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2020 - 2021 Programs

(Note that many of our programs this year will be held virtually via Zoom. Please click here for How to Zoom.)

In spite of the challenges of life during coronavirus times, the Program Committee has been working diligently to find many interesting and diverse programs and events to offer to our UFC members.

UFC programs are open to all members. Guests are welcome when space is available. Please read the UFC reservation policy. It is important to check the monthly UFC newsletter for updated and more detailed information.

For additional information about programs in general, contact the Co-Chairs:

Kalli Louis, 916-652-8910 (, or
Debbie Roberts, 758-4207 (

After a bus trip to see Monet's Giverny paintings, members climbed the Japanese bridge in Golden Gate Park. Photo by Anonymous.
Judy Howard, organizer of a bus trip to a chocolate making workshop. Photo by Deanna Lee.
Mark Speckman, UC Davis Assistant Head Football Coach, a presenter for one of our Speakers Series. Photo by Deanna Lee
Intercampus Primate Center Tour with Director John H. Morrison, Ph.D. Photo by Deanna Lee.

Scholarship Reception and Fall Welcome

October 7, 4 PM


Your UFC Board and the Scholarship Committee invite members to tune in to our remote Scholarship Reception and Fall Welcome to be aired on YouTube on October 7th at 4 pm. You may watch on your television, your computer, or your cell phone as Scholarship Chair Janet Collins introduces our scholarship winners. They will inspire us with descriptions of their academic achievements, their charitable work, and the extraordinary efforts they have made to pursue their goals. 

In addition to our remarkable honorees, we will hear from our keynote speaker, Lois Wolk, who served as UFC President in May of 1983 when Chancellor Meyer officially granted UCD Support Group status to UFC. She will talk about the history of University Farm Circle and how its members have supported UCD students in many ways through good times and bad. Finally, Ann Fersht will welcome Newcomers and will join UFC past President Carlene Ozonoff in describing the innovative programs and events of the coming year.

Watch your newsletter for instructions about signing up for interest sections and bringing your own refreshments. Although we are not able to gather for a large event this year, you may want to celebrate by viewing the YouTube program with a “close cohort” of friends. For more information, contact Linda Marshall ( or Elizabeth Lasensky (

Speaker Series: A virtual program with Dr. Meghan Zavod

Tuesday, October 27, 2020
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Zoom Meeting

Dr. Meghan Zavod will present "21 Things Your Dermatologist Wants You to Know". Dr. Zavod is a board-certified dermatologist and established the dermatology department at Sutter Davis in 2005. Dr. Zavod practices medical dermatology, mainly dealing with skin cancer. Members enjoyed her previous presentation several years ago, and many have asked to hear from her again. We will use a virtual platform for this one-hour presentation. Watch for the first UFC newsletter in the fall, where you will find details on how to join us for this informative program. Contact Pat Stromberg, 530-756-3660 (

Celebrating Wayne Thiebaud's 100th Birthday

Date and Time TBD
Crocker Art Museum, Sacramento

Please join us late fall (date TBD) for a visit to the Crocker Museum in Sacramento to see a retrospective of Sacramento's most renowned artist, Wayne Thiebaud. Best known for his tantalizing paintings of cakes and pies, Thiebaud has long been affiliated with Pop art, though his body of work is far more expansive. This exhibition represents the artist’s achievements in all media, with pieces drawn from both the Crocker’s holdings and from the collection of the Thiebaud family—many of which, until now, have never been shown publicly. We will have private docent led tours and make sure that everyone has a safe and positive experience while at the museum. Small groups will be given tours at different start times. Small group options for lunch will be offered for those that are interested. Contact Elysa Hillis, 530-304-0777 (

Speaker Series: Kim Stanley Robinson, Davis Author

Thursday, November 12, 2020
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Zoom Meeting

UFC welcomes Kim Stanley Robinson to our Speaker Series. Recognized internationally for his thought-provoking science fiction, or “climate fiction,” Mr. Robinson explores future worlds impacted by dramatic climate change. A winner of the two most prestigious science fiction prizes, the Hugo and Nebula awards, Mr. Robinson is the author of more than 20 books and numerous essays and articles. He has been cited by critics as our “greatest political novelist” and a must-read author, who writes compellingly about our current and future environmental problems. Please join us to hear Mr. Robinson discuss his work, his vision and, yes, the role of COVID-19 within this new world. Contact Myra Appel, 530-902-3392 (

Speaker Series: A Holiday Cooking Class

Tuesday, December 1, 2020
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Zoom Meeting

Looking for a few new ideas for a holiday meal to serve to families and friends? Wanting recipes that are easy to prepare, inspire creative variation, and garner enthusiastic compliments from your guests? Madison Suoja, Education and Outreach Specialist from the Davis Co-op, will share her grandmother’s recipe for a no-fail pie crust and demonstrate how one batch of crust will serve as the foundation for delicious appetizers, entrĂ©es and desserts. We will have the recipes and list of ingredients in hand as we watch Madison via Zoom lead us through the preparation of three courses, plus an extra delicacy. Madison will respond to our questions and comments throughout the class and suggest how we can change up each recipe to make it our own creation. Attendees will have access to the taped demonstration and will be able to view it at their leisure. Join us to share in a fun and informative cooking class. Please contact Myra Appel, 530-902-3392 (

Santa's Workshop…a paper crafting class

Date and Time TBD
Zoom Meeting

Get an early start on the holidays with some fun gift packaging. In this “class-at-home,” you'll be making 6 cute gift tags and 2 gift card holders. Gift cards are a popular choice, but can be rather impersonal. These great gift card holders will make the gift card more fun to open and way more personal. Impress your friends and family with your crafty skills and enjoy a creative experience where almost all of the work is done for you.

You will receive a kit of pre-cut and pre-stamped materials, including card stock, die-cut shapes, and ribbon. Everything you need to create the projects will be included in the kit, except for adhesive. You can use white glue, glue sticks, double-stick Scotch tape, or another adhesive of your choice to assemble the tags and gift card holders. Participants will be emailed photos of the items, along with some helpful hints for assembling the projects. The class is limited to 30 participants. We will hold a Zoom meeting one week after everyone gets their kit to allow all to display their finished cards.

(If people feel safe, two or three friends could get together, 6 feet apart and with masks, to assemble their projects together, which would make this activity much more fun.) Contact Debbie Roberts, 530-758-4207 (

Other programs being considered include:

    • Classes/Workshops on Watercolor Painting & Flower Arranging
    • Visits to UC Davis Haagen-Dazs Honey Bee Haven, Botanical Gardens, & the Jacuzzi Family Vineyard and Olive Press in Sonoma
    • Tours of Araceli Lavender Farm in Dixon, Gekkeikan Sake, and Outlet Stores in Folsom, Historic Houses in Sacramento, & the Amazon Fulfillment Center
    • Tea and Tour at the Sacramento Zoo
    • Behind the Scenes Tours of Music Circus in Sacramento & UCD Museums
    • Tour and shopping opportunity at the UCD Arboretum with Suzanne Ullensvang
    • Panel on the History of University Farm Circle
    • Lecture and Demonstration on natural fibers
    • Speaker Series: Scott Christenson, MD – oncologist at UCD Health System and Medical Director for Yolo County Hospice Program
    • The Annual UFC Spring Luncheon

University Farm Circle is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization.
PO Box 858, Davis, CA 95617-0858

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