Greetings! I'm new to the site and the forum. Looking forward to getting to know it and the people much better. I'm from the Cedar Rapids area. There's a scraping weekend coming up in a couple of weeks in Galena ILL. A friend and I from work are heading over. Really looking forward to it!
I don't know if any of you are from the NW part of Iowa, but my mom was telling me about a sb store that opened up in Sgt. Bluff a couple of months ago. It's just south of Sioux City, I don't know the name of the store and unfortunately she doesn't scrapbook so I'll have to check it out the next time I visit.
I was just wondering how the Transcendental Meditation people (group) has changed your town?
For people who don't know what I'm talking about here is a little info on them..........
SMITH CENTER, Kan. - Supporters of Maharishi Mahesh Yogi see his Transcendental Meditation movement as fostering world harmony. But in this farm town in the heart of the heartland, the movements plans to build its “World Capital of Peace” here are creating more tension than tranquility.
“It hasnt split the community, but it has caused a lot of tension,” said Mayor Randy Archer. “Were an older community, and new things that come to town are scary for some people.”
Eric Michener, who works as project coordinator out of a storefront office on Main Street, conceded his group, the nonprofit Maharishi-affiliated Global Country of World Peace, probably could have made a better first impression.
Altogether, the Maharishi wants to build 2,400 peace palaces in 250 U.S. cities and has opened ones in Houston, Bethesda, Md., Lexington, Ky., and Fairfield, Iowa, where his group also has operated the Maharishi University of Management for three decades.
TM traces its roots to India. The movement began in the 1950s and is best known for its celebrity disciples, who have included Clint Eastwood and the comedian Andy Kaufman. Practitioners repeat a thought a mantra over and over to achieve relaxation, typically for 15 or 20 minutes every morning and evening. But Pastor Greg Hubbard of the Evangelical Free Church, countered, “They say they arent a religion, and I say baloney.” In April, he and other pastors signed a letter to the local newspaper saying: “They are welcome, but they must understand we are competing for the eternal souls of people.”
Others in Smith Center a dwindling town of 1,800 with an aging population are withholding judgment.
Boyum held out the possibility of an economic boost for the town, where folks raise wheat, corn, soybeans and cattle about 175 miles from Topeka, near the Nebraska line: “Our intention is to funnel as much finances and work through the local community as we can. We all are consumers and will bring resources into the county.”
“They came in and, boom, here we are,” the mayor said. “People thought they were sneaking in.”
Recently, a dozen people showed up at Micheners office for a question-and-answer session. Some were curious about TM. Others were a little upset. They wanted to know why Michener didnt show up the night before for a public meeting, the usual means of hashing out problems around here.
Michener said there had been some miscommunication and his superiors had not authorized him to speak to a large gathering. He started using terms like “silent zero point.”
“Its just like they are pulling stories out of the sky,” farmer Mark Overmiller said after the meeting. “Baby, this will split this town wide open.”
Not everyone opposes the new neighbors. The Rev. Sharon Patton of the First Christian Church grew up near Fairfield, Iowa, and recalled the same concerns there when the Maharishi opened the university and supporters moved into town.
“Those who are secure in their faith arent worried about these people coming,” she said. “We are going through the same thing as the folks in Fairfield and that passed. In time, it will die out.”
June 26, 2007
DES MOINES (AP) — A southeast Iowa city established six years ago by the followers of Transcendental Meditation guru Maharishi Mahesh Yogi is considering a plan to SEI ze a farmer’s land to prevent him from building a hog operation next to the city.
Maharishi Vedic City officials told farmer Bob Palm that they’d like to buy his 149-acre farm after they heard a few months ago about Palm’s plans to build a hog confinement operation on the land.
City officials drafted a proposal to buy the land and said if that plan fails, they expect to use eminent domain to force the sale of Palm’s land in the name of public improvement.
On Sunday, Maharishi Vedic City’s governing council decided to table a controversial vote on the property. The council could have chosen to take the first steps toward buying Palm’s farm.
City Attorney Maureen Wynne, who is the wife of Mayor Bob Wynne, said the proposal is about expansion and ideals.
“It would be a very difficult situation for the city if a hog confinement is built on its boundaries,” Wynne said.
She said a hog confinement operation would be a nuisance to the city that has declared itself all-organic and bans the sale of anything not grown organically.
An appraiser for the city valued Palm’s land at $2,675 per acre.
Palm, 57, remained steadfast in his refusal to sell.
“It’s everything to us,” Palm said about the farm on which he grows corn and soybeans with his brothers Lou and Ron.
Ron Palm said he and his brothers have dropped the idea of a hog confinement and they said city officials jumped the gun when they threatened to use eminent domain.
“About all we had done was research into a hog confinement,” Ron Palm said. He said the brothers also considered raising cattle or growing a vineyard.
The vote on the park plan will be delayed indefinitely while the city negotiates with the family and with Jefferson County officials.
Sunday’s meeting — held under a tent at Wynne’s house — drew about 200 people, said Jefferson County Board of Supervisors Vice Chairman ******** Reed, adding that most of them were against the proposed expansion.
“It’s a little shady,” Reed said. “When you have a local government talking about doing condemnation on a farm when they have excess land themselves is ludicrous. Being able to own land is one of the rights in this country.”
Wynne said adding a hog confinement to the town’s border would be akin to building a landfill.
The proposed park included in the city’s plan would include windmills, soccer fields, a swimming pool and a place to charge electric cars.
Considered a spiritual center of the Transcendental Meditation movement in the United States, the city of 420 practitioners of TM was incorporated in 2001. The city has designated Sanskrit, an ancient language of India, as its official language and adopted a new currency.
The meditating community has met with resistance and sometimes hostility from the farmers, residents and business owners of Fairfield, where Yogi and his TM organizations bought the defunct Parsons College campus in 1974.
In 2001, a group of the meditators decided to establish their own city a few miles north of Fairfield. Since its inception, Maharishi Vedic City has generated local controversy.
In April 2004, city officials hatched a plan to house 500 pandits, or special meditators, using city money. But Jefferson County residents opposed the plan on the grounds that the public money from a local-option sales tax would be used for a religious purpose.
The pandits made it to Maharishi Vedic City in the fall of 2006, but without the use of public money, Wynne said.
In 2005, the Jefferson County Board of Supervisors unanimously rejected the city’s request for help to get a $132,000 grant from the state’s Community Attractions and Tourism Fund to build a new visitors’ center and make improvements to an astronomical observatory.
Hello everyone! I'm new here and wanted to say hi!
I live in Des Moines and work in Ankeny. Does anyone attend crops at Memory Bound in Ankeny? I'm pretty new to scrabooking and would like to go to some crops but would probably enjoy it more if I knew someone else who was attending. I don't have any friends who scrapbook so would really enjoy getting to know others who do.
Scrapping 4 Inclusion coming back to Des Moines 11/2!!! Scrapping 4 Inclusion benefits The Bubel Aiken Foundation in their work to bridge the gap between children with disabilities and the world around them. Join us!
Glad to see some Iowa people! I am also in Des Moines. Love meeting other croppers! OH...check out the forum topic Delta Phi Scrappa under General Scrapbooking. It is a scrapbook weekend that is coming up the end of September!
Hi everyone! I'm from Minburn, Iowa which is just north west of Des Moines. I wanted to invite you to a scrapbook weekend that I'm holding up in Perry. It is at the historic Hotel Pattee.
I don't know how many of you get a way for the weekend but that is the only times I seem to get anything done! The hubby always seems to think I should be doing something different! you can email me at [email protected] if you are interested in more information. You can also check it out at www.creativeheartsinn.com
I'm also looking for a couple of vendors. Thanks! Hope to meet you guys some time!
I am from Des Moines !!!! Anyone interested in getting together once a month to scrap all day ? Also, I am helping with an all day crop fundraiser if you are interested in attending. The cost is $25.00 for the day and includes lunch, door prizes, gift bags, contests, demos and more. Let me know !!!
Calling ALL DES MOINES Area SCRAPBOOKERS!!!!!
Announcing the Get Inspired Expo - Spring Event!!!
Date: April 16, 2011
Time: 9am - Midnight
Location: Elwell Family Food Center, Iowa State Fairgrounds, Des Moines, Iowa
Registration: NOW OPEN!!!!
Theme: "For Your A-muse-ment" - inspiration will be bright, playful and cheerful.
Vendor Challenge: Use fun and vibrant colors for your make-and-take.
Get Inspired Gift: Birdhouse
Scrapper Challenge: "Home is not where you live, but where they understand you." Scrap/decorate your Get Inspired birdhouse to express your personality. Take it to the Inspiration Showcase (this is where finished scrapbook pages and birdhouses can be displayed to share/find inspiration) and you could win a prize!
Photo Booth from A Special Event DJ!!!!!!!!!
Vendors (in alphabetical order):
- Close to my Heart, Tonya Stone
- Creative Memories, Suzy Poock
- Little Masterpieces, Irene Hendrickx
- Massage Heights, Mia Farrell
- Memory Bound Scrapbooking Store, Dawn Johnson/Kellie Gould
- Scrap It PLUS, Jo Meyer
- Stampin' Up!, Kathy Winter
- Sweet Tooth Scrapbooking, LLC, Shelly Maxwell/Cindy Noesen
- The Scrapbooking Studio, Amy Sprague
- The Scrappin' Patch, Kim Cook
- Thirty-One, Sara Colboth
- Walnut Place Retreat, Nicole Engler-Selser
Elite Scrapbooking Event Fundraiser
Hosted by Iowa Elite Baseball
February 26th, 2011 8am to 6pm
Carlisle Community Building
35 Vine Street Carlisle Iowa 50047
$25.00 Registration includes scrap space, demos, and lunch. Breakfast items, snack, and beverages will be available.
Door Prizes, Gift Bags, Vendors, Contests !
Contributors: Emma Kate Creations, That Scrappy Girl, Creative Memories, Stamp'Up!, Scentsy, Tupperware, Thirty-One, Memory Bound Ankeny, P!NK Photography, Close to my Heart and more !!!
RSVP to (515)262-3880 or http://iowaelitebaseball.weebly.com
If anyone at all, loves to scrapbook, and live in the IL/WI/IA area, you have got to try my favorite place in the world to do that. Contact MaryKim at the Paper Dollhouse and spend a weekend of true pampering, gourmet food and just the coziest place in IL to scrapbook. You will be treated like royalty...you will NEVER want to leave and believe me you will keep coming back...over and over and over. I have been there 4 times now and plan on going every 5-6 months...It's a great place to escape for a weekend and hang out with our friends. Even if you don't scrapbook, it's a nice relaxing bed and breakfast that serves fantastic food.
I'm not an owner, just a loyal customer that wants to make sure that THE PAPER DOLL HOUSE stays open for years to come. We are losing too many of the great places to scrap. I want to continue to go there every 5-6 months for a very, very long time. IT'S MY HAPPY PLACE!
Where do you scrap in Bettendorf? I live in Dubuque (a half-mile above the river!), and now, not only did my favorite store in Dubuque close a couple years ago, and my favorite store in Coralville in November, but a week ago, my wonderfully favorite store in Madison closed. Now, short of driving to Chicago, I don't know where to go anymore. Ideas??
There are 3 scrapbook stores in the Charles City,IA area. The Stitchery Nook in Osage has a Scrapbooking section, Backroads Plum Crazy In Ionia, and RC on Main in Charles City. I think there's one in Mason City and Twin Oaks in Cedar Falls.
I have just recently started coming to this site and just saw this state specific thread! I noticed that there hasn't been any activity on this post for a while, but I am hoping to find other scrappers in my area! I am in Iowa City, anyone else in IC that is looking for a scrap buddy:)