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.

Friday Night TV.
We're watching "Call the Midwife." 5:30 p.m. Free.

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. 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.



Sunday, July 2. No Swedish Pancakes.
This is the one month of the year we take off. No pancakes, no music, no genealogy. Happy Fourth, everyone!

Tuesday, July 4. Fourth of July at the Club.
The BEST place to watch fireworks in Seattle! Barbecue dinner and fun for all ages. Square dancing, kids’ film, etc. Parking for first 100 cars available at 6:30 p.m. Doors open at 7 p.m., dinner starts at 7:30 p.m. Prepaid reservations required.

Dinner & inside seating for fireworks: Blue card members $41, non-members $46, kids $23.
Dinner & outside seating for fireworks: Blue card members $51, non-members $56, kids $28.



Volunteers needed. Let us know now if you’d like to help out that evening and enjoy the fireworks.

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

Fridays, July 7–Sept. 29. “Call the Midwife.”
We’ll watch “the number one show on TV” from the start of the series. Season 1 starts with colorful stories of midwifery and families in London’s East End in 1957. Free. 5:30.

Wednesday, July 12. Book Club.
The Expedition: Solving the Mystery of a Polar Tragedy by Bea Uusma. The author sets out to discover what happened to Swedish balloonist S. A. Andrée and his crew, who set out for the North Pole in a hydrogen balloon in 1897 and never made it. Grab a drink first and meet in the lobby or library. 5:30 p.m. For info, contact or call 206-715-4869.

Wednesday, July 12. Members & Friends Dinner.
Our program is about Swedish artist Gunnar Widforss, famous for his paintings of the West. Presented by Alan Petersen, curator of fine art at the Museum of Northern Arizona. Our menu is our usual July fare: pizza and potluck! Social hour 5:30, dinner 6:30. $10 if you bring something for the potluck, $15 if you don’t. RSVPs after Monday pay $25.


Friday, July 14. Happy Hour with the Spyrographs.
Five-piece band plays the best spy, pop and surf hits of the 1960s. Around 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, July 19. Club Board Meeting.
Members are welcome to attend as guests. Public comment period at 6 p.m. followed by the meeting.

Wednesday, July 19. Swedish Film.
Maria Larsson eviga ögonblick (Everlasting Moments). Heart-rending story of a woman liberated by art in the early 20th century. 7:30 p.m. 133 min. $5 donation.

Thursday, July 20. New Kitchen Unveiling.
You are invited to a baked potato dinner to see the new lobby kitchen that our volunteers have worked so hard on. The cost is $10, unless you volunteered any hours on our brand-new kitchen—in which case your dinner is free! 6 p.m.

Saturday, July 22. “The Year of Being Nordic” Meeting.
Are you part of a Nordic group or club? Come to this meeting to brainstorm about promoting Nordic clubs in the area. Time TBD. RSVP: contact

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

Wednesday, July 26. Swedish Bingo.
Members and guests welcome, every last Wednesday of the month. Guest caller: Club President Gary Sund. Enjoy pea soup and homemade limpa bread. Food at around 5 p.m., bingo at 7. Bring cash for your bingo cards!

Wednesday, July 26. Finnish/Estonian Film.
Miekkailija (The Fencer). A touching drama set in 1950, with a sports theme, about love and a man who finds meaning in his life through the children who need him. Finland’s entry to the Academy Awards in 2015. 99 min. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Friday, July 28. Happy Hour with Monty Banks.
Come out this evening for a Swedish swingin’ Rat Pack cocktail extravaganza! Monty spends most of the year performing in New Orleans, but summer finds him in Seattle to offer us Rat Pack–era swing, traditional jazz and New Orleans R&B. Dress like the Rat Pack and their crowd— Dino, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Joey Bishop, Marilyn Monroe, Shirley MacLaine. 7:30 p.m. Free, but we’ll collect tips.

Wednesday, Aug. 2. 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, Aug. 4. Happy Hour with Skogen Sällström and Knut Erik Jensen.
The Trondheim-based musical duo (Skogen on violin and Hardanger fiddle, Knut on keyboards) bring their skills back to the Swedish Club for a return engagement. Free; tips encouraged. 7 p.m.

Sunday, Aug. 6. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, lingonberries, ham et al. Music by Skandia Kapell, Folk Voice Band and Smilin’ Scandinavians. 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, Aug. 9. Members & Friends Dinner.
School’s out, summer’s here, let’s play! Our entertainment is a rousing game of Frågsport (that’s Trivial Pursuit in Swedish). Ann-Margret will be our chef. Social hour 5:30, dinner 6:30. $20. RSVPs after Monday pay $25.

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

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