One bowl is painted with a mischievous lime green face. Another features the words “love and peace.” All are handcrafted, and part of the annual Hammond Street Senior Center bowl sale taking place this week.

The bowls are on sale through April 8 and 100 percent of the proceeds will go toward supporting programming. They range in price from $28-$32 based on size and design.

Projects like the sale not only give seniors a chance to support the center they frequent, they give them a chance to display their work, said Kelly Gilks, member activities and volunteer coordinator for the center.

“These showcase not only the [ceramics] program, but the talent that so many of our seniors have,” Gilks said, adding the ceramics classes are one of the more popular classes offered at the center.

A perk of buying a bowl? Free lunch.

A special luncheon with “bowl-friendly” food donated by local restaurants and businesses including Giacomo’s and Paddy Murphy’s is planned for Wednesday at 11:30 a.m. and open to anyone who purchases a bowl.

“Your bowl is your ticket,” Gilks said with a smile.

The Hammond Street Senior Center is located at 2 Hammond St. and is open from 8:15 a.m. to 4:30 Monday through Friday. For more information call 262-5532 or email

Natalie Feulner

Natalie Feulner is a journalist and “semi-crunchy” cloth diapering momma to a rambunctious toddler named after a county in California. She drinks too much tea and loves to climb rocks but not at the...