Events & Calendar

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 $114 for Club members, $144 for non-members.

Standing Committee Meetings: Blue card Club members, volunteers and new members welcome. More info: contact

Every Friday. Live Music at Happy Hour.
Our Friday music is as follows: May 13—Kory Tideman; May 20—Duo Vecchi Burberi; May 27—Skandia Kapell.

Wednesday, May 11. Kafferep.
Back again! A formal coffee party at the Swedish Club. Monthly Swedish-style coffee party with homemade goodies from our best baking members. Bring what you’ve baked and join us! Or, just come! Every second Wednesday. 2 p.m.

Wednesday, May 11. Kvinnor Kan Book Club.
We’ll discuss Black in Blue: Lessons on Leadership, Breaking Barriers, and Racial Reconciliation by Carmen Best. 5 p.m. in the library. For info: 206-283-1090 or e-mail

Tuesday, May 17. Syttende Mai Parade in Ballard.
Be part of the Swedish Club’s entry in the parade. We’ll have a walking-size dala horse, flags, a kiddie train and a marching group. Parade starts at 6; we’ll gather 4:30 to 5 at 2420 NW 62nd St. in Ballard. Let us know if you want to be part of the fun.

Wednesday, May 18. Book Club.
This month’s book is The Rock Blaster, Henning Mankell’s first novel. About a working-class man struggling against the constraints of his station in life. Set in 1911. Book selected for June and July is Children of Ash and Elm: A History of the Vikings by Neil S. Price. 5:30 p.m. For info: Joanne Foster at or 206-715-4869.

Wednesday, May 18. Members’ Dinner.
Come enjoy: Our speaker is Seattle Police Detective Denise “Cookie” Bouldin, who runs the Detective Cookie Chess Club program for inner city kids at the Rainier Beach Community Center. The title of her not-to-be-missed talk is “Detective Cookie: Against All Odds.” The menu is salmon, salad, boiled potatoes and a luscious rhubarb dessert with vanilla sauce. $22. Social hour 5:30, dinner 6:30, meeting 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, June 4. Swedish Car Show.
Our 14th annual Swedish Car Show is open to all pre-1992 show-class Volvo and Saab cars. Also open to members’ classic American and foreign cars. Free and open to the public. Awards given! The Car Show includes an opportunity for lunch in our bar from 12 to 2 p.m., with great views of Lake Union. For information and application, contact Gary Ramstad at 206-365-6913 or Car show runs from 11 to 4 p.m.

Sunday, June 5. Swedish Pancake Breakfast!
The usual great pancakes with lingonberries and whipped cream, ham, OJ, etc. Enjoy live music by Six Feet Back, Folk Voice Band and Skandia Kapell. Donate an item to the Ballard Food Bank and receive $1 in Viking bucks to be spent for future meals, drinks, memberships, etc. 8 a.m. till 1.

Friday, June 10. Rescheduled ABBA Night!
We learned on our scheduled date of Apr. 29 that COVID-19 wasn’t done with us yet! We welcome you on our new date, and we’ll have more tickets available at the member price of $35 or the guest price of $45. Call the Club at 206-283-1090.

Saturday, June 18. Midsommar Party.
Club members are invited to an authentic, classic Midsommar party at the Redmond home of two members. Midsommar pole bedecked with flowers; flower crowns for our hair; and a feast of herring, potatoes, salmon with roe sauce, salad, cheese and bread, strawberry cake, and games. 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Kids are welcome. Attendance is limited. $110 per adult, half price for kids 5 to 12. Buy tickets below or call 206-283-1090. This is a fundraising event and proceeds from ticket sales support the Club.

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