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. 5:30 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. 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. Every Friday. The Vikings.
We're watching Season 4 of The History Channel's "Vikings" drama series. Then we'll resume the nine-month "Vikings to Volvos" series curated by Club Board member Larry Johnson. 5:45 p.m. Starting Nov. 11, we're watching Season 4 of The History Channel's "Vikings" drama series. Then we'll resume the nine-month "Vikings to Volvos" series curated by Club Board member Larry Johnson. 5:45 p.m.

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.

Wednesday, Apr. 26. Kafferep.
Monthly Swedish-style coffee party with homemade goodies from our best baking members. 2 p.m. You’re very welcome.

Wednesday, Apr. 26. Finnish Film.
Takaisin pintaan (Diving into the Unknown). Documentary about a Finnish diving team recovering the bodies of their companions from an underground cave in Norway. Explores the theme of what friends owe one another. 82 min. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Wednesday, Apr. 26. 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 one $10, additional cards $5). Food at around 5, bingo at 7 p.m.

Friday, Apr. 28. Nordic Exchange.
Every year the Leif Erikson Lodge of the Sons of Norway and the Swedish Club take turns hosting each other for a fun event. This year it’s our turn, and we’re inviting them to an evening we’re calling “A Tribute to Stan Boreson.” Dinner will be Stan’s favorite: meatloaf, mashed potatoes, vegetables and chocolate cake for dessert. Bring your memories of Stan and join us to hear his music and watch some TV clips. Sons of Norway members register with the Leif Erikson Lodge at 206-783-1274. Swedish Club members register with us. Dinner and show: $20 for Club members.

Saturday, Apr. 29. Valborgsmässoafton.
Walpurgis is a Swedish holiday celebrated every Apr. 30 in Sweden, with songs and bonfires to honor spring. The Swedish Women’s Chorus and Svea Male Chorus are planning a celebration here at the Club, with bonfire (very small), songs (very merry) and food (very delicious!). Suggested donation includes songs and a light supper for $20. For more information, visit the Swedish Singers of Seattle website. 5:30 social hour, 6:30 concert, food served following the concert.

Wednesday, May 3. Trivia.
Members and guests are welcome. Every first Wednesday of the month, come enjoy Trivia. Enjoy pea soup and homemade limpa bread. Food at around 5, Trivia at 7 p.m.

Friday, May 5. History Lecture.
Swedish historian Dag Blanck, professor of North American studies at Uppsala University, will speak on “Transatlantic Dreaming: Sweden and the United States since 1800.” This will not be a boring history lesson! If you’ve ever heard Dag speak, you know how entertaining he is. Free. 7 p.m.

Friday, May 5. Happy Hour with Music & Poetry.
It’s Swedish beatnik poetry night with singer/songwriter Eric Miller and his band. A blend of American folk with rock, country and blues. Listen to music and recite a little poetry. Free, but tips encouraged. 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 7. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries et al. Music by Skolkis, Folk Voice Band and the Swedish Women’s Chorus. Guests $9; blue card Club members $7; children 5–12 $5. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Stay afterward for genealogy in our lobby.

Wednesday, May 10. GiveBIG Day.
The Seattle Foundation invites you—and all of Seattle—to give to the charity of your choice in this 24-hour nonprofit extravaganza. Of course, we hope you’ll choose the Swedish Club!

Wednesday, May 10. Book Club.
Skipping Stones by Gloria Koll. Two families, one Norwegian and the other Swedish, immigrate to the Dakota Territory in the 1880s, and the story follows them through the decades. Author Gloria Koll will help lead the discussion. Grab a drink first and meet in the lobby or library. 5:30 p.m. For info, contact or call 206-715-4869.

Wednesday, May 10. Members & Friends Dinner.
Our program is by Gloria Koll, author of Skipping Stones. Her book is about two immigrant families in the 1880s, one Norwegian and the other Swedish. She’ll read from the Swedish portion of the book, accompanied by Swedish songs from Mary McLeod. Chef Christine will serve a beef and lamb lasagna. Social hour 5:30, dinner 6:30. $20. RSVPs after Monday pay $25.

Friday, May 12. Scandinavian Folkdance.
Folk dancing with live music by Skandia Kapell, 8–10:30 p.m. Partner not required! Dance: $8 members, $10 guests. Lesson at 7:30 to review basic dances. For information, contact

Saturday, May 13. Annual Auction: Back to Our Roots.
It’s our biggest fundraising event of the year! Beautiful items to bid on, and a great meal from our Swedish chefs. Honorary auction chair Bengt Hag, auctioneer Nelson Jay. $95 or $475 for a table of 6. 5:30 p.m.

Tuesday, May 16. Club Board Meeting.
Just for this month, the Board meets on a Tuesday evening. Members are welcome to attend as guests. Public comment period at 6 p.m. followed by the meeting.

Wednesday, May 17. Be a Swede in the 17th of May Parade!
Norwegian Constitution Day is a big deal in Ballard, with a parade at 6 p.m. Join the parade to represent the Swedish Club—we need you! We’ll be represented by a giant dala horse and other fun Swedish symbols, and we need flag wavers to walk alongside. Erik Ronning and Eva Larson are heading up the celebration for us. If you’re available for the 1.5-mile parade,

Wednesday, May 17. Swedish Film.
The Last Sentence (Dom över död man). Set amidst the turmoil of World War II–era Sweden, this is the true story of Torgny Segerstedt, who mounted a one-man crusade against Hitler. 7:30 p.m. 126 min. $5.

Friday, May 19. Older Kids’ Film in Swedish.
We’ll set up a film (in Swedish) for older children while parents enjoy the music, food and libations. (This isn’t free babysitting. Your child must be able to sit with other children and enjoy a film.) Free. 6:30 p.m.

Friday, May 19. Ukadelics Play Happy Hour!
Seattle-based ukulele orchestra plays old hits and new. “Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, and yes, an umbrella in your drink!” Chef Christine will serve a Hawaiian meal, and of course we’ll have a “Loud Hawaiian Shirt” contest. No cover charge to hear the band, but tips encouraged. 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 24. Kafferep.
Monthly Swedish-style coffee party with homemade goodies from our best baking members. 2 p.m. We’ll celebrate the 99th birthday of Lifetime member Alice Anderson on this day. You’re welcome.

Wednesday, May 24. Finnish Film.
Henkesi edestä (Absolution). Questions of personal morality in this story of a priest who engages in deception on behalf of his wife. Adults and mature teens. 90 min. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation.

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

Tuesday, May 30. Kvinnor Kan! (Women Can!) Dinner.
Every year the Swedish Club honors a woman in the community. This year, we honor former Gov. Christine Gregoire. She was the first woman to be elected attorney general for the state of Washington, and the second female governor. She remains a tireless advocate for education, jobs and reform for Washington state. 6 p.m. $40.

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

Friday, June 2. First Friday Jazz.
Lushy returns! Wildly popular last time, they’re back, led by Annabella Kirby. 7:30. Free, but you know the drill: Tips encouraged.

Saturday, June 3. Classic Swedish and American Car Show.
We'll have drinks and classic Swedish food in the bar, and classic Swedish and American cars (1987 and earlier) on display from 12 noon to 4 p.m. This year we’ll celebrate the 50th anniversary of Volvo’s 1967 122S and 1800S models! Awards for Best Car, Volvo, Saab, Foreign and People’s Choice. To enter, contact or call 206-365-6913.

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

June 6. Swedish National Day Dinner.

June 23. Midsommar celebration.

July 4. Celebrate the Fourth at the Club.

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