Help fill Empty Bowls

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By Bernadette Lauritzen

There are lots of opportunities to do good for those in need this weekend.
The annual Empty Bowls Project to benefit Self Help will take place on Saturday at the Betty Ehart Senior Center.
KRSN AM 1490 radio station owner Gillian Sutton has been working throughout the year to build relationships with project partners to benefit the program.
Sutton has rallied volunteers from near and far to donate the soup that fills the purchased bowls.
Amy’s Intergalactic Bakery, the Decadent Table, De Colores, Dixie Girl, Morning Glory Bakery, Pajarito Brew Pub, Starbucks, Viola’s and more come together to raise funds to assist others.
Empty Bowls is the flagship community service event for KRSN, where they not only donated hundreds of hours of time and promotion, but this year, will donate gift certificates from their latest venture, Flowers by Gillian.
KRSN/Flowers by Gillian will also provide refreshments at the Fuller Lodge Art Center artist reception and the Historical Museum opening, Friday evening, to promote the Empty Bowls Event.
A silent auction with more than 70 gift baskets, gift certificates, donations of clothing and more will be on display and available for bid.
The event is from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. and includes music from the Brave New Brass Quintet and the Craig Martin Experience.
The highlight for the event is, of course, the purchase of the handmade bowls created by an outpouring of the community.
This year, Aspen Elementary School sixth graders made bowls with the help of a grant from the LAPS Foundation, under the leadership of art teacher Britt Williams.
“My idea for the LAPS Foundation Grant is to provide an opportunity for students to become stewards of their community through art,” Williams wrote.
“They will learn how art and creativity can be used as catalysts of change. By having the sixth grade students participate in an philanthropic project, it will promote a sense of altruism throughout the whole school, changing perceptions of what art is and can be and the potential they have to make changes in the world.”