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Preserve, Communicate, and Celebrate Scandinavian Heritage and Culture
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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

August 2 - Summer Genealogy Fest in Eugene
August 3 - Ensemble Aalto Concert of Danish Music at Mount Angel Abbey
August 3 - Swedish Pancakes at the Swedish Cultural Center (WA)
Through August 31 - Danish Design Exhibit at the Nordic Heritage Museum (WA)

Next Week

Aug 6 - First Annual European Golf Tournament (WA)
Aug 7-10 - 54th Annual Junction City Scandinavian Festival 
Aug 9 - All Danes Picnic organized by Danish Sisterhood
Aug 9 - New Sweden Annual Crayfish Party

SHF Events

SHF's Annual Membership Celebration

Sunday September 7
All SHF members in good standing are invited to join us on Sunday September 7 for a barbecue bash in their honor! To become an SHF member or update your membership, call the SHF office at (503) 977-0275.

SHF's 23rd Annual ScanFeast Auction & Gala

Saturday October 4, Doors Open 5pm, Washington Square Embassy Suites

Start getting excited for this our biggest fundraiser of the year! 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.

Festivals & Concerts 


Ensemble Aalto Concert: Danish Song & Dance

Sunday August 3, 2pm, Library Auditorium of Mount Angel Abbey, on the hilltop above the town of Mt. Angel on OR highway 214.

Ensemble Aalto includes Brother Niels Aage Nielsen, OSB, a monk at the Mount Angel Abbey who plays doucaine, along with Marjory Lange on viola and Christopher Wicks on piano. The program features many of Brother Niels's arrangements of Danish fiddle tunes, medieval ballands, jazz and popular standards, as well as compositions from Wicks based on tunes from the Danish National Song Treasury. The concert is free and all are welcome. Freewill donations will be accepted at the door. For more information, call (503) 845-3263 or email

54th Annual Junction City Scandinavian Festival

August 7-10, Thursday-Saturday 10am-10pm, Sunday 10am-8pm, FREE
Located at 6th & Greenwood in Downtown Junction City OR

Now in its 54th year, the Junction City Scandinavian Festival is a popular and vibrant celebration of Nordic culture, with each day devoted to a specific Scandinavian country and its traditions. Thursday is Norwegian Day, Friday Swedish Day, Saturday Danish Day and Sunday Finnish Day. Three stages feature music, dancing and craft demonstrations, and all performances are free and open to the public. See the Festival's website and facebook page for more information.



Lodges & Nordic Organizations


Danish Brotherhood/Danish Sisterhood (Portland, OR) 

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

No meetings in August.

All Danes Picnic

Saturday August 9, Come at 12pm, Lunch at 1pm, FREE
Jan Baer's Home:2630 N Argyle St. Portland OR (near Kenton Park)

All Danes are invited to this awesome picnic bbq bash to celebrate...being Danish, of course! Bring food and beverages of your choice, pot-luck style dishes welcome. There will be a gas barbecue grill available if you wish to cook something on site. Seating and tableware provided. Please RSVP to Jan Baer by August 1st at or (503) 286-6608.

Danish Brotherhood & Sisterhood Lodge Meetings
September 13 - Pete Christensen Frikadelle Dinner, Brothers hosting

Bethany Lutheran Church, Brothers hosting. 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 

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

Annual Crayfish Party
Saturday Aug. 9, 7:30pm to 12am, $40 Members, $45 G.A., In the garden at Fogelbo: 8740 SW Oleson Rd.
Enjoy a tradition-filled Swedish Crayfish Party with delicious food, singing, dancing and music by Catarina New. Catered by the Scandinavian Cafe, the menu features crayfish, Swedish meatballs with gravy and lingonberry jam, boiled potatoes, Janson's Temptation, red cabbage, garden salad, herring, and a Prince torte style layer cake for dessert. Please bring your own liquor. For information or questions about reservations, contact Vicki Cole at (503) 255-6697 or

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 ~

Exhibition: Danish Modern: Design for Living
May 16 - August 31
The Northern Heritage Museum will go "Mad Men" this May with an eye-catching and interactive exhibition of Danish furniture that will highlight the unique designs of the 1950s and 1960s. Dozens of vintage pieces will be on display, and yes, you may even sit in some of the chairs!

Run Like A Viking!  5K Race
Saturday August 16, 8am-11am, $40, Golden Gardens Park: 8498 Seaview Pl NW, Seattle WA

Vikings are invading Ballard - and you could be one of them! The 31st annual Viking Days kicks off with a brand-new event, the Run Like a Viking 5K along the waterfront at Golden Gardens Park. Participants are encouraged to dress as Vikings - whether friendly, funny, or ferocious - so make sure you bring your horns and hides! Is your pup fit to be a Viking hound? On-leash dogs are welcome to run - and dress up - too! Register for this race online here.

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.

Scandinavian Center (California Lutheran University)

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

26 Faculty Road, Thousand Oaks, Calif. Go to

Casual Coffee & Conversations
Summer Wednesdays starting June 4, 11am - 2pm

No formal presentations will be on deck, just an informal sharing of ideas and information related to Scandinavia. Street parking should be available at CLU.


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 Saturdays at PSU, Finnish Room (124 Cramer Hall). 9:00-12:00pm 
Contact: Carol Steele at 503.661.8881 or

Spring Schedule:
3rd Saturday of the month. April 19, May 17, June 21.

Summer Schedule TBA.

Swedish Cultural Center (Seattle)

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

Swedish Pancakes
Sunday August 3, 8am-1:30pm, $9 Guests $7 Members $5 Kids 5-12

Enjoy live music and dancing plus authentic Swedish pancakes, lingonberries, ham and all the right fixin's. Music by Nordic Reflections and Folk Voice Band.

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

Dances held every Monday from 7-10PM, September through May. (No classes but requests from June to September). No partner needed.

Location: Polish Hall at 3832 N. Interstate Ave. PDX, 97227. Warm-ups at 7:00pm with free lesson from 7:30-8:30pm and requests from 8:30-10:00pm. Drop-in $4 under 30 free, annual membership $50. 

For information, go to

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




Swedish 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.

Summer Genealogy Fest

Saturday August 2, Lane Community College: 4000 E 30th Ave. Eugene OR 97405

Featuring Thomas W. Jones and 9 other speakers. Presented by the Genealogical Council of Oregon and the Oregon Association of Professional Genealogists. To reserve a table for your society, group or business, contact To RSVP as an individual, use this Summer Genealogy Fest Registration Page form. Watch for updates about the event on the GCO website.

First Annual European Golf Tournament

Wednesday August 6, Washington National Golf Club, Auburn WA
The Swedish American Chambers of Commerce (SACC) is pleased to join with their regional European colleagues, including the British American Business Council - Pacific Northwest Chapter and the French American Chamber of Commerce Pacific Northwest, for a festive day on the green. Whether you're an avid golfer, a novice or just picking up a club for the first time, this tournament is your chance to get active within the Pacific Northwest's European business community. Come network with industry professionals from our region's European community, engage in friendly competition, and win great prizes. This is a great opportunity to entertain key clients, reward deserving employees or just gather colleagues together for a bit of fun and camaraderie. Player spots are expected to fill quickly, so register today!

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 9:00 Friday morning.
The event must have a Nordic theme.




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

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