Scandinavian Folk Music and Folk Dance
Events in Northern California

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Regular Events

Mondays Weekly
Scandinavian Dance Class in Sacramento CA
.  Six week sessions.  7-9:30 pm at Hamilton Street Park Community Center, 4855 Hamilton Street, Sacramento CA 95841.  Contact Marida Martin: (916)358-2807 or see for more info. Classes continue in summer.

1st, 3rd & 5th Mondays  
Scandinavian Folk Dance Class, Santa Cruz, 7:30-9:30 pm, Market Street Theater/SCO Clubhouse, 222 Market Street, Santa Cruz CA. Instruction in Norwegian, Swedish, Danish and Finnish folk dance by Ellen Moilanen. $2/session for SCO members, $3 for others. Everyone welcome. For information see  or call Ellen M. at 831-336-9972 or <> .

Tuesdays Weekly
Scandinavian Dance Class, Petaluma CA.  7:15 to 9:15pm at Hermann Sons Hall in Petaluma.  We encourage anyone interested in Scandinavian dancing to come, beginners especially.  No partner needed.   Teaching by Vince Taylor, Emma Charlebois.   Info: Vince Taylor  or (707) 996-8300 Classes continue in summer.

Tuesdays  (mostly)
Open Sessions for Fiddlers and Nyckelharpers (aka fiddling with Fred) 8:00-10:30 pm  at the home of Fred Bialy and Toby Blomé, 1925 Hudson Street, El Cerrito. Contact ahead of time for updated schedule of gatherings or to be put on Fred's list . Contact: Fred or Toby, (510)215- 5974, <>.

Wednesdays Weekly
Nordahl Grieg Leikarring dance class and performance group. Everyone welcome. Masonic Hall, 980 Church St., Mountain View, 7:00 - 9:30 p.m. Info: Contact: Anne Huberman or Greg Goodhue: (408)259-9959,408-259-9959, <>, <>.

Thursdays Weekly
Scandiadans 7:00-10:00pm, at Oakland Nature Friends, 3115 Butters Dr., Oakland CA. The current session ends June 12, on vacation for the summer,  new session starts Thursday, September 4. Hwy 13 to Joaquin Miller Rd, east (up the hill)~ 1/2 mile, second right onto Butters Dr., go another 1/2 mile. On the right, look for post with 3115 on it (also “Scandiadans” sign). Take steep driveway down to a large parking area. Call Jane or Frank Tripi at (510) 654-3636 or for information.   Teaching 7-8:30 pm.   

Fridays weekly
Scandinavian Fiddle Class, 7:30-10:00 pm.  at the home of Anita Seigel in Los Altos, location may vary. See or call Jeanne Sawyer 408-890-6102  for information and location/time changes. You may ask to be placed on our class email list. Continues throught summer.

1st Fridays Monthly
Scandinavian Cultural Evening 7:30 p.m., usually at Scandinavian Cultural Center, 240 Plymouth, Santa Cruz.  See special events calendar section for more info.  Contact: Michael or Ellen at <>, (831)336-9972, or <>.

1st Saturdays Monthly     June 7, Sept. 6, Oct. 4
Nordic Footnotes 1st Saturday Scandinavian Dance Party ,  7:30 p.m. - midnight,  usually at St. Bede’s Episcopal Church (Location may change), 2650 Sand Hill Road, Menlo Park, California 94025. Entrance to parking lot is on Monte Rosa, just off Sand Hill Road. Teaching session 7:30-8:30 pm before party. Cost $8. For information and directions see or contact Jeanne and Henry 408-890-6102 , Sarah Kirton (650)968-3126 ,or Jim Little and Linda Persson (650) 323-2256 Summer house parties:  July 4 at Jeanne & Henry’s, August 2 at Linda & Jim’s

Second Saturdays before the Second Saturday Dance
Open Sessions for Fiddlers, 2 - 5 pm afternoon before 2nd Saturday dance at the home of Fred Bialy, 1925 Hudson Street, El Cerrito, (510) 215-5974 or . This is a practice session for the Monthly Second Saturday Scandinavian Dance. Call ahead as meetings occasionally canceled or moved, and times may vary.

Second Saturdays Quarterly  May 10
, October 11, December 20 (3rd Saturday) 
Scandia 2nd Saturday Dance (note dates above)
usually at Oakland Nature Friends, 3115 Butters Dr., Oakland CA. Highway 13 to Joaquin Miller Rd east to Butters Dr.  Cost $7. Musicians are encouraged to come and play. Dance teaching 7:30-8:30 pm, dance 8:30- 11:00 pm. For information call Jane and Frank Tripi at (510) 654-3636 or . Location may vary.  Does not meet in January, February, June, July, August, September or November. 

Second Sundays monthly
Bameleikkaring (Children's Norwegian Dance)
classes,  1:30 - 3:30 pm, at  Nordahl Hall, 580 W.  Parr Ave., Los Gatos. Contact Ginny Hansen (925) 634-0266  (both location and day may change, so call ahead).

Special Events

August 7, 2014
NGLS Special Event, Masonic Hall, 980 Church St., Mountain View CA.
Hello all, Please join us this week for an informal summer party to welcome Alix Cordray and three visiting Norwegians to the Bay Area. Alix is accompanying two dancers and a fiddler on their way to Seattle for the Folkdans Stemne.  Bring your dancing shoes and musical instruments, plus some munchies or drinks to share.
The location is our usual Leikarring hall--the Masonic Hall in Mountain View--and the time is the usual time--7:30 PM. However, the DAY is different--we'll meet THURSDAY instead of Wednesday.
Hope everyone has been having a relaxing summer. It's time for some dancing! See you on Thursday.

August 9, 2014
Nordic Footnotes Houseparty, Palo Alto CA.
Hi Everyone,
Jim and I are delighted to invite you all to our annual house party August 9th. The change from traditional summer house party on the 1st Saturday of the month to the second Saturday is to accommodate a trio of young Norwegian dancers & musicians and our own Alix Cordray who will be visiting Palo Alto/Los Altos on their way up to the Seattle Stemne where they will be teaching.

As usual our house party 'program' is very casual. We'll gather about 5:30pm for a pot luck supper in the back yard. About 6pm we'll start in with the supper stuff. After the 'second' course of coffee and goodies we'll clean up and decide to move living room furniture or just fun and frolic outside. This includes music and dancing (Norwegian, Swedish and more) and more conversation, maybe a little more snacking.

It's best to dress for summer dust and dog hair. Layers, definitely. We have evening breezes (hopefully) if not fog.

To bring: your laughing self, musical instruments, dancing shoes (for outside as well as in... you never know) and pot luck goodies. If we are going to have the expected out of town guests it would be helpful if we could make just a little more to share. We have cooked up a vat of 'kallops' (Juniper berry flavored beef stew) and will boil potatoes to go with it. The rest is truly pot luck. We will provide some beverages and appetizers.

For further information or directions to our home in Palo Alto e-mail <>

We're looking forward to visiting with you all,  Jim and Linda

August 23, 2014
Dave and Emma's August Party. Our party is on August 23rd, (fourth Saturday) starting at 5:00. As usual it is a pot luck party and open to all dancers and friends.If you plan to stay overnight, please let me know in advance. 701 Grandview Road, Sebastopol, Ca. 95472 (707) 823-4145 Please pass this invitation to any dancer who I may not have the emails for. This year we will not have international music, since majority of dancers are Scandinavian dancers. If Ken makes it we will have a couple of Contras.

Last update 8/4/2014

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