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 resume rehearsals at the Club on Aug. 6! 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.

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

Tuesdays, Nov. 12−Dec. 3. Beginning Weaving Classes.
“From yarn to finished cloth.” No prior experience necessary. Learn from experienced weaver/instructor Lois Gaylord. Students use the Club’s looms: seven four-harness looms (three are table looms and four are floor looms). They're from different manufacturers, and a couple are handmade. A big part of the class is learning how to set up the warp or “dress” a loom. Series of four two-hour classes, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Next series starts in January. Blue card members $109; nonmembers $132. To register, please call the Club and prepay to reserve one of the available looms.

Wednesday, Nov. 13. Kvinnor Kan Book Club.
This book club was formed to read books with female protagonists. This month we’re reading The Moment of Lift: How Empowering Women Changes the World, by Melinda Gates. This is a drop-in book club. Come if you have read the month’s selection and want to talk about it. Grab a drink and meet in the library. For info: 206-283-1090 or e-mail

Wednesday, Nov. 13. Swedish-Norwegian-Danish film.
Sami Blood. Swedish film about the tale of an indigenous girl who tries to shed her heritage and become one of the people who look down upon her own kind. Set in the 1930s, it’s a period of history most Swedes would rather forget! 110 min. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Thursday, Nov. 14. Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.
If you’ve been a volunteer at the Swedish Club in the past year, we invite you to a dinner in your honor. Turnabout is fair play! Tonight, we say tack så mycket and make you a delicious dinner. Social hour 6, dinner 6:30 p.m. If you volunteered even once this year, please tell us you’ll be here for the dinner. If you bring a guest, we respectfully ask you to pay for their dinner. Reserve your seats by Monday, Nov. 11.

Friday, Nov. 15. Nidaros Pilgrimage Talk.
By popular demand, we’re repeating the talk “Walking the Trail: the Nidaros Pilgrimage.” Executive Director Kristine walked Norway’s Nidaros Pilgrimage in 2005, except for a part through the Dovre Mountains. She and two Club members, Nancy Stromsem and Barb Dougherty, returned this summer to walk the missing portion. Many members regretted missing the program, so we’re giving it again. There will be representatives from the experience of “through-walking,” “section-walking,” and guided walking. Free. 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 20. Book Club.
We are reading Inside the Gate: Sigrid Undset’s Life at Bjerkebæk by Nan Bentzen Skille, translated by Tiina Nunnally. A portrait of the author of many works, including the Kristin Lavransdatter trilogy. Info: 206-715-4869 or Grab a drink and meet in the lobby or library. 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 20. Members & Friends Dinner.
Woodland Park Zoo is providing our program. Peter Zahler, vice president of conservation initiatives, will describe the Zoo’s global mission to save species from extinction. He will also talk about “Cohabiting with Carnivores” in urban Seattle. We’ll vote on bylaws, and we need our members to come! Chef Christine’s menu for the evening is seafood lasagna, Caesar salad and lingonberry coffee cake. (Vegan and/or gluten-free options may be ordered two days in advance.) Dinner 6:30, meeting 7:30 p.m.

$22. Late RSVPs and walk-ins charged $25.

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

Wednesday, Nov. 27. Kafferep.
Monthly Swedish-style coffee party with homemade goodies from our best baking members. We recently heard: “It’s like a dinner party with just desserts!” 2 p.m. You’re very welcome.

Wednesday, Nov. 27. Swedish Bingo.
Members and guests welcome. Enjoy pea soup and homemade limpa bread, or meat and cheese plates. Bring cash for your bingo cards (first card $10, additional cards $5). Food at 5, bingo at 7.

Wednesday, Nov. 27. Finnish Film.
Pikkusisar (Little Nurse). Young woman becomes a nurse to war victims after losing her husband to war. 104 min. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Friday, Nov. 29. Building Closed for Thanksgiving.
The building will be closed all day. No Kafé, no Happy Hour, no film, no Final Friday Folkdancing, etc.

Sunday, Dec. 1. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, coffee and orange juice. Music by Bjarne Jacobsen, Seattle’s Lilla Spelmanslag and Nordleik. Guests $11; blue card Club members $9; children 5–12 $5. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Stay afterward for genealogy help.

Sunday, Dec. 1. Scandinavian Sweater Snag.
Donate your gently used sweaters now to the Guild and return on this Sunday to buy a sweater that’s new to you for the winter months! 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 1. Decorate Christmas Trees.
Join us at 5 p.m. to decorate the trees on each floor. Everyone is welcome. Your reward is an inaugural cup of the season’s first batch of glögg.

Wednesday, Dec. 4. Trivia.
Members and guests are welcome. Every first Wednesday of the month, come play Trivia. Enjoy pea soup, homemade limpa bread and meat or cheese plates. Food at 5 p.m., Trivia at 7.

Wednesday, Dec. 4. Club Board Meeting.
Members welcome to attend as guests. Public comment period at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting.

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

Friday, Dec. 6. Julbord Dinner. $65 ($70 after 12/2).

Sunday, Dec. 8. Luciafest with the UW Scandinavian Studies Department. 3 p.m. $5 donation for adults, $3 for children. No reservation required.

Friday, Dec. 13. Julbord Lunch and Dinner. Lunch $55 ($60 for reservations after 12/9), $27 children. Dinner $71 ($76 for reservations after 12/9), children $35.

Wednesday, Dec. 18. Members & Friends Dinner with Christmas Music. Reserve by 12/17 for $22. Friday, Dec. 20. Lutfisk Dinner. $30 (reservations after 12/16 $35).

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

Friday, Mar. 29. ABBA Night.

RSVP for any of these events at or 206-283-1090.

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