Mark your calendar! Back by popular demand, Empty Bowl is back September 7-21. This hometown favorite is an annual fundraising event for Hospitality House and is made possible by local artists, restaurants and business sponsors. Empty Bowl highlights the very real issue of hunger and homelessness in our community and our collective efforts to feed and help those who would otherwise go without.
SPONSORS NEEDED: If you or your business would like to help address the problems of hunger and homelessness in our community, please consider sponsoring Empty Bowl. We need you! To learn more about the benefits of sponsorship please call us at 530-615-0852 or email
In August, ticketholders will have an opportunity to choose which restaurant they would like to visit based on restaurant schedules and specific meal offerings. At each restaurant, patrons will receive an artisan bowl to keep forever (donated by local ceramic and woodturning artists) that is filled with sustenance (a delicious meal donated by local restaurants). A list of participating restaurants will be announced soon. Every dollar received from Empty Bowl ticket sales is a donation toward Hospitality House’s emergency operations and every dollar makes a difference in someone’s well-being.
At this time, I’d also like to give a shoutout to all our volunteers who came out this past week to help in varying capacities. A big thank you to Hilary Dart and Kathy Perkins for grocery shopping for the shelter; and to Bill Blount and George Dunstan who provided spiritual support at Sierra Guest Home. A special thanks also to our partners for providing ongoing food and/or financial support: SPD Markets, BriarPatch Food Co-op, Telestream, LLC, Interfaith Food Ministry, the Bishop Store (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints in Nevada City) and Food Bank of Nevada County. To everyone who donated our most needed items last week, thank you as well! We are incredibly grateful to all of you who give your time, energy and compassion to those who need it most.
Now down to the shelter’s wish list of the week:
• NEW pillows (we are unable to accept used)
• Twin-size blankets (no other sizes, please)
• Towels
• Men’s and women’s pajamas (sizes S – XL)
• Men’s and women’s t-shirts (No long sleeve. Sizes M-2XL for men and sizes M-XL for women)
• NEW women’s underwear (S – L; we are unable to accept used)
• Men’s boots or athletic shoes (sizes 10 – 14)
• Bottled water
DONATION HOURS AND DROPOFF LOCATION: Donations from our needs list above and all unexpired/store-bought foods are accepted at Utah’s Place on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30am – 3:30pm and Saturdays from 10am – 2pm. Our shelter is located at 1262 Sutton Way, Grass Valley, CA 95945. We greatly appreciate the community’s help at such times of uncertainty. In the words of Utah Phillips, “If we all stick together, we’ll get what we need.” Thank you!

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