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.
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 9:00am for Social!
- Mondays at 11:00am for Computer Games!
- Mondays at 1:00pm for People First Meeting (on 1st, 2nd and 3rd Mondays)!
- Mondays at 1:00pm for Guess Who Games (4th and 5th Mondays)!
- Monday's at 3:00pm for Rec!
- Tuesdays at 9:00am for Fitness!
- Tuesdays at 10:30am for Open Future Learning!
- Tuesdays at 1:15pm for Spanish!
- Tuesdays at 2:30pm for Friends & Peers!
- Wednesdays at 10:00am for Brain Games!
- Wednesdays at 10:45am for Cultures and Arts!
- Wednesdays at 1:00pm for Current Events!
- Wednesdays at 3:00pm for Rec!
- Thursdays at 10:00am for Music & Dance!
- Thursdays at 11:00pm for Sign Language!
- Thursdays at 12:00pm for Social!
- Thursdays at 2:00pm for Trivia!
- Fridays at 9:30am for Fitness!
- Fridays at 10:00am for Fun with Science
- Fridays at 11:00am for Social!
- Fridays at 1:00pm for Newsletter!
- Fridays at 2:30pm for Cooking with Math!
- Stay tuned for more to come!
Visit the Polar Bear– 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 $29. 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:
Sports & Fitness
Exercise of the Week: Quick Feet
What to Do:
- Sit on the chair with your back straight.
- Bend your legs at the knees and “run" on the spot with short, quick steps as fast as you can for 45 seconds.
Friday Night Dance Party 8pm – 9pm: https://www.facebook.com/events/808640122957828/?active_tab=about
Sport Movie of the Week: Creed
In 1998, Adonis "Donnie" Johnson, the son of former heavyweight champion Apollo Creed and his extramarital lover, is serving time in a Los Angeles youth detention center when Creed's widow, Mary Anne, visits and offers to take him in. In 2015, Donnie is in Tijuana, preparing for his fight in an amateur boxing bout hosted in a bar. Upon returning from his latest fight, Donnie resigns from the Smith Boardley Financial Group to pursue his dream of becoming a professional boxer. Donnie auditions at Los Angeles' elite Delphi Boxing Academy, managed by family friend Tony "Little Duke" Evers Jr., the son of Apollo's trainer Tony "Duke" Evers, but is turned down. This rejection is further emphasized as Donnie is beaten in a sparring match by light heavyweight division first contender Danny "The Stuntman" Wheeler after he publicly challenges the whole gym to prove himself by betting to give away his 1965 Ford Mustang. Mary Anne vehemently opposes his aspirations, remembering how her husband was killed in the ring by Ivan Drago thirty years ago. Undaunted, Donnie travels to Philadelphia in hopes of getting in touch with his father's old friend and rival, former heavyweight champion, Rocky Balboa.
Donnie meets Rocky at Rocky's Italian restaurant, Adrian's, named in honor of his deceased wife, and asks Rocky to become his trainer. Rocky is reluctant to return to boxing, having already made a one-off comeback at a very advanced age despite having suffered brain trauma during his career as a fighter. However, he eventually agrees. Donnie asks him about the "secret third fight" between him and Apollo just after Apollo helped Rocky regain the heavyweight title, and Rocky reveals that Apollo won. Donnie trains at the Front Street Gym, with several of Rocky's longtime friends as cornermen. He also finds a love interest in Bianca, a deaf up-and-coming singer and songwriter.
Donnie, fighting under his biological mother's surname, Johnson, and the fight name "Hollywood", defeats local fighter Leo "The Lion" Sporino, which upsets the opposing corner. This leads to the opposing side leaking the news that Donnie is Creed's illegitimate son. Rocky receives a call from the handlers of world light heavyweight champion "Pretty" Ricky Conlan, who is being forced into retirement by an impending prison term. He offers to make Donnie his final challenger—provided that he legally change his surname to Creed. Donnie balks at first, wanting to forge his own legacy. However, he eventually agrees.
Read more about Creed here: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Creed_(film)
Watch Creed on Hulu, Amazon or on DVD…
Recipe of the Week: Three-Bean and Beef Chili
Fruit/Vegetable Smoothie of the Week: Mixed Berries and Banana Smoothie
1 cup frozen mixed berries
- 3/4 cup orange juice
- 1/4 cup low-fat vanilla yogurt
- 1 frozen ripe banana
- 1 teaspoon honey, optional
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
Kauaʻi's origins are volcanic, the island having been formed by the passage of the Pacific Plate over the Hawaii hotspot. At approximately five million years old, it is the oldest of the main islands. It consists of a large eroded shield volcano with a 9.3–12.4 mi (15.0–20.0 km) diameter summit caldera and two flank calderas. Rejuvenation of the volcano 1.40–0.6 million years ago resulted in the eruption of lavas and cones over the eastern two-thirds of the island.
The highest peak on this mountainous island is Kawaikini at 5,243 feet (1,598 m). The second highest peak is Mount Waiʻaleʻale near the center of the island, 5,148 ft (1,569 m) above sea level. One of the wettest spots on earth, with an annual average rainfall of 460 inches (38.3 ft; 11.7 m), is located on the east side of Mount Waiʻaleʻale. The high annual rainfall has eroded deep valleys in the central mountains, carving out canyons with many scenic waterfalls. On the west side of the island, Waimea town is located at the mouth of the Waimea River, whose flow formed Waimea Canyon, one of the world's most scenic canyons, which is part of Waimea Canyon State Park. At three thousand feet (910 m) deep, Waimea Canyon is often referred to as "The Grand Canyon of the Pacific". Kokeo Point lies on the south side of the island. The Na Pali Coast is a center for recreation in a wild setting, including kayaking past the beaches, or hiking on the trail along the coastal cliffs. The headlands Kamala Point, Kawelikoa Point, Kuahonu Point, and Molehu Point are on the south-east of the island, and Makaokahaʻi Point is at the south of the island.
To learn more about Kaua'i visit: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kauai
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 your favorite dessert. 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 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 Macadamia nut. 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
- Flower pot
- Tissue paper
- Beach ball
- Business card
- Hair clip
- Post card
- Green leaf
- Binder clip
- Blue pen
- Chocolate coin
- Make-up brush
- Sticky note
- Measuring tape
- Plastic bottle
- Pink flower
- Heart sticker
- Candy wrapper
- Pine needles
- Painted rock
- Macadamia nut
Art / Museum Tour: - Bernice Pauahi Bishop Museum, Honolulu, Hawai'i: https://artsandculture.google.com/partner/bishop-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: Helix Jump
Exciting adventure of the bouncing ball through the helix tower labyrinth.
One-tap easy-to-learn controls, rich visual effects and addictive gameplay mechanics.
Card Game of the Week – Switch
The objective of the game is to be the first player to get rid of all your cards.
Dealing the Cards
- To start a game deal each player 7 cards.
- Any remaining cards should be placed in the middle as a stack.
How to Play
- You must put down a card that either matches the suit or rank of the card on the last card played.
- For example if the last card played was the 5 of hearts you can play any card in the hearts suit, or any card with the number 5.
- If you can't play a card you must pick up a card from the centre pile.
Switch: Special or 'Trick' Cards
- Aces: If a player plays an Ace they can nominate a new suit that the person next to them has to play (unless they have another Ace in their hand)
- Pick up 2: If the player before you plays a 2, you must either play a 2, or pick up 2 more cards
- 8 skips a go: If a player plays an 8 it skips the turn of the next person
- Jack back: If someone plays a jack it reverses the order of the game
- Last card rule: If you only have one card left in your hand you must declare 'last card' so that everyone can hear you. If you forget to declare last card, and the next player has taken their turn, you have to pick up 7 cards on your next go.
Play Switch online at: https://cardgames.io/switch/
App of the Week: Helix Jump-
Nature and Weird Science
Mongoose are a weasel-like animal totaling about 26″ in length with a long, brownish body, short legs and a tail as long as its body. They have small rounded ears and a pointed nose. The mongoose is active during the day and generally sleeps in dens at night. Mongoose are opportunistic feeders that will eat birds, small mammals, reptiles, insects, fruits, and plants. They prey on the eggs and hatchlings of native ground nesting birds and endangered sea turtles. The small Indian mongoose has been blamed with the extinction of ground-nesting birds in Jamaica and Fiji and commonly kill birds, including 8 federally listed endangered Hawaiian birds, such as the Hawaiian crow (‘alalā), petrels (ʻuʻau) and Hawaiian goose (nēnē). It was estimated in 1999 that mongoose cause $50 million in damages to Hawai`i and Puerto Rico annually. The mongooses found in Hawai’i are native to India and were originally introduced to Hawai’i Island in 1883 by the sugar industry to control rats in sugarcane fields on Maui, Moloka’i and O’ahu. The introduction of mongoose was misguided- while rodents make up a large portion of the mongooses’ diet, their substantial negative impact on other desirable birds, insects, and animals outweighs their minor impact on rat populations. Mongoose are now widespread on Hawai’i island, O’ahu, Maui, and Moloka’i (It is not necessary to report sightings on these islands). There are no known populations on Lanaʻi and Kauaʻi. Mongooses can live in both wet and dry conditions including gardens, grasslands, and forests.
To learn more about the Mongoose visit: https://dlnr.hawaii.gov/hisc/info/invasive-species-profiles/mongoose/
Genre of the Week: Hawaiian Music -
The rich music of Hawaii is a unique mix of many influences with peaceful rhythms and poetic lyrics that celebrate island life. From reggae to slack-key and steel guitar, falsetto and "Jawaiian," the musical culture of Hawaii is unlike any other in the world. The ukulele, Hawaiian music's ultimate symbol, is synonymous with island aloha. The beauty of the islands has inspired some of the most unique and flowing rhythms of all time immortalized in mele (song). It is virtually impossible to visit Hawaii and not be affected by the local music scene. Where else in the world can you hear a falsetto tune sung in Hawaiian on the radio, listen to a beachgoer sing to the enrapturing sounds of a ukulele and choose from hundreds of local performances in any given weekend?
If you want to experience Hawaiian music, simply turn on the radio in Hawaii. There are a few local channels that play only island sounds. Or check out local venues on your island to find a live performance and experience the joy that comes with hearing songs sung from the heart. Attend a major festival, like the Merrie Monarch Hula Festival, the Molokai Music Festival, the Big Island Slack Key Guitar Festival, or the Steel Guitar Association Festival on Oahu. Many of the local hotels will also host performances. Hawaiian music has inspired many to pick up some of the best ukuleles to begin to play themselves.
Hawaii's original sounds have influenced cultures around the globe. Artists who have helped Hawaiian music gain popularity in Hawaii and abroad include Gabby Pahinui, The Sons of Hawaii, The Brothers Cazimero, Keali'i Reichel, Israel Kamakawiwo'ole, Makana, Jerry Santos and many others. Hear native Hawaiian folk music on the radio, or catch a local hip-hop video on local channel OC 16. Unique artists like Henry Kapono continue to immortalize the essence of the aloha spirit with meaningful lyrics and inspirational melodies.
Read more about Hawaiian Music at: https://www.to-hawaii.com/hawaiian-music.php
Listen to Hawaiian Music on Pandora, Amazon or YouTube!
Movies (for Recreation-Type Activities)
In 2005, a planet designated "Planet G" is discovered to be a potentially habitable planet with conditions similar to Earth and a communications array is built by NASA in Oahu, a year later, designed to send transmissions to the planet to establish contact with any intelligent life. Meanwhile, Alex Hopper is arrested while attempting to impress Sam Shane, the daughter of Admiral Terrance Shane. His brother, Commander Stone Hopper, forces Alex to join the U.S. Navy in order to improve his life.
In 2012, Alex and Sam are in a relationship; Alex serves as a Tactical Actions Officer as a lieutenant aboard USS John Paul Jones while Stone is the commanding officer of USS Sampson, but Alex is in danger of receiving a disciplinary discharge. During the 2012 RIMPAC exercise, five alien spacecraft arrive. Their communications ship is damaged upon colliding with a satellite while entering the atmosphere and crashes in Hong Kong causing many deaths while the other four plunge into the waters off Hawaii. Sampson, John Paul Jones, and Japanese destroyer JDS Myōkō are ordered by Admiral Shane to investigate, and they discover a floating structure. When Alex touches it, it generates a force field that encloses the Hawaiian Islands, isolating them and the three destroyers from the rest of the world, while jamming all radar and communications inside it. Three alien warships then surface. The humans, upon seeing that the aliens respond to their actions by mimicking them, decide for some reason to fire towards the alien ships. In the resultant engagement, the Myōkō is destroyed, the Sampson is lost with all hands including Stone, and the command crew of John Paul Jones are killed, with Alex, the next senior officer, reluctantly assuming command. The fight is ended when John Paul Jones disengages to recover the survivors from Myōkō, including her commanding officer Captain Yugi Nagata, with whom Alex began a rivalry after he accidentally kicked Hopper in the face during a soccer match earlier. The aliens meanwhile launch drones to destroy military installations and roads leading into Oahu’s mountains, taking great care to avoid civilian casualties.
On Oahu, Sam is accompanying retired U.S. Army lieutenant colonel and double amputee Mick Canales on a mountain hike. After becoming aware of the aliens' presence, they encounter scientist Cal Zapata who works at the communications array and informs them the aliens took it over. Mick determines they will use it to re-establish military communications with their home planet. Aboard John Paul Jones, naval personnel capture a semi-conscious alien, which forms a telepathic link with Alex, showing him their history of destroying worlds. Other aliens arrive and retrieve their comrade, but one stays behind to sabotage the ship. When the alien's armored suit proves impervious to small-arms fire, Alex lures it into the line of fire of the destroyer’s 5-inch gun, which Raikes uses to obliterate it. Examination of the captured alien's helmet reveals the aliens' eyes are sensitive to sunlight. Ashore, Sam, Nick and Zapata recover his spectrum analyzer from the aliens and use it to radio John Paul Jones to inform them the aliens intend military telecommunication with their home planet, when the facility’s satellite is in its proper position in orbit to transmit their signal, in four hours.
Read more about Battleship at: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Battleship_(film)
Watch Battleship on Vudu, 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