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.

Friday Night TV.
We're watching "Call the Midwife." 5:30 p.m. Free.

Every Friday. Friday Volunteers.
Every Friday morning, you bring the elbow grease and we'll provide the task list plus lunch. Volunteers who come at 10 a.m. and stay to lend a hand with cleaning, building maintenance, painting, gardening, etc., will get a lunch of Ann-Margret's meatballs at 1 p.m. RSVP or call 206-283-1090 by Wednesday so that we have the tools and tasks ready for you!

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.

Tuesday, Aug. 8. Chorus Rehearsals Resume.
The Swedish Women’s and Svea Male choruses will resume their fall schedule, with every-Tuesday practices for men at 6:30–8 p.m. and women at 7:30–9 p.m. Singing together is verrrry Swedish. No auditions, always fresh coffee, everyone welcome. For more info:

Wednesday, Aug. 9. Book Club.
Wonderful Feels Like This by Sara Lövestam, translated by Laura Wideburg, PhD, our lead Swedish instructor. (Laura has won awards for her translating!) Read this wonderful book about what a bullied teenager can learn from an old man in a retirement home. Grab a drink first and meet in the lobby or library. 5:30 p.m. For info, contact or call 206-715-4869.

Wednesday, Aug. 9. Members & Friends Dinner.
School’s out, summer’s here, let’s play! Our entertainment is a rousing game of Frågsport (that’s Trivial Pursuit in Swedish). Ann-Margret will be our chef. Social hour 5:30, dinner 6:30. $20. RSVPs after Monday, Aug. 7, pay $25.

Wednesday, Aug. 16. Club Board Meeting.
Members are welcome to attend as guests. Public comment period at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting.

Wednesday, Aug. 16. Craft Night in the Bar.
The third Wednesday evening of every month is the craft session at the Swedish Club. Pea soup starts at 5, crafts anytime.

Wednesday, Aug. 16. English-language Film.
A Thousand Times Good Night. Norwegian-Irish film about a female photojournalist obsessed with reporting in dangerous war zones. 117 min. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation.

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

Wednesday, Aug. 23. GRATIS ärtsoppa och dricka!
Bring a friend! On Wednesday evenings we serve pea soup in the bar. Just for tonight, if you come and bring a friend who’s never been a member of the Swedish Club, we’ll buy your friend a bowl of soup and a drink! Starts at 5; ends when we run out of soup.

Wednesday, Aug. 23. English-language Film.
The Girl King. Finnish filmmaker, Swedish topic. Mika Kaurismäki’s touching film depicts several years in the life of the 17th-century Queen Kristina of Sweden. 102 min. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Friday, Aug. 25. Finnish Your Dinner.
Celebrate the 100th year of Finland’s independence 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. RSVP by Tuesday, 8/22. $28.

Friday, Aug. 25. Happy Hour with Redshift Jazz Trio.
Redshift uses the classic jazz piano trio format for an eclectic mix of standards, bossa novas and originals, with a sound that always leaves audiences wanting more. 7:30 p.m. Free, but you know the drill: Tips welcome!

Wednesday, Aug. 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.

Wednesday, Sept. 6. 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.

Sunday, Sept. 10. Swedish Pancakes.
September’s pancake breakfast is delayed a week due to Labor Day. Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, lingonberries, ham et al. Music by Folk Voice Band, Skandia Kapell and TinnFelen Hardanger Fiddle Ensemble. Guests $9; blue card Club members $7; children 5–12 $5. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Stay afterward for genealogy in our lobby.

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

Sept. 9. Crayfish party with SWEA.

Dec. 8 & 15. Julbord.

Dec. 22. 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