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 Lodges & Nordic Organizations

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SHF Events

 Awards, Scholarships & Exchange


Festivals & Concerts Language Studies & Meet-Ups 


Coming Up...

This Week

April 16 - Norway, Brooklyn & Beyond Brown Bag Lunch at CLU's ScanCenter (CA)
April 18 - Swedish Police Happy Hour Visit at the Swedish Cultural Center (WA)
April 19 - Scandinavian Genealogical Society meeting

Until May 23 - Nominations accepted for SHF's Scandinavian of the Year Award

Next Week

April 23 - Helen Tursten Booksigning at the Swedish Cultural Center (WA) 
April 25 - ABBA Night at the Swedish Cultural Center (WA) 

April 26 - SHF's Cook & Eat Class: Everyone Loves Aebleskiver! 

April 26 - Finnish Passport Service visits the Nordic Heritage Museum (WA) 
April 27 - Nordic Chamber Music Series hosts its Norwegian Concert at the Nordic Heritage Museum (WA)
April 27 - Last day of the Pull, Twist, Blow Swedish Glass Exhibit at the Nordic Heritage Museum (WA)

SHF Events

SHF's Scandinavian of the Year

SHF is now accepting nominations for the 2013-2014 Scandinavian of the Year award! This prestigious award is given annually to an individual who has made an outstanding contribution to his/her organization and to the wider Scandinavian community in the Pacific Northwest. The plaque serves as recognition of outstanding achievement and dedicated public service, and is awarded every year at the Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival. SHF invites any Scandinavian organization in Oregon or Southwest Washington to nominate a person they feel is deserving of this award. Please fill out a Nomination Form and send it to or mail it to the SHF office, 8800 SW Oleson Road, by Friday May 23.

Open House Reception for Mike O'Bryant

Wednesday April 30, 4-7pm, SHF Office: 8800 SW Oleson Road
This will be Mike O'Bryant's last day as our Executive Director. We will serve appetizers, wine, beer, coffee and tea in honor of the occasion. Please stop by and wish Mike well!

April 26 - Everyone loves aebleskiver! Guest chefs that made those wonderful treats at ScanFair will show you how it's done and treat you to their specialties.
May 24 - Guest chef Barb Randall, food editor for the Lake Oswego Review, will prepare a delicious meal using seasonal spring ingredients.

SHF's Friday Night Lecture Series

May 2 - Colors and Sounds of Estonia. Coordinated by the Portland Estonian Society.

Festivals & Concerts 


Nordic Chamber Music Series and Smorgasbord

Nordic Heritage Museum: 3014 NW 67th Street, Seattle, WA 98117
The Mostly Nordic Chamber Music Series and Smorgasbord's 19th season will include five concerts featuring internationally and nationally acclaimed artists representing all the Nordic countries. For each concert, doors open at 3:30pm, concert at 4pm, dinner directly after.
Sunday February 23 - "Devilishly Danish" (Denmark)
Sunday March 23 - "How Swede It Is" (Sweden)
Sunday April 27 - "Breaking the Language Barrier: Norwegian & Danish Songs by Foreigners" (Norway)
Sunday May 18 - "Fantastically Finish" (Finland)
Sunday June 1 - "Iced Coffee" (Iceland) 

Finlandia Foundation Concert and Vappu Celebration

Sunday May 4, 7-9pm, Whatcom Museum Rotunda: 121 Prospect St. Bellingham WA, $20 adults, $10 students, Children 12 and under free
This joyous event celebrating Finnish heritage will feature Marja Kaisla, a Finnish concert pianist named FFNC Performer of the Year, and the Bellingham Children's Orchestra. Vappu is celebrated in many European countries under different names (e.g. Walpurgis night). This festival will include tippaleipa, or bird's nest cookies, May Day Fritters, and sima, a delicious mead drink. For more information call the Finlandia Foundation at (360) 714-8600.

Sons of Norway Syttende Mai Celebration

Saturday May 17, Norse Hall
Visit the Grieg Lodge section of this webpage for more information.

Nordic Heritage Museum Syttende Mai Celebrations

Saturday May 17, Nordic Heritage Museum & Anthony's HomePort (Washington)
Visit the Nordic Heritage Museum section of this webpage for more information.

Mai Fest

Saturday May 17, 11am-7pm, Oaks Park: 7805 SE Oaks Park: 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland OR 97202
Celebrate spring the German way with this fun festival that includes a Maypole dance, folk music, German food and biergarten, arts and crafts, a raffle, a kids corner, and Soccer World Cup specials. Sponsored by Zeitgeist Northwest.

Johan Vineyards Syttende Mai Celebration

Sunday May 18, Johan Vineyards

Visit the Miscellaneous section of this webpage for more information.

Portland Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

Saturday June 14, 11am-6pm. Oaks Park: 7805 SE Oaks Park Way, Portland OR 97202
Join us for a summer solstice celebration for the entire community! Presented by the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation and the League of Swedish Societies.

Astoria Scandinavian Midsummer Festival

June 20-22, Clatsop County Fairgrounds

For more information, visit the festival website. Vendor booths still available.

Finnish-American Folk Festival of Naselle

Friday July 25 - Sunday July 27, Naselle Schools, at the junction of SR 4 and SR 401 in Naselle WA
The theme this year is "Nasel Heritage Days." "Nasel" is the original spelling of this little village with the big heart. Friday and Saturday are the main events: music, films, lectures, food vendors, exhibits, wife carrying contest, museum, and a community dance. Sunday includes a nondenominational church service, the closing ceremony, pulla & coffee. There are activities for the whole family. Admission is free. See for more information.



Lodges & Nordic Organizations


Danish Brotherhood/Danish Sisterhood (Portland, OR) 

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

Danish Brotherhood & Sisterhood Lodge Meeting
Saturday May 10 - Smoerrebroed Luncheon

Brothers hosting. 12noon Social, 12:30pm Guest Speaker, 1pm Meal, 2pm Meeting

Himmelbjerget Danish Camp Grant Application Available
Deadline to submit application: April 30, 2014

Want to give your child the wonderful Himmelbjerget Danish Camp experience, but need a little help with the finances? Apply for a partial or full Himmelbjerget Grant today.

Annual Himmelbjerget Fundraiser Brunch

Sunday May 3, 11am-2pm, $25/person
This brunch party will feature delicious food, entertainment, door prizes, raffle prizes, and loads of fun! Monies raised will go toward camp scholarships so that children can have financial assistance to attend the Himmelbjerget Danish Camp. No child should ever be denied going to camp because of a lack of funds. These camp scholarships make a difference in the lives of children! See the event flyer for full details, including a menu list. 

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

Norse Hall: 111 NE 11th at Couch, Portland, (503) 236-4301

Veikryss Outing - Guided Wildflower & Habitat Hike in the Gorge
Saturday May 3, 1-2:30pm, Dalles Mt. Range Trailhead in Columbia Hills State Park, 85 Route 14, Dallesport WA

Veikryss is a new social group at Grieg Lodge meant to build new and fun connections between lodge members. Join other members for a tour of the Gorge's natural wildlife led by two botanists and a wildlife biologist. Meet in the Norse Hall parking lot at 11am for a map and possible carpooling to Columbia Hills State Park. RSVP to Kirsten Solberg at by March 26. Children and families welcome.

Syttende Mai Celebration
Saturday May 17, 1pm Doors Open, 3pm Parade, Program & Dancing after Parade, Norse Hall, Free

Come and celebrate Constitution Day, Norway's most important national holiday, with a community-wide event that's been sponsored by Grieg Lodge for generations. Socialize in the Oslo Lounge and enjoy authentic Norwegian food, live music and dancing. Flags and Nordic treasures on sale. Enter to win great prizes. National dress is encouraged, and all comers are welcome. This is a great opportunity to introduce yourself, friends and neighbors to the richness of Norwegian culture. See the Norse Hall website for more information and a full program of festivities.

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

Grieg Lodge is proud to sponsor both academic scholarships and the Bernhard & Johanna Fedde Grant program. For more information on these scholarship opportunities, please see the Awards, Scholarships & Exchanges section of this webpage.


New Sweden Cultural Heritage Society

Walpurgis Eve Celebration
Wednesday April 30, 7pm, Carter Home: 1470 SW Borland Rd, West Linn OR

Celebrate the Swedish Walpurgis Eve with a bonfire, snacks and hot drinks. The Finnish Community Chorus and the Scandinavian Chorus will be there, and help keep the festivities going with song. Please note that the Carter's home is on the market, and if it sells there may be a change of venue. Check the New Sweden website for updates.

Annual Antique & Garage Sale
Friday-Saturday May 9-10, 10am-5pm, Fogelbo: 8740 SW Oleson Rd, Portland, near Washington Square

It's big! It's Swedish! Multiple families contribute to this huge New Sweden fundraiser. Come find Scandinavian treasures, including furniture and home/kitchen ware, and enjoy the provided Swedish treats, including Varm Korv (hot dogs) and coffee. Call Ross at (503) 244-3697 for information. Parking available next door. See the event flyer for full details. All proceeds go to support Trollbacken, a Swedish language and culture camp for children. Donations accepted.

Sweden's National Day Celebration
Friday, June 6

This day offers a chance to see Swedes waving their flags to commemorate the fact that Sweden acquired its own flag following the dissolution of the union with Norway in 1905. Come join this celebration of the Swedish national holiday! Details will be available on the New Sweden Cultural Heritage Society's website.

New Sweden has worked to share, promote, strengthen and maintain our Swedish culture and heritage during this time. We continue to expand our efforts through our website, a quarterly Newsletter, and many events to celebrate Swedish traditions and culture. During Fall next year we will celebrate the past 25 years and all who worked at uniting 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: Pull, Twist, Glow: Transforming the Kingdom of Glass
December 13 - April 27, 2014

The upcoming exhibition of stunning Swedish glass art introduces the work of young, innovative Swedish glass artists. Glass is a part of everyday life for people all over the world, and in Sweden glass art is considered an institution. For many years, glass art in the country was defined by traditional techniques and patterns passed down through an apprentice system at glass factories in Glasriket (The Kingdom of Glass) in the region of Smaaland, where 15 of Sweden’s 16 glassworks are located. Following consolidations, buyouts, closure, and the globalization of the Swedish glass industry, new artists are interested in exploring their own artistic voices and challenging expectations of what glass should be.

Northern Lights Annual Auktion
Saturday May 10, 5pm, Grand Hyatt Seattle: 721 Pine St. Seattle WA
This year's fundraising auction is a celebration of mothers, and the perfect opportunity for guests to pamper the special lady in their lives and find great one-of-a-kind Mothers Day presents. Many of the hundreds of silent and live auction items are Nordic, including pieces by Nordic artists, bottles of cloudberry liqueur, and enticing Nordic dinners! Tickets are $100 per person through April 25, and $125 thereafter. Reserve a table for 10 for $1,000. Buy tickets online here or call Katy Ahrens at (206) 789-5707 ext. 33.

Syttende Mai Celebrations
Saturday May 17
Pre-Parade Family Fun: 10am-4pm, Nordic Heritage Museum, Free
Post-Parade After Party: 8:30-11pm, Anthony's HomePort: 6135 Seaview Ave. NW, Seattle WA 98107, $75

Celebrate this momentous year for Syttende Mai! 2014 marks the 200th celebration in Norway and the 125th year of celebrations in Seattle. Come to the Museum before the parade (which starts at 6pm) for free family-friendly activities, live music and food. Then enjoy an after-party at Anthony's HomePort Shilshole Bay that will include delicious food, aquavit and a continuing celebration of the 200th anniversary of the Norwegian Constitution Day. Purchase after-party tickets for $75 here.


Northwest Danish Association

1833 N 105th St, Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98133.  For more information, visit their website or call 206.523.3263.

The Northwest Danish Association is proud to sponsor both academic and vocational scholarship programs. For more information on these scholarship opportunities, please see the Awards, Scholarships & Exchanges section of this webpage.

Scandinavian Center (California Lutheran University)

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

26 Faculty Road, Thousand Oaks, Calif. Go to

Norway, Brooklyn & Beyond Brown Bag Lunch
Wednesday April 16, 12noon

Sue Corey Everson, retired CLU English professor, will share the story of the amazing accomplishments of Elisabeth Fedde, a Norwegian immigrant in the late 1800s. Elisabeth cared for many people in Norway, Brooklyn and beyond and established several hospitals in New York, Chicago and Minneapolis.


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

Winter/Spring Schedule:
3rd Saturday of the month. January 18, February 15, March 15, April 19, May 17, June 21.

Swedish Cultural Center (Seattle)

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

Swedish Police Visits Happy Hour
Friday April 18, 7pm

A senior police official from Malmo will visit and has agreed to answer questions about Swedish crime and crime novels. Laura Wideburg, translator of Swedish crime novels, will moderate. Come find out what's really behind all that Swedish crime.

Author Helen Tursten Booksigning
Wednesday April 23

This bilingual evening will feature an interview of Swedish crime writer Helene Tursten, best known for her novels featuring Detective Inspector Irene Huss, by her translator, Laura Wideburg.

ABBA Night
Friday April 25, $8 members, $12 guests, $15 after 4/18

This will be the 5th annual ABBA Night, featuring food, ABBA music and dancing. DJ Jonasson and the Spryographs will provide the music, and the dance floor will be full. Compete in the costume contest if you like. Buy tickets here or through the Club office.

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.

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

Lucia Queen of Light Scholarship  

Congratulations to Emma Northup, the 57th Official Lucia of Oregon! Emma was crowned on December 8 at ScanFair, and received a $1,000 academic scholarship. Congratulations also to the runner up Sarah Braaten! Sarah received a $500 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, click on the Lucia tab under Families: Activities & Education, or email us with any questions about the 2014 Lucia Scholarship program.

Grieg Lodge Scholarship Fund

The Grieg Lodge Scholarship Fund (GLSF) organizes two scholarship programs, the Academic Scholarships and the Bernhard & Johanna Fedde Grants. GLSF gives a minimum of three Academic Scholarships of at least $1,000 each year. The Bernhard & Johanna Fedde Grant is awarded annually in the amount of $500. The Grant may be awarded to an individual or group working on a project or event that will benefit and enrich the public in a cultural manner. See the GLSF website for complete eligibility details. Application materials are usually due in March of each year. Please direct questions to

Northwest Danish Association Scholarships

The NWDA is now accepting applications for their two scholarship programs for the 2014-2015 year. The NWDA Scholarship varies in amount and is awarded to people of Danish descent who live in Oregon or Washington or wish to study at a college in Oregon or Washington. The Kaj Christiansen Scholarship is awarded each year in the amount of $500 to an adult of Danish descent who lives in Oregon or Washington or is seeking vocational training in Oregon or Washington. See the NWDA website for more details and full scholarship applications. Applications due April 30, 2014.





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

Annual Birthday Ball
Monday May 12, 7:30-10pm, Polish Hall, $8 Members, $12 Non-members, $16 Member family rate

Celebrate 26 years of Scandinavian Folk Dance with live music on fiddlers Carol Olson (WA) and Paul Johnson (CA). Bring finger foods to share, folk costumes encouraged, everyone welcome. For more information visit, or contact Jerry & Veronika Newgard at (503) 636-7509 or

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.

Message to all Finns: Passport Service!

Saturday, April 26, Nordic Heritage Museum: 3014 NW 67th St. Seattle WA 
The Finnish portable passport system will be in Seattle one day in April. If you are a Finnish Citizen and need to renew your passport, you may contact the consulate to arrange for an appointment on that day. Consul Matti Suokko: 

Johan Vineyards Syttende Mai Celebration

Sunday May 18, 11am-5pm, Johan Vineyards: 4285 N Pacific Hwy W Rickreall OR 97371, Free Admission

Come celebrate Norwegian Constitution Day at Johan Vineyards! Viking Soul Food will be there selling their wonderful lefse wraps, as will Grieg Lodge's Leikarringen, a youth dance group, a psalmodikon group, and people from the Sons of Norway in traditional dress. Wine tasting fee is $5. Sons of Norway and SHF members can show their membership cards and receive a complimentary wine tasting.

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.

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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