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.

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.

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

Thursday, Feb. 1. ABBA Night Tickets Go on Sale.
For regular Club members. We always sell out for this popular evening, which will be Apr. 6. Our members get first dibs on tickets. Call the Club with your credit card in hand: 206-283-1090.

Friday, Feb. 2. Author Reading.
Local Swedish-American author John Clauson talks about his book Missileman: The Secret Life of Cold War Engineer Wallace Clauson. After his dad’s death, the author discovered that his father had led a hidden life working for the government as a top-secret nuclear missile engineer—and not an IBM salesman as he had claimed. John spent 13 years researching his dad’s past. Book talk at 7:30. Free.

Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 3–4. “Second Chance” Women’s Clothing Sale.
Also known as “Cocktails & Clothing”! Donate gently used clothing now (by Feb. 1) and return to buy fashionable attire donated by our members. Only the ladies are invited. The bar will be open on Saturday. $1 admission. Sale: 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. both days. Held on the lobby level.

Sunday, Feb. 4. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, coffee and orange juice. Music by Spelmanslag, Skandia Kapell and Bjarne Jacobsen. Blue card Club members $9; guests $11; children 5–12 $5. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. All prices include sales tax. Stay afterward for genealogy help in our lobby.

Wednesday, Feb. 7. 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.

Wednesday, Feb. 7. Mamma Mia!
Club members can see Mamma Mia! at The 5th Avenue Theatre for a discounted price. Reserve your ticket today. Or just use the promo code SWEDISHCLUB at checkout.

Friday, Feb. 9. Happy Hour with Overton Berry.
Come to the Club to enjoy one of our favorite performers. Overton is an amazing jazz piano player and a Seattle legend to boot! Jeff Davies joins him on bass. 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 9. Scandinavian Folkdance.
Starting at 7:30, a quick lesson in Scandinavian dances. 8:55 break. At 9:10, Scandinavian dances for those with more experience. Skandia Kapell provides live music. Partner not required! Dance: $8 members, $10 guests. For information, contact

Saturday, Feb. 10. The Life and Times of Queen Christina of Sweden.
A cast of children and teens in period costume brings the 17th century to life, with fencing, dancing and music. When she became queen of Sweden in 1632, Christina was only 6 years old, but she soon had all of Europe talking about her! Chapel at Good Shepherd Center, 4649 Sunnyside Ave. N. 1:30 p.m. Information: Early Music Seattle.

Wednesday, Feb. 14. Book Club.
We’re reading Blood Strand by Chris Ould. Returning to the Faroe Islands of his birth, a British detective becomes involved in a murder. Grab a drink and meet in lobby or library. 5:30 p.m. For info, contact or call 206-715-4869.

Wednesday, Feb. 14. Members & Friends Dinner.
Ann-Margret is the chef and she’s making pork tenderloin. Chef Malin will provide the program and the dessert: a lesson in making Swedish pralines. Social hour 5:30, dinner 6:30. $22. Reservations after Monday, Feb. 12, are $25.

Friday, Feb. 16. Valentine Dinner.
Our usual Friday evening dinner will be transformed into a night to remember! Swedish singer Petra Ståhl will be here to sing love songs in Swedish and English. Buy dinner for your sweetheart or just treat yourself well with tonight’s delightful menu by Chef Christine. Beef tenderloin, jumbo shrimp and other delicacies for (food) lovers! 6 p.m. for dinner, around 7 p.m. for music.
Choose Your Plates

Wednesday, Feb. 21. Club Board Meeting.
Members are welcome to attend as guests. Public comment period at 6 p.m., followed by the third and final report by Maria Barrientos regarding potential property development—and then the meeting.

Wednesday, Feb. 21. Finnish Film.
Usually we show a Swedish film on the third Wednesday, but tonight it’s Finnish! Napapiirin sankarit (Lapland Odyssey) is a wacky comedy set in the frozen landscape of northern Finland. In Finnish with English subtitles. 7:30 p.m. 96 min. $5 donation.

Wednesday, Feb. 21. Craft Night in the Bar.
The third Wednesday evening is the craft session at the Swedish Club. Pea soup starts at 5, crafts anytime.

Friday, Feb. 23. Baltic Bike Touring Basics.
Mark Hillman has ridden thousands of miles in Finland, Sweden and the Baltics. He’ll offer an enthusiastic presentation about a recent trip to Estonia, Latvia and Lithuania—including how-to information for solo, family or experienced adventure tourists. Although the area is not well known, it offers incredible history, architecture, nature, food and reasonably priced accommodations. 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 23. Swedish Beatnik Poetry Jazz Night with Redshift Quartet.
Put on your best beret and join us for poetry and jazz. Come share your favorite poems—originals or works by poets you love. Redshift will play a couple of sets. E-mail to sign up or just come prepared to read your favorite poems.

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

Wednesday, Feb. 28. Kafferep.
Monthly Swedish-style coffee party with homemade goodies from our best baking members. 2 p.m. You’re very welcome.

Wednesday, Feb. 28. Swedish Bingo.
Members and guests welcome. Enjoy pea soup and homemade limpa bread. Bring cash, since bingo cards can be sold only for cash. (First card $10, additional cards $5.) Food at around 5, bingo at 7.

Wednesday, Feb. 28. Finnish Film.
Kovasikajuttu (The Punk Syndrome). Documentary follows the highs and lows of hardcore band Pertti Kurikan Nimipäivät, whose members are all develop¬mentally delayed. 85 min. $5 donation. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday & Sunday, Mar. 3 & 4. Great Finds Sale.
Do you like undiscovered treasures? Come for items that range from precious antiques to attic surplus! Delicious Swedish pea soup, meatballs and cookies by our Bite of Sweden cooks. Both days 9 to 3.

Sunday, Mar. 4. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, coffee and orange juice. Music by Tune Sisters, Sprida Ut and Nordiska dancers & musicians. Blue card Club members $9; guests $11; children 5–12 $5. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Stay afterward for genealogy help in our lobby.

Tuesday, Mar. 6. Kvinnor Kan! (Women Can!) Dinner.
Every year the Swedish Club honors a woman in the community. This year it’s Ana Mari Cauce, the first permanent woman president of the University of Washington. President Cauce is a strong advocate for women and underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Chefs Ann-Margret & Malin will make dinner. $40.

Wednesday, Mar. 7. 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, Mar. 9–30. Knut Hamsun Film Series.
There’s renewed interest in the prolific, controversial Norwegian author Knut Hamsun, winner of the Nobel Prize for literature … and a Nazi sympathizer. For four weeks on Friday at 5:30, we’ll show a film related to Hamsun. Also, UW Assistant Professor Olivia Gunn will lecture on Hamsun at our Members & Friends Dinner Mar. 14.

Saturday, Mar. 10. Donors’ Dinner.
We treat our donors who have given more than $1,000 in the last 12 months to a fabulous dinner and entertainment. It’s easy to be included in the 2018 Donors’ Dinner—just give generously by Mar. 1!

Wednesday, Mar. 21. Learn About Hurtigruten Cruises.
Hurtigruten is an adventure cruise line specializing in trips to Norway. A Hurtigruten representative will give a short presentation, and AAA Washington travel agents and counselors will be on hand to help you with any travel needs. Plus, save 15 percent on AAA travel merchandise. You don't need to be a AAA member. 10:30 a.m. Seattle AAA Cruise & Travel, 1523 15th Ave. W. RSVP: 206-216-4205.

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

Sunday, Mar. 11. Swedish author Lars Keppler reads from his newest book, Sandman.

Friday, Apr. 6. ABBA Night.

Sunday, Apr. 8. Swedish pancake breakfast delayed one week due to Easter Sunday.

Sunday, Apr. 22. Annual Auction: “Back to Our Roots.”

Saturday, June 2. 10th Annual Swedish Car Show. Information:

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