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Washoe Cultural Dinner coming Dec. 16; proceeds go to scholarships

by Joyce Hollister

Elders help youths through the annual Washoe Cultural Dinner to be held at the Washoe Senior Center next Saturday.

The dinner is dedicated to the elders, but, according to Lance Astor of the senior center, proceeds from the entrance fee and raffle ticket sales will be used for scholarships for youths.

“Everyone is invited,” Astor said, not only tribal members or seniors; however, special invitations have been made to senior centers in Yerington, Fallon, Pyramid Lake, Reno, Walker River and Susanville.

He said the center is always filled with people at the dinner, which is slated for Dec. 16. Traditional foods will be served from 2 to 5 p.m., and a short program will be presented.

Astor said the Washoe Senior Center was awarded a deer tag and some of the young men of the Washoe Tribe went hunting to obtain venison for the meal. Also planned are traditional Washoe foods such as pine nuts, acorns and salmon.

A drawing will be held for many prizes, including Washoe baskets, beaded items, gift certificates from area businesses and items donated by individuals. Tickets may be purchased now at the senior center for $1 each or six for $5 and will be available at the event.

Dinner tickets are $5 for adults and $2 for 15 years old and younger.

The dinner is hosted by the Washoe Senior Center, 801 Washeshu Way, Dresslerville. For more information, call 265-6426.