I like the freedom of art!

image by Dan Phillips Photography - Cedar Falls, Iowa

image by Dan Phillips Photography – Cedar Falls, Iowa

My name is Rosa and my name means pink in Spanish.  I like it when people spell my name with a Z (Roza).  My birthday is in March and I am from Olean, New York and I grew up in Pennsylvania.  For a while I lived with my grandma in Florida – I loved the beach, but I didn’t like many of the people there.  So far Waterloo is my favorite place to live and I plan to retire here when I am older.

I live in an apartment in Waterloo with my three roommates – I am pretty good friends with two of them.  We cook supper together and sometimes we cook-out for special occasions.  I am the only roommate that gets to come to wonderful North Star.

I like to watch T.V. – I like “Two Broke Girls” and “The Andy Griffith Show.”  We play a lot of cards and we play games like UNO, Skip-Bo and Phase 10.   My favorite color is magenta.  I like dogs and horses and I liked the movie, “Secret Life of Pets.”

I really like art!  I like to make word collages.  I like the freedom of art and I can let my mind explode on paper.  Whatever I am thinking or feeling can go on paper. I got to be in North Star’s art show and this is what I made for it.

Rosa's Word Cloud

Rosa’s Word Cloud

My name is Doug and “Go Wahawks!”

dougMy name is Doug, I am 51 years old.  I live in Waterloo with my roommates, Tony and David.  One of the things I like to do is make pictures with yarn and plastic canvas – Kate helps me.  I am working on a surprise for my parent’s anniversary. (In the picture I am holding a plastic canvas heart I made for North Star’s art show.)  

I like to hang out with mom and dad.  We watch t.v. and I get my mom flowers for Christmas.  I like it when I get to go fishing – I try to catch Northern Pike!

I really like sports.  I like the Waterloo Wahawks and I like UNI, the Cyclones, and Hawkeye football.  I also like the Waterloo Bucks – they lost 8-13 on Sunday (July 20).  I like the Minnesota Vikings and the Cowboys and the Bears.  I watch Chicago Cubs on t.v. and they lost the other day, 3-8.  “Hey, hey what do ‘ya say?  Go, Cubs, Go!”

I like wrestling – like Wrestlemania 30!  And Friday Night Smack Down on t.v., Friday’s at 7:00 and WWE Raw is on Monday.  Some movies I like to watch are Jaws 1 & 2.  Sharks eat bad people and they bite people’s arms, like “chomp, chomp!”  I like dolphins and whales better.  I also watched Godzilla and King Kong on DVD – they aren’t real, they’re robots. And King Kong blew on that girl in the movie.

At Universal they have the King Kong roller coaster and I rode it 18 times, it went up and down and up and down and up and down…  There is a Batman roller coaster and when you ride it you get sick and then almost, “blaaahhhh!”

My name is Kylie.

I am Kylie and my birthday is May 20th.  I live in Reinbeck with my mom.  My dad passed away a couple of years ago.  I have a brother named Jim.  He is 29.  He just got married to Maggie a couple weeks ago in Madison, WI.  So I have a sister-in-law.  Their honeymoon was in California.  I got to stay in a hotel and went to a place called “Rockabetty’s Salon” and got my nails done.  I still have the polish on, it is red (my favorite color).

I have been coming to North Star since I graduated in 2005.  I went to Cedar Falls High School.  I also went to North Cedar Elementary, Valley Park (when it was still a school), and Peet Jr. High.  I participate in Special Olympics in bowling.  It’s pretty fun.  My boyfriend’s name is Tim.

I have a special bond with my mom.  On Saturday’s we go to Hy-Vee and get groceries and then we go to Diamond Dave’s in Waterloo – I usually get chicken strips and French fries or two hot dogs and cheeseballs.  On Sunday’s we go to church in Reinbeck.  My mom took me to see “How to Train Your Dragon 2” at Marcus Theatres.  It was really good.  I really like to go to cartoon movies the best.  I also like to watch cartoons on t.v. – especially Sponge Bob Squarepants.

I like to go to all kinds of places; like the animal shelter, the dog park, the library, and I exercise at the Y.  I like to read a lot!  I like graphic novels and literature, too.

On April 4th North Star had an art show.  The art show was pretty nice – there were cookies and cupcakes.  I won one of the Judge’s Choice awards!  I was pretty happy and surprised, and my mom was pretty proud of me!  I named my art, “Kylie’s Life.”  It was about me and I used markers to make it.  I have my own special set of Sharpies that I bought at Wal-Mart with my mom.  I like Sharpies the best and in all kinds of colors, I especially like red, green, yellow, purple, orange.  The picture is me and my art.IMG_6286

AC/DC is my favorite!

Jim RogersI am Jim R. and my birthday is January 22nd.  I am 59 years old.  I have two sisters and five brothers and a lot of nieces and nephews – too many to remember!  I live in a group home and my favorite staff person there is Jason – he has been there a long time.  One of my roommates talks too much and I had another roommate I didn’t get along with, but he moved.  My girlfriend is Pam.

I really like to mow the grass and sometimes I wash the dishes.  Pizza is my favorite food.  I like to watch t.v. and I like to watch movies on the weekend.

I really love rock and roll music.  AC/DC is my favorite – I even have an AC/DC tattoo!  I also like Motley Crue, Alice Cooper, and KISS – I think it would be hard to put on all that makeup.

I am going to download some rock music ringtones for my phone and I am going to go to a concert in Des Moines. A couple weeks ago we had an art show at North Star and I had some art in it.  One was a sculpture that I named, “George.”

See through our artist’s eyes…


All of the artists here at North Star would like to invite you to attend our art show on Wednesday, June 4th.  There will be about 200 masterpieces on display.  Come see through our artist’s eyes!

Bringing the arts to those with disabilities and disability awareness to the public; don’t miss North Star’s art show, “Straight from the ART,” featuring the art of 85 men and women who attend day programs here in Waterloo, Iowa.  Join our guest judges, Danielle Wagner, Mayor Buck Clark, C.F. Councilman Frank Darrah, Greg Holt, Bill Close, and Kelly Turner and vote for your favorite art.  The event will also feature the opportunity for the public to participate in our collaborative art project, “Word Wall.”  Get in the groove with “Hands of Time” jazz quartet and enjoy some great coffee by Sidecar Coffee, and desserts by Hy-Vee, Scratch Cupcakery, and Martin Brother’s Food Market.  The event is JUNE 4th starting at 7:00 p.m. at 3420 University Avenue (use east entrance).

The event will include a great auction/silent auction featuring a brand new Gibson Les Paul Signature “T” guitar, a Wyland lithograph, fantastic works of art by P. Buckley Moss, Joshua Spies, Alice Dolgener, Brenda Barter, Mary Ann Gloe, and many, many others, a Pheasants Forever print, a catered dinner for eight by Moment in Thyme, an appearance by UNI’s TK mascot, an autographed Green Bay Packers football, show tickets, hotel stays, family fun, and much, much more!

Visit www.northstarcs.org for more information.