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Week Seventy-Nine:



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.




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


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 Cultural Art/Foods!
  • Tuesdays at 3:00pm for Rec!
  • Wednesdays at 10:00am for Zoology!
  • Wednesdays at 11:00am for 3 R's!
  • Wednesdays at 1:00pm for Independent Living!
  • Wednesdays at 2:00pm for Science!
  • 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 Client News!
  • Fridays at 1:00pm for Gamer's Club!
  • Fridays at 2:00pm for Friday Fun!
  • 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 Meerkat– How are their communities different? How are they the same? How are they entertaining themselves? Can we learn anything from them?









Week 79 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 $16. 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:

  • $17
  • $19
  • $4
  • $15
  • $22
  • $37
  • $6
  • $20
  • $31
  • $24
  • $11
  • $28
  • $10
  • $25
  • $13
  • $9
  • $23
  • $60
  • $14
  • $8
  • $75
  • $51
  • $25
  • $30
  • $45
  • $3
  • $55
  • $16


Sports & Fitness

Exercise of the Week: Side Bends


What to Do:

  • Stand tall with feet and legs together and reach both arms straight up overhead as you inhale.
  •  Lower your right arm down the right side of your body and exhale as you lengthen the left arm over the head, bending body gently to the right.
  • Inhale to return arms overhead to center and exhale as you repeat on the left side.



Friday Night Dance Party 8pm – 9pm:

Easy Beginner Yoga:



Sport Movie of the Week: Space Jam



In 1973, a young Michael Jordan tells his father, James, about his dreams of playing in the NBA. Twenty years later, following his father's death, Jordan announces his retirement from basketball and pursues a baseball career.

Meanwhile, in outer space, the amusement park Moron Mountain is in decline. Mr. Swackhammer, the park's proprietor, learns of the Looney Tunes from his minions, the Nerdlucks, and tasks them with abducting them as attractions. Upon their arrival beneath Earth's surface, the Nerdlucks take the Looney Tunes hostage, but Bugs Bunny persuades them into allowing them to defend themselves. Noting the Nerdlucks' small stature, the Looney Tunes challenge them to a basketball game despite their inexperience. After learning more of basketball, the Nerdlucks infiltrate various games, usurping the talents of Charles Barkley, Shawn Bradley, Patrick Ewing, Larry Johnson, and Muggsy Bogues. The Nerdlucks use these talents to transform into large and muscular creatures, whom Sylvester refers to as Monstars. The easily intimidated Looney Tunes realize their need for professional help.

While golfing with Bill Murray, Larry Bird, and his assistant, Stan Podolak, Jordan is taken into the Looney Tunes' universe. Bugs explains their situation to Jordan, who is initially reluctant to return to basketball. However, Jordan agrees after a confrontation with the Monstars, and forms the Tune Squad with the Looney Tunes; they are joined by Lola Bunny, with whom Bugs becomes enamored. Initially unprepared, Jordan sends Bugs and Daffy Duck back to his house to obtain his basketball gear. Jordan's children aid them and agree to keep the game a secret; Stan notices the pair, follows them back to their world, and joins the team. Meanwhile, the incapacity of the five NBA players results in national panic that culminates in the season's suspension. The players try to restore their skills through various methods, to no avail.

The game between the Tune Squad and the Monstars eventually commences, with Swackhammer arriving to witness it. The Monstars easily lead the first half, sinking the Tune Squad's morale. During halftime, Stan sneaks into the Monstars' locker room, learns how they obtained their talent, and informs the Tune Squad. Using a unique plan, Bugs and Jordan rally the Tune Squad, who improve in the second half with unconventional methods. During a timeout, Jordan raises the stakes with Swackhammer: if the Tune Squad wins, the Monstars must relinquish their stolen talent; if the Monstars win, Jordan will become a new Moron Mountain attraction. On Swackhammer's orders, the Monstars become increasingly aggressive, incapacitating most of the Tune Squad.


Read more about Space Jam here:

Watch Space Jam on Hulu, Amazon or on DVD…





Recipe of the Week: Red Beans & Rice with Chicken Sausage





Fruit/Vegetable Smoothie of the Week:  Raspberry Vanilla Smoothie

  • 1/2 cup sugar
  • 1/2 cup water
  • 1 cup plain Greek yogurt
  • 1 cup frozen raspberries
  • 1/2 cup apple juice
  • 1 tsp vanilla extract
  • 2 cups ice


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




Employment Skills





Travel / Around the World

Plitvice Lakes National Park:


Plitvice Lakes National Park, Croatia's largest national park covering almost 30,000 hectares, is situated in the lower elevations of the Dinarides in the central part of the country. Within a beautiful karst landscape dominated by a mix of forests and meadows, the magnificent Plitvice lake system stands out, fascinating scientists and visitors alike. Interconnected by many waterfalls and watercourses above and below ground, the lakes are grouped into the upper and lower lakes. The former are formed on dolomites, with mild relief, not so steep shores and enclosed by thick forests, whereas the latter, smaller and shallower, are situated in limestone canyon with partially steep shores. The lake system is the result of millennia of ongoing geological and biochemical processes creating natural dams known as tufa barriers. These are formed by the deposition of calcium carbonate from the waters flowing through the property. In the case of the Plitvice lake system, this geochemical process of tufa formation interacts with living organisms, most importantly mosses, algae and aquatic bacteria. The scale of the overall lake system and the natural barriers are an exceptional expression of the aesthetically stunning phenomenon, acknowledged since the late 19th century. Plitvice Lakes National Park area is mainly covered with very well preserved forests essential for the continuity of geochemical processes in water system (above and below ground), which include an area of 84 ha of old-growth forest of beech and fir. Besides the striking landscape beauty and the processes that continue to shape the lakes, the park is also home to noteworthy biodiversity. The tufa barriers themselves provide habitat for diverse and highly specialized communities of non-vascular plants. Brown Bear, Grey Wolf and Lynx along with many rare species roam the forests, while the meadows are known for their rich flora.


To learn more about Plitvice Lakes National Park visit:


Reading/Writing Skills

Week 79 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 the smell of rain.  Please share your poem with your advocate.





Week 79 Mandala: Click Here


Art classes, projects and more with AMADOR ARTS at:


Art ProjectOrigami Plane:







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 measuring tape. 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
  • Book
  • Flower
  • Feather
  • Button
  • Penny
  • 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
  • Confetti
  • Plastic spoon
  • Coffee mug
  • Stamp
  • Picture frame
  • Two different size rocks
  • Shoelace
  • Valentine's card
  • Flower from a tree
  • Tiny seed
  • Colorful socks
  • Something green
  • Flower petal
  • Keychain
  • Easter egg
  • Dandelion
  • Grass
  • Flower pot
  • Tissue paper
  • Beach ball
  • Business card
  • Quarter
  • Flashlight
  • Hair clip
  • Eraser
  • Sand
  • Ruler
  • Post card
  • Green leaf
  • Binder clip
  • Blue pen
  • Chocolate coin
  • Candle
  • Teaspoon
  • Coaster
  • Make-up brush
  • Sticky note
  • Book-mark
  • Hanger
  • Measuring tape


Art / Museum Tour: - Legion of Honor Museum


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: Puzzle & Dragons

Multiplayer Mode has arrived in Puzzle & Dragons, the go-to choice for the mobile Puzzle RPG experience. Team up with your friends and tackle all new enemies!

Puzzle & Dragons is both an addictive and FREE match-3 puzzle game with classic monster-collecting RPG fun!

Assemble a team of monsters to embark in dungeons and challenge enemies! Combat is simple--just match 3 orbs of a particular attribute to make the monster with the same attribute on your team attack. If you can chain together multiple combos and attributes, you not only increase your damage, but can attack using other monsters from your team!

With over 2000 unique monsters to collect, there’s virtually no limit to the number of different team combinations you can assemble. Monsters synergize with each other, enhancing each other's abilities and making teams more effective in battle. Build the team that suits your playstyle!


Card Game of the Week – Pig

Sort the deck of cards out into piles of four of a kind. Set aside one pile for each player. Discard the remainder of the piles.

Shuffle the chosen cards well. Deal until each player has four cards.

The aim of the game is to collect four of a kind. Players must choose what they want to collect and discard, face-down, one card at a time each turn. This card is passed to the player on their left who also discards a card to the next player on their left and so on.

Once a player has collected four of a kind, the player must immediately put a finger on their nose.

If another player sees them do this, they too put a finger on their nose even if they don't have four of a kind. The last player to notice the others and place a finger on their nose gets the letter “P” given to them.

The first player to receive all three letters: P, I, G, is eliminated. The last player in play is the winner.


Online Gaming:


App of the Week: Puzzle & Dragons -

For Android:

For Apple:




Nature and Weird Science



The stoat or short-tailed weasel (Mustela erminea), also known as the Eurasian ermineBeringian ermine, or simply just ermine, is a mustelid native to Eurasia and the northern portions of North America. Because of its wide circumpolar distribution, it is listed as Least Concern on the IUCN Red List.

The name ermine is used for species in the genus Mustela, especially the stoat, in its pure white winter coat, or the fur thereof.

Introduced in the late 19th century into New Zealand to control rabbits, the stoat has had a devastating effect on native bird populations. It was nominated as one of the world's top 100 "worst invaders".

Ermine luxury fur was used in the 15th century by Catholic monarchs, who sometimes used it as the mozzetta cape. It was also used in capes on images such as the Infant Jesus of Prague.

The stoat's direct ancestor was Mustela palerminea, a common carnivore in central and eastern Europe during the Middle Pleistocene, that spread to North America during the late Blancan or early Irvingtonian. The stoat is the product of a process that began 5–7 million years ago, when northern forests were replaced by open grassland, thus prompting an explosive evolution of small, burrowing rodents. The stoat's ancestors were larger than the current form, and underwent a reduction in size as they exploited the new food source. The stoat first arose in Eurasia, shortly after the long-tailed weasel, which is in a different genus (Neogale), arose as its mirror image in North America 2 million years ago. The stoat thrived during the Ice Age, as its small size and long body allowed it to easily operate beneath snow, as well as hunt in burrows. The stoat and the long-tailed weasel remained separated until 500,000 years ago, when falling sea levels exposed the Bering land bridge.

Combined phylogenetic analyses indicate the stoat's closest living relatives are the American ermine (M. richardsonii) and Haida ermine (M. haidarum), the latter of which partially descends from M. erminea.It is basal to most other members of Mustela, with only the yellow-bellied (M. kathia), Malayan (M. katiah), and back-striped (M. strigidorsa) weasels being more basal. The mountain weasel (Mustela altaica) was formerly considered its closest relative although more recent analyses have found it to be significantly more derived. It was also previously thought to be allied with members of the genus Neogale such as the long-tailed weasel, but as those species have since been separated into a new genus, this is likely not the case.

To learn more about the Stoat visit:



Genre of the Week: Folk Music -


Folk music is a music genre that includes traditional folk music and the contemporary genre that evolved from the former during the 20th-century folk revival. Some types of folk music may be called world music. Traditional folk music has been defined in several ways: as music transmitted orally, music with unknown composers, music that is played on traditional instruments, music about cultural or national identity, music that changes between generations (folk process), music associated with a people's folklore or music performed by custom over a long period of time. It has been contrasted with commercial and classical styles. The term originated in the 19th century, but folk music extends beyond that.

Starting in the mid-20th century, a new form of popular folk music evolved from traditional folk music. This process and period is called the (second) folk revival and reached a zenith in the 1960s. This form of music is sometimes called contemporary folk music or folk revival music to distinguish it from earlier folk forms. Smaller, similar revivals have occurred elsewhere in the world at other times, but the term folk music has typically not been applied to the new music created during those revivals. This type of folk music also includes fusion genres such as folk rock, folk metal, and others. While contemporary folk music is a genre generally distinct from traditional folk music, in U.S. English it shares the same name, and it often shares the same performers and venues as traditional folk music. The terms folk musicfolk song, and folk dance are comparatively recent expressions. They are extensions of the term folklore, which was coined in 1846 by the English antiquarian William Thoms to describe "the traditions, customs, and superstitions of the uncultured classes". The term further derives from the German expression volk, in the sense of "the people as a whole" as applied to popular and national music by Johann Gottfried Herder and the German Romantics over half a century earlier. Though it is understood that folk music is the music of the people, observers find a more precise definition to be elusive. Some do not even agree that the term folk music should be used. Folk music may tend to have certain characteristics but it cannot clearly be differentiated in purely musical terms. One meaning often given is that of "old songs, with no known composers," another is that of music that has been submitted to an evolutionary "process of oral transmission.... the fashioning and re-fashioning of the music by the community that give it its folk character."

Read more about Folk Music at:

Listen to Folk Music on Pandora, Amazon or YouTube!


Movies (for Recreation-Type Activities)



Young genius Matilda Wormwood is regularly neglected and mistreated by her parents, Harry and Zinnia, and her older brother, Michael. She is smart, independent, and frequently goes to the public library where she finds solace in the fictional worlds found in the books. When Matilda's parents refuse to enroll her into school, she retaliates against them over the course of a day, first by adding hydrogen peroxide bleaching agent to her father's hair tonic and then by gluing his hat to his head. During dinner that night, Harry catches Matilda reading Moby-Dick and rips it up and forces her to watch reality television instead. Matilda becomes increasingly enraged until the television suddenly explodes.

One of Harry's car dealership customers is Miss Agatha Trunchbull, the tyrannical principal of Crunchem Hall Elementary School. Harry sells Agatha a car in exchange for her admitting Matilda as a pupil. At school, Matilda makes friends but discovers that Trunchbull harshly punishes students, while Matilda's teacher, Miss Jennifer Honey, notices Matilda when she answers middle school multiplication questions with ease; Honey requests Matilda be moved up to a higher class, but Trunchbull refuses. Honey then informs the Wormwoods about Matilda's genius-level intellect, but they ignore her. One day, Trunchbull has the school meet for an assembly where she forces student Bruce Bogtrotter to eat an enormous chocolate cake in one sitting. After Matilda leads the students in cheering Bruce on, Trunchbull then makes them stay 5 hours late in retaliation. Matilda then discovers that her father is under surveillance by two undercover FBI agents because of his illegal dealings. Matilda's parents refuse to believe her as Zinnia flirts with the agents, whom she assumes are speedboat salesmen.

As a prank, Lavender, one of Matilda's friends, puts a newt in Trunchbull's water jug to scare her. Trunchbull accuses Matilda, whose anger at the injustice leads her to telekinetically tip the glass over, splashing the newt onto Trunchbull. However, Matilda is then unable to display her powers to Honey during a test run. Honey remarks that one's self-confidence often leads them to prove it to others, only to have them mess up. Honey invites Matilda over to her house for tea and reveals a dark secret: her mother died when she was two, and her father Magnus, a doctor, invited his wife's stepsister, Trunchbull, to live with them and look after her, but Trunchbull abused her. When Honey was five, Magnus died of an alleged suicide and left everything to Trunchbull; who Matilda and Honey suspect actually killed him. When Matilda and Honey sneak inside Trunchbull's house to obtain some of Honey's belongings, Trunchbull suddenly returns after her car breaks down, prompting the duo to narrowly escape capture.

Read more about Matilda at:

Watch Matilda on Vudu, Amazon or 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!




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