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Elders prepare pine nuts for Cultural Dinner

by Joyce Hollister

Elders of the Washoe Tribe are busy preparing pine nuts this week for pine nut soup to be served at the annual Washoe Cultural Dinner presented by the Washoe senior center next weekend.

Everyone is invited to eat traditional foods and take part in a raffle of various Native American crafts and other prizes, according to senior program director Corinne Moore.

Other members of the tribe will help obtain and prepare foods for the event, set for 2 to 5 p.m. Dec. 19.

This year, the center has dedicated the dinner to Leighton Palmer, who recently resigned from the Washoe Senior Center Site Council for health reasons, Moore said.

Cost is $5 for adults and youths 15 and under, $2. Raffle tickets are $1 each or six for $5.

Among the items to be given away in the raffle are “Rabbit Boss” videos, beaded earrings, pen, barrettes, key chains and baskets, dinners for two from Carson Valley Inn, Topaz Lodge, Two Guys from Italy and Sharkey’s Nugget, 10 pounds of beef from Sierra Meats, week of free lunches at the senior center ($25 value), cord of pine nut wood, floral arrangement from Aladdin’s Flower and Gift Shop and a pine needle basket.

Other items will also be given away.

Site council members are selling raffle tickets. For more information, call Moore at 265-6426.

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