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 $79 for Club members, $99 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

Every Tuesday. Come Sing With Us!
Want to improve your singing? On Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. at the Swedish Club, the Swedish Women's Chorus will sponsor vocal coaching and yoga. Participants work on improving their breathing, strengthening core muscles, improving pitch and developing better sound. No previous experience necessary—and it's fun!

Open to men and women. We request a $5–10 donation for the instructor. For further information, contact or call 206-362-0805.

Sunday, Jan. 7. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, coffee and orange juice. Music by Heart of Herring, Folk Voice Band and Bjarne Jacobsen. Blue card Club members $9; guests $11; children 5–12 $5. All prices include sales tax. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Stay afterward for genealogy help in our lobby.

Monday, Jan. 8. Swedish Language Classes Resume!
Come learn or refresh your Swedish! See the schedule and sign up today.

Wednesday, Jan. 10. Book Club.
Continuation from last month: Independent People by Halldór Laxness. Classic book about Iceland from the 1930s. Grab a drink and meet in lobby or library. 5:30 p.m. Info: or call 206-715-4869.

Wednesday, Jan. 10. Members & Friends Dinner.
The Swedish Singers of Seattle make a meatball dinner for us. Cash bar and dessert auction to benefit the Singers. The program is a demonstration of kulning/kulokk, the Scandinavian tradition of cow calling, by Peggy Larson, author of Sing ’til the Cows Come Home. Social hour 5:30, dinner 6:30. $20. Price includes sales tax.

Thursdays, Jan. 11–Mar. 15. Winter Light: The Films 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. No film Feb. 15. Reserve your tickets today.

Thursdays, Jan. 11–Mar. 15. Winter Light: The Films 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. No film Feb. 15. Reserve your tickets today.

Friday, Jan. 12. Happy Hour Jazz.
Del Rey Trio featuring Jacob Zimmerman and Matt Weiner. Local treasure Del Rey is a ukulele virtuoso and one of the greatest modern players of the metal-bodied resonator guitar. Del plays a syncopated style based on prewar blues and barrelhouse piano traditions. She is one of the best fingerpickers of this or any generation. She’ll be playing lots of songs from the ’20s and ’30s, including some of her favorite tunes by Memphis Minnie. Around 7:30 p.m. No cover charge, but tips welcome!

Friday, Jan. 12. Scandinavian Folkdance.
Starting at 7:30, a quick lesson in Scandinavian dances. 8:55 break. At 9:10, Scandinavian dances for those with more experience. Live music. Partner not required! Dance: $8 members, $10 guests. For information, contact

Wednesday, Jan. 17. Club Board Meeting.
Blue card members are welcome to attend as guests. Public com¬ment period at 6 p.m., followed by a presentation from real estate developer Maria Barrientos on her research into our property and then by the Board meeting.

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.

Tuesday, Jan. 23. Beginning Weaving Class Starts Anew.
“From yarn to finished cloth.” No prior experience necessary. Learn from experienced weaver/instructor Lois Gaylord. Series of four two-hour evening classes: Jan. 23–Feb. 13. Use the Club’s looms. Blue card members $89; nonmembers $112. 6:30–8:30 p.m. OK to start one week late. Next series starts on Mar. 13.

Tuesdays, Jan. 23–Feb. 27. Hambo Class.
The Swedish hambo is a classic—either dancing it or watching! In this five-week class, you will master Sweden’s most beautiful dance. Partner not necessary. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Class dates Jan. 23–Feb. 27. Blue card members $50, guests $60. Get info or register: or call 206-283-1090.

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

Wednesday, Jan. 24. Finnish Film.
Raja 1918 (The Border). In a painful reminder of the Finnish Civil War, a young officer is sent to Eastern Finland to patrol the border with Russia. 7:30 p.m. 110 minutes. $5 donation.

Friday, Jan. 26. Happy Hour Jazz with the Washboard Cutups.
Great old-timey ’20s and ’30s songs. Washboard Cutups is the band you might have heard in the back room of a speakeasy during Prohi¬bition. Starts around 7:30. Free, tips welcome.

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

Wednesday, Jan. 31. Swedish Bingo.
Members and guests welcome. Enjoy pea soup and homemade limpa bread. Bring cash, as bingo cards can be sold only for cash. (First card $10, additional cards $5). Food at around 5, bingo at 7.

Thursday, Feb. 1. ABBA Night Tickets Go on Sale.
For regular Club members. We always sell out for this popular evening, which will be Apr. 6. Our members get first dibs on tickets. Call the Club with your credit card in hand: 206-283-1090.

Friday, Feb. 2. Author Reading.
Local Swedish-American author John Clauson talks about his book Missileman: The Secret Life of Cold War Engineer Wallace Clauson. After his dad’s death, the author discovered that his father had led a hidden life working for the government as a top-secret nuclear missile engineer—and not an IBM salesman as he had claimed. John spent 13 years researching his dad’s past. Book talk at 7:30. Free.

Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 3–4. “Second Chance” Women’s Clothing Sale.
Also known as “Cocktails & Clothing”! 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. till 3 p.m. both days. Held on the lobby level.

Sunday, Feb. 4. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, coffee and orange juice. Music by Spelmanslag, Skandia Kapell and Bjarne Jacobsen. Blue card Club members $9; guests $11; children 5–12 $5. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. All prices include sales tax. Stay afterward for genealogy help in our lobby.

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

Wednesday, Feb. 7. Mamma Mia!
Club members can see Mamma Mia! at The 5th Avenue Theatre for a discounted price. Reserve your ticket today. Or just use the promo code SWEDISHCLUB at checkout.

Wednesday, Mar. 21. Learn About Hurtigruten Cruises.
Hurtigruten is an adventure cruise line specializing in trips to Norway. A Hurtigruten representative will give a short presentation, and AAA Washington travel agents and counselors will be on hand to help you with any travel needs. Plus, save 15 percent on AAA travel merchandise. You don't need to be a AAA member. 10:30 a.m. Seattle AAA Cruise & Travel, 1523 15th Ave. W. RSVP: 206-216-4205.

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

Friday, Feb. 9. Pianist Overton Berry returns to the Club to play for us.

Saturday, Mar. 10. Major Donors’ Dinner. For those who gave $1,000 or more in 2017.

Saturday & Sunday, Mar. 3–4. Great Finds Sale.

Tuesday, Mar. 6. Kvinnor Kan! Dinner to honor UW President Ana Mari Cauce.

Friday, Apr. 6. ABBA Night.

Sunday, Apr. 22. Annual Auction: “Back to Our Roots.”

Friday, May 18. Musical group from Sweden: Oskar Stenmark Trio.

Saturday, June 2. 10th Annual Swedish Car Show.


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