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.

Friday, Mar. 10. Scandinavian Folkdance.
Celebrate the Finnish St. Urho’s Day with live music by Folk Voice Band from 8 to 10:30 p.m. Partner not required! Dance: $8 members, $10 guests. Lesson at 7:30 to review basic dances. For information, contact

Friday, Mar. 10. Casey MacGill at Happy Hour!
Casey has been playing boogie-woogie, swing and stride piano in Seattle for decades. Sporting his signature pencil-thin mustache, he’s a throwback to a bygone era of charm and style. Around 7:30 p.m.

Tuesdays, Mar. 14–Apr. 4. 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. Use the Club’s looms. Blue card members $89; nonmembers $112. 2–4 p.m. Download the registration form or call the Club.

Wednesday, Mar. 15. Club Board Meeting.
Members are welcome to attend as guests. Public comment period at 6 p.m. followed by the meeting.

Wednesday, Mar. 15. Norwegian Film.
Siblings Are Forever. Norwegian TV’s most-watched documentary, about a brother and sister who live on a family farm. English subtitles. 7:30 p.m. 75 min. $5 donation.

Sunday, Mar. 19. Feather Bouquets (Påskris och Semlor).
Our annual Easter decoration-making party of påskris (feathers and twigs) and semlor (Easter buns) is open for reservations. $5 per adult and $3 each for children 5–12. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Contact the Club to reserve. Co-sponsored by Svenska Skolföreningen (Swedish School).

Tuesday, Mar. 21. Meatballs for Millionairs.
Join us for our annual volunteer opportunity to serve our famous meatball luncheon to clients at the Millionair Club Charity. 11 a.m.– 2 p.m. Contact the office if you can volunteer for a couple of hours. or 206-283-1090.

Wednesday, Mar. 22. Finnish Film.
Ystäväni Henry (My Friend Henry). Portrayal of two 12-year-old outsiders who find understanding and friendship. English subtitles. 90 min. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Friday, Mar. 24. Waffle Dagen.
Every year on Mar. 25, Swedes eat waffles because the religious holiday for the day, vårfrudagen, sounds like våffeldagen (waffle day). We’ll serve waffles in the bar from noon to 2 p.m. Not for sale, but for donations.

Friday, Mar. 24. Rat City Brass at Happy Hour!
This band loves Herb Alpert, and they play the Tijuana Brass hits with great panache. Come hear “Taste of Honey,” “Mexican Road Race,” and your favorites. You’ve seen them before, so you know they rock the house. 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 29. 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 one $10, additional cards $5.) Food at around 5, bingo at 7 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 31. Auction Action.
During Happy Hour we’ll offer a foretaste of our annual auction, “Back to Our Roots.” Everyone is invited to stick a pin into a map of Sweden showing either where your roots lie or where you’ve been in Sweden. Each pin enters you into the drawing for a bottle of Foss Distillery Björk liqueur. We’ll have more Björk on hand if you don’t win, plus Propolis Brewing’s birch beer! 6:30 p.m.

Sunday, Apr. 2. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, lingonberries, ham et al. Music by Tre Kronor, Spelmanslag and Smilin’ Scandinavians. Guests $9; blue card Club members $7; children 5–12 $5. 8 a.m.– 1 p.m. Stay afterward for genealogy in our lobby.

Monday, Apr. 3. Swedish Language Classes Begin.
Come learn Swedish! Several levels of beginning, intermediate, advanced and conversational Swedish. Schedule at Even if you miss the first week of classes, it’s usually OK to start on week two.

Friday, Apr. 7. ABBA Night. SOLD OUT.
Our fifth annual ABBA Night will be from 6 p.m. to midnight. Food, ABBA music and dancing for an evening you won’t forget! The ABBAGraphs will get us moving! The popular Haffi Haff and DJ Jonasson will spin ABBA music, and the dance floor will be full!

ABBA Night is sold out, but call the Club at 206-283-1090 for a spot on the waiting list.

Meanwhile, reserve your meal below (the kitchen will be busy!). 6 p.m. till 12 midnight. New this year: Call the Club to order your ABBA Night T-shirt ($18)!
Choose Your Plates

Friday, Apr. 14. Väsen! The Swedish neo-traditional acoustic supergroup returns to Seattle, performing at the Triple Door, 216 Union St. If you don't know much about Väsen, check them out—they've got our highest recommendation. 8 p.m.

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

Apr. 3. Swedish language classes start again.

Apr. 7. ABBA Night.

Apr. 15. The Swedish Club Guild’s Annual Hat Luncheon.

Apr. 19. Annual meetings of the Swedish Club and the Swedish Club Foundation.

Apr. 28. Nordic Exchange with the Leif Erikson Lodge of the Sons of Norway, to be held at the Swedish Club with the theme “A Tribute to Stan Boreson.”

May 13. Annual Auction.

June 3. Annual Car Show.

June 6. Swedish National Day Dinner.

June 23. Midsommar celebration.

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