Tuesday, December 29, 2015

Red Cross Provides Critical Assistance Across Multiple States

  After Tornadoes, Flooding Force Thousands from Homes


Sacramento, CA. – Tuesday, December 29, 2015 — The American Red Cross launched a massive relief response across multiple states in the wake of the deadly storms which have been hammering communities across most of the country since before the Christmas holiday.

“Red Cross disaster workers have been helping people affected by these storms since before Christmas and will continue to help them as long as needed,” said Gary Strong, CEO for the American Red Cross Gold Country Region. “We ask everyone to remember these families who have lost everything and had their holiday celebrations tragically interrupted by giving to Red Cross Disaster Relief. We depend on generous financial donations to provide comfort and hope to people in need.”

Several days of tornadoes, flooding and winter storms left behind damaged homes, downed power lines and closed highways. Red Cross and community shelters are open in Texas, Alabama, Georgia, Oregon, Illinois, Missouri, New Mexico and Oklahoma. The Red Cross is also supporting families in Arkansas, Tennessee and Mississippi due to severe weather and flooding. 

More than 1,100 homes have been damaged by storms across the affected areas and the number could increase. Hundreds of trained Red Cross disaster workers left their loved ones and homes over the holiday and opened shelters for those affected, providing meals, distributing comfort kits and clean-up supplies and meeting with those affected to help them plan their next steps.

DANGER NOT OVER The storm is expected to continue to affect people over the next several days with flash flooding, heavy snow, ice and freezing rain. The Red Cross urges people in the path of these storms to get ready now. Information about what people should do to prepare their household for possible floodingtornadoeswinter storms and other weather emergencies is available at redcross.org.

Here in California, we should be prepared for possible flooding and mudslides with what meteorologists call one of the strongest El NiƱo phenomenon since 1997.

PLEASE HELP NOW The Red Cross will be helping people affected by this storm for weeks and months to come, while at the same time responding to other emergencies, including helping people whose homes are destroyed by fires. The Red Cross responds to nearly 70,000 disasters each year in the United States – the vast majority of which are home fires.

People can help by donating to Red Cross Disaster Relief to support disasters big and small by visiting redcross.org, calling 1-800-RED CROSS or texting the word REDCROSS to 90999 to make a $10 donation.

The American Red Cross shelters, feeds and provides emotional support to victims of disasters; supplies nearly half of the nation's blood; teaches lifesaving skills; provides international humanitarian aid; and supports military members and their families. The Red Cross is a charitable organization — not a government agency — and depends on volunteers and the generosity of the American public to perform its mission. The Gold Country Region serves a twenty-four county territory including Alpine, Amador, Butte, Calaveras, Colusa, El Dorado, Glenn, Lassen, Modoc, Nevada, Placer, Plumas, Sacramento, San Joaquin, Shasta, Sierra, Siskiyou, Stanislaus, Sutter, Tehama, Trinity, Tuolumne, Yolo, and Yuba counties. For more information, visit www.redcross.org/GoldCountry.


Lilly Wyatt | American Red Cross
Director | Regional Communications and Marketing
Office | 1565 Exposition Blvd. | Sacramento, CA 95815
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Saturday, December 19, 2015

Amador County Recreation Agency (ACRA) UPDATE - Classes, Events, Programs and More!

5TH ANNUAL SPAGHETTI FEED! Amador County Cemetery Board Spaghetti Feed will be held on Friday January 29th 2016. This Fifth year annual event has a new location and will be held at the Italian Picnic grounds. Same great cooks as last year. Plenty of Spaghetti both meaty red sauce and traditional pesto. Along with garlic bread, salad, desert, wine and soda. Please, no outside alcohol! Same fun as the previous years with raffle and door prizes. Doors open at 5:30, Dinner at 6:30, and raffle at 7:00. Proceeds benefit The Amador County Cemetery Board.  Tickets are $20 each or $25 at the door.  To purchase tickets, contact ACRA at 223-6349.


COMPUTER DATA BACK UP SEMINAR - Computer Data Backup, Use It or Loose it!  Learn Cloud Backup-Safe or Risky.? Are Free Backup services OK?. Personal Data Backup: External Hard Drives, When and What to Backup and Personal Backup Strategies.  Also Business Data Backup Options: Redundancy Hard Drives, Incremental or  Full Data, Off-Site Data Storage and Third Party Services. Disaster Recovery, How to Restore Data will also be covered.  The Cost of this seminar is $30 per person, $50 per couple, Business discount $25 minimum 2.  This seminar will be held January 30, 2016 10:00 am to 1:00 pm at the Health and Services Bldg. 10877 Conductor Blvd, Sutter Creek, CA. To register call Barbara at ACRA 223-6349. Presented by Tori Moody of CPU Computers. For more information please call 296-0660.


KICKBALL TOURNAMENT -  4 on 4, indoor co-ed at Argonaut High School Sunday January 31st at 1:00pm.  The cost is $40 per team.  Please call John for details about this new exciting event at ACRA 223-6349, facebook.com/johnatacra or jwilliamson@amadorgov.org.
LEARN TO SPEAK FRENCH with Amel Tafsout.  Classes will be held Wednesday evenings starting January 6th.  Level 1 is from 5:30-7 pm and is $70.  Level 2 is from 7- 8pm and is $65.  This series of French classes is being offered at a new location, Lodge Hill a historical building in Plymouth, 18565 Empire St. Please contact Barbara at ACRA at 223-6349 or email her at bnichols@amadorgov.org.


ACRA BINGO 2016 - Tues Jan 5 & 19 at the American Legion Hall, Sutter Hill. Doors open no later than 5:30 PM. Early Bird Bingo 6 PM. Regular BINGO 6:15 PM.
Buy in $10 for $10 games – 6 top. Black out is up to $250!
Sodas are available for purchase (no alcohol served). Feel free to bring your own dinner (no food available). Complimentary Cookies and Coffee!
Many Raffle Prizes! We have Pull Tabs and U-Pic Ems; another chance to win!
Complimentary Cookies and Coffee!
Proceeds go to support Amador County Recreation Agency. After School Program Please call Barbara at ACRA at 223-6349 for more information.
ACRA-ARCD COMMUNITY GARDEN in Jackson is now taking Plot Reservations.  Small raised beds plots, 4x12, with annual fee of $75.  There is a $100 refundable deposit. Located at the Historic Chichizola/Cuneo Ranch, Jackson Gate Road, Jackson.   For more information please call Hillary at (209) 304-6901.
ACRA AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAMS - At tThe HUB in Jackson is Monday –Thursday 2-5pm. Plymouth at Lodge Hill is Tuesday – Thursday. Check out goacra.org for more information. For Plymouth call Katelyn at 223-6349. For Jackson call Tammy Jo at 223-2300.

Monday, December 7, 2015

ACRA Events, Classes, Programs and more! December 2015

A Children's Christmas at the HUB continues December 12th, and the 19th from 11:00am to 5 pm.  Enjoy Santa’s Playland, Christmas games, trains and activities.  We have a new larger bounce house and table games, Christmas crafts and Santa’s gift shop.$5 Donation at the door.  Call ACRA at 223-6349 for more information.
Come join the fun creating your Gingerbread House on Friday Dec. 18th 5:30 to 8:00 pm at the HUB. Decorate your own Gingerbread House to your heart’s delight with frosting and candies. This is great fun for the whole family and friends alike.  Gingerbread Houses are in limited supply, so make sure to reserve your house in advance.  Please call ACRA at 223-6349.
Learn to speak French with Amel Tafsout.  Classes will be held Wednesday evenings starting January 6th.  Level 1 is from 5:30-7 pm and is $70.  Level 2 is from 7- 8pm and is $65.  This series of French classes is being offered at a new location, Lodge Hill a historical building in Plymouth, 18565 Empire St. Please contact Barbara at ACRA at 223-6349 or email her at bnichols@amadorgov.org

Cemetery Ghost Trails is back by popular demand. Volcano, Aqueduct, and Pine Grove cemeteries will be covered in this fun & interesting exploration of Amador’s rich past.  Learn the fascinating history of some of our local pioneers while searching for their grave site.  This is a great activity for friends and family.  The cost is $10.  Call ACRA 223-6349 for more information.

Yoga class starts Monday evenings Nov.2nd 3-4:30 pm at the Fiddletown Community Hall. This Yoga class is being offered by Kathyrn Barstow.   Kathryn has a unique style of gentle yoga enjoyed by all ages. Not the twisted pretzel strange position yoga. There will be more up and coming dates and locations for Kathryn’s Yoga classes.  Please contact Barbara at 223-6349 or email bnichols@amadorgov.org 

11 on 11 Soccer Tournament coming Saturday November 21st at Howard Park in Ione.  Teams can be all Male, all female, or a mix. The cost is $150 per team.  Check in is at 8:30am and play starts at 9:00am.   There will be Double Eliminations and prizes for the winners with random prizes for participants. Call 223-6349 or emailjwilliamson@amadorgov.org.  Info also available on our websitewww.goacra.org Or visit facebook.com/acraevents.

ACRA-ARCD Community Garden in Jackson is now taking Plot Reservations.  Small raised beds plots, 4x12, with annual fee of $75.  There is a $100 refundable deposit. Located at the Historic Chichizola/Cuneo Ranch, Jackson Gate Road, Jackson.   For more information please call Hillary at (209) 304-6901.

ACRA BINGO at the American Legion Hall Tuesday Dec 15. Doors Open No later than 5:30, 6:15 Early Bird Bingo, 6:30 Regular BINGO
Buy in $10 for $10 games – 6 top. Black out is up to $250!
Sodas are available for purchase (no alcohol served). Feel free to bring your own dinner (no food available) Many Raffle Prizes! We have Pull Tabs….another chance to win! Complimentary Cookies and Coffee! Proceeds go to support Amador County Recreation Agency. After School Program. Call 223-6349 for more information.
Thank You to the American Legion Hall for accommodating ACRA’s Bingo!

ACRA’s After School Programs. The HUB in Jackson, Monday –Thursday 2-5pm. Plymouth at Lodge Hill is Tuesday – Thursday.  Check out goacra.org for more information.  For Plymouth call Katelyn at 223-6349.  For Jackson call Tammy Jo at 223-2300.