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Scandinavian Heritage Foundation - Upcoming Events

                        Language Studies & Meet-ups   ~  Nordic Dancing   ~   Miscellaneous

This Week

Jan 28 - Finnish Film Viewing (Under the North Star II) at the Swedish Cultural Center (WA) 
Jan 28 - "Blowing in the wind from Minneapolis" Brown Bag Lunch at CLU's ScanCenter (CA)
Feb 1 - Swedish Pancakes at the Swedish Cultural Center (WA)
Feb 1 - Superbowl Sunday Viewing at the Swedish Cultural Center (WA)
Feb 2 - Norske Runddansere's Hambo Fest

Next Week

Feb 5 - First Day of Portland International Film Festival (ends February 21)

Feb 6 - Friday Night Lecture Series: Frank Andersen of the Royal Danish Ballet
Feb 9 - "100 Year Old Man" Swedish Film Viewing & Reception at PIFF

February 9 - 100 Year Old Man (Sweden)
February 12 - In Order of Disappearance (Norway)
February 15 - Concrete Night (Finland)
February 17 - Sorrow and Joy (Denmark)
Please see the Films page of our website for showtimes and tickets.
February 6 - 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. 
March 6 (rescheduled from January 9) - Norse Myths: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge with Barbara Fankhauser, president of the Portland Storytellers' Guild.
May 1 - Estonia: A Culture of Friendship, Song and Dance with Lonnie Cline.

Cook & Eat Classes

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 cookbooks for sale as well!
March 21 - Please join Jean Akre and her crew of expert lefse makers for a hands-on lefse-making class. Don't forget to bring your apron!

No upcoming festivals or concerts to post at this time.

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

DBIA & DSS Lodge Meeting
February 14, $4, 11am Mtg, 12 Social, 12:30 Lunch, 1 Guest Speaker

Brothers hosting.

Fastelavn Celebration
Sunday February 15, 2-4pm

Bring your family and friends, and especially the children, for a wonderful time!

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

Brunch fundraiser to benefit camp scholarships for the Himmelbjerget Danish Language and Culture Camp.

Daughters of Norway

The Art of Card Weaving
Thursday February 12, 7pm, Nordic Room in Norse Hall: 111 NE 11th Ave. at Couch, Portland OR

Linda Hendricksen has been weaving since 1984, and in this talk she will share with us a weaving technique called card weaving or tablet weaving. It is at least 2,600 years old with a long history in the Scandinavian countries. The basic techniques are easy to learn, and children as young as 6 can weave beautiful warp-twined friendship bracelets, necklaces and ankle bracelets, but the technique also allows for incredible creativity and artistic expression. All are welcome.

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

Annual Member Program & Dinner - Celebrating Sibelius
Saturday February 14, Smith Center Browsing Room at PSU (2nd floor, room 238), $20/person
4:30pm: Current Members Mtg. & Elections | 5pm: Guest & Members Social | 5:30pm: Dinner | 6pm: Presentations & Musical Program

This special annual program from the FFCPC will celebrate the 150th anniversary of composer Jean Sibelius with a live music performance and short DVD presentation. For dinner, choose from a salmon or vegetarian buffet, and enjoy a no-host wine and beer bar. There will also be a special award presentation to former SHF director Michael O'Bryant. RSVP (with entree choice) by email to Chris Lazarus: Make check payable to 'FFCPC' by February 4th and send to: Dirk Schulbach, Treasurer FFCPC: 0231 SW Palatine Hill Rd., Portland OR 97219

Contact Ross ( or Carol ( with questions.

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

Fastelavn Celebration
Sunday February 15, Harmony Hall

Fastelavn is a Danish celebration held on the last day before Lent. Fastelavn is a dress-up costume party, mainly for children. The highlight is smashing a barrel that contains a lot of treats while blindfolded.

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

Blowing in the Wind from Minneapolis
Wednesday January 28, 12noon

We're going to spin a DVD at noon on Wednesday at the Scan Center to learn about Midwest methods of remembering Scandinavian roots. So come and circle the wagons here in the West as we look at and talk about the traditions celebrated back in the Midwest.

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:
January 17, February 21, March 21

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

Finnish Film Viewing: Taalla pohjan ta hden all II (Under the North Star II) 
Wednesday January 28, 7:30pm, $5 donation
Sponsored by the Finlandia Foundation. Repeats Friday, January 30 at 2pm.

Swedish Pancakes
Sunday Feb. 1, 8am-1:30pm, $9 Guests, $7 Members, $5 Kids 5-12

Enjoy live music, dancing, and authentic Swedish pancakes, with ham and lingonberries. Music by Skolkis, Gnomes n' Trolls and the TinnFelen Hardanger Fiddle Ensemble. Stay afterward for genealogy.

Superbowl Sunday
Sunday, February 1, 3:30pm Game Time

The hometown Hawks are playing, and we’ll open the bar. Watch the game in the atmosphere of YOUR club! Food 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 

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 February 2, 7-10pm, $4 drop-ins, under 30 free, Polish Hall: 3832 N. Interstate Ave. PDX 97227

Norske Runddansere's quarterly Hambo Fest features a night of Hambo lessons- Sweden's National folk dance! They will also teach variations on the Hambo, plus easy mixers for everyone to enjoy. Warm-up 7-7:30pm, Hambo lessons 7:30-8:30pm, open request dancing 8:30-10:00pm. Everyone is welcome! No partner necessary.

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.

Allt for Sverige Casting Call

Application deadline: February 11, 2015
Season 5 of the popular TV show Allt for Sverige is looking for American participants of Finland Swede descent (people whose ancestors came from Swedish-speaking areas of Finland). Participants should be outgoing, fun and adventurous. Shooting will take place in the summer of 2015 in Sweden and hopefully Finland. Apply by February 11 on the Allt for Sverige website, where you can also see episodes from last year's Season 4.

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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