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                        Language Studies & Meet-ups   ~  Nordic Dancing   ~   Miscellaneous

This Week

Nov 24 - SHF's Lucia Scholarship Application Deadline (extended from Nov. 20)

Nov 26 - Swedish Bingo at the Swedish Cultural Center (WA)
Nov 26 - Finnish Film Viewing at the Swedish Cultural Center (WA)
Nov 30 - Decorate the Christmas Trees at the Swedish Cultural Center (WA)

Next Week

Dec 2 - Giving Tuesday: an Online NonProfit Fundraiser 

Dec 3 - "Alt for Norge" Casting Call Deadline
Dec 5 - Last Day of Christine Schulbach SE Art Exhibit 
Dec 6 - Finland's 97th Independence Day Celebration 

Dec 6 & 7 - SHF's ScanFair: A Nordic Christmas Festival

Dec 7 - Swedish Pancakes at the Swedish Cultural Center (WA)
Dec 7 - Lucia Festival at the Swedish Cultural Center (WA)

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!

Giving Tuesday

Tuesday December 2, All Day
There's Black Friday, Cyber Monday, and NOW - Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Please think of SHF on this special day of generosity, and DONATE anything you are able to spare ($5 minimum). Every bit helps, and we thank you in advance!

January 9, 2015 - Norse Myths: Crossing the Rainbow Bridge with Barbara Fankhauser, president of the Portland Storytellers' Guild.

Celebrating 30 Years of ScanFair

Come celebrate the sights, sounds, tastes and traditions of a Nordic Christmas at our 30th annual ScanFair on December 6 & 7. See the ScanFair page of the website for full details.

Norwegian Julesangfest

Sunday 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!

Portland Scandinavian Chorus Christmas Concert

Thursday December 18, 7-8:30pm, Temple Baptist Church: 1319 NE 7th Ave. Portland OR 97232, FREE
Come enjoy beautiful songs from Denmark, Finland, Iceland, Norway & Sweden. There is plenty of free parking. See for more details.

Finnish/English Lucia Christmas Service

Sunday December 21, 10am, Immanuel Lutheran Church: 7810 SE 15th Ave. Portland OR 97202
As the Messiah Lutheran Church community waits for the Nordic Cultural Center to be built, they are hosting their traditional bi-lingual Finnish/English Lucia Service at Immanuel Lutheran Church.

St. Stephen "Lil' Julaften" Service featuring Fossegrimen

Sunday December 21, 11am, St. Stephen Lutheran Church: 290 W. Gloucester St. Gladstone, OR 97027 
This Scandinavian Service features carols, costumes and activities and food from the Scandinavian Tradition. Stick around afterwards for Scandinavian treats and a Holiday Gift and Bake Sale. Special Guests Fossegrimen are Oregon’s premier Scandinavian Folk Ensemble. Their music includes fiddle, Hardanger fiddle, nyckelharpa, guitar, mouth harp & bass violin! Contact (503) 656-8194 or

Danish Brotherhood of America

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

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, $5 Adults, Children 18 and under free

Bring your children and grandchildren to this traditional Danish Christmas party. All are welcome. Please RSVP to Christina at or 503-848-0837 by December 5.

Lillejuleaften Danish Christmas Service
Tuesday 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

Finland's 97th Independence Day Celebration
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.

Lucia Fest
Saturday December 13, 3pm, Immanuel Lutheran Church: 7810 SE 15th Ave. Portland, Oregon (in Sellwood), $10 Adults, $5 Children 4-12, 2:15pm seating for those with special needs, 2:30pm public seating

Lucia symbolizes light and hope at the darkest time of the year. Come enjoy a beautiful traditional pageant and wonderful music of the season from the children of the Swedish School in Portland, The Scandinavian Choruses & Oregon's 2014 Lucia Court. Following the program there will be singing and dancing around the tree, a visit by tomten, glogg, coffee and traditional baked goods. 

3014 NW 67th St., Seattle WA
Office & Harmony Hall: 1833 N 105th St, Suite 101, Seattle, WA 98133

Sunday December 14, 2-5pm, 1833 N 105th St. Room 205

A Christmas Party for young and old! There will be dancing around the tree, crafts, Santa's arrival, goody bags for kids and more. Learn to make Danish Christmas hearts to hang on the tree and other Danish items, learn about nisser, sing and dance around the tree. Refreshments served. Call 206-523-3263 to reserve a place.

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

Winter Schedule:
November 15, ScanFair: December 6 & 7, January 17 (2015), February 21 (2015), March 21 (2015) 

Sons of Norway

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

The Grieg Lodge Scholarship Fund is now accepting applications for 2015!

Annual Grieg Lodge Christmas Party
Saturday December 13, 1pm, Norse Hall, FREE

The festivities will include a massive amount of food, a performance by our own Leikarringen, singing around the Christmas tree, a visit from Santa Claus, and a Children's Christmas Play starring the youth of our lodge! The Olso Lounge will be open. Admission is free. God Jul!

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

Swedish Bingo
Wednesday November 26, 7pm, All members welcome

Make your Thanksgiving pies early and enjoy the evening with Swedish bingo!

Finnish Film Viewing: Risto Rappaaja Ja Viilea (Ricky Rapper and Cool Wendy) 
Wednesday November 26, 7:30pm, $5, 72 minutes
Family musical comedy about identity - Finland’s most watched film in 2012!

Decorate the Christmas Trees
Sunday November 30, 2pm

Come decorate the trees on each floor! Everyone is welcome to come and help. Christmas goodies to share and enjoy too! RSVP if you can help: 206-283-1090 or

Swedish Pancakes
Sunday December 7, 8am-1:30pm, $9 Guests, $7 Members, $5 Children 5-12

Come enjoy live music, dancing, and authentic Swedish pancakes, with ham and lingonberries. Music by Richard Svensson & Bjarne Jacobsen, Skandia Kapell, and Folk Voice Band plus Katrilli Dancers. Stay afterward for genealogy help in our lobby.

Lucia Festival
Sunday December 7, 3pm, $5 Adults, $3 Children 12 and younger

Students studying Swedish at the UW will combine with the Swedish Women’s Chorus, Svea Male Chorus and the best bakers of the Swedish Club to make a Lucia event for the whole 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 - APPLY NOW!

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 has been extended to November 24, 2014.

Grieg Lodge Scholarships - APPLY NOW!

The Grieg Lodge Scholarship Fund is now accepting applications for both its 2015 Academic Scholarships and its 2015 Bernhard & Johanna Fedde Grant. Applications for both are due by February 28, 2015. See the instructions on the GLSF website for more details.

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.

Smithsonian Tour of Iceland with Dr. Scott Burns

July 11-21, 2015, Iceland!
Long-time SHF supporter Dr. Scott Burns (PSU professor of geology) is leading a 10-day tour of Iceland for the Smithsonian this coming summer. He has led these types of tours for Stanford University for the past 24 years to the Alps, the Dolomites, Alaska, the Canadian Rockies and the American Rockies. There will be walking and travel around Iceland. The trip is open to 24 people (7 have already signed up). The cost starts at $5000 and includes airfare, hotel, buses, and most meals. See the Smithsonian website for a detailed itinerary and to sign up, or call 1-855-330-1542.

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.

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.

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