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.

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

Friday, Oct. 1. Dinner, Music and Film!
Menu: meatballs, Flying Jacob (a Swedish curry dish with chicken, bananas and peanuts), plus open-face sandwiches. Dessert is apple cake. Music by Korey Tideman. Please order online or call 206-283-1090. The Restaurant (Vår tid är nu) will start at 5 p.m. Previous week’s episode shown at 4 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 3. Book Sale and Swedish Pancake Breakfast Outdoors!
Weather turning colder means it’s time to add some books to your collection. We’re selling used books (practically giving them away!) on Sunday during the pancake breakfast. Come enjoy live music, eat delicious pancakes in our parking lot and kibitz with our volunteers who serve the breakfast. Tents and umbrellas borrowed from members will ward off sun or rain. Enjoy live music by Sølje Sisters, Seattle Skandia Spelmanslag and Karusellen. Bring an item of canned food for the Ballard Food Bank and receive $1 in Viking bucks to be spent for future meals, drinks, membership payments, etc. 8 a.m. till 1 p.m.

Sunday, Oct. 3. Hike after Pancakes.
Find out what friluftsliv is all about! We’ll leave around 11:30 to hike the Lake Union loop (6 miles). Reservations required!

Monday, Oct. 4. Swedish Classes Resume.
All levels of Swedish language classes, plus a class on “Scandinavian Mythology: The Eddas” and a class on “The Vikings: Bronze Age Scandinavia to the Coming of Christianity.” Most classes meet online; enrollment is limited. Check out the schedule and sign up.

Friday, Oct. 8. Viking Dinner.
This authentic Viking meal always sells out! We’ll have outdoor dining (hey, we’re hardy Vikings, aren’t we?) as well as indoor dining and takeout. Chef James Bushell gives his talk on Viking cuisine. (In case of rain, we plan for a sea of pop-up tents.) Menu options: Viking-style pork, cod or broad beans and peas. $30 for blue card members, $35 for guests. Deadline to order tickets Oct. 7.

The Restaurant (Vår tid är nu) will start at 5 p.m. Previous week’s episode shown at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 13. Kvinnor Kan Book Club.
We are reading The Story of More by Hope Jahren. The author describes cultural changes that have led to global warming. All Club members invited! Next month (Nov. 10) we’ll watch a film, Mother of Mine, about Finnish children sent to Swedish families during World War II. 5 p.m. For information, contact

Friday, Oct. 15. Dinner, Music and Film!
Meatballs, baked salmon with mushrooms, leeks and cream cheese, and open-face sandwiches. Dessert is Swedish waffles with lingonberry whipped cream. Please order online or call 206-283-1090. Takeout at 6 p.m., in-person dining 6 to 8 p.m. Live music is “Piano Back to Back”: Casey MacGill & Tony Foster bring a night of jazz and standards with a mixture of piano, ukulele and cornet. Film: Swedish TV series The Restaurant (Vår tid är nu) will start at 5 p.m. Previous week’s episode shown at 4 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 20. Book Club.
This month’s book is Hotel Silence by Auður Ava Ólafsdóttir. About a man with an ingenious way to end his life. Chosen as best Icelandic novel in 2016. Next month our book is The Unseen by Roy Jacobsen. For info: Joanne Foster at or 206-715-4869.

Wednesday, Oct. 20. Members & Friends Dinner.
Oct. 9 is the annual Leif Erikson Day, so our program is by the Leif Erikson Foundation, a local group that has given replicas of Seattle’s Leif statue to other sites mentioned in the Sagas. Our menu is beef and cabbage casserole, with fruit salad and brandy whipped cream or ice cream for dessert. Reserve your spot by Tuesday at 12 noon.


$22. Late RSVPs and walk-ins $25. Dinner 6:30 p.m., program 7:30.

Friday, Oct. 22. Dinner, Music and Film!
Meatballs, chicken with tomatoes in cream sauce and open-face sandwiches. Dessert is Budapest roulade. Please order online or call 206-283-1090. Takeout at 6 p.m., in-person dining 6 to 8 p.m. Live music TBD. Film: Swedish TV series The Restaurant (Vår tid är nu) will start at 5 p.m. Previous week’s episode shown at 4 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 29. Danish Night and Book Bash.
Frikadeller (Danish meatballs), sole with parsley sauce and open-face sandwiches. Dessert is Danish apple cake. Please order online or call 206-283-1090. Takeout at 6 p.m., in-person dining 6 to 8 p.m. Danish music by Skandia Kapell. The Restaurant (Vår tid är nu) will start at 5 p.m. Previous week’s episode shown at 4 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 6 & 7. Holiday Bazaar.
Vendor applications available. To request one: 206-283-1090 or rsvp@swedishclubnw.org.

Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 6 & 7. Holiday Bazaar.
We plan our usual Holiday Bazaar to be COVID-19 safe. If you want to be a vendor, please call the Club for an application. Most needed are bakers for our cookie sales—always a money maker for the Club! Call the Club at 206-283-1090 to become one of our esteemed bakers.

The Swedish Club follows all coronavirus-related mandates by King County and the state of Washington. Masks are required indoors. We do not ask for vaccination status of members and guests, but COVID-19 vaccinations are required for all of our volunteers. Thank you for your compliance.

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