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 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

Wednesday, July 4. Fourth of July Party at the Club.
The best spot in Seattle for watching fireworks. Barbecue dinner by Smokin’ Pete’s BBQ in Ballard. Folk dancing! Kids’ program & film. Dinner & inside seats to watch the fireworks: Blue card members $41, nonmembers $46 (kids $23). Outdoor seats: $51/$56/$28. Free parking for the first 100 cars, starting at 7 p.m. Doors open at 7. Dinner at 7:30. Member prices: $41 inside, $51 outside. Non-members: $46 inside, $56 outside. Kids: $23 inside, $28 outside.

Friday, July 6. Uber/Lyft Training.
The Club is offering Uber and Lyft training for members wanting to increase their transportation choices when coming to the Club. Let us know you can be there at 4 p.m. And if you’d like to be a trainer, we need you too!

Wednesday, July 11. Club Board Meeting.
The monthly Board meeting is the first Wednesday of the month (delayed a week due to the Fourth of July holiday). Members are welcome to attend as guests. Public comment period at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting.

Wednesday, July 11. American Classic Film.
Casablanca. From 1942, America’s most beloved movie features Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart as two people who sacrifice their love for a higher cause. 102 min. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Wednesday, July 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.

Friday, July 13. Semmy Returns to the Swedish Club!
Musical program by Semmy Stahlhammer, concertmaster at the Stockholm Royal Opera, faculty member at the Stockholm Royal Music College and solo artist on 20 CD recordings. Last time he was here, we filled the house! His music is not to be missed! With Sergei Teleshev, accordion, and Karie Prescott, viola.

Friday, July 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, July 13. Scandinavian Film Series: The Immigrant Experience.
Pelle erobreren (Pelle the Conqueror). Bille August’s epic drama about a Swedish boy, Pelle, and his aging father (Max von Sydow), who go to Denmark at the end of the 19th century in search of a better life. They find work on a farm. Harassed as outsiders, they continue to dream of a better life. (1987) 5:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Saturday, July 14. A Three-Hour Tour.
Honorary Swedish Consul Lars Jonsson teams up with John Sundstrom, chef/owner of Lark Restaurant, for a Club fundraising event. A three-hour cruise on the luxurious 100-foot yacht Golden Eagle, plus dinner by John! The cruise will begin and end at the AGC Building on South Lake Union. Since Lars is selling his yacht, this may be your last chance to experience it. $200 per person. RSVP to 206-283-1090.

Wednesday, July 18. Book Club.
We’re reading Lagom: Not Too Little, Not Too Much: The Swedish Art of Living a Balanced, Happy Life by Niki Brantmark. Lagom is the Swedish philosophy for enjoying balance in every aspect of life—from work and leisure to family and food, and everything in between. Grab a drink and meet in lobby. 5:30 p.m. For info, contact or call 206-715-4869.

Wednesday, July 18. Members & Friends: Annual Pizza & Potluck Dinner.
Our July meeting is always a treat. First, our menu is pizza and potluck! Second, Seattle has some of the finest folk musicians anywhere, and tonight, Skandia Kapell entertains us with songs and stories. Third, the Guild will be here selling used costume jewelry for a “Bling Benefit” for the Club. Social hour 5:30, dinner 6:30. $10 if you bring something for the potluck, $15 if you don’t. RSVPs after Monday pay $25.

Friday, July 20. Scandinavian Film Series: The Immigrant Experience.
Nybyggarna (The New Land). The saga of a Swedish immigrant family from Småland struggling to establish a new life for themselves in the forest of Minnesota in the mid-19th century. Starring Max von Sydow and Liv Ullmann as Karl-Oskar and Kristina. Based on Vilhelm Moberg’s classic emigrant novel series. (1973) 5:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Friday, July 20. “A Home for the Nordic Community” Visioning Session.
Our first three sessions were so successful, we’re adding one! We want your ideas for realizing our vision of “A Home for the Nordic Community”—and your priorities for future improvements to our facility. Come brainstorm with us! 6 p.m. (Rumor has it that a contingent coming this evening intends to make cardamom-chocolate ice cream on an old-fashioned Husqvarna ice cream maker after the session. You’re invited!)

Friday, July 20. Jon Persson Spices Up Happy Hour!
He’s baaaack! Jon performs on cruise ships, but tonight he plays for us! Free but tips are welcome. Accordion or piano, depending on what you want to hear. Music usually starts around 7 or 7:30 p.m.

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

Wednesday, July 25. Kvinnor Kan Book Club.
This book club was formed to read books with female protagonists. This month we’re reading A Singular Woman: The Untold Story of Barack Obama’s Mother, by Janny Scott. We’ll learn more about Stanley Ann Dunham: “Driven, earnest, big-hearted, large-boned, messy, tolerant of everyone but prigs and fools, she cut a striking figure in her world.” Grab a drink and meet in the lobby. Time: 5:45 p.m. Feminist emeritus Alene Moris will be here to discuss the book with us. For info: or call 206-283-1090.

Wednesday, July 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, July 25. Finnish Film.
Kielletty hedelmä (Forbidden Fruit). A teenage girl from a rural Laestadian community decides to break out and test her freedom. $5 donation. Shown again Friday, 7/27, 2 p.m. 104 min.

Friday, July 27. Scandinavian Film Series: The Immigrant Experience.
Jeg er din (I Am Yours). A young woman caught between two cultures in Norway, Mina is an unhappy single mother in Oslo’s Pakistani expatriate community. She seeks affection from men she hooks up with, and begins to ignore her young son for a man she thinks can change her life for the better—only to be left disappointed and alone. (2013) 5:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Friday, July 27. My Life as a Dog at the Swedish Club.
You’re invited to bring your dog to Happy Hour! Hot diggity dog! One time only, we’ll let the Club go to the dogs, while we enjoy dog-related vendors, food, wine, etc. Maybe we’re barking up the wrong tree, but we’re trying to raise airfare to bring Reidar Jönsson, author of My Life as a Dog, over from Sweden. Humans, free; dogs $5 each. 5 p.m. till closing.

Saturday, July 28. Guild Meeting.
Be part of the fund-raising, fun-raising mission of the Club! 10 a.m. Picnic today; call the Club for location.

Tuesday, July 31. 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: Tuesdays, July 31–Aug. 21, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Use the Club’s looms. Blue Card members $89; nonmembers $112. Class limited to 7 students. To hold your space, please contact the club and prepay. OK to start one week late.

Friday, Aug. 3. Happy Hour with a Country & Western Band!
Purty Mouth: a little Haggard, a little Hedwig, a little Hee Haw, a lotta hear. Starts around 7:30.

Friday, Aug. 3. Scandinavian Film Series: The Immigrant Experience.
Svenskjävel (Underdog). Dino is a young Swedish woman who dreams of a different life and finds work among the nouveau riche in Oslo. She finds herself in a destructive loop of temporary jobs, financial trouble and hard partying, and ends up the center of an odd love triangle, representing the shifted power balance between Sweden and Norway. (2016) 5:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Sunday, Aug. 5. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, coffee and orange juice. Music by Tre Flickor, Skandia Kapell and Folk Voice Band. 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.

Friday, Aug. 24. “Finnish Your Dinner.” (Dine under the sky with the Finns.)

Saturday, Sept. 8. Kräftskiva crayfish dinner.

Friday, Oct. 5. Viking Disco.

Thursday, Nov. 8. Volunteer appreciation dinner.

Fridays, Dec. 7 & 14. Julbord.

Friday, Dec. 21. Lutfisk dinner.

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