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 rehearse at the Club from August to June. 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. Second Wednesday: Crafts. 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.

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, Jan. 31. Casey MacGill Plays at Happy Hour!
Casey MacGill 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.

Friday, Jan. 31. Final Friday Folkdancing.
Recreate the magic of really fun folkdancing to live music once a month! Skandia Kapell plays the music. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 1 & 2. Women’s “One More Time” Clothing Sale.
Donate gently used clothing now (by Jan. 31) and return to buy fashionable attire donated by our members. Only the ladies are invited. Hors d’oeuvres, etc., will be available on Saturday. Bring your friends and make it a party. Or, if you want, avail yourself of the company of our Swedish Club Guild women, who will help you select comfortable and stylish attire. Sale: 9 a.m. till 3 p.m. both days.

Sunday, Feb. 2. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, coffee and orange juice. Music by Skandia Kapell, Seattle Lilla Spelmanslag and Tinn Felen. Guests $11; blue card Club members $9; children 5–12 $5. 8 a.m.–1 p.m.

Monday, Feb. 3. ABBA Night Ticket Sales for Members.
Our regular members, whose membership cards are blue, have dibs on ABBA Night tickets until Mar. 2, when the public and Social members with yellow cards can buy them. If you have a blue card, call the Club for your ABBA Night tickets: 206-283-1090. Tickets are $30 apiece for members. Individual members can buy two and Household members can buy four. ABBA Night is Mar. 27.

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

Wednesday, Feb. 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.

Friday, Feb. 7. The Ice Queen Film Series.
This series explores the life of Norwegian skating star and Hollywood sensation Sonja Henie. Sonja Henie: Queen of the Ice documents her rise to stardom and tragic demise. English with Norwegian clips. 53 min. Series curated by Lori Ann Reinhall. $5 donation. 5:30 p.m.

Tuesdays, Feb. 11–Mar. 3. 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. 11–Mar. 3. Optional fifth week with a minimum of two students possible. Blue card members $109; nonmembers $132. 6:30–8:30 p.m. To register, please call the Club and prepay to reserve one of the seven looms available.

Wednesday, Feb. 12. Kvinnor Kan Book Club.
This book club was formed to read books with female protagonists. This month we’re reading Homegoing by Yaa Gyasi. The story follows two half-sisters whose lineage starts in Ghana and follows through their descendants. It’s been called a “life-changing” book. The next two books are Rising: Becoming the First North American Woman on Everest by Sharon Wood, and Yale Needs Women by Anne Gardiner Perkins. Grab a drink and meet in the lobby. For info: 206-283-1090 or e-mail

Wednesday, Feb. 12. Craft & Cocktails.
Every second Wednesday evening is a craft session in the bar at the Swedish Club. Pea soup starts at 5 p.m., crafts anytime. Bring your favorite craft project!

Wednesday, Feb. 12. Swedish Film.
En kärlekshistorie (A Swedish Love Story). One of Sweden’s classic films about love, this time involving two 15-year-olds. Released in 1970, this 50-year-old film stands the test of time. $5 donation 7:30 p.m. 115 min.

Friday, Feb. 14. The Ice Queen Film Series.
Our February film series explores the life of Norwegian skating star and Hollywood sensation Sonja Henie. Thin Ice features Sonja as a ski instructor in the Swiss Alps who falls in love. 79 min. Series curated by Lori Ann Reinhall. 5:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Friday, Feb. 14. Valentine Dance Music.
Entremundos will provide Latin-flavored dance music: cha-chas, sambas, etc. Bring your dancing shoes! Free, but tips requested. 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 14. Scandinavian Folkdance.
Dance to live music! This evening’s group is Non-Valentino. Dancing from 7:30 to 8:55 p.m. usually starts with a quick lesson. It’s OK to sit dances out and just watch and listen. Admission: $10 donation. For info, contact

Wednesday, Feb. 19. Q&A about Landmark Status.
Architect Susan Boyle answers your questions about the Swedish Club’s nomination with the Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board. Bring your questions. 6 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 19. Book Club.
We’re reading Beowulf by an anonymous Anglo-Saxon poet, translated by Irish Nobel laureate Seamus Heaney. Composed about 1,000 years ago, Beowulf is the elegiac narrative of a Scandinavian hero who saves the Danes from the seemingly invincible monster Grendel. You can listen to Heaney reading it here. After Beowulf, we’ll read Still Waters by Viveca Sten and Inside the Gate: Sigrid Undset’s Life at Bjerkebæk by Nan Bentzen Skill. Information: 206-715-4869 or Grab a drink and meet in the lobby or library. 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 19. Members & Friends Dinner.
Mari-Ann Kind Jackson and Gordon Strand will share video clips from the National Nordic Museum’s Nordic American Voices Oral History Program, which includes nearly 800 interviews recorded locally since 2009. Chef Christine will serve pork tenderloin with lingonberries, potatoes au gratin, dressed greens and for dessert, Swedish apple crisp. Dinner 6:30, meeting 7:30 p.m. $22. Late RSVPs and walk-ins $25.


Friday, Feb. 21. The Ice Queen Film Series.
Our February film series explores the life of Norwegian skating star and Hollywood sensation Sonja Henie. In Sun Valley Serenade Sonja plays a refugee who ignites jealousy. The film also features the Glenn Miller Orchestra. 86 min. Series curated by Lori Ann Reinhall. 5:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Friday, Feb. 21. Jazz by a Seattle Treasure.
Music by Seattle’s legendary soul jazz pianist Overton Berry. The extraordinary Jeff Davies will join Overton on bass. Recommended donation: $10. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Feb. 22. Guild Meeting.
Be part of the fund-raising, fun-raising mission of the Club! 10 a.m.

Sunday, Feb. 23. Mostly Nordic Series Features Sweden!
Sweden has long been a cornerstone of the choral tradition. Some of the 20th century’s most sumptuous compositions came from Sweden! As part of the National Nordic Museum’s Mostly Nordic Series, Emerald Ensemble presents choral music of Swedish composers. $25 for Museum members, $30 for the public. Buy online or at the door. 3 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 26. Kafferep.
Monthly Swedish-style coffee party with homemade goodies from our best baking members. Not just fika: “It’s like a dinner party with desserts only!” 2 p.m. You’re very welcome.

Wednesday, Feb. 26. Finnish Film.
Ikitie (Eternal Road). A Finnish immigrant to the U.S. returns to Finland during the Depression, only to be kidnapped into the Soviet Union. His efforts to get home are his eternal road. 99 min. $5 donation. 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Feb. 26. Swedish Bingo.
Members and guests welcome. Enjoy pea soup and homemade limpa bread, or meat and cheese plates. Bring cash, as bingo cards can be sold only for cash. (First card $10, additional cards $5.) Food at 5 p.m., bingo at 7 p.m.

Friday, Feb. 28. The Ice Queen Film Series.
Our February film series explores the life of Norwegian skating star and Hollywood sensation Sonja Henie. Sonja: The White Swan explores the dark side that lay alongside Sonja’s wholesome girl-next-door façade. 127 min. Series curated by Lori Ann Reinhall. 5:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Friday, Feb. 28. Final Friday Folkdancing.
Really fun folkdancing to live music once a month! Skandia Kapell plays the music. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 29 & Mar. 1. Great Finds Sale.
Shop for undiscovered treasures, from precious antiques to attic surplus! Swedish pea soup, meatballs, pastries and cookies. Also, smörgås sandwiches and live folk music in our bar both days. Reservation-only smörgås lesson Sunday at 2 p.m. Want to reserve a table to sell your great finds? Call us at 206-283-1090 for an application or download it. Both days 9 to 3. $2 admission.

Sunday, Mar. 1. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, coffee and orange juice. Music by Soelje Sisters, Nordiska Folkdancers and Sprida Ut. Guests $11; blue card Club members $9; children 5–12 $5. 8 a.m.–1 p.m.

Monday, Mar. 2. ABBA Night Ticket Sales for the Public.
An evening you won’t forget! Abbagraphs play live ABBA music and DJ Haffi Haff provides a show for the ages, while DJ Jonasson spins ABBA faves on the top floor. You can come to dance or just listen and watch the fab clothes from the ’70s on our dancers! Costume contest too. $40. Tickets available at the Club office or brownpapertickets.com.

Tuesday, Mar. 3. Comments Due to Landmarks Preservation Board.
Written comments due by 3 p.m. to Seattle Landmarks Preservation Board, Dept. of Neighborhoods, P.O. Box 94649, Seattle, WA 98124-4649.

Wednesday, Mar. 4. Landmark Hearing.
The Landmarks Board considers our building’s nomination. Seattle City Hall, 600 Fourth Ave. After 3:30 p.m. Call the Club at 206-283-1090 for details.

Wednesday, Mar. 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.

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

Friday, Mar. 27. ABBA Night 2020.

Saturday, May 16. Annual Auction!

Saturday, June 6. Swedish Car Show.

Monday, June 22. Summer quarter language classes begin.

Friday, Oct. 9. Viking Feast with Chef James Bushell.

Friday, Oct. 16. Viking Disco 2020.

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