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.

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

Wednesday, May 1. Last Day for Early Bird Auction Prices.
Reserve your seats by this date ($80 individual, $600 for a table of eight). On May 2, prices go up to $95 and $720.

Wednesday, May 1. Club Board Meeting.
The Board meets the first Wednesday of the month. Members welcome to attend as guests. Public comment period at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting.

Wednesday, May 1. Trivia.
Members and guests are welcome. Every first Wednesday of the month, come play Trivia. Enjoy pea soup, homemade limpa bread, and meat or cheese plates. Food at 5 p.m., Trivia at 7.

Friday, May 3. Poetry & Birthday Bash.
Our music man, Don Rauf, celebrates his birthday by inviting poets and poetry fans to recite either original poems or poetry loved by others. Mike Danner will come from Portland to supply accordion and piano music between poetry sets. To sign up. contact Don 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, May 5. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, coffee and orange juice. Music by Nordic Reflections, Heart of Herring and Smilin’ Scandinavians. 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.

Tuesday, May 7. 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: May 7–28. Use the Club’s looms. Blue card members $109; nonmembers $132. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Class limited to seven students. To hold your space, contact the Club and prepay. It’s OK to start one week late.

Tuesday, May 7. Scandinavian Dance 7-Week Series.
Get ready for the fun of dancing around the maypole at Midsommar! What are the benefits of dancing? Community, exercise and exposure to great music. Open to children 13 and older. 7:30 to 9 p.m. Regular members $70; guests $85 for seven weeks, May 7 until June 18. Taught by Pat McMonagle. Register: 206-283-1090.

Wednesday, May 8. Kvinnor Kan Book Club.
This book club was formed to read books with female protagonists. This month we’re reading Who Thought This Was a Good Idea? And Other Questions You Should Have Answers to When You Work in the White House by Alyssa Mastromonaco. It’s a funny, behind-the-scenes memoir about working on a political campaign and then in the White House. Info: or 206-283-1090. 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 8. Swedish Film.
Den Goda Viljan (Best Intentions). The story of Ingmar Bergman’s parents: how they fell in love, married against the wishes of their families and had a difficult marriage and life in rural Sweden. Directed by Bille August and written by Ingmar Bergman. $5 donation. 7:30 p.m. 182 min.

Friday, May 10. Rat City Brass Plays Happy Hour!.
This band loves Herb Alpert, and they play the Tijuana Brass hits with great panache. Come hear “Taste of Honey,” “Mexican Road Race” and your favorites. You’ve seen them before and you know they rock the house. 7:30 p.m.

Friday, May 10. Scandinavian Folkdance with Live Music.
For sure, we’ll learn some gamla danser (old-fashioned dances) this evening. Live music by Skandia Kapell. Quick lesson at 7:30 p.m., then dancing from 8 to 10. Partner not required! Dance donation: $10 members, $15 guests. For information, contact

Wednesday, May 15. Book Club.
We are reading The Far Traveler: Voyages of a Viking Woman by Nancy Brown. Five hundred years before Columbus, a Viking woman sailed off the edge of the known world. Recent research may prove the stories about her true! For info, contact or call 206-715-4869. Grab a drink and meet in lobby or library. 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, May 15. Members & Friends Dinner.
Our program is “Ballard and the Salmon Bay Waterway; A Historical Photo Overview” by Arni Thomson. Chef Christine serves salmon cakes, rice pilaf, salad, and lemon pound cake with raspberries and whipped cream. (Vegan option may be ordered in advance.) Dinner 6:30, meeting 7:30 p.m. $22. Late RSVPs and walk-ins: $25.
Friday, May 17. March with the Norwegians.
Join the May 17 parade as a proud Swede! Costumes encouraged. Meet at 2420 NW 62nd at 4:30 p.m.

Saturday, May 18. Annual Auction.
“Keeping our community and traditions strong.” Menu by Danish chef Trine Hahemann. Auctioneer: Nelson Jay. $95 per person, or $720 for a table of eight. Get your tickets now. This is the biggest, most fun event of the Swedish Club year. 5–9 p.m.

Wednesday, May 22. Finnish Film.
Ihmiset suviyössä (People in the Summer Night). The 1948 film version of a novel that explores relationships in a rural Finnish village in one summer night. Directed by Valentine Vaala. 63 min. $5 donation.

Saturday, May 25. Guild Meeting.
Be part of the fund-raising, fun-raising mission of the Club! 10 a.m.

Wednesday, May 29. Swedish Club Serves the Millionair Club Charity.
Join us for our annual volunteer opportunity to serve our famous meatball luncheon to clients at the Millionair Club Charity. 11 am–2 p.m. Contact the office if you can volunteer for a couple of hours.

Wednesday, May 29. Swedish Bingo.
Members and guests welcome. Enjoy pea soup and homemade limpa bread, and also meat and cheese plates. Bring cash, since bingo cards can be sold only for cash. (First card $10, additional cards $5.) Food at 5, bingo at 7.

Friday, May 31. Final Friday Folkdancing.
Recreate the magic of really fun folkdancing to live music once a month! Live music by Skandia Kapell and a dance lesson too. 7:30 p.m. Free.

Saturday, June 1. Classic Swedish and American Car Show.
The bar’s open, and we’ll have classic Swedish and American cars on display from 12 noon to 4 p.m. Cars up to 1989. Awards for Best, Volvo, Saab, Foreign and People’s Choice. To enter, contact or call 206-365-6913. Chef Ann-Margret offers classic Swedish food in the bar from noon to 2 p.m.!

Sunday, June 2. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, coffee and orange juice. Music by Metro Gnomes, Folk Voice Band and Katrilli Folkdancers. 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.

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

Wednesday, June 5. Club Board Meeting.
The monthly Board meeting is the first Wednesday of the month. Members welcome to attend as guests. Public comment period at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting.

Friday, June 7. National Day Dinner.
Nationaldagen at the Club has become a Seattle tradition. The evening starts at 6 p.m. with a champagne reception for “The Red House in the Forest: Color in the Swedish Cultural Landscape,” Robert Steelquist’s photography exhibit of Swedish red houses. Then Chef Christine will prepare a wonderful Swedish menu of Swedish-style trout with dill and lemon. We’ll meet Seattle’s new Honorary Swedish Consul, Petra Hilleberg, who’s coming to announce the Swede of the Year. The Swedish Singers of Seattle will perform for us, including the end-of-school favorite of Swedish children, Den blomstertid nu kommer. $30. Dinner at 6:30 p.m.
June 7–July 31. Home Sweet Home: Photo Exhibit Comes to the Club. “The Red House in the Forest: Color in the Swedish Cultural Landscape,” an exhibit by photographer Robert Steelquist, appears at the Club this summer,. Opening reception Friday, June 7, 6 p.m. Don’t miss these spectacular photos of typical Swedish houses. Prints will be for sale.

Friday, June 21. Midsommar Food & Dance.
Come at 4 p.m. with flowers from your garden and help us decorate the midsommar pole; then we’ll dance around it. Chefs Ann-Margret and Malin prepare a smörgåsbord of Swedish summer food at 6 p.m. Please prepay: $35. One of the most talented Scandinavian music groups in the Northwest, Skandia Kapell, will play music for Scandinavian dancing with lots of mixers for fun on the lobby floor. Dance or just watch: 7:30 p.m.

Thursday, July 4. Fourth of July at the Club.
The best spot in Seattle to watch fireworks. Dinner by Smokin’ Pete’s BBQ in Shoreline. Folkdancing! Kids’ program and film. Trivia in the bar. Dinner and inside seats to watch the fireworks: Blue card members $41, non-members $46 (kids $23). Free parking for the first 100 cars, starting at 7 p.m. Doors open at 7, dinner at 7:30.

Saturday, July 13. Leif Eie’s 90th Birthday.
Dinner and music to celebrate Leif Eie! A pillar in Seattle's Nordic-American community, Leif has seen it all and done it all—but now what he'd like to see is your face at his 90th birthday party.

Menu: Pickled herring, rye and limpa breads, chilled blueberry soup, fresh beet salad, mini crab quiches, salmon gravlax, potatoes and greens, dill rye with Havarti cheese and strawberries and Gård wines. Bløtkake for dessert, of course!

Reserve your ticket today ($48 per person).
Friday, Aug. 9. Finnish Your Dinner.
Celebrate summer and Finland by joining diners around the world who are eating outside tonight! Dinner in our front plaza, with white tablecloths and a delicious meal with a Finnish theme. $45. Reserve your seat by Tuesday, Aug. 6.
Mark Your Calendars
The following are events we’re often asked about by members who are planning far ahead.

Friday, Oct. 4. Viking Dinner and Viking Disco.

Thursday, Nov. 14. Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.

Friday, Dec. 6. Julbord Dinner.

Friday, Dec. 13. Julbord Lunch and Dinner.

Friday, Dec. 20. Lutfisk Dinner.

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