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 are taking a couple of weeks off for the viaduct! 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.

Friday Night TV.
Starting Jan. 4, 2019, we're watching Season 5 of The History Channel's "The Vikings" drama series.

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

Monday, Jan. 7. Swedish Language Classes Begin.
Check out the exact schedule of beginning, intermediate, advanced and conversational Swedish. (It’s OK to start a class one week late. Talk to the instructor.)

Tuesdays, Starting Jan. 8. What’s Old Is New Again Folkdancing Series.
Six evening classes from Jan. 8 through Feb. 19, to learn basic folkdancing and exercise to live music. Partner not necessary. Taught by Pat McMonagle. 7:30 to 9 p.m. $70 for blue card members, $80 for others.

Thursdays, Jan. 10–Mar. 7. The Magic Lantern of Ingmar Bergman.
Nine classics by the great Swedish director. $78 for the series; $71 for Swedish Club members. 7:30 p.m. at Seattle Art Museum. Reserve your tickets today.

Friday, Jan. 11. Scandinavian Folkdance with Live Music.
For sure, we’ll learn some gamla danser (old-fashioned dances) this evening. Live music. Starting at 7:30 p.m., a quick lesson. Dance from 8 till 10. Partner not required! Dance donation: $10 members, $15 guests. For information, contact pat@folkdancing.com.

Friday, Jan. 11. Happy Hour with Entre Mundos.
Come hear the classic sounds of bossa nova and samba! Just right for a winter evening. Free, but tips encouraged. Music usually starts at 7:30 on Friday evenings.

Tuesdays, Jan. 15–Feb. 5. Beginning Weaving Class.
“From yarn to finished cloth.” No prior experience necessary. Learn from experienced weaver/instructor Lois Gaylord. Series of four two-hour evening classes: Jan. 15–Feb. 5. Use the Club’s looms. Blue card members $109; nonmembers $132. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Class limited to 7 students. To hold your space, please contact the Club and prepay. OK to start a week late.

Wednesday, Jan. 16. Book Club.
We’re reading Raoul Wallenberg: The Heroic Life and Mysterious Disappearance of the Man Who Saved Thousands of Hungarian Jews from the Holocaust by Ingrid Carlberg. We’ll discuss parts I and II in January and part III on Feb. 20. Grab a drink and meet in the lobby or library. 5:30 p.m. For info, contact or call 206-715-4869.

Wednesday, Jan. 16. Members & Friends Dinner.
Swedish Singers of Seattle make us a meatball dinner with all the trimmings—and a vegetarian option too. The program is by the very talented Kris Johansson and Hjarta Herring, who will play and teach us about the nyckelharpa. Social hour 5:30, dinner 6:30. $25.


Saturday, Jan. 19. Guild Meeting.
Be part of the fund-raising, fun-raising mission of the Club! 10 a.m. This meeting is one week earlier than usually scheduled.

Wednesday, Jan. 23. Kafferep.
Monthly Swedish-style coffee party with homemade goodies from our best baking members. 2 p.m. You’re very welcome.

Wednesday, Jan. 23. Finnish Film.
Hymyilevä mies (The Happiest Day in the Life of Olli Mäki). A modest, self-effacing boxer has a shot at the world featherweight title. There’s only one problem: He’s in love. $5 donation. Drama. One of the finest Finnish films of the last decade. Shown again Friday, 1/25, 2 p.m. 89 min.

Friday, Jan. 25. Happy Hour with Ukulele Virtuoso Del Rey.
Del Rey comes with a trio this time: Matt Weiner on upright bass and Jacob Zimmerman on saxophone/clarinet. She’s known as one of the world’s masters of the ukulele. “Rey is one of the greatest modern players…she always provides a very entertaining show, full of variety, drama and humor.” Around 7:30. Free, but tips strongly encouraged.

Wednesday, Jan. 30. Swedish Bingo!
Members and guests welcome. Enjoy pea soup, homemade limpa bread, and meat and cheese plates. Bring cash, for your bingo cards. (First card $10, additional cards $5.) Food at 5, bingo at 7.

Sunday Feb. 3. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, coffee and orange juice. Music by Skandia Spelmanslag, Skandia Kapell and Karusellen. Guests $11; blue card Club members $9; children 5–12 $5. 8 a.m.–1 p.m. Stay afterward for genealogy help.

Wednesday, Feb. 6. Board Meeting.
The monthly Board meeting is the first Wednesday of the month. Members are welcome to attend as guests. Public comment at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting.

Wednesday, Feb. 6. Trivia.
Members and guests are welcome. Every first Wednesday of the month, come play Trivia. Pea soup, homemade limpa bread, and meat or cheese plates. Food at 5 p.m., Trivia at 7.

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

Saturday & Sunday, Feb. 2 & 3. Women’s Clothing Sale.

Friday, Feb. 8. Casey MacGill Trio at Happy Hour.

Friday, Feb. 15. “We love Overton Berry” at Happy Hour.

Friday, Feb. 22. Pekka and Perttu, musicians from Finland, at Happy Hour.

Saturday & Sunday Mar. 2 & 3. Great Finds Sale.

Wednesday, Mar. 13. Kvinnor Kan dinner to honor Azita Emami, dean of the UW School of Nursing.

Friday, Apr. 5. ABBA Night.

Saturday, May 18. 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