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.)

High School Seniors: Apply for Seattle Swedish Community Scholarships
Apply by Mar. 31! Five college scholarship awards, totaling $14,500, are available for high school seniors in King County. Swedish ancestry is not required. Download an application today!
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.
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Wednesday, Jan. 17. Swedish Film. Jussi Björling: He Sang with a Tear in His Voice. Documentary about the greatest Swedish tenor of all time. 7:30 p.m. 77 min. $5 donation. Screens again Friday, Jan. 19 at 2 p.m.
Tuesdays, Jan. 23–Feb. 27. Hambo Class. Cuba has the mambo, but Sweden has the hambo—and we’re offering a five-week class to teach you the nation’s most beautiful dance. No partner necessary. 7:30– 9 p.m., Jan. 23–Feb. 27. Blue card members $50, guests $60. Get info or register: or call 206-283-1090.

Tuesdays, Jan. 23–Feb. 13. Weaving Classes. “From yarn to finished cloth.” No prior experience necessary. Learn from experienced weaver/instructor Lois Gaylord. Series of four two-hour classes: Tuesdays, Jan. 23–Feb. 13, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Use the Club’s looms. Blue card members $89; nonmembers $112. OK to start a week late. Next series starts Mar. 13. Download the registration form and bring it to the first class with your payment.
Washboard Cutups
Friday, Jan. 26. Happy Hour with the Washboard Cutups! Old-timey ’20s and ’30s songs from a band you might have heard in a speakeasy during Prohibition. Music starts around 7:30. Free, but tips welcome.
Jan. 27–Feb. 3. Swedish Kids' Films. Children's Film Festival Seattle will screen two films from Sweden: In Cloudboy, 12-year-old Niilas spends a summer with his mother among Sami reindeer herders in Lapland (Jan. 27, 7 p.m.; Feb. 3, 3 p.m.). For very young kids, Bamse and the Witch's Daughter (Jan. 28, 11 a.m.) features Sweden's most popular animated bear. At Northwest Film Forum, 1515 12th Ave. on Capitol Hill in Seattle.
Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 3–4. Women’s “Second Chance” Clothing Sale. Donate gently used clothing now (by Feb. 1) and return to buy fashionable attire donated by our members. Only the ladies are invited. The bar will be open on Saturday. $1 admission. Sale: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days. On the lobby level.

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.

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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, Malin and Christine serve 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 reviewed our julbord and 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, 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 Radio Sweden any time you want to catch up on events between the border and the Baltic. And if you're missing your Swedish TV, it's online at SVT Play.