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 $89 for Club members, $112 for non-members.

Friday Film Series: Getting to Know You. Films about the African-American experience. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation. Shown in the Svea Room, with socially distant seating. Discussion follows each film. Standing Committee Meetings: Blue card Club members, volunteers and new members welcome. More info: contact

Friday, July 3. Happy Hour, Plus Meatballs to Go!
Cruise ship entertainer and keyboardist extraordinaire Jon Persson provides the music for our socially distanced Happy Hour. This week we’re adding meatballs to go!

Wednesday, July 8. Kvinnor Kan Book Club.
We’re reading This Is What America Looks Like: My Journey from Refugee to Congresswoman by Rep. Ilhan Omar. 5:30 p.m. Free. Contact to find out whether we’re meeting online or at the Club.

Wednesday, July 15. Book Club.
Our regular book club will meet by Zoom at 5:30 p.m. They will discuss Benny & Shrimp by Katarina Mazetti. New members welcome! E-mail for information and Zoom link. Free. On Aug. 19 they’ll read City of My Dreams, the first in the Stockholm Series by Per Anders Fogelström.

Wednesday, July 15. Members & Friends Dinner.
Laura Wideburg will present a program titled “Cleaning Closets at the Club! Look What We Found” with stories and memorabilia she found while cleaning and sorting at the Club. Chef Christine will make chicken Marbella with rice pilaf, Caesar salad and Swedish apple slab pie. RSVP by Monday, July 13, by calling 206-283-1090 or e-mailing

Friday, July 24. Film Series: Getting to Know You.
Introducing Dorothy Dandridge (1998). In the 1950s, glamorous singer, dancer and movie star Dorothy Dandridge performed in five-star hotels but wasn’t allowed to stay there. 7:30 p.m. $5. 120 min.

Friday, July 31. Film Series: Getting to Know You.
Imitation of Life (1959). A white woman’s (Lana Turner) life intertwines with that of an African-American woman (Juanita Moore). 7:30 p.m. $5. 125 min.

Sunday, Aug. 2. Loppis (Flea Market).
Been cleaning your closets? With or without a Swedish pancake breakfast, we hope to invite vendors and members to sell items in our parking lot. If you want a table, e-mail $25 per table. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesdays, Aug. 4–25. Weaving Classes Resume.
“From yarn to finished cloth.” No prior experience necessary. Learn from experienced weaver/instructor Lois Gaylord. Series of four two-hour evening classes: Aug. 4–25. Optional fifth week with a minimum of two students possible. Blue card members $109; nonmembers $132. 6:30–8:30 p.m. The class size is limited due to social distancing. Call the Club to register.

Friday, Aug. 7. Film Series: Getting to Know You.
Loving (2016). True story of Richard and Mildred Loving, the plaintiffs in the Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia, invalidating state laws that prohibited interracial marriage. 7:30 p.m. $5. 125 min.

Friday, Aug. 14. Film Series: Getting to Know You.
Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner? (1967). Stanley Kramer’s famous story of what happens when a couple’s liberal ideals are put to the test. 7:30 p.m. $5. 108 min.

Saturday, Aug. 15. Swedish Car Show.
The 12th Annual Swedish National Holiday Classic Car Show is open to all pre-1990, show-class Volvo and Saab cars. 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. E-mail Gary for information:

Friday, Aug. 21. ABBA Night 2020 Rescheduled!
If you had a ticket for the earlier canceled date, it’s good for the new date. If this date or event no longer works for you, you can request a refund only until July 31. If you want to be on the waiting list for the new date, e-mail before the end of July.

Wednesday, Sept. 16. Swedish Club Annual Meeting.
This is the meeting when we’ll elect new Board members and announce the Swede(s) of the Year!

Friday, Oct. 9. Viking Dinner with Chef James Bushell.
This authentic Viking meal always sells out! RSVP to or call 206-283-1090. Price TBD.

Sunday, Oct. 18. Annual Auction & Gala Dinner.
It’s a pleasure to support the Swedish Club and eat a gourmet dinner too! Mark your calendars. Two international chefs, Norwegian Gerd Kvalsund and Icelandic Jon Palsson, will make your 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