-night one-on-one game with Galen, a senior basketball star who lives in their apartment complex. While playing, Heather falls and severely twists her ankle, which prevents her from playing their next game. During that next game, while she's sitting out, Heather sees the need for teamwork rather than the need to be the "superstar" and decides to play again despite being injured. Her effort is rewarded, and with some clever teamwork, they win the game.

Watch Double Teamed on Netflix, Hulu, Flik, Amazon or on DVD…




Recipe of the Week: Healthy Double Chocolate Brownies







































Fruit/Vegetable Smoothie of the Week: Double Chocolate Smoothie

  • 1 Cup                    Almond Milk
  • 1 Scoop                Chocolate Protein Powder
  • ½                          Banana
  • 1 Tspn                   Maca Powder
  • 1 Tspn                   Almond Butter
  • 1 Tspn                   Coconut Oil
  • 1 Pinch                 Raw Cacao Nibs
  • 1 Pinch                 Coconut (shreds)

Blend together for a delicious, healthy drink!



Self-Care BINGO: A new BINGO card will come out each week - how fast can you get a BINGO?  Three days? Two maybe?




Independent Living

Check Scams:

In a fake check scam, a person you don’t know asks you to deposit a check— sometimes for several thousand dollars, and usually for more than you are owed — and send some of the money to another person. The scammers always have a good story to explain why you can’t keep all the money. They might say they need you to cover taxes or fees, you’ll need to buy supplies, or something else.

Fake checks come in many forms. They might look like business or personal checks, cashier’s checks, money orders, or a check delivered electronically. Here’s what you need to know about fake check scams.

Types of Fake Checks Scams

Fake checks are used in many types of scams. Here are some examples:

  • Mystery shopping. Scammers pretend to hire people as mystery shoppers and tell them their first assignment is to evaluate a retailer that sells gift cards, money orders, or a money transfer service, like Western Union or MoneyGram. The shopper gets a check with instructions to deposit it in a personal bank account and wire it to someone else. But once the money is wired, the person on the other end can disappear. 
  • Car wrap decals. People interested in car wrap advertising are told to deposit checks and send money to decal installers — who don’t exist. 
  • Claiming prizes. Sweepstakes “winners” are given checks and told to send money to cover taxes, shipping and handling charges, or processing fees. But that’s not how legitimate sweepstakes work. 
  • Overpayments. People buying something from you online “accidentally” send a check for too much and ask you to refund the balance.
Why Do These Scams Work?These scams work because fake checks generally look just like real checks, even to bank employees. They are often printed with the names and addresses of legitimate financial institutions. They may even be real checks written on bank accounts that belong to identity theft victims. It can take weeks for a bank to figure out that the check is a fake.Fake Checks and Your BankBy law, banks have to make deposited funds available quickly, usually within two days. When the funds are made available in your account, the bank may say the check has “cleared,” but that doesn’t mean it’s a good check. Fake checks can take weeks to be discovered and untangled. By that time, the scammer has any money you sent, and you’re stuck paying the money back to the bank.

Your best bet: Don’t rely on money from a check unless you know and trust the person you’re dealing with.

How to Avoid a Fake Check Scam

  • Never use money from a check to send gift cards, money orders, or wire money to strangers or someone you just met. Many scammers demand that you send money through money transfer services like Western Union or MoneyGram, or buy gift cards and send them the PIN numbers. Once you wire money, or give someone the gift card PINs, it is like giving someone cash. It’s almost impossible to get it back.
  • Toss offers that ask you to pay for a prize. If it’s free, you shouldn’t have to pay to get it.
  • Don’t accept a check for more than the selling price. You can bet it’s a scam.

Employment Skills

Click here for an Employability Self Assessment...  It will give you great insight to areas you can work on for more success in the workplace!



Travel / Around the World

In addition to being a well known television show, Twin Peaks is the name of a number of different mountains spread throughout Colorado. The peak discussed here is found in the Sangre de Cristo Mountains, and is prominent looking south from the Great Sand Dunes National Park and may or may not be one of Colorado’s 200 highest peaks. The northern summit at 13,580 feet is listed as the 199th highest, largely because “T” comes before “U” in the alphabet. It has a south summit of 13,534 feet with the two summits separated by a shallow saddle of approximately 13,460 feet. Twin Peaks is found northwest of Blanca Peak and Ellingwood Point, and appears to be the highest peak whose entire extent is contained within Alamosa County.

 The South Zapata Lake Trail leads up to the vicinity of the summit and this is the means used for most ascents. Not far from the trailhead, it is possible to make a short detour into a narrow gorge to see Zapata Falls although this requires walking through the creek and could result in wet feet so might be better done at the end of the hike.

To learn more about Twin Peaks, Colorado, visit:




Reading/Writing Skills

Totally Twins wordsearch week 10: click here


Let’s Write a Poem 

Rules for Writing Good Poetry - More Practice

Last week we shared come rules about writing good poetry, someof you really liked that so we'll repeat the rules and write another poem! Here are the guidelines for those looking to take their poetry writing to the next level:

  1. Read a lot of poetry. If you want to write poetry, start by reading poetry. You can do this in a casual way by letting the words of your favorite poems wash over you without necessarily digging for deeper meaning.
  2. Listen to live poetry recitations. By listening to the sounds of good poetry, you discover the beauty of its construction—the mix of stressed syllables and unstressed syllables, alliteration and assonance, a well placed internal rhyme, clever line breaks, and more.
  3. Start small. A short poem like a haiku or a simple rhyming poem might be more attainable than diving into a narrative epic. A simple rhyming poem can be a non-intimidating entryway to poetry writing.
  4. Don’t obsess over your first line. If you don’t feel you have exactly the right words to open your poem, don’t give up there. Keep writing and come back to the first line when you’re ready.
  5. Embrace tools. Use a thesaurus or a rhyming dictionary to help you complete a poem, You’d be surprised how many professional writers also make use of these tools. Just be sure you understand the true meaning of the words you insert into your poem.
  6. Enhance the poetic form with literary devices. Develop your poetry writing skills by inserting metaphor, allegory, synecdoche, metonymy, imagery, and other literary devices into your poems.
  7. Try telling a story with your poem. Many of the ideas you might express in a novel, a short story, or an essay can come out in a poem.
  8. Express big ideas. Because good poetry is about precision of language, you can express a whole philosophy in very few words if you choose them carefully. Even seemingly light poetic forms like nursery rhymes or a silly rhyming limerick can communicate big, bold ideas. You just have to choose the right words.
  9. Paint with words. When a poet paints with words, they use word choice to figuratively “paint” concrete images in a reader’s mind.

This week, try writing a poem about Swimming or Floating in the Pool. Please share your poem with your advocate.





Mandala Sheet Week 10: click here


Art classes, projects and more with AMADOR ARTS at:


Art ProjectOrigami Boat:







































Scavenger Hunt: Each week we’ll have you find an item, keep all items in a “safe place”, such as a small box, for use at the end of the day program facility closure. We’ll use these items to make an art project.   This week, find a can of corn. In your “safe place” you should have:

  • A push pin (thumb tack)
  • 12 inch piece of string
  • 12 inch by 12 inch piece of cardboard
  • A straw
  • A rubber band
  • A tooth pick
  • A small paint brush
  • A black Sharpie
  • A shiny penny
  • A can of corn


Art / Museum Tour: Colorado Museums  -


Interested in Acting?  Check out this great website that has TONS of pointers and lessons:



Gaming and Other Technology

Featured Computer/Cell Phone/Tablet Game of the Week: COIN MASTER Do you have what it takes to be the next Coin Master? Can you travel through time and magical lands to battle it out to be the best Pirate, Hippie, King, Warrior or VIKING of them of all! Download and play the free mobile game now!   Record your  scores on your calendar and share them with your advocate.


Card Game of the WeekPIG: Pig is a wonderful starter game, for those who enjoy the rhythm and the silliness of it. 

Number of Players: Three or more (as many as 13 using one pack of cards)

Cards Required: Standard 52-card deck


For each player, take four of a kind out of the deck. Set aside the rest of the cards. Try to make sure that the cards are as different from each other as possible when playing with younger children. For example, if you are playing with 3 players you might choose the 3s, 7s and Kings. Shuffle the chosen cards well.

Deal four cards to each player. Each player sorts their cards into those that are the same. The goal of the game is to collect four of a kind. When a player does so, they quietly put a finger on their nose. If a player sees another player put a finger on their nose, they must do so, too, even if they do not have 4 of a kind. The last player who puts a finger on their nose gets a letter – first time P, then I, then G.

The players choose which cards they want to collect, choose a card to discard, and put the discarded card face down, on the table in front of them. When everyone has a card on the table, players simultaneously pass a card to the player to their left, and then pick up the card which was been passed them.  It works best to establish a rhythm, such as down – pass – pick up, down – pass – pick up to move the game along.

How to Win:

The first player to get each letter of “P-I-G” is the loser.


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Online Gaming:


App of the Week, for one more week: Word Search:

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Nature and Weird Science

Identical Twins - It’s something we all learn about in science class—the way a fertilized egg becomes an embryo, which then forms fraternal or identical twins. But these educational experiences just scratch the surface when it comes to the fascinating phenomena of twins. Once identical twins start growing up, it’s natural to wonder about the question “nature vs. nurture.” After all, no two people are truly identical in every way, right? So, how identical are identical twins?

Double Trouble

As identical twins mature, they start to express differences in both their personality and appearance. Even so, one thing never changes: their genetic makeup. 

When the fertilized egg splits, the two parts form identical twins. Each twin will have different fingerprints, while other facts remain identical. Identical twins are always the same gender and they always share the same blood type. But is their genetic makeup the same? For a long time, scientists thought yes—but it may be more complicated than that.

The Question of Genetic Makeup

When a fertilized egg splits, each part contains the same genome, or set of genetic instructions. Twins keep those genomes, which many doctors believed were completely identical. However, a recent study contradicts this assumption. In the study, scientists compared the genomes of adult identical twins very, very closely. Lo and behold, they found a very specific difference.

Each twin may carry a different number of a specific type of gene. So, for example, one twin may carry six copies of the gene for brown hair, while his or her twin could carry eight (copies of genes can appear between zero and 14 times). Identifying this difference could give geneticists the ability to more closely identify particular regions of a gene that coincide with particular diseases.

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Genre of the Week: Hip Hop MusicHip hop music, also called rap music, is a genre of popular music developed in the United States by inner-city African Americans and Latino Americans in the Bronx borough of New York City in the 1970s. It consists of a stylized rhythmic music that commonly accompanies rapping, a rhythmic and rhyming speech that is chanted.   It developed as part of hip hop culture, a subculture defined by four key stylistic elements: MCing/rapping, DJing/scratching with turntables, break dancing, and graffiti writing. Other elements include sampling beats or bass lines from records (or synthesized beats and sounds), and rhythmic beatboxing. While often used to refer solely to rapping, "hip hop" more properly denotes the practice of the entire subculture. The term hip hop music is sometimes used synonymously with the term rap music,  though rapping is not a required component of hip hop music; the genre may also incorporate other elements of hip hop culture, including DJing, turntablism, scratching, beatboxing, and instrumental tracks.

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Digital Music Fest: Every Saturday during Social Distancing, join this ZOOM ROOM to share MUSIC OF ALL KINDS from musicians in Amador County!

     Round-robin, one song at a time.

     Join Zoom Meeting:

     Meeting ID: 717 784 673

     Meghan Joy O'Keefe is inviting you to a scheduled Zoom meeting.

     Topic: AmadorArts Digital Music Fest

     Time: Saturdays at 8:00 PM 



Movies (for Recreation-Type Activities)

The Parent Trap:  In 1986, American winery owner Nicholas "Nick" Parker (Dennis Quaid) and British wedding gown designer Elizabeth James (Natasha Richardson) get married over the course of a transatlantic crossing on the Queen Elizabeth 2. However, shortly after the birth of their identical twin daughters, Annie and Hallie (both played by Lindsay Lohan), they get divorced and each has sole custody of one girl; Nick raises Hallie in Napa Valley, California and Elizabeth raises Annie in London, England.

Eleven years later in the summer of 1998, Nick and Elizabeth coincidentally send their daughters to the same summer camp, where they meet and take an immediate dislike to one another. They begin to pull a series of pranks on each other and after one prank goes too far, the two girls are isolated together as punishment until camp is over. One night they discover they are twin sisters and hatch a plan: to switch places in order to meet the parent they have never met and eventually reunite them. Hallie imitates Annie's British accent and flies to London to meet their mother, maternal grandfather Charles, and the James' butler Martin. Meanwhile, Annie imitates Hallie's American accent and flies to Napa Valley to meet their father, Hallie's nanny Chessy, and the family dog Sammy.

Upon arriving in Napa Valley, "Hallie" learns Nick has a new girlfriend Meredith (Elaine Hendrix), a child-hating gold digger, that he is planning to propose to. "Annie" sneaks out to call her sister from a phone booth but is discovered by Charles, who persuades her to reveal her identity to Elizabeth. Meanwhile, Chessy grows suspicious of "Hallie's" odd behaviour, and "Hallie" confesses she is really Annie, but they do not tell Nick.

"Annie" tells Elizabeth that Nick wants to meet her in San Francisco in order to switch the girls back and the two of them, along with Martin, travel to do so. On the same weekend, "Hallie", Nick and Meredith travel to the same hotel to discuss wedding plans. Nick sees Elizabeth for the first time in years, and they both learn they have been tricked by their daughters into meeting again, as well as Nick discovering he's had Annie in his care since the end of camp. Meanwhile, Chessy and Martin meet and grow romantically attracted to each other.

Hallie and Annie recreate the night their parents met by renting out a yacht for an evening, but ultimately fail to rekindle Nick and Elizabeth's relationship. The twins resort to a last-ditch effort by demanding a three-day family camping trip, refusing to reveal which twin is which until after they return. Elizabeth tricks Meredith into taking her place on the camping trip at the last minute, much to the girls dismay. Over the course of the trip, Hallie and Annie play a number of harmless tricks on Meredith who becomes enraged and demands Nick chooses between her and them. Nick, finally seeing Meredith for who she truly is, chooses the girls and breaks off the engagement.

Back in Napa Valley, Nick shows Elizabeth his wine collection including the bottle from their wedding; they both realize they still have feelings for one another but decide it is better to go their separate ways. Elizabeth and Annie later board a flight for London, but when they arrive home, they find Nick and Hallie waiting for them (having taken a faster flight on the Concorde). Nick expresses his previous mistake of not going after Elizabeth when she left him the first time. They kiss, being watched by the girls who exclaim, "We actually did it."

Watch The Parent Trap on Netflix, Hulu, Flik, Amazon or on DVD…



Lending Library

DVDs are checked out on a first-come, first-serve basis. Many of the DVD's are listed below.  If you are interested, talk to your advocate or call:

          Kim at 267-5978, ext 24 or

          Ericka at 754-4001, ext 23




Rick Steve’s Europe (4 Disk) Germany, Swiss alps and Travel Skills, Easter Europe, Italy

Rick Steve’s Europe (4 Disk) Great Britain, Ireland, Spain and Portugal, France and Benelux

Rick Steve’s PBS 11 Shows 2013-2014 (2 disk)

Colorado’s Scenic Train Ride

Kiwi Country New Zealand

Must See Places of the World: Australia the Beautiful

Alaska’s Inside Passage x 2

America By Rail, rout of the Southwest Chief

All Aboard the Potomac Eagle A Scenic Train Ride

Point Lobos, Timeless Coast

The States, Volume 2

Travel the World by Train

Rick Steves’ Scandinavia ( 2 disk)

Rick Steves’ Germany, Benelux, and More (2 disk)

Reader’s Digest Must See Places-Wildlife Treasures

Reader’s Digest Must See Places-Scenic Cruises of the World

Reader’s Digest Must See Places-Australia the Beautiful


Animals and Nature

Cry of The Penguin

Deadly Down Under


Wolves at Our Door

Species Hunter

Must See Places of the World: Wildlife Treasures

White Shark, Outside the Cage

Planet-Ocean (5 disk)

Explore The Wildlife Kingdom, Lions

Tropical Rainforest

Explore The Wildlife Kingdom, the hidden world of Africa

Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom

Swamp Tigers

Living with Tigers

The Best of nature (6 disk)

Discovery Queen of the Elephants

Disney African Cats

Explore The Wildlife Kingdom, Cougars

Flight the Genius of Birds

March of the Penguins

JAWS of the Pacific




The Last Frontier

The Wildest Dream, conquest of Everest

Forbidden City, The Great Within

The Legend of Bigfoot

Flying Scotsman, the World’s Most Famous Locomotive

U.S. Navy Carriers

MythBusters Big Blasts collections (2 disk)

Thunderbirds, Skies of Thunder

Dinosaur Planet

Carrier, fortress At Sea

Ken Burns National Parks (6 disk)

Reader’s Digest Must See Places-Marvels of Mankind

Reader’s Digest Must See Places-Mysteries of the Ancient World


Informational and Independent Living

My Life, My Choice Person Directed Living

Temple Grandon

Possibilities, Disabilities and the Arts

It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend

Managing Threatening Confrontations

Oops, Wrong Planet (Understanding Asperger’s syndrome)

Normal People Scare Me; A Film About AUTISM

How To Make a Good Decision At Home

How To Make A Good Decision In The Community

How To Make A Good Decision In the Workplace or Day Program

Overcoming Obstacles to Learning

How to Improve thinking Strategies for People With Developmental Disabilities (2 disk)

Understanding Developmental Disabilities (2 disk)

I have Tourette’s But Tourette’s Doesn’t Have Me

Leadership Through Personal Change, Ways to Have The Life You Want (2 disk)

The Ethics of Touch, Establishing and Maintaining Appropriate Boundaries

Positive Behavioral Supports, Meeting Unmet Needs



Wii Just Dance Disney Party

Wii Just Dance 2018

Wii Dance Summer Party

Wii Just Dance 4

Wii Just Dance 2014

Wii Just Dance 2

Wii Just Dance 2015

Wii Just Dance 2020

Eat Right For A Long And Healthy Life

Richard Simmons Party Off The Pounds

Wii Zumba

Richard Simmons Dancin’ To The Oldies

Walking Down Your Blood Sugar, controlling Diabete