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 $89 for Club members, $112 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

Friday, Aug. 31. SC Uber/Lyft Training.
Every last Friday of the month, the Club offers Uber and Lyft training for members wanting to increase their transportation choices when coming to the Club. If you RSVP, we will have a trainer for you at 4 p.m. And if you’d like to be a trainer, we need you too!

Wednesday, Sept. 5. Club Board Meeting.
The monthly Board meeting is the first Wednesday of the month. Members are welcome to attend as guests. Public comment period at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting.

Wednesday, Sept. 5. 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.

Friday, Sept. 7. Jazz by a Seattle Treasure.
Overton Berry, Seattle’s legendary soul jazz pianist, is often found bringing his inimitable style and grace to the ivories at the Hotel Sorrento. We’re honored to host him for Happy Hour at the Club. The extraordinary Jeff Davies will join Overton on bass. Recommended donation: $5–10. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 8. The Big Kräftskiva 2018! Crayfish Party.
Eat crayfish, drink snaps, sing snapsvisa and dance the night away. (There’s more than crayfish on the menu. All sorts of good Swedish food, such as pork loin.) Social hour 6 p.m., dinner 7 p.m., dancing 9 p.m. $75. Co-sponsored by Save Their Smiles (nonprofit organization to improve dental health of children in Nicaragua), SWEA and the Swedish Club. RSVP to for PayPal information and guest list. Or send a check to Borgstrom Catering, 4342 239th Place SE, Sammamish, WA 98029. RSVPs close Sept. 7.

Sunday, Sept. 9. Swedish Pancakes.
Our famous breakfast moves to the second Sunday of the month, due to the Labor Day holiday. Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, coffee and orange juice. Music by Nordic Reflections, Lyle Schaefer and TinnFelen. Guests $11; blue card Club members $9; children 5–12 $5. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Stay afterward for genealogy help in our lobby.

Tuesday, Sept. 11. Beginning Weaving Class Starts Anew.
“From yarn to finished cloth.” No prior experience necessary. Learn from experienced weaver/instructor Lois Gaylord. Series of four two-hour evening classes: Sept. 11–Oct. 9 (no class on Yom Kippur, Sept. 18). Use the Club’s looms. Blue card members $89; nonmembers $112. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Class limited to seven students. To hold your space, please contact the Club and prepay. OK to start a week late.

Tuesday, Sept. 11. Welcome Back to Choir Night.
Swedish Singers of Seattle welcome all singers for our next season of beautiful Nordic music. Everyone is invited! There are no auditions, you don’t need to speak or read Swedish and we always have fresh coffee. Come give us a try. It’s a great community of heritage-lovers and musicians. Tuesday evenings, 7–9 p.m. in Stockholm Hall. We’ll roll out the red carpet for you on Sept. 11. for more information.

Wednesday, Sept. 12. Kvinnor Kan Book Club.
We read books with female protagonists. This month: West with the Night by Beryl Markham. It’s the story of Markham—aviator, racehorse trainer, beauty—and her life in the Kenya of the 1920s and ’30s. 5:45 p.m. Grab a drink and meet in the lobby. Info: or 206-283-1090.

Wednesday, Sept. 12. Norwegian Film.
Oslo, 31. august (Oslo, August 31st). An upfront study of a drug addict confronting his demons. Roger Ebert: “Quietly, profoundly, one of the most observant and sympathetic films I’ve seen.” 95 min. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Friday, Sept. 14. Scandinavian Folkdance.
Starting at 7:30, a quick lesson in Scandinavian dance. 8:55 break. At 9:10, dances for those with more experience. Live music. Partner not required! Dance: $8 members, $10 guests. For information, contact

Tuesdays, Sept. 18–Oct. 23. Scandinavian Dance Six-Week Series.
Dance 100-year-old dances and keep history alive! Benefits: community, exercise and exposure to popular music from a century ago. Ages 13 and up. Partner not necessary! 7:30 to 9 p.m. Regular members $70 for six weeks, Sept. 18–Oct. 23. Next session: Nov. 6–Dec. 11.

Wednesday, Sept. 19. Book Club.
We’re reading Lab Girl by Hope Jahren. Memoir by a scientist. Equally interesting to learn about her life and botany. You’ll never look at a tree the same way again. Grab a drink and meet in the lobby. 5:30 p.m. Info: or 206-715-4869.

Wednesday, Sept. 19. Members & Friends Dinner.
Our program is by UW professor Andy Nestingen on “Nordic Noir.” Chef Malin makes us a dinner of apple & fennel crudité salad with homemade bread, pork tenderloin with brandy and mushroom gravy, scalloped potatoes and vegetables, and for dessert, blueberry torte with lemon, white chocolate and custard sauce. Social hour 5:30, dinner 6:30. $22.

Friday, Sept. 21. Happy Hour with the Spyrographs.
Nothing goes better with our mid-century modern building than a fine retro band playing the hits of yesteryear. The Spyrographs specialize in the best spy, pop and surf tunes of the 1960s—songs that were on the radio when our building was new. Around 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 26. Kafferep.
Monthly Swedish-style coffee party with homemade goodies from our best baking members. 2 p.m. You’re very welcome.

Wednesday, Sept. 26. 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.

Wednesday, Sept. 26. Finnish Film.
Eila. Based on a true story about a group of workers who sue the Finnish government when they lose their jobs, Eila focuses on one unemployed cleaning woman whose concern for her troubled son pushes her to courageous action. $5 donation. Drama. Shown again Friday, Sept. 28, 2 p.m. 90 min.

Friday, Sept. 28. Uber/Lyft Training.
Every last Friday of the month, the Club offers Uber and Lyft training for members wanting to increase their transportation choices when coming to the Club. If you RSVP, we will have a trainer for you at 4 p.m. And if you’d like to be a trainer, we need you too! RSVP:

Friday, Sept. 28. Launch of Nordic Seattle.
Anyone with a connection to a Nordic organization or business is welcome to participate in Nordic Seattle, the community’s newest website. Come to our launch event as a representative of an organization or as someone who hopes to use the new site. Presentations at 4 p.m. and 5:30 p.m. E-mail or call 206-283-1090 to say you’ll be there. We’ll have live piano music by Aaron Otheim to celebrate this new opportunity for the community!

Friday, Sept. 28. Glögg and Champagne Tasting.
Christmas is on the way! Come meet Swedish winemaker Mikael Sjöblom of Sjoeblom Winery in Napa Valley and his mother, Christina Sjöblom. They’ll be here to meet all of you and introduce you to their new authentic Swedish glögg—not to mention their champagne. 6 p.m.

Saturday, Sept. 29. Guild Meeting.
Be part of the fund-raising, fun-raising mission of the Club! 11 a.m.

Monday, Oct. 1. Swedish Language Classes Begin.
Check out the schedule of beginning, intermediate, advanced and conversational Swedish. Download a registration form and sign up for a class! (It’s OK to start a class one week late. Talk to the instructor.)

Wednesday, Oct. 3. Club Board Meeting.
The monthly Board meeting is the first Wednesday of the month. Members are welcome to attend as guests. Public comment period at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting.

Thursdays, Oct. 4–Nov. 15. Class on Contemporary Sweden.
Swedish elections will be held in September. What are the pressures facing contemporary Swedish society? What do the elections mean for Sweden in the future? Come find out! A lively and informative class led by Laura Wideburg, Ph.D. 6 to 7:30 p.m. (No class on Nov. 1.) $75 for the series. Get more details and download a registration form. OK to start one week late.

Friday, Oct. 5. Viking Feast & Viking Disco.
Enjoy an authentic Viking feast, a not-so-authentic Viking Disco or both! Viking cuisine expert and chef James Bushell will prepare the food, and then he and Adam McQueen of Skål Beer Hall will discuss the history and future of Viking cuisine. Don’t miss this opportunity—after all, life is more than raiding, pillaging and carving runestones. Members: Call the Club at 206-283-1090. Guests: Visit Brown Paper Tickets. Costumes encouraged. (We do our best to accommodate dietary restrictions for our events. However, due to the nature of the Viking Feast, we are unable to offer vegetarian or gluten-free options for this meal. Thank you for understanding.)

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

Wednesday, Oct. 10. Kvinnor Kan book club: The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon.

Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 3–4. Annual Holiday Bazaar.

Thursday, Nov. 8. Volunteer appreciation dinner.

Wednesday, Nov. 14. Kvinnor Kan book club: Read My Pins by Madeleine Albright.

Wednesday, Nov. 14. Members & Friends Dinner one week early due to Thanksgiving.

Friday, Nov. 23. Club closed for Thanksgiving.

Tuesday, Dec. 6. Scandinavian dance classes start.

Friday, Dec. 7. Julbord dinner.

Friday, Dec. 14. Julbord lunch and dinner.

Friday, Dec. 21. Lutfisk dinner.

Monday–Wednesday, Dec. 24–26. Club closed for Christmas holiday.

Monday, Dec. 31. New Year’s Eve at the Swedish Club.

Friday, Apr. 5, 2019. ABBA Night.

Saturday, May 18, 2019. Back to Our Roots Auction.

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