Bowls ready for second annual ‘Empty Bowls’ event

By Terry Lehrke, News Editor

Emma Keehr, left, a senior at Little Falls Community High School (LFCHS) and Logan Warner, 6-year-old son of LFCHS art teacher Karen Warner, worked side by side painting bowls to prepare them for glazing. A group gathered at the Great River Arts Center in Little Falls Jan. 19, to paint the 120 bowls created by the LFCHS art class. The bowls will be used during the “Empty Bowls” fundraising event to benefit Oasis Central Minnesota set for Sunday, Feb. 10, at First United Church in Little Falls.

Emma Keehr, left, a senior at Little Falls Community High School (LFCHS) and Logan Warner, 6-year-old son of LFCHS art teacher Karen Warner, worked side by side painting bowls to prepare them for glazing. A group gathered at the Great River Arts Center in Little Falls Jan. 19, to paint the 120 bowls created by the LFCHS art class. The bowls will be used during the “Empty Bowls” fundraising event to benefit Oasis Central Minnesota set for Sunday, Feb. 10, at First United Church in Little Falls.

The hand-crafted bowls are ready for the second annual “Empty Bowls” event in Little Falls, thanks to the hard work of area high school students.

The Little Falls Community High School art students made 120 ceramic bowls that were painted and glazed at the Great River Arts Center, Jan. 19.

Another set of finished bowls has been donated for the event by the Swanville High School art classes, led by teacher Marie Francis.

The “Empty Bowls” event in Little Falls is set for Sunday, Feb. 10. Serving runs from 11 a.m. – 2 p.m. at First United Church, 1000 First St. S.E.

“Empty Bowls” is a hunger-awareness event to remind everyone that there is always an empty bowl.

For $10, those who attend can pick a handmade brightly-colored ceramic bowl filled with a wide variety of soups donated by various local restaurants, and enjoy bread, dessert and a beverage. When they are finished, they will get to keep their bowl.

Afterward, live music will entertain the crowd and a silent auction will take place.

Tim Poland, director for Oasis Central Minnesota, said proceeds from the event will benefit the outreach efforts of Oasis Central Minnesota.

Oasis Central Minnesota organizes the free Thursday evening Share A Meal at First Lutheran Church on Riverwood Drive in Little Falls. Area organizations and groups host each Thursday evening meal by purchasing, preparing and serving the food. First Lutheran donates the space and Oasis provides the coffee, paper products and extra supplies needed.

Oasis also organizes the Paint A Thon, Fix A Home and organized the Ruby’s Pantry food distribution program which takes place at Bethel Lutheran Church in west Little Falls the fourth Monday of each month.

Advance tickets are available at the Oasis office in the Historic Courthouse; Bookin’ It Bookstore; the Great River Arts Association and Ambiance@53, all in Little Falls.

Or, Poland said, tickets are available the day of the event.

“People can just show up the day of and enjoy a hot meal and the live music, silent auction and socializing,” he said.

Poland is appreciative for all of the help in getting the bowls ready — the people who showed up to paint and glaze; the Great River Arts Association for use of the space and the glaze and to the art classes that made the bowls.

For more information, call the Oasis Central Minnesota office at (320) 632-9140.

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