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 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

Friday, Aug. 3. Happy Hour with a Country & Western Band!
Purty Mouth: a little Haggard, a little Hedwig, a little Hee Haw, a lotta hear. Starts around 7:30.

Friday, Aug. 3. Scandinavian Film Series: The Immigrant Experience.
Svenskjävel (Underdog). Dino is a young Swedish woman who dreams of a different life and finds work among the nouveau riche in Oslo. She finds herself in a destructive loop of temporary jobs, financial trouble and hard partying, and ends up the center of an odd love triangle, representing the shifted power balance between Sweden and Norway. (2016) 5:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Sunday, Aug. 5. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, coffee and orange juice. Music by Tre Flickor, Skandia Kapell and Folk Voice Band. 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.

Wednesday, Aug. 8. Craft Night in the Bar.
The second Wednesday evening is the craft session at the Swedish Club. Pea soup starts at 5, crafts anytime.

Wednesday, Aug. 8. Swedish Film.
Sommaren med Göran (Midsummer Night’s Party). Searching for love, a young man sails out to a midsummer party in the Swedish archipelago. 97 min. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Wednesday, Aug. 15. Book Club.
We’re reading Victoria by Knut Hamsun. The miller’s son falls in love with the wealthy landowner’s daughter. Grab a drink and meet in the lobby. 5:30 p.m. For info, contact or call 206-715-4869.

Wednesday, Aug. 15. Members & Friends Dinner.
Groceries, housewares, clothing, gifts ... and lunch. When you’re the last all-Nordic retail shop in Seattle, you pretty much have to do it all. At our monthly Members & Friends Dinner on Aug. 15, we welcome Bjorn Ruud, owner of Scandinavian Specialties (6719 15th Ave. NW, Seattle). He’ll tell us a little of the history of the store and describe the challenges and rewards of running a very special shop for the Nordic-American community. Chef Christine will serve chicken Marbella, Caesar salad, and cookies and ice cream for dessert. Social hour 5:30, dinner 6:30. $22. Reservations after Monday, Aug. 13, are charged $25.

Wednesday, Aug. 22. Kafferep.
Monthly Swedish-style coffee party with homemade goodies from our best baking members. 2 p.m. You’re very welcome.

Wednesday, Aug. 22. Finnish Film.
Hymyilevä mies (The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki). A modest, self-effacing boxer has a shot at the world featherweight title. There’s only one problem. He’s in love. $5 donation. Drama. Shown again Friday, 8/24, 2 p.m. 92 min.

Chilled Finnish blueberry soup with dark seeded malted bread and butter  •  Pickled herring with orange roe, blackcurrant mustard and sour cream sauce  •  Karelian pie with egg butter and pickled cucumber  •  Beet salad  •  Cabbage rolls with little boiled potatoes topped with sour cream and fresh lingonberry  •  Little Runeberg cakes (named for Finnish poet Johan Ludvig Runeberg) served with whipped cream and the Finnish flag  •  Coffee service
Friday, Aug 24. Finnish Your Dinner.
Celebrate summer and Finland by joining diners around the world who are eating outside tonight! Dinner in our front plaza, with white tablecloths and a delicious meal with a Finnish theme. 6 p.m. $38. Reserve your place by Tuesday, 8/21.

Saturday, Aug. 25. Guild Meeting.
Be part of the fund-raising, fun-raising mission of the Club! 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Aug. 29. 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.

Friday, Aug. 31. SC Uber/Lyft Training.
Every last Friday of the month, the Club offers Uber and Lyft training for members wanting to increase their transportation choices when coming to the Club. If you RSVP, we will have a trainer for you at 4 p.m. And if you’d like to be a trainer, we need you too!

Wednesday, Sept. 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.

Friday, Sept. 7. Jazz by a Seattle Treasure.
Overton Berry, Seattle’s legendary soul jazz pianist, is often found bringing his inimitable style and grace to the ivories at the Hotel Sorrento. We’re honored to host him for Happy Hour at the Club. The extraordinary Jeff Davies will join Overton on bass. Recommended donation: $5–10. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 8. The Big Kräftskiva 2018! Crayfish Party.
Eat crayfish, drink snaps, sing snapsvisa, and dance the night away. (There’s more than crayfish on the menu. All sorts of good Swedish food, such as pork loin.) Social hour 6 p.m., dinner 7 p.m., dancing 9 p.m. $75. Co-sponsored by Save Their Smiles (nonprofit organization to improve dental health of children in Nicaragua), SWEA and the Swedish Club. RSVP to for PayPal information and guest list. Or send a check to Borgstrom Catering, 4342 239th Place SE, Sammamish, WA 98029. RSVPs close Sept. 2.

Sunday, Sept. 9. Swedish Pancakes.
Our famous breakfast moves to the second Sunday of the month, due to the Labor Day holiday. Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, coffee and orange juice. Music by Nordic Reflections, Lyle Schaefer and TinnFelen. 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.

Tuesdays, Sept. 18–Oct. 23. Scandinavian Dance Six-Week Series.
Dance 100-year-old dances and keep history alive! Benefits: community, exercise and exposure to popular music from a century ago. Ages 13 and up. Partner not necessary! 7:30 to 9 p.m. Regular members $70 for six weeks, Sept. 18–Oct. 23. Next session: Nov. 6–Dec. 11.

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

Wednesday, Sept. 12. Kvinnor Kan book club: West with the Night by Beryl Markham.

Sunday, Sept. 16. Viking dinner by Chef James Bushell.

Tuesday, Sept. 18. Swedish Singers of Seattle start rehearsals after summer break.

Tuesday, Sept. 18. Scandinavian dance classes start.

Friday, Sept. 21. Happy Hour with the Spyrographs.

Monday, Oct. 1. Fall quarter language classes begin.

Friday, Oct. 5. Viking Disco.

Wednesday, Oct. 10. Kvinnor Kan book club: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon.

Thursday, Nov. 8. Volunteer appreciation dinner.

Wednesday, Nov. 14. Kvinnor Kan book club: Read My Pins by Madeleine Albright.

Wednesday, Nov. 14. Members & Friends Dinner one week early due to Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, Dec. 6. Scandinavian dance classes start.

Friday, Dec. 7. Julbord dinner.

Friday, Dec. 14. Julbord lunch and dinner.

Friday, Dec. 21. Lutfisk dinner.

Monday, Dec. 31. New Year’s Eve at the Swedish Club.

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