Year of the Roof
Our current roof is overdue for replacement, and it can’t wait any longer. Our classic building and enjoyable events would look very different if we couldn’t keep the rain off of them. We’ve raised $89,000 so far, but we need to keep adding to that total in order to install the new roof in summer 2014. Gifts are tax deductible. You can donate money; host a fundraising party in your home (we’ll help); pitch in at one of our fundraising events, such as the annual auction; or come up with your own creative ideas.

Help replace our roof
Are You in the Book?
Our new Membership Directory is here! With names and phone numbers of all current members, plus business listings, it's the perfect way to get in touch with those nice folks you saw at the pancake breakfast, or find the right bakery for Swedish goodies. Copies available, to members only, for $5 if you pick them up at the Club. If you want it mailed (add $4 for postage), please call the office at (206) 283-1090.
Trollbacken: Swedish Camp for Kids
Parents: Have you made your plans for summer? Consider sending the little ones to Trollbacken. This weeklong camp engages children ages 7–13 in Swedish language, culture and traditions in a creative and fun atmosphere, with language classes, crafts, music, folk dancing, games, swimming, campfire and Swedish foods. August 18–23 at Menucha Retreat in Oregon.
In Memoriam
Longtime Swedish Club member and volunteer Lillian Voss Swenson died on March 5, 2014. In lieu of flowers or a funeral, she asked that donations be made in her memory to the Club. Call (206) 283-1090 for more information.
Job Notices
Ever wish you could get paid for just being Scandinavian? Maybe you can.

Parker Staffing Services seeks experienced candidates for work at a new call center in Bellevue. You'll be booking hotel accommodations and providing customer service for travelers around the world. Requires bilingual fluency in written and spoken English and Swedish. To apply, email or call (206) 652-1504.
Posted 3/21/14

Occasionally we're asked for help translating old letters. It just requires a basic understanding of Swedish, usually Swedish of some decades ago. if you’d like to earn some pocket change while helping people make sense of their family heirlooms.
Semlor at the Kafé.
Centuries ago, semlor was a Shrove Tuesday tradition in Sweden: the last sweet thing you ate before embarking on your Lenten fast. Modern attitudes are more relaxed, and Swedes now enjoy these cardamom-spiced wheat buns, stuffed with almond paste and whipped cream, on weekends throughout Lent. Stop by our Friday Kafé for your own semla from now until Easter.

Past scholarship recipients Brittany Lewis, Emilia Sternberg and Stephen Swanson.
Support a Scholarship
Donate to our scholarship fund and support a student studying Swedish language and culture in the UW Scandinavian Studies department. Invest in the future of Swedish-American cultural exchange.


Friday, Apr. 18. Happy Hour: Älskar Aquavit. Old Ballard Liquor Co. will unveil its new Älskar Aquavit at the Club during Happy Hour. Everybody gets a taste!  Please come and sample this citron-flavored springtime treat. It’ll be worth the trip. 5–9 p.m. Plus, a Q&A with a senior police official from Malmö at 7, and live '60s-style music from the Moonspinners at 7:30.

Friday, Apr. 18. Danish Film. The Hunt (Jagten). Lucas, a highly regarded schoolteacher, is starting over after a divorce. Just as things are starting to go his way, his life is shattered by lies and gossip. 2 p.m. $5 donation. 115 min.
Wednesday, Apr. 23. Book Signing: Helene Tursten. Come meet the Swedish crime author and creator of Detective Inspector Irene Huss. Her latest book in the series is Eldsdansen (Fire Dance). Helene will be interviewed by her translator, Laura Wideburg. This will be a bilingual evening. Princess torte available. 7 p.m. Free.
Friday, Apr. 25. Happy Hour: All about ABBA. These boots were made for dancing! It’s our sixth annual tribute to Sweden’s most famous cultural export. Food, ABBA music and dancing for an evening you won’t forget! Our popular DJ Jonasson will spin ABBA music and the dance floor will be full! The Spyrographs will play live ABBA covers too. Come to dance or just listen and check out the fab ’70s threads on our dancers! Costume contest too. $10. 6 p.m. to midnight. After Apr. 18, price goes up to $15. If you're not a Swedish Club member, join on ABBA Night and you get free admission! Tickets available at Brown Paper Tickets or through the Club office.
Wednesday, Apr. 30. Nordic Exchange and Meatball Cook-off. At last year's Nordic Exchange, the Sons of Norway beat us in a pea soup cook-off! Now it’s our turn. We need a head meatball chef and some helpers—call 206-283-1090 to volunteer. Or come eat meatballs and vote for our team. Dinner is free to Club members, but you must At the Leif Erikson Lodge, 2245 NW 57th St. in Ballard. 5:30 p.m. social hour, 6 p.m. dinner, 7 p.m. music with Bill Chism.

Friday, May 9. Bring Marcus to Seattle! Born in Ethiopia and raised in Sweden, Marcus Samuelsson brought the art of Scandinavian cooking to New York long before the recent Nordic craze. As executive chef at New York’s Aquavit, he turned an entire city on to gravlax and herring, giving Swedish cuisine a modern, luxurious turn.

There is little that Marcus hasn't done, except visit us at the Swedish Club. So on May 9, we’ll give him a proper invitation. Meet at the Club to enjoy Samuelsson’s recipes and sign a giant card inviting him to visit. 7:30 p.m.

Fridays. Viking Film Series. History buff and SC Board member Larry Johnson leads us through an every-Friday series of various Viking films. 5:45 p.m. Find out more about this week's film.

Founded in Seattle in 1892, the Swedish Club has grown to become a center of Scandinavian activities in the Pacific Northwest. Our members are not only Swedes and other Scandinavians, but people of many cultural backgrounds. Learn more about membership.

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Smörgås sandwiches, now on board at the Friday Kafé.
What’s Cooking at the Club?
Our smörgås sandwiches are prepared with fresh bakery-style bread, homemade lox and other tempting toppings. Meanwhile, Ann-Margret serves up amazing Swedish entrees and desserts during Happy Hour. Come by the Club for lunch (starting at 12 noon) or dinner!

Speak Like a Swede
Our Swedish language classes meet weekly. Several levels of instruction; expert teachers. Print out your registration form and mail it in. Most classes are $99 ($79 for members).

It's Happening Here
Tired of marking your calendar for Swedish Club events? Now you don't have to! Just visit our new Calendar page for another convenient way to keep up on what's happening. You can still visit our Events page for details on any upcoming event. If you know of something we should add,
Culinary Kudos
It seems that every time the Swedish Club is mentioned in local media, it has something to do with food and drink. Not that we're complaining. Seattle Metropolitan lauded us for offering the city's best Swedish happy hour, and the the Ballard News-Tribune liked it too. The Seattle Weekly found some nice things to say about our smörgås sandwiches and gave a blow-by-blow account of our pea soup challenge, while the P-I reported on our Swedish meatball cook-off. And of course, our pancake breakfasts have gotten so much attention, they're practically a PR campaign unto themselves.

Are You Needin' News from Sweden?
Hit The Swedish Wire any time you want to catch up on events between the border and the Baltic. And for a weekly report on Swedish business, economy, politics and other news, you can subscribe to The Swedish Wire’s newsletter.

If you'd rather listen to your news, try Radio Sweden. And if you're missing your Swedish TV, it's online at SVT Play, or you can get a free set-top box from SVT.