The Arc of Amador and Calaveras Counties


Week One-Hundred and Thirty-Six:


Inspirational Quote of the Week:

"Pay attention to the present, you can improve upon it"

-Paulo Coelho




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.


COVID-19 Information: COVID-19 Materials for People with IDD




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





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









Week 136 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 $82. 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
  • $71
  • $04
  • $23
  • $69
  • $45
  • $36
  • $94
  • $57
  • $46
  • $33
  • $31
  • $26
  • $79
  • $82


Sports & Fitness

Exercise of the Week: Knee Extension


What to Do:

  • Keep both knees together with your feet on the floor. Straighten one leg out in front of you.
  • Hold for one second, then slowly re-bend the leg until the foot is resting on the floor again.
  • Repeat on the other leg. Do a few extensions with each leg.



Friday Night Dance Party 8pm – 9pm:




Yoga with Guided Meditations:








Sport Movie of the Week: Trouble with the Curve




Aging Atlanta Braves baseball scout Gus Lobel's last assignment is to scout, proving his value to the organization. He's viewed as unadaptable to changes within the game, especially advanced statistical analysis. His boss and friend Pete does not want to let him go, but is contending with ambitious junior executive Phillip Sanderson, vying for the general manager post who feels Gus is an obstacle.

Pete suspects Gus is hiding health problems so, behind his back, Pete contacts Gus's daughter Mickey, a workaholic lawyer pursuing partnership in her firm, to join her father on a scouting trip to North Carolina. Gus is to review top prospect Bo Gentry, whose gaudy statistics make him a likely top draft pick.

Mickey realizes Gus's sight is failing, so she actively helps to make up for his shortcoming. Along the way, he reconnects with a former player he once scouted, Johnny "The Flame" Flanagan, now a scout for the Boston Red Sox, who is interested in Mickey. The Red Sox have the top pick in the draft, just ahead of the Braves, and Johnny is also scouting Bo Gentry.

Mickey asks Gus why he left her with an uncle she barely knew as a child after her mother died. He explains that, on a scouting trip, a child molester approached her. Gus prevented anything from happening, nearly beating the man to death. Afterwards, he felt that always being on the road as a scout meant he couldn't protect Mickey properly. She tells him keeping her away was worse, blaming him for her long chain of poor relationships with potential suitors. She then walks away, leaving Gus frustrated.

As Gus and Mickey watch Bo play with other scouts present, they use Gus's hearing and Mickey's sight to review him. Spotting a problem with his ability to hit a curveball, Gus advises Johnny to pass on Bo in the draft not explaining why, and Johnny takes his advice. However, when he gives Pete and the Braves' management the same advice, Phillip disagrees, showing his statistical analysis as proof that Bo should be drafted. He doubles down by staking his career on the decision to sign Bo, leading Braves general manager Vince to draft him. When Johnny learns of the move, he incorrectly believes that Gus and Mickey double-crossed him to allow the Braves to draft Bo and leaves angrily.

After yet another argument Gus abandons Mickey at the hotel. While waiting on a ride back to her life she hears a pitcher throwing outside her room and realizes he is talented just from the sound. She approaches the young man, Rigoberto, and volunteers to catch for him. After seeing him throw a few curveballs, she realizes he is a baseball prospect so she calls Pete, who reluctantly agrees to have him attend a tryout in Atlanta.

Read more about Trouble with the Curve here:

Watch Trouble with the Curve on Hulu, Amazon or on DVD…






Check out this Special Olympics MyHealth website  that has some great health resources!

Learn about the importance of not just being healthy but living a healthy lifestyle: Click Here





Recipe of the Week: Fast Beef Stroganoff





Fruit/Vegetable Smoothie of the Week: Peanut Butter Banana Smoothie


  • 1 cup whole milk
  • 1 medium ripe banana, cut into chunks and frozen
  • 2 tablespoons unsweetened peanut butter
  • A few dashes cinnamon
  • 2 ice cubes


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

Zion National Park:



Zion National Park is an American national park located in southwestern Utah near the town of Springdale. Located at the junction of the Colorado Plateau, Great Basin, and Mojave Desert regions, the park has a unique geography and a variety of life zones that allow for unusual plant and animal diversity. Numerous plant species as well as 289 species of birds, 75 mammals (including 19 species of bat), and 32 reptiles inhabit the park's four life zones: desert, riparian, woodland, and coniferous forest. Zion National Park includes mountains, canyons, buttes, mesas, monoliths, rivers, slot canyons, and natural arches. The lowest point in the park is 3,666 ft (1,117 m) at Coalpits Wash and the highest peak is 8,726 ft (2,660 m) at Horse Ranch Mountain. A prominent feature of the 229-square-mile (590 km2) park is Zion Canyon, which is 15 miles (24 km) long and up to 2,640 ft (800 m) deep. The canyon walls are reddish and tan-colored Navajo Sandstone eroded by the North Fork of the Virgin River.

Human habitation of the area started about 8,000 years ago with small family groups of Native Americans, one of which was the semi-nomadic Basketmaker Ancestral Puebloans (who used to be called Anasazi by early non-indigenous archeologists)(c. 300 CE). Subsequently, what has been called the Virgin Anasazi culture (c. 500) and the Parowan Fremont group developed as the Basketmakers settled in permanent communities. Both groups moved away by 1300 and were replaced by the Parrusits and several other Southern Paiute subtribes. Mormons came into the area in 1858 and settled there in the early 1860s. In 1909, President William Howard Taft named the area Mukuntuweap National Monument in order to protect the canyon. In 1918, the acting director of the newly created National Park Service, Horace Albright, drafted a proposal to enlarge the existing monument and change the park's name to Zion National Monument, Zion being a term used by the Mormons. According to historian Hal Rothman: "The name change played to a prevalent bias of the time. Many believed that Spanish and Indian names would deter visitors who, if they could not pronounce the name of a place, might not bother to visit it. The new name, Zion, had greater appeal to an ethnocentric audience." On November 19, 1919, Congress redesignated the monument as Zion National Park, and the act was signed by President Woodrow Wilson. The Kolob section was proclaimed a separate Zion National Monument in 1937, but was incorporated into the national park in 1956. Congress designated 85% of the park a wilderness area in 2009.


To learn more about Zion National Park visit:


Reading/Writing Skills


Week 136 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 a family tradition.  Please share your poem with your advocate.





Week 136 Mandala: Click Here


Art classes, projects and more with AMADOR ARTS at:






Art Project Snowflake Origami





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 hair tie. 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
  • Painted rock
  • Polaroid picture
  • Spatula
  • Green marker
  • Key
  • Brown leaf
  • Small pumpkin
  • Sunflower seed
  • Purple sticky note
  • Book
  • Eraser
  • Something round
  • Old flip phone
  • Hair tie



Art / Museum Tour: - USC Fisher Museum of Art:





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: Roblox


Roblox is the ultimate virtual universe that lets you create, share experiences with friends, and be anything you can imagine. Join millions of people and discover an infinite variety of immersive experiences created by a global community!

Already have an account? Log in with your existing Roblox account and explore the infinite metaverse of Roblox.


In the mood for an epic adventure? Want to compete against rivals worldwide? Or do you just want to hang out and chat with your friends online? A growing library of experiences created by the community means there’s always something new and exciting for you every day.


Take the fun on the go. Roblox features full cross-platform support, meaning you can join your friends and millions of other people on their computers, mobile devices, Xbox One, or VR headsets.


Be creative and show off your unique style! Customize your avatar with tons of hats, shirts, faces, gear, and more. With an ever-expanding catalog of items, there’s no limit to the looks you can create.


App of the Week: Roblox -

For Android:

For Apple:


Card Game of the Week – Memory

The Pack

The standard 52-card pack is used.

Object of the Game

The goal is to collect pairs of cards of the same rank, such as two sixes or two queens.

Card Values/scoring

The player who takes in the greatest number of pairs is the winner.

The Deal

Any player shuffles the pack and spreads all the cards out, face down all over the table, one at a time, so that no two cards touch or overlap at the corners

The Play

The first player may be decided in any way. The first player turns up any two cards on the table, leaving the first card face up until they have turned the second. If the two cards form a pair, the player takes them and puts them face down in a pile, and then they turns up two more cards. Whenever the two cards turned up do not form a pair, the player, after a pause of at least five seconds, turns both cards face down again, leaving them in exactly the same position on the table. It is then the next player’s turn (the player to the left). Play proceeds in the same manner until all the cards have been matched.


Play Memory online at


Online Gaming:


Nature and Weird Science

Jabiru Stork:



The jabiru is a large stork found in the Americas from Mexico to Argentina, except west of the Andes. It sometimes wanders into the United States, usually in Texas, but has been reported as far north as Mississippi. It is most common in the Pantanal region of Brazil and the Eastern Chaco region of Paraguay. It is the only member of the genus Jabiru. The name comes from a Tupi–Guaraní language and means "swollen neck". The jabiru is the tallest flying bird found in South America and Central America, often standing nearly the same height as the flightless and thus much heavier greater rhea. For the continent, it also has the second largest wingspan, after the Andean condor (that is, excluding the great albatross occasionally found off the coast of southern South America). The adult jabiru is 120–140 cm (47–55 in) long, 2.3–2.8 m (7.5–9.2 ft) across the wings, and can weigh 4.3–9 kg (9.5–19.8 lb). Dimorphism is high, possibly the highest of any stork, with males being about 25% larger than females. Males weigh an average of 6.89 kg (15.2 lb) whereas females weigh an average of 5.22 kg (11.5 lb). Large males may stand as tall as 1.53 m (5.0 ft). The beak, which measures 25–35 cm (9.8–13.8 in), is black and broad, slightly upturned, ending in a sharp point. Among other standard measurements, the tail measures 20–25 cm (7.9–9.8 in), the tarsus measures 28.5–39 cm (11.2–15.4 in) long and the wing chord measures 58.5–73 cm (23.0–28.7 in). The plumage is mostly white, but the head and upper neck are featherless and black, with a featherless red stretchable pouch at the base. The sexes are similar in appearance but the male is larger, which can be noticeable when the sexes are together. While it can give the impression of being an ungainly bird on the ground, the jabiru is a powerful and graceful flier.


To learn more about the Jabiru Stork visit:



Genre of the Week: Alternative Country


Alternative country, or alternative country rock, is a loosely defined subgenre of country music and/or country rock that includes acts that differ significantly in style from mainstream country music, mainstream country rock, and country pop. Alternative country artists are often influenced by alternative rock. Most frequently, the term has been used to describe certain country music and country rock bands and artists that are also defined as or have incorporated influences from alternative rock, heartland rock, Southern rock, progressive country, outlaw country, neotraditional country, Texas country, Red Dirt, honky-tonk, bluegrass, rockabilly, psychobilly, roots rock, indie rock, hard rock, folk revival, indie folk, folk rock, folk punk, punk rock, cowpunk, blues punk, blues rock, emocore, post-hardcore, and rhythm 'n' blues. n the 1990s the term alternative country, paralleling alternative rock, began to be used to describe a diverse group of musicians and singers operating outside the traditions and industry of mainstream country music. Many eschewed the increasingly polished production values and pop sensibilities of the Nashville-dominated industry for a more lo-fi sound, frequently infused with a strong punk and rock and roll aesthetic. Lyrics may be bleak or socially aware, but also more heartfelt and less likely to use the clichés sometimes used by mainstream country musicians. In other respects, the musical styles of artists that fall within this genre often have little in common, ranging from traditional American folk music and bluegrass, through rockabilly and honky-tonk, to music that is indistinguishable from mainstream rock or country. This already broad labeling has been further confused by alternative country artists disavowing the movement, mainstream artists declaring they are part of it, and retroactive claims that past or veteran musicians are alternative country. No Depression, the best-known magazine dedicated to the genre, declared that it covered "alternative-country music (whatever that is)".


Read more about Alternative Country at:

Listen to Alternative Country on Pandora, Amazon or YouTube!


Movies (for Recreation-Type Activities)

Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist



New Jersey teenager Nick O'Leary is a straight bass player in a queercore band that tentatively calls themselves The Jerk-Offs. Nick is heartbroken after his girlfriend Tris dumps him and continues to make "breakup" mix CDs for her. Bandmates Thom and Dev convince Nick to perform at a club and search for a secret show that legendary indie band Where's Fluffy? is performing in New York City that night.

Norah Silverberg attends Convent of the Sacred Heart, along with Tris and their mutual friend Caroline, and admires Nick's taste in music when retrieving Nick's CDs after Tris throws them out. The three girls end up at Arlene's Grocery on Manhattan's Lower East Side, where The Jerk-Offs are playing. Norah asks Nick to pretend to be her boyfriend after Tris teases her about her lack of a boyfriend. Norah kisses him, unaware that he is Tris' ex-boyfriend. Caroline gets drunk and Norah wants to take her home, but Nick's bandmates (who see Norah as a potential new girlfriend for him) offer to take Caroline home so Norah and Nick can spend time together and find the "Where's Fluffy?" show.

When Thom and Dev stop at Gray's Papaya for hot dogs, a confused Caroline escapes from Thom's van. Nick and Norah meet up with Thom and Dev to try to find her. A confusing phone call leads them to look for her at a club where Where's Fluffy? is rumored to be playing, but with no success in finding Caroline or the band. They finally locate Caroline when she gives them clues in another phone call. A jealous Tris catches up with the group, and Nick leaves them to talk to her.



Read more about Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist at:

Watch Nick & Norah's Infinite Playlist on Hulu, 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