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Interest Sections

UFC currently has over 80 Interest Sections.  Most meet monthly, though a few meet weekly, primarily in member homes.  Each section has a section leader who has the responsibility for organizing and communication for their section.  There are multiple sections for some areas of interest, to maintain comfortable meeting sizes. Participation in an interest section, with available space, is open to all members who are current on payment of the annual membership dues.

With the Covid-19 outbreak, however, only sections that can meet remotely, using tools such as Zoom, email or conference calling, are doing so.  Please read the Covid-19 Advice for Interest Sections for additional information.

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

Darleen Coppersmith, 510-816-7666 (
Lorraine Sartori, 564-4302 (


Learn about antiques and collectibles; new topic each month and occasional field trips to antique stores nearby.

Art Galleries

Each month there are new art exhibits around Yolo County (Davis, Woodland, Winters, etc.). The group meets once a month to carpool to several of these.

Beading 201

Knowledgeable beaders work on their own projects in an atmosphere of fellowship, while sharing new techniques.

Bird Watching

Yolo County is a wonderful area for observing wildlife, especially birds. Meetings and times vary.

Book Clubs

Several groups meet during the day or evening to discuss characters, themes, and plots.

Card-Making and Paper-Crafting

Learn the basics of card-making, rubber-stamping, and various paper-crafting techniques to create cards, boxes, gift containers, and other paper projects.

Coffee and Conversation

Several groups gather at local coffee shops to visit and enjoy each other’s company over coffee.

Coloring for Grown-Ups

Bring your books, markers, and pencils and come have the fun you had as a kid, coloring with your friends!

Dinner Groups

Several groups meet in homes to enjoy dinners prepared by members and to enjoy one another’s company. Spouses are welcome.

Focused Ladies

The Focused Ladies meet to share their love of photography while learning new techniques from one another, being creative, having guest speakers, and going on seasonal field trips.

Foreign Language Conversation Groups

These groups are comprised of a mix of native and intermediate speakers:
German Conversation
Spanish Conversation has two groups that meet twice monthly for discussions.

Games Groups

Bunco is fun and easy to learn.
Mah-jongg has several groups that meet weekly to play.
Bridge groups for intermediate players meet weekly. A group for beginners will meet twice monthly.
Games Plus groups meet to play a variety of games.


Multiple groups meet to learn more about different aspects and topics of gardening in our area. There are occasional field trips or and demonstration workshops.


Golfers get together for golf outings in various locations.


Group members organize hikes in Davis and nearby areas for day trips.


Group members meet weekly to share techniques and material, chat, and knit/crochet.

Lunch-IN Group

Sunset Plus groups prepare recipes from various food magazines or other sources and eat in each other homes.

Lunch-OUT Groups

Dining is experienced at a wide variety of restaurants:
Ethnic Eateries members choose a wide variety of ethnic food restaurants in the region for monthly lunches.
Déjeuner Lunch and Lovely Ladies Lunch meet for lunch in local restaurants.
Vegetarian Lunch members usually dine in restaurants; occasional potlucks organized.

Morning Coffee Break

Members and significant others enjoy coffee-tasting and the lure of coffee beans.

Movie Groups

Groups go to local theaters to see movies, then discuss them afterwards at happy hour.


Join the fastest growing sport in the USA, a mix of tennis, badminton, and ping-pong, played outdoors on a shortened court with a paddle and plastic ball.


All levels are welcome to work on own projects for 3 – 4 hours.


This group meets to share information on products, professional services, restaurants, etc., that may be useful to the general membership.


Beginners and skilled needle workers are invited to join the group.

Travel Groups

Taste for Travel group meets for lunch at restaurants to discuss travel destinations and tips.
Travel Symposium meets at the University Retirement Community, goes more in-depth, and may have speakers, presentations, etc.


Several walking groups meet at different days and times, in El Macero and Woodland.

WASH—Women Aging With Spirit and Heart

Groups meet to discuss common issues that occur as we get older, in a supportive, informative, and nurturing environment.


Several lively wine groups meet in members’ homes to sample and discuss various wines. Spouses welcome.

Writers Group—Scribblers

Members write with a variety of styles; share works.


Kendra West Williams, senior instructor with Kali Ray TriYoga International, teaches restorative and modified postures for all levels. Classes are held Tuesday mornings. Fee for 8-week session, payable in advance.

Mrs. JJ Audubon and friend bird-watch.
Crafty Ladies Interest Section show the festive holiday cards they made. Photo by Deanna Lee.
Photography Interest Section field trip to Park Winters: (l to r) Alice Harvey, Janet Collins, Diane Vandepeute, Linda Ziskind. Photo by Deanna Lee.

Covid-19 Advice for Interest Sections

Dear UFC Members,

We are aware that some sections have chosen to meet this year, either by Zoom or in person. It definitely helps to have the support of friends during this time of uncertainty with COVID-19. However, it is important that leaders of University Farm Circle sections let members know that any official gathering identified as a Farm Circle meeting should comply with the current health and safety guidelines.

If a larger group of section members chooses to meet, please know that it should be considered as a private social gathering and not a Farm Circle section meeting. There could be both social and legal implications if someone were to become ill with COVID-19 that could be traced back to one of our meetings.

Attending a private gathering of any size is a personal choice, but an official Farm Circle section meeting should meet current health and safety standards.


Melinda Hillis, UFC Parliamentarian
Molly Hillis,  UFC President

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

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