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! Svea Male Chorus meets at 6:45 and the Swedish Women's Chorus at 7:30. Singing together is verrrry Swedish. No auditions, always fresh coffee, everyone welcome.

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, Oct. 31. Swedish Bingo in Costume.
Members and guests welcome with or without Halloween costumes. Enjoy pea soup, small plates and homemade limpa bread. Bring cash, as bingo cards can be sold only for cash. (First card $10, additional cards $5). Food at around 5, bingo at 7.

Saturday, Sunday, Nov. 3 & 4. Scandinavian Holiday Bazaar.
Holiday shopping at its best with vendors selling handmade and/or Nordic items. Two floors of crafts, gifts, baked goods and fun! Shrimp Skagen sandwiches, Birgit’s pea soup, waffles and meatballs on Saturday, Swedish pancakes on Sunday. The bar is open both days. Get an early start on holiday shopping, enjoy a great Swedish meal and greet old friends. 9 to 3 p.m.

Sunday, Nov. 4. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, coffee and orange juice. Music by Skandia Spelmanslag, Nordic Spirit and Nordiska 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.

Tuesdays, Nov. 6–Dec. 11. What’s Old Is New Again Folkdancing Series.
Learn basic folkdancing and exercise to live music. No partner necessary. Taught by Pat McMonagle. 7:30–9 p.m. $70 for blue card members, $80 for others. Wednesday, Nov. 7. 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 around 5 p.m., Trivia at 7 p.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 7. Board Meeting.
The monthly Board meeting is the first Wednesday of the month. Members are welcome to attend as guests. Public comment period at 6 p.m., followed by the meeting.

Thursday, Nov. 8. Volunteer Thank-You Dinner.
All volunteers are cordially invited to a wonderful dinner at the Club, as our way of saying thanks for your work all year long. Partners, spouses and drivers are welcome, but they’ll be charged $23 for the meal. Chef Christine will make a delicious Thanksgiving-style dinner. Volunteer or guest, we must have your RSVP by Tuesday, Nov. 6. 6 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 9. First Friday Jazz by a Seattle Treasure.
Music by Seattle’s legendary soul jazz pianist Overton Berry. Also, the extraordinary Jeff Davies will be joining Overton on bass. Recommended donation: $10. 7:30 p.m.

Friday, Nov. 9. Scandinavian Folkdance with Live Music.
For sure, we’ll learn some gamla danser (old-fashioned dances) this evening. Live music by the Metro Gnomes. Starting at 7:30 p.m., a quick lesson. Dance from 8 till 10 p.m. Partner not required! Donation: $10 members, $15 guests. For information, contact

Saturday, Nov. 10. Finnish Bazaar.
Northwest Finnish groups come together at the Swedish Club for their Joulumarkkinat (Christmas market). In addition to vendors, there will be music, dancing, Finnish pea soup, sandwiches, and pulla (Finnish sweet bread—yum!) Free coffee and free parking! 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Tuesdays, Nov. 13–Dec 11. 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: Nov. 13–Dec 11 (skip Nov. 20). Use the Club’s looms. Blue card members $89; nonmembers $112. 6:30–8:30 p.m. Class limited to 7 students. To hold your space, please contact the Club and pre-pay. OK to start one week late.

Wednesday, Nov. 14. Kvinnor Kan Book Club.
This book club was formed to read books with female protagonists. This month we’re reading Read My Pins, by Madeleine Albright, the story of how former Secretary of State Albright used her jewelry box to make history. Come prepared to share a selection from the book that was memorable to you. 5:30 p.m. Grab a drink and meet in the lobby. Info: or 206-283-1090.

Wednesday, Nov. 14. Members & Friends Dinner One Week Early.
Our regular schedule would place this dinner on the evening before Thanksgiving—so we’re moving it. Our program is by Norris Comer, editor of Northwest Yachting magazine. He’ll tell the fascinating story of a Norwegian shipwreck on the Washington coast in 1903, commemorated by a 10-foot granite monument that can be reached only by a rugged hike through Olympic National Park. Chef Malin makes us salad with beets & feta cheese, and Swedish kålpudding (beef & cabbage) served with potatoes, gravy and vegetables. For dessert, ice cream and strawberry jam. Social hour 5:30, dinner 6:30. $22. Reservations after Monday, Nov. 12, are charged $25.

Friday, Nov. 16. Holiday Matinee Concert.
Direct from Norway, soprano Reidun Horvei and pianist Inger-Kristine Riber will perform a free Vintersong concert at 2 p.m. in our dining room. Brought to us by the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Organization, this concert is free. Have lunch and then sit back and enjoy the music. In 2017 performances around Seattle, they stunned audiences with their beautiful music. Don’t miss it!

Friday, Nov. 16. Scary Stories.
Storytellers Larry Hohm and Mary Anne Moorman return to the Club with an evening of gripping tales, not for the faint of heart. These seasoned spinners of tales bring stories to life with skill and enthusiasm. Their mix of personal and literary narratives will take you on unexpected journeys. 7:30. Free, but we’ll ask for tips for the storytellers.

Wednesday, Nov. 21. Swedish Film.
Så som i himmelen (As It Is in Heaven). A successful international conductor interrupts his career and returns alone to his childhood village in Norrland, in the far north of Sweden. His life is changed and so is the town’s. Comedy, drama, music. 133 min. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation.

Friday, Nov. 23. Club Closed.
The Club is closed all day. No Friday Kafé, Happy Hour or dinner.

Saturday, Nov. 24. Guild Meeting.
Be part of the fund-raising, fun-raising mission of the Club! 10 a.m.

Wednesday, Nov. 28. Decorate the Christmas Trees.
Everyone’s welcome to decorate trees on each floor. Food at 5 p.m., trees at 6. Enjoy an inaugural cup of the season’s first batch of glögg.

Wednesday, Nov. 28. Finnish Film.
Tummien perhosten koti (The Home of Dark Butterflies), 2008. The searing story of an island home for largely forgotten boys. One boy escapes, but unforeseen consequences ensue. $5 donation. 108 min.

Wednesday, Nov. 28. Kafferep.
Monthly Swedish-style coffee party with homemade goodies from our best baking members. 2 p.m. You’re very welcome.

Wednesday, Nov. 28. Swedish Bingo!
Members and guests welcome. Enjoy pea soup, homemade limpa bread and small plates. Bring cash—bingo cards can be sold only for cash. (First card $10, additional cards $5). Food at around 5, bingo at 7.

Wednesday, Nov. 28. Book Club.
We’re reading Factfulness: Ten Reasons We’re Wrong about the World…and Why Things Are Better Than You Think by Swedish author Hans Rosling. The title says it all. Grab a drink and meet in the lobby. 5:30 p.m. Info: or 206-715-4869.

Friday, Nov. 30. Billy Joe Huels at Happy Hour.
He packed the house last time, so we’re happy to bring him back. Billy Joe is an amazing trumpet player, guitarist and front man. If you like to dance, you’ll be up and grooving to his music! No cover charge, but tips welcome. 7:30 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 2. Scandinavian Sweater Snag.
Donate your gently used sweaters to the Guild now—and return the first Sunday in December to buy a sweater that’s new to you for the winter! 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Sunday, Dec. 2. Swedish Pancakes.
Music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, ham, lingonberries, coffee and orange juice. Music by Bjarne Jacobsen, Seattle Lilla Spelmanslag and Nordleik. 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.

Sunday, Dec. 2. Swedish Christmas Crafts.
Sign up to make any of the following: a 10-inch painted wooden Dala horse; woven hearts or baskets; a wreath; and mostly for youngsters, Swedish wrapping paper. Each craft costs $5, except for the horse, which costs $10. Quantities are limited, so signups are mandatory. Call the office to register: 206-283-1090. Starts at 1 p.m.

Fridays, Dec. 7 & 14. Julbord.
Traditional Swedish Christmas food by our Swedish chefs, Ann- Margret Lightle and Malin Jonsson. Come for the delicious food, Christmas music and the wonderful ambiance at the Club. Three seatings: Survival tip: start with glögg, move on to the fish, continue with cold meat and warm dishes, and finish with rice pudding and sweets. Or use the form below.
Choose your meal:

Sunday, Dec. 9. Luciafest.
Enjoy our annual St. Lucia's Day observation. This year, the youngsters of the community provide the entertainment, with fiddle tunes from Lilla Spelmanslag and dancing from Barneleikkarringen. 3 p.m. to start, but stay afterward for dancing around the tree. $5 for adults, $3 for children 12 and younger.
Mark Your Calendars
The following are events we’re often asked about by members who are planning far ahead.

Tuesday, Dec. 6. Scandinavian dance classes start.

Sunday, Dec. 9. Luciafest with UW students.

Friday, Dec. 21. Lutfisk dinner.

Monday–Wednesday, Dec. 24–26. Club closed for Christmas holiday.

Monday, Dec. 31. New Year’s Eve at the Swedish Club.

Friday, Apr. 5, 2019. ABBA Night.

Saturday, May 18, 2019. 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