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Families: Activites & Education


Friday Night Lecture Series

Language and Literature Classes


Scandinavian of the Year



Upcoming Events

Mission Statement
Preserve, Communicate, and Celebrate Scandinavian Heritage and Culture
Scandinavian Heritage Foundation - Upcoming Events


Upcoming Events

Coming Up...

 Lodges & Nordic Organizations

 Nordic Dancing

SHF Events

 Awards, Scholarships & Exchange


Festivals & Concerts Language Studies & Meet-Ups 


Coming Up...

This Week

Aug 18 - Loretta Kelley, Master Fiddler, Performs at Norske Runddansere Dance
Aug 20 - Swedish Film Viewing (Grabben i Graven Bredvid) at the Swedish Cultural Center (WA)
Aug 23 - Garden Party Part II at the Swedish Cultural Center (WA)

Next Week

Aug 31 - Last Day of the Danish Design Exhibit at the Nordic Heritage Museum (WA)

SHF Events

SHF's Annual Membership Celebration

Sunday September 7, 2-5pm, Fogelbo: 8740 SW Oleson Road, Portland OR 97223
All SHF members in good standing are invited to join us on Sunday September 7 for a barbecue bash in their honor! To become an SHF member or update your membership, call the SHF office at (503) 977-0275. NOTE: Due to construction happening next door at the SHF property, parking will be quite limited. Please carpool if possible, and park on side streets or at the Unitarian Church down the road (at 8470 SW Oleson Road). There will be no parking on-site or in the meadow as there has been in years past.

SHF's 23rd Annual ScanFeast Auction & Gala

Saturday October 4, Doors Open 5pm, Washington Square Embassy Suites

Start getting excited for this our biggest fundraiser of the year! Want to stay overnight at the hotel? Click here to book a room at Embassy Suites on the night of ScanFeast at a discounted group rate.

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 


Check back later to see when Festivals and Concerts get added here. 



Lodges & Nordic Organizations


Danish Brotherhood/Danish Sisterhood (Portland, OR) 

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

No meetings in August.

Danish Brotherhood & Sisterhood Lodge Meetings
September 13 - Pete Christensen Frikadelle Dinner, Brothers hosting

Bethany Lutheran Church, Brothers hosting. 12noon Social, 12:30pm Guest Speaker, 1pm Meal, 2pm Meetings

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 

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 ~

Exhibition: Danish Modern: Design for Living
May 16 - August 31
The Northern Heritage Museum will go "Mad Men" this May with an eye-catching and interactive exhibition of Danish furniture that will highlight the unique designs of the 1950s and 1960s. Dozens of vintage pieces will be on display, and yes, you may even sit in some of the chairs!

Nordic Knitting Conference
Friday October 3 - Sunday October 5

This conference is a unique chance to learn from nationally and internationally known knitters and textile artists. The conference is held every other year, and this year will feature the duo Arne & Carlos, Norway's knitting rock stars. Register online here at the Nordic Heritage Museum website.


Northwest Danish Association

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

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

Scandinavian Center (California Lutheran University)

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

26 Faculty Road, Thousand Oaks, Calif. Go to

Casual Coffee & Conversations
Summer Wednesdays starting June 4, 11am - 2pm

No formal presentations will be on deck, just an informal sharing of ideas and information related to Scandinavia. Street parking should be available at CLU.


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

Spring Schedule:
3rd Saturday of the month. April 19, May 17, June 21.

Summer Schedule TBA.

Swedish Cultural Center (Seattle)

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

Swedish Film Viewing: Grabben i Graven Bredvid (Guy in the Grave Next Door)
Wednesday August 20, 7:30pm, $5

Romantic comedy about an urban librarian who falls in love with a traditional farmer.

Garden Party Part II
Saturday August 23, 11am-1pm

Board member Sonja Richter is leading another two-hour garden clean-up. If working in the garden is not your thing, how about being part of the support crew by bringing snacks or cold drinks for the workers? Everyone chooses their task, from weeding to whacking or even hauling.

Swedes Read Book Sale
Sunday September 7, 8am-2pm

Donate your extra books now - in English or Swedish - for the club's book sale. They need donated children's books by August 8 and others by September 6. Proceeds benefit the library.

Swedish Pancake Breakfast
Sunday September 7, 8am-1:30pm $9 Guests, $7 Members, $5 Children ages 5-12

Enjoy live music and dancing plus authentic Swedish pancakes, lingonberries, ham and all the right fixin's. Music by Richard Svensson & Bjarne Jacobsen, Nordleik Folk Music and TinnFelen Hardanger Fiddle Ensemble.

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

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

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

Loretta Kelley Fiddler Performance with Norske Runddansere
Monday August 18, 7:30-10pm, $4, Polish Hall

Loretta Kelley is the foremost performer on the hardingfele, an intricately decorated fiddle from Norway, and she's here in Portland! Whether you dance or not, it's worth coming out just to hear her play. Read more about her at her website and watch a video of her by clicking on this YouTube image link.

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.

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 9:00am Friday morning.
The event must have a Nordic theme.




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

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