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                        Language Studies & Meet-ups   ~  Nordic Dancing   ~   Miscellaneous

This Week

May 26 - Trollbacken Swedish Summer Camp - Deadline Extended!
May 27 - Finnish Film Viewing at the Swedish Cultural Center (WA)

Next Two Weeks

June 4-6 - Celtic Languages: From the Viking Era to Modern Times Conference at PSU

June 5 - Swedish National Day Concert & Dinner at the Swedish Cultural Center (WA)

June 13 - Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

The Cook & Eat program is on its summer break. Classes will start up again in September 2015 at the new cultural center!

The Friday Night Lectures Series program is on it summer break. These free monthly lectures will start up again in October 2015, at PSU as per tradition.

Nordic Cultural Center Opening Celebration Weekend

June 27-28, 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!

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.

Light & Decay - Concert with Harald Haugaard & Helene Blum

Tuesday June 23, 7:30pm, $15 SHF Members, $20 Non-Members
SHF Cultural Center: 8800 SW Oleson Rd. Portland OR 97223

Danish fiddler Harald Haugaard and Danish singer/fiddler Helene Blum are touring the world promote Haugaard's new album "Lys & Forfald." Helene & Harald are among Denmark’s finest and busiest artists with more than 500 performances during the past six years, most of them abroad. When they perform together they create, quite simply, "Musical Fireworks” (~Jyske Vestkysten). Buy tickets online here.

Arstidir Concert

Friday July 24, 7:30pm, SHF's Cultural Center: 8800 SW Oleson Road, Portland OR 97223
$20 SHF members, $25 non-members.   Check out the band's YouTube Channel here.
Over the last six years, Arstidir has toured more than 30 countries bringing their unique vocal style to both traditional and jazz arrangements. They appear at our new cultural center after starting their US tour at the Rochester International Jazz Festival in New York. Buy tickets online here.  

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.

Trollbacken Language Camp
Application Deadline Extended - APPLY NOW!
Camp: August 17-22, 2015
Registration is still 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.

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

Camp for Little Vikings in Seattle
Sing up for Dane Camp 2015, a summer camp for children ages 5-10 in Seattle, arranged by the Northwest Danish Association. The theme this year is folklore, where crafts, indoor and outdoor games, and other activities will all be related to this theme. The camp runs from August 3rd - 7th. Go to for more information or contact the office at the Northwest Danish Association (206) 523-3263

Fredagscafe in Seattle
Fredagscafe is an opportunity to socialize in Danish in Seattle, arranged by the Northwest Danish Association. The monthly event welcomes all ages and all levels of Danish. The next Fredagscafe is on Friday, August 7th at 7:30pm at The People's Pub in Ballard. Contact Line Larsen at or call the office (206) 523-3263 at the Northwest Danish Association for more information.

Danish Community Picnics
The Annual Danish Community Picnic in Washington this year is at Vasa Park on August 9th. The park has a swimming beach with a lifeguard, a place to launch boats, and lots of space for fun and games. There will be hotdogs, beer, and kringle available. The picnic in Oregon this year is at Champoeg Park on August 8th, with a potluck style lunch. Hot dogs are provided by the Danish Sisterhood and soda will be provided by the Brotherhood. Visit for the information on these picnics.

Save the Date: Concert in Seattle on October 17th
The Northwest Danish Association is pleased to announce it will be a sponsoring a concert this fall in Seattle featuring Danish award-winning musician, Kristian Bugge! Kristian Bugge is a Danish folk musician who has played in talented groups that have toured internationally and won several acclaimed awards, including two awards at the 2014Danish Music Awards. Save the date: October 18th 2015.

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

Sons of Norway

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

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 - 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 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. 

Norske Runddansere's Moving Party!
Monday July 13, 7:30-10pm, FREE, Nordia House: 8800 SW Oleson Road

Norske Runddansere is moving to the New Scandinavian Heritage Foundation Center! Our first Monday night dance at the new location is FREE! Featuring: Live Music, Scandinavian Folk Dancing, and Snacks. Come Join Us! (Please wear indoor dance shoes to protect the new floor).

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.

Learn About Private Forestry in Scandinavia on 2016 Tour
The Oregon Woodland Cooperative has organized a forestry tour to Scandinavia especially for family forestland owners, forestry professionals and forest products producers. Guided by experienced foresters, this educational tour will focus on private forestry in Sweden and Norway and the role of woodland owner cooperatives. The tour departs the US on May 27, 2016 and returns on June 14. The tour is co­sponsored by Washington Co. Small Woodlands Association (a chapter of the Oregon Small Woodlands Assn.) and Oregon State University Forestry & Natural Resources Extension. The tour leader is a Swedish professional forester, and an OSU Extension Forestry Agent will also accompany the group. We will meet woodland owners and tour their tree farms, see harvesting equipment in action, and visit forestry companies, sawmills, equipment manufacturers, and forestry museums. In addition, tour participants will see and experience outstanding natural beauty in the farms, forests, mountains and fjords of Sweden and Norway, and enjoy the cultural highlights of the towns and cities along the way. Group­rate, round­trip international airfare from Portland, OR is available. Travel will be by new private motor coach with a professional driver and accommodation in first­class hotels. Full details, including itinerary, pricing, and registration, are now posted on the OWCwebsite:­forestry­tour

The deadline for reservations is Oct. 1, 2015. Please note that space is limited and reservations will be accepted on a first come basis. For more information, please contact OWC at owc@owco­ or call (888) 800­1192 toll free.

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