Let your creativity flow as you fill empty bowls

Do you have the soul of an artist, do you like playing with paint or do you have a friend or child who does? Do you like helping others? Color Me Mine, a pottery glazing store at Arbor Lakes in Maple Grove, MN, is a perfect match for you.

They have agreed to partner with Empty Bowls to help support PRISM and NEAR food shelves. They provide bowls, materials and paint, and you use your creativity to decorate a bowl that will be donated to Empty Bowls.

Color Me Mine 2017

Color Me Mine 2017

Organize a party at Color Me Mine or your place. At $7.00 per bowl, you won’t find a more fun way to get together with friends. The good vibes will linger as you think about the families who will have food on the table thanks to your help!

Call Heather at 763-420-0005 for more information or to set up a party. Let 2017 be the year you let your creativity shine!

Two Weeks in the Life of the Empty Bowls Community

Empty bowls is all about community, getting together for the good of all

2 Generations Bowl Making

2 Generations Bowl Making

Our emphasis is filling the food shelves, PRISM and NEAR, with much needed provisions for those who are hungry, while helping us bond into a cohesive community. The annual event, itself, is a fabulous and fun gathering, but we have just as much fun in the weeks leading up to that evening. The events of the past two weeks illustrate the point.

It started with community bowl making at Robbinsdale Middle School

Love Is In The Bowl

Love Is In The Bowl

This free event brought together people of all ages and skills. Moms and Dads entered into the creative process with their children and added their own touches as well. Seniors put their talents on display and the room was filled with laughter and clay-spackled hands. SABE high school students from the Robbinsdale School district assured that the event went smoothly from start to finish and art teacher Joan West-Talbot once again opened her doors to us and taught us all how to turn lumps of clay into artful designs.

Flash forward a few days to wine tasting at Nonna Rosa’s in Robbinsdale

2 Generations At Nonna Rosas

2 Generations At Nonna Rosas

Flash forward a few days to wine tasting at Nonna Rosa’s in Robbinsdale. This delicious restaurant has supported Empty Bowls since day one in a variety of ways. The room was filled with diners who lifted their glasses to Empty Bowls as they were filled with four lovely wines. No one left hungry from this event as the talented chefs put out a spread that satisfied even the most discriminating diner. Topped off with crème caramel – yum! It’s much easier to enjoy a fabulous dinner when you know that the proceeds are going to fill our food shelves. You might have missed this dinner, but be sure to attend the main event on March 3rd and grab a bowl of Nonna Rosa’s fabulous Tuscan Bean soup.

Plymouth Middle School was the scene of the next event

Everybody Loves Bowl Making

Everybody Loves Bowl Making

Plymouth Middle School was the scene of the next event. For several years, Robbinsdale Middle School hosted community bowl making. Last year, Plymouth Middle School volunteered to provide a second site. It’s a darn good thing that they did. This year, community bowl making at Plymouth Middle School attracted 125 bowl-makers. It’s amazing when our community bowl-making, which started a few years ago with several tables of participants, has blossomed into a multi-day event with hundreds of happy participants. Cudos to art teachers Leah Dussault and Katie Bacon for making everyone feel both welcome creative.

The two weeks aren’t over yet

Next up is a pizza and bowling event at New Hope Bowl – Friday, February 6th at 7:00. Is the ball you tried to guide so carefully headed toward the 10 pin rather than the sweet spot to the right of center? No worries; your entry fee will head straight for the food shelves, even if your ball goes astray.

Sounds like a lot of fun, doesn’t it?

Don’t worry if you have missed these events. We have bowl glazing coming up as well as the big event itself on March 3rd at Sandburg Learning Center. Stay tuned to our website and our Facebook page for more information about events, as well as ways to volunteer or donate to this great cause.

Nonna Rosas For Empty Bowls

Nonna Rosas For Empty Bowls

The Tale Of Making Two Empty Bowls

Sharon P Made This Delightful Bowl

Sharon P Made This Delightful Bowl

Two Sharons Have Helped Make Empty Bowls A Success

There are two Sharons who have helped make Empty Bowls a success the past few years. This is the story of their bowl-making activities with a “moral” at the end that you won’t want to miss.

Bowl Making is a Noble Act of Kindness

Let’s start with Sharon P. She is quite the accomplished artist, making banners, textiles and other fabulous art. When Sharon decided to delve into bowl-making, she began with pinch pots and quickly graduated to bowls made on a wheel. She is now taking a class where I’m sure she will excel. No doubt, her bowls will end up at the special “auction table” this year. What a success!

Sharon G Made This Delightful Bowl

Sharon G Made This Delightful Bowl

Bowl Making Might Require a Small Dose of Humility

Now, let’s turn our thoughts to Sharon G. who, unfortunately, does not have an artistic bone in her body — at least when it comes to bowl-making. Sharon participated in community bowl-making the last two years and managed to make a couple of bowls that looked and felt like a bowl, even if they weren’t an artistic achievement. Feeling pumped, she accepted when her 21-year old daughter invited her to attend a one-night pottery class. The clay looked inviting and the wheel was turning as she tried to follow the instructions of the — thankfully — very patient teacher. Patience wore a bit thin as the second mound of clay flew off the wheel into an unappealing lump on the adjacent table.

Not quite the success achieved by Sharon P.

Now, you may ask, “what is the moral of this story?”

That’s easy: A bowl, is a bowl, is a bowl … Whether it is:

  • A plastic bowl painted by a kindergarten child,
  • A pinch pot crafted by a volunteer with two unartistic thumbs, or
  • A masterpiece created by a real artist

Each and Every Bowl, Regardless its Origin, Brings Us One Step Closer to Alleviating Hunger in Minnesota.

And, whether you have the skill of a Sharon P. or that of Sharon G., you can help make bowls at our community bowl-making event this year and make a real difference to those in need.

Empty Bowls Robbinsdale is committed to providing our community with a positive experience for young and old, for caring people from all walks of life, to participate joyfully in feeding those less fortunate than us. Please, consider contributing your:

  1. Time
  2. Money
  3. Resources

Filling empty bowls is a gratifying experience and meaningful to those we feed. Thank you.