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

Tuesdays, Mar. 12–Apr. 2. 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: Mar. 12–Apr. 2. 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, please contact the Club and prepay. OK to start one week late.

Wednesday, Mar. 13. Kvinnor Kan Book Club.
This book club was formed to read books with female protagonists. This month’s book is Reading with Patrick by Michelle Kuo. It’s an inspirational story of friendship, a coming-of-age story for both a young teacher and a student, with a strong message on education, race and justice in the South. Grab a drink and meet in the lobby. Info: or 206-283-1090. 5:30 p.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 13. Craft & Cocktails.
Every second Wednesday evening is a craft session in the bar at the Swedish Club. Pea soup starts at 5, crafts anytime. (You bring your favorite craft project!)

Wednesday, Mar. 13. Swedish-Danish Film.
Unga Astrid (Becoming Astrid). Biographical drama film about the early life of Swedish author Astrid Lindgren, who went on to write the Pippi Longstocking series. 123 min. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Friday, Mar. 15. An Irish Pub at the Swedish Club.
Put on your kilts and join the Haggis Brothers for a night of high-spirited traditional Irish and Celtic tunes. You’ll enjoy Irish music, an Irish meal, the works! Food starts at 6 p.m.; music at 7:30.

Wednesday, Mar. 20. Book Club.
We’re reading Marie Grubbe by Jens Peter Jacobsen. Written in 1876, it’s the story of a woman living a passionate life in the 17th century. Hailed when it was written as a sign of modernity. Grab a drink and meet in the lobby or library. 5:30 p.m. For info, contact or call 206-715-4869.

Wednesday, Mar. 20. Members & Friends Dinner.
Lori Ann Reinhall, president of the Seattle-Bergen Sister City organization, presents a program on Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg. Soprano Laura Loge and pianist Steven Luksan will perform some of Grieg’s music. Chef Christine makes us baked salmon with lemon-dill sauce, red potatoes, green salad, bread and blueberry gingerbread for dessert. Social hour 5:30, dinner 6:30. $25.

Reservations after Monday, Mar. 18, are charged $25.

Friday Mar. 22. Waffle Dagen.
Every year on Mar. 25, Swedes eat waffles because the religious holiday for the day, Vårfrudagen, sounds like våffeldagen (waffle day). We’ll be serving waffles in the bar from noon to 2 p.m. Not for sale, but for donations.

Friday, Mar. 22. Dress to the Nines at Happy Hour!
A night of torch, pop and jazz with Cheryl Serio and Elizabeth Carpenter. Old-school Great American Songbook tunes and beyond. No cover charge, but tips encouraged. 7:30. Please dress up!

Saturday, Mar. 23. Guild Meeting.
Be part of the fundraising, fun-raising mission of the Club! 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Mar. 27. Kafferep.
Monthly Swedish-style coffee party with homemade goodies from our best baking members. 2 p.m. You’re very welcome.

Wednesday, Mar. 27. Finnish Film.
Äkkilähtö (Off the Map). Part road film, part chase film, part fish-out-of-water film, part romantic comedy. It’s possible to find happiness in unexpected ways. 7:30 p.m. 95 min. $5 donation.

Wednesday, Mar. 27. Swedish Bingo!
Members and guests welcome. Enjoy pea soup and homemade limpa bread, and also meat and cheese plates. Bring cash for your bingo cards. (First card $10, additional cards $5). Food at 5 p.m., bingo at 7 p.m.

Friday, Mar. 29. Nordic Exchange: A Taste of the Swedish Club!
Members of the Leif Erikson Lodge of Sons of Norway are our guests for the evening, as we show them how much fun it is at the Swedish Club. We’ll treat them to a dinner of Swedish pancakes, followed by brief games of Trivia and bingo. The evening concludes with a folkdancing lesson and live music by some of our pancake musicians. Sons of Norway are free, members of both clubs pay half price and our members pay $9 for dinner. Leif Erikson Lodge members RSVP to the Lodge at 206-783-1274. Club members: make your reservation with the Club.

Monday, Apr. 1. 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.) End date: June 3.

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

Friday, Apr. 5. ABBA Night.

Saturday, May 18. Back to Our Roots Auction.

Kvinnor Kan Dinner. Due to a schedule conflict, this event is postponed until further notice.

Saturday, June 1. Swedish Car Show.

Friday, June 7. National Day Dinner.

Friday, June 21. Midsommar Dinner and Celebration.

Thursday, July 4. Fourth of July at the Club.

Friday, Aug. 9. Finnish Your Dinner.

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