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To list your event on this page and in the print edition of  The Norwegian American, send it to naw@na-weekly.com. Be sure to include the event location, time, cost, a brief description, and a link (website or email address), or a telephone number for more info.

Nordic Film Course
Mondays, now – Nov. 18, 7:15-9:15 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
This course, taught by Dr. Birnie of Portland State University, will provide an introduction to the origins and development of Scandinavian film over the past 90 years. The focus will be to acquaint students with the major directors, themes and narrative styles of this broad and rich subject. The course will be hosted by Nordic Northwest and held at Nordia House, 8800 S.W. Oleson Rd. Registration is $100 for members and $150 for non-members. More info: www.nordicnorthwest.org/0923191.

Norwegian Classes
Oct.-Nov., Mondays 7:30-9:15 p.m.
Fargo, N.D.
Sons of Norway, Kringen Lodge #25 is offering language classes, from basic beginner to advanced. More info: contact Roger Reinhart at (701) 371-0425, or email ndpresten1@gmail.com.

Norwegian Classes
now-Dec. 9, 6:30-8 p.m.
Fairhaven, Mass.
A beginning 3 level Norwegian class will be offered at the Harrop Center (parish house behind the Unitarian Church), 102 Green St. The class fee is $50 for the ten-week session. Checks should be made payable to “UUSF”. The textbook and workbook are entitled PÅ VEI. More info: email Luana Marie Jøsvold at lmj1705@comcast.net.

Norwegian Classes
now-Dec. 18, 6-7:30 p.m.
West Newton, Mass.
The winter/spring session of the Norwegian language class offered by Norumbega Lodge #3-506, Sons of Norway, will meet at the Scandinavian Library
in the Scandinavian Cultural and Living Center, 206 Waltham St. There will be no class on October 9th or November 27th. This class is an advanced level class, a
continuation of the class from the spring. The class fee is $40 for the ten-week session. More info: norumbegasofn.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Sep2019.pdf?dl=0&raw=1.

Silent Auction Exhibition
Now – Dec.24
New York, N.Y.
The Norwegian Seamen’s Church at 317 East 52nd St. presents Håkon Bleken, Ørnulf Opdahl, and other famous Norwegian artists in a silent auction exhibition in the Trygve Lie Gallery, with all proceeds to benefit the Norwegian Seamen’s Church and Cultural Center in New York. The gallery is open Tues.-Sat., 12 – 5 p.m., with free admission. The opening reception will be held Oct. 23, 6-8:30 p.m. More info: www.sjomannskirken.no/trygve-lie-gallery.

Cutting Edges: Concrete Art from the Erling Neby Collection
Now-Feb. 15, 2020
New York, N.Y.
A practice that was developed before and after World War II, and devised to avoid ambiguity in the word ‘abstract,’ concrete art is characterized by combinations of simple geometric elements to create autonomous visual realities. Artists in this exhibition include Olle Bærtling, Lars Erik Falk and Lars Englund (Sweden); Richard Mortensen and Robert Jacobsen (Denmark); Kristján Guðmundsson (Iceland); Gunnar S. Gundersen, Arne Malmedal, Kristin Nordhøy, Aase Texmon Rygh and Bjørn Ransve (Norway); and Lars-Gunnar Nordström, Sam Vanni, Paul Osipow and Matti Kujasalo (Finland). Works by these artists are distinguished by their use of bright colors and geometric edges. Cutting Edges will be accompanied by a range of programming, including art workshops for all ages. The gallery, located at Scandinavia House, 58 Park Ave., is open Tues.-Sat. 12-6 p.m., and Wed. 12-7 p.m. Admission is free. More info: www.scandinaviahouse.org/app/uploads/2019/09/Cutting-Edges-Fact-Sheet.pdf?mc_cid=7e1693496e&mc_eid=39d7602316.

Rocks and Hard Places: Through the Lens of Knud Knudsen
Now-March 14, 2020
Stoughton, Wisc.
Why do people leave their homes in search of a better life? Join us as we look for answers to that question in a dramatic new exhibit at Livsreise, 277 W. Main St., that explores emigration through first person accounts, family histories, and the stunning black and white photography of Knud Knudsen. Considered one of Norway’s most important photographers, Knudsen (1832-1915) was born in Odda, Hardanger, and he established one of the first photography businesses in Bergen in 1864. In addition to his passion for photography, he also had a special interest in horticulture and the fruit trees grown in his home community. He would often return to the southern branch of the Hardanger Fjord to capture scenes of everyday life on farms and on the fjord. Despite the idyllic landscape, Knudsen’s work vividly shows why life on the fjord led to some of the highest rates of emigration per-capita in Norway with the ever present threat of rockslides and avalanches, lack of arable land, and lack of economic opportunity. More info: www.livsreise.org/news-events/.

Tattoo: Identity Through Ink
Now–April 26, 2020
Decorah, Iowa
Vesterheim Museum, 520 W. Water St., presents Tattoo: Identity Through Ink. The exhibit tells the story of tattoos and the people who have them. It explores the ways individual and group identities are formed, reinforced, and celebrated through tattoos. There is a Scandinavian connection with celebrated artists like Norwegian Johan Frederik Knudsen and Norwegian-American Amund Dietzel, the question of whether or not Vikings had tattoos, and the rise of a whole modern Neo-Nordic style of tattooing. But the exhibition also allows us to explore more deeply the traditions of body ornamentation in other cultures and our connections to them. The exhibit includes large and immersive photos and videos and original art and artifacts from around the world. You’ll have the opportunity to design and draw your own tattoos on silicone arms. There will be a working tattoo studio and at a few certain times during the run, tattoo artists will demonstrate their art live. Temporary tattoos inspired by objects in the collection will be for sale in the Museum Store. Admission is $10 for adults, $5 for ages 7-18, and $8 for seniors 65 and older. Free for museum members. More info: www.vesterheim.org/exhibits.

The Norwegian American Club of Maryland Thanksgiving Dinner
Nov. 20, 6:30
Hunt Valley, Md.
Come to the Delta Hotels Baltimore Hunt Valley (formerly Marriott Hunt Valley Inn) at 245 Shawan Road to enjoy dinner and the documentary How Vikings Discovered America. Reservations are required. RSVP to: Einar Skretting (410) 667-6235.

Green Connections 2019
Nov. 21, 8 a.m.-7 p.m.
San Diego, Calif.
Green Connections invites visionaries, experts and decision makers from Southern California and the Nordics to exchange knowledge, ideas and technologies regarding renewable energy. This year, Green Connections is arranged in collaboration with BlueTech Week (BTW), which expects 700+ participants across 7 events over 5 days. Both will take place at the Sheraton Bay Tower Marina and Hotel, 1590 Harbor Island Dr. Tickets are $300. More info: whova.com/portal/registration/bluet_201911/.

Norwegian Christmas Fair
Nov. 21-22, 12-8 p.m.; Nov. 23, 12-6 p.m.; Nov. 24, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
Come to The Norwegian Seamen’s Church of N.Y., located at 317 E. 52nd St., for their annual Christmas Market, where you will find among other things: Homemade knitted woolen mittens, socks and hats of Norwegian design, fresh homemade traditional Norwegian food and Christmas treats, traditional salmon and shrimp sandwiches, gløgg, rice pudding, waffles and so much more. Special events are scheduled for each day. More info: www.facebook.com/events/541780129918099/.

Norwegian Christmas Bazaar
Nov. 22-23, 10 a.m.-6 p.m.
San Francisco, Calif.
Start off the holiday season at The Norwegian Seamen’s Church, located at 2454 Hyde St. In addition to the bazaar, they will hold their annual fundraising raffle with prizes including a $1000 gift certificate to Scandinavian Design. Raffle tickets are $3 each, with discounts for quantity purchases. The drawing will be held Nov. 23 at 3 p.m. More info: contact the church at (415) 775-6566.

Julefest
Nov. 23-24, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Come to the National Nordic Museum’s Yulefest. The museum is located at 2655 N.W. Market St. More info: call (206) 789-5707 or visit www.nordicmuseum.org.

Holiday Bazaar
Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-2 p.m.
Minot, N.D.
Sons of Norway Thor Lodge bazaar will include a great bake sale with lots of lefse, a book sale, and a Grandma’s Attic filled with gently used items. In addition, there will be a lunch of shredded beef sandwiches or knephla soup, plus a pie and ice cream social. The bazaar will be held at 1020 S. Broadway on the lower level. More info: contact Martha at (701) 838-8554 or martha1946@hotmail.com.

Holiday Bazaar
Nov. 23, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Parkland, Wash.
The Scandinavian Cultural Center, Sweater Exchange, and Danish Sisterhood Holiday Bazaar together offer a lovely pre-holiday shopping experience, with handcrafted, unique, and lovingly used items. The event will be held at Anderson University Center, Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Ave. S. More info: www.plu.edu/scancenter/events/annual-events/.

Meatball Dinner and Accordion Music
Nov. 23, 1 p.m.
Marlboro, N.J.
Noreg Lodge will be having a Scandinavian meatball dinner in lieu of our annual bazaar this year. Dinner will include appetizers, salad, and dessert. The dinner will be held at Solbakken, 80 Boundary Road.There will be baked goods for sale and vendors. RSVP by calling Liz Seydell at (732) 403-7924 by Nov 15. Tickets are $12 per person. Checks can be mailed to 158 Chestnut St., Red Bank, NJ 07701, payable to Solbakken.

Breakfast with Santa
Dec. 1, 9 a.m.-12 p.m.
Poulsbo, Wash.
Come to 18891 Front St. and enjoy pancakes, eggs, sausage, bacon, ham, mixed fruit, juice, milk, and coffee/tea with Santa. This is a great photo opportunity for the young and the young at heart. Adults $10 and children 10 and younger $7. More info: Poulsbo Sons of Norway (360) 779-5209.

Norwegian Language Christmas Service
Dec. 4, 6:30-8:30 p.m.
Parkland, Wash.
A Norwegian Language Christmas Service (Julegudstjenste) will be held in the Ness Family Chapel (3rd floor), with traditional Norwegian pastries to follow in the Ness Family Lobby (2nd floor). All are welcome. The service will be held in Norwegian with Norwegian hymns and carols. An English translation of the sermon will be provided. Ness Family Chapel is located at the Karen Hille Phillips Center for the Performing Arts, Pacific Lutheran University, 12180 Park Ave. S. More info: www.plu.edu/scancenter/events/annual-events/ .

St. Olof Christmas Festival
Dec. 5-7, 7:30 p.m., Dec. 8, 8 p.m.
Northfield, Minn.
For many people, the celebration of the Advent-Christmas-Epiphany season begins with the annual St. Olaf Christmas Festival, a century-old tradition of the college. This year’s Christmas Festival features the St. Olaf Choir, the St. Olaf Orchestra, the St. Olaf Cantorei, the St. Olaf Chapel Choir, the Manitou Singers, and the Viking Chorus, performing both as individual groups and as a massed ensemble. The concert will be held at Skoglund Center, 1634 Campus Dr. More info: wp.stolaf.edu/calendar/event/st-olaf-christmas-festival-2/all/.

Holiday Festival and Bazaar
Dec. 6, 10 a.m.-6 p.m., Dec. 7, 9 a.m.-4 p.m.
Fairfax, Va.
Join Sons of Norway Washington, D.C. Lodge at Christ Lutheran Church, 3810 Meredith Dr., for their annual bazaar. Come out for two days of live music, a huge variety of imported foods (including nokkelost!), fresh lefse, krumkaker, and waffles hot off the grill, sweaters, jewelry, cookbooks, traditional baked goods, unique gift ideas, knitting demonstrations, folk dancing, rosemaling by Tina Keune, and much more. Join us for lunch or kaffe og kake in our Norwegian Café. Visit fjord horses Bella and Fia on Saturday, weather permitting. The Nordic Dancers will perform on Saturday at 2 p.m.. More info: contact festival@norwaydc.org. or visit www.norwaydc.org/home.

Suncoast Scandinavian Club Meeting and Bake Sale
Dec. 6, 12:15 p.m.
Clearwater, Fla.
Suncoast Scandinavian Club will meet at Banquet Masters, 13355 49th St. Doors open 11:45 am. The meeting with sit-down lunch ($17.00 per visitor) starts promptly at 12:15 pm. December’s meeting entertainment is Bruce Ralg, Swedish-American Accordionist, plus there will be the annual Bake Sale. Reservations are required. RSVP and more info: Cherstin Peterson (732) 546-7756 or email sunscanclub1965@gmail.com .

Julebord and Juletrefest
Dec. 6, 6 p.m.
Lancaster, Penn.
Sons of Norway Bondelandet Lodge will meet at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 301 St Thomas Road, for their annual party. Following the Norwegian tradition of hospitality, visitors are welcome and invited to share in the annual Julebord featuring traditional lutefisk and roast pork dinner. Suggested attire: traditional bunad or holiday attire. There will be a charge of $12.00 for guests, payable at the door. The holiday dessert table is always eagerly anticipated. More info: contact Jeanne Addison at (717) 793-7428 or JLAnorge@aol.com.

Christmas Celebration
Dec. 6, 6 p.m.
Oakland, Calif.
Sons of Norway Bjørnsterne Bjørnson Lodge is hosting their annual dinner with no-host bar. Dinner will feature pork tenderloin, a variety of salads, and a special dessert. There will be musical entertainment as Sarah Kirton presents a Hardanger Fiddle Christmas and plays festive Norwegian music. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children 12 and younger. Please RSVP by Dec. 3 by mailing your name, number of people in your party, and a check made out to Bjornson Lodge to Gayle Miller, 20 Alida Ct., Oakland, Calif. 94602.

Sankta Lucia Celebration
Dec. 6, 6:30 p.m.
Parkland, Wash.
Join the Pacific Lutheran University Scandinavian Cultural Center in celebrating Sankta Lucia. The hour-long program features Swedish music, song, and dance, and a very special children’s performance. The celebration marks the beginning of the Christmas season at PLU and is a favorite of children and adults. The program will take place at Anderson University Center, 12180 Park Ave. S. More info: www.plu.edu/scancenter/sankta-lucia/.

Bake Sale
Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-1 p.m.
Salem, Ore.
Sons of Norway Thor Lodge will hold their annual bake sale at Salem Masonic Temple, 1625 Brush College Road, N.W. More info: www.facebook.com/events/2823072171057884/.

Julefest and Bazaar
Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Poulsbo, Wash.
Sons of Norway Poulsbo Vikings are holding their Julefest at the lodge located at 18891 Front St. There are vendors selling hand crafted Scandinavian goods. There will also be lefse made on site and Scandinavia food such as split pea soup and rommegrot. Following the Bazaar there will be a Lucia Bride celebration on the waterfront at dusk. The Sons of Norway, Poulsbo Vikings will light a bonfire at dusk and escort the bride to the fire. More info: call (360) 779-5209.

ScanFair
Dec. 7, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Dec. 8, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Experience a Nordic Christmas at the Veteran’s Memorial Coliseum, Exhibit Hall at the Rose Quarter, 300 N. Winning Way. Nordic Northwest (previously Scandinavian Heritage Foundation) hosts an event reminiscent of Christmas markets in Copenhagen, Helsinki, Oslo, Reykjavik, and Stockholm. There will be vendors, food, entertainment, games, and more. Tickets for adults: $8; seniors and students: $7; Family:$17 (2 adults and 2 students), children 11 and younger are free. More info: www.nordicnorthwest.org/scanfair.

Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner
Dec. 7, 12-6 p.m.
Bothell, Wash.
Join Sons of Norway Bothell Lodge for their annual family style meal to be held at 23905 Bothell-Everett Hwy. Tickets for adults $27; ages 6 to 12 years of age $10; 5 and younger are free. Cash, checks, and credit cards are accepted. More info: call (425) 485-9085.

Tucson Nordic Guild Fair
Dec. 7, 3-9 p.m.
Tucson, Ariz.
The 38th annual Tucson Nordic Guild Fair will be held at Streams in the Desert Lutheran Church, 3660 East Pima St. Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and Finnish clubs and individual vendors will sell ethnic foods, baked goods, Scandinavian items, crafts and collectibles. Folk dancers and musicians will entertain throughout the day. Admission is free. More info: call 520) 795-1932.

Juletrefest Christmas Party
Dec. 8, 4 p.m.
Fairfax, Va.
Celebrate Juletrefest with traditional music and our St. Lucia procession at Norway House, 3846 Meredith Drive. Everyone is welcome.

Lutefisk at The Farmhouse Restaurant
Dec. 8, 12-6 p.m.
Mt. Vernon, Wash.
Come to The Farmhouse Restaurant, 13724 LaConner-Whitney Road, for one of Washington State’s largest lutefisk dinners. There will also be baked ham, komla, pickled herring, poached salmon, smoked salmon, rice pudding, salads, flatbread, lefse, Scandinavian cookies and much more. Tickets for adults: $41.95, seniors: $38.95, and kids under 12 are $1 per year. Traditional Nordic music will be provided by Leif and Sunnie Accordio Duo from 2:30-6 p.m. More info: contact Terry Brazas at terry.brazas@gmail.com.

Santa Lucia Christmas Celebration
Dec. 8, 2 p.m.
Fairbanks, AK
Join Sons of Norway Artic Viking Lodge, located at 151 Wilderness Dr., for their celebration. More info: sonsofnorway117.yolasite.com/.

Christmas Party
Dec. 8, 3-6 p.m.
Palatine, Ill.
Join Sons of Norway, Skjold Lodge, at their annual party, to be held at the AUYA Center, 136 E. Illinois Ave. There will be a catered buffet and a visit from Santa! Reservations are required. Tickets are $15 for those 15 and older. Kids 14 and younger are free. More info: www.skjoldlodge.com/christmas-party.html.

Reading Circle: Discussion of John Steinbeck’s The Moon is Down
Dec. 10, 7:30 p.m.
Fairfax, Va.
Join Washington, D.C, Sons of Norway in their discussion of Steinbeck’s book about the Nazi occupation of an anonymous small town during World War II. The town is not identified but it was widely believed that the country was Norway. For this book, published by Viking Press in March 1942, Steinbeck was awarded Norway’s Freedom Cross by King Haakon VII. ​If you plan to attend, please RSVP Christine at reading@norwaydc.org for the location.

Holiday Arts and Crafts Fair
Dec. 14, 9 a.m.-3 p.m.
Santa Rosa, Calif.
Sons of Norway Freya Lodge is holding its 2019 crafts fair at Norway Hall, 617 W. 9th St. In addition to craft items, there will be baked goods and lunch available for purchase. More info: freyalodge.org/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/CraftFair2019.pdf.

Christmas in Conway Bazaar
Dec. 14, 10 a.m.-3 p.m.
Conway, Wash.
Sons of Norway Abel Lodge is holding its bazaar at Norway Hall, 21098 Second St. There will be local vendors with hand crafted quality items, just in time for Christmas shopping, plus our own Scandinavian Bake Shop. Be the first in line, we sell out fast! More info: email Marilyn Tangen at mtangen@wavecable.com.

Magic Silver – A Special Holiday Movie
Dec. 14, 1-2:30 p.m.
Stoughton, Wisc.
Livsreise, located at 277 W. Main St., will be hosting a free viewing of this Norwegian children’s movie. Magic Silver is a tale of adventure and commitment. In the story, shy Princess Bluerose, must save the life of the Blue Gnome King, who is her beloved father. She is also responsible for taking back the Magic Silver which brings daylight to the earth each day. She and her friend, Dreng, set out on a remarkable journey and learn the essential lesson, “when you take away, you must always give back.” The film features exciting sledding scenes and spectacular mountain vistas from Norway. The audio is in Norwegian with English subtitles and suitable for children ages 6 and older. Livsreise is able to show this wonderful holiday movie with special permission from Kidflix Global of Sequim, WA. Space is limited so arrive early. More info: www.livsreise.org/event/magic-silver-a-special-holiday-movie/.

St. Lucia Pageant
Dec. 15, 9:45 a.m.
Lancaster, Penn.
Join The Salvation Army, 131 S. Queen St., as they celebrate Christ the Light of the World through the story of Lucia. More info: email sidney.anderson@use.salvationarmy.org.

Lutefisk at The Farmhouse Restaurant
Dec. 15, 12-6 p.m.
Mt. Vernon, Wash.
Come to The Farmhouse Restaurant, 13724 LaConner-Whitney Road, for one of Washington State’s largest lutefisk dinners. There will also be baked ham, komla, pickled herring, poached salmon, smoked salmon, rice pudding, salads, flatbread, lefse, Scandinavian cookies and much more. Tickets for adults: $41.95, seniors: $38.95, and kids under 12 are $1 per year. Traditional Nordic music will be provided by Leif and Sunnie Accordio Duo from 2:30-6 p.m. More info: contact Terry Brazas at terry.brazas@gmail.com.

Julefest
Dec. 15, 5-7:30 p.m.
St. Louis, Mo.
The Norwegian Society of St. Louis (NSSL) will be celebrating Julefest at St. Mark’s Lutheran Church located at 6337 Clayton Road. The cost is $20 for adult members, $25 for non-members (but there is a $5 discount if they are joining the NSSL), children 12 and younger eat for free. More info: contact Ann Pott by December 1 at pott-sy@hotmail.com.

Christmas Kaffe Stua
Dec. 18, 11 a.m.-2 p.m.
Poulsbo, Wash.
Join Poulsbo Sons of Norway for a Norwegian smorgasbord which will include open faced sandwiches, split pea soup, lefse, krumkake, kringle, rommegrot, and other Norwegian special desserts. Tickets are $15 for adults and $10 for children 8 and younger. The Sons of Norway Lodge is located at 18891 Front St. For parties 6 or more, please call for a reservation. More info and reservations: call (360) 779-5209.

Lutfisk Dinner at the Swedish Club
Dec. 20, 6:30 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Enjoy it Swedish or Norwegian style, and have a cup of glögg. The Swedish Club is located at 1920 Dexter Ave. N. Tickets for Swedish Club members are $30, guests and late RSVPs are $35. To RSVP, contact rsvp@swedishclubnw.org or 206.283.1090 by Tuesday December 17! More info: swedishclubnw.org.

St. Lucia Pageant
Jan. 14, 1 p.m.
Brooklyn Bay Ridge, N.Y.
Many of Scandinavian descent celebrate the coming of the Light of Christ by honoring Santa Lucia. It is an ideal way to celebrate victory over darkness because day light is gradually returning and conquering the long dark days. Join The Salvation Army, 252 86th St., as they celebrate through the story of Lucia. More info: email SAnder9977@aol.com.

Bondelandet Lodge Meeting
Jan. 17, 7 p.m.
Lancaster, Penn.
Sons of Norway Bondelandet Lodge meets at St. Thomas Episcopal Church, 301 St Thomas Road. Visitors are welcome and invited to share in the special dessert table. We will celebrate the installation of Lodge Officers for 2020-2022. Also, Maritime Night will feature a DVD on Norwegian immigrant, Thea Christiansen Foss. Mrs. Foss founded Foss Maritime, now the largest maritime company on the West Coast. More info: contact Jeanne Addison at (717) 793-7428.

Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner
Jan. 25, 12-4 p.m.
Poulsbo, Wash.
Come join Poulsbo Sons of Norway at 18891 Front St. for the last lutefisk dinner of the season. Dinner will include lutefisk, Scandinavia meatballs, potatoes, carrots, and plenty of Norwegian desserts. Please call (360) 779-5209 for reservations for 6 and older.