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This Week

Oct 14 - Jensen & Bugge Traditional Danish Music Concert
Oct 15 - Danish Film Viewing at the Swedish Cultural Center (WA)
Oct 18 - Scandinavian Genealogical Society Meeting - CANCELLED -
Oct 18 & 19 - "Luminous Night of the Soul" Ola Gjeilo Concerts
Oct 19 - Grieg Lodge's Viking Pancake Breakfast
Through November 9 - Odin's Eye Exhibit at the Nordic Heritage Museum (WA)
Through December 3 - Casting Call for "Alt for Norge" Reality TV Show
Through December 5 - Christine Schulbach Art Exhibit

Next Week

Oct 22 - Finnish Film Viewing at the Swedish Cultural Center (WA) 

Oct 25 - SHF's Cook & Eat: Swedish Smorgasbord! 

Oct 25 - Northwest Danish Association's Annual Auction (WA) 
Oct 27 - Norske Runddansere's Harvest Dance

SHF Events

October 25 - Swedish Smorgasbord in time for the holidays, with guest chefs GunMarie Rosqvist and Carol Tripp.
November 22 - Annual Christmas Baking Class. Guest chef Edda Sigurdar will share some of her favorite Christmas treats, including rjomaterta and kleinur.

November 7 - Imagining the Possibilities: A Cultural Center from Conception to Grand Opening with SHF Executive Director Greg Smith. Greg will take us through the complexities of conceiving, developing, building and operating a nonprofit cultural center. With planning still going on for the many kinds of programs that will be offered, make some suggestions yourself to add to the mix!

Saturday & Sunday, December 6 & 7, Portland Veterans Memorial Coliseum: 300 N Winning Way, Portland OR 97227
Celebrate the sights, sounds, tastes, and traditions of a Nordic Christmas at this festival that is fun for the whole family. Enjoy live entertainment both days, delicious warm and cold Nordic food and treats, and vendors selling all things Nordic!

Festivals & Concerts 


Jensen & Bugge - Traditional Danish Music

Tuesday October 14, Abbie's Home in SE Portland
Mette Jensen & Kristian Bugge have been playing traditional Danish music together on the accordion and fiddle for over twelve years, and have known each other since they grew up together near Vejle, in Jylland, Denmark. They were supposed to play in Portland last year but their trip was sadly cancelled due to visa delays. Now they are here, and you can join them for a rich evening of food, music and friends! Reserve a seat by emailing Abbie, and she will send you directions to her house. 

Luminous Night of the Soul: The Music of Ola Gjeilo

Saturday Oct. 18 at 8pm, Sunday Oct. 19 at 3pm
Saint Philip Neri Parish: 2408 SE 16th Ave, Portland OR

The Choral Arts Ensemble of Portland is pleased to present these two concerts featuring Norwegian composer Ola Gjeilo on piano Thomas Barber on trumpet. Gjeilo is one of the most popular choral composers writing today. His music is immediately accessible and very symphonic and cinematic in nature. Buy tickets here.



Lodges & Nordic Organizations


Danish Brotherhood/Danish Sisterhood (Portland, OR) 

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

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 

Viking Pancake Breakfast
Sunday October 19, 8:30am-1pm, Norse Hall, Adults $7, Kids 5-12 $4, Kids under 5 FREE

Enjoy all-you-can-eat pancakes served with eggs, sausage, fresh fruit, compote, orange juice, tea or coffee - and of course Norwegian hospitality!

Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner
Sunday, November 9 - SOLD OUT!

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

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 ~

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.


Northwest Danish Association

1833 N 105th St, Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98133.  

For more information, visit their website or call (206) 523-3263.

Annual Auction
Saturday October 25, 5-10pm, Harmony Hall

This annual auction raises funds for programs and activities for the NWDA. Included is champagne with silent auction bidding. Danish porcelain, restaurant gift certificates, Skagen watches, jewelry, lovely Christmas and special event baskets, akvavit, and much more are available for you to bid on. Watch the website and e-bulletins for information regarding donating items for the auction. Invitations will be mailed soon, or you can call the office to register: 206-523-3263.

Scandinavian Center (California Lutheran University)

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

26 Faculty Road, Thousand Oaks, Calif. Go to


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 Saturday of the month at PSU, in the Finnish Room (124 Cramer Hall). 9am-12pm. Contact: Jeanette Hillend 360-694-5815 ;

Fall/Winter Schedule: September 20, October 18 (CANCELLED), November 21, ScanFair: December 6 & 7

Swedish Cultural Center (Seattle)

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

Swedish Language Classes Resume Monday October 6!
Come learn Swedish! Multiple sections offer schedule flexibility, and there are classes at multiple levels of ability to suit everyone's needs. See the full 2014 fall class schedule here.

Danish Film Viewing - De Groenne Slagtere (The Green Butchers)
Wednesday, October 15, 7:30pm, $5

Dark comedy about a butcher shop and an unfortunate accident.

Finnish Film Viewing - Lakeuden Kutsu (Return to the Plainlands)
Wednesday, October 22, 7:30pm, $5

Finnish tax avoider returns from Florida to Finland to resume his life.

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 to share)

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.

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

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.

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

Every Monday, 7:30-10pm, $4, No partner needed, Polish Hall at 3832 N. Interstate Ave. Portland OR
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. For more information, visit

Special Fall 2014 Runddansere Events:
Hambo Workshop - October 6
Harvest Dance - October 27
Sno-Ball at Mazama Lodge - December 20

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




Christine Schulbach Original Art Exhibit

Through December 5, 2014, Townshend's Teas: 3531 SE Division St. Portland, OR 97202
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

Application 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.

If you want your event posted on the Scandinavian Heritage Foundation's weekly Nordic Events Email or on the SHF website, please submit our Event Submission Form online by 9:00am Friday morning to have it included for the next week. The event must have a Nordic theme.




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

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