Woodworkers from around the state are pitching in to help Bean’s Café with one of its biggest fundraisers.

About 50 members of the Alaska Woodturners’ Association have been making bowls since last May. Just two weeks before the Empty Bowl Project, they’d made almost 400.

Bean’s Café board member Arnold Geiger said it was a way for the group to give back to their community.

“It’s a good way to create a lot of friendships working together like this. We make a group project out of it. That’s the best part is the people,” Geiger said.

Bean’s Café staff said the wooden bowls have quickly become the most popular at the event, which raises money to help the hungry.

Tickets are still available for the Empty Bowl Project, which is Saturday, March 11 at the Dena’ina Civic and Convention Center from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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