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Scandinavian Heritage Foundation - Upcoming Events

                      Language Studies & Meet-ups   ~  Nordic Dancing   ~   Miscellaneous

This Week

Oct 29 - Swedish Bingo at the Swedish Cultural Center (WA)
Oct 29 - Brown Bag Lunch with Professor Herb Grooch at CLU's ScanCenter (CA)
Oct 31 - Marcus Samuelsson visits the Swedish Cultural Center (WA)
Nov 1 & 2 - Holiday Bazaar at the Swedish Cultural Center (WA)
Through December 3 - Casting Call for "Alt for Norge" Reality TV Show
Through December 5 - Christine Schulbach Art Exhibit in SE Portland

Next Week

Nov 7 - SHF's Friday Night Lecture Series: Imagining the Possibilities for our Cultural Center

Nov 8 - Danish Brotherhood in America & Danish Sisterhood Lodge Meeting
Nov 9 - Grieg Lodge's Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner
Nov 9 - Last day of the Odin's Eye Exhibit at the Nordic Heritage Museum (WA)

SHF's Cook & Eat Classes

November 22 - Annual Christmas Baking Class. Guest chef Edda Sigurdar will share some of her favorite Christmas treats, including rjomaterta and kleinur. Be sure to reserve your spot early, as this popular Christmas class always fills up!
January 24Karelian Pasties are a much-loved savory Finnish dish. Guest chef, Paivi Kilpi-Cramer, will demonstrate the preparation of these open-faced rye pastries.
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 her cookbooks for sale as well!

Friday Night Lecture Series

November 7 - Imagining the Possibilities: A Cultural Center from Conception to Grand Opening with SHF's Executive Director Greg Smith.

Celebrating 30 Years of ScanFair

Save the date! Our 30th annual ScanFair will be held December 6 & 7. Come experience the sights, tastes and sounds of a Nordic Christmas.

Norwegian Julesangfest

December 14, 3:15pm, Gethsemane Lutheran Church: 11560 SE Market St. Portland, OR

This celebration will present the Norwegian Christmas program with various musicians, followed by a reception in the Norwegian style. Everyone is welcome. Wearing your Bunad is welcomed and encouraged!

Danish Brotherhood of America

Danish Brotherhood Centennial Lodge #348 - Eugene OR 
Danish Brotherhood #167 - Portland OR & SW Washington 

DBIA & DSS Lodge Meeting
Saturday November 8, Bethany Lutheran Church (basement)
12pm Social, 12:30pm Speaker, 1pm Meal,  2pm Meetings, $10
Come hungry for an incredible meal including: stuffed pork loin with prunes and apples, apple, prune and currant cream gravy, Yukon Gold potatoes, glazed carrots and onions with red cabbage and cucumber salad, Carlsberg beer, and, of course, a special and wonderful apple cobbler dessert!

Danish Sisterhood of America

Danish Sisterhood Mt. Hood Lodge #81 - Portland OR & SW Washington

Julefest (Christmas Party)
Saturday December 13, 2-4pm, Bethany Lutheran Church

Bring your children and grandchildren to this traditional Danish Christmas party. Children under 18 are free, and all are welcome.

Lillejuleaften Danish Christmas Service
Saturday December 23, 7:30pm, Bethany Lutheran Church

Beloved pastor Jorn Muller will preach this special Lillejuleaften (Little Christmas Eve) service in Danish. All carols and hymns will be sung in Danish. As usual, there will be kaffebord and hygge after the service. All attending are asked to bring 2 dozen cookies to share.

Daughters of Norway

Finlandia Foundation

Finnish Independence, Food & Santa Booths at ScanFair
Saturday Dec. 6: 10am-5pm, Sunday Dec. 7: 10am-4pm
Veterans Memorial Coliseum: 300 N Winning Way, PDX 97227
Saturday of ScanFair this year will feature a special - brief - celebration of the Finnish Independence Day, Dec. 6th. While you're at ScanFair, be sure to stop by the FFCPC food booth, where they'll be serving up Karjalanpaisti (Karelina hot pot with beef - Saturday only!), riisipuuro (ride pudding), and herring with potatoes, as well as coffee and other beverages. Then have your photo taken with Joulupukki (Finnish Santa Claus) in a charming new holiday setting - a cozy living room with a fireplace.

Annual Member Program & Dinner - Celebrating Sibelius
Saturday February 14, Smith Memorial Union Rm. 238 at PSU, $20, FFCPC and SHF members only

The FFCPC will host this very special annual program celebrating the 150th anniversary of composer Jean Sibelius with a live music performance and short DVD presentation. For dinner, choose from salmon or vegetarian, and enjoy a no-host wine and beer bar. There will also be a review of FFCPC's yearly activities and election of the 2015 FFCPC Board.

Contact Ross ( or Carol ( with questions.

3014 NW 67th St., Seattle WA

NHM Exhibit: Odin's Eye
October 10 - November 9, 2014

The Odin's Eye art exhibit seeks to build an inspirational bridge between Americans and Icelanders as artists visually interpret the Norse Mythology through various mediums. Participating artists include Gunnella, Kristín Ragna Gunnarsdóttir, Sindri Már Sigfússon, Ingibjörg Birgisdóttir, Lulu Yee, Derek Weisberg, Pandora Andre-Beatty and Michael Linton Simpson. The exhibit is sponsored by Icelandair Cargo and Iceland Naturally.

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

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

Brown Bag Lunch with Professor Herb Gooch
Wednesday October 29, 12pm

Before we turn to our coming election, we'll turn to the international past. CLU Political Science Professor Herb Gooch will tell about the leadership of Dag Hammarskjold, former Secretary General of the United Nations.

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

Fall/Winter Schedule:
September 20, October 18 (cancelled), November 15, ScanFair: December 6 & 7

Sons of Norway

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

Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner
Sunday, November 9

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

Swedish Bingo
Wednesday, October 29, 7pm, Members are welcome

The craze of bingo is sweeping Seattle, but of course, we'll be playing Swedish Bingo!

Marcus Samuelsson Visit
Friday, October 31, 6-8pm, $75 singles, $115 couples (one book)

Award - winning Swedish chef and cookbook author Marcus Samuelsson will be at the Swedish Club to meet and mingle. He will discuss his latest book, Marcus Off Duty: The Recipes I Cook at Home . Enjoy Swedish canapés, a drink and a signed copy of his book from 6 to 8 pm. Buy your tickets here.

Holiday Bazaar
Saturday & Sunday, November 1 & 2, 9am-4pm

Swedish rock ‘n roll singer Linda Lundquist performs at our bazaar mid-day on Saturday! For the rest of both days, enjoy holiday shopping at its best with vendors selling hand-made and/or Nordic items. Get first-rate holiday gifts for your friends and family!

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. Application deadline is November 20, 2014.

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. 

Snow Ball at Mazama Lodge 
Saturday December 20, Mazama Lodge, Glogg 3pm, Dinner 5pm, Dance 7:30pm, After Party Jam 11pm-?
Register by Nov. 17th and save $15 per person! Register by Nov. 24 and save $5 per person!
This great night of Scandinavian dancing, brought to you by Norske Runddansere, will feature live Scandinavian folk music by Hale Bill and the Bops. You must register before the event - fill out this registration form. Most people stay overnight at the lodge, but it is not required. Call 503-636-7509 or see for more information.

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.

Christine Schulbach Art Exhibit

Through December 5, 2014, Townshend's Teas: 3531 SE Division St.
Come and appreciate a display of fine original artwork by local artist and valued SHF member Christine Schulbach. Christine works primarily in plein air watercolor paintings (painted outdoors, on-site), and has recently been expanding into Japanese calligraphy work.

"Alt for Norge" TV Series Casting Call

Deadline: December 3, 2014
O'Connor Casting Company is Casting Nationwide for Season 6 of "The Great Norway Adventure" (aka "Alt For Norge") - an adventurous and fun spirited reality TV show where you travel to Norway to compete in cultural and adventurous challenges trying to win a meeting with relatives you don't know exist AND a cash prize of $50,000. To qualify, you must be of Norwegian descent, have never traveled to Norway, be a U.S. Citizen at least 18 years old by Feb. 16, 2015. Application and video submission deadline is December 3, 2014. Click here for more information and to apply.

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