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. Every Friday. The Vikings.
We're watching Season 4 of The History Channel's "Vikings" drama series. Then we'll resume the nine-month "Vikings to Volvos" series curated by Club Board member Larry Johnson. 5:45 p.m. Starting Nov. 11, we're watching Season 4 of The History Channel's "Vikings" drama series. Then we'll resume the nine-month "Vikings to Volvos" series curated by Club Board member Larry Johnson. 5:45 p.m.

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.

Thursday, May 18. Eat at Potbelly Sandwich Shop.
Have a sub, support the Club! From 3 to 6 p.m., 40 percent of sales at the Dexter Avenue Potbelly will be donated to the Swedish Club! This retro-style, counter-serve chain is known for made-to-order toasted sandwiches, salads and baked goods. 1101 Dexter Ave. N., Seattle. Friday, May 19. Older Kids’ Film in Swedish.
We’ll set up a film (in Swedish) for older children while parents enjoy the music, food and libations. (This isn’t free babysitting. Your child must be able to sit with other children and enjoy a film.) Free. 6:30 p.m.

Friday, May 19. Ukadelics Play Happy Hour!
Seattle-based ukulele orchestra plays old hits and new. “Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, and yes, an umbrella in your drink!” Chef Christine will serve a Hawaiian meal, and of course we’ll have a “Loud Hawaiian Shirt” contest. No cover charge to hear the band, but tips encouraged. 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 24. Kafferep.
Monthly Swedish-style coffee party with homemade goodies from our best baking members. 2 p.m. We’ll celebrate the 99th birthday of Lifetime member Alice Anderson on this day. You’re welcome.

Wednesday, May 24. Finnish Film.
Henkesi edestä (Absolution). Questions of personal morality in this story of a priest who engages in deception on behalf of his wife. Adults and mature teens. 90 min. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Saturday, May 27. Guild Meeting.
Be part of the fundraising, fun-raising mission of the Club! 10 a.m.

Tuesday, May 30. Kvinnor Kan! (Women Can!) Dinner.
Every year the Swedish Club honors a woman in the community. This year, we honor former Gov. Christine Gregoire. She was the first woman to be elected attorney general for the state of Washington, and the second female governor. She remains a tireless advocate for education, jobs and reform for Washington state. 6 p.m. $40.

Wednesday, May 31. Swedish Bingo.
Members and guests welcome. Enjoy pea soup and homemade limpa bread. Bring cash; bingo cards can be sold only for cash. (First card $10, additional cards $5). Food at around 5, bingo at 7 p.m.

Friday, June 2. First Friday Jazz.
Lushy returns! Wildly popular last time, they’re back, led by Annabella Kirby. 7:30. Free, but you know the drill: Tips encouraged.

Saturday, June 3. Classic Swedish and American Car Show.
We'll have drinks and classic Swedish food in the bar, and classic Swedish and American cars (1987 and earlier) on display from 12 noon to 4 p.m. This year we’ll celebrate the 50th anniversary of Volvo’s 1967 122S and 1800S models! Awards for Best Car, Volvo, Saab, Foreign and People’s Choice. To enter, contact or call 206-365-6913.

Tuesday, June 6. National Day Dinner.
Our observance of Sweden’s Nationaldagen has become a Seattle tradition. The Club's chefs will prepare a wonderful Swedish meal. We’ll have a lesson in making snaps (which we’ll tuck away for the crayfish dinner in early fall), a report on the "State of Sweden,” music by Jon Persson and the announcement of Swede of the Year. $35.


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

June 23. Midsommar celebration.

July 4. Celebrate the Fourth at the Club.

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