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Scandinavian Heritage Foundation - Upcoming Events

                        Language Studies & Meet-ups   ~  Nordic Dancing   ~   Miscellaneous

This Week

Feb 24 - Special PIFF Encore Screening of Norway's "In Order of Disappearance"

Feb 28 - Grieg Lodge Scholarships Application Deadline

Next Week

Mar 6 - SHF's Friday Night Lecture Series: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge with Barbara Fankhauser
Mar 7 - Danish Sisterhood & Danish Brotherhood In America Himmelbjerget Fundraiser 
Mar 7 - Daughters of Norway Annual Torsk Dinner

March 6 - Norse Myths: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge with Barbara Fankhauser, president of the Portland Storytellers' Guild.
April 3 - Under the Swastika: A Student’s Experience in Occupied Norway during World War II. Olav Brakstad's story as told by his son Erik Brakstad, augmented by photographs Olav took during the occupation years.
May 1 - Estonia: A Culture of Friendship, Song and Dance with Lonnie Cline.

March 21 - Jean Akre and her crew lead this hands-on lefse-making class. SOLD OUT
April 25 - Looking for appetizer ideas? Mike O'Bryant, former executive director of SHF, will make gravlax and share serving suggestions.

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.

The 38th annual PIFF just ended, and this year the only Norwegian film shown in the festival is receiving a special encore screening! Come see "In Order of Disappearance" starring Stellan Skarsgaard on Tuesday February 24, at 8pm in the Whitsell Auditorium at the Portland Art Museum. This film is much funnier than its trailer is able to show! Buy tickets here through PIFF.

From Finland with Love: All Sibelius Concert

Friday March 20, 7:30-9:30pm, $15, West Hills Unitarian Universalist Fellowship: 8470 SW Oleson Rd, Portland OR. Sponsored by SHF and the Finlandia Foundation national and Columbia Pacific Chapter
To celebrate the 150th anniversary of the birth of Finnish composer Jean Sibelius, two young Finnish musicians - cellist Jussi Makkonen and pianist Ruusamari Teppo - will perform an all-Sibelius concert here in Portland. Teppo is the great-great-granddaughter of Jean Sibelius himself. Buy tickets and see the concert program online here. Watch a Music Video from cellist Jussi Makkonen here.

Ruben Östlund Film Retrospective

March 26-30, Portland Art Museum: 1219 SW Park Ave. Portland OR
SHF is proud to join the NW Film Center in bringing this touring retrospective of Swedish director Ruben Östlund's films to Portland. Four Östlund films will each be screened twice, and SHF will host a reception to celebrate Östlund's work on Saturday March 28, between the afternoon screening of Force Majeure and the evening screening of Involuntary. See the Films page of this website for details and tickets.

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

Himmelbjerget Fundraiser
Saturday March 7, 11:30am-2pm, $30, Bethany Lutheran Church

This delicious brunch is a fundraiser to benefit camp scholarships for the Himmelbjerget Danish Language and Culture CampRSVP by March 2 to Kaja Voldbaek at 503-636-6668 or Pre-payment for the event is preferred and can be made via check mailed to Christina Sallee at: Danish Sisterhood of America, Mt Hood Lodge #81, 16116 SW Deline Ct., Beaverton, Oregon 97007.

Daughters of Norway

Annual Torsk Dinner
Saturday March 7, $25, 2 Seatings: 4:30pm or 7:30pm, Norse Hall: 111 NE 11th Ave. at Couch, Portland OR

Come enjoy the famous Norwegian Torsk Dinner as only Daughters of Norway can make it! Menu: syltet sild forrett, flat brőd, grőnn ertesuppe, agurksalat, torsk med rekesaus, poteter og gullerőtter med smelted smőr, riskrem med rőd sos, kaffe, te, vin, og saft. Please fill out this RSVP form and be sure to make your check payable to "Frida Hansen #37."

Finlandia Foundation

Finnish Film Viewing at Nordic Reel Night: "Sibelius"
Tuesday March 10, 7pm, FREE, Norse Hall: 111 NE 11th Ave.

The film (with English subtitles) follows the life of Finland's most famous composer, Jean Sibelius (1865-1957), born when Finland was a Grand Duchy of the Russian Empire. Like many musicians and artists of the time, Sibelius was strongly influenced by the European movement called Romantic Nationalism, and much of his music inspired Finns in their struggle for independence. Complimentary snacks will be provided and beverages may be purchased. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a parent. Finlandia Foundation Columbia-Pacific Chapter would like to thank Sons of Norway Grieg Lodge for hosting the film.

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

February 21 - Attack: Select Basic Tools and Procedures
March 21 - Adaptation: Interpret (Translate) Your Materials
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 

Birthday Brunch & Scholarship Award Ceremony
Sunday April 12, 8:30am-1pm (awards given at 11am), Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave., $10 advance, $12 door, $5 children ages 5-12, under 5 free

This brunch is a fundraiser for the Grieg Lodge Scholarship Fund. In addition to the popular Viking Breakfast menu of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and fruit, the menu will include ham & asparagus strata, au gratin potatoes, riskrem and bloetkake. Buy your ticket by emailing or calling Kathy Gasperson at 503-235-3643. Seating is limited.

The Grieg Lodge Scholarship Fund is accepting applications for 2015!

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

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. 

Quarterly Hambo Fest
Monday April 6, 7-10pm, $4 drop-ins, under 30 free, Polish Hall: 3832 N. Interstate Ave. PDX 97227
Come learn the Hambo- Sweden’s National Folk Dance! There is a lesson from 7:30 open dance with lots of Hambos and easy mixers. No partner necessary. Conveniently located on the Max Yellow Line.

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.

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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