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! The Swedish Singers of Seattle are taking a couple of weeks off for the viaduct! Both women and men sing together from 7 to 9 p.m. Singing together is verrrry Swedish. No auditions, always fresh coffee, everyone welcome. Information:

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.

Friday Night TV.
Starting Jan. 4, 2019, we're watching Season 5 of The History Channel's "The Vikings" drama series.

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

Friday, Mar. 29. Nordic Exchange: A Taste of the Swedish Club!
Members of the Leif Erikson Lodge of Sons of Norway are our guests for the evening, as we show them how much fun it is at the Swedish Club. We’ll treat them to a dinner of Swedish pancakes, followed by brief games of Trivia and bingo. The evening concludes with a folkdancing lesson and live music by some of our pancake musicians. Sons of Norway are free, members of both clubs pay half price and our members pay $9 for dinner. Leif Erikson Lodge members RSVP to the Lodge at 206-783-1274. Club members: make your reservation with the Club.

Monday, Apr. 1. 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.) End date: June 3.

Wednesday, Apr. 3. Club Board Meeting.
The monthly Board meeting is the first Wednesday of the month. Members welcome to attend as guests. Public comment period at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting. First item on the agenda is the report from project management consultant Point32 on final recommendations for our building.

Wednesday, Apr. 3. Current Swedish History Class.
“What’s Going On in Sweden Today?” taught by Laura Wideburg. What are the pressures facing Swedish society today? What’s the aftermath of the recent elections? Come find out. $75 for six-week class. 4 to 5:30 p.m. Call to register: 206-283-1090.

Wednesday, Apr. 3. Trivia.
Members and guests are welcome. Every first Wednesday of the month, come play Trivia. Enjoy pea soup, homemade limpa bread, and meat or cheese plates. Food at 5 p.m., Trivia at 7.

Friday, Apr. 5. ABBA Night.
Tickets are all sold, but you’re welcome to join us for dinner and check out the ’70s costumes. (Buy dinner in advance by calling the Club at 206-283-1090.) At 8 p.m. the Club will close to everyone except ABBA Night ticket holders.

Sunday, Apr. 7. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, coffee and orange juice. Music by Friends of Sissel, Folk Voice Band and Sprida Ut. 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.

Tuesday, Apr. 9. 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: Apr. 9–30. 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. It’s OK to start one week late.

Wednesday, Apr. 10. Kvinnor Kan Book Club.
This book club reads books with female protagonists. This month we’re reading The Home That Was Our Country by Alia Malek. It’s a memoir about a family’s roots in Syria and the strong and determined women who kept the family together. Grab a drink and meet in the lobby. Info: or 206-283-1090. 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday Apr. 10. Swedish-Danish Film.
Unga Astrid (Becoming Astrid). We scheduled this film last month, then couldn’t get it in time to screen it. We have it now. Biographical drama about the early life of Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, who went on to write the Pippi Longstocking series. 123 min. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Friday, Apr. 12. Scandinavian Folkdance with Live Music.
For sure, we’ll learn some gamla danser (old-fashioned dances) this evening. Live music by Seattle Spelmanslag. Starting at 7:30 p.m., a quick lesson. Dance from 8 till 10 p.m. Partner not required! Dance donation: $10 members, $15 guests. For information, contact

Wednesday, Apr. 17. Book Club.
We’re reading Linneaus: The Compleat Naturalist by Wilfrid Blunt. A biography of the 18th-century Swedish scientist who brought order to the recorded knowledge of living things. In his lifetime he distinguished and named 7,700 plants and 4,400 animals. Grab a drink and meet in the lobby or library. 5:30 p.m. For info, contact or call 206-715-4869.

Wednesday, Apr. 17. Annual Meeting.
Always an important meeting! We’ll hear a report on the previous year, and we’ll also meet and elect new Board Members and officers. Chef Malin will make seafood lasagna, salad and for dessert, crème cake with marzipan. (Vegan option may be ordered in advance.) Dinner 6:30, meeting 7:30 p.m. Reserve your meal by Tuesday noon. $22; late RSVPs $25.

Friday, Apr. 19. CD Release Party for Victor Janusz.
Seattle-based songwriter, pianist and jazz musician brings his band to celebrate the release of Café Pluvieux. His style fuses rock, blues and jazz. It’s Victor’s first time to play at the Club, so we hope you’re on hand to welcome him. Music starts around 7:30. Free, but tips welcome.

Wednesday, Apr. 24. Kafferep.
Monthly Swedish-style coffee party with homemade goodies from our best baking members. 2 p.m. You’re very welcome.

Wednesday, Apr. 24. Swedish Bingo.
Members and guests welcome. Enjoy pea soup, homemade limpa bread, and meat and cheese plates. Bring cash for your bingo cards. (First card $10, additional cards $5). Food at 5, bingo at 7.

Wednesday, Apr. 24. Finnish Film.
Toivon tuolla puolen (The Other Side of Hope). A Syrian refugee and a divorced ex-salesman help each other navigate life while down and out in Helsinki. Directed by Aki Kaurismäki. 100 min. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Friday, Apr. 26. Final Friday Folkdancing.
Recreate the magic of really fun folkdancing to live music once a month! 7:30 p.m. Free.

Saturday, Apr. 27. Guild Meeting.
Be part of the fund-raising, fun-raising mission of the Club! 10 a.m.

Wednesday, May 1. Last Day for Early Bird Auction Prices.
Reserve your seats by this date ($80 individual, $600 for a table of eight). On May 2, prices go up to $95 and $720.

Wednesday, May 1. Club Board Meeting.
The Board meets the first Wednesday of the month. Members welcome to attend as guests. Public comment period at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting.

Wednesday, May 1. Trivia.
Members and guests are welcome. Every first Wednesday of the month, come play Trivia. Enjoy pea soup, homemade limpa bread, and meat or cheese plates. Food at 5 p.m., Trivia at 7.

Friday, May 3. Poetry & Birthday Bash.
Our music man, Don Rauf, celebrates his birthday by inviting poets and poetry fans to recite either original poems or poetry loved by others. To sign up. contact Don 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 5. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, coffee and orange juice. Music by Nordic Reflections, Heart of Herring 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.

Tuesday, May 7. Scandinavian Dance 7-Week Series.
Get ready for the fun of dancing around the maypole at Midsommar! What are the benefits of dancing? Community, exercise and exposure to great music. Open to children 13 and older. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Regular members $70; guests $85 for seven weeks, May 7 until June 18. Taught by Pat McMonagle. Register: 206-283-1090.

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

Friday, Apr. 5. ABBA Night.

Saturday, May 18. Back to Our Roots Auction.

Kvinnor Kan Dinner. Due to a schedule conflict, this event is postponed until further notice.

Saturday, June 1. Swedish Car Show.

Friday, June 7. National Day Dinner.

Friday, June 21. Midsommar Dinner and Celebration.

Thursday, July 4. Fourth of July at the Club.

Saturday, July 13. 90th Birthday Party for Leif Eie.

Friday, Aug. 9. Finnish Your Dinner.

Friday, Oct. 4. Viking Dinner and Viking Disco.

Thursday, Nov. 14. Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.

Friday, Dec. 6. Julbord Dinner.

Friday, Dec. 13. Julbord Lunch and Dinner.

Friday, Dec. 20. Lutfisk Dinner.


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