What are You Doing Every Day/Week? Record it on this Calendar. If you can’t print the calendar call Kim or Ericka and we’ll send you a few copies, or create a similar calendar on a piece of paper.
Amador Day Program ZOOM Meetings:
- Mondays at 10:00am for Social!
- Mondays at 11:00am for Relationships!
- Mondays at 1:00pm for Art!
- Mondays at 2:00pm for Spanish!
- Tuesdays at 10:00am for Brain Games!
- Tuesdays at 11:00am for History!
- Tuesdays at 1:00pm for Cooking!
- Tuesdays at 2:00pm for Math!
- Tuesdays at 3:00pm for Rec!
- Wednesdays at 10:00am for Zoology!
- Wednesdays at 11:00am for Individual Living!
- Wednesdays at 1:00pm for Cultural Art!
- Wednesdays at 2:00pm for Exercise / Yoga!
- Thursdays at 10:00am for Book Club!
- Thursdays from 1:00pm for Music!
- Thursdays at 3:00pm for Rec!
- Fridays at 10:00am for Current Events!
- Fridays at 11:00am for Time / Science!
- Fridays at 1:00pm for 3 R's!
- Fridays at 2:00pm for Fun and Games!
- stay tuned for more to come!
Calaveras Day Program ZOOM Meetings:
- Mondays at 8:00am for Spanish!
- Mondays at 11:00am for Excel/Computers!
- Mondays at 1:00pm for Social Hour!
- Monday's at 3:00pm for Rec!
- Tuesdays at 8:30am for Fitness!
- Tuesdays at 9:45am for Creative Writing!
- Tuesdays at 10:30am for Sign Language!
- Tuesdays at 1:15pm for Spanish!
- Wednesdays at 8:00am for Brain Games!
- Wednesdays at 10:45am for Social Hour!
- Wednesdays at 11:45am for Virtual Tours!
- Wednesdays at 1:15pm for Open Future Learning!
- Wednesdays at 3:00pm for Rec!
- Thursdays at 10:00am for Music!
- Thursdays at 2:00pm for Trivia!
- Fridays at 10:00am for Art Demo!
- Fridays at 11:00am for Reading Literacy!
- Fridays at 1:00pm for Newsletter!
- Fridays at 2:30pm for Cooking with Math!
- Stay tuned for more 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?
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 $22. 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:
Sports & Fitness
Exercise of the Week: Chair yoga
What to Do:
- Sit with your back straight and stretch your arms up and behind your head.
- Bend forward and try to touch the ground or your toes with your hands.
- Sit straight up against the back of the chair and bring one leg up and hug your knee.
- Put your leg down to start position and stretch your arms up and behind your head.
- Bend your other leg up and hug that knee.
- Return to start position and stretch your arms up and behind your head.
- Bend your body down and try t touch the ground or your toes with your hands.
- Stretch your arms up and behind your head.
- Try to practice breathing techniques while doing yoga.
Friday Night Dance Party 8pm – 9pm: https://www.facebook.com/events/808640122957828/?active_tab=about
Chair Yoga: https://www.bing.com/videos/search?q=chair+yoga+youtube&qpvt=chair+yoga+youtube&view=detail&mid=7A38100F5BD573EC5B577A38100F5BD573EC5B57&&FORM=VRDGAR&ru=%2Fvideos%2Fsearch%3Fq%3Dchair%2Byoga%2Byoutube%26qpvt%3Dchair%2Byoga%2Byoutube%26FORM%3DVDRE
Sport Movie of the Week:
Brian is a 16-year-old living in Oklahoma. Though he has tried out for the school basketball team, the Eagles, he has never made it, relegated to being water boy for the team. While practicing at home, Brian's sister makes a video of him injuring himself. She shows the video around school, and it is eventually seen by Connor, the star player of the basketball team. Brian takes a liking to Isabelle, a new girl at school, but is embarrassed when Connor shows the video of him to the whole school. In order to cheer him up, Brian's dad takes him to a Thunder game against the Detroit Pistons at Chesapeake Energy Arena in Oklahoma City.
At halftime, Brian is chosen to shoot a half-court shot which he misses and hits Rumble, the mascot in the process. Later on, he meets Kevin Durant and expresses his desire to play just like him. When Durant signs the special edition Oklahoma City Thunder basketball that Brian got to shoot the half-court shot with, a surge of energy causes Durant's talent to transfer to Brian when he hands it over. The Thunder lose the game, with Durant shooting 0–13 in the 2nd half.
The next morning, Brian learns that Connor, who was at the game, recorded him missing the half-court shot and posted it online. Later that night he goes out to a carnival and sees Connor fail to hit shots to win a prize for the new girl, Isabelle. Connor challenges him to "do better", which Brian is able to do, winning a prize which he then gives to Isabelle. Meanwhile, Durant's performance declines at practices, but insists he's only in a slump.
After making several impressive shots at home, Brian decides to try out for the Eagles again. The coach, impressed by Brian's new skill, has Brian replace Connor as the team captain, and they win several games. Durant's agent learns of Brian and realizes that he is the same kid who missed the half-court shot. He tracks him down and explains that he believes Brian stole Durant's talent. He arranges for Durant and Brian to practice together to try to reverse it, but all attempts fail.
Shortly before the final game, Brian and Isabelle begin fighting about how Brian has changed. Eventually, Brian goes to apologize and, while watching the video of him missing the half-court shot at her house, realizes what has to be done to give Durant his talent back. He rides his bike all the way to Chesapeake Arena and finds Durant. He explains that he hit Rumble before the transfer, and theorized that was what had to happen to reverse it. Brian hits Rumble with exactly the same ball he used to shoot the half-court shot, and then repeats the conversation that he had with Durant at their first meeting. Durant gets his talent back, and the Thunder qualify for the playoffs.
Read more about Thunderstruck here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thunderstruck_(2012_film)
Watch Thunderstruck on Amazon, Tubi or on DVD…
Recipe of the Week: Goulash
Fruit/Vegetable Smoothie of the Week: Peach Smoothie
- 1/2 cup peach or apricot nectar
- 1/2 cup sliced fresh or frozen peaches
- 1/4 cup vanilla yogurt
- 2 ice cubes
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?
Travel / Around the World
Kennedy Space Center:
The John F. Kennedy Space Center (KSC, originally known as the NASA Launch Operations Center), located on Merritt Island, Florida, is one of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) ten field centers. Since December 1968, KSC has been NASA's primary launch center of human spaceflight. Launch operations for the Apollo, Skylab and Space Shuttle programs were carried out from Kennedy Space Center Launch Complex 39 and managed by KSC. Located on the east coast of Florida, KSC is adjacent to Cape Canaveral Space Force Station (CCSFS). The management of the two entities work very closely together, share resources and operate facilities on each other's property.
Though the first Apollo flights and all Project Mercury and Project Gemini flights took off from the then-Cape Canaveral Air Force Station, the launches were managed by KSC and its previous organization, the Launch Operations Directorate. Starting with the fourth Gemini mission, the NASA launch control center in Florida (Mercury Control Center, later the Launch Control Center) began handing off control of the vehicle to the Mission Control Center in Houston, shortly after liftoff; in prior missions it held control throughout the entire mission.
Additionally, the center manages launch of robotic and commercial crew missions and researches food production and In-Situ Resource Utilization for off-Earth exploration. Since 2010, the center has worked to become a multi-user spaceport through industry partnerships, even adding a new launch pad (LC-39C) in 2015.
There are about 700 facilities and buildings grouped across the center's 144,000 acres (580 km2). Among the unique facilities at KSC are the 525-foot (160 m) tall Vehicle Assembly Building for stacking NASA's largest rockets, the Launch Control Center, which conducts space launches at KSC, the Operations and Checkout Building, which houses the astronauts dormitories and suit-up area, a Space Station factory, and a 3-mile (4.8 km) long Shuttle Landing Facility. There is also a Visitor Complex open to the public on site.
To learn more about Kennedy Space Center visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kennedy_Space_Center
Let’s Write a Poem
Rules for Writing Good Poetry - More Practice
Last week we shared come rules about writing good poetry, some of 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:
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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 being an astronaut. Please share your poem with your advocate.
Art classes, projects and more with AMADOR ARTS at: https://www.amadorarts.org/art-from-home/
Art Project – Origami Rocket:
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 grass. 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
- An envelope (letter Size)
- Blue paint
- Scotch tape
- Popsicle stick
- Empty soda can
- A spoon
- A Pine cone
- Something soft
- A paperclip
- Something green
- Duct tape
- Sea shell
- Beaded necklace
- Large rock
- Bottle cap
- A Leaf
- Candy in an orange wrapper
- Red leaf
- Blue pen cap
- Gravy boat
- Bark from a tree
- A Twig
- Christmas tree ornament
- Candy cane
- Plastic spoon
- Coffee mug
- Picture frame
- Two different size rocks
- Valentine's card
- Flower from a tree
- Tiny seed
- Colorful socks
- Something green
- Flower petal
- Easter Egg
Art / Museum Tour: - Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/intrepid-sea-air-and-space-museum
Interested in Acting? Check out this great website that has TONS of pointers and lessons: https://www.theatrefolk.com/free-resources
Gaming and Other Technology
Featured Computer/Cell Phone/Tablet Game of the Week: Charm King
Once upon a time, a new game appeared to lay claim to the title of the most charming Match 3 puzzle game in the world!
Welcome to Charm King!
Play now and embark on a magical journey through a fairy tale kingdom, filled with fun, adventure, and humor. Along the way you will meet unforgettable characters and solve challenging puzzles to help everybody live happily ever after.
CHARM KING FEATURES:
• Completely FREE to play with THOUSANDS of charming levels
• ENJOY beautifully vivid HD graphics
• RELAX and de-stress with soothing game play and audio
• LAUGH OUT LOUD with hilarious fairy tale stories and cute characters
• CHALLENGE yourself to solve tricky puzzles
• PLAY and progress with friends
• WIN spectacular boosts to blast through challenges
• Always something new to unlock with DAILY and SEASONAL EVENTS!
Card Game of the Week – Hearts
OBJECT OF THE GAME
To be the player with the lowest score at the end of the game. When one player hits the agreed-upon score or higher, the game ends; and the player with the lowest score wins.
At the end of each hand, players count the number of hearts they have taken as well as the queen of spades, if applicable. Hearts count as one point each and the queen counts 13 points.
Each heart - 1 point
The Q - 13 points
The aggregate total of all scores for each hand must be a multiple of 26.
The game is usually played to 100 points (some play to 50).
When a player takes all 13 hearts and the queen of spades in one hand, instead of losing 26 points, that player scores zero and each of his opponents score an additional 26 points.
Deal the cards one at a time, face down, clockwise. In a four-player game, each is dealt 13 cards; in a three-player game, the 2 of diamonds should be removed, and each player gets 17 cards; in a five-player game, the 2 of diamonds and 2 of clubs should be removed so that each player will get 10 cards.
The player holding the 2 of clubs after the pass makes the opening lead. If the 2 has been removed for the three handed game, then the 3 of clubs is led.
Each player must follow suit if possible. If a player is void of the suit led, a card of any other suit may be discarded. However, if a player has no clubs when the first trick is led, a heart or the queen of spades cannot be discarded. The highest card of the suit led wins a trick and the winner of that trick leads next. There is no trump suit.
The winner of the trick collects it and places it face down. Hearts may not be led until a heart or the queen of spades has been discarded. The queen does not have to be discarded at the first opportunity.
The queen can be led at any time.
Play Hearts on-line at: https://www.cardzmania.com/Hearts
App of the Week: Charm King -
Nature and Weird Science
Keep an eye on the ground and any decaying trees as you’re walking the trails of the Pacific Northwest and you’re likely to see bright yellow spots moving along the ground, look closer and you’ll notice those spots are on the “keels” of a dark millipede about 2 inches long. That’s the yellow-spotted millipede (Harpaphe haydeniana) — AKA almond-scented millipede, AKA cyanide millipede.
If you were to pick up a yellow-spotted millipede, it would likely curl into a spiral and exude hydrogen cyanide on you, accompanied by the strong scent of toasted almonds (that’s the smell of cyanide). The amount secreted by an individual millipede is not enough to seriously harm a human, though it may stain the skin or burn and blister if you’re sensitive (wash your hands if you handle one). This amount is lethal, however, to birds and rodents. Similar cyanide producing millipedes in the Appalachians can produce 18 times the amount of the toxin needed to kill a pigeon. The threat is enough to protect these abundant arthropods from most predators (they do have a beetle nemesis).
Cyanide is so toxic to most living organisms that it was once thought that cyanide millipedes were running the risk of killing themselves each time released this secretion; that they must close off the openings that they use to breathe in order to survive. But scientists found that the millipedes are immune to cyanide — able to process it and convert it into harmless chemicals.
To learn more about the Cyanide Centipede visit: https://blog.nature.org/science/2017/10/17/millipede-protects-itself-cyanide-yellow-spotted-bugs/
Genre of the Week: Sunshine Pop -
Sunshine pop (originally known as soft pop) is a subgenre of pop music that originated in Southern California in the mid-1960s. Rooted in easy listening and advertising jingles, sunshine pop acts combined nostalgic or anxious moods with "an appreciation for the beauty of the world". It largely consisted of lesser-known artists who imitated more popular groups such as the Mamas & the Papas and the 5th Dimension. While the Beach Boys are noted as prominent influences, virtually none of the band's own music was representative of the genre.
Sunshine pop enjoyed mainstream success in the latter half of the decade, with many of its top 40 hits peaking in the spring and summer of 1967, especially just before the Summer of Love. Popular acts include the Turtles, and the Association. Other groups, like the Millennium, Sagittarius, and the Yellow Balloon were less successful but gained a cult following years later with albums like Begin (Millennium, 1968) and Present Tense (Sagittarius, 1968) being sought after on the collectors’ market. Sunshine pop originated in California in the mid to late-1960s, beginning as an outgrowth of the California Sound and folk rock movements. Rooted in easy-listening, advertising jingles, and the growing drug culture, the music was characterized by lush vocals and light arrangements similar to samba music. Most of the acts were lesser-known bands named after fruits, colors, or cosmic concepts that imitated popular groups like the Beach Boys, the Mamas & the Papas, and the 5th Dimension. In some ways, the genre is similar to baroque pop through being elaborate and melancholic, but it crossed into folk-pop and Brill Building styles. It may be seen as a form of escapism from the turmoil of the times. The A.V. Club's Noel Murray writes: "sunshine pop acts expressed an appreciation for the beauty of the world mixed with a sense of anxiety that the good ol' days were gone for good."
Read more Sunshine Pop at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sunshine_pop
Listen to Sunshine Pop on Pandora, Amazon or YouTube!
Movies (for Recreation-Type Activities)
In 1961, NASA test pilot Neil Armstrong is flying the X-15 rocket-powered spaceplane when it inadvertently bounces off the atmosphere. Although he manages to land the plane in the Mojave Desert, his colleagues express concern that his recent record of mishaps is due to distraction.
His 30-month-old daughter, Karen, is undergoing treatment for a brain tumor. Desperate to save her, Armstrong keeps a detailed log of her symptoms and researches possible treatments, but she dies soon afterwards. Grief-stricken, and suspecting he has been grounded, Armstrong applies for Project Gemini and is accepted to NASA Astronaut Group 2. With his wife Janet, and their son Rick, Armstrong moves to Houston alongside other astronaut families. He befriends Elliot See, another civilian test pilot, and Ed White. As Armstrong begins training, Deke Slayton impresses upon the new astronauts the importance of the Gemini program, as the Soviet Union had reached every milestone in the Space Race ahead of the United States. Armstrong and Janet have a second son, Mark.
In 1965, after the Soviets complete the first extravehicular activity (EVA), Armstrong is informed that he will command Gemini 8, with David Scott as the pilot. Prior to the mission, See and Charles Bassett are killed in a T-38 crash, deepening Armstrong's grief at the string of recent losses. Armstrong and Scott successfully launch on Gemini 8 and dock with the Agena target vehicle, but soon afterward, a malfunction causes the spacecraft to roll at an increasingly dangerous rate. After nearly blacking out, Armstrong activates the RCS thrusters and safely aborts the mission. He initially faces criticism, but NASA determines the crew is not at fault and the mission is rated a "success".
Later, White reveals that he has been selected for the Apollo 1 mission, along with Gus Grissom and Roger Chaffee. During a launch rehearsal test on January 27, 1967, a fire kills White and the Apollo 1 crew. Armstrong learns the news while representing NASA at the White House. The next year, after Armstrong ejects from the Lunar Landing Research Vehicle in an accident that could have killed him, Slayton informs Armstrong that he has been selected to command Apollo 11, which will likely attempt the first lunar landing. As the mission nears, Neil becomes increasingly preoccupied and emotionally distant from his family. Prior to the launch, Janet confronts Armstrong about the possibility that he might not survive the flight, and insists that he explain the risks of the mission to their young sons. After telling them about the risks he faces, Armstrong says goodbye to his family.
Read more about First Man at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/First_Man_(film)
Watch First Man on Hulu, Amazon or DVD…
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!
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
Must See Places of the World: Wildlife Treasures
White Shark, Outside the Cage
Planet-Ocean (5 disk)
Explore The Wildlife Kingdom, Lions
Explore The Wildlife Kingdom, the hidden world of Africa
Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom
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
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
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
Richard Simmons Dancin’ To The Oldies
Walking Down Your Blood Sugar, controlling Diabete