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 $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

Tuesday, May 1. Pre-Concert Concert.
Our Swedish Singers of Seattle will give the final performance at the new Nordic Museum’s opening on May 5. This evening, they’ll perform their spring concert repertoire for us prior to their performance at the Museum. Come hear their beautiful music and wish them well. Free, but donations gladly accepted. 7:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 1. Swedish & Danish Authors at UW Bookstore.
The Swedish Embassy’s head of communications, Monica Enqvist, is here from Washington, D.C., and will interview Swedish journalist/author Åsa Avdic and Danish author Sara Blædel on their respective books, The Dying Game and The Undertaker’s Daughter. 7 p.m. University Bookstore, 4326 University Way NE.

Wednesday, May 2. Kafferep with the Swedish Embassy.
Today our Swedish-style coffee party entertains staff from the Swedish Embassy in Washington, D.C.—particularly the head of communications, Monica Enqvist! Everyone is invited. If you bring baked items (and we hope you do), we respectfully ask for your most Swedish, homemade goodies—but you’re welcome, regardless. 2 p.m.

Wednesday, May 2. 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, May 2. Club Board Meeting.
The monthly Board meeting is now 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, May 4. Happy Hour with Heidi Swedberg & Daniel Ward.
Swedish-American Heidi Swedberg is passionate about people … which is why she loves the ukulele. For more than 30 years she’s worked in music, film and television, notably playing the role of Susan on “Seinfeld.” She collaborates with her talented partner Daniel Ward on recordings, performances and instructional books. Check out their Web site and come hear them at 7:30 p.m. Free, but tips welcome.

Saturday & Sunday, May 5 & 6. Staff a Table for the Club at the Nordic Museum.
Enjoy passing out Swedish fish and talking about the Club? We need volunteers to staff a table at the new Museum on Saturday, 11 a.m.–6 p.m., and Sunday, 9 a.m.–6 p.m. We hope to get enough volunteers for two-hour shifts! Call 206-283-1090 or

Sunday, May 6. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, coffee and orange juice. Music by Nordic Reflections, Katrilli & Folk Voice Band, 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.

Wednesday, May 9. GiveBIG Day.
This is the day that the Seattle Foundation invites everyone to give to the charity of their choice. Of course, we hope you'll choose the Swedish Club! You can give big anytime between now and midnight on May 9.

Wednesday, May 9. Kvinnor Kan (Women Can) Book Club.
We’re reading the award-winning Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, a scientist who mixes stories about herself with facts about trees and plants. 5:45 p.m. For info, email or call 206-283-1090.

Wednesday, May 9. Swedish Film.
The Square. A museum director confronts the unintended conse¬quences of his actions. Drama/satire. 151 min. 7:30 p.m. $5.

Wednesday, May 9. Craft Night in the Bar.
The second Wednesday evening is the craft session at the Swedish Club. Pea soup starts at 5, crafts anytime.

Friday, May 11. 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

Friday, May 11. Eva Vea Sings at Happy Hour.
Co-sponsored by the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Organization. “Sweet soul music.” 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 12. Nordic Exchange.
The new Nordic beer hall, Skål, gives us a sneak preview at the Leif Erikson Lodge of the Sons of Norway (2245 NW 57th). Free for blue card Swedish Club members; Lodge members and “dual citizens” pay $5. Make your reservation by Monday, May 7. 5–8 p.m. Bring your blue card!

Wednesday, May 16. Book Club.
We’re reading Beartown by Fredrik Backman, author of A Man Called Ove. In Beartown, where the people are as “tough as the forest, as hard as the ice,” the star hockey player is accused of rape, and the town turns upon itself. Grab a drink and meet in the lobby. 5:30 p.m. For info, contact or call 206-715-4869.

Wednesday, May 16. Members & Friends Dinner.
Author Roz Olson Spitzer will tell us about turning her Swedish great-grandmother’s letters into a historical novel about 19th-century immigrants. Jon Persson will make music for us, and Chef Ann-Margret will serve creamy chicken with sun-dried tomatoes and parmesan, rice and vegetables, and pear & Gorgonzola salad with bread. Social hour 5:30, dinner 6:30. $22. Reservations after Monday, May 14, are $25.

Thursday, May 17. Crash the Norwegian Parade.
Every May 17, Seattle has the largest Norwegian Constitution Day parade outside of Norway. It's always been something of a pan-Nordic event—or at least nobody objects when we Swedes invite ourselves. To join our parade entry this year, or call Eva at 206-283-1090 by May 15.

Friday, May 18. Paul Gabrielson Trio.
Paul has played bass with everyone from Diane Schuur to the Kingston Trio to Maria Muldaur. Tonight, he brings his own jazz trio to our Happy Hour. Free, but tips encouraged. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 19. Hat Luncheon.
Celebrate spring with a luncheon. Marilyn Fuller will offer a period hat and purse show. Menu: salads and Nordic dessert. $20. Prize for the most elegant hat. (Tasteful hats only, please!) 11:30 a.m. Reservations limited. Or mail a check to 1920 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle, 98109.

Wednesday, May 23. Serve the Millionair Club Charity.
Join us for our annual volunteer opportunity to serve our famous meatball luncheon to clients at the Millionair Club Charity. 11 a.m.–2 p.m. Contact the office if you can help for a couple of hours: According to several volunteers, this is the best event the Swedish Club plans all year long. If you’re free during the day, please help us!

Wednesday, May 23. Kafferep.
Monthly Swedish-style coffee party with homemade goodies from our best baking members. 2 p.m. You’re very welcome.

Wednesday, May 23. Finnish Film.
Miesten vuoro (Stream of Life). 2010. Men tell their stories—in the sauna. Jussi Award–winning documentary told with skill and sensitivity. 81 min. $5 donation. 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, May 24. Scholarship Reception.
Chalmers University of Technology in Göteborg gives two-year master's scholarships to three American students every year. Meet this year's recipients at an award ceremony at the Club, 5–7 p.m. Drinks and hors d'oeuvres served. Free, but reservation required.

Afterward, attend a fundraising reception with pea soup, pancakes and punsch (the other Swedish liqueur). $100; RSVP separately.

Saturday, May 26. Guild Meeting.
Be part of the fund-raising, fun-raising mission of the Club! 10 a.m.

Wednesday, May 30. 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, June 1. Casey MacGill Plays at Happy Hour!
Casey has been playing boogie-woogie, swing and stride piano in Seattle for decades. Sporting his signature pencil-thin mustache, he’s a throwback to a bygone era of charm and style. Around 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 2. Annual Classic Swedish and American Car Show.
The bar’s open and we have classic Swedish and American cars on display from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Cars up to 1988. Awards for Best, Volvo, Saab, Foreign and People’s Choice. To enter, call 206-365-6913 or email Gary Ramstad at Chef Ann-Margret offers classic Swedish dishes in the bar, noon to 2 p.m.!

Sunday, June 3. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, coffee and orange juice. Music by the Gnomes, Lilla Spelmanslag 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.

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

Thursday–Saturday, May 24–26. Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology holds events in Seattle, several of which are open to our members. May 24 scholarship award ceremony: “Pea Soup, Pancakes and Punsch.” May 26: “Gasque!”

Friday, June 8. National Day dinner at the Club; announcement of Swede of the Year.

Friday, June 22. Midsommar celebration at the Club.

Friday, July 13. Concert by violinist Semmy Stahlhammer from Sweden.

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