Events & Calendar

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.

Standing Committee Meetings: Blue card Club members, volunteers and new members welcome. More info: contact

Friday, Jan. 31. New Year's Eve RESCEDULED.
Yes, we'll have a party to celebrate the New Year—one week late! See below.

Sunday, Jan. 2. Swedish Pancake Breakfast CANCELED.
The snow has done a number on our weekend events! Yes, it may be warmer by Sunday, but in terms of logistics, planning and supplies, things are too far behind at this point for us to hold a pancake breakfast. See you on Feb. 6!

Friday, Jan. 7. New Year’s Easy RESCHEDULED.
We're hanging onto 2021 by holding our New Year’s Eve celebration one week late, thanks to the snow. It will be an easy, relaxed evening—after the last year and a half, we’re all looking to chill out with friends. Music by Skandia Kapell, Kory Tideman and Lyle Schaefer. Lyle and Kory will take turns upstairs with music to relax by. Skandia Kapell will play on the lobby floor for old-time Nordic dancing with lessons included. Bar opens at 6, and we’ll start serving charcuterie boards, homemade borscht and a killer dessert at 6:30 p.m. Need a break? Duck into the Board room for a TV series from Norway, Hjem til jul (Home for Christmas). No glitter, no horns—just friends, music and food. $35 includes dinner and a glass of champagne at 10 p.m.

Monday, Jan. 10. Swedish Language Classes Resume.
Check the schedule and sign up today! All levels of Swedish language classes, plus a class on “The House of Vasa—Sweden’s Renaissance and Reformation.” Classes meet online; enrollment is limited.

Tuesdays, Jan. 11–Feb. 8. Beginning Weaving Class.
“From yarn to finished cloth.” Learn from experienced instructor Lois Gaylord. 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Five sessions: $136 for blue card members and $165 for non-members. Register and prepay by calling 206-283-1090. OK to start one week late. A new class starts in February. Or sign up for the afternoon classes: Jan. 18–Feb. 15, 3:30 to 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 12. Kvinnor Kan Book Club.
Our book this month is The Good Time Girls of the Pacific Northwest by Jan Mackell Collins. Prostitutes were, well, fallen women, but they were also a force for culture on the frontier. The selection for Jan. 12 is House of Sticks: A Memoir by Ly Tran. All members of the Club are invited! 5 p.m. For information, contact

Fridays, Jan. 14, 21, 28. Meatball Mania at the Swedish Club.
We haven’t had one consistent recipe for our meatballs for years. Each chef made them a little differently. But for something as important to the Club as Swedish meatballs, it’s time we declared one recipe to be it. The last three Fridays in January, we’ll offer meatballs from three different recipes. You’ll be asked to rate each evening’s meatball plate. At the end of three weeks, we’ll announce the winning recipe! Jan. 14 starts with Marcus Samuelsson’s recipe (or, to be strictly accurate, his grandmother Helga’s recipe).

Tuesdays, Jan. 18–Feb. 15. Beginning Weaving Class.
“From yarn to finished cloth.” Learn from experienced instructor Lois Gaylord. 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. Five sessions: $136 for blue card members and $165 for non-members. Register and prepay by calling 206-283-1090. OK to start one week late. A new class starts in February. Or sign up for the evening classes: Jan. 11–Feb. 8, 6:30 to 8:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Jan. 19. Members Dinner.
Lifetime Member Lee Thomas, who worked for the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency for 34 years, will bring us a program about curbing climate change. RSVP by Tuesday at 12 noon. Late RSVPs and walk-ins $25. Dinner 6:30 p.m., program 7:30.

Wednesday, Jan. 19. Book Club.
This month’s book is My 48 Years at Sea: From Deck Boy in Denmark to Captain in America by Swedish Club member Georg Pedersen. It’s a fascinating account of how ships and shipping evolved over Georg’s career. Next month it is The Bookseller of Kabul by Asne Seirestad. For info: Joanne Foster at or 206-715-4869.

Sunday, Feb. 6. Swedish Pancake Breakfast.
Line up outside for Seattle’s favorite breakfast, but eat indoors if you have proof of full vaccination or a very recent negative COVID-19 test. (No setup for outdoor eating for the rest of the winter.) Enjoy live music by Nordiska Musicians, Hjerte Herring and TinnFelen Hardanger Fiddle Ensemble. Bring an item of canned food for the Ballard Food Bank and receive $1 in Viking bucks to be spent for future meals, drinks, memberships, etc. 8 a.m. till 1 p.m.

Save the Date! Tuesday, Mar. 15. Kvinnor Kan Dinner.
The Swedish Club is pleased to announce that Carmen Best, the former chief of the Seattle Police Department from 2018 to 2020, has accepted our invitation to be our Kvinnor Kan honoree for 2020.

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