Meetings, Events


Regular lodge meetings:

Meetings take place in the Valhalla Room at the Scandinavian Centre, 739 20th Ave NW, Calgary.

Saturday March 7, 10 a.m.

Monday April 6, 7:30 p.m.

Monday May 4, 7:30 p.m.

Monday June 1, 7:30 p.m.

Happening now: 

Scott Campbell Photography Exhibit
Sognsvann: A Little Lake in Oslo

The exhibit runs from February 5 to February 29, in conjunction with the Calgary Exposure Festival.

This exhibit is an intersection of two themes: the beauty I see on my daily run and the idea that the best camera is the camera that you have with you. The exhibit images will have three things in common:

  1. They are all taken at a single location: Sognsvann, Norway.
  2. They are all taken during one of my daily runs, over a span of seven years.

They were all taken with a small “runner’s” camera (either my phone or a small point-and-shoot).

cSPACE King Edward
4th Floor
1721 29 Ave SW,
Calgary, AB T2T 6T7

Gallery hours: Monday to Saturday 8:00-20:00

Coming up:

World Storytelling Day 2020
VOYAGES: Nordic Journeys
Calgary March 14th


Hosts are Doreen Vanderstoop and Karen Gummo.

  • Cree Storyteller Chantal Chagnon Grey Eyes opens the evening with a land acknowledgement and the Cree story of How the World began.
  • Doreen Vanderstoop will guide us northward with a song and a tale of travel from her homeland, the Netherlands.
  • A trio of storytellersBetty Hersberger, Mary Hays and Karen Gummo present three key segments of Grettir the Strong – a cherished 800 year old Icelandic Saga with links to the rest of Scandinavia.
  • All this will be tied together with improvised sounds and lyrical tunes offered by Jazz Musician Jon Wielebnowski.


We feature our visiting storyteller STINA FAGERTUN

Storyteller and singer/songwriter Stina Fagertun  comes to us from Tromsø, Norway. With her rich ancestry of Norwegian, Kven, and Coastal Sámi storytelling traditions, she has travelled the world as a cultural ambassador for more than 30 years. Stina celebrates with spoken word and song, Arctic folksongs and traditional “joiks.” She tells of the magical landscape of the land of the Northern Lights and the Midnight Sun. Stina takes listeners to the shores of the Arctic Ocean to join the Sami reindeer herders for fantastical stories that occur between land and sea.

World Storytelling Day poster

Zone 4 Sports Weekend

May 29-31, 2020 in High River, AB
Accommodation options:
Heritage Inn, $105.09/night, taxes included. Book early if you want a main floor room. Second floor access is stairs (no elevator). WiFi, pool, fitness room, pub, restaurant. Ph: 403-652-3834

Super 8 High River, $129/night + taxes for Standard 2 Queen or 1 King room. Free breakfast, pool, fitness centre, WiFi. Rooms have microwave and fridge. Ph: 403-652-4448

Ramada, $134 – $154/night + taxes depending on type of room. Free hot breakfast, fitness & business centre, pool. Rooms have microwave, fridge, Keurig machine, iron & ironing board, small kitchen sink. Ph: 403-603-3183.

When booking, tell the hotel you are with Sons of Norway.

District IV Convention – Watford City, ND

June 11-13, 2020   The Rough Rider Convention Center has been booked for the Convention. Two hotels, the Little Missouri Inn and Teddy’s Residen􀆟tial Suites, have been reserved with a room rate of $89.00 plus tax per night. is where you will find all the Convention details.


Some past  activities:

Calgary European Film Festival (CEFF)
November, Globe Theatre.
The Festival grows with each successive year, with 22 nations being represented in 2019. Valhalla lodge supported the showing of Blind Spot, the deeply heartrending story of a mother’s struggle to understand the capacity of her teenage daughter’s mental illness.

Sarah Granskou presented a family-friendly performance with music, story-telling, and interactive puppetry based in Scandinavian tradition at the Scan Centre on August 25th. Her husband accompanied the stories with his Setesdal-style fiddle, and their older son played jazz piano and sang harmony for one of Sarah’s songs. A talented family! Our lodge sponsored this event.


Hurray for the Canadian team at the Harbin Ice and Snow Festival in China! Scott Harrison (son of members Trish and Dean) and his teammate Steve placed third out of 34 international teams.

Here are links to news footage showing ice sculptors at work and photos of the festival.

global news article
Harbin Festival photos


International Sons of Norway Convention in Bloomington, MN
August 15-18, 2018
Report by Alison Wiigs

At last, my chance to see where Sons of Norway began. The convention headquarters was a modern hotel in Bloomington, just south of Minneapolis.

The optional leadership workshop on Aug. 15 was well attended and offered a great variety of speakers on subjects such as successful community service projects, taking good photos for the Viking, and using modern media.

In the evening Russ and I had dinner and a tour at the huge new Vikings football stadium (US Bank stadium). We glimpsed many areas one would never see if a game was on.

We used Thursday to explore the light rail system, from the hotel to the downtown terminus, then the line to St. Paul, ending at the beautifully refurbished train/bus station. The return trip included the Mall of America, just two stops past our hotel. In the evening charter buses took everyone to the historic Landmark Center in St. Paul for the President’s Reception.

The delegates met on Friday and Saturday to discuss resolutions and bylaw changes. The committees had worked diligently to group similar proposals together and make recommendations. In other cases, a variety of topics deemed uncontroversial were grouped together in a ‘consent agenda’. Any delegate could ask that an item be pulled for separate consideration. Simplification of the Norwegian and Canadian fee structures was part of a consent agenda and passed without comment. Beginning in 2020, individual memberships will rise to $58 Cdn. Of that amount, $10 comes back to the lodge and $8 to the District. Family memberships (all individuals living in the same household) will be $88 (with $20 to the lodge, $16 to the District).  Current Golden Members will remain with their current reduction percentage of dues.

Ron Stubbings, of Port Coquitlam, BC, is our new International President! He cycled 2800 km, almost the entire route from Vancouver to Minneapolis, as a fundraiser for the Canadian and International Sons of Norway Foundations. Marci Larson and Elaine Nelson returned as Secretary and Treasurer respectively. Mark Agerter is Vice-President.

Hamar, Norway, is the site of the International Convention in 2020, August 16-23. What a beautiful place to celebrate the 125th anniversary of Sons of Norway!

Thank you for the opportunity to represent Zone 4, District IV at the 2018 International Convention.

Syttende Mai – A cold, rainy day – so we kept ourselves and our flags dry and paraded indoors! Kids’ snacks and games followed, and a sold-out dinner for 70. It was a full evening, with speeches, choir, folk dancers, and bunad show. Thank you to everyone who helped make it happen. Link to photos here

Ellestad-Wiik Duo
January 7 at the Scan Centre, Valhalla room. A most enjoyable afternoon of music and song – here’s hoping they will come back again.


Ski for Light – Monday February 6. Thank  you to lodge volunteers who provided lunch and transportation for visually-impaired skiers assembling at the Scan Centre.

See photos of the Ski for Light week at Kananaskis with the link below –


Fjord horse farm/cowboy dinner – July 24 Click on the link Valhalla Fjord Horse Event – July 24, 2016 for Ron Reine’s photos.


Syttende mai 2014 was a very special time!

Pictures and videos shared by Ron