Fridays, Feb. 3–24. Love, War & Betrayal Film Series.
Four films dealing with World War II and its aftermath in Norway. Co-sponsored by the Swedish Club and the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association. 5 p.m. in the Board Room. Suggested donation $5. In Norwegian with English subtitles.
Annual Appeal: Give to the Swedish Club
Members like you have always been our most valuable resource. At this time of year, we invite you to remember what the Club does all year long: great programs, great community and a wonderful meeting place. Join the ranks of members who have sustained the Club—and kept our Viking values strong—for nearly 125 years.
Who's More Swedish?
Are you a Swedish American with a longing for the homeland—and 15 minutes of fame? Swedish TV producers are conducting a nationwide casting search for fun, outgoing Americans with Swedish ancestry to participate in Season 7 of "Allt för Sverige," a reality show to be filmed in Sweden. (Check out this episode to see what it's all about.) Contestants will journey throughout Sweden, partaking in extreme cultural challenges to discover their land, roots and cultural heritage. Grand prize: Meet your Swedish relatives!
Semlor at the Kafé
Centuries ago, semlor was a Shrove Tuesday tradition in Sweden: the last sweet thing you ate before embarking on your Lenten fast. Modern attitudes are more relaxed, and Swedes now enjoy these cardamom-spiced wheat buns, stuffed with almond paste and whipped cream, on weekends throughout Lent. Stop by our Friday Kafé for your own semla ($6) from now until Easter. (If you want extra semlor to take home, they must be ordered by Wednesday each week.)

Jim Lea
Longtime Swedish Club member Jim Lea, 96, passed away on Dec. 20, 2016. There will be a reception for Jim on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, 1–3 p.m. at the Mountaineers Club, 7700 Sand Point Way NE, Seattle.

An avid climber and outdoorsman who was also an industrial engineer, Jim invented the Therm-a-Rest camping mattress in the 1970s. That invention led to Jim creating the company Cascade Designs (he was the CEO until 2001) and a new standard for outdoor sleeping comfort. If you would like to send condolences to Jim's family, please e-mail Executive Director

Jim was preceded in death by his wife, Jane Isakson Lea, last year. They were generous and loyal supporters of the Swedish Club over many years. Donations in Jim's honor may be made to The Jane Isakson Lea Foundation, at 2442 NW Market St., PMB #295, Seattle, WA 98107.

Give the Gift of Membership
You know how great it is to be a member of the Swedish Club. But do your friends and relatives know? Why not give them a gift membership? It benefits them and helps the Club. After you make your purchase, we can wait till Christmas to notify the new member, or give you a certificate to wrap up—just call 206-283-1090 and let us know.
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High School Seniors: Apply for Seattle Swedish Community Scholarships
Apply by Mar. 31! Six college scholarship awards, totaling $15,500, are available for high school seniors in King County. Swedish ancestry is not required. Download an application today!
Swedish Stuff Survey
UW student Karl Bloomberg is researching Nordic decorative arts and their role in forming Scandinavian-American identities. If you have keepsakes from "the old country," Karl invites you to take his online survey. He’s interested in all of it—rosemåling, kurbits, dala horses and other items.
Swedish School Gets Noticed
The Seattle Swedish School, which meets in our building, received a very nice writeup in Swedish magazine SMUL. Follow the link and you'll find the article on page 37—in Swedish!
Past scholarship recipients Brittany Lewis, Emilia Sternberg and Stephen Swanson.
Support a Scholarship
Donate to our scholarship fund and support a student studying Swedish language and culture in the UW Scandinavian Studies department. Invest in the future of Swedish-American cultural exchange.


Del Rey
Friday, Jan. 27. Happy Hour with Del Rey. Blues, ragtime, swing and novelty—it all comes naturally to Del Rey. A world-class talent on guitar and ukulele, she’s one of Seattle’s musical treasures. “Rey is one of the greatest modern players…she always provides a very entertaining show, full of variety, drama and humor.” Around 7:30. Free, but tips strongly encouraged. 

Friday, Feb. 3. Jazz by a Seattle Treasure. At 78, pianist Overton Berry is a member of the Seattle Jazz Hall of Fame. He'll offer an evening of elegance at our Happy Hour. $5–10 suggested donation. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 4–5. Women’s “Second Chance” Clothing Sale. Donate gently used clothing now (by Feb. 2) and return to buy fashionable attire donated by our members. Only the ladies are invited. The bar will be open on Saturday for manicures. Free admission. Sale: 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Saturday, 9 to 2 on Sunday.
Tuesdays, Feb. 7–28. Weaving Classes. No experience necessary. Learn from experienced weaver/instructor Lois Gaylord. Series of four classes. Blue card members $89; non-members $112.
  • Beginning Weaving: 2–4 p.m. Learn the basics. Use the Club’s looms or bring your own table loom. Download the registration form or call the Club.
  • Basic Tapestry and Two-Harness Weaving: 6:30–8:30 p.m. Use the Club’s looms, or bring your own tapestry or rigid heddle loom. Download the registration form or call the Club.

Saturday & Sunday, Mar. 4–5. Antiques & Great Finds Sale. Come to buy beautiful antiques or old treasures—or if you have some treasures of your own, particularly Scandinavian ones, you can rent a table to sell your stuff. Download the application form now, or contact Executive Director for more details. Not enough items or energy to do your own table? We also need used items for the Club’s table, with proceeds to go to the Club.

Founded in Seattle in 1892, the Swedish Club has grown to become a center of Scandinavian activities in the Pacific Northwest. Our members are not only Swedes and other Scandinavians, but people of many cultural backgrounds.

The Swedish Club is a 501(c)(3) registered charity. Learn more about membership.

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Smörgås, now on board at the Friday Kafé.
What’s Cooking at the Club?
Our smörgås (sandwiches) are prepared with fresh bakery-style bread, homemade lox and other tempting toppings. Meanwhile, Ann-Margret serves up amazing Swedish entrees and desserts during Happy Hour. Come by the Club for lunch (starting at 12 noon) or dinner!

Speak Like a Swede
Our Swedish language classes meet weekly. Several levels of instruction; expert teachers. Print out your registration form and mail it in. Most classes are $112 ($89 for members).

It's Happening Here
Tired of marking your calendar for Swedish Club events? Now you don't have to! Just visit our new Calendar page for another convenient way to keep up on what's happening. You can still visit our Events page for details on any upcoming event. If you know of something we should add,
Culinary Kudos
It seems that every time the Swedish Club is mentioned in local media, it has something to do with food and drink. Not that we're complaining. Seattle Metropolitan lauded us for offering the city's best Swedish happy hour, and the Ballard News-Tribune liked it too. Zagat placed our smörgås (sandwiches) among Seattle's top nine. The Seattle Weekly also found some nice things to say about our smörgås and gave a blow-by-blow account of our pea soup challenge, while the P-I reported on our Swedish meatball cook-off. And of course, our pancake breakfasts have gotten so much attention, they're practically a PR campaign unto themselves.

Are You Needin' News from Sweden?
Hit The Swedish Wire any time you want to catch up on events between the border and the Baltic. And for a weekly report on Swedish business, economy, politics and other news, you can subscribe to The Swedish Wire’s newsletter.

If you'd rather listen to your news, try Radio Sweden. And if you're missing your Swedish TV, it's online at SVT Play, or you can get a free set-top box from SVT.