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 $114 for Club members, $144 for non-members.

Standing Committee Meetings: Blue card Club members, volunteers and new members welcome. More info: contact

Friday, Nov. 4. Happy Hour and Dinner!
Swedish meatballs or pork roast with brussels sprouts and potatoes. Served 6 to 8 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 5 & 6. No One Bakes Better Than the Swedes.
Our Holiday Bazaar will feature special Swedish baked goods for sale, some by members and some by Elizabeth, our Friday evening dessert maker. Most will be packaged to purchase and take home, but some will be ready to enjoy at the bazaar with a cup of coffee.

Sunday, Nov. 6. Hike First, Pancakes Later.
Walk from the Club to the Olympic Sculpture Park, then along the waterfront through Myrtle Edwards Park to Expedia, across Queen Anne Hill and back down the Galer Street steps to the Club. About 6.2 miles. Led by Elsie Springer. Hikers depart at 8:30 and return to the Club for pancakes around 11:30.

Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 5 & 6. Holiday Bazaar.
Holiday shopping at its best with vendors selling handmade and/or Nordic items. Crafts, gifts, baked goods and fun! Smörgås (sandwiches), pea soup, waffles and meatballs on Saturday, Swedish pancakes on Sunday. The bar is open both days. Get an early start on holiday shopping, enjoy great Swedish food and greet old friends. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Entry $1.

Sunday, Nov. 6. Swedish Pancake Breakfast!
The usual great pancakes with lingonberries and whipped cream, ham, OJ, etc. Enjoy live music by Metro Gnomes, Six Feet Back Band and Smilin’ Scandinavians. Bring an item of canned food for the Ballard Food Bank and receive $1 in Viking bucks to spend on future meals, drinks, memberships, etc. $11 guests, $9 blue card Club members. 8 a.m.–1 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 9. Kvinnor Kan Book Club.
We’ll discuss Personal Librarian by Marie Benedict and acclaimed author Victoria Christopher Murray. The little-known story of J.P. Morgan’s personal librarian. December’s selection will be a film, title TBA. For info: 206-283-1090 or e-mail 5 p.m. in the library.

Wednesday, Nov. 9. Trivia!
Led by Jaxon Ravens. Every second Wednesday. 7–9 p.m. Come and try it out! Soup, salad and meat¬balls in a cup available for your light supper.

Wednesday, Nov. 9. Meatball Mixer.
Learn and practice traditional dances performed at typical Swedish events. 6:30 p.m. dance lesson, 7 p.m. break for meatballs, 7:20 gammaldans (old-fashioned dance) lessons and practice. $20 covers lessons, live music and meatballs!

Friday, Nov. 11. Dinner and Victor Janusz.
Victor is joined by saxman Medearis Dixson and singer Arwen Dewey to perform romantic standards and more—in four languages! Music starts around 7. Free, but tips welcome. Dinner of meatballs or halibut with hollandaise sauce and for dessert, Swedish apple pie. Pay less if you order by Wednesday!

Saturday, Nov. 12. Annual Finnish Bazaar and Joulumarkkinat.
A wonderful meeting place for all Finnish organizations, vendors and lovers of Suomi food and music, including a section for items from the Finnish store on First Avenue, Pirkko’s! Sponsored by the Finnish American Heritage Committee, and held at the Swedish Club. 10 a.m. till 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 16. Members’ Dinner.
“The Paradox of Alfred Nobel” is presented by Lori Ann Reinhall. She’ll tell how Nobel—chemist, engineer, inventor, businessman and philanthropist—made his fortune in explosives but bequeathed it to further humani¬tarian causes with the Nobel Prizes, including the Peace Prize. The menu is pork tenderloin with bearnaise sauce and a traditional Nobel dinner dessert: ice cream topped with sparklers! RSVP by noon Nov. 15. $22, late RSVPs and walk-ins $25. Social hour 5:30 p.m., dinner 6:30, program around 7:30.

Friday, Nov. 18. Dinner & Skandia Kapell!
Our “house band” plays folk music and we’re adding a short dance lesson every time Skandia Kapell plays. Tonight, it’s the waltz! Our menu choices are meatballs or chicken with mushroom sauce, with ostkaka (Swedish-style cheesecake) for dessert. Dining 6 to 8 p.m. Music starts around 5:30 p.m.

Saturday, Nov. 19. Gala Dinner and Mini-Auction.
We love our mid-century modern building—but that means committing to its upkeep. At our gala evening, enjoy a gourmet dinner and a mini-auction, and come prepared to “raise the paddle” to help pay for a new HVAC system. Seats are $125, $450 for a group of four and $800 for a table of eight. Social hour 5 p.m., dinner 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 23. Happy Hour: Album Release Party with Casey MacGill.
Casey MacGill—a classic Hollywood character in appearance and style—performs music that swings! On Thanksgiving eve, we’ll all party to celebrate his new double album, Love Letter. It features original music Casey wrote between 1973 and 2020. Expect some super-talented surprise guests to join the fun! The bar will be open, and we’ll serve soup, salad and meatballs in a cup. Music starts around 7 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 25. Club Closed for Thanksgiving.

Sunday, Nov. 27. Volunteer Thank-You Dinner.
If you’ve volunteered for us in the last 12 months, you’re invited for dinner. We don’t personally invite each volunteer, as we worry about leaving someone out—so we do a blanket invitation and ask for your RSVP. Some of our Board Members will be here to serve you. If you want to invite a guest who hasn’t volunteered, we’ll ask them to pay $25 for this delicious meal. Vegetarian lasagna or Tuscan-style pork: we must have your reservation by Monday, Nov. 21 at 206-283-1090. Social time 5 p.m., dinner 5:30.

Wednesday, Nov. 30. Bingo Is Back!
The ever-popular Bingo Night at the Club returns. Our bingo host is Jaxon Ravens. Every last Wednesday of the month. Supper of soup and salad starts at 5:30 p.m. Bingo starts around 7 p.m. No reservations necessary. First bingo card sells for $10, subsequent cards $5 (cash only). If you’re not a Swedish Club member, we’ll ask you to join or pay for a one-evening membership of $5.

Friday, Dec. 2. Decorate Our Christmas Trees.
So many events, so little time to get our three trees decorated this year, so we’re opting for a Friday evening. Everyone who helps for at least an hour gets a ticket for the evening’s meatball dinner. Decorating starts at 4 p.m., but OK to come later.

Mark Your Calendars
The following events are outside our usual routine of films, classes, programs, etc.—or > are events we’re often asked about by members who are planning far ahead.

RSVP for any of these events at or 206-283-1090.

Fridays in December. Dec. 9: Julbord. Dec. 16: Lutfisk.

Sunday, Dec. 4. Scandinavian Sweater Snag.

Sunday, Dec. 11. Lucia pageant with UW students.

Saturday, Dec. 31. New Year’s Eve celebration.

Club closed Nov. 24–25; Dec. 23–26; Jan. 1.

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 for our volunteer librarians to handle. We have put a moratorium on accepting any books. If 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