Check it out: Empty Bowls fundraiser set to benefit Amherst Survival Center

Monday, March 05, 2018

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Workshop set on eating disorders, substance abuse

The link between substance use disorder and eating disorders will be the topic of a workshop Friday sponsored by Hampshire HOPE, the region’s opioid prevention coalition, and Walden Behavioral Care, a health care organization specializing in treatment of eating disorders.

The event will be offered from 1 to 3 p.m. in the Union Station Grand Ballroom, 125 Pleasant St., Northampton. It is free and open to anyone.

The session aims to help identify risk factors for both conditions and provide ideas for preventation and recovery. Other topics will include similarities and differences between the two, resources, latest treatments and relapse.

A panel presentation will be followed by a question and answer period.

Those interested in attending should RSVP by calling 587-1219, or emailing HampshireHOPE@northamptonma.gov or by going online to: hampshirehope.org/events.

Empty Bowls Dinner to benefit Amherst Survival Center

The Amherst Survival Center will host its 10th Annual Empty Bowls fundraiser March 19 from 4 to 8 p.m. at The Pub, 15 East Pleasant St., Amherst.

This event, which brings the community together to enjoy the work of area ceramic artists and restaurants, benefits the Amherst Survival Center’s programs.

Guests select a handcrafted bowl and dine on soups, bread and salad donated by local restaurants and served up by local celebrities. Participants keep the bowls as a reminder of all the other bowls they will have helped to fill.

Tickets are $40 in advance and can be bought online at www.amherstsurvival.org/emptybowls or in person at Hastings and The Pub (in Amherst). Tickets also are available at the door the night of the event.

Tickets that don’t include bowls also are available for $30 per person.

In addition to a roster of the region’s finest ceramic artists — professional, amateur and student — this year’s event will also feature 150 bowls that were made by community members as a result of ceramic artist Tiffany Hilton’s support. Hilton, who has donated to Empty Bowls since its first event, orchestrated a bowl-making marathon last October.

“Every year, the potters in the region are so generous to this event, and many of us have Empty Bowls collections in our kitchens as a result,” said Mindy Domb, Executive Director of the Amherst Survival Center. Domb added that the Pub, which is celebrating its own special 50th anniversary, has participated in Empty Bowls since the start.

The event also includes a take-out service, where ticket buyers can come, select a bowl and soup, and take it home to eat.

This year, there will be a dozen donated soups from local restaurants, served with bread and salad from The Pub, and cider from Atkins Farms Country Market.

The Amherst Survival Center, located at 138 Sunderland Road, Amherst connects residents of Hampshire and Franklin Counties to food, clothing, healthcare, wellness, and community, primarily through volunteer efforts.

“This annual event provides critical support for our work to support individuals and families who are in need of food, clothing, health care and community,” said Lisa Queenin, Development Coordinator of the Amherst Survival Center.

Blood donation opportunities

Saturday, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m., Cooley Dickinson Hospital, 30 Locust St., Northampton

Sunday, 12 p.m. to 5 p.m., Thornes Market, 150 Main St

March 15, 1 p.m. to 6 p.m., Eastworks, 116 Pleasant St., Easthampton