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.

Tuesday, Mar. 6. Kvinnor Kan! (Women Can!) Dinner.
Every year the Swedish Club honors a woman in the community. This year it’s Ana Mari Cauce, the first permanent woman president of the University of Washington. President Cauce is a strong advocate for women and underrepresented minorities to pursue careers in science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Chefs Ann-Margret & Malin will make dinner.

Wednesday, Mar. 7. 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, Mar. 9. Knut Hamsun Film Series Begins.
There’s renewed interest in the controversial Norwegian author Knut Hamsun, prolific author, winner of the Nobel Prize in Literature and a Nazi sympathizer. Tonight: Hamsun (1996), part 1. Swedish director Jan Troell’s powerful biographical film stars Max von Sydow as Knut Hamsun, the Nobel laureate who gave support to the Nazis during World War II, with devastating consequences. 5:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Friday, Mar. 9. Scandinavian Folkdance.
Starting at 7:30, a quick lesson in Scandinavian dance. Live music by Folk Voice Band. Partner not required! Dance: $8 members, $10 guests. For information, contact

Friday, Mar. 9. Dress to the Nines at Happy Hour!
Torch, pop and jazz with Cheryl Serio, Elizabeth Carpenter and pianist Hans Brehmer. Old-school Great American Songbook tunes and beyond. No cover charge; tips encouraged. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 10. Donors’ Dinner.
We treat our donors who have given more than $1,000 in the last 12 months to a fabulous dinner and entertainment. It’s easy to be included in the 2018 Donors’ Dinner—just give generously by Mar. 1!

Sunday, Mar. 11. Author Event: Meet Lars Kepler.
Author Lars Kepler is actually husband-and-wife team Alexandra Coelho Ahndoril and Alexander Ahndoril. They’ll join us for an informal meet & greet at the Swedish Club. The bar will be open, Chef Malin’s light appetizers will be available and Secret Garden Bookstore will sell copies of Sandman, the latest Lars Kepler book. 4 to 6 p.m.

Tuesday, Mar. 13. 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: Mar. 13 to Apr. 3. Use the Club’s looms. Blue card members $89; nonmembers $112. 6:30–8:30 p.m. OK to start one week late.

Wednesday, Mar. 14. Book Club.
We’re reading Grace by Linn Ullmann—a fiction novella that explores death and dying. Protagonist Johan Sletten is a paragon of mediocrity—and now he’s reached his expiration date. Grab a drink and meet in the lobby. 5:30 p.m. For info: or 206-715-4869.

Wednesday, Mar. 14. Members & Friends Dinner.
Our program is by UW Assistant Professor Olivia Gunn, who will tell us about Norwegian author Knut Hamsun. Chef Malin is making a fried herring dinner with apple salad, homemade rye bread, vegetables and pear cake for dessert. Social hour 5:30, dinner 6:30. $22. Reservations after Monday, Mar. 12, are charged $25.

Friday, Mar. 16. Knut Hamsun Film Series.
Hamsun, part 2. 5:30. $5 donation.

Friday, Mar. 16. Aquavit Tasting.
Help introduce this new aquavit to Seattle! Irish music in honor of St Patrick’s Day too. Erik Bjarne Witzøe has created an aquavit made with traditional herbs, yet smooth and bold. “Aquavit goes back to the days of the Vikings as history is told.” 7 p.m.
Choose Your Plates

Sunday, Mar. 18. Feather Bouquets (Påskris och Semlor).
Annual Easter decoration-making party of påskris (feathers and twigs) and semlor (Easter buns). $5 per adult and $3 each for children 5–12. 1 to 2:30 p.m. Co-sponsored by Svenska Skolföreningen (Swedish School).

Wednesday, Mar. 21. Learn About Hurtigruten Cruises.
Hurtigruten is an adventure cruise line specializing in trips to Norway. A Hurtigruten representative will give a short presentation, and AAA Washington travel agents and counselors will be on hand to help you with any travel needs. Plus, save 15 percent on AAA travel merchandise. You don't need to be a AAA member. 10:30 a.m. Seattle AAA Cruise & Travel, 1523 15th Ave. W. RSVP: 206-216-4205.

Wednesday, Mar. 21. Club Board Meeting.
Blue card members are welcome to attend as guests. Public comment period at 6 p.m., followed by presentation from real estate developers Maria Barrientos and John Link, and then the Board meeting.

Wednesday, Mar. 21. Norwegian Film.
Søsken til evig tid (Siblings Are Forever). Most-watched documentary on Norwegian TV. (This is the real deal—we mistakenly showed the sequel last time). At around 70 years of age, brother and sister Magnar and Oddny run their farm as it’s been run by generations before them. $5. 7:30 p.m. 75 min.

Wednesday, Mar. 21. Craft Night in the Bar.
The third Wednesday evening is the craft session at the Swedish Club. Pea soup starts at 5, crafts anytime.

Friday, Mar. 23. Knut Hamsun Film Series.
Tonight: Sult (Hunger) (1966). Swedish actor Per Oscarsson plays the leading role, based loosely on Hamsun’s early days as a struggling writer. This black-and-white film portrays the book’s social realism and stream-of-consciousness narrative. 5:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Wednesday, Mar. 28. Swedish Bingo.
Members and guests welcome, every last Wednesday of the month. Enjoy pea soup and homemade limpa bread. Food at around 5 p.m., bingo at 7. Bring cash for your bingo cards!

Friday, Mar. 23. Billy Joe Dance Party.
Local swing dancers will join us, along with trumpeter/guitarist Billy Joe and his amazing band. No cover charge, but tips welcome. 7:30 p.m.

Saturday, Mar. 24. Guild Meeting.
Be part of the fund-raising, fun-raising mission of the Club! 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 28. Kafferep.
Monthly Swedish-style coffee party with homemade goodies from our best baking members. 2 p.m. You’re very welcome.

Wednesday, Mar. 28. Finnish Film.
Eläville ja kuoleille (For the Living and the Dead) (2005). Family drama: True story of the aftermath of a son’s accidental death. Directed with sensitivity by Jarmo Lampela. 7:30 p.m. 100 min. $5 donation.

Wednesday, Mar. 28. 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.

Friday, Mar. 30. Knut Hamsun Film Series.
Victoria (2013). The story of the love between the daughter of a landowner and the son of a miller. A feast for the eyes and ears, with stunningly beautiful young actors, bucolic Norwegian scenes and an original musical score. 5:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Sunday, Apr. 1. Easter Sunday.
No pancakes today. Delayed by one week this month. Swedish pancakes on Apr. 8.

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

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.

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

Sunday, Mar. 11. Swedish author Lars Keppler reads from his newest book, Sandman.

Friday, Apr. 6. ABBA Night.

Sunday, Apr. 8. Swedish pancake breakfast delayed one week due to Easter Sunday.

Sunday, Apr. 22. Annual Auction: “Back to Our Roots.”

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

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