Smörgås sandwiches, Swedish meatballs and homemade pastries. Kafé starts at noon with Chef Malin Jonsson. Happy Hour 5-10:30 p.m., with evening meal by Chef Lori Barber starting at 6. Different entrees each week. Always a fantastic view. 1920 Dexter Ave. N.
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 $75 for SCC members, $95 for non-members.
Every Friday. Library & Genealogy.
Our Friday genealogist returns from leave in June. Please call or to make a reservation for genealogy.
Every Friday. Friday Volunteers.
Every Friday morning, you bring the elbow grease and we’ll provide the task list plus lunch. Volunteers who come at 10 a.m. and stay to lend a hand with cleaning, building maintenance, painting, gardening, etc., will get a lunch of Ann-Margret’s meatballs at 1 p.m. Please RSVP or call 206-283-1090 by Wednesday so that we have the tools and tasks ready for you!
Every Friday. “Foyle's War.”
We’re showing the World War II British crime drama series “Foyle's War” at 7:45 p.m. in the Board Room. Free.
Every Friday. Viking Series.
Just for the summer, we’re watching the BBC documentary "Civilisation," outlining the history of Western art, architecture and philosophy since the Dark Ages. In the fall, we’ll start again with Viking history led by history buff and SC Board member Larry Johnson every Friday. 5:45. Free.
Every Friday. Matinee.
Scandinavian films with English subtitles. $5 donation. 2 p.m. Come early for a delicious lunch in our Friday Kafé.
- June 14. Danish-Swedish film: Pelle the Conqueror. Oscar-winning 1987 drama about a father and son in tough times. 150 minutes.
- June 21. Swedish film: Irymden finns inga känslor (Simple Simon). 83 minutes.
- June 28. English-language film made in France: Chocolat. By Swedish director Lasse Hallström. 122 minutes.
We’ll discuss The Nightmare (Paganinikontraktet) by Lars Kepler. Read in Swedish or English, and join us to discuss this novel about gender inequalities of the modern world. 5:30 p.m.
Wednesday, June 12. Members & Friends Dinner.
Our evening’s program will be provided by our own Swedish Women’s Chorus and their incredibly talented director, Maria Mannisto. Our menu will be our annual “Pizza & Potluck.” Club member Byron Strange will provide Pizza Hut pizzas and dinner guests will bring potluck salads and desserts. RSVP deadline is 12 noon on Tuesday, June 11. Bring potluck for the table or pay $7 to help cover wait staff, linens, etc. Social hour 5:30, dinner 6:30, meeting 7:30 p.m.
Friday, June 14. Happy Hour Live Music.
Folk Voice Band plays old favorites during dinner hour, 6–8 p.m.
Sunday, June 16. Vasa Park Midsommar.
The traditional place to celebrate midsommar in the Northwest. Beautiful outdoor setting for music, dance and food. Learn more.
Week of June 17. Swedish Language Classes Begin!
This quarter we offer Swedish language classes at all levels, from beginning to advanced—plus our popular conversation and drop-in classes. Start preparing for your next trip to Sweden, or brush up on what you've already learned. Check out the schedule and sign up.
Wednesday, June 19. Swedish Film.
Simple Simon (Irymden finns inga känslor). Simon is an 18-year-old man with Asperger’s syndrome who sets out to fix his brother’s romantic problems. 2010, 83 minutes. 7:30 p.m. $5 donation.
Friday, June 21. Meet Me at Midsommar.
Who says there ain’t no cure for the summertime blues? Northwest Swedes have several opportunities to participate in a good old-fashioned Scandinavian midsommar celebration, including our own little slice of tradition here at the Swedish Club. Things get under way at 4 p.m. when we decorate the majstång (maypole), which is nearly as much fun as dancing around it later. Then at 6 p.m. we’ll tuck in to a traditional summer smörgåsbord prepared by Chef Malin Jonsson (who’s also our Vice President). You’ll find delicious cheese, pickled herring, gravlax, meatballs and so much more! Having eaten ourselves silly, we’ll work off part of the meal by dancing around the majstång to live music by the talented Lori Ann Reinhall. The whole shebang is $25, and well worth it. Reservations preferred.
Wednesday, June 26. Kafferep.
The fourth Wednesday of the month is our monthly Swedish-style coffee party with homemade goodies from our best bakers. Everyone is welcome. 2 p.m.
Wednesday, June 26. Auction Volunteer Kickoff Party.
Come put your heads together to help plan our October auction, From Sweden with Love. Join us, 7–8:30 p.m. at the Club and get your volunteer assignment. We're seeking help in the following areas:
- Office/data entry
Friday, June 28. Friday Talk.
UW visiting scholar Susan Holmberg speaks on “Almost Paradise? A Look at Life in Contemporary Sweden from a Citizen’s Perspective.” Free. 7 p.m. DJ Jonasson spins contemporary music in the bar, starting at 8.
Sunday, June 30. Skandia Midsommarfest.
Sponsored by Skandia Folkdance Society, this is the most colorful and best Scandinavian music and dance event of the year! Held at St. Edwards Park in Kenmore. The Club will need volunteers to staff our booth. Starts at 10 a.m. and goes all day. Dancers, musicians, vendors, etc. A wonderful event! Learn more.
Thursday, July 4. Celebrate at the Club!
What better place to watch the fireworks over Lake Union? We’re taking reservations now for dinner plus music and fireworks. RSVP early for a better seat.
Save the Date
- Wednesday, Sept. 11. Members & Friends Dinner. Chef Ann-Margret
will do a cooking lesson.
- Friday, Sept. 13. Happy Hour music with Simon Lynge.
- Saturday, Sept. 14. Crayfish Dinner.
- Friday, Oct. 18. Happy Hour music with Pekka and Perttu.
- Sunday, Oct. 27. Annual Auction: From Sweden with Love.
The Swedish Club Board and staff are excited to announce our upcoming auction, From Sweden with Love, to be held Oct. 27 at the Club. It’s the 50th anniversary of the classic James Bond spy thriller From Russia with Love, and our theme pairs our nostalgia for 1960s sophistication with our love of all things Swedish. It’s an intriguing combination for an unforgettable evening filled with entertainment, excellent cuisine and opportunities to bid on hard-to-resist items! You’ll have a chance to mix and mingle and get a taste of James Bond style, the Swedish way. All proceeds will benefit the Swedish Club’s new roof.
The Auction Committee seeks volunteers for procurement, data entry, decorations, setup and cleanup for the event. Join the behind-the-scenes planning. We also need your high-quality donations. Finally, here’s a hint for anyone traveling to Sweden this summer: Please bring us back a treasure that will bring in great bids, such as a bottle of typical Swedish liquor, or a piece of lovely Swedish weaving or unique jewelry.
Contact Board Members or for more information. We look forward to seeing you at the auction! Get ready for 007.
- Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 2 & 3. Holiday Bazaar.
- Thursday, Nov. 21. Volunteer Appreciation Dinner.
- Sunday, Dec. 1. Holiday Crafts. Learn how to make a woven
star for your Christmas tree or window, or potato sausage for your dinner.
- Friday, Dec. 6. Julbord.
- Sunday, Dec. 8. Lucia Fest with UW.
- Saturday, Dec. 14. Lucia Bal.
- Friday, Dec. 20. Lutfisk Dinner.
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!
Right now, we need volunteers to help with all aspects of our annual auction, and we’re seeking donations of high-quality items and experiences. For more information, or to volunteer, or call 206-283-1090.
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.
Genealogy help. Free to Swedish Cultural Center members. Genealogist/librarian Alan McCool is available Fridays, 1:30–3:30 p.m., to help you find a book or look up your family on our online genealogy resources. or just drop by.