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Super bowl of fundraisers held at Center Pointe

The annual Bountiful Bowls fundraiser, to be held Saturday, serves up soup, salad and bread made by local businesses.
The annual Bountiful Bowls fundraiser, to be held Saturday, serves up soup, salad and bread made by local businesses.

Buy lunch in a bowl from the ceramics shop at Center Pointe for the nonprofit group’s annual Bountiful Bowls fundraiser on Saturday.

Center Pointe provides social and recreational activities for more than 120 people with disabilities each month. Most of the people served are residents of adult family homes who come to the center for programs such as woodshop, painting, arts and crafts, reading, language arts, computers, cooking and baking.

Ceramics is one of Center Pointe’s featured programs. Students from Community School, Gonzaga Prep and Eastern Washington University’s occupational therapy program helped participants create, decorate and glaze bowls for the fundraiser.

For a $15 donation, guests will receive one of the bowls, plus soup, salad and bread made by local businesses. The fundraiser will be from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Center Pointe, 1408 N. Washington St.

The lunch menu includes Greek lemon chicken soup from Lindaman’s, O’Doherty’s Irish stew, Evergreen Fountain’s vegetable soup, Ferguson’s navy bean and ham, clam chowder from chef Anthony Gutierrez, raspberry crème from Taste and See Tea, and black bean and rice soup. Bread is donated by Apple Spice Junction. Cookies baked in Center Pointe classes will be served with pistachio-almond ice cream for dessert.

Reach Center Pointe at (509) 325-5451.

Sign up for chili cook-off

Time to start perfecting that bowl of red.

Leroy Payne, of Uncle Leroy’s Competition Bar-B-Q and Catering, will host a chili cook-off at the Spokane Public Market on June 9.

Contestants must arrive with all of their ingredients and equipment (including a burner) and cook the chili on site. And we’re talking about a bowl of authentic Texas red. No beans or spaghetti allowed in this competition. Professional tasters will judge the winners and award prizes of $100 for first place, $75 for second and $50 for third.

Marketgoers will be able to taste and pick their favorite for a People’s Choice award at the market that day. A trophy will also be awarded for the chili with the most original theme.

There is a $10 entry fee. Call Payne at (509) 289-0708 to reserve a spot or to ask questions. Deadline for registration is May 15.

Registration forms are available on the Spokane Public Market website at or at the Uncle Leroy’s booth at the market.

The Spokane Public Market, 24 W. Second Ave., is open 10 a.m. until 6 p.m. Thursday through Saturday.

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