We are pleased to offer the community and PLU students the opportunity to engage with the handicrafts and skills of the Nordic and Scandinavian-American cultures through a variety of classes.

Every October and March, the Scandinavian Cultural Center kitchen is used for demonstration and tastings during our cooking classes, organized by the Daughter’s of Norway and the Vasa Lodge. Check the calendar for exact dates.

Norwegian Language classes for the community, offered once a week in a casual, relaxed manner, are arranged from time to time, usually during the Spring. Beloved PLU professor Auden Toven started this tradition, and now other faculty members and Norwegian students on campus are solicited to keep the tradition going, as best as we can.

Folk dance classes are held periodically on the wooden floor of Chris Knutzen Hall, including during Fall of 2015. Easy, introductory classes are taught by seasoned instructors, and live musical accompaniment is periodically included. Check our calendar for exact dates, and sign up via email.

Other crafts, such as wheat weaving, dalahest painting, rosemaling, and paperheart making take place throughout the year. Sign up to be a member to be sure to hear about all of our upcoming classes!

Wheat Weaving class. Photo of Christine Beasley and Jean Whipple.
Wheat Weaving class. Photo of Christine Beasley and Jean Whipple.

October Cooking Classes

This October Daughters of Norway and the Vasa Lodge will host a number of Scandinavian cooking classes in the Scandinavian Cultural Center kitchen! Participants will watch demonstrations of each meal, and receive a “taste” of each dish along with recipes. The cost is $5 per class.

Mon, Oct 24: Norwegian Cooking, 11 a.m.

Wed, Oct 26: Swedish Cooking, 10 a.m.

Mon, Oct 31: Norwegian Cooking, 11 a.m.

Rosemaling Class: November 1st, 8th, 15th.

Take a rosemaling class from a true expert, Marilyn Hansen! Gain a new depth of knowledge into the craft and better understand the culture which is behind the various specialty styles. The class will be limited so sign up and mark you calendars! You’ll learn, laugh and come away with a beautiful rosemalled plate and a first-class experience.

This special class will take place over a sequence of three Tuesdays in November: the 1st, 8th, and 15th- from 9:30-3:30. The cost is $75 total plus supplies- you can either bring your own or buy on site. Please bring a lunch and wear old clothes you don’t mind dirtying!

Marilyn Hansen