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Scandinavian Heritage Foundation - Upcoming Events

                        Language Studies & Meet-ups   ~  Nordic Dancing   ~   Miscellaneous

This Week

Dec 17 - Norwegian Film Viewing (Vinterkyss) at the Swedish Cultural Center  (WA)
Dec 18 - Nordic Christmas Concert by the Portland Scandinavian Choruses
Dec 19 - Lutfisk/Lutefisk Dinner at the Swedish Cultural Center (WA)
Dec 20 - Norske Runddansere's Sno Ball at Mazama Lodge
Dec 21 - Finnish/English Lucia Christmas Service at Immanuel Lutheran Church
Dec 21 - "Lil' Julaften" Service at St. Stephen Lutheran Church

Next Week

Dec 23 - Lillejuleaften Danish Christmas Service at Bethany Lutheran Church

January 9, 2015 - Norse Myths: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge with Barbara Fankhauser, president of the Portland Storytellers' Guild.
February 6, 2015 - The Royal Danish Ballet: A New Connection to Portland, presented by Frank Andersen, former Artistic Director of both the Royal Danish Ballet and the Royal Swedish Ballet. 

Cook & Eat Classes

January 24 - Karelian Pasties are a much-loved savory Finnish dish. Guest chef, Paivi Kilpi-Cramer, will demonstrate the preparation of these open-faced rye pastries.
February 21 - Local food writer and cookbook author, Ivy Manning, will prepare Swedish Caraway Rye Crisps and Norwegian Havre Kieks from her cookbook "Crackers & Dips." She will have her cookbooks for sale as well!

Nordic Christmas: a Portland Scandinavian Choruses Christmas Concert

Thursday December 18, 7-8:30pm, Temple Baptist Church: 1319 NE 7th Ave. Portland OR 97232, FREE 
Come enjoy beautiful songs from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway & Sweden. There is plenty of free parking.

Finnish/English Lucia Christmas Service

Sunday December 21, 10am, Immanuel Lutheran Church: 7810 SE 15th Ave. Portland OR 97202
As the Messiah Lutheran Church community waits for the Nordic Cultural Center to be built, they are hosting their traditional bi-lingual Finnish/English Lucia Service at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

St. Stephen "Lil' Julaften" Service featuring Fossegrimen

Sunday December 21, 11am, St. Stephen Lutheran Church: 290 W. Gloucester St. Gladstone, OR 97027 
This Scandinavian Service features carols, costumes and activities and food from the Scandinavian Tradition. Stick around afterwards for Scandinavian treats and a Holiday Gift and Bake Sale. Special Guests Fossegrimen are Oregon’s premier Scandinavian Folk Ensemble. Their music includes fiddle, Hardanger fiddle, nyckelharpa, guitar, mouth harp & bass violin! Contact (503) 656-8194 or

Danish Brotherhood of America

Danish Brotherhood Centennial Lodge #348 - Eugene OR 
Danish Brotherhood #167 - Portland OR & SW Washington 

Danish Sisterhood of America

Danish Sisterhood Mt. Hood Lodge #81 - Portland OR & SW Washington

Lillejuleaften Danish Christmas Service
Tuesday December 23, 7:30pm, Bethany Lutheran Church

Beloved pastor Jorn Muller will preach this special Lillejuleaften (Little Christmas Eve) service in Danish. All carols and hymns will be sung in Danish. As usual, there will be kaffebord and hygge after the service. All attending are asked to bring 2 dozen cookies to share.

Daughters of Norway

Finlandia Foundation

Annual Member Program & Dinner - Celebrating Sibelius
Saturday February 14, Smith Memorial Union Rm. 238 at PSU, $20, FFCPC and SHF members only

The FFCPC will host this very special annual program celebrating the 150th anniversary of composer Jean Sibelius with a live music performance and short DVD presentation. For dinner, choose from salmon or vegetarian, and enjoy a no-host wine and beer bar. There will also be a review of FFCPC's yearly activities and election of the 2015 FFCPC Board.

Contact Ross ( or Carol ( with questions.

3014 NW 67th St., Seattle WA
Office & Harmony Hall: 1833 N 105th St, Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98133

26 Faculty Road, Thousands Oaks, CA 91360. Phone: 805-241-1051.

12180 Park Avenue S, Tacoma, WA, 253.535.7349. Public Hours with FREE admission are on Sundays from 1pm-4pm, and Tuesdays & Wednesdays from 11am-3pm.

Scandinavian Genealogical Society

The SGS assists its members with family research. It resource files and speakers help people find hometowns, obtain and interpret records of families, and make contact with relatives. Meetings are on the third Saturday of the month. Meet at Portland State University in the Finnish Room (124 Cramer Hall). 9:00-12:00pm. Contact: Jeanette Hillend at 360-694-5815 or

Winter Schedule:
November 15, ScanFair: December 6 & 7, January 17 (2015), February 21 (2015), March 21 (2015) 

Sons of Norway

Grieg Lodge 2-15 - Portland OR
Norse Hall: 111 NE 11th at Couch, Portland OR,  503-236-3401 

The Grieg Lodge Scholarship Fund is now accepting applications for 2015!

1920 Dexter Avenue, Seattle, WA 98109,  206-283-1090

Norwegian Film Viewing: Vinterkyss (Kissed by Winter)
Wednesday December 17, 7:30pm, $5 donation

Thriller/drama set in Norway's snowy wilds. Following the death of her own child, a doctor gets caught up in a murder investigation.

Lutfisk/Lutefisk Dinner
Friday December 19, 6:30pm, $25 early RSVP, $30 at the door

Ballard's favorite Norwegian, Bjarne Varnes, will cook the lutefisk with help from Icelander Jens, while chefs Ann-Margret & Malin make everything else. Music by Lori Ann Reinhall, plus sing-along. To RSVP, contact or 206-283-1090 by Tuesday, December 16. Late RSVPs and at-the-door tickets are $30.

Three Crowns New Year's Eve Ball
Wednesday December 31, 8pm, $35 RSVP (until Dec 15), $40 late RSVP (after Dec 15), $50 at the door

Three floors of dancing with fun bands, great DJs and stunning views of Lake Union and downtown from every floor! Ballroom: Spyrographs play ABBA and other hits. Middle floor British Invasion, and upstairs: the Moonspinners. Plus, a food truck will be open for tasty vittles! Buy tickets online here.

Swedish Pancakes
Sunday January 4, 8am-1:30pm, $9 Guests, $7 Club members, $5 Children ages 5-12

Live music, dancing, and authentic Swedish pancakes with ham and lingonberries. Music by Spelmanslag, Folk Voice Band and Sprida Ut.

Swedish Language Classes Winter Quarter Begins
Monday January 5

Come learn Swedish! Several levels of beginning, intermediate, advanced and conversational Swedish. See the class schedule here.

Vasa Order of America

Lodge Tre Kronor #713 - Salem OR
Tre Kronor meets in the Recreation Room in the basement of the Willamette Lutheran Homes: 7693 Wheatland Rd. North, Keizer OR 

Harmoni Lodge #472 - Portland OR
Please contact with questions.

SHF's Lucia Queen of Light Scholarship 

An Oregon tradition since 1956, the Lucia Queen of Light scholarship honors young women of Nordic descent by crowning the official Lucia of Oregon each year and sending her off to college with a $2,500 scholarship. Please see the Lucia page of this website for complete details about this scholarship program. 

Grieg Lodge Scholarships - APPLY NOW!

The Grieg Lodge Scholarship Fund is now accepting applications for both its 2015 Academic Scholarships and its 2015 Bernhard & Johanna Fedde Grant. Applications for both are due by February 28, 2015. See the instructions on the GLSF website for more details.

SHF's Scandinavian of the Year Award

The Scandinavian of the Year Award is the most prestigious award given to an individual by SHF, and the winner is announced each year at the Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. Any local Scandinavian organization may nominate someone they feel is worthy of this award. If you have questions about this program, check out our website or call the office at (503) 977-0275.

Portland Danish Meet-up

Swedish Language Meet-Up

Practice your conversational Swedish, whatever level of proficiency. Come to the meetings once a month in NE Portland at 7:00 pm and speak Svenska! Email Peggy at for more information.

Pacific Lutheran University - Scandinavian Area Studies

PLU offers a Scandinavian Studies Program with a concentration either in Scandinavian Area Studies or Norwegian. 

Portland State University - World Languages & Literatures

PSU currently offers language classes in Norwegian & Swedish.

University of Oregon - Scandinavian Studies

U of O offers language (Danish, Finnish, Norwegian, Swedish & Old Norse [reading knowledge]) in addition to Scandinavian cultural, history & literature classes. 

University of Washington - Scandinavian Studies

UW courses include languages (Danish, Finnish, Norwegian & Swedish), literature, cinema, and drama. 

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 at or Karen Thompson at

Leikarringen of Portland

Sponsored by the Daughters of Norway and Norske Runddansere, this is a youth dance group ages 4 and up. Practices are at St. Philip Neri.

Nordlys Scandinavian Folkdance Ensemble

The Nordlys from Portland have been performing Scandinavian folk dances for audiences in Oregon/Washington since 1987. 

Norske Runddansere

Every Monday, 7:30-10pm, $4, No partner needed, Polish Hall at 3832 N. Interstate Ave., PDX, OR 97227
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. 

Snow Ball at Mazama Lodge 
Saturday December 20, Mazama Lodge, Glogg 3pm, Dinner 5pm, Dance 7:30pm, After Party Jam 11pm-?
Register by Nov. 17th and save $15 per person! Register by Nov. 24 and save $5 per person!
This great night of Scandinavian dancing, brought to you by Norske Runddansere, will feature live Scandinavian folk music by Hale Bill and the Bops. You must register before the event - fill out this registration form. Most people stay overnight at the lodge, but it is not required. Call 503-636-7509 or see for more information.

Annual Knut Dance
Monday January 12, 7:30-10pm, $8 Members, $12 Guests, Polish Hall: 3832 N. Interstate Ave. PDX OR 97227

This Norske Runddansere celebration will feature live Scandinavian folk music from Fossegrimmen. Folk costumes are encouraged but not required. Bring finger foods to share, and help dance the old tree out!

Vasa Youth Group (Rosebuds)

In the Vasa Youth Group Children's Swedish Dance Group, 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.

Celtic Languages: From the Viking Age to Modern Times

Thursday-Saturday June 4-6, 2015, 9am-5pm, University Place Hotel and Conference Center, PSU
The annual conference of the North American Association for Celtic Language Teachers will this year focus on the influence of the Scandinavian 'invasions' - beginning in the 8th Century - on the cultures and languages of the 6 Celtic Nations: Ireland, Scotland, Wales, The Isle of Man, Cornwall and Brittany. Contact Robert Burke, President of the Association, at 360-954-5529 or with questions.

Smithsonian Tour of Iceland with Dr. Scott Burns

July 11-21, 2015, Iceland!
Long-time SHF supporter Dr. Scott Burns (PSU professor of geology) is leading a 10-day tour of Iceland for the Smithsonian this coming summer. He has led these types of tours for Stanford University for the past 24 years to the Alps, the Dolomites, Alaska, the Canadian Rockies and the American Rockies. There will be walking and travel around Iceland. The trip is open to 24 people (7 have already signed up). The cost starts at $5000 and includes airfare, hotel, buses, and most meals. See the Smithsonian website for a detailed itinerary and to sign up, or call 1-855-330-1542.

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