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Upcoming Events

Coming Up...

 Lodges & Nordic Organizations

 Nordic Dancing

SHF Events

 Awards, Scholarships & Exchange


Festivals & Concerts Language Studies & Meet-Ups 


Coming Up...

This Week

Sep 15 - SHF's ScanFeast Raffle Tickets Available: "Under the Tuscan Sun" stay in Cortona, Italy

Sep 17 - Swedish Film Viewing at the Swedish Cultural Center (WA)
Sep 20 - Scandinavian Genealogical Society Meeting

Next Week

Sep 24 - Finnish Film Viewing (Road North) at the Swedish Cultural Center (WA)
Sep 26 - Grieg Lodge's First Annual Bingo & Kjoetballer Feast 

Sep 27 - SHF's Cook & Eat Class: Apple Pastries with Pastry Chef Tritia Tonn

Sep 27-28 - Swedish Genealogy Workshop in "Little Sweden USA" (KS)

SHF Events

September 27 - Apples and Fall go hand in hand! Join renowned pastry chef Tritia Tonn of Teton's Kitchen as she demonstrates some delicious apple creations: Caramelized Apple Cakes, Veiled Farm Girls with Cardamom, and Almond Macaroons with Apple Filling!
October 25 - Swedish Smorgasbord in time for the holidays, with guest chefs GunMarie Rosqvist and Carol Tripp.
November 22 - Annual Christmas Cookie Class. Guest chef Edda Sigurdar will share some of her favorite Christmas treats, including rjomaterta and kleinur, and we will also learn about some of the wonderful Scandinavian Christmas traditions.

SHF's 23rd Annual ScanFeast Auction & Gala

Saturday October 4, Doors Open 5pm, Washington Square Embassy Suites 
$100 per person before September 19, $110 thereafter
Our biggest fundraiser of the year is fast approaching! Call the SHF office at 503-977-0275 to get your tickets now for $100 per person, or for $110 each after September 19.  Want to stay overnight at the hotel? Click here to book a room at Embassy Suites on the night of ScanFeast at a discounted group rate.

Saturday & Sunday, December 6 & 7, Portland Veterans Memorial Coliseum: 300 N Winning Way, Portland OR 97227
Celebrate the sights, sounds, tastes, and traditions of a Nordic Christmas at this festival that is fun for the whole family. Enjoy live entertainment both days, delicious warm and cold Nordic food and treats, and vendors selling all things Nordic!

Festivals & Concerts 


The Nordic Romantics - Grieg and Nielsen

Tuesday, September 30, 7pm, $12 members, $14 non-members, Nordic Heritage Museum: 3014 NW 67th St. Seattle, WA 98117
The Novus Project is a consortium of musicians comprised of members of the Seattle Symphony and Pacific Northwest Ballet orchestras and other talented local musicians. In this concert the group will focus on works by Norwegian composer Edvard Grieg and Danish composer Carl Nielsen. Swedish soprano Marie Birve will perform Grieg songs with the group. Purchase tickets here or by calling 206-789-5707 ext. 10.



Lodges & Nordic Organizations


Danish Brotherhood/Danish Sisterhood (Portland, OR) 

Bethany Lutheran Church: 4330 NE 37th Ave. Portland, OR 97211

Danish Brotherhood & Sisterhood Lodge Meeting
October 11 - Danish Potluck, Sisters hosting

Bethany Lutheran Church. 12noon Social, 12:30pm Guest Speaker, 1pm Meal, 2pm Meetings

Danish Brotherhood #348 (Eugene, OR)

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Daughters of Norway

Frida Hansen Lodge #37

Embla lodge #2 Daughters of Norway - Tacoma, WA

Finlandia Foundation - Columbia Pacific Chapter

Grieg Lodge - Sons of Norway

Norse Hall: 111 NE 11th at Couch, Portland, (503) 236-4301 

First Annual Bingo & Kjoetballer Feast
Friday September 26, $12 includes dinner and one bingo card, Advance tickets required - available Sep. 4-22 call 503-236-3401

The Grieg Lodge Scholarship and Veikryss Committees invite you to the Bergen Bingo Palace for a traditional Norwegian meatball dinner and bingo extravaganza! Enjoy a no-host bar, dinner in the Bergen room, six games of bingo and dancing to The Pranksters. Win cash prizes, door prizes, and white elephant prizes (21 and older). All proceeds from this fundraiser benefit the Grieg Lodge Scholarship fund.

Eight Hands Too Grand 2014 Piano Concert
Sunday, October 5, 3pm, $50

Enjoy wine, hors d’oeuvres, dessert and wonderful music. Your senses will be filled with outstanding performances of everything from Mozart to Fats Waller by four accomplished pianists on two grand pianos, a flautist and two vocalists. Seating is limited. For ticket information contact info@glscholarship

Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner
Sunday, November 9, Seatings at noon, 2pm, 4pm, 6pm, $24 Adult, $10 Kids Age 5-12

Ignore the risk - try lutefisk!! The historic Grieg Lodge Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner is right around the corner. Want to sit with friends? Place ONE order for all guests with a single payment. Then sit down to a delicious dinner of lutefisk, meatballs, boiled potatoes, cream gravy, coleslaw, homemade lefse, cranberry relish, prune pudding, coffee and tea. Tickets available online here.

Ongoing Grieg Lodge Activities

Barnehage: Norwegian-Language Playtime: Saturdays, 1-2pm

Barnehage is a fun, non-threatening way for children ages 2-8 to learn Norwegian. Dual-language learning is provided through activities and play, facilitated by experienced bilingual teachers. Snacks are not provided, but you may bring your own. Suggested donation of $5 per child per week for general public. Questions? Please contact

Leikarringen for Children: 1st & 3rd Tuesdays, 7-7:30pm

Adult Folk Dancing: Every Tuesday. 7-7:30pm Instruction, 7:30-9pm Dance. Free for members, small price for guests.

Reel Nordic Film Fest: Every 2nd Tuesday, 6:30-9pm


New Sweden Cultural Heritage Society

New Sweden has worked to share, promote, strengthen and maintain our Swedish culture and heritage during the last 25 years. We continue to expand our efforts through our website, a quarterly Newsletter, and many events to celebrate Swedish traditions and culture. During Fall 2014 we will celebrate the past 25 years and all who have worked to unite the Swedish - American community, and will make plans for many more happy times to come. Please join us in our celebration!

~Carol Tripp, President


Nordic Heritage Museum

3014 NW 67th Street, Seattle ~

The Nordic Romantics Concert - September 30

See the Festivals & Concerts section of this webpage for more details. 

Nordic Knitting Conference
Friday October 3 - Sunday October 5

This conference is a unique chance to learn from nationally and internationally known knitters and textile artists. The conference is held every other year, and this year will feature the duo Arne & Carlos, Norway's knitting rock stars. Register online here at the Nordic Heritage Museum website.


Northwest Danish Association

1833 N 105th St, Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98133.  

For more information, visit their website or call (206) 523-3263.

Annual Membership Meeting & Dinner
Saturday October 11, Harmony Hall. 3pm Meeting, 5pm Social Hour, 6pm Danish Dinner

Reservations required. Call 206-523-3263 for information.

Annual Auction
Saturday October 25, 5-10pm, Harmony Hall

This annual auction raises funds for programs and activities for the NWDA. Included is champagne with silent auction bidding. Danish porcelain, restaurant gift certificates, Skagen watches, jewelry, lovely Christmas and special event baskets, akvavit, and much more are available for you to bid on. Watch the website and e-bulletins for information regarding donating items for the auction. Invitations will be mailed soon, or you can call the office to register: 206-523-3263.

Scandinavian Center (California Lutheran University)

Information: Richard or Anita Londgren, (805) 241-1051.

26 Faculty Road, Thousand Oaks, Calif. Go to

Nordic Spirit Seminar
The Norwegian Constitution - 200 Years: Inspiration, Drama and Lasting Legacy
Friday October 3, 12:30-8:30pm, CLU Campus, Thousand Oaks CA, 

Norway marks this year, 2014, as the 200-year anniversary of it's Constitution, and this seminar celebrates that fact. The seminar will feature prominent speakers and include talks and a panel discussion that examines how the Norwegian Constitution inspired liberal movements in Europe and possibly early politics of U.S. states. Register online here.


Scandinavian Cultural Center (Pacific Lutheran University)

12180 Park Avenue S, Tacoma, WA 98447, (253) 535-7349,

Scandinavian Hour Radio Show

Tune into the Scandinavian Hour every Saturday morning 6:00-7:00am at KKNW 1150 AM with Doug Warne as your host.


Scandinavian Genealogical Society (OR)

The Scandinavian Genealogical Society assists its members with family research. Resource files and speakers help find hometowns, obtain and interpret records of families, and make contact with relatives. Meet the 3rd Saturday of the month at PSU, in the Finnish Room (124 Cramer Hall). 9am-12pm. Contact: Jeanette Hillend 360-694-5815 ;

Fall/Winter Schedule: September 20, October 17, November 21, ScanFair: December 6 & 7

Swedish Cultural Center (Seattle)

1920 Dexter Ave. N, Seattle, WA 98109 (206) 283-1090 

Swedish Film Viewing - Autumn Sonata (Hoestsonaten)
Wednesday, September 17, 7:30pm, $5 donation

This film is about a daughter who longs for her mother’s love and is visited by her mother. Director Ingmar Bergman, actresses Ingrid Bergman and Live Ullmann. 99 minutes.

Finnish Film Viewing - Road North (Tie Pohjoiseen)
Wednesday September 24, 7:30pm, $5 donation

This film is about a long-estranged father and son who reconnect and take a road trip. 110 minutes.

Swedish Pancakes
Sunday October 5, 8am-1:30pm, $9 guests, $7 members, $5 children age 5-12

Enjoy live music and dancing, plus authentic Swedish pancakes, lingonberries, ham, and all the right fixin's. Music by Nordic Reflections, Spelmanslag, and Skandia Kapell. Stay afterward for genealogy help in the lobby.

Swedish Language Classes Resume Monday October 6!
Come learn Swedish! Multiple sections offer schedule flexibility, and there are classes at multiple levels of ability to suit everyone's needs. See the full 2014 fall class schedule here.

To the Nines!
Saturday, October 11

“To the Nines!” is the Club's major fundraising event of the year and will be a really fun evening! Plan now to attend.

Events happening weekly on Fridays:

Weaving Classes. Have fun learning how to weave! Instructor brings a table top loom for practice and the class weaves a project on the SCC's loom. 1:30-2:30pm. $3 donation, per session with instructor.

Swedish Kafé & Happy Hour! Smörgås sandwiches, Swedish meatballs, and home-made pastries. Kafé starts 12 noon. Evening food by Chefs Ann-Margret and Malin starts at 6 pm. Check the menu:

Library & Genealogy. Our Friday librarian and genealogist Alan McCool will guide you as you explore your genealogy or help you find a book. 1:30 to 3:30 pm.

Thor Lodge - Sons of Norway - Salem OR

Check out their website for more information.

Vasa Order of America Harmoni Lodge #472 - Portland OR
Questions? Please contact

Vasa Order of America Lodge Tre Kronor #713 - Salem OR
They meet in the Recreation Room in the basement of the Willamette Lutheran Retirement Community: 7693 Wheatland Rd. N., Keizer, OR 97303-3456



Awards, Scholarships & Exchanges

SHF's Lucia Queen of Light Scholarship  

An Oregon tradition since 1956, the Lucia, First Light of Christmas program brings young women of Nordic heritage in touch with this beloved legend of Scandinavia, while offering them the opportunity to serve their community and receive a scholarship. New in 2014, the scholarship amount is being increased from $1,000 to $2,500 thanks to the generosity of SHF members Robert & Nina Poe! Call the SHF office (503) 977-0275, visit the Lucia page of our website, or email us with any questions about the Lucia Scholarship program.

SHF's Scandinavian of the Year Award

The Scandinavian of the Year Award winner will be announced at 1pm at the Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival on June 14. If you have questions about this program, check out the Scandinavian of the Year page of this website or call the office at (503) 977-0275.




Language Studies & Meet-Ups

Swedish Language Meet-up

Practice your conversational Swedish, whatever level of proficiency. Come to the Meet-ups on the 2nd & 4th Mondays of each month in NE Portland at 7:00pm and speak Svenska. Email Peggy at for information.


Portland Danish Meet-up



Portland State University (OR) - Language Classes

PSU offers language classes in Danish, Finnish, Norwegian and Swedish in addition to various Danish literature and film courses. They also offer study abroad programs to Denmark. website

Pacific Lutheran University (WA) - Scandinavian Area Studies

PLU offers a Scandinavian Studies Program with a concentration either in Scandinavian Area Studies or Norwegian. There is a wide range of Scandinavian programs & a study abroad or internship program available. website

University of Oregon (OR) - Scandinavian Studies

U of O offers language (Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish & Old Norse [reading knowledge]) in addition to Scandinavian cultural, history & literature classes. The Dept. of German and Scandinavian offers study-abroad programs (Denmark, Finland, Norway & Sweden). website

University of Washington (WA) - Scandinavian Studies

U of W has a Scandinavian Studies Program including an undergraduate, graduate, summer and study abroad program. Courses include languages (Danish, Finnish, Norwegian & Swedish), literature, cinema, and drama. website 



Nordic Dancing

Norske Runddansere

Every Monday, 7:30-10pm, $4, No partner needed, Polish Hall at 3832 N. Interstate Ave. Portland OR
The Fall 2014 schedule runs from September 8 through December and includes a free lesson from 7:30-8:30pm with fantastic instructors, and dancing to requests from 8:30-10:00pm. There's always live music at special events, and also randomly throughout the season. There is something for everyone, from beginners to experienced dancers who want to brush up their technique. For more information, visit

Special Fall 2014 Runddansere Events:
Hambo Workshop - October 6
Harvest Dance - October 27
Sno-Ball at Mazama Lodge - December 20

Leikarringen of Portland

Even more fun than eating lutefisk ... it's Scandinavian dancing! Leikarringen of Portland is a multi-age performing, "award winning," youth dance group sponsored by the Daughters of Norway and Norske Runddansere. Dancers begin at age 4 and gradually gain skills to move up into our intermediate and then to our advanced troupe. A family affair, with second and third generation dancers performing with our group. Multiple directors/instructors provide years of dance background and share a wealth of dances from all the Scandinavian countries.

Practices Tuesdays at 2800 SE Harrison. Kids ages 4 and up! Contact: Christie Stilson (503) 449-9004 or 

Grieg Dansere 

Adult Scandinavian dancing. Every Tuesday, 7-9pm, at Norse Hall in Portland (111 NE 11th Ave.). Beginners always welcome and no partner required. Contact Shirley Bayer,

Grieg Lodge Leikarringen
Youth dance group. Meets 1st and 3rd Tuesdays, 7-7:30 pm, at Norse Hall (111 NE 11th Ave.). Parents of younger children are encouraged to participate. Contact David Champion, or Karen Thompson,

Vasa Youth Group (Rosebuds)

In the Vasa Rosebuds, dancers range in age from 2 to 18 years. They practice 2 times a month with performances mainly in December and June. Dancers come from across Portland and SW Washington, boys and girls both are welcome, and new members are accepted anytime. Email Christine and Teri at for more information, or visit the group's facebook page at




Genealogy Workshops in "Little Sweden USA"

Saturday-Sunday March 29-30 & September 27-28, at the Old Mill Museum in Lindsborg, Kansas
Learn about Swedish genealogy using the ArkivDigital program with help from experienced researchers at the Old Mill Museum in Lindsborg, Kansas. Attend 1 or 2 days in either the Spring or Fall sessions. There will be sessions for beginning and experienced researchers, computer stations for all attendees, and hands-on learning in every session. For more information, visit the Old Mill Museum website or call (785) 227-3595.

If you want your event posted on the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation's weekly Nordic Events Email or on the SHF website, please email Sassa at by 9:00am Friday morning.
The event must have a Nordic theme.




Any Questions? Email or call (503-977-0275)

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