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Oregon’s Nordic Ski History
now—Dec. 29
Portland, Ore.
Learn about the history of Nordic skiing, from its roots in Scandinavia to its prominence in Oregon and the Pacific Northwest! Includes reproductions of both historical and contemporary ski equipment. At Nordia House Gallery. Free and open to the public.

The Story of Selbu Mittens
now—Dec. 30
Stoughton, Wis.
The Selbu mitten is unique in many ways, but especially because its origin is well documented. The history of Selbuvotten started on a cold winter Sunday in 1857, when shepherd girl Marit Emstad and her sister arrived at the regular Sunday church service. The girls were wearing homemade knitted mittens, something that attracted no special attention, but it was the mitten patterns and expression that virtually revolutionized Norwegian knitting traditions. We have gathered Selbu mittens for this exhibit from descendants of Norwegian immigrants in the Stoughton area. At Livsreise.

Vikings: Beyond the Legend
now—Jan. 1
Salt Lake City, Utah
This exhibition offers guests a contemporary look at the mysterious seafarers, farmers, traders, and plunderers who explored and harassed Europe more than 1,000 years ago. The exhibition features more than 400 artifacts—some never before seen outside Scandinavia—including jewelry, funeral urns, weapons, game pieces, clothing, and even a piece of 1,000-year-old Viking bread. These recent archaeological discoveries have shed new light on the Viking age, dispelling long-held stereotypes about its people, traditions, and influence. The beautiful, immersive exhibition includes video projections and over a dozen interactive displays that will help you experience the daily life of the Viking Age people. At the Natural History Museum of Utah.

Gingerbread Wonderland: Twin Cities
now—Jan. 7
Minneapolis, Minn.
Come visit Norway House during the holiday season as we build the Twin Cities out of gingerbread in our Galleri for our third year in a row! You will find familiar buildings and landmarks, both contemporary and historical, created by everyone from professional bakers to first-time gingerbread enthusiasts. To learn more or to get involved, please visit norwayhouse.org or email ebjelland@norwayhouse.org. At Norway House. $5 for adults; children and members free.

Edvard Munch: Color in Context
now—Jan. 28
Washington, D.C.
In the second half of the 19th century, advances in physics, electromagnetic radiation theory, and the optical sciences provoked new thought about the physical as well as the spiritual world. Aspects of that thought are revealed in Edvard Munch: Color in Context, an exhibition of 21 prints that considers the choice, combinations, and meaning of color in light of spiritualist principles. Informed by both popular manuals that explained the science of color and theosophical writings on the visual and physical power of color, Edvard Munch (1863–1944) created works that are not just strikingly personal, but charged with specific associations. At the National Gallery of Art: West Building, Ground Floor.

The Experimental Self: Edvard Munch’s Photography
now—March 5
New York, N.Y.
The Experimental Self: Edvard Munch’s Photography brings the photographic work of the master painter to NYC for its first showing in the U.S. The exhibition will coincide with, and complement, the exhibition Edvard Munch: Between the Clock and the Bed, on view at the Metropolitan Museum of Art. It has been organized by the American-Scandinavian Foundation in partnership with The Munch Museum in Oslo, Norway. At Scandinavia House.

Rocks and Hard Places: Emigration Through the Lens of Knud Knudsen
now—Sept. 23, 2018
Decorah, Iowa
Why do people leave their homes in search of a better life? Join us as we look for answers to that question in this exciting new exhibit that explores emigration through first person accounts, family histories, and the stunning black and white photography of Knud Knudsen. His work vividly shows why the ever-present threat of rockslides and avalanches, lack of arable land, lack of economic opportunity, and savage beauty of life on the fjord led to some of the highest rates of emigration per capita in Norway. This exhibit features 30 large-format photographs.

Spoons: Carving. Community.
now—Nov. 4, 2018
Decorah, Iowa
Humans have been carving spoons for millennia, but spoon carving has really exploded in popularity in the last 10 years. Vesterheim’s exhibition Spoons: Carving. Community. captures the spirit of this recent movement, showcasing historic and modern examples of spoons carved in wood and horn. Visit the exhibition for hands-on interactives, recorded interviews, short videos, and a “carving studio.” The exhibition focuses on the form, function, and design of spoons; on the traditions and folklore surrounding Norwegian spoons; and on contemporary and historic artists.


Jardar Johansen Christmas
Nov. 26, 5:00—6:30 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Jardar Johansen returns to the U.S. for his second annual Christmas tour. One of northern Norway’s foremost performers, Johansen, along with his band, presents songs that carry elements of an older Norwegian music tradition and songs that are more contemporary, international Christmas classics. At Mindekirken; $10 donation.

Minnesota Peace Initiative
Nov. 27, 7:00—9:00 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Norway House Minnesota Peace Initiative presents: “Our water is sick. And getting sicker.” Three experts knowledgeable in the science of water and its quality, both today and in the future, will discuss the impending water crisis. If you want to learn more about the current state of our water and what can be and is being done about it, join us! Register at www.eventbrite.com/e/minnesota-peace-initiative-presents-our-water-is-sick-and-getting-sicker-tickets-39273535201. At McNamara Center, University of Minnesota; free.

Tuesday Open House: Gingerbread Wonderland
Nov. 28, 11:00 a.m.—1:00 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Max Stevenson from Norway House will present the history of gingerbread and Pepperkakebyen—the largest gingerbread city in the world, created every year in Bergen, Norway. He will also talk about this year’s Gingerbread Wonderland exhibit at Norway House. After the presentation, join Stevenson at the Norway House Galleri to view the exhibit. At Mindekirken. A suggested donation of $7 is received at the door. The program will begin at 12:00 p.m. following fellowship and lunch.

Tree Decorating with Goodies
Nov. 28, 4:00—7:00 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Come to Nordia House on Tuesday and make your own traditional Scandinavian ornaments, including julhjerter, to hang on the Nordia House Christmas tree. Indulge in coffee, tea, hot cocoa, and St. Lucia buns. At 6:30 p.m., we will have the official tree lighting! Kids and families are encouraged to come enjoy the Scandinavian experience of the holidays.

SATC Holiday Fundraiser
Nov. 30, 4:00—8:00 p.m.
New York, N.Y.
There will be a raffle/tombola with great prizes, special holiday cocktails, and great entertainment. Please RSVP to holiday@satcnyc.org. At Dream Baby.

Norwegian Christmas Bazaar
Dec. 1—2
Fairfax, Va.
Come out for two days of live music; a huge variety of imported foods; lefse, krumkakker, and vafler hot off the griddle; sweaters, jewelry, cookbooks, unique gift ideas, craft demonstrations, and much more! From 10:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. on Friday and 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Saturday. At Christ Lutheran Church.

A Doll’s House
Dec. 1—10
St. Paul, Minn.
Written by Norway’s most celebrated dramatist, Henrik Ibsen, this play is set in a provincial Norwegian town on Christmas Eve in 1879. This classic drama about a marriage gone horribly off track will take place on the third floor of the historic James J. Hill House. Presented by a new Twin Cities company and featuring direction and a new 90 minute adaptation of the original text by acclaimed local theater artist Craig Johnson. Tickets cost $15. Discount price of $10 for seniors, students, and active military service personnel. Reservations can be made at otcdollshouse.brownpapertickets.com.

Koselig
Dec. 1—April 22
Decorah, Iowa
When days are short and nights grow long, it’s time to celebrate community the Norwegian way—with warm drinks, wool socks, close friends, and an untranslatable word! Come get koselig with Vesterheim and discover the Norwegian secret to surviving winter. Visit this exhibit to experience koselig in a series of immersive “living room” environments and learn about this uniquely Scandinavian way of life and how it permeates every part of Norwegian culture.

The 36th Annual Nordic Guild Fair
Dec. 2, 9:00 a.m.—3:00 p.m.
Tucson, Ariz.
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. Held on the Streams in the Desert Lutheran Church campus. Free admission.

Bosque—Norwegian Country Christmas
Dec. 2, 9:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Clifton, Texas
Come to the Armory in Clifton City Park for the Annual Norwegian Country Christmas. The Bosque County Chapter of the NST will be hosting a fundraising booth with many Norwegian gifts and homemade cookies. Cookie demonstrations will be ongoing throughout the day. Be sure to visit Kristina’s Kitchen for an authentic Norwegian meal with meatballs, potatoes, mushy peas, and lingonberries.

Scandinavian Art and Architecture: Modern Aesthetic and Traditional Heart
Dec. 2, 9:30 a.m.—4:00 p.m.
Washington, D.C.
Scandinavians are renowned internationally for their modern aesthetic and innovations in architecture and design. At the same time, they are passionate about preserving their past. Explore the creative contributions of noted artists, architects, and designers reflected in the region’s beautiful capitals with art historian Karin Alexis, an expert on Scandinavian and Nordic art and culture. At S. Dillon Ripley Center. Visit smithsonianassociates.org/ticketing/tickets/reserve.aspx?id=240459 for tickets and more info.

Scandinavian Christmas Fair
Dec. 2, 10:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Raleigh, N.C.
The Scandinavian Christmas Fair is a celebration of the rich traditions of the Nordic countries. This old-world celebration is certain to get you into the spirit of the season! At the Julmarknad you can enjoy the sights, sounds, and tastes of Scandinavia: homemade Scandinavian food, live Nordic entertainment all day, craft items and imports for sale, a spectacular Lucia procession, and more! Cost is $7 for adults and free for children under 13. At the NC State Fairgrounds, Holshouser Building.

Freya Lodge Juletrefest
Dec. 2, 11:00 a.m.
Santa Rosa, Calif.
Bring the kids and grandkids and join us in a traditional Norwegian Yule celebration with crafts and a delicious smørgåsbord lunch. At Freya Lodge. Contact Anne-Marie at (707) 894-1807 or annemarie@thegrid.net for reservations and information.

Maine Nordmenn Julefest
Dec. 2, 12:00—4:00 p.m.
Biddeford, Maine
Maine Nordmenn will hold their annual Julefest at the Rochambeau Club. There will be a Julebord, St. Lucia pageant, dancing around the juletre, julenisse, silent auction, music, handmade crafts, and children’s activities. General admission is $15, $12 for members, and free for children under 10. All are welcome. For further information, go to www.mainenordmenn.com or call (207) 357-2397.

Broder Nord Julbord
Dec. 2, 6:00 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Celebrate the holidays Nordic-style with Broder Restaurant’s take on a traditional Julbord dinner. With a dinner spread featuring delicious food and spiced gløgg, you and your loved ones are sure to have a fantastic time. Tickets cost $65 and can be purchased at www.scanheritage.org/upcoming-events.

Vesterheim Norwegian Christmas
Dec. 2
Decorah, Iowa
Ring in the holidays with Vesterheim. There will be children’s activities, a chance to meet the julenisse and enjoy a juletrefest, folk art demonstrations, performances by Decorah-area musicians and vocal groups, and great Scandinavian gifts. Children receive free admission!

Poulsbo Lodge Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar & Yulefest
Dec. 2
Poulsbo, Wash.
The Scandinavian Christmas Bazaar will be held at Grieg Hall from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. There will be pea soup, rømmegrøt, baked goods, arts and crafts, and gifts, as well as folk dancing by Poulsbo Leikarringen. At 4:30 p.m. the Yulefest activity starts on the historic Poulsbo waterfront and will include the Lucia bride arriving by water with the Vikings and Christmas tree lighting by Miss Poulsbo. Call (360) 779-5209 or visit www.poulsbosonsofnorway.com for more info.

Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner
Dec. 2
Stoughton, Wis.
Enjoy a dinner of lutefisk, meatballs, mashed potatoes, rutabagas, lefse, and much more at the Christ Lutheran Church. Seatings will be every 45 minutes from 11:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. Cost is $18 for adults, $7 for children 4 to 12, and free for children under 4. Reservations required; send your reservation with top time preference and attendees, a self-addressed stamped envelope, and check payable to Christ Lutheran Lutefisk Dinner c/o Julie Schafer, 816 S. Monroe Street, Stoughton, WI 53589 by Nov. 24. For more info, call Gerry Ross at (608) 835-8520 or stoughtonlutefisk@gmail.com.

Bothell Lodge Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner
Dec. 2, 12:00—6:00 p.m.
Bothell, Wash.
Enjoy this annual family-style dinner of lutefisk, meatballs, boiled potatoes, coleslaw, lefse, and ice cream and cookies for dessert plus your choice of coffee, tea, or milk. Free parking; no reservations required. Cost is $25 for adults, $10 for children 5 to 12, and free for children under 5. Checks or cash only. At Bothell Lodge.

Experience Scandinavia at MIM
Dec. 2—3, 9:00 a.m.—5:00 p.m.
Phoenix, Ariz.
Join the Phoenix Chapter of Norwegians Worldwide at the Musical Instrument Museum to celebrate the music and culture of Scandinavia! Come enjoy the event as a guest, wear your bunad if you have one, and take part in the fun. Cost is $20 for adults, $15 for teens, $10 for children 4 to 12, and free for children 3 and under.

ScanFair: Portland’s Scandinavian Christmas Market
Dec. 2—3
Portland, Ore.
Christmas markets are a staple of Nordic culture, dating back to the late Middle Ages. Come experience Nordic Northwest’s ScanFair, with over 70 vendors, Nordic food, kids’ craft area, live entertainment, and the crowning of the Lucia scholarship winners. From 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Saturday and 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Cost is $8 for adults, $17 for families, and $7 for seniors and students. At Portland’s Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Nordic 5 Arts: Runes Revealed
Dec. 2—Jan. 13
Castro Valley, Calif.
The Runes Revealed exhibit will be held at the Adobe Art Gallery. The opening reception will be held on Dec. 2. from 1:00 to 3:00 p.m. Visit adobegallery.org for more info.

Ohio Norsemen Julefest
Dec. 3, 3:30—7:30 p.m.
Berea, Ohio
This Christmas celebration with the Ohio Norsemen will be held at Perk-Cup on West Bagley Road. Call (440) 979-0681 for details.

Lutefisk at The Farmhouse Restaurant
Dec. 3 & 10, 12:00—6:00 p.m.
Mt. Vernon, Wash.
This is one of Washington’s largest Scandinavian smorgasbords and features lutefisk, fiskekaker, Swedish meatballs, komla, pickled herring, rice pudding, lefse, Scandinavian cookies, and much more. Cost is $36.95 for adults, $33.95 for seniors over 60, and $12.95 for kids under 12. Traditional Nordic music will be performed by the Leif & Sunnie Accordion Duo from 2:30 to 6:00 p.m. For more info contact Terry Brazas at terry.brazas@gmail.com.

Private Confessions
Dec. 6—9
Washington, D.C.
Ingmar Bergman’s wife and muse, celebrated director Liv Ullmann, expands Bergman’s 1996 film into a stage adaptation of poignant, family “confessions.” At the Kennedy Center.

Julefest
Dec. 7, 6:00—10:00 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Join us for our annual event celebrating the holiday Christmas season, this year taking place at the trendy Gallery 13 in downtown Minneapolis. We promise a fun-filled evening with Nordic food, music, and entertainment. Cost is $60 or $30 for students. Get your tickets at www.eventbrite.com/e/julefest-2017-tickets-39174577215. RSVP by Dec. 4.

I Remember Mama
Dec. 7, 7:00 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Ingebretsen’s is presenting I Remember Mama at the Riverview Theater. Tickets cost $3 and will be sold at Ingebretsen’s. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. with pre-movie entertainment. For more info, call (612) 729-9333.

Gulf Coast Vikings Jultrefest
Dec. 8, 5:00 p.m.
Fort Myers, Fla.
The lodge will provide boiled potato sausages, potatoes, Swedish meatballs, and ham. Please bring an appetizer, side, or dessert in keeping with the Scandinavian tradition. Featured guest Hardanger Fiddler, Karen Solgård, will entertain with her music and will also plan to play a little dancing music. At the Plantation at Somerset. Please call Maxine at (239) 405-4026 if you plan on attending and tell her what dish you will be bringing. The usual $5 donation applies.

Thor Lodge Norwegian Christmas Party
Dec. 9, 3:00—6:00 p.m.
Salem, Ore.
Everyone is invited to join us for this all-ages event that includes a visit from the Julenisse! Make sure that you bring a wrapped and tagged gift for every child under the age of 18 that you bring. There will be musical performances by the children, a group of Dickenson Carolers, singing, and food. At the Salem Masonic Lodge.

Edvard Grieg Lodge Julefest
Dec. 9, 4:30 p.m.
Mason, Ohio
The night begins with appetizers, bake sale, and butikk. Dinner and a short program and singing follows at 5:00 p.m. The lodge will provide the meatballs, potatoes, and lefse. Please bring a side dish to share. Bring a tree ornament or two and hang on the Christmas tree for the evening. Remove your ornament before leaving or donate to the lodge decorations. Cost is $5 for adults and $3 for children 6 to 11. At Mason United Methodist Church. RSVP to Esther Charlton at (513) 923-3798 or esthersofn@aol.com by Dec. 5.

Viking Juletrefest
Dec. 9, 5:00—9:00 p.m.
Dallas, Texas
Join the Viking Chapter for a Norwegian Christmas Party with food, traditions, music, and silent auction! Please bring a side dish to share. At Central Lutheran Church. RSVP by Dec. 5 at www.norwegiansocietyoftexas.org/events/viking-juletrefest/.

ASA Scandinavian Christmas Fest
Dec. 9, 5:30 p.m.
Potomac, Md.
Join the ASA at St. James Episcopal Church for the sights, sounds, and scents of Scandinavian Christmas! The Saint Lucia pageant will take place at 5:30 p.m. in the sanctuary, followed by the bazaar in the parish hall at 6:00 p.m. There will also be coffee, gløgg, and goodies; dancing around the Christmas tree; a visit from Santa; Nordic dancers; and a grand raffle drawing. Visit www.scandinavian-dc.org for more info and ticket prices.

Holiday Julebord
Dec. 9 & 10
New York, N.Y.
Join Scandinavia House for the annual Julebord presented by Smörgås Chef. This lavish buffet offers a wonderful variety of appetizers, main courses that include roast leg of lamb and Swedish baked ham, and an array of delicious desserts. There are brunch and dinner seatings both days, with Saint Lucia performances at each seating. Space is limited so purchase tickets to reserve your table right away. For reservations, call (212) 686–4230 or visit www.smorgas.com/julbord/?mc_cid=581806b6c7&mc_eid=d7b356b8b1.

Children’s Christmas Party
Dec. 10, 1:00—3:00 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Join the Leif Erikson Lodge together with the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association and the Karmøy Club for a traditional Yuletide celebration for the entire family! Come one and all and dance around the Christmas tree, sing your favorite holiday songs, and enjoy the fabulous Norwegian Christmas cookies and sweets. Live musical entertainment, fun and games with the one-and-only Allyoop, and finally, a visit from Santa! Cost is $8 for adults and $1 for children. At Leif Erikson Lodge.

Nordkap Lodge Christmas Party
Dec. 10, 2:00 p.m.
Redford, Mich.
Sing traditional Norwegian songs and dance around the Christmas tree at the Western Golf and Country Club. We begin with a silent auction at 2:00 p.m., with all proceeds benefitting the Nordkap Scholarship Fund. The party’s meal service begins at 3:00 p.m. You must RSVP and submit payment ($28 for adults; $10 for children 12 and under) by the deadline of Dec. 1 in order to secure your place and choice of entrée at this festive event. Contact Carol Jehle at jehlecarol@yahoo.com for your reservation.

Norwegian Juletrefest
Dec. 10, 2:00 p.m.
Phoenix, Ariz.
Come celebrate the holiday season with one of Norwegians Worldwide Phoenix Chapter’s most popular events, the annual Norsk Juletrefest! Join in on the fun with singing and dancing around the Christmas tree, kids’ crafts, raffle prizes, and our traditional julegrøt, gløgg, and sweets. A special North Pole visitor will have treats for the children! Please bring your favorite holiday dessert to this potluck event. At Trinity Lutheran Church. Free admission.

NST Juletrefest
Dec. 10, 3:00—6:00 p.m.
Arlington, Texas
The club is providing the meat, breads, coffee, and ice tea. Members are asked to bring an appetizer, side dish, or dessert that will serve eight to 12 people. We will need a head count of those planning to attend. The nisse will be making his appearance for the children, so be sure and bring a present for him to give to your children. All the children will be invited to participate in the St. Lucia. We will decorate, dance, and sing carols around our living tree. Bring all your family, friends, neighbors, house guests—everybody is welcome at this joyous time of the year. At Advent Lutheran Church.

100th Anniversary of Leif Erikson Lodge Murals
Dec. 13, 6:00 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Celebrate the 100th anniversary of the Leif Erikson Lodge murals with a dinner and program. The beautiful murals represent the highlights of Norway’s history painted by Sverre Mack and Yngvar Sonnichsen. Make reservations for dinner by calling (206) 783-1274. For more info, email leiferiksonlodge@qwestoffice.net.

Scandinavian Christmas Traditions
Dec. 13, 6:00 p.m.
Colorado Springs, Colo.
This program will be about Scandinavia Christmas traditions as shared by different members. Come early to participate in the potluck preceding the meeting at 6:00 pm. Bring some food to share. At Fjellheim Lodge.

Broder Soder Julbord
Dec. 15, 6:00 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Celebrate the holidays Nordic-style with Broder Restaurant’s take on a traditional Julbord dinner. With a dinner spread featuring delicious food and spiced gløgg, you and your loved ones are sure to have a fantastic time. Tickets cost $65 and can be purchased at www.scanheritage.org/upcoming-events.

Bondelandet Lodge Juletrefest
Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m.
Lancaster, Penn.
Sons of Norway Bondelandet Lodge will celebrate Christmas with a Juletrefest and roast pork Julebord complete with scrumptious Norwegian desserts and the making of traditional woven paper baskets for the tree. Members are asked to bring a side dish to share. There will be a fee. Guests are welcome. Questions? Jeanne Addison at (717) 793-7428.

Lutfisk/Lutefisk Dinner
Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
An Icelander (Jens Eysteinsson) and two Norwegians (Leif Eie and Bjarne Varnes) walk into the kitchen… to cook our lutfisk. Enjoy it Swedish or Norwegian style. Meatballs are on the menu too. Live music. To RSVP, contact rsvp@swedishclubnw.org or (206) 283-1090 or visit swedishclubnw.org by Dec. 12. Cost is $30 for Swedish Club blue card members and $35 for guests and includes a cup of gløgg; late RSVPs and at the door pay $5 more. At the Swedish Club.

Bjornson Male Chorus Christmas Dinner
Dec. 15, 6:30 p.m.
Elk Grove Village, Ill.
All are welcome to join the Bjornson Male Chorus for a Christmas dinner and evening of music at Avalon Banquets! Cocktails will start at 6:30, followed by dinner at 7:30 p.m. Cost is $35 per person. For reservations call John Lee at (847) 741-4210.

Snorre Christmas Party
Dec. 15, 6:30—11:00 p.m.
Houston, Texas
Norwegian Society of Texas Snorre Chapter cordially invites old and new members to a Christmas party at Chef Søren Pedersen’s place. Menu includes svineribbe, medisterkaker, medisterpølser, red cabbage, potatoes, and more. Cost is $50 for members and $75 for new members, which includes 2018 membership. Festive attire. Find more info and pay at www.norwegiansocietyoftexas.org/events/snorre-2017-christmas-party/.

Bosque Juletrefest
Dec. 16, 2:00—5:00 p.m.
Clifton, Texas
Everyone is asked to bring a snack to share. Additionally there will be having a Christmas gift exchange. Please bring a gift (cost less than $15) for the event. At the Bosque Museum.

Fjelldalen Lodge Lutefisk Dinner
Dec. 16, 2:00 & 4:30 p.m.
Highlands Ranch, Colo.
Join the Fjelldalen Lodge Family to celebrate a Norwegian Christmas with a traditional lutefisk dinner. We will be serving all the good foods with lutefisk, lefse, kjøttkaker, potatoes, and more. There will be servings at 2:00 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Also available will be a Norwegian butikken with gift items and a raffle at each meal for a kransekake. Raffle tickets may be purchased at the door; cost is three for $5 or $2 a ticket. Dinner costs $20 for adults and $8 for 12 and under. For reservations, please call Marilyn Speas at (303) 973-2158 before December 13. At Christ Lutheran Church.

Nordic Julekonsert
Dec 17, 2:00 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
Featuring the voices of the Mindekirken Choir, Norwegian Glee Club of Minneapolis, American Swedish Institute Male Chorus, American Swedish Institute Cloudberries, Pauline Fjelde Daughters of Norway Damekor, and “Kvinnekor” Women’s Choir. Freewill offering with refreshments after the concert. At Mindekirken.

Fjellheim Lodge Julebord
Dec. 17, 2:30 p.m.
Colorado Springs, Colo.
Enjoy a wide selection of Norwegian holiday foods and desserts, caroling around the Christmas tree, and special holiday entertainment. Cost is $20 for members, $22 for non-members, and $8 for children 5 to 12. Call Kathie Godsil at (719) 229-9289 prior to Dec. 14 to make reservations. Limited spots available.

Concert: Scandinavian Chorus
​Dec. 17, 4:00 p.m.
Portland, Ore.
Let the beauty of Christmas songs in the original Nordic languages get you in the holiday mood! The Portland Scandinavian Chorus, recently returned from a successful tour of Norway and Sweden, presents their annual Christmas concert, allowing you to experience the traditions of Christmas from each of the lands of the northern lights. At Nordia House. Suggested donation of $10.

Norwegian Society of St. Louis Julefest
Dec. 17, 5:00 p.m.
St. Louis, Mo.
This julefest with the Norwegian Society of St. Louis will be held at the IKEA store at 4028 Forest Park Ave. The cost is $16.99 for adults; children are welcome. Reservations must be made by December 8. Payment should be sent to Ann Pott at 605 Oak Springs Trail Drive, Ballwin, MO 63021-7785. For more information, please contact Paul Tweeten at dportrpt@msn.com.

Vonheim Lodge Torsk Dinner
Dec. 19, 6:00 p.m.
Minneapolis, Minn.
This is the time for families to enjoy delicious traditional Norwegian food like rømmegrøt, lefse, julekak, rice pudding, fruit soup, and more—all furnished. To add to this we ask everyone to bring a favorite Norwegian pastry. Santa will be here with a gift for each child. Call Marilyn at (763) 420-9980 if you are bringing a child or grandchild. A raffle will be held for donated items with the proceeds going to the Marie Sandvik Center. At Lutheran Church of the Good Shepherd.

Concert at Yuletide End
Jan. 6, 3:00—5:00 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
Join Lori Ann Reinhall and the Seattle-Bergen Sister City Association as we celebrate the Last Day of Christmas with a Blowout Fundraising Concert featuring her musical friends and the best of Pacific Northwest talent. This gala extravaganza features a fantastic array of musicians performing our most beloved holiday songs and festive favorites as we great the New Year. At Ballard First Lutheran Church. Tickets sold on Eventbrite.

Musical Duet with Vidar Skrede & Randy Gosa
Jan. 8, 5:00 p.m.
Milwaukee, Wis.
There will be a social, meal, and meeting with officer installation at this Sons of Norway Milwaukee Meeting. Entertainment will be provided by Vidar Skrede on fiddle, Hardanger fiddle, and guitar and Randy Gosa on guitar and bouzouki. At Norway House.

Norway: Crossing the North Sea
Jan. 14, 2:00 p.m.
Seattle, Wash.
This delightfully entertaining program is the result of a collaboration between Hardingfela player Rachel Nesvig and Scottish fiddler Brandon Vance. Maritime trade routes have historically stimulated cultural cross-pollination; Crossing the North Sea explores the repertoire of distinct fiddle styles that developed along the routes between Norway, Shetland, and points beyond. Cost is $20 for Nordic Heritage Museum members and $25 general admission. At Ballard First Lutheran Church (2006 NW 65th Street). Purchase tickets at nordicmuseum.org/events/145643.

First Lutheran’s Annual Scandinavian Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner
Jan. 20
Columbia Heights, Minn.
Dinner will include lutefisk with melted butter and white sauce, meatballs, mashed potatoes, gravy, carrots, mashed rutabagas, herring, lefse, julekake, rice pudding, and cookies. Seatings at 12:00, 2:00, 4:00 and 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 or 50 cents per year for children up to 10 years. Tickets can be reserved by calling (651) 633-0679. Visit www.flcch.org for more information and directions.

Nordic Film Series: The Last King
Jan. 20, 1:30 p.m.
West Newton, Mass.
This movie is a high-stakes adventure set in the Middle Ages in the midst of a great civil war. When a monarch is murdered, two of his loyal soldiers must escape with the infant heir to the throne. With half the kingdom looking to kill the young king, the brave warriors risk life and limb to shepherd him across treacherous snowy mountains to claim his rightful place on the throne. In Norwegian with English subtitles. At the Scandinavian Library. Refreshments for attendees are served at 1:00 p.m.

Poulsbo Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner
Jan. 27, 12:00—5:00 p.m.
Poulsbo, Wash.
Enjoy a lutefisk and meatball dinner with potatoes, carrots, coleslaw, lefse, ice cream, and beverages. At Grieg Hall, Poulsbo Lodge. For more info call the hall office at (360) 779-5209.

Arctic Viking Lodge Lutefisk and Meatball Dinner
Jan. 27, 4:00—6:30 p.m.
Fairbanks, Alaska
Enjoy a lutefisk and meatball dinner with Arctic Viking Lodge. At the Fairbanks Lutheran Church.

Sonja Lodge Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner
Jan. 27 & 28
Eugene, Ore.
The menu includes all-you-can-eat lutefisk, meatballs, potatoes, coleslaw, lefse, flatbread, and desserts. There will be three reserved seatings on Saturday and six on Sunday. Tickets sell out quickly, so call the lodge at (541) 344-1064 and leave a message for more details and ticket prices. Handicapped access parking available.

Polar Nights in Norway
Jan. 28, 4:00 p.m.
Farmington Hills, Mich.
At this Nordkap Lodge meeting, Merete Stenersen will give a presentation on Polar Nights in Norway. There will be a dinner of torsk and meatballs and fastelavnsboller for dessert. At the Swedish Club.

Wergeland Lodge Lutefisk & Meatball Dinner
Feb. 3, 4:00 p.m.
Bellingham, Wash.
Join Wergeland Lodge for a dinner at Windows on the Bay in the Bellingham Yacht Club building. Cost is $25 per person. Limited seating. For tickets contact Elaine Grasdock at (360) 734-7753 or Viking1kg@gmail.com.