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! The Swedish Singers of Seattle are taking a couple of weeks off for the viaduct! Both women and men sing together from 7 to 9 p.m. Singing together is verrrry Swedish. No auditions, always fresh coffee, everyone welcome. Information:

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.

Friday Night TV.
Starting Jan. 4, 2019, we're watching Season 5 of The History Channel's "The Vikings" drama series.

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

Thursdays, Jan. 10–Mar. 7. The Magic Lantern of Ingmar Bergman.
Nine classics by the great Swedish director. $78 for the series; $71 for Swedish Club members. 7:30 p.m. at Seattle Art Museum. Reserve your tickets today.

Wednesday, Jan. 30. Swedish Bingo!
Members and guests welcome. Enjoy pea soup, homemade limpa bread, and meat and cheese plates. Bring cash, for your bingo cards. (First card $10, additional cards $5.) Food at 5, bingo at 7.

Friday, Feb. 1. ABBA Night Tickets Go on Sale.
Our ever-popular ABBA Night is Friday, Apr. 5. It always sells out—but the good news is that blue card Club members have a whole month to get their tickets ($30) before we offer them to the general public ($35) on Mar. 1. Call the Club at 206-283-1090, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., to reserve your tickets! Two per household membership, one per individual membership. Dinner reservations will be offered starting Mar. 1.

Friday, Feb. 1. “Winter Scenes” Evening Film Series: Into the White.
In Norway during World War II, a group of British and German airmen find themselves stranded in a snowy wilderness and must make compromises to survive. 7 p.m. $5 donation. 104 min.

Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 2–3. Women’s “One More Time” Clothing Sale.
Donate gently used clothing now (by Feb. 1) and return to buy fashionable attire donated by our members. Only the ladies are invited. Bring your friends and make it a party. Hors d’oeuvres, etc., will be available, and Swedish Club Guild women will be on hand to assist you. Sale: 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. both days.

Sunday, Feb. 3. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, coffee and orange juice. Music by Skandia Spelmanslag, Skandia Kapell and Karusellen. Guests $11; blue card Club members $9; children 5–12 $5. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Stay afterward for genealogy help.

Wednesday, Feb. 6. Trivia.
Members and guests are welcome. Every first Wednesday of the month, come play Trivia. Pea soup, homemade limpa bread, and meat or cheese plates. Food at 5 p.m., Trivia at 7.

Friday, Feb. 8. “Winter Scenes” Evening Film Series: The 12th Man. CANCELED.
Norwegian resistance fighter Jan Baalsrud flees the Gestapo though the snowbound reaches of Scandinavia. 7 p.m. $5 donation. 135 min.

Friday, Feb. 8. Scandinavian Folkdance with Live Music. CANCELED.
For sure, we’ll learn some gamla danser (old-fashioned dances) this evening. Live music. Starting at 7:30 p.m., a quick lesson. Dance from 8 till 10 p.m. Partner not required! Dance donation: $10 members, $15 guests. For information, contact

Friday, Feb. 8. Happy Hour with Casey MacGill. CANCELED.
Boogie-woogie and classic American swing music. Sporting his signature pencil-thin mustache, Casey is a throwback to an era of charm and style, from the Nat King Cole Trio to the Mills Brothers, from Fats Waller to Fats Domino and so on. 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 13. Club Board Meeting.
The monthly Board meeting is the first Wednesday of the month (rescheduled this month because of weather). Members are welcome to attend as guests. Public comment at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting.

Wednesday, Feb. 13. Kvinnor Kan Book Club.
This book club was formed to read books with female protagonists. This month we’re reading The Girl Who Wrote in Silk by Kelli Estes, about the Chinese expulsion from the Pacific Northwest in the late 19th century. Participants are invited to share a selection from the book that was memorable to them. The book selection for March is Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo. Grab a drink and meet in the lobby. 5:30 p.m. Info: or 206-283-1090.

Wednesday, Feb. 13. Talk and Film by Finnish Artist/Filmmaker.
Marjo Levlin’s artwork is focused on Finnish immigrants. She’ll show her 30-minute film Oblivion (O Blif Igen!) about late 19th-century migration from Finland to the U.S. and describe her research tracing not only Finnish immigrants but also the lives of their offspring. This event will take place in our lobby. Come early for soup, limpa bread, and cheese or charcuterie plates served in our bar. Her talk will start at 7 p.m. Free.

Wednesday, Feb. 13. Crafts & Cocktails.
Every second Wednesday evening is a craft session in the bar at the Swedish Club. Pea soup, small plates and bread start at 5, crafts anytime.

Wednesday, Feb. 13. “Winter Scenes” Evening Film Series: The Snowman.
This internationally produced drama/thriller is based on a Jo Nesbø detective mystery novel. Set in Bergen. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation. 119 min.

Friday, Feb. 15. “Winter Scenes” Evening Film Series: Frozen.
Frozen will be screened for children whose parents have come to hear Overton Berry—and the child in any of us who wonders what this animated Disney classic, set in a frozen Nordic landscape, is all about! 7 p.m. $5 donation. 102 min.

Friday, Feb. 15. Be Our Valentine, Overton Berry!
Music by Seattle treasure and legendary soul jazz pianist Overton Berry. Also, the extraordinary Jeff Davies will join Overton on bass. Recommended donation: $10. Plus, a classic Valentine dinner by Chef Christine. Dinner 6 p.m., film Frozen at 7 p.m. and music at 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 20. Book Club.
We’re reading Raoul Wallenberg: The Heroic Life and Mysterious Disappearance of the Man Who Saved Thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust by Ingrid Carlberg. We discussed parts I and II in January, and we’ll discuss part III on this date. Grab a drink and meet in lobby or library. 5:30 p.m. For info, contact or call 206-715-4869.

Wednesday, Feb. 20. Members & Friends Dinner.
Those who’ve seen this program before say it’s “a hoot.” University of Washington Danish instructor Kristian Næsby will tell us about “The Golden Age of Danish Silent Film,” including information on cinema’s first international superstar, Danish actress Asta Nielsen. Her films were censored in the United States, and we expect Kristian to give us more information—perhaps even a demonstration?—about why they were censored. Chef Malin makes us the Swedish specialty Flygande Jakob (chicken with bacon, curry, banana and peanuts). Vegan option can be ordered in advance. Social hour 5:30, dinner 6:30. $22. Reservations after Monday, Feb. 18, are charged $25.


Friday, Feb. 22. “Winter Scenes” Evening Film Series: Force Majeure.
Psychological drama about a Swedish family vacationing in the French Alps when disaster strikes. 7 p.m. $5 donation. 120 min.

Saturday, Feb. 23. Guild Meeting.
Be part of the fund-raising, fun-raising mission of the Club! 10 a.m.

Tuesdays, Feb. 26–Mar. 19. Beginning Weaving Class.
“From yarn to finished cloth.” No prior experience necessary. Learn from experienced weaver/instructor Lois Gaylord. Series of four two-hour evening classes: Feb. 26–Mar. 19. Use the Club’s looms. Blue card members $109; nonmembers $132. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Class limited to seven students. To hold your space, please contact the Club and prepay. OK to start one week late.

Wednesday, Feb. 27. Kafferep.
Monthly Swedish-style coffee party with homemade goodies from our best baking members. 2 p.m. You’re very welcome.

Wednesday, Feb. 27. Swedish Bingo!
Members and guests welcome. Enjoy pea soup, limpa bread, and meat and cheese plates. Bring cash; bingo cards can be sold only for cash. (First card $10, additional cards $5). Food at 5 p.m., bingo at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 27. Swedish Film.
Iris. An 8-year-old from Stockholm spends the summer on the Åland Islands. Charming film, splendidly photographed. 7:30 p.m. 81 min. $5 donation.

Friday, Mar. 1. Jazz by Juli Wood.
Finlandia Foundation National Performer of the Year Juli Wood, saxophonist/vocalist, will perform Finnish/Nordic folk music in a jazzy style. She’s accompanied by a guitarist. 7:30.

Saturday & Sunday, Mar. 2 & 3. Great Finds Sale.
Do you like undiscovered treasures? Come for items that range from precious antiques to attic surplus! Or sign up for a table and come as a vendor. Delicious Swedish pea soup, meatballs and cookies by our Bite of Sweden cooks. Both days 9 to 3. $1 admission.

Sunday, Mar. 3. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, coffee and orange juice. Music by Metro Gnomes, Hjarta Herring and Nordiska Folkdancers. 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.
Mark Your Calendars
The following are events we’re often asked about by members who are planning far ahead.

Wednesday, Mar. 13. Kvinnor Kan dinner to honor Azita Emami, dean of the UW School of Nursing.

Friday, Apr. 5. ABBA Night.

Saturday, May 18. 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