Meetings, Events


Norwegian/Danish film at CIFF

The Calgary International Film Festival, running until October 4th, offers online viewing of A New Beginning in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba.

Here is a synopsis of the film.
Rabeaa and his four-year-old son, Kais have reached the end of their long journey from war-torn Syria to a train station in Norway. Alone in a new world, they must start a new life together. This is the typical stopping point for most documentaries about the refugee crisis gripping the Middle East, Europe and the rest of the world. However, Danish-Iraqi director Ala’a Mohsen joins this family of two at the outset of their transition to a new life in a new nation.
As a result, A NEW BEGINNING gives audiences a fly-on-the-wall view of the everyday challenges and triumphs that make up the immigrant experience. Despite many difficulties – Rabeaa’s severely injured leg, language barriers, cultural misunderstandings – the dream of creating a safe space for the family always remains front and centre. That intimacy makes small victories all the more joyful to witness.

More details on the film and how to view it can be found at

Regular lodge meetings:

The next meeting will be by Zoom, at 7:30 p.m. Monday October 5th.

Syttende Mai celebrations

Eighteen people contributed a total of over 40 e-mails, photos, and videos about Syttende Mai. The 2020 Syttende Mai dropbox file features celebrations in Norway, raising the flag at the Scan Centre, beautifully set tables, and much more. Here is the link.
Three winners were drawn from the 18 names:
1. Osa Hamarsnes, a one-year Sons of Norway membership
2. Audny Dypvik, UFFDA cookie stamp and S/N notepad, pen, keychain
3. Chris Mylde, rosemaled greeting cards, S/N notepad, pen, keychain
Thank you to all the participants!

Covid virus updates:

Zone 4 Sports Weekend –  Rescheduled for Spring 2021

The Scan Centre is open with reduced room capacities to allow for social distancing. Sanitizing stations in place. Masks required when entering or moving around.

Trollhaugen Camp 2020 was cancelled due to Covid-19 concerns. The theme for 2021 will be Sports in Norway.

2020 Conventions postponed 

“Sons of Norway has been closely monitoring the global COVID-19 crisis and its impact on the upcoming 2020 District and International Lodge meetings. The Sons of Norway International Board of Directors has voted to postpone the International Lodge Meeting and Convention scheduled for August 2020 in Ringsaker, Norway. Pursuant to the national emergency provisions in the Charter and Constitutions, the meeting will be postponed until 2022.

In addition, the International Board, through its interim authority granted by the International Lodge, has voted to postpone all 2020 District Lodge meetings until 2022. These postponements serve to continue the 2018-2020 biennium into the year 2022. It is expected that all district and international delegates and those installed in leadership positions for the 2018-2020 biennium will continue in service until the regular session lodge meetings of 2022.”


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, 2019. 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.