Enjoy the Nordic Life at 2014 Scandinavian Festival

scangirlThe Scandinavian Festival returns to California Lutheran University this month for a full two days of family fun.

The annual event, highlighting the Nordic cultures, will run from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 5-6 with music, dancing, food, lectures, demonstrations, vendors and activities for young and old.

The festival begins Saturday with an opening ceremony and a colorful parade of Danish, Finnish, Icelandic, Norwegian, Swedish and Saami participants in their traditional costumes carrying flags of their Nordic countries.

Highlights of the the festival include performances by The ABBA Girlz, a flashy tribute to the famous Swedish group; Ann-Marita, a traditional Scandinavian folk singer; and Magnus Mårtensson, a Swedish comedian, pianist and conductor.

CLU students will help kids make head wreaths, troll puppets, Norwegian fish bags, wooden butter knives and Saami wooden reindeer heads. Adults can try their hands at crafts such as Hardanger and bobbin lace.

knightsReturning to the festival will be the Ravens of Odin Viking Encampment, and Nathan Muus and his Saami Siiddastallan (community gathering).

Admission is free for children 11 and under, $4 for teens and $8 for adults. Parking is free. CLU is located at the corner of Olsen Road and Mountclef Boulevard in Thousand Oaks. For more information, visit http://www.scalscanfest.org/.

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