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This Week

April 28 - Lucia Queen of Light Scholarship Applications Available

April 29 - ECHO Brown Bag Lunch at CLU's ScanCenter (CA)
April 30 - New Sweden's Walpurgis/Vappa Celebration 
April 30 - Last Day to Save the Norwegian American Weekly

May 1 - SHF's Friday Night Lecture Series: Estonia with Lonnie Cline

Next Week

May 3 - Swedish Pancakes at the Swedish Cultural Center (WA) 
May 8 - New Sweden's Annual Antique & Garage Sale 
May 9 - The Gold Rush Is On! Swedish Cultural Center's Annual Auction (WA) 
May 10 - Grieg Lodge's Mother's Day Viking Pancake Breakfast

Come hear the last Friday Night Lecture before the Summer Break:
May 1 - Estonia: A Culture of Friendship, Song and Dance with Lonnie Cline.

Come enjoy the last class of the 2014-2015 Cook & Eat Season:
May 23 - Guest chef Loren Skogland, chef and co-owner of Milo's City Cafe, will prepare a Scandinavian lunch. Menu TBA.

Application Deadline: May 22, 2015
SHF is now accepting nominations from all local local Nordic organizations for its Scandinavian of the Year Award, one of the most prestigious annual awards SHF offer. All local organizations should nominate any individual whom they feel has made an outstanding contribution or achievement to their community during 2014. See the Scandinavian of the Year page of this website for details and a copy of the nomination form.

Nordic Cultural Center Opening Celebration Weekend

June 26-28, FREE, SHF's new Center at 8800 SW Oleson Road!
This first full weekend of activities open to the public at our new cultural center will present a veritable "smorgasbord" of events for the entire family. Enjoy food, drink, entertainment, arts and crafts demonstrations and more. Come see what the center holds in store for you!

Spring Concert & Auction for the Portland Scandinavian Chorus

PSC Spring 2015 Flyer Saturday May 16, 2pm Auction, 4pm Concert, FREE, Donations welcome. Bethany Presbyterian Church: 15505 NW Springville Rd. Portland OR 97229
This annual fundraiser helps support the Portland Scandinavian Chorus, a group of about 60 singers who perform in the Swedish, Norwegian, Danish, Finnish, and Icelandic languages. Shop for unique auction items before the concert, then enjoy an hour of song and special treats afterward. See the Portland Scandinavian Chorus Spring 2015 Flyer for details.

Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

Saturday June 13, Oaks Park: 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland, OR 97202
Everyone is welcome at this summer solstice festival! Anyone who's been there before knows that it's always a fun, family-friendly day filled with games, dancing, food, music, Scandinavian crafts and of course the raising of the Maypole. Presented by SHF and the League of Swedish Societies.

Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

Friday-Sunday June 19-21, Clatsop County Fairgrounds: 92937 Walluski Loop, Astoria OR 97103 
The festival embodies the rich cultural heritage that was transplanted to the Astoria, Oregon region by emigrating Scandinavians. In the Pacific Northwest they found the same bounteous seas and forests as in their native lands and the demand for their skills at managing them. During the three days of the festival over a dozen Scandinavian musical, dance, and theater groups are scheduled to entertain . Retail booths will offer handcrafts, Scandinavian import items, and traditional Scandinavian foods.

Danish Brotherhood of America

Danish Brotherhood Centennial Lodge #348 - Eugene OR 
Danish Brotherhood #167 - Portland OR & SW Washington 
Bethany Lutheran Church: 4330 NE 37th Ave. Portland, OR 97211

Danish Sisterhood of America

Danish Sisterhood Mt. Hood Lodge #81 - Portland OR & SW Washington
Bethany Lutheran Church: 4330 NE 37th Ave. Portland, OR 97211

Daughters of Norway

Frida Hansen Lodge # 37 - Portland OR 

Finlandia Foundation

Contact Ross ( or Carol ( with questions.

Walpurgis/Vappu Celebration
Thursday April 30, 7pm, 25495 Hoffmeister Rd, Damascus OR

New Sweden's Walpurgis/Vappu celebration this year will be at Don Leethem’s home in Damascus OR. There will be snacks, simi, punch, varm korv and sweets. No dogs, please. See the event flyer for full details.

Annual Antique & Garage Sale
Friday May 8, 10am-5pm and Saturday May 9, 10am-3pm
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship: 8470 SW Oleson Road, Portland

Multiple families contribute to this annual sale of antiques which raises funds for New Sweden and Trollbacken, a Swedish language summer camp. See the event flyer or call 503-244-3697 for more information. Handicap access. Parking available. 

Trollbacken Language Camp
Application Deadline: May 18.  Camp: August 17-22, 2015

Registration is now open for Trollbacken, the Swedish Language and Culture Camp! To print a copy of the registration form or counselor application, please visit the Trollbacken website. Early registration is encouraged since enrollment is limited. Please note that your camper fee/junior counselor check will not be cashed before the 18th of May.

3014 NW 67th St., Seattle WA

Exhibit: "Finland: Designed Environments"
March 12 - July 26, 2015

This exhibit looks at the explosion of creativity in Finnish design over the last 15 years. Examples of furnishings, fashion, and craft, as well as architecture and urbanism, illustrate how nearly every aspect of Finnish life incorporates thoughtful design thinking - from city streets and summer homes to fashion and food - and is marked by sensitivity to form and material. The exhibition is the first significant U.S. museum presentation since the 1990s to examine contemporary Finnish design.
Office & Harmony Hall: 1833 N 105th St, Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98133

Danish American Cultural Retreat
June 26-28, Menucha Retreat & Conference Center in Corbett OR

The Danish Cultural Conference has been held for 30 years. The new name for this get-a-way is Danish American Cultural Retreat to more accurately reflect the program and experience. There are speakers from various walks of life on various topics related to the Danish culture. In addition, we take guided walks through the forest and a field trip to nearby sites. See the NWDA website for more information and registration. Or call 206-523-3263.

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

Brown Bag Lunch: ECHO...Echo...echo
Wednesday April 29, 12noon

Join and chime in as the student staff members of the Cal Lutheran student newspaper, the Echo, present on the what, who, why, when, where and how they go about the business of publishing the Echo.

Book: Oregon Glacier
Richard Londgren, director of the Scandinavian Center at CLU, has written 10 books, all novels featuring Scandinavians, and one of them could have particular interest to those of us in Oregon! It is about Oregon native Sandy Sandstrom and the challenges, threats and perseverance related to sports, environment, politics and business. All ten books are available as Amazon Kindle and seven are also available as Amazon CreateSpace print-on-demand paperbacks.

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

April 18 - Architecture: Discover the Design in DNA
May 16 - Attic Exploration 1: Find Military Records
June 20 - Attic Exploration 2: Find Passenger Lists

Sons of Norway

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

Mother's Day Viking Pancake Breakfast
Sunday May 10, 8:30am-1pm, Norse Hall, Adults: $7. Children 5-12: $4 (under 5: free)

What better way to celebrate Mother’s Day than to start the day with a plate of delicious, all-you-can-eat pancakes?! Our popular breakfast includes sides of eggs, sausages, fresh fruit, applesauce, orange juice, tea and bottomless cups of coffee - all served up with Norwegian charm. Children’s Nordic story time in the library from 10-11am. Kristine Crompton will be selling beautiful hand-crafted, one-of-a-kind beaded jewelry with all proceeds donated to the Grieg Lodge Scholarship Fund. Happy Mother’s Day in advance from the members of Grieg Lodge!!!

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

Swedish Pancakes
Sunday May 3, 8am-1:30pm, $9 guests, $7 members, $5 children 5-12
Live music, dancing, and authentic Swedish pancakes, with ham, lingonberries. Music by Nordic Reflections, Skolkis, and Folk Voice Band.

The Gold Rush Is On!
Friday May 9, $75, Buy tickets here
The Club's biggest fundraiser of the year, the annual auction. It’s got a few twists this year but it's always the best - and most fun! - way to support he Club.

Members & Friends Dinner Meeting
Wednesday, May 13, Social 5:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm, $20 by Monday May 11, $25 after. RSVP to 206-283-1090 or

The program is by Karl-Iver Pettersson from Aangermanland. He’s had a life-long dream to come to America to play music for Swedish-Americans. So, he’s coming to the Club!

90th Birthday Party for Stan Boreson
Friday, May 15, $45 Members (buy through the Club); $50 Non-Members (buy online here)

Stan Boreson turns 90 at the Swedish Club! There will be mucho crockus and hallabolooza as the ol’ Norwegian is allowing the Swedish Club to celebrate his birthday. Course, they’re holding the party on the weekend of the Norwegian holiday, the 17th of May. If you love Stan, come to the party. He’ll sing and perform, and Steve Wilson of Almost Live! fame, will MC the event. Includes dinner, Stan’s favorite meal, meatloaf!

Visit from Swedish Musicians
Friday May 15, 7:30pm, FREE

Karl-Iver Pettersson and his Swedish friends from Aangermanland will entertain upstairs in the bar.

Watch Eurovision 2015
Saturday May 23, 7pm-Midnight, FREE

We’re watching Europe’s annual song competition almost live in our bar. Icelandic performer Haffi Haf will spin music between the official entry songs in the Eurovision contest, and if you know Haffi, you know he’ll be very entertaining! Dinner available for purchase.

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 - APPLY NOW!

Deadline: November 1, 2015
This is the 60th year that the Lucia Queen of Light Scholarship program will honor young women of Nordic descent and crown the official Lucia of Oregon.
 Please see the
Lucia page of this website for complete details and application instructions.

SHF's Scandinavian of the Year Award - APPLY NOW!

Deadline: May 22, 2015
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. 

26th Annual Birthday Ball 
Monday May 18, 7:30-10pm, $8 NR/Leikarringen members, $12 nonmembers, 2 fees = family entry, $5 listening only, Polish Hall: 3832 N. Interstate Ave. PDX 97227
A festive occasion with spirited Scandinavian folk dance and live music from Portland’s own Hapsala! Please bring finger foods to share, folk costumes encouraged but not required. No partner necessary.

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.

One week left to save the Norwegian American Weekly!

End of Indiegogo Campaign: April 30, 2015
Once upon a time, there were hundreds of Norwegian newspapers in America. Today only one of these newspapers remains: the Norwegian American Weekly, the result of a merger between the Western Viking and Norway Times, both of which have been publishing for over 125 years. Tough times for newspapers has led to a decline in subscriptions and advertising that recently prompted NAW to announce its immediate closure. Though continuing to publish, NAW needs help and is reaching out through an Indiegogo campaign. As time is running out, a benefactor has offered to match all donations (up to $5,000). Donate now and double the effect of your contribution!

History of Norway - Book Release

American author John A. Yilek has written a new book called History of Norway, which clearly describes Norway's history from the earliest cultures of the Stone Age to the present day. The book is the first comprehensive history of Norway by an author from an English-speaking country in over 50 years, and it is filled with stories of Vikings, the Sami, kings and queens, farmers and fishermen, the Black Death, the Hanseatic merchants, the Reformation, Norwegian independence, emigration from Norway to America, polar explorers, World War II in Norway, and much more. The book is available in paperback or ebook at bookstores, Scandinavian gift shops, and online booksellers. The author teaches Norwegian history in the Mindekirken Norwegian Language & Culture Program in Minneapolis.

Syttende Mai Celebration at Johan Vineyards

Saturday May 16, 11am-5pm
Johan Vineyards is pleased to extend an invitation to all who love Norway to come celebrate Syttende Mai with them (in your bunad if possible!). They will extend complimentary tastings to anyone with an SHF membership card, Viking Soul Food will be there selling food, and they hope to have a youth dance group perform as well.

A Swedish Evening with author Anna Brones at Border Nord

Friday May 15, 6-8:30pm, $35 PCA members, $50 Non-members
Broder Nord: 2240 N Interstate Ave. Portland, OR 97227

The Portland Culinary Alliance (PCA) is proud to present an evening with Anna Brones, author of Fika: The Art of the Swedish Coffee Break, to learn more about this time-honored Swedish tradition that has come to be loved around the world, and to also learn how to bake one of the most iconic fika dishes: kanelbullar, the Swedish cinnamon roll. To pair with the kanelbullar, the coffee experts from Sprudge will sample a variety of Nordic coffee blends. Broder Nord will prepare a light Scandinavian-inspired dinner including Swedish dumplings called Krappkakor, a potato dumpling with salt pork and lingonberry jam and their house-made gravlax on rye bread. Ticket includes dinner, cocktail, signed copy of Fika and a pastry demo. Buy tickets here.

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.

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