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

Sunday, Aug. 1. Swedish Pancakes to Go.
Order your pancakes by Saturday noon and schedule pickup from 9 a.m. until 12 noon. $11. (Bring your own bags!) Live music. Bring canned food for the Ballard Food Bank and receive $1 in Viking bucks to be spent for future meals, drinks, membership payments, etc. Stick around and enjoy a Norwegian film with subtitles: Søndagsengler (The Other Side of Sunday). Preacher’s kid Maria liberates herself from a strict small-town church in 1950s Norway. $5. Shown at 10:30 a.m. (103 min.). Pick up your pancakes and eat in our lobby while you watch.

Sunday, Aug. 1. Hike First, Pancakes Later.
Sarah Rose Nottingham will lead you on a hike that will whet your appetite for pancakes. Around 6 miles. Leave the Swedish Club at 8:30 a.m., arrive back by 11:30. Reservations required!

Tuesdays, Aug. 3–31. Beginning Weaving Class.
“From yarn to finished cloth.” Learn from experienced instructor Lois Gaylord. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Five sessions; $136 for blue card members and $165 for non-members. Next class starts Sept. 14. Prepay by calling 206-283-1090.

Friday, Aug. 6. Dining Room Dinner & Film!
Meatballs, fish chowder, open face sandwiches; dessert is peach pie. Order in advance at our home page or call 206-283-1090. Takeout 5 to 6 p.m., in-person dining 6 to 8 p.m. Live music by Lyle Schaefer. Film: Miss Friman’s War, episode 8. 5:30 p.m. (58 min.). (Previous episode at 4 p.m.)

Wednesday, Aug. 11. Kvinnor Kan Book Club.
For a change, we’re watching a film this month, Elina: As If I Wasn’t There. Nine-year-old Elina fights for her place in rural northern Sweden in the early 1950s. 77 min. 5 p.m. Meet at the Club. Next month, we’ll discuss Broken Horses by Brandi Carlile. For information, contact

Friday, Aug. 13. Dining Room Dinner & Film!
Meatballs, meat pie with mushrooms and goat cheese or vegetarian mushroom pie, open face sandwiches; dessert is mazarinkaka (lemony cake served with strawberries). Please order in advance at our home page or call 206-283-1090. Takeout is 5 to 6 p.m., in-person dining 6 to 8 p.m. Live music by Troika. Film: Miss Friman’s War, episode 9. 5:30 p.m. (58 min.). (Previous episode at 4 p.m.)

Wednesday, Aug. 18. Documentary Film.
We’re showing Crown Princess Märtha: The American Story (52 min.) once more in the lobby. Many of you said you weren’t able to attend earlier showings. This film from the Norwegian American Foundation sticks to the facts behind the events that inspired the fictionalized PBS series Atlantic Crossing. 4:30 p.m. Free.

Wednesday, Aug. 18. Book Club.
This month’s book is Nordic Ways, edited by András Simonyi and Debra Cagan. A series of short, insightful essays by authors from all five Nordic countries. 5:30 p.m. Next month, it’s Knots: Stories by Gunnhild Øyshaug. For info, contact Joanne Foster at or call 206-715-4869. This club meets in person.

Wednesday, Aug. 18. Members & Friends Dinner.
The Club supports the Ballard Food Bank. Tonight, the charity’s director of development and communication, Colleen Martinson, will tell us about “Food Justice for All.” Our menu is chicken Marbella with rice, and strawberries and ice cream for dessert. Reserve by Tuesday at 12 noon. Late RSVPs and walk-ins $25. Dinner 6:30 p.m., program 7:30.

Friday, Aug. 20. Deck Dinner & Film!
Hip, hip, hooray, it’s outdoor food and entertainment day! Räkafton! Shrimp, cheese and charcuterie plates. Sit outside and peel your shrimp. Also, the usual meatballs and open face sandwiches. Dessert is kladdkaka with cinnamon fudge and strawberry jam. Please order in advance at our home page or call 206-283-1090. Takeout is 5 to 6 p.m., in-person dining 6 to 8 p.m. Live music by Kory Tideman. Film: Miss Friman’s War, episode 10. 5:30 p.m. (58 min.). (Previous episode at 4 p.m.)

Friday, Aug. 27. Dinner & Film!
Meatballs, stuffed bell peppers with couscous, open-face sandwiches. Dessert is blueberry crisp and vanilla sauce. Order in advance by visiting our home page or calling 206-283-1090. Takeout is 5 to 6 p.m., in-person dining 6 to 8 p.m. Live music by Skandia Kapell. Film: Miss Friman’s War, episode 11. 5:30 p.m. (58 min.). (Previous episode at 4 p.m.)

Saturday & Sunday, Sept. 11 & 12. Women’s Clothing Sale and Members’ Flea Market.
For the best clothing deals of the year, visit the annual “One More Time” women’s clothing sale. This year, an additional members’ flea market too. Call 206-283-1090 to request a registration form for the flea market. Tables for members only.

Sunday, Sept. 12. Real Deal Pancake Breakfast.
We look forward to going back to what you love: Live music, delicious pancakes in our Stockholm Hall and kibitzing with our volunteers who serve the breakfast. Enjoy live music by MetroGnomes, Lyle Schaefer and TinnFelen Hardanger Fiddle Ensemble. 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. Currently, we have no plans for pancake takeout on this date.

Saturday, Sept. 25. ABBA Night.
Break out your grooviest threads and your shiniest platform boots! And practice your moves! It’s been almost two and a half years since the last ABBA Night, so this one will be extra special. Limited tickets go on sale Aug. 2 at 206-283-1090.

Monday, Oct. 4. Swedish Classes Resume.
See the schedule and sign up. All levels of Swedish language classes, some online, some in person.

Saturday, Oct. 16. Gala Dinner and Celebration!
Mark your calendars now to come for the party we are throwing instead of an auction this year. Celebrate 60 years of fine dining in our beautiful building, and come see all the improvements we’ve made to it. Help us raise funds to continue to support the Club. Dinner by Norwegian guest chef Gert Kvalsund.

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