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Week Twenty-One:



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




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


Amador Day Program ZOOM Meetings:

Join ZOOM at Meeting ID # 918 226 1275

  • Mondays at 11:00am for Relationships
  • Mondays at 1:00pm for Art!
  • Tuesdays at 11:00am for Book Club!
  • Wednesdays at 11:00am for a Social Hour!
  • Wednesdays at 1:00pm for Cultural Art!
  • Thursdays at 11:00am for Health!
  • Thursdays at 1:00pm Music & Relaxation with Katie and Connie!
  • Fridays at 11:00am for Current Events
  • Fridays at 1:00pm for Social Hour!
  • stay tuned for more to come!

Calaveras Day Program ZOOM Meetings:

Join ZOOM at Meeting ID: Call Ericka at 754-4001 ext. 23 for Meeting ID 

  • Call Lori at 754-4001 to schedule one-on-one EXCEL classes!
  • Mondays at 7:45am for Spanish!
  • Mondays at 1:00pm for Fitness!
  • Tuesdays at 7:45am for Fitness!
  • Tuesdays at 9:30am for Creative Writing!
  • Tuesdays at 10:30sm for Sign Language!
  • Tuesdays at 1:00pm for Spanish!
  • Wednesday at 7:45am for Memory Games!
  • Wednesdays at 10:30am for Social Hour!
  • Thursdays at 10:00am for Music!
  • Fridays at 10:00am for Social Hour!
  • Saturdays at 1:00pm for Social Hour!
  • 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?




Week 21 Counting Money Worksheet: click here


Budget for the Week: (Interactive and Ongoing Throughout Facility Closure). Let’s say you can go to WalMart every weekend to get things you need. This week we’ll give you $35. What would you buy with it? Record your transactions on this Check Book Register. If you can’t print the register call Kim or Ericka at the phone numbers below and we’ll send you a few copies, or create a similar register on a piece of paper.  So far you've received:

  • $100
  • $55
  • $75
  • $40
  • $60
  • $25
  • $90
  • $30
  • $85
  • $10
  • $80
  • $65
  • $45
  • $50
  • $35
  • $70
  • $55
  • $95
  • $20
  • $25
  • $15


Sports & Fitness

Exercise of the Week: Standing Toe-Touch:

Get up on your feet with this fun and simple exercise!

While standing with your legs hip-width apart and your arms up as if you're going to do a jumping jack, bend over and touch your right hand to your left foot with your left hand high up in the air (as seen in the photo below).

Stand back to starting position and bend over with your left hand now, bending over to touch your right foot with your right hand up high in the air.

Stand back to starting position and go again, left, right, left, right, left.

How many can you do? Can you do it for 5 minutes? Ten minutes? How about for a whole episode of your favorite show? Share with your advocate how many you can do!




Friday Night Dance Party 8pm – 9pm:


Chair Yoga:



Sport Movie of the Week

Coach Carter:

The film is based on the true story of Richmond High School basketball coach Ken Carter, who made headlines in 1999 for suspending his undefeated high school basketball team due to poor academic results. Carter is very committed to education before sports. The things that took place in the real life of Ken Carter translates to the film. Samuel L. Jackson shows his tough love, ambition and passion for basketball. One thing Carter made clear he put academic success before anything. Carter talks in a very firm voice he is not the type to joke around with in practice, if players are disrespectful or have gotten in trouble he punishes them with sprints and push-ups. Carter treats his players with the most upright respect, he refers to them as "Sir" and the players have to return that favor to him as well.

Ken Carter lives in Richmond, California. He becomes the coach for Richmond High School’s basketball team, the Richmond Oilers, having played for the team thirty years earlier. The team is rowdy, rude, and disrespectful. Carter gives the team contracts to sign and obey, asking them... to sit in the front rows of all their classes, to wear ties on game day, to go to class everyday and to maintain a 2.3 (C+) grade point average in their studies. The kids have difficulty maintaining these promises because they live in tough neighborhoods with distractions that make them lose their focus. Carter asks the school’s staff for progress reports of the players' grades and attendance. Several team members walk out in disagreement, including Timo Cruz, a gifted player who is also a drug dealer and criminal.

Carter begins a strict, disciplinary training regime for the team. Carter’s son Damian joins the team, switching from the private school St. Francis, to play for his father because he was not getting enough playing time at the private school. Kenyon Stone, the team’s captain, struggles to come to terms with his girlfriend Kyra being pregnant. The couple later have a falling out over Kenyon’s inability to commit to fatherhood. Another member, Junior Battle, skips classes, leading to Carter suspending him from the team. Battle’s mother Willa visits Carter, asking him to let Battle back on the team. Carter agrees once Battle apologizes. He says, "You owe me 1,000 push-ups and 1,000 suicides before you can play."


Read more about Coach Carter here:

Watch Coach Carter on Vudu,  Amazon or on DVD…




Recipe of the Week: Oven Baked Salmon



























Fruit/Vegetable Smoothie of the Week: Strawberry Citrus and Ginger Smoothie !

  • Orange Juice
  • Banana
  • Fresh Ginger
  • Strawberries (Frozen or Fresh)
  • 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


Situated on the southern tip of the Balkan Peninsula, Greece is located at the crossroads of Europe, Asia, and Africa. It shares land borders with Albania to the northwest, North Macedonia and Bulgaria to the north, and Turkey to the northeast. The Aegean Sea lies to the east of the mainland, the Ionian Sea to the west, the Cretan Sea and the Mediterranean Sea to the south. Greece has the longest coastline on the Mediterranean Basin and the 11th longest coastline in the world at 8,498 mi in length, featuring many islands, of which 227 are inhabited. Eighty percent of Greece is mountainous, with Mount Olympus being the highest peak at 9,573 ft. The country consists of nine traditional geographic regions: Macedonia, Central Greece, the Peloponnese, Thessaly, Epirus, the Aegean Islands (including the Dodecanese and Cyclades), Thrace, Crete, and the Ionian Islands.

Greece is considered the cradle of Western civilization, being the birthplace of democracy, Western philosophy, Western literature, historiography, political science, major scientific and mathematical principles, Western drama and the Olympic Games. From the eighth century B.C., the Greeks were organized into various independent city-states, known as poleis (singular polis), which spanned the Mediterranean and the Black Sea. Philip of Macedon united most of present-day Greece in the fourth century B.C., with his son Alexander the Great rapidly conquering much of the ancient world, from the eastern Mediterranean to India. The subsequent Hellenistic period saw the height of Greek culture and influence in antiquity. Greece was annexed by Rome in the second century B.C., becoming an integral part of the Roman Empire and its successor, the Byzantine Empire, which adopted the Greek language and culture. The Greek Orthodox Church, which emerged in the first century A.D., helped shape modern Greek identity and transmitted Greek traditions to the wider Orthodox world. After falling under Ottoman dominion in the mid-15th century, Greece emerged as a modern nation state in 1830 following a war of independence. The country's rich historical legacy is reflected in part by its 18 UNESCO World Heritage Sites.

To learn more about Greece visit:



Reading/Writing Skills

Week 21 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 oceanPlease share your poem with your advocate.





Mandala Week 21: click here


Art classes, projects and more with AMADOR ARTS at:


Art Project Elephant Oragami:




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 piece of duct 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
  • Spoon
  • Pine Cone
  • Something Soft
  • A paperclip
  • Something green
  • Duct Tape


Art / Museum Tour: The Trojan War in Greece  -


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: Angry Birds 2

Like the original Angry Birds, players use a slingshot to launch birds at nearby structures; a key difference in Angry Birds 2 is the ability to select birds of the desired choice from a deck. This can give the player more freedom by allowing the creation of their own unique strategies. The main enemies of the game are green-colored pigs of varying sizes and abilities to defend, who can be defeated by hitting them with birds or objects.

Individual birds and spells are represented on cards. Tapping on a card will select it, placing its contents on the slingshot for launching. Players increase their score by destroying objects and pigs and leveled up birds multiply the score. Upgrading the slingshot also multiplies your score. Birds can be leveled up by gaining feathers of the respective birds and the slingshot can be leveled up by completing a hat set (hats are purchased by black pearls). The "Destruct-o-meter" fills up during play and if it gets full, a random card will be given to the player. Only three cards can be displayed at a time; the rest appear in the deck. The player begins with five lives (or more by purchasing) and loses one if all cards have been used and at least one pig remains undefeated; once all five lives have been lost, the player must use gems, watch an advertisement or wait (30 minutes for each of the five lives) until the lives are refilled.

Levels include multiple waves of pigs, which progress through separate structures. Bosses will appear on some levels and require the complete depletion of the boss's health bar in order to defeat it. Spells are disabled for boss levels.

Gifts are randomly located in the levels, or it may also be an apple or a treasure chest. The player can only acquire it if they successfully completed the level. Occasionally, Golden Pigs may appear in some levels, which fills the "Destruct-o-meter" fully when they are popped. They are not required to go to the next stage though but are helpful to get one extra card irrespective of destruction caused. The game may be connected to Facebook to backup scores and play in the arena. Gems, lives, avatars and many miscellaneous items can be earned from in-app purchases while only gems can be collected by completing daily quests. Also in the game, players can care for a Hatchling by getting an egg and naming it and have to wait or can pay some gems to speed it up, and collecting or buying apples to feed it which can also level it up and increase all birds' multipliers, but it needs to be fed regularly to let it stay.

The Arena is unlocked after reaching level 5. The concept of the Arena is similar to Angry Birds Friends. The players in the world were randomly divided into a batch of 15 and feathers were awarded to a particular bird according to the high score of each player in an endless level of same arena event which changed every day. After the Mount Evernest update, with the same division of players, the arena became a six-day-long tournament where the rewards were gems instead of feathers. The endless levels of arena events are now randomly given and not fixed for a particular day and multiple events can be played in a day. Instead of player playing alone for a high score, now the player competes with a randomly chosen opponent and one with a better score is awarded stars according to the margin of victory. Stars decide the ranks of the players. The top three move up a league and bottom three go down one league. Players also get medals if they finish in the top three in Arena.


Card Game of the Week Memory

Memory is also known as Concentration. This fun card game can be adapted for all ages and abilities – from very young children to adults. Additionally, teachers like this game for improving memory skills and concentration.

Number of Players: Two or more

Cards required: One standard deck of cards, adapted as appropriate for age and ability. You can select any number of cards for playing.  You can also use pictorial cards learning cards (colors, numbers, alphabet, etc.).

Instructions: Shuffle the cards and spread them face down on the table between the players. For younger players, lay the cards out in a grid as it makes it easier to remember where the cards are. For older children, use a random arrangement.

The object of the game is finding matching pairs. To do so, you need to remember where the cards are when they are turned over.

Players take turns turning over two cards. It they are a matching pair, the player keeps the pair, and gets to go again. Of not, play passes to the next player.

How to Win:

When all cards have been paired up and removed from the playing area, each player counts the number of cards they have collected. The player with the most cards is the winner.


Solitaire version:

Players count how many “turns” it takes them to complete the game and try to beat their record.

Leave a card out:

You can make the game a little harder for older children by leaving one card without its pair.


Play Memory on-line at:


Online Gaming:


App of the Week: Angry Birds 2 -

For Windows:

For Android:

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Nature and Weird Science


The Beech Marten:

The beech marten – a common small carnivore found throughout Greece – is another animal species you may encounter in nature. When it doesn’t find small prey, it feeds largely on fruits and nuts. Since it is not hunted for its fur anymore, a population increase has been recorded – even within small towns.

Cute, smart and mischievous like a weasel, the Beech marten is native to much of Central Asia and Europe, although there is a feral population within North America. These martens range in color from pale grayish brown to dark brown. A buffy or white streak can be seen below the chin, reaching from the animal’s neck to its chest. In some eastern and southern regions the white streak is absent. The young have gray fur on their backs. The Beech marten is about the same size as a domestic cat, but has a more slender body.

Beech martens mostly live a solitary life, except for family groups (mothers and their young) and mating pairs. They are nocturnal, but during the mating season can often be seen in the daytime. They are territorial and keep away from others of their species. An average home range measures 12 to 211 ha, the size varying with the season, with larger ranges during summer compared to in the winter. Males have much larger ranges than females. This species communicates primarily through olfactory cues. Reproductive readiness and territorial boundaries are communicated through scent marking, and during the breeding season their cries can be heard. Their gait varies with the speed they are traveling: if strolling, it is a meandering gait with parallel front feet while the hind feet are on a slight angle in relation to the front. When it runs, its hind feet land on the same spot as its front feet. When prowling, Beech martens will surprise prey animals by pouncing on them. Being excellent climbers, they are able to access birds’ nests.

To learn more about strange animals of Greece visit:




Genre of the Week: Classical Music -

Classical music is art music produced or rooted in the traditions of Western culture, including both liturgical (religious) and secular music. While a more precise term is also used to refer to the period from 1750 to 1820 (the Classical period), this article is about the broad span of time from before the 6th century AD to the present day, which includes the Classical period and various other periods. The central norms of this tradition became codified between 1550 and 1900, which is known as the common-practice period.

European art music is largely distinguished from many other non-European classical and some popular musical forms by its system of staff notation, in use since about the 11th century. Catholic monks developed the first forms of modern European musical notation in order to standardize liturgy throughout the worldwide Church. Western staff notation is used by composers to indicate to the performer the pitches and durations for a piece of music. In contrast to most popular styles that adopted the song (strophic) form or a derivation of this form, classical music has been noted for its development of highly sophisticated forms of instrumental music such as the symphony, concerto, fugue, sonata, and mixed vocal and instrumental styles such as opera, cantata, and mass. Alongside traditional musical attributes, Classical music is conscientious about drawing from and re-purposing its formal and social tradition with forms such as the Mass evolving and communicating through over a thousand years.

The term "classical music" did not appear until the early 19th century, in an attempt to distinctly canonize the period from Johann Sebastian Bach to Ludwig van Beethoven as a golden age. The earliest reference to "classical music" recorded by the Oxford English Dictionary is from about 1829.


Read more Classical Music at:,instrumental%20forms%2C%20such%20as%20opera.

Listen to Classical Music on Pandora, Amazon or YouTube!



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

     Round-robin, one song at a time.

     Join Zoom Meeting:

     Meeting ID: 717 784 673

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

     Topic: AmadorArts Digital Music Fest

     Time: Saturdays at 8:00 PM 



Movies (for Recreation-Type Activities)

Back to the Future: 

In 1985, Hill Valley, California, Marty McFly visits the home and lab of his friend, Emmett "Doc" Brown, an eccentric scientist. Though missing for several days, Doc calls the lab and asks Marty to pick up some equipment for a special experiment later that night.

At school, Marty meets his girlfriend, Jennifer Parker, and after being berated by the principal and failing his audition for the Battle of the Bands, he confides in Jennifer about fears of becoming like his parents despite his ambitions. At home, Marty's cowardly father George is bullied by his supervisor, Biff Tannen, while his mother Lorraine is an overweight, depressed alcoholic. Lorraine recalls how she met George when her father hit him with his car and she subsequently nursed him back to health.

Marty meets Doc at a shopping mall parking lot at 1:18 A.M. on October 26. Doc unveils a time machine built from a modified DeLorean and powered by plutonium obtained from Libyan terrorists with the promise of building them a nuclear bomb. While showing Marty the controls, Doc sets the date to November 5, 1955 – the day he conceived a time travel device. The terrorists arrive unexpectedly and open fire on them, eventually shooting Doc when he surrenders. Marty escapes in the DeLorean and inadvertently activates the time machine in the process.

Marty finds himself transported to November 5, 1955, without any plutonium to return. He encounters the teenage George and discovers that Biff has been bullying him since high school. After Marty saves George from an oncoming car, he is knocked unconscious and awakens to find himself tended to by Lorraine, who becomes infatuated with him.


Read more about Back to the Future at:

Watch Back to the Future on Vudu, Hulu, Amazon or on DVD…




Lending Library

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

          Kim at 267-5978, ext 24 or

          Ericka at 754-4001, ext 23




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

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

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

Colorado’s Scenic Train Ride

Kiwi Country New Zealand

Must See Places of the World: Australia the Beautiful

Alaska’s Inside Passage x 2

America By Rail, rout of the Southwest Chief

All Aboard the Potomac Eagle A Scenic Train Ride

Point Lobos, Timeless Coast

The States, Volume 2

Travel the World by Train

Rick Steves’ Scandinavia ( 2 disk)

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

Reader’s Digest Must See Places-Wildlife Treasures

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

Reader’s Digest Must See Places-Australia the Beautiful


Animals and Nature

Cry of The Penguin

Deadly Down Under


Wolves at Our Door

Species Hunter

Must See Places of the World: Wildlife Treasures

White Shark, Outside the Cage

Planet-Ocean (5 disk)

Explore The Wildlife Kingdom, Lions

Tropical Rainforest

Explore The Wildlife Kingdom, the hidden world of Africa

Mutual of Omaha’s Wild Kingdom

Swamp Tigers

Living with Tigers

The Best of nature (6 disk)

Discovery Queen of the Elephants

Disney African Cats

Explore The Wildlife Kingdom, Cougars

Flight the Genius of Birds

March of the Penguins

JAWS of the Pacific




The Last Frontier

The Wildest Dream, conquest of Everest

Forbidden City, The Great Within

The Legend of Bigfoot

Flying Scotsman, the World’s Most Famous Locomotive

U.S. Navy Carriers

MythBusters Big Blasts collections (2 disk)

Thunderbirds, Skies of Thunder

Dinosaur Planet

Carrier, fortress At Sea

Ken Burns National Parks (6 disk)

Reader’s Digest Must See Places-Marvels of Mankind

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


Informational and Independent Living

My Life, My Choice Person Directed Living

Temple Grandon

Possibilities, Disabilities and the Arts

It’s So Much Work to Be Your Friend

Managing Threatening Confrontations

Oops, Wrong Planet (Understanding Asperger’s syndrome)

Normal People Scare Me; A Film About AUTISM

How To Make a Good Decision At Home

How To Make A Good Decision In The Community

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

Overcoming Obstacles to Learning

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

Understanding Developmental Disabilities (2 disk)

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

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

The Ethics of Touch, Establishing and Maintaining Appropriate Boundaries

Positive Behavioral Supports, Meeting Unmet Needs



Wii Just Dance Disney Party

Wii Just Dance 2018

Wii Dance Summer Party

Wii Just Dance 4

Wii Just Dance 2014

Wii Just Dance 2

Wii Just Dance 2015

Wii Just Dance 2020

Eat Right For A Long And Healthy Life

Richard Simmons Party Off The Pounds

Wii Zumba

Richard Simmons Dancin’ To The Oldies

Walking Down Your Blood Sugar, controlling Diabete