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. 5:30 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. 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.

Friday, June 16. Jon Persson Spices Up Happy Hour!
He’s baaaack! Jon plays on cruise ships, but tonight, he plays for us! Free but tips are welcome. Accordion or piano, depending on what you want to hear. Music starts around 7 or 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 17. Remembering Bengt Hag.
The Swedish Club will host a memorial for our dear friend Bengt Hag, who passed away on May 16. We figure that Bengt, dressed in his traditional costume, welcomed at least 125,000 individuals (and probably more) to the Club for our pancake breakfasts over the years. Come and pay tribute to Bengt, our beloved Swedish Club ambassador. Coffee and cookies reception. 2 p.m.

Monday, June 19. Swedish Language Classes Begin.
Come learn Swedish! Several levels of beginning, intermediate, expert and conversational Swedish. See the schedule and sign up today. Even if you miss the first week of classes, it’s usually OK for you to start on week 2.

Tuesdays, June 20–July 18. Beginning Weaving Classes.
“From yarn to finished cloth.” No prior experience necessary. Learn from experienced weaver/instructor Lois Gaylord. Series of four two-hour classes, June 20–July 18. Use the Club’s looms. Blue card members $89; nonmembers $112. 2–4 p.m. OK to start a week late.

Download the registration form and bring it to the first class with your payment.

Wednesday, June 21. Club Board Meeting.
Members are welcome to attend as guests. Public comment period at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting.

Wednesday, June 21. Craft Night in the Bar.
The third Wednesday evening is the craft session at the Swedish Club. Dinner starts at around 5, crafts anytime.

Wednesday, June 21. Fried Herring Dinner.
Celebrate Herring Week with a fried herring dinner by Chef Malin. To make sure there’s enough, call to reserve your dinner by Monday, June 19. Cost for the dinner: $16.
Wednesday, June 21. Swedish Film.
Änglagård (House of Angels). Comedy/drama. A rural village is divided when an extraordinary couple move in. 7:30 p.m. 127 min. $5 donation.

Friday, June 23. Herring for Lunch.
Our Friday lunch will include a special herring dish in honor of Alaska Herring Week.

Friday, June 23. Midsommar Food & Dance.
Chefs Malin & Christine will serve a typical Swedish midsommar meal with five herring dishes! We’ll dance around the maypole. Come at 4 p.m. and help us decorate it. Bring flowers from your garden too! A traditional Swedish summer smörgåsbord at 6 p.m. Please prepay: $30. Scandinavian dancing with lots of mixers at around 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, June 24. Guild Meeting.
Be part of the fund-raising, fun-raising mission of the Club! 10 a.m.

Sunday, June 25. 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, musicians, vendors, food, etc. A wonderful event! Call our office at 206-283-1090 to let us know if you can help staff the Swedish Club table. If you can’t help, then plan to attend! 14445 Juanita Drive NE, Kenmore.

Wednesday, June 28. Kafferep.
Monthly Swedish-style coffee party with homemade goodies from our best baking members. 2 p.m. Everyone is very welcome.

Wednesday, June 28. Swedish Bingo.
Members and guests welcome. Enjoy pea soup and homemade limpa bread. Bring cash for your bingo cards (first one $10, additional cards $5). Guest caller: Laura Wideburg. Food around 5, bingo at 7.

Wednesday, June 28. Finnish Film.
Tuntematen sotilas (The Unknown Soldier). Classic film of Väinö Linna’s novel about the Continuation War. 169 min. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Friday, June 30. Washboard Cutups!
Old-timey ’20s and ’30s songs from a band you might have heard in a speakeasy during Prohibition. Music starts around 7:30. Free, but tips welcome.

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 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, $20 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.

Thursday, July 20. New Kitchen.
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.

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