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

Sunday, Oct. 6. Must-Go Sale.
Help us clean our closets by buying what we don’t need. On the lobby floor level. Everything from glassware we don’t use to donated items. 9 a.m. till 1:30 p.m.

Monday, Oct. 7. Swedish Language Classes Resume!
Come learn or refresh your Swedish. Our instructors offer all levels from beginning through intermediate, advanced and conversational Swedish. Check the schedule and sign up today! OK to join a class one week late.

Tuesday, Oct. 8. Kvinnor Kan! (Women Can!) Dinner.
Every year the Swedish Club honors a woman in the community. This year, we honor Dean Azita Emami of the UW School of Nursing. Dr. Emami was born in Iran and immigrated to Sweden. She studied there and has made a name for herself through her research at the UW. Social hour 6 p.m.; program at 6:30. $40; call 206-283-1090 or reserve online:


Full-time students $25; call 206-283-1090 to reserve.

Wednesday, Oct. 9. Craft & Cocktails.
Every second Wednesday evening is a craft session in the bar at the Swedish Club. Pea soup starts at 5, crafts anytime. (Bring your favorite craft project!)

Wednesday, Oct. 9. Finnish Film.
Hevi reissu (Heavy Trip). Offbeat road comedy in which heavy metal bandmates travel to Norway for a festival. 91 min. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Saturday, Oct. 12. Seattle Sings Festival 2019 Concert.
Our choir, the Swedish Singers of Seattle, invites you to the premiere of its newly commissioned work by world-renowned Seattle composer Karen P. Thomas. The commission was fully funded by the generosity of the Jane Isakson Lea Foundation. Thomas’s composition, Morgon, is a setting of a poem by beloved Swedish poet Karin Boye, celebrating the dawn of love. Come take part in this very special occasion! 1 p.m. at Seattle First Baptist Church, 1111 Harvard Ave. Admission free, donations welcome.

Sunday, Oct. 13. Holiday Cookie Baking Class.
The Swedish Club is collaborating with the Leif Erikson Lodge of the Sons of Norway and the National Nordic Museum on Nordic cookie baking classes. Next class meets 1 to 4 p.m. at the Leif Erikson Lodge in Ballard (2245 NW 57th Ave.). You’ll learn to bake two types of traditional cookies—and if you promise to provide cookies for the Club’s bazaar, the class is free! RSVP by Thursday, Oct. 10: 206-525-4482 or

Tuesdays, Oct. 15−Nov. 5. 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, 6:30–8:30 p.m. Next series starts Nov. 12. Blue card members $109; nonmembers $132. To register, please call the Club and prepay to reserve one of the available looms.

Wednesday, Oct. 16. Book Club.
We are reading the first volume of Kristin Lavrensdatter by Sigrid Undset. Set in 14th-century Norway, this is the story of a headstrong young woman! Informative about the culture, norms and politics of the time. Info: 206-715-4869 or Grab a drink and meet in the lobby or library. 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 16. Members & Friends Dinner.
Program: “Walking the Trail: the Nidaros Pilgrimage.” Executive Director Kristine walked the Nidaros Pilgrimage (St. Olav’s Trail) in 2005, except for the leg that goes through the Dovre Mountains. She and two Club members, Barbara Grande Dougherty and Nancy Stromsem, returned this summer to walk the missing portion. Chef Christine makes cabbage rolls with beef or vegetarian filling, potatoes, pickled beets and Nordic spice cake for dessert. (Order vegetarian items by Tuesday noon.) Dinner 6:30, meeting 7:30 p.m. $22. Late RSVPs and walk-ins $25.

Friday, Oct. 18. Happy Hour with Victor Janusz.
Vocalist/pianist Victor Janusz brings a four-piece band to his next engagement at the Swedish Club Oct. 18. Enjoy two full sets featuring Janusz originals along with covers by everyone from Cole Porter to Rodgers & Hart to Lou Reed—including a taste of the band’s next CD.

Wednesday, Oct. 23. Finnish Film.
Sota ja mielenrauha (War and Peace of Mind). This documentary uses archival footage, interviews and letters from the front to explore the psychological effects of Finland’s wars. 72 min. $5 donation. 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, Oct. 24. Shopping Party at Scandinavian Specialties!
Donate $50 to the Club and be invited for an evening of discount shopping at Ballard’s Scandinavian Specialties at 6719 15th Ave. NW, Seattle. Your donation is to the Club—a good cause—and it’s just for people who are “ready to shop, save and have fun.” Scandinavian appetizers with beer, wine, and maybe aquavit too? Only a limited number can enjoy this evening. 6 p.m. Call the Club with your credit card: 206-283-1090.

Friday, Oct. 25. Final Friday Folkdancing.
Recreate the magic of really fun folkdancing to live music once a month! Tunes by Skandia Kapell. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Sunday, Oct. 27. Meet and Greet/Music and Stories/Wine and Cheese.
With Per-Thomas Eriksson and Pasi Pasanen, musicians from Sweden. Joint program with Skandia Dance. The event is free; there will be tip jars for musicians. The bar opens at 4 p.m. with music from 5 to 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 30. 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, bingo at 7.

Wednesday, Oct. 30. Basic Scandinavian Dance Class.
Skandia Folkdance is the granddaddy of Nordic folkdancing in Seattle, and their instructors have been teaching for years. Tonight, they teach at our house! If you’ve ever thought about taking a class, here’s the evening to try it out. Judy Patterson and Jerry Walsh teach easy folkdances, while Per-Thomas and Pasi from Sweden will provide the music. Free to Swedish Club members! Info: 206-406-2992. 7:30 to 9 p.m.

Wednesday, Oct. 30. Skål with the Swedish Musicians!
Live music by Per-Thomas and Pasi, no-host bar (Club members get a 10 percent discount). Skål Beer Hall, 5429 Ballard Ave. NW, 9:30 to 11 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 1. Chilling Tales.
Storytellers Larry Hohm and Mary Anne (Auntmama) Moorman return to the Swedish Club with chilling tales for a November night. The evening will include stories by Anna Starobinets and Ursula K. Le Guin, and tales of Mary Anne’s Appalachian gothic ghosts. Free, but we’ll ask for tips for the storytellers.

Saturday, Nov. 2. Skandia Ball.
Skandia Folkdance Society hosts the 65th Skandia Ball at the Swedish Club. Forty musicians will play, including our guests from Sweden, Per-Thomas Eriksson and Pasi Pasanen. Four hours of live music for all levels of dancing, including easy mixers, set and partner turning dances. The array of stunning costumes, while not required, is a special part of the evening! Leather-soled shoes recommended. 6−7 p.m. social hour with delicious Nordic treats, 7−11 dancing. Grand march at 7 p.m. $25, with children under 18 free. It’s a visual and musical treat! Information: 206-406-2992.

Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 2 & 3. Scandinavian Holiday Bazaar.
Holiday shopping at its best with vendors selling handmade and/or Nordic items. Download the vendor application form if you'd like to sell your items. Two floors of crafts, gifts, baked goods and fun! Smörgås (sandwiches), pea soup, waffles and meatballs on Saturday, Swedish pancakes on Sunday. The bar is open both days. Get an early start on holiday shopping, enjoy a great Swedish meal and greet old friends. 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. $2 donation admission.

Sunday, Nov. 3. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, coffee and orange juice. Music direct from Sweden with Per-Thomas Eriksson & Pasi Pasanen. Also, Seattle Skandia Spelmanslag and Nordiska Dancers. 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.

Thursday, Nov. 14. Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.

Sunday, Dec. 1. Sweater Snag (used sweater sale at the pancake breakfast; donation of sweaters any time until then).

Friday, Dec. 6. Julbord Dinner.

Sunday, Dec. 8. Luciafest with the UW Scandinavian Studies Department.

Friday, Dec. 13. Julbord Lunch and Dinner.

Friday, Dec. 20. Lutfisk Dinner.

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

Friday, Mar. 29. ABBA Night.


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