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! The Swedish Singers of Seattle rehearse at the Club from September to June! Both women and men sing together from 7 to 9 p.m. Singing together is verrrry Swedish. No auditions, always fresh coffee, everyone welcome. Information:

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

Tuesdays, June 4–25. Beginning Weaving Class.
“From yarn to finished cloth.” No experience necessary. Learn from weaver/instructor Lois Gaylord. Series of four two-hour evening classes: June 4–25. Use the Club’s looms. Blue card members $109; non-members $132. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Class limit: seven students. Download the registration form and bring it to the first class with your payment. It’s OK to start one week late.

Wednesday, June 5. Trivia.
Members and guests are welcome. Every first Wednesday of the month, come play Trivia. Enjoy pea soup, homemade limpa bread, and meat or cheese plates. Food at 5 p.m., Trivia at 7.

Wednesday, June 5. Club Board Meeting.
The monthly Board meeting is the first Wednesday of the month. Members welcome to attend as guests. Public comment period at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting.

Friday, June 7. National Day Dinner.
Nationaldagen at the Club has become a Seattle tradition. The evening starts at 6 p.m. with a champagne reception for “The Red House in the Forest: Color in the Swedish Cultural Landscape,” Robert Steelquist’s photography exhibit of Swedish red houses. Then Chef Christine will prepare a wonderful Swedish menu of Swedish-style trout with dill and lemon. We’ll meet Seattle’s new Honorary Swedish Consul, Petra Hilleberg, who’s coming to announce the Swede of the Year. The Swedish Singers of Seattle will perform for us, including the end-of-school favorite of Swedish children, Den blomstertid nu kommer. SOLD OUT.

June 7–July 31. Home Sweet Home: Photo Exhibit Comes to the Club. “The Red House in the Forest: Color in the Swedish Cultural Landscape,” an exhibit by photographer Robert Steelquist, appears at the Club this summer. Opening reception Friday, June 7, 6 p.m. Don’t miss these spectacular photos of typical Swedish houses. Prints will be for sale.

Wednesday, June 12. Kvinnor Kan Book Club.
This book club was formed to read books with female protagonists. This month we’re reading The Curve of Time by M. Wylie Blanchet. It’s the memoir of a widow and her children who explore the coastal waters of the Pacific Northwest in the late 1920s and early ’30s. Grab a drink and meet in the lobby. 5:30 p.m. Info: or 206-283-1090.

Wednesday, June 12. Craft & Cocktails.
Every second Wednesday evening is a craft session in the bar at the Swedish Club. Pea soup and small plates start at 5, crafts anytime. (Bring your favorite craft project!)

Wednesday, June 12. Swedish TV Series.
Fröken Frimans krig (Miss Friman’s War). A delightful Swedish drama set in the early 20th century about love, friendship and fighting for equal rights for all. We’ll see the first two episodes on this evening and then watch one episode every Friday evening at 5 p.m. English subtitles. Tonight, approximately two hours. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Friday, June 14. Jazz Friday: Miss Mamie Lavona.
Cabaret, swing, New Orleans–style jazz, klezmer, Balkan, vaudeville and more! Dinner at 6 p.m. Music 7:30. Free, but tips welcome!

Friday, June 14. Scandinavian Folkdance with Live Music.
For sure, we’ll learn some gamla danser (old-fashioned dances) this evening. Live music. Starting at 7:30 p.m., a quick lesson. Dance from 8 p.m. till 10. Partner not required! Dance donation: $10 members, $15 guests. For information, contact

Friday, June 14. Friday TV: Miss Friman’s War!
Every Friday evening at 5 p.m. we’ll watch a one-hour segment of the Swedish TV series Fröken Frimans krig. Through Aug. 2. Free.

Monday, June 17. Summer Swedish Language Classes Begin.
Is this the year you promised to learn Swedish? Check out the exact schedule of beginning, intermediate, advanced and conversational Swedish. (It’s OK to start a class one week late. Talk to the in-structor.)

Wednesday, June 19. Book Club.
We’re reading Between Summer’s Longing and Winter’s End by Leif Persson. A riveting new thriller by a writer said to be Sweden’s leading criminologist. Grab a drink and meet in lob-by or library. 5:30 p.m. For info, contact or call 206-715-4869.

Wednesday, June 19. Members & Friends Dinner.
Our program will be “Historic Landmark Status and the Swedish Club” by architect Brian Runberg. He’ll discuss the Club’s current nomination for historic landmark status and what it will mean to us. Chef Malin serves us chicken curry crepes, apple and bleu cheese salad and for dessert, a rhubarb & strawberry crisp. (Vegan and/or gluten-free options may be ordered two days in advance.) Dinner 6:30, meeting 7:30 p.m. RSVP by Tuesday noon. $22. Late RSVPs and walk-ins $25.


Monday, June 19. Danish Music at Benaroya Hall.
Danish duo Helene Blum (vocals, piano, fiddle) and Harald Haugaard (fiddle) have established themselves as outstanding interpreters and innovators of the Danish music tradition. Their own newly written material is mixed gently with original interpretations of old songs and instrumental pieces. Hear them in concert at Seattle's Benaroya Hall, June 19, 7 p.m. Sponsored by Scan|Design Foundation and the National Nordic Museum.

Friday, June 21. Midsommar Food & Dance.
Chefs Malin & Christine will make a typical Swedish midsommar smörgåsbord with four kinds of herring, gravlax, pork tenderloin and strawberries for dessert! We’ll dance around the midsommar pole. Bring flowers from your garden and come at 4 p.m. to help us decorate it! The smörgåsbord starts at 6 p.m. $35. One of the most talented Scandinavian music groups in the Northwest, Skandia Kapell, will play music for Scandinavian dancing with lots of mixers for fun on the lobby floor. Dance or just watch: 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 22. Guild Meeting.
Be part of the fund-raising, fun-raising mission of the Club! 10 a.m.

Wednesday, June 26. Finnish Film.
Isänmaallinen mies (A Patriotic Man). An ordinary Finnish man becomes a hero when it’s discovered that his blood is super rich in hemoglobin and can be transfused into athletes to help their performance. Comedy. 92 min.

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

Wednesday, June 26. Swedish Bingo.
Members and guests welcome. Enjoy pea soup and homemade limpa bread, or meat and cheese plates. Bring cash, as bingo cards can be sold only for cash. (First card $10, additional cards $5). Food at 5, bingo at 7.

Friday, June 28. Last Friday Family-Friendly Folkdancing.
Recreate the magic of really fun folkdancing to live music by Skandia Kapell once a month! A dance lesson too. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Saturday, June 29. Gavlekören in Concert.
There's more to Gävle, Sweden, than the world's largest straw goat at Christmastime. Gavlekören, a community chorale from the town, is coming to Portland for the American Union of Swedish Singers convention—but they'll stop off in Seattle long enough to perform at the Club! Start off your summer with some Swedish singing in our Three Crowns dining room. Free. 4 p.m.

Sunday, June 30. Skandia Midsommarfest.
Sponsored by Skandia Folkdance Society. The most colorful and best musical event of the year! Held at St. Edwards Park in Kenmore. 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. Dancers in costume, musicians, vendors, food, etc. A wonderful event! The Swedish Club needs volunteers to staff our booth. Let our office know if you can help.

If you can’t help, then plan to attend! 14445 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore.

Monday, July 1. Dues Go Up.
Individual dues go to $100 and Household dues to $130. Renew your membership by June 30 and keep your current rates for up to three years. (This offer is good no matter when you are due to renew. It will be added to your current membership.) Call the Club at 206-283-1090 to renew, download a membership form or renew online. It’s still the best deal in town.

Wednesday, July 3. Trivia.
Members and guests are welcome. Every first Wednesday of the month, come play Trivia. Enjoy pea soup, homemade limpa bread, and meat or cheese plates. Food at 5 p.m., Trivia at 7.

Thursday, July 4. Fourth of July at the Club.
The best spot in Seattle to watch fireworks. Dinner by Smokin’ Pete’s BBQ in Shoreline. Folkdancing! Kids’ program and film. Trivia in the bar. Dinner & indoor seats to watch the fireworks: blue card members $41, non-members $46, kids $23. Outdoor seats: members $51, non-members $56, kids $28. Free parking for the first 100 cars, starting at 7 p.m. Doors open at 7, dinner at 7:30. Club members Non-members: Call the Club or use the form below.


Sunday, July 7. No Pancake Breakfast.
Although we host the city’s best Swedish pancake breakfast every first Sunday of the month, our volunteers take July and August off. Rest up, faithful pancake volunteers.

Saturday, July 13. Leif Eie’s 90th Birthday.
Dinner and music to celebrate Leif Eie! A pillar in Seattle's Nordic-American community, Leif has seen it all and done it all—but now what he'd like to see is your face at his 90th birthday party.

Menu: Pickled herring, rye and limpa breads, chilled blueberry soup, fresh beet salad, mini crab quiches, salmon gravlax, potatoes and greens, dill rye with Havarti cheese and strawberries and Gård wines. Bløtkake for dessert, of course!

Reserve your ticket today ($48 per person).


Friday, Aug. 9. 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. $45. Reserve your seat by Tuesday, Aug. 6.


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

Friday, Oct. 4. Viking Dinner and Viking Disco.

Thursday, Nov. 14. Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.

Friday, Dec. 6. Julbord Dinner.

Friday, Dec. 13. Julbord Lunch and Dinner.

Friday, Dec. 20. 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