Events & Calendar


Every week. Swedish Language Classes.
We offer several different levels of instruction: Beginners 1 & 2, Intermediate, Advanced and Conversational Swedish. Conversational Swedish is Friday at lunchtime, and other classes meet on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Call 206-283-1090 for more information and to register. Most classes are $89 for Club members, $112 for non-members.

Standing Committee Meetings: Blue card Club members, volunteers and new members welcome. More info: contact

Fridays, Dec. 4 & 11. Julbord Dinner Takeout!
Chef Christine and her crew make all the traditional Swedish Christmas food! $50 or $75 for reservations after Monday, Nov. 30 or Dec. 7. Pickup is between 4 and 5 p.m. on Friday. Outdoor glögg bar during takeout. Check out the menu and

Choose your meal:

Wednesday, Dec. 9. Kvinnor Kan Book Club.
Eighty Days: Nellie Bly and Elizabeth Bisland’s History-making Race Around the World by Matthew Goodman. A fascinating account of the lives of two young female reporters in New York at the end of the 19th century. The selection for Jan. 13 is Ahab’s Wife by Sena Jeter Naslund. 5 p.m. For a link, contact

Sunday, Dec. 13. God Jul with Swedish Singers.
The Swedish Singers of Seattle invite their friends and family to join them for another Nordic Christmas this December. In recent years several local ethnic choirs have joined forces to produce a spectacular Christmas concert. In 2020, they are not able to rehearse and perform together in person, so the concert will be a virtual event to usher in the most beautiful season of the year.

Joining the Swedish Singers of Seattle will be the Norwegian Ladies Chorus and the Finnish Choral Society. A guest choir from Gävle, Sweden, will also join in. (Performing online does cut down the travel expenses.) Look for some extra delights, such as a real Swede showing us how to make glögg!

Find the link at the Swedish Singers website starting at 4 p.m. on Sunday, Dec. 13, St. Lucia’s Day. It will remain up for a week. Don’t miss it!

Wednesday, Dec. 16. Book Club.
An Elderly Lady Is Up to No Good by Helene Tursten. A collection of vignettes featuring Maud, an 88-year-old serial killer! The January 20 selection is the play The Wild Duck by Henrik Ibsen. Two boyhood friends reunite, and secrets are exposed. This book club meets only online. 5:30 p.m. For info, contact or call 206-715-4869.

Wednesday, Dec. 16. A Virtual Members & Friends Dinner Program.
Storyteller Larry Hohm is a Club member, a longtime volunteer and a frequent performer in our talent shows. On this evening, Larry will tell three stories: a clever riff on a classic fairy tale by Roald Dahl, a spoonerism-filled spoof of another classic fairy tale by Jody Evans and an edgy holiday poem by Ogden Nash. We’ll post a video link for Larry’s program on our site sometime the week prior to Dec. 16. Program at 7 p.m.

Friday, Dec. 18. Let There Be Lutfisk.
Everything is different this year, even our traditional annual lutfisk/lutefisk dinner. With Governor Inslee’s blessing, we’ll enjoy a socially distanced, sit-down, served meal. Or, you can pick up a takeout meal in which the side dishes are cooked but cold and the lutfisk is uncooked. Takeout time: 2 to 3 p.m. We’ll provide instructions and a video link to tips on the finer points of lutfisk preparation by Chef Ann-Margret, Leif Eie and Capt. Dale Pedersen. In-house dinner: 6:30 p.m. $35; includes a cup of glögg. Shhhh—if it’s OK with the governor, Lucia will make an appearance. Reserve by Tuesday, Dec. 15. Late RSVPs $50.

Options

Tuesday–Monday, Dec. 22–Jan. 4. Club Closed.
The Swedish Club is closed for Christmas and New Year’s holiday. No New Year’s Eve celebration this year.

Friday, Jan. 8. Wonderful Winter Magic Film Series.
This four-week series begins with Journey to the Christmas Star. Family film full of traditions and charm from the days of old. $5:30 p.m. $5 donation. (You can order dinner in advance and enjoy it while you watch the film.)

Monday, Jan. 11. Swedish Classes Resume.
Check the schedule and sign up today. All levels of Swedish language classes, plus a class on the Vikings titled “From Vikings to Nations: Scandinavian Middle Ages.” All classes meet online; enrollment is limited.

Tuesdays, Jan. 12–Feb. 9. Beginning Weaving Class.
“From yarn to finished cloth.” Learn from experienced instructor Lois Gaylord. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Five sessions; $136 for blue card members and $165 for non-members. Limited number of students due to the pandemic. Call the Club and prepay.

Helping the Club?
We always need volunteers for events. It's a great way to meet other members and enjoy the activity at the same time. Nearly every event at the Club, from Friday night dinners to pancake breakfasts to fundraisers, is supported by volunteers who lend a hand. Whatever your skills, we'll find a place for you!

Our “Sure, we’ll take your books!” policy has resulted in too many books at this point for our two volunteer librarians, Berit Lehner and Peppe Enfield, to handle. We are putting a moratorium on accepting any books until Oct. 1. When we start accepting your used books again, our policy will continue to be no Bibles. We’ve learned the hard way: you don’t want to risk inadvertently giving away a priceless family heirloom.

Bring your membership cards to events. It speeds up lines and make it easier for volunteers selling tickets or checking you in.

Finally, here's a simple way to help the Club: by RSVP'ing early for dinners and other events. So many of you RSVP at the last moment, and meanwhile, we've had to guess if you're coming. Sometimes we guess too optimistically about how many will show, and we have to pay for those meals. Tell us early that you're coming and you'll help us save money—which is just as good as volunteering!

For more information, or to lend a hand on volunteer projects, or call 206-283-1090.

Wish List. Do you have any of the following? If you are not sure whether what you have to donate to the Club will be useful, call the staff and ask.
  • If you have extra frequent flyer miles, consider donating them to the Club. We can add them to trips being raffled off or auctioned, to help us raise funds.
  • “Classy” items to auction or raffle off