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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 (

Note: Our programs fall within the UC Davis academic year, from September to June.  Programs for 2021 – 2022 will be posted in late August.

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

Note: Because of the museum closure due to the pandemic, this event has been canceled—but don't miss the show when the lockdown is lifted! Meanwhile, the Crocker has virtual programs, like Thiebaud 101
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, entrées 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

Tuesday, December 8, 2020

Pick up materials in Woodland or Davis.

Tuesday, December 15, 2020

1:00 pm, Zoom
Meeting to display finished cards.

The class is limited to 30 participants.

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 (

Candlelight at Home for the Holidays

Friday, December 11, 2020

3:00 to 5:00 pm (drive-through pick-up at Odd Fellows parking lot)

Zoom Concert!

Observing cherished traditions is important, and none are more cherished than the ones we observe during the holidays. University Farm Circle invites you to join your UFC sisters in our traditional Candlelight Dinner, “Candlelight at Home for the Holidays.” This year’s dinner will be quite different, but still allow us to gather in spirit to support students in need at UCD and enjoy a delicious gourmet-quality meal in the process.

Dinner will be catered by Michelin-trained restaurateurs, Michael and Cynthia Raub of Pannier Foods, and will include an entrée and side dish, a homemade dinner roll, and a sweet treat. You may order as many dinners as you wish at a price of $25 each. We request that you open your hearts this year and make an especially generous donation of non-perishable food for the UCD Food Pantry when you pick up your dinners. As we are all aware, this has been a difficult year for many and food insecurity among students is a sad reality. For full details, read the December newsletter or contact Mary Ann Doerzbacher, 412-559-5161 (

Speaker Series: Eat Your Microbes! Fermented Foods,
Probiotics & Gut Health

Thursday, January 14, 2021
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Zoom Meeting

Reservation deadline: Tuesday, January 12, 2021

Our speaker for January is Professor Maria Marco from the Department of Food Science and Technology at UC Davis. She studies microorganisms and their relationships with food and health. Abstract: Fermented foods are currently the #1 health food trend. What are fermented foods exactly? What is
the hype all about? How are fermented foods different from probiotic foods? Based on what has been discovered about the human gut microbiota, how can we use the microbes in our diet to promote health? This talk will cover these questions and address what remains to be done in this emerging area of microbiome science. Please join us for this informative talk. Contact Kalli Louis, 916-303-0113 (

Genealogy and Oral History for Beginners

Thursday, February 11, 2021
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Zoom Meeting

Have you wanted to find your roots? Do you wonder when your grandparents immigrated from Europe or Asia or Africa or South America? Local genealogist and family historian, Reem Awad-Rashmawi, JD, will share ideas on how to collect these stories in person or through distance interviews. Please join us for this informative talk. Contact Kalli Louis, 916-303-0113 (

WRAPS! A Spring Davis Food Co-op Zoom Cooking Class

Tuesday, March 9, 2021
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Zoom Meeting

Madison Suoja from the Davis Co-op will demonstrate techniques for creating delicious, colorful and nutritious low-calorie wraps using a variety of leafy greens and rice paper. If you enjoy spring rolls or lettuce wraps you will want to join Madison. We will learn how to make different fillings and tasty dipping sauces that complement these edible envelopes. Madison will provide recipes and photographs before the class so that you can assemble you own feast while she prepares fillings, sauces and constructs different styles of wraps. And, of course, Madison will answer any questions. If you can't attend the actual event, buy a ticket, and you'll be sent a link to a recording of it. Contact Myra Appel, 530-902-3392 (

Rediscovering Yolo County’s Food, Wine and Agriculture

April 19, 2021
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Zoom Meeting

The Organic Farmer's Market, Farm-to-Fork dining, and the Slow Food Movement stem from the agricultural bounty found in Yolo County. Ann Evans and Georgeanne Brennan were instrumental in getting Yolo County national recognition as a fine producer of organically and sustainably produced food and wine. Yolo County's food, wine and agriculture are now well-recognized as important contributors to the farm-to-table movement, but that wasn't always the case. Join Ann Evans and Georgeanne Brennan for tales of their early and pioneering years of work. Ann Evans wrote the award-winning The Davis Farmers Market Cookbook, started the Village Feast, and served as mayor of Davis, California. Georgeanne Brennan is an award-winning author or many cookbooks, a chef, and a cooking instructor. She is active in the Slow Food Movement and was formerly a co-leader of the Slow Food Yolo Chapter. Contact Elysa Hillis, 530-304-0777

Experience a Delightful Wine and Cheese Pairing at Great Bear Vineyards—in Davis!
[Note: This event is full.]

Friday, May 21, 2021
1:00-3:00 pm
Outdoors, with masks and social distancing

Sadly, there are no bus trips to wineries in other counties this program year, but there is a simple, close, and delightful alternative: Great Bear Vineyards in Davis, tucked away on the north edge of Davis. The family-run vineyards and winery represent a lifelong dream of Marcus, Jenny, and the Meadows–Smith family. Some GBV wines have been awarded as high as a 91 (out of 100) in Wine Enthusiast. Join us to taste five wines, as well as receive an individual Davis Food Co-op “charcuterie” box.

Great Bear will abide by all Yolo County COVID rules. We will be seated outdoors, with masks (when appropriate) and with social distancing as well. Your choice of table will be first-come, first-served, although if you wish to be seated with a small group, please indicate that on your reservation so the appropriate number of chairs may be set out at that table. Tables will be safely distant. For more details, contact Mary Ann Doerzbacher (

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

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