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29 Pearl St. NW, Suite 127
Grand Rapids, MI 49503

SAHS is a 501(c)3 organization.


Upcoming Events

June 24
Midsommar Celebration
11 AM-4 PM
Hosted by Mary & Bill Seeger, 6977 Alaska Avenue SE
Directions: From Broadmore, go east on 68th Street, cross the Thornapple River
and turn right on Alaska Avenue.
Food, Music, Dancing, Games, Kubb, Raffle...Fun for the whole family!
Adult members: $8 / Adult non-members: $10
Children 5-15: $5 / Children 4 and under: FREE
All food and beverages will be provided.
Event Schedule:
11 AM-Noon: Maypole Preparation
Noon: Raising of the Maypole and Ring Dances
1 PM: Lunch (Herring, Meatballs, Ham, Swedish Potato Salad, Tossed Salad, Pickled Beets, Pickled Cucumbers, Lingonberries, Breads, Strawberry Whipped Cream Cake, Coffee and Cold Beverages)
2 PM: Special Music and Games
3 PM: Raffle Drawing
Please bring your own lawn chair or picnic blanket. As always, we will have table seating available also. We welcome donations of Swedish themed raffle prizes and flowers and greens for the maypole.
WE NEED TO KNOW HOW MUCH FOOD TO PREPARE, SO PLEASE HELP US PLAN BY SENDING IN YOUR PREPAID RESERVATION NO LATER THAN JUNE 19! Send your check to SAHS/WM, 29 Pearl St. NW, Suite 127, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Please include the names of all the people in your party.

July 18
Swedish Reading Club: The Little Old Lady who Broke All the Rules (Kaffe med rån) by Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg
We will be meeting at Covenant Village of the Great Lakes, 2510 Lake Michigan Drive NW (between Oakleigh and Fairfield).
7 PM
Internationally-bestselling author Catharina Ingelman-Sundberg’s witty and insightful comedy of errors tells the story of a group of delinquent seniors whose desire for a better quality of life leads them to rob and ransom priceless artwork.
Martha Andersson may be seventy-nine-years-old and live in a retirement home, but that doesn’t mean she’s ready to stop enjoying life. So when the new management of Diamond House starts cutting corners to save money, Martha and her four closest friends—The Genius, The Rake, Christina and Anna-Gretta (a.k.a. The League of Pensioners)—won’t stand for it. Fed up with early bedtimes and overcooked veggies, this group of feisty seniors sets about to regain their independence, improve their lot, and stand up for seniors everywhere.
Their solution? White collar crime. What begins as a relatively straightforward robbery of a nearby luxury hotel quickly escalates into an unsolvable heist at the National Museum. With police baffled and the Mafia hot on their trail, the League of Pensioners has to stay one walker’s length ahead if it’s going to succeed...
The book is available at Schuler's, 2660 28th Street SE, at a 20% discount!
You can also buy the book online at Schuler's or another independent bookstore.

August 20
Summer Picnic
Anchorage Yacht Club, 1800 Ottawa Beach Rd., Holland
1 PM
SAHS would like to invite you and the whole family to our very first summer picnic! Enjoy sitting outside along beautiful Lake Michigan at the Anchorage Yacht Club. There will be delicious picnic food put on by Rich Fahlen from Arnies, Kübb, face painting for the kids, and more!
Price: $10 adults, $5 2-10 years old, 2 and under free.
Please register by Aug. 14. $2 more at the door for walk-ins. Send your check to SAHS/WM, 29 Pearl St. NW, Suite 127, Grand Rapids, MI 49503. Please include the names of all the people in your party.
Please bring lawn chairs and blankets.

September 15
20th Anniversary Celebration Dinner and Annual Meeting
University Club, 111 Lyon NW
6:30-9:30 PM
The anniversary committee is planning a festive evening with good food, special music and interesting speakers to be held at the University Club in the Fifth Third building in downtown Grand Rapids. There will be free parking available. Special visitors will be board members of Swedish Council of America. Invitations will be mailed in late July. Mark that date on your calendar now!

October 17
Swedish Reading Club
Details TBA

December 2
Twenty-first Annual Lucia Celebration at St. Mark's Episcopal Church. Details TBA.



Women's Group: Flitiga Lisor

Flitiga Lisor är en grupp kvinnliga, svensktalande medlemmar som träffas ungefär en gång i månaden. Gruppen startades under hösten 2003, då vi träffades regelbundet för att tillverka julsaker att sälja på Lucia. Det lyckades bra och förtjänsten gick till SAHS. När vi inte känner för att vara så flitiga, träffas vi bara för att prata och fika.

Flitiga Lisor is a group of Swedish speaking women that meets once a month or so. It began during the fall of 2003 when we got together to make Christmas crafts to sell at the Lucia celebration. The project was a success and the money earned went to SAHS. When we feel less inclined to work we get together to have coffee and speak Swedish.

For more information, contact Kerstin Trowbridge at kerstin@trowbridge.org.