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Russian Cultural Fair
Sunday, December 3, 2006 - 1:00pm to Sunday, December 3, 2006 - 5:00pm

Russian Cultural Fair

Location: PSU Smith Memorial
Student Union
1825 SW Broadway
Room 228

Russian Culture has not been presented in the Portland community very much. The Russian population of over 70,000 people has not had an exposure it deserves.

The Portland State University Friends of Russian Culture have arrived to rescue us from this void with all the components of a good Cultural Fair. On Sunday, December 3rd 2006 from 1:00 - 5:00, you can experience Russian culture, music, songs, dance and food at PSU Smith Memorial Student Union on 1825 SW Broadway, Room 228.

Expect all things Russian: piroshki (stuffed mini-pies), Siberian pelmeni (Russian style ravioli),
tea, desserts, and crafts for sale to support the Russian student scholarship fund. You'll find one-of-a-kind presents for those hard to shop for friends and relatives: books on Russian language, culture, arts, and history and a large variety of gifts from Mother Russia (including those traditional decorated spoons, eggs and nesting dolls).

Visitors will be serenaded with the solemn and joyous music presented by Portland famous accordion player, Leonid Nosov, a recipient of the Oregon Cultural Fund Grant. The Russian singer Anna Kazakova, a student of famous Helen Obraztsova from the Moscow Tchaikovsky Conservatory,
will entertain us with beautiful Russian songs.

Friends of Russian Culture is non-profit organization founded for the purpose of promoting and supporting the Russian Program at Portland State University. It is a collaboration of faculty, students, alumni, and members of the greater Portland community who share an interest in promoting the study of Russian language and culture at PSU.

For more information, please contact Galina Kogan, You can also
check out the the flyer at:

The event is free and open to the public.

On Sunday, parking is free in all PSU structures and on the streets
around the campus.

Meanwhile, here is a recipe to drive away the gloom of a rainy Oregon
December day and get you in the mood for a real Russian holiday:
*Russian Tea Cakes
1 cup margarine softened
2 cup flour
1/3 cup confectioner's sugar
1/2 cup pecans, or walnuts chopped
1 teaspoon vanilla extract
confectioners' sugar

*Preparation: *
Preheat the oven to 375 degrees. Cream the margarine, sugar and vanilla together until light and fluffy. Mix in the flour and pecans. Chill for 2 hours. Pinch off small pieces of dough and roll into 1-inch balls. Place on an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a 375-degree oven until very lightly brown, 10 to 12 minutes. Cool on a wire rack. Roll in confectioners' sugar before serving. Store in an airtight
container. Makes 3 dozen.