Fairfield Ledger
March 21, 2012

Fairfield Readies for Sunday debut on Oprah network

Sunday's televising of "Oprah's Next Chapter" featuring Fairfield and Transcendental Meditation is expected to generate interest in the community.

A number of initiatives are underway to aid tourists and potential visitors.

"There's a lot of excitement surrounding the airing," said Maharishi University of Management alum Mariam Daudi, a coordinator for many of the initiatives.  "The whole community is coming together to prepare in case there's a big response.  It's fulfilling to work with so many different community leaders."

Involved parties include Fairfield officials, Fairfield Area Chamber of Commerce, Fairfield Arts & Convention Center, Maharishi School, M.U.M., Maharishi Vedic City, Maharishi Foundation, David Lynch Foundation and Ideal Community Group.

The convention center is developing a self-guided tour for visitors.  A one-day training session for volunteer ambassadors also is in the works.

The welcome and information center at the Maasdam Barns site on Highway 1 South is expanding its hours.

Plans are under way to open the Taste of Fairfield visitors' weekends in May and June to those who don't practice the Transcendental Meditation technique.  Planning also continues for M.U.M.'s Experience the Self event to be held July 10-22.

Oprah visited Fairfield Oct. 19 to film for the hour-long program.  It airs on the Oprah Winfrey Network at 8 p.m. Sunday.

Locally, O.W.N. can be accessed on channel 203 on Mediacom, channel 279 on Direct TV, channel 90 on Lisco, and channels 189 and 885 on Dish Network.

Student Activities at M.U.M. is hosting a viewing of the program at Dalby Hall in the Argiro Student Center.  Doors open at 7:30 p.m.

For more information about the program, visit www.oprah.com/own


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