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 $114 for Club members, $144 for non-members.

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

Wednesdays, Sept. 7–28. Lilla Fredag (Little Friday).
Bar opens 5 p.m., dinner 5:30 ($15 for soup, bread), TV episode (Borgen) 6 p.m. Film donation $5.

Fridays, Sept. 9–30. Upcoming Music.
Our top floor bar is open every Friday evening from 5 p.m. until the last guest leaves. We serve food and we also have music! Sept. 9: Monty Banks; Sept. 16: Spyrographs; Sept. 23: Sergei Teleshev & his daughter Maria; Sept. 30: Skandia Kapell. Music is free, but food has a charge.

Friday, Sept. 9. Dinner & Jazz!
Monty Banks plays New Orleans jazz. Our menu is Swedish meatballs or Swedish beef stew, with peach cobbler for dessert. Please prepay online or by calling the Club. Dining 6 to 8 p.m. Music starts around 7 p.m.

Sunday, Sept. 11. Hike First, Pancakes Later.
Starting at the Club at 8:30 a.m., Lee Thomas will lead a group around Lake Union on the Cheshiahud Lake Union Loop Trail, named after a member of the Duwamish Tribe. Unlike most Native Americans, Cheshiahud did not leave Seattle in its early days to go to a reservation, but instead stayed on near Lake Union. Hikers return to the Club for pancakes around 11:30. Reservations required!

Sunday, Sept. 11. Swedish Pancake Breakfast!
One week late due to Labor Day. The usual great pancakes with lingonberries and whipped cream, ham, O.J., etc. Enjoy live music by Seattle Skandia Spelmanslag, Lyle Schaefer 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.

Tuesdays, Sept. 13–Oct. 18. Beginning Weaving Class.
Evening class from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. Learn from experienced instructor Lois Gaylord. Five sessions; $136 for blue card members and $165 for non-members. Register and prepay by calling 206-283-1090. Next class series Nov. 1–Dec. 6.

Wednesday, Sept. 14. Kafferep.
A formal fika at the Swedish Club. Monthly Swedish-style coffee party with homemade goodies from our best baking members. Bring what you’ve baked and join us! Or just come! Every second Wednesday. 2 p.m.

Wednesday, Sept. 14. Kvinnor Kan Book Club.
We’ll discuss Love & Saffron: A Novel of Friendship, Food, and Love by author Kim Fay—who’ll join us by Zoom! OK to drop in for one book. October’s book is Lucky Breaks (2022) by Ukrainian author Yevgenia Belorusets. For info: 206-283-1090 or e-mail

5 p.m. in the library.

Friday, Sept. 16. Happy Hour with the Spyrographs.
The Spyrographs will play a fun blend of ’60s pop, surf and tiki tunes! Dinner will be available for purchase; choose from Swedish meatballs or pork roast, with apple pie ā la mode for dessert. Music starts around 7 p.m. Tips for the musicians are very welcome!

Wednesday, Sept. 21. Book Club.
This book club continues to meet but is at capacity! For info: Joanne Foster at

Wednesday, Sept. 21. Members’ Dinner.
Our program is Joke Night at the Club! Bring your favorite Ole & Lena joke and you might win a prize! The menu is halibut with white wine sauce, potatoes, peas and carrots, and for dessert, apple crisp with vanilla sauce. RSVP by Tuesday at 12 noon.
$22. RSVPs after Tuesday and walk-ins $25.

Friday, Sept. 23. Happy Hour with Accordionists Sergei and Maria Teleshev.
Classically trained at the Academy of Music in Voronezh, Russia, Sergei Teleshev has won many regional and international accordion competitions. Tonight, he’ll perform for us with his daughter Maria. Nina & Georg Pedersen—accordion lovers—are sponsoring the evening! RSVP for a free dessert of White Russian tart!

Wednesday, Sept. 28. Bingo Is Back!
The ever-popular Bingo Night at the Club returns. Our bingo host is Jaxon Ravens. Every last Wednesday of the month. Starts around 7 p.m. No reservations necessary.

Friday, Sept. 30. Skandia Kapell at Happy Hour!
Meatballs or pork tenderloin, with kladdkaka for dessert. Dining 6 to 8 p.m. Our “house band” plays Scandinavian folk music, starting around 5:30 p.m.

Friday, Oct. 7. Viking Feast for Leif Erikson Day.
It’s our fifth annual Viking Feast with chef James Bushell! Please buy your tickets early. We’d hate for you to go berserk if you can’t get in. 6 p.m. $30 for blue card members. $35 for guests; reserve below. (The price goes up to $45 after the first 100 reservations.)

This year’s menu includes Viking-style pork, cod gröt (porridge), Viking-style greens, gravlax on barley cakes, broad beans and peas, and beets in oats. For dessert, everyone gets cherry gröt with oats and honey, topped with skyr and toasted hazelnuts. Everything is served buffet-style, so try whatever you want!

Viking Dinner


Mark Your Calendars
The following events are outside our usual routine of films, classes, programs, etc.—or > are events we’re often asked about by members who are planning far ahead.

RSVP for any of these events at or 206-283-1090.

Monday, Oct. 3. Fall quarter Swedish language classes begin.

Friday, Oct. 21. Scary stories by Larry Hohm and Mary Anne Moorman.

Saturday & Sunday, Nov. 5 & 6. Swedish Club’s Holiday Bazaar.

Saturday, Nov. 19. Fundraising gala dinner.

Fridays in December. Dec. 2 & 9: Julbord. Dec. 16: Lutfisk.

Saturday, Dec. 31. New Year’s Eve celebration.

Club closed Nov. 24–27; Dec. 23–26.

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 for our volunteer librarians to handle. We have put a moratorium on accepting any books. If 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