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                        Language Studies & Meet-ups   ~  Nordic Dancing   ~   Miscellaneous

This Week

Apr 3 - SHF's Friday Night Lecture Series: Under the Swastika with Erik Brakstad

Apr 5 - Kids Nordic Stories: Iceland - "Frances Dean" by Birgitte Sif at the Nordic Heritage Musem (WA)
Apr 6 - Norske Runddansere's Quarterly Hambo Fest

Next Week

Apr 12 - Grieg Lodge Birthday Brunch & Scholarship Award Ceremony
Apr 12 - Swedish Pancakes at the Swedish Cultural Center (WA)
Apr 12 - Genealogy Expert Visiting the Swedish Cultural Center (WA)

April 3 - Under the Swastika: A Student’s Experience in Occupied Norway during World War II. Olav Brakstad's story as told by his son Erik Brakstad, augmented by photographs Olav took during the occupation years. 
May 1 - Estonia: A Culture of Friendship, Song and Dance with Lonnie Cline.

Volunteer Landscaping Planting Brigade

Saturday April 11, starting at 9am, future site of the Nordic Cultural Center: 8800 SW Oleson Road
RSVP by Friday March 27 to:
We are seeking volunteers to assist with the planting of more than 1,000 small plants on the grounds of the new cultural center. Some hard labor will be required, but the plants are all less than one gallon in capacity each. If you are available to assist, please plan to arrive between 8:30 and 8:50 a.m. Orientation and planting instruction will be given at 9:00 a.m. sharp. If you have shovels, trowels, wheelbarrows, rakes and brooms, please bring what you can. Gloves, hats and boots are suggested. Refreshments provided. Please note: the building itself is still under construction and will not be open for visitation. There will be portable bathrooms on the property.

April 25 - Looking for appetizer ideas? Mike O'Bryant, former executive director of SHF, will make gravlax and share serving suggestions.
May 23 - Guest chef Loren Skogland, chef and co-owner of Milo's City Cafe, will prepare a Scandinavian lunch. Menu TBA.

Application Deadline: May 22, 2015
SHF is now accepting nominations from all local local Nordic organizations for its Scandinavian of the Year Award, one of the most prestigious annual awards SHF offer. All local organizations should nominate any individual whom they feel has made an outstanding contribution or achievement to their community during 2014. See the Scandinavian of the Year page of this website for details and a copy of the nomination form.

Nordic Cultural Center Opening Celebration Weekend

June 26-28, FREE, SHF's new Center at 8800 SW Oleson Road!
This first full weekend of activities open to the public at our new cultural center will present a veritable "smorgasbord" of events for the entire family. Enjoy food, drink, entertainment, arts and crafts demonstrations and more. Come see what the center holds in store for you!

Norwegian DJ Cashmere Cat Performs in Seattle

Tuesday April 14, 7:30pm Key Arena: 305 Harrison St. Seattle WA

Magnus August Høiberg, better known under his alias Cashmere Cat, first received international attention in 2012, for his talents for remixing tracks by artists such as Lana Del Ray, Drake, and Jeremih. The 27-year-old from Halden, Norway released his debut EP Mirror Maru the same year, presenting his own take on seductive R&B, 00’s club Hip Hop and French Electro. Now he's doing 40 concerts in 16 states and two countries as an opening act in Ariana Grande's world tour. Buy tickets online through Key Arena.

Southern California's Scandinavian Festival

Saturday & Sunday April 18-19, 10am-5pm, $10, $5 Teens, Kids Free, CLU Campus - Thousand Oaks CA
The 41st Annual Scandinavian Festival promises to build on its success from last year - when it drew 8,000 people to the two day event - and be better than ever! Enjoy great entertainment, delicious food and fun for the kids all day long!

Danish Brotherhood of America

Danish Brotherhood Centennial Lodge #348 - Eugene OR 
Danish Brotherhood #167 - Portland OR & SW Washington 
Bethany Lutheran Church: 4330 NE 37th Ave. Portland, OR 97211

Danish Sisterhood of America

Danish Sisterhood Mt. Hood Lodge #81 - Portland OR & SW Washington
Bethany Lutheran Church: 4330 NE 37th Ave. Portland, OR 97211

Daughters of Norway

Frida Hansen Lodge # 37 - Portland OR 

Finlandia Foundation

Contact Ross ( or Carol ( with questions.

Annual Antique & Garage Sale
Friday May 8, 10am-5pm and Saturday May 9, 10am-3pm
Unitarian Universalist Fellowship: 8470 SW Oleson Road, Portland

Multiple families contribute to this annual sale of antiques which raises funds for New Sweden and Trollbacken, a Swedish language summer camp. See the event flyer or call 503-244-3697 for more information. Handicap access. Parking available.

3014 NW 67th St., Seattle WA

Exhibit: "Finland: Designed Environments"
March 12 - July 26, 2015

This exhibit looks at the explosion of creativity in Finnish design over the last 15 years. Examples of furnishings, fashion, and craft, as well as architecture and urbanism, illustrate how nearly every aspect of Finnish life incorporates thoughtful design thinking - from city streets and summer homes to fashion and food - and is marked by sensitivity to form and material. The exhibition is the first significant U.S. museum presentation since the 1990s to examine contemporary Finnish design.

Kids Nordic Stories: "Iceland: Frances Dean Who Loved To Dance And Dance, By Birgitta Sif " 
Thursday April 5, 10am, FREE
Join in NHM's eighth year of Nordic Stories, geared toward preschool-aged children and their grown-ups, featuring children’s stories from the Nordic countries read aloud and fun craft projects. Reservations are not necessary. Please note: this program is not intended for large groups.

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

Danish American Cultural Retreat
June 26-28, Menucha Retreat & Conference Center in Corbett OR

The Danish Cultural Conference has been held for 30 years. The new name for this get-a-way is Danish American Cultural Retreat to more accurately reflect the program and experience. There are speakers from various walks of life on various topics related to the Danish culture. In addition, we take guided walks through the forest and a field trip to nearby sites. See the NWDA website for more information and registration. Or call 206-523-3263.

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

Spring Break Coffee & Conversation
Wednesday, April 1, 12noon-1pm

ScanCenter's Brown Bag Lunch program will "brake" from its regular program while the CLU campus is on spring break. Come enjoy coffee and cookies and join in on whatever Scandinavian-themed topics might arise. Street parking should be available because of spring break.

Southern California's Scandinavian Festival
Saturday & Sunday April 18-19, 10am-5pm, $10, $5 Teens, Kids Free, CLU Campus - Thousand Oaks CA

The 41st Annual Scandinavian Festival promises to build on its success from last year - when it drew 8,000 people to the two day event - and be better than ever! Enjoy great entertainment, delicious food and fun for the kids all day long!

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

April 18 - Architecture: Discover the Design in DNA
May 16 - Attic Exploration 1: Find Military Records
June 20 - Attic Exploration 2: Find Passenger Lists

Sons of Norway

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

Birthday Brunch & Scholarship Award Ceremony
Sunday April 12, 8:30am-1pm (awards given at 11am), Norse Hall, 111 NE 11th Ave., $10 advance, $12 door, $5 children ages 5-12, under 5 free

This brunch is a fundraiser for the Grieg Lodge Scholarship Fund. In addition to the popular Viking Breakfast menu of pancakes, scrambled eggs, sausage and fruit, the menu will include ham & asparagus strata, au gratin potatoes, riskrem and bloetkake. Buy your ticket by emailing or calling Kathy Gasperson at 503-235-3643. Seating is limited.

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

Black Pants and Shoes Needed for Charity
The Millionair’s Club, which finds jobs for homeless and unemployed people, was started by a Swede, so it’s one of the Club's favorite charities. Their clients can work at Century Link and Safeco home games, but they must have black pants and black non-skid shoes to do so, and not all of them can afford this attire. If any Club members have black pants (no jeans) and/or shoes to give away and help someone get a job, please bring them to the Swedish Club and they’ll get them to the Millionairs. They especially need bigger sizes.

Swedish Pancakes
Sunday April 12, 8am-1:30pm, $9 guests, $7 members, $5 kids age 5-12

Enjoy live music, dancing, and authentic Swedish pancakes with ham and lingonberries. Music by Richard Svensson & Bjarne Jacobsen and Sprida Ut. Stay afterward for genealogy in the lobby.

Genealogy Expert
Sunday April 12, 10:30-11:30am, FREE, RSVP required: 206-283-1090 or

Kathy Meade, a Swedish genealogy expert from ArkivDigital, will be at the Club to demonstrate what you can learn from Swedish church records and answer questions if there’s time.

ABBA Night
Friday April 24, 8pm-12am, $15 until 4/20/2015, $20 thereafter

Join the Club for their 6th annual ABBA Night! Enjoy food, ABBA music and dancing for an evening you won’t forget! Spryographs provide live ABBA music, Icelandic DJ Haffi Hoff will spin ABBA music and the dance floor will be full! Come to dance or just listen and watch the fab clothes from the 70s on our dancers! Costume contest too. Tickets available online at

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. 

SHF's Scandinavian of the Year Award - APPLY NOW!

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. 

Quarterly Hambo Fest
Monday April 6, 7-10pm, $4 drop-ins, under 30 free, Polish Hall: 3832 N. Interstate Ave. PDX 97227
Come learn the Hambo- Sweden’s National Folk Dance! There is a lesson from 7:30 open dance with lots of Hambos and easy mixers. No partner necessary. Conveniently located on the Max Yellow Line.

26th Annual Birthday Ball 
Monday May 18, 7:30-10pm, $8 NR/Leikarringen members, $12 nonmembers, 2 fees = family entry, $5 listening only, Polish Hall: 3832 N. Interstate Ave. PDX 97227
A festive occasion with spirited Scandinavian folk dance and live music from Portland’s own Hapsala! Please bring finger foods to share, folk costumes encouraged but not required. No partner necessary.

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.

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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