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Week One-Hundred and Twenty-Two:


Inspirational Quote of the Week:

“When we get too caught up in the busyness of the world, we lose connection with one another – and ourselves

-Jack Kornfield



What are You Doing Every Day/Week? Record it on this Calendar. If you can’t print the calendar call Jerry or Ericka 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!





Visit the Lion– How are their communities different? How are they the same? How are they entertaining themselves? Can we learn anything from them?










Week 122 Counting Money: 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 $25. What would you buy with it? Record your transactions on this Check Book Register. If you can’t print the register call Jerry 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:

  • $22
  • $17
  • $14
  • $28
  • $39
  • $15
  • $20
  • $55
  • $24
  • $65
  • $40
  • $35
  • $70
  • $22
  • $35
  • $80
  • $13
  • $65
  • $31
  • $67
  • $92
  • $26
  • $15
  • $73
  • $64
  • $42
  • $86
  • $10
  • $99
  • $25


Sports & Fitness

Exercise of the Week: Lateral Leg Circles


What to Do:

  • Stand behind a sturdy chair with your left leg closest to the back of the chair. You should be about a foot away from the chair.
  • Rest your left hand on the top of the chair and keep your right hand on your waist.
  • Raise your right leg out to the side as high as possible and hold. You should feel the hip muscles contracting.
  • Begin circling your leg clockwise, moving from the hip.
  • For an added challenge,  you can then repeat the circles in a counter-clockwise motion.
  • When you’re finished, switch sides and repeat.



Friday Night Dance Party 8pm – 9pm:




Yoga with Guided Meditations:








Sport Movie of the Week: Cinderella Man




James J. Braddock is an Irish-American boxer from New Jersey, formerly a light heavyweight contender, who is forced to give up boxing after breaking his hand in the ring. This is both a relief and a burden to his wife, Mae. She cannot bring herself to watch the violence of his chosen profession, yet she knows they will not have enough income without his boxing.

As the United States enters the Great Depression, Braddock does manual labor as a longshoreman to support his family, even with his injured hand. Unfortunately, he cannot get work every day. Thanks to a last-minute cancellation by another boxer, Braddock's longtime manager and friend, Joe Gould, offers him a chance to fill in for just one night and earn cash. The fight is against the number-two contender in the world, Corn Griffin.

Braddock stuns the boxing experts and fans with a third-round knockout of his formidable opponent. He believes that while his right hand was broken, he became more proficient with his left hand, improving his in-ring ability. Despite Mae's objections, Braddock takes up Gould's offer to return to the ring. Mae resents this attempt by Gould to profit from her husband's dangerous livelihood, until she discovers that Gould and his wife also have been devastated by hard times.

With a shot at the heavyweight championship held by Max Baer a possibility, Braddock continues to win. Out of a sense of pride, he uses a portion of his prize money to pay back money to the government given to him while unemployed. When his rags to riches story gets out, the sportswriter Damon Runyon dubs him "The Cinderella Man", and before long Braddock comes to represent the hopes and aspirations of the American public struggling with the Depression.

After wins against John Henry Lewis and Art Lasky, a title fight against Baer comes his way. Braddock is a 10-to-1 underdog. Baer is so destructive that the fight's promoter, James Johnston, forces both Braddock and Gould to watch a film of Baer in action, just so he can maintain later that he warned them what Braddock was up against.

Read more about Cinderella Man here:

Watch Cinderella Man on Peacock, Amazon or on DVD…





Recipe of the Week: Best Chicken Quesadilla



Fruit/Vegetable Smoothie of the Week: Banana Smoothie 



  • 1 banana
  • 1/2 orange, peeled and quartered
  • 1/3 cup Greek yogurt
  • 1/4 cup water or milk
  • 1 to 2 tsp honey, optional



Blend until smooth







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




Employment Skills



Travel / Around the World

Outer Banks, NC:



The Outer Banks (frequently abbreviated OBX) are a 200 mi (320 km) string of barrier islands and spits off the coast of North Carolina and southeastern Virginia, on the east coast of the United States. They line most of the North Carolina coastline, separating Currituck Sound, Albemarle Sound, and Pamlico Sound from the Atlantic Ocean. A major tourist destination, the Outer Banks are known for their wide expanse of open beachfront and the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. The seashore and surrounding ecosystem are important biodiversity zones, including beach grasses and shrubland that help maintain the form of the land.

The Outer Banks were sites of early European settlement in the United States and remain important economic and cultural sites. Most notably the English Roanoke Colony vanished from Roanoke Island in 1587 and was the first location where an English person, Virginia Dare, was born in the Americas. The hundreds of shipwrecks along the Outer Banks have given the surrounding seas the nickname Graveyard of the Atlantic. The Outer Banks were also home to the Wright brothers' first flight in a controlled, powered, heavier-than-air vehicle on December 17, 1903, at Kill Devil Hills. During the 20th century the region became increasingly important for coastal tourism.

The Outer Banks are particularly vulnerable to sea level rise and coastal erosion; the effects of climate change compounds existing coastal erosion caused by poor coastal management and construction practices. In some locations on the banks, sea levels rose 5 inches from 2011 to 2015. Some sections have significantly eroded already, with portions of Hatteras Island at 25% of its original width as of 2014. Tropical storms like Hurricane Irene in 2011 have already destroyed significant infrastructure and property


To learn more about Outer Banks, NC visit:


Reading/Writing Skills

Week 122 Word Search: Click Here


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:

  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 somewhere you would like to visit.  Please share your poem with your advocate.




Week 122 Mandala: Click Here


Art classes, projects and more with AMADOR ARTS at:






Art Project Floral Wall Art with Coffee Filters 


Artwork Idea by HGTV

Supplies Needed:

  • small white coffee filters (30)
  • large white coffee filters (20)
  • yellow cardstock
  • removable glue dots or double-stick tape
  • 1" circle hole punch
  • purple liquid fabric dye
  • medium-sized bowl
  • plastic sheeting


Mix Dye

Fill a bowl with one cup of water and 1/4 cup of dye.
Tip: The ratio of dye to water can be adjusted based on how dark you want your color to be. Dip a few coffee filters to make sure you're happy with the shade before continuing with the project.

Dye Small Coffee Filters

Cover a large countertop or table with plastic sheeting or a drip-proof drop cloth. Dip a small coffee filter 1” into the dye. Set dip-side down on a flat surface. Repeat this process with 30 small coffee filters.

Dye Large Coffee Filters

Dip a large coffee filter 1" into the dye. Set dip-side down on a flat surface. Repeat this process with 20 large coffee filters. Let all the dipped coffee filters dry overnight.

Cut Yellow Accent Pieces

Using a 1" circle punch, cut 15 circles from yellow cardstock.

Create Wall Arrangement

Stick a glue dot or a piece of double stick tape to the back of a filter. Place on a blank wall. Tape small and large filters onto the wall in a random pattern creating a wave-like formation. Tape the yellow dots in the middle of a few large filters. This will make them look like flowers.
Tip: After every 3 or 4 filters, step back and look at the shape you are creating. Adjust as necessary to fit your space.

The Finished Product

Now, step back and enjoy your new art piece!




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 Ruler. In your “safe place” you should have:


  • Something yellow
  • Flashlight
  • Soda bottle cap
  • Ladybug
  • Index card
  • Something shiny
  • Red shirt
  • Mason jar
  • Metal lid
  • Green straw
  • Tissue box
  • Flag
  • Purple flower
  • "Y" shaped stick
  • Toy truck
  • American flag
  • Small planter pot
  • Clothespin
  • CD
  • Small rock
  • Sticky note
  • Blue pen
  • Ruler



Art / Museum Tour: - Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University:





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: Dungeon Faster


Dungeon Faster

Quick Roguelike Card Game

DUNGEON FASTER, an original hybrid of dungeon crawler, turn-based strategy, and card game.

+ Solo dungeon exploration! Many rooms for you to explore!

+ Automatic saves at every room! Play and stop at anytime!

+ Lots of content waiting to be unlocked!

+ Hero leveling! Deck Building! Looting!

+ Play offline!

+ Completely free to play and no pay to win!

+ Only in-app purchases are donations to support me! The one man developer!

HEROES - Many different characters for you to play! Each character is unique! Play as the beautiful Paladyna or the sneaky Thiefo!

CARDS - Build your own custom deck to defeat your enemies! Cards can be upgraded permanantly so you will always be getting more powerful!

DUNGEON - Traverse a deep dungeon with many rooms full of treasure! But beware! That treasure belongs to someone else and they aren't going to be happy you're stealing it!

ITEMS - The dungeon is full of items that can either help or hurt you!

ENEMIES - Full of terrifying monsters who are angry that their parents gave them weird names! Wherewulf! Zombiebie! Skeletoon and more!

FIGHT - Power up yourself up as much as possible before fighting the boss! If you're super strong you can kill him in one hit! If you're super weak YOU might be the one who gets killed in one hit!

More informations and news:


App of the Week: Dungeon Faster -

For Android:

For Apple:


Card Game of the Week – Speed

Card Game Rules

Speed is a classic card game for 2 players. The game requires a standard 52 playing card deck and is suitable for ages 6 and up. In Speed, 2s are low and Kings are high. Aces can either be lower than 2 or higher than King. The objective of Speed is to be the first player to get rid of their cards.


Set Up

Before gameplay can begin, a dealer must be selected. To do so, players must choose a random card from a shuffled deck. The player with the lowest card becomes the dealer. Ties are broken with repeated drawings. The dealer then shuffles the deck.

The dealer then passes out two piles of cards, faced down, to each player. The first pile has 5 cards. The second pile has 15 cards.

The dealer then makes four piles of cards in the middle of the gameplay area. The first and fourth piles have 5 cards each and the second and third piles have 1 card each.


How to Play

Both players pick up their own 5 card pile. Players then flip over the two 1 card piles in the middle. Players then use these two middle piles to get rid of their cards.  Players can get rid of a card if it follows in increasing or decreasing sequence to the cards in the middle. There are no turns. Players get rid of their cards when they can.

After playing a card, players replace it with the top card in their 15 card pile.

If no player can play onto the middle piles, both players replace the middle piles with the top card of the side piles. If the side piles become exhausted, then the middle cards are shuffled and new middle piles are formed.

The player who gets rid of their cards first wins.


Play Speed online at


Online Gaming:


Nature and Weird Science

Spiny Bush Viper:



Spiny bush vipers are part of class Reptilia and are native to central Africa. They can be found in tropical regions like rainforests. Their scientific name comes from the Greek words meaning hairy and tailed. These spiny-scaled, venomous snakes are relatively small and get their name from the keeled scales on their bodies. These creatures are also semi-arboreal, preferring to climb in trees for most of the day. Their venom is neurotoxic and can cause organ hemorrhaging, but toxicity varies with each individual. Spiny bush vipers are part of the family Viperidae and are related to venomous snakes like rattlesnakes and vipers found in tropical areas across Asia. They are small reptiles, only growing up to 29 inches for males and 23 inches for females. Males have long and slender bodies compared to the more stout bodies of females. Their bodies are covered in green or brownish keeled scales that give them a bristly appearance, earning them the name of spiny bush viper. The scales are longest at the head and slowly diminish in size as they go down the back. Their heads are triangular and broad, with narrow necks, short snouts, and large eyes with vertically elliptical pupils. Their tails are prehensile, which helps them to grasp, climb, and hang upside down. These snakes feed on small mammals, birds, lizards, and frogs. They hunt mostly in trees but can hunt for mammalian prey on the ground. They ambush their prey by hanging from trees or hiding in foliage and curling up into an S-shape before lunging at prey, killing them with their venom. Spiny bush vipers are nocturnal creatures, spending the daytime basking on top of flowers in small trees about 10 feet off the ground. They may also climb reeds and stalks, but they prefer the terminal leaves and flowers of smaller trees.

To learn more about the Spiny Bush Viper visit:



Genre of the Week: Heavy Metal


Heavy metal (or simply metal) is a genre of rock music that developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, largely in the United Kingdom and United States. With roots in blues rock, psychedelic rock and acid rock, heavy metal bands developed a thick, monumental sound characterized by distorted guitars, extended guitar solos, emphatic beats and loudness.

In 1968, three of the genre's most famous pioneers, Led Zeppelin, Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, were founded. Though they came to attract wide audiences, they were often derided by critics. Several American bands modified heavy metal into more accessible forms during the 1970s: the raw, sleazy sound and shock rock of Alice Cooper and Kiss; the blues-rooted rock of Aerosmith; and the flashy guitar leads and party rock of Van Halen. During the mid-1970s, Judas Priest helped spur the genre's evolution by discarding much of its blues influence, while Motörhead introduced a punk rock sensibility and an increasing emphasis on speed. Beginning in the late 1970s, bands in the new wave of British heavy metal such as Iron Maiden and Saxon followed in a similar vein. By the end of the decade, heavy metal fans became known as "metalheads" or "headbangers". The lyrics and performances are usually associated with aggression and machismo, an issue that has sometimes led to accusations of misogyny.

During the 1980s, glam metal became popular with groups such as Bon Jovi, Mötley Crüe and Poison. Meanwhile, however, underground scenes produced an array of more aggressive styles: thrash metal broke into the mainstream with bands such as Metallica, Slayer, Megadeth, and Anthrax, while other extreme subgenres such as death metal and black metal remain subcultural phenomena. Since the mid-1990s, popular styles have expanded the definition of the genre. These include groove metal and nu metal, the latter of which often incorporates elements of grunge and hip hop.

Read more about Heavy Metal at:

Listen to Heavy Metal on Pandora, Amazon or YouTube!


Movies (for Recreation-Type Activities)

Get Smart



Maxwell Smart, an analyst for the top secret American intelligence agency, CONTROL, yearns to become a field agent like his idol, Agent 23. Despite top scores in the acceptance tests, Smart is denied the promotion due to his higher value as an analyst. When CONTROL headquarters is attacked by the terrorist organization KAOS, almost all of CONTROL's agents' identities are exposed, leaving only Agent 99 as a viable field operative. Smart is also promoted to field agent as Agent 86, but the experienced 99 is reluctant to partner with him due to his inexperience. On the first day of his new job, Smart receives a Swiss Army knife which includes special add-ons like a miniature flamethrower and a crossbow that shoots darts attached to spider web thread.

While on a plane to Moscow, Agent 99 spots a threatening looking man in the back. She suspects he is an assassin, but Smart brushes it off as profiling. Max notices gum on his shoe and tries to remove it with a matchstick. When passengers assume Max is attempting to blow up the aircraft, he is tackled by an Air Marshal and his hands are put into zip ties. Max requests to use the bathroom, and while inside attempts to break his zip ties using the crossbow on his pocketknife. He does finally break the zip tie, but one of the darts hits the "eject" button and leaves him plummeting towards the earth with no parachute. Agent 99 follows with a parachute, as does the assassin. The latter is prevented from making all three crash when Agent 99 kisses him, surprising him enough for her to deploy the parachute. The assassin crashes in a barn, and Agent 99 and Smart assume he is dead, though he is berated by her for the incident.

The two arrive at the mansion of KAOS' chief bomb-maker, Ladislas Krstic, during a party. Upon the completion of an intense dance-off they infiltrate the main office and trace nuclear material to a KAOS nuclear weapons factory disguised as a Moscow bakery. They are caught by Krstic and his men, but eliminate all of them successfully. In the bakery, Smart meets with KAOS boss Siegfried and his second-in-command, Shtarker, only to learn that a double-agent has compromised their identities. Smart manages to escape and destroy the weapons factory, but he and Agent 99 are confronted by the same man that they had assumed dead earlier. All seems lost, but Smart recognizes the man as Dalip, who was in a recording taken during Smart's time as an analyst. He gives Dalip advice on fixing his failing marriage, and Dalip promptly lets them go.


Read more about Get Smart  at:

Watch Get Smart on Netflix, Amazon, or on DVD



Lending Library

Check out The Arc's Virtual Program Library!

While many parts of the country may be opening back up in person, the opportunities of the virtual world are here to stay!

Whether you’re looking for a safe way to connect with others or simply to explore beyond your local area, The Arc’s Virtual Program Library has an option for you.

Join a club, take a tour, or find a great activity to do with your friends and family today!



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

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