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 $79 for Club members, $99 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

Every Tuesday. Come Sing With Us!
Want to improve your singing? On Tuesday nights at 7 p.m. at the Swedish Club, the Swedish Women's Chorus will sponsor vocal coaching and yoga. Participants work on improving their breathing, strengthening core muscles, improving pitch and developing better sound. No previous experience necessary—and it's fun!

Open to men and women. We request a $5–10 donation for the instructor. For further information, contact or call 206-362-0805.

Monday, Apr. 2. Language Classes Begin.
Come learn or refresh your Swedish! Check the schedule and sign up today.

Wednesday, Apr. 4. Club Board Meeting.
The monthly Board meeting is now the first Wednesday of the month. Members are welcome to attend as guests. Public comment period at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting. Maria Barrientos will be on hand to answer the Board’s questions during their discussion of the potential property development. Note: The Barrientos sessions at the Board meeting are for the Board. If blue card members come as guests, they are welcome to listen. If the Board goes forward with developing the property, there will be other opportunities for members to ask questions of Maria Barrientos and her colleague John Links.

Wednesday, Apr. 4. UW Lecture.
The UW’s Center for West European Studies and the Atlantic Council will host a panel discussion titled “Transatlantic Relations in the Era of Trump,” featuring Swedish journalist and analyst Frida Walnor of Dagens Industri and Reginald Dale of the Transatlantic Media Network. They will discuss how policies of the Trump administration and political upheavals in Europe are shaping the path of U.S. world leadership. Free. 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Apr. 4. 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, Apr. 6. ABBA Night.
Food, ABBA music and dancing—an evening you won’t forget! Dance or just listen and check out the fab threads from the ’70s! Costume contest too. $30 for regular (blue card) members, $35 for nonmembers. Tickets at Brown Paper Tickets or the Club office for members. This will sell out! 8 p.m. till 12 midnight. On that evening, our Club will close to everyone except ABBA Night ticket holders.

Sunday, Apr. 8. Swedish Pancakes, One Week Late.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, coffee and orange juice. Music by the Gnomes, Karusellen 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.

Tuesdays, Apr. 10–May 22. Scandinavian Dance Six-Week Series.
Dance 100-year-old dances, as remembered in Seattle 50 years ago! Benefits: community, exercise and exposure to popular music from a century ago. Suitable if you’re 90 pounds or more, or 90 years or younger. Partner not necessary! OK to bring children. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Regular members $55; guests $70 for six weeks, Apr. 10 until May 22. Register: 206-283-1090.

Wednesday, Apr. 11. New! Kvinnor Kan Book Club.
New club based on books about strong women characters. Seattle’s feminist emeritus Alene Moris will attend this meeting to help us select books. Sample titles: Lab Girl by Hope Jahren, a Norwegian-American, is part memoir and part fascinating science text. Reading with Patrick is another memoir by Michelle Kuo, who goes to the South as a teacher but learns more than her students about education, race, justice and the power of one person to transform the life of another. Finally, what’s more Swedish than The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo? Grab a drink and meet in the lobby. 5:30 or 6 p.m., TBD. For info, email or call 206-283-1090.

Wednesday, Apr. 11. Craft Night in the Bar.
The second Wednesday evening is the craft session at the Swedish Club. Pea soup starts at 5, crafts anytime.

Wednesday, Apr. 11. Swedish Film.
Allt flyter (The Swimsuit Issue). A man down on his luck molds his buddies into Sweden’s only all-male synchronized swim team. 7:30 p.m. 100 min. $5 donation.

Friday, Apr. 13. Final Knut Hamsun Film.
Tonight: Growth of the Soil, after the Nobel Prize–winning novel, with its criticism of industrialization, urbanization and loss of values. Isak, a farmer, and his wife, Inger, make a farm out of barren soil. This silent film from 1921 has a beautiful score and English subtitles. 7:30 p.m. 107 min. $5 donation. Screens again on Friday, Apr. 20, at 2 p.m.

Friday, Apr. 13. Scandinavian Folkdance.
Starting at 7:30, a quick lesson in Scandinavian dances. 8:55 break. At 9:10, Scandinavian dances for those with more experience. Live music. Partner not required! Dance: $8 members, $10 guests. For information, contact

Friday, Apr. 13. Ukadelics Play Happy Hour!
Seattle-based ukulele orchestra plays old hits and new. Guaranteed to put a smile on your face, and yes, an umbrella in your drink! As usual, of course, we’ll have a “Loud Hawaiian Shirt” contest. No cover charge to hear the band, but tips encouraged. 7:30 p.m.

Tuesdays, Apr. 17–May 8. 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: Apr. 17–May 8. 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 one week late. Next series starts on May 22.

Wednesday, Apr. 18. Book Club.
We’re reading Norwegian Wood: Chopping, Stacking, and Drying Wood the Scandinavian Way by Lars Mytting. It’s full of useful advice, interesting facts, charming anecdotes and inspired prose. Grab a drink and meet in lobby. 5:30 p.m. For info, contact or call 206-715-4869.

Wednesday, Apr. 18. Annual Meeting.
We’ll hear a report on the previous year and an update on property development, and elect new Board Members and officers. Chef Christine will serve cioppino with fish and shellfish in a tasty broth, plus rice pilaf and Caesar salad, and for dessert, lemon bars with raspberries. Dinner 6:30, meeting 7:30 p.m. Reserve your place by Tuesday noon. $22.

Sunday, Apr. 22. Annual Auction: Back to Our Roots.
It’s our biggest fundraising event of the year! Beautiful items to bid on and menu by Seattle restaurateur John Sundstrom. Auctioneer Nelson Jay. $95 until 4/8. $105 after 4/8. $700 for a table for 8. After 4/8, $800. Make your reservation online or call the Club at 206-283-1090.

Wednesday, Apr. 25. Kafferep.
Monthly Swedish-style coffee party with homemade goodies from our best baking members. 2 p.m. You’re very welcome.

Wednesday, Apr. 25. 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, Apr. 25. Finnish Film.
Näkymätön Elina (Elina: As If I Weren’t There). A 10-year-old girl defends Finnish-speaking schoolchildren against a cruel teacher in Northern Sweden in the 1950s. 7:30 p.m. 77 min. $5 donation.

Saturday, Apr. 28. Guild Meeting.
Be part of the fundraising, fun-raising mission of the Club! 10 a.m.

Tuesday, May 1. Pre-Concert Concert.
Our Swedish Singers of Seattle will give the final performance at the new Nordic Museum’s opening on May 5. This evening, they’ll perform their spring concert repertoire for us prior to their performance at the Museum. Come hear their beautiful music and wish them well. Free, but donations gladly accepted. 7:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 2. Club Board Meeting.
The monthly Board meeting is now 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, May 4. Happy Hour with Heidi Swedberg & Daniel Ward.
More information in next month’s newsletter!

Sunday, May 6. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, coffee and orange juice. Music by Nordic Reflections, Katrilli & Folk Voice Band, and Smilin’ Scandinavians. 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, May 9. GiveBIG, a one-day online giving campaign to raise funds for the Swedish Club and other local nonprofits.

Friday, May 11. Singer Eva Vea will perform. Co-sponsored by Seattle-Bergen Sister City Organization.

Saturday, May 12. Nordic Exchange with Leif Erikson Lodge of the Sons of Norway, at their lodge.

Saturday, May 19. Hat Luncheon sponsored by the Swedish Club Guild.

Wednesday, May 23. Swedish Club volunteers serve lunch to clients of the Millionair Club Charity.

Thursday–Saturday, May 24–26. Sweden’s Chalmers University of Technology holds events in Seattle, several of which are open to our members. May 24 scholarship award ceremony: “Pea Soup, Pancakes and Punsch.” May 26: “Gasque!” More information in next month’s newsletter.

Saturday, June 2. 10th Annual Swedish Car Show. Information:

Friday, June 8. National Day dinner at the Club; announcement of Swede of the Year.

Friday, June 22. Midsommar celebration at the Club.

Friday, July 13. Concert by Semmy Stahlhammer from Sweden.

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