Get your tickets for Empty Bowls – February 14, 2013

Laura Johnson and Carol Tokarski

A Joint Outreach of Craven Arts Council & Gallery and Religious Community Services

Listen to New Bern Now’s “Radio Voice” – Laura Johnson’s interview with Carol Tokarski, Executive Director of the Craven Arts Council and Gallery aired on WNOS Talk Radio 105.9FM and 1450AM here:

When:  February 14, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Where:  Temple Baptist Church, 1500 Kingdom Way, New Bern

Tickets:  $25

“Here’s a unique way to make a difference in the lives of others in our community. Fill the empty bowls of those in need…by filling your own on February 14! For $25, you’ll get a hearty lunch, prepared by local restaurants and church groups, along with a handcrafted bowl to take home and display or to use again and again. Proceeds benefit Religious Community Services and the Craven Arts Council & Gallery and help us nurture the creative process and feed hungry people in Craven, Jones and Pamlico Counties.

Religious Community Services (RCS) of New Bern is a nondenominational organization that does some pretty amazing things. Here are just a few of their accomplishments in 2011:

• Provided over 3,167 households with groceries from their food pantry

• Prepared and served 55,541 meals in the soup kitchen

• Processed almost 381 pharmacy prescriptions and fuel vouchers

• Gathered over 353,762 pounds of food

Wouldn’t it be feel great to be a part of that? Craven Arts Council & Gallery (CAC&G) thinks so, and hopes you do, too. To that end, CAC&G is enlisting the support of the many talented potters in our area to create and donate beautiful bowls that we will sell for $25. While at the event, you will select a bowl and then proceed to the dining area where you will enjoy two bowls of soup, bread, and a drink. The soups are prepared by local restaurants and church groups. Then you take your bowl home to display or to use again and again. Good deal, right?

Want to create a bowl yourself to donate? The Accidental Artist (219A Craven St., 252-634-3411), Bear Hands Art Factory & Framing (219 Middle St., 252-514-2787), and New Bern ArtWorks & Company (323 Pollock St., 252-634-9002) are the places to go.

Purchase tickets at the Bank of the Arts (317 Middle St.), Temple Baptist Church (1500 Kingdom Way), or Fuller’s Music (2310 Trent Rd.). Can’t make it for lunch?  Please consider making a donation. Send it to:  Religious Community Services, c/o Empty Bowls, 919 George Street, New Bern, NC 28562. For additional information, call 252-638-2577 or visit”

Above information provided by Michelle Cole.

Special thanks to Carol Tokarski and Laura Johnson for the fun and informational interview!

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Wendy Card