Events & Calendar
Every Friday. Swedish Kafé & Happy Hour!
Smörgås sandwiches, Swedish meatballs and homemade pastries. Kafé starts at noon with Chefs Ann-Margret Lightle and Malin Jonsson. Happy Hour 5–10:30 p.m., with Chef Christine Lea's evening meal starting at 6. Different entrees each week. Always a fantastic view. 1920 Dexter Ave. N.

Every Tuesday. Sing with Us! Svea Male Chorus meets at 6:45 and the Swedish Women's Chorus at 7:30. Singing together is verrrry Swedish. No auditions, always fresh coffee, everyone welcome.

Every Wednesday (except 2nd). Lilla Fredag. Our bar is open for Swedish pea soup, homemade limpa bread and libations. 5 p.m. First Wednesday of the month: Trivia Night. Last Wednesday of the month: Bingo!

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.

Mondays, Wednesdays, Thursdays: Genealogy Research.
The Swedish-Finn Historical Society, which rents office space from the Club, will provide genealogy research for our members on Mondays and Thursdays from 9:30 to 12:30, on Wednesdays from 2 to 5 p.m. and on pancake Sundays from 1 to 3 p.m.

Every Friday: Matinee.
Scandinavian films with English subtitles. $5 donation. 2 p.m. Come early for a delicious lunch in our Friday Kafé. Standing Committee Meetings: Blue card Club members, volunteers and new members welcome. More info: contact

Tuesday, Dec. 4. A Nordic Christmas Concert.
Featuring all the local Nordic and Baltic choirs: Finnish Choral Society, the Baltic’s Mägi Ensemble, Norwegian Ladies Chorus, Norwegian Male Chorus and Swedish Singers of Seattle. $15 suggested donation. Refreshments follow the concert. Phinney Ridge Lutheran Church, 7500 Greenwood Ave. N., Seattle.

Wednesday, Dec. 5. Club Board Meeting.
The monthly Board meeting is the first Wednesday of the month. Members are welcome to attend as guests. Public comment period at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting.

Wednesday, Dec. 5. Trivia.
Members and guests are welcome. Every first Wednesday of the month, come play Trivia. Enjoy pea soup, homemade limpa bread, and meat and cheese plates. Food at around 5 p.m., Trivia at 7.

Fridays, Dec. 7 & 14. Julbord.
Traditional Swedish Christmas food by our Swedish chefs, Ann- Margret Lightle and Malin Jonsson. Come for the delicious food, Christmas music and the wonderful ambiance at the Club. Two seatings left: Survival tip: start with glögg, move on to the fish, continue with cold meat and warm dishes, and finish with rice pudding and sweets. Or use the form below.
Choose your meal:

Sunday, Dec. 9. Luciafest.
UW students will combine with the best bakers of the Swedish Club to make a Lucia event for the whole family. Before the Luciatåg (Lucia procession), when Lucia and her attendants arrive to sing the traditional songs, we’ll hear fiddle music from some of the community’s youngest musicians from Lilla Spelmanslag and watch the littlest dancers from Barneleikkarringen. It all starts at 3 p.m., but please stay afterward to dance to live music around the Christmas tree. $5 donation for adults, $3 for children 12 and younger. No need for reservations, but it often fills to capacity, so come early!

Wednesday, Dec. 12. Kvinnor Kan Book Club.
This club was formed to read books with female protagonists. This month we’re reading the remarkable book Educated, by Tara Westover. It’s the story of a young girl who, kept out of school and away from formal health care, leaves her survivalist family and goes on to earn a Ph.D. from Cambridge University. Participants are invited to share a selection from the book that was memorable to them as readers. 5:30 p.m. Grab a drink and meet in the lobby. Info: or 206-283-1090.

Wednesday, Dec. 12. Sámi Film: Ofelaš (The Pathfinder).
This classic action/adventure film was a standout when it was produced in 1987. The legend takes place in medieval Finland, where the Sámi—a tribe of peaceful hunter-gatherers—struggle to survive in a frozen wasteland but are attacked by a mythical group, the Tchudes. It was the first full-length Sámi film. Sámi director Nils Gaup insisted that the actors had to be Sámi, the dialogue had to be in the Sámi language and the filming had to take place on location. The cold weather (-47° C) in north Norway’s Finnmarksvidda meant that the dailies were driven to a warm studio each evening in two cars, in case one broke down. Co-sponsored by Pacific Sámi Searvi. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Friday, Dec. 14. Scandinavian Folkdance with Live Music.
For sure, we’ll learn some gamla danser (old-fashioned dances) this evening. Live music by the Metro Gnomes. Starting at 7:30 p.m., a quick lesson. Dance from 8 p.m. till 10. Partner not required! Donation: $10 members, $15 guests. For information, contact

Wednesday, Dec. 19. Members & Friends Dinner.
We’re going back to an old tradition of Christmas music for our December meeting. Singer David Francis and his trio will perform swinging versions of holiday favorites, from the Charlie Brown classics to “Chestnuts Roasting on an Open Fire” to “Jingle Bells”—songs you can sing along or dance to. Wear a Christmas sweater (ugly or attractive—your choice!) to get into the holiday mood. Chef Christine will serve a traditional meal of Christmas ham, Jansson’s Temptation, braised red cabbage, roasted apples, etc. Social hour 5:30, dinner 6:30. $22. Reservations after Monday, Dec. 17, are charged $25.

Friday, Dec. 21. Finnish Film.
Joulutarina (The Christmas Story). This modern classic is a Santa Claus origin tale set in Lapland, with a charming story and breathtaking winter scenery. Belongs right up there with It’s a Wonderful Life and your other favorites. 2 p.m. $5. 86 min.

Friday, Dec. 21. Let There Be Lutfisk.
Two Norwegians (Leif Eie & Bjarne Varnes) walk into the kitchen to cook our lutefisk (or lutfisk, if you prefer) and lead us in singing about it. Swedish style, with white sauce and hand-ground mustard, or Norwegian style, with bacon and peas. Includes a cup of glögg. Lyle Schaefer plays music. 6:30 p.m.

Saturday, Dec. 22. No Guild Meeting.
The regularly scheduled fourth Friday Guild meeting is canceled. January meeting is early: Jan. 19 at 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Dec. 26. No Kafferep! No Swedish Bingo!
The Club is closed Dec. 24–26.

Monday, Dec. 31. Nordic New Year’s Fest.
8 p.m.–1 a.m. The evening starts with an elegant Swedish dinner prepared by two chefs brought over from Sweden just for this event: Anna and Amelia Rasmussen! ($75 for dinner.) Great music and dancing on all three floors: The Spyrographs play ABBA, ’60s dance and much more on the ground floor. DJ Marvelette spins her music too. Skandia Kapell and folkdancing on the lobby floor. Top floor will be Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass music performed by Rat City Brass. $35 blue card members and $45 guests until Dec. 22 and $45/$55 until Dec. 31. Includes party favors, a glass of champagne and a view of the fireworks.

Members, call 206-283-1090 for tickets to the dance party and/or dinner. Guests can reserve below or through Brown Paper Tickets. For dinner only ( see the menu), you can also reserve below.

Fridays, Starting Jan. 4. Viking Series.
We’ll watch The History Channel’s “The Vikings,” Season 4. 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, Jan. 6. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, coffee and orange juice. Music by Tune Sisters, Nordic Spirit and Smilin’ Scandinavians. Guests $11; blue card Club members $9; children 5–12 $5. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Stay afterward for genealogy help in our lobby.

Monday, Jan. 7. Swedish Language Classes Begin.
Check out the exact schedule of beginning, intermediate, advanced and conversational Swedish: (It’s OK to start a class one week late. Talk to the instructor.)

Tuesdays, Starting Jan. 8. What’s Old Is New Again Folkdancing Series.
Six evening classes from Jan. 8 through Feb. 18 (no class Feb. 4), to learn basic folkdancing and exercise to live music. Partner not necessary. Taught by Pat McMonagle. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $70 for blue card members, $80 for others.

Thursdays, Jan. 10–Mar. 7. The Magic Lantern of Ingmar Bergman.
Nine classics by the great Swedish director. $78 for the series; $71 for Swedish Club members. 7:30 p.m. at Seattle Art Museum. Reserve your tickets today.

Tuesdays, Jan. 15–Feb. 5. Beginning Weaving Class.
“From yarn to finished cloth.” No prior experience necessary. Learn from experienced weaver/instructor Lois Gaylord. Series of four two-hour evening classes: Jan. 15–Feb. 5. Use the Club’s looms. Blue card members $109; nonmembers $132. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Class limited to 7 students. To hold your space, please contact the Club and prepay. OK to start a week late.

Mark Your Calendars
The following are events we’re often asked about by members who are planning far ahead.

Friday, Apr. 5, 2019. ABBA Night.

Saturday, May 18, 2019. Back to Our Roots Auction.

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