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.

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.

Friday, Nov. 3. Kids’ Film.
Stora vänliga jätten—SVJ (The BFG). Co-sponsored by the Swedish School. The film is in Swedish and does not have subtitles. (This is not free babysitting. Your child must be able to sit with other children and enjoy a film.) Free. 6:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 3. Art Exhibit Opening.
Finnish photographer Mårten Björkgren will join us to discuss his photo exhibit, Kvarken Archipelago: New Land in the Old Country, on display at the Swedish Club from Nov. 3 until Dec. 6, Finnish Independence Day. The fast rate of uplift in the islands near Vaasa in Western Finland is thrilling scientists and outdoor enthusiasts. Come to learn more about it. We’ll have Finnish food on the menu. Since our upstairs dining room will be the territory of vendors getting ready for the bazaar, we’ll eat downstairs in Stockholm Hall. Social hour 5 p.m., dinner 6 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 4 & 5. Scandinavian Holiday Bazaar.
Holiday shopping at its best, with vendors selling handmade and/or Nordic items. Two floors of crafts, gifts, baked goods and fun! Smörgås, pea soup, waffles and meatballs on Saturday, Swedish pancakes on Sunday. Raffle prizes! The bar is open both days. Download the application to host a vendor table. Or get an early start on holiday shopping, enjoy a great Swedish meal and greet old friends. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. both days.

Wednesdays, Nov. 8–29. Weaving Classes.
“From yarn to finished cloth.” No prior experience necessary. Learn from experienced weaver/instructor Lois Gaylord. Series of four two-hour classes: Wednesdays, Nov. 8–29, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Blue card members $89; nonmembers $112. Bring a signed registration form to your first class. OK to start a week late.

You can use the Club’s looms. We have six four-harness looms; three are table looms and three are floor looms. They're all from different manufacturers, and a couple of them are handmade. A big part of the class is learning how to set up the warp or “dress” a loom.

Wednesday, Nov. 8. Book Club.
A Treacherous Paradise (Minnet av en smutsig ängel) by Henning Mankell. Based on a true story about a woman who lands in Africa in the late 1800s and runs a bordello. Read in Swedish or English, discuss in English. Grab a drink first and meet in the lobby or library. 5:30 p.m. For info, contact or call 206-715-4869.

Wednesday, Nov. 8. Members & Friends Dinner.
Our program is by educator Gary London: “Is There a Future for Swedish in Finland?” Expect a balanced discussion of the historical and political background to the debate. Chef Malin is preparing a Finnish menu for us: salad with beets and feta cheese, cabbage casserole with potatoes, gravy and vegetables, and whipped lingonberry porridge for dessert. Social hour 5:30, dinner 6:30. $22. RSVPs after Monday, Nov. 6, pay $25.

Friday, Nov. 10. Scandinavian Folkdance.
Dance to live music. The group for this evening is TBD. Dancing from 7:30 to 8:55 p.m. usually starts with a quick lesson. Later, from 9:10 to 10 p.m., it’s dancing for folks with more experience. It’s OK to sit those dances out and just watch. Admission: $10 donation. For information, contact

Friday, Nov. 10. Bushwick Book Club.
Straight from New York! Collective of musicians devoted to writing and performing songs based on literary works. Bushwick Book Club founder Susan Hwang and guitarist Charlie Nieland, together with local musicians, will perform songs based on the all-time Swedish hit My Life as a Dog by Reidar Jönsson. Read the book or watch the movie to prepare, and then come to enjoy the evening. 7:30 p.m. Free, but tips encouraged.

Wednesday, Nov. 15. Club Board Meeting.
Members are welcome to attend as guests. Public comment period at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting.

Wednesday, Nov. 15. British-American Film.
Fargo. Black comedy crime film. 133 min. $5 donation.

Thursday, Nov. 16. “Give Thanks for Our Volunteers” Dinner.
All volunteers are cordially invited to a wonderful dinner at the Club, as our way of saying thanks for your work all year long. Partners, spouses and drivers are welcome, but they will be charged $22 for the meal. Chef Christine will make a delicious Thanksgiving-style dinner. Volunteer or guest, we must have your RSVP by Tuesday, Nov. 14. 6 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 17. Author Reading.
Lou McKee will read from and discuss her book Klee Wyck Journal: The Making of a Wilderness Retreat. We’ll hear stories of the people and adventures involved in the building of a coastal wilderness shelter on the west coast of Vancouver Island, accessible only by kayak. 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov 17. Happy Hour Jazz. Anabella Kirby's band Moonspinners will play Mad Men–style 1960s-ish pop music. No cover, but we encourage tips. This band brings 'em in, so we hope you're here too! 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 22. Kafferep.
Monthly Swedish-style coffee party with homemade goodies from our best baking members. 2 p.m. You’re very welcome.

Wednesday, Nov. 22. 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. 92 min. $5 donation.

Friday, Nov. 24. Club Closed.
The Club is closed all day. No Kafé, no Happy Hour, no dinner.

Saturday, Nov. 25. Guild Meeting.
Be part of the fund-raising, fun-raising mission of the Club! 10 a.m.

Tuesday, Nov. 28. Giving Tuesday.
Join others in this community and across the nation who are donating today to their favorite charity! Give online, or call the Club (206-283-1090) to donate over the phone. Or be stylishly old-fashioned and send us a check! Tack så mycket!

Wednesday, Nov. 29. Decorate the Christmas Trees.
Join the crew at 6 p.m. to decorate the trees on each floor. Everyone is welcome to come and help. An inaugural cup of the season’s first batch of glögg will be your reward!

Wednesday, Nov. 29. 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, Dec. 1. Julbord Dinner.
Traditional Swedish Christmas food by our Swedish chefs, Ann- Margret Lightle and Malin Jonsson. Come for the delicious food, Christmas music and the wonderful ambiance at the Club. 6:30 p.m. $62 for those who RSVP by Nov. 27 ($67 for late RSVPs). $31 for kids.

Sunday, Dec. 3. Scandinavian Sweater Snag.
Donate your gently used sweaters now and return on this Sunday to buy a sweater someone else gave back to the Club! 8 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 3. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, coffee and orange juice. Music by Spelmanslag, Skandia Kapell and Nordleik. Guests $9; blue card Club members $7; children 5–12 $5. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Stay afterward for genealogy help in our lobby.

Friday, Dec. 8. Julbord Luncheon. $52 if you RSVP by Dec. 4; $57 for late RSVPs. $26 for kids.

Friday, Dec. 8. Julbord Dinner. $67 if you RSVP by Dec. 4; $72 for late RSVPs. $33 for kids.

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

Sunday, Dec. 10. Luciafest with UW students.

Wednesday, Dec. 13. Members & Friends Dinner: Toby Hanson does Christmas vaudeville music.

Friday, Dec. 15. Lutfisk vs. Lutefisk.

Wednesday, Jan. 10. Members & Friends Dinner with the Swedish Women’s Chorus.

Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 3–4. Women’s Clothing Sale.

Wednesday, Feb. 7. Swedish Club members’ discount to see Mamma Mia! at The 5th Avenue Theatre.

Saturday & Sunday, Mar. 3–4. Great Finds Sale.

Tuesday, Mar. 6. Kvinnor Kan! Dinner to honor UW President Ana Mari Cauce.

Friday, Apr. 6. ABBA Night.

Sunday, Apr. 22. Annual Auction: “Back to Our Roots.”

Friday, May 11. Musical group from Sweden: SKROT.

Friday, May 18. Musical group from Sweden: Oskar Stenmark Trio.

Saturday, June 2. 10th Annual Swedish Car Show.


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