Canadian Friends of Finland Celebration of the Art and Life of Akseli Gallen-Kallela

Gallen-KallelaDate: Sunday February 7, 2016
Time: 2 pm 
: Admission by donation. Refreshments

Join us in a presentation of a celebration of the art and life of the great Finnish Painter, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, who was born in 1865, the same year as Jean Sibelius and another great Finnish artist, Pekka Halonen.

Bob Poutt and his son Ron, an artist himself, will explore Gallen-Kallela’s upbringing and training as an artist, his marriage and the loss of a young daughter, his travels and the homes that he designed and built for himself, and the importance of these in the development of his art.

Gallen-Kallela’s output was prolific; slides will be shown representing the artist’s portrayal of ordinary Finnish country people, the Finnish wilderness and, especially, the Kalevala. Ron will describe the evolution of Gallen-Kallela’s artistic style, its relationship to the prevailing European artistic movements and how, in recent years, his art has come to the notice of serious collectors outside of Finland.

The Runeberg Chorus will also be performing.

See the Gallen-Kallela poster


KroAften, Danish House Society’s Club Night BY RESERVATION ONLY

Date: February 5, 2016
Time: Bar opens 6 pm. Smørrebrod is served at 7pm
Contact: Ebba Grey 604-990-3550 or by
Danish House Society’s Club Night

Meet 6’ish to get your meal tickets and table number and enjoy a drink. Smørrebrod is served at 7 pm. To reserve: Ebba Grey 604-990-3550 or email You MUST BOOK and order your open faced sandwiches by the Monday 6pm of the same week. This popular event books up quickly so call early!

Enjoy a fine selection of open faced sandwiches, dessert, coffee and tea. Wash down with Snaps and Carlsberg.

Scandinavian Dancing

Dancers LogoWondering how they dance in cool, cool Scandinavia — Sweden, Denmark, Norway, and Finland? Of course you are, so come dance with us! Fun, friendly cou­ple danc­ing for all ages. Cou­ples and sin­gles wel­come. We enjoy the music and folk dances (set dances and cou­ple dances) of Den­mark, Fin­land, Ice­land, Nor­way and Swe­den. Come join our fun and friendly atmos­phere! New mem­bers welcome!

When: Wednes­day evenings September — April
Where: Scandinavian Community Centre; 2nd Wednesday of each month is at Victoria Drive Hall, 2026 E. 43rd Ave, Vancouver

Cost: Mem­ber­ship fee $85 includes all reg­u­lar dance evenings; or drop-in fee $8/ $15 with a friend.

Con­tact: Judith Ander­son, (604) 526‑4722

Read more about us on our website.

Begin­ner Classes

Come learn the basics — waltz, polka, schot­tis, hambo, pol­ska and oth­ers!
Reg­is­tra­tion required — Cou­ples and sin­gles are welcome.

When: 9 ses­sions — Wednes­days — Next start date: September 20, 2016; no classes the 2nd Wednesday of each month
Time: 7:30 — 8:45pm
Where: Scan­di­na­vian Com­mu­nity Cen­tre
Cost: $50 per per­son for all 9 ses­sions and includes a DVD of the basic dances and club mem­ber­ship for the term.
Con­tact: Judith Ander­son, (604) 526‑4722 or email

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ScanSports presents the Scandinavian Centre Sun Run team 2016!


ScanSports presents the Scandinavian Centre Sun Run team! Once again we have entered a tem in the Vancouver Sun Run, and we need team members! This fun annual run takes place in downtown Vancouver on April 19th at 9 am. It’s one of Canada’s largest 10 km runs, and you can be part of it! As an added incentive, Scansports will pay $15 of your entry fee.

ScanSports will pay $15 of your entry fee!
Register at for the Scandinavian Centre team
Choose to invoice ScanSports. Then send cash or cheque to ScanSports
(c/o the Scandinavian Centre)
for the discounted amount below:
Early Bird (until Feb. 4) $49 – $15 = $34
Regular Fee (Feb 5 Mar 18) $56 – $15 = $41

Contact with any questions




Vinarterta Baking Class

vinartorta2 nights in a row.

Dates: Tuesday March 1 and Wednesday March 2
Time: 7 pm to 9 pm
Location: Scandinavian Community Centre main kitchen
CostWe will have to have you bring what each person needs, e.g., pot for boiling one pound of prunes, measuring cups and spoons, etc., etc. When registering, a complete list will be given to you.
Plan: baking the ‘cookie’ part one night and beginning the filling, and, continuing the process to completion the next evening,  and to have one instructor to two students (no promises).
Contacts: Margaret  email: (preferred) or telephone 604-688-9082.




Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon

If you have volunteered at the Centre during the past year or two, come and join the Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon, hosted by the Five Houses. Catering by Kate Praegel and games/quizzes by Marg Kirsebom.

Date: Sunday, January 31, 2016
Time: 12:30pm, lunch and program at 1pm
Location: Scandinavian Community Centre
Contact: Please RSVP by January 27th to:

Danish House Society Dave Buchmann
Finland House Society Eva-Liisa Kangas
Norwegian House Society Anne Haug
Sweden House Society Carina Spencer
Iceland House Society Leif Eiriksson
If in doubt, or houseless, contact or phone the office 604-294-2777.



Nordic Knitting Classes – everyone welcome

Knitting photoSeries of 6 weekly classes. Bring your current project or start a new one with instructor Bea’s help

Dates: Sundays, January 24, 31 February 7, 14, 21, 28
Time: 4 pm to 6 pm, starts right after Kaffestue
Location: Scandinavian Community Centre, Norwegian Room
Cost: $20
Contact: Register with instructor Bea Jacobsen,  tel. 604-790-3533

Organized by Norwegian House Society. All nationalities welcome.

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