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2021 – 2022 Programs

(Note: Current information about all events can be found on the UFC website and in the monthly newsletters. Because of the pandemic, we have chosen not to have any bus trips this year. Most programs are local, and we hope that participants will carpool when necessary.)

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.

Please note: For all UFC programs and events, masks are required both indoors and out, regardless of vaccination status. 

Scholarship Reception and Fall Welcome

Thursday, October 7, 2021

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Moss Patio, behind the Buehler Alumni Center

The UFC Board and Scholarship Committee invite you to attend our Scholarship Reception and Fall Welcome. This year we are excited to present nine outstanding students with $4,000 scholarships, the most UFC has awarded in a single year. We will hear from the scholarship recipients about their future goals and how our scholarships will help them to achieve these goals and prepare for successful careers. Registration for the event will be online, through our UFC website. Your 2021 dues must be paid in order to register. Look for more information in the newsletter and an email that will be sent in early fall. Note: We will not be having interest section sign-ups at this event. We are not accepting dues or donations at this event. The University requires attendees to take an online Daily Symptom Survey the morning of the event.

The Great Bear Experience #2

Friday, October 8, 2021
1 p.m. to 3 p.m.
Great Bear Vineyards, Davis

Once again, the award-winning Great Bear Vineyards in Davis provides the beautiful bucolic setting in rural Yolo County. Their lovely tree-lined hacienda-style winery has a wine tasting and charcuterie pairing experience like no other in Davis. The response to this event in May was so overwhelming that this event is being repeated. Watch the September 15th newsletter for details and reservation forms. Masks may be required at this event. We will be seated outdoors and Great Bear will abide by all Yolo County COVID-19 rules. Deadline is October 1, 2021. Each member is welcome to bring one guest. Contact: Mary Ann Doerzbacher, 412-559-5161 (

Speaker Series: Harvest of Impact: A UFC/UCD Panel Presentation

Tuesday, November 2, 2021
9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
University Park Inn & Suites

This updated time or date is different from the mailed program handbook.

As UC Davis’ longest running support group, University Farm Circle has nurtured a Harvest of Impact spanning over a century. You will hear how our community–university partnership continues to evolve from humble beginnings and deep roots, through incredible growth by both UFC and UC Davis. Learn what it means to be a support group and hear an update on the endowment and past recipients. Contact: Pat Stromberg, 530-756-3660 (

Speaker Series: The Science of Earth’s Climate System with Dr. Howard Spero

Tuesday, November 16, 2021

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
University Park Inn & Suites

Dr. Howard Spero is a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in the UC Davis Department of Earth and Planetary Science. He is a dynamic speaker who will discuss why Earth’s climate system changes on geologic timescales and how this understanding helps us to prepare for climate change in the near future. This engaging lecture will provide you with a foundation to better understand the global climate challenges we face over the next century. Contact: Pat Stromberg, 530-756-3660 (

Speaker Series: Nutrition—Separating Fact from Fiction with Dr. Debbie Fetter

Wednesday, January 12, 2022

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
University Park Inn & Suites

Dr. Debbie Fetter, Assistant Professor of Teaching Nutrition at UC Davis, will join us to explore the role of food in culture and how the pandemic has impacted our nutrition. Dr. Fetter will answer the question: Is there only one right way to achieve a nutritional diet? Dr. Fetter has a passion for teaching nutrition and will talk about what a healthy relationship with food looks like. There will be a lot of food for thought! Contact: Pat Stromberg, 530-756-3660 (

White Elephant Exchange

Thursday, January 13, 2022
Coffee 9:30 a.m.,
Program 10:00 a.m.
University Park Inn & Suites

Social time, odd collectibles, treasure hunts, thrifty finds! Browse through our tables overflowing with special treasures—dishes, books, purses, knickknacks, scarves, clothing, odds-and-ends, ceramics—all available for you. The White Elephant Exchange is a great chance for you to trade new or like-new items for something that better fits your tastes and lifestyle. It is an opportunity to “pass along” those holiday and birthday gifts that just aren’t you, so bring your regrettables and re-gifting items. This is a convivial event to share with friends, and year after year, the Exchange has proven to be one of our most popular events.

Contact: Lea Rosenberg, 530-756-0697 ( or Elysa Hillis, 530-304-0777 (

Soup’s On!

January 2022
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Zoom Meeting

Madison Suoja, Education and Outreach Specialist with the Davis Co-op, will share her recipes for a tasty vegetarian soup and the perfect cracker accompaniment…an excellent combination to chase away the cold, gray January doldrums! Attendees will receive a copy of the recipes and the ingredients list before the class, so they may follow along as Madison leads us through the preparation. Attendees will also have access to the taped demonstration and will be able to view it at their leisure. Contact: Debbie Roberts, 530-758-4207 (

Trivia Lunch with Dr. Andy Jones

Thursday, February 10, 2022

11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

University Park Inn & Suites

Dr. Andy Jones has taught writing and literature at UC Davis since 1990. Dr. Jones has worked as a quizmaster since 2007 and is the quizmaster for “Trivia Nights” at de Vere’s Irish Pub in Davis. Quiz categories include history, literature, politics, pop culture, books and authors, history, geography, sports, science, internet culture, and Shakespeare. Join us for a box lunch and a fun afternoon of trivia with Dr. Jones. Contact: Mary Sternad, 619-840-5111 (

Novels and Noshes

March 2022

1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

Home of Karen Cook

This continues to be one of our members’ best-loved programs. We will share favorite books that we read this last year. There will also be a table for a book exchange, so bring books that you are willing to pass on to a new home. Contact: Karen Cook, 530-758-4834 (

Exploring Winters

March 2022

Carpool to Winters

Join us for a walking tour of the grounds of Park Winters followed by an art tour of Hotel Winters. You’ll have plenty of time to explore the charming downtown shops and eateries. We’ll provide a list of our favorite lunch spots for you and your UFC friends to enjoy a no host lunch of your choice. Contact: Elysa Hillis, 530-665-6478 (

Crocker Art Museum

March 2022

Carpool to Sacramento

In 1962, Adeliza McHugh opened The Candy Store Gallery in a modest house in Folsom. Many of their artists either taught or were students at UC Davis or Sac State College. Their work delighted visitors to the gallery for 30 years and helped put the whimsical, funky, and irreverent aesthetic of California’s Central Valley on the art–historical map. Join us to see this wonderful special exhibit at the Crocker. Contact: Terry Antonelli, 530-848-9686 (

Rainwater Ranch/Berryessa Gap Winery

April 2022

Carpool to Winters

Rainwater Ranch and Berryessa Gap Winery are partnering to provide a unique opportunity for UFC members! We begin with a tour of the sustainably cultivated flower fields and organic citrus orchards of Rainwater Ranch. This is followed by a tasting of some of Berryessa Gap Winery's award-winning vintages under the magnificent blue oaks of the Ranch with views of the neighboring winery. Contact: Myra Appel, 530-902-3392 (

The Séka Hills Olive Mill & Wine Tasting

April 2022

Carpool to Brooks

Visit the Séka Hills Olive Mill & Tasting Room that showcases the agricultural bounty of the region and is a destination for artisan goods and delicious locally sourced fare. Guests are treated to scenic views of the surrounding orchard and rolling blue hills that inspire the name Séka Hills. The tasting room offers an insider’s view of how olives are grown, milled, and finished into world-class extra virgin olive oils. Guided tours and tastings offer visitors a chance to experience the growing line of products from the Yocha Dehe Wintun Nation that now includes olive oils, wines, honey, beef jerky, and seasoned nuts. A selection of pantry staples, cookbooks and gifts for the home and kitchen adds to the reasons the Tasting Room at Séka Hills is a destination for Capay Valley visitors. Contact: Terry Antonelli, 530-848-9686 (

Hawaiian Luau

May 2022

Carpool to Woodland

Rainwater Ranch and Berryessa Gap Winery are partnering to provide a unique opportunity for UFC members! We begin with a tour of the sustainably cultivated flower fields and organic citrus orchards of Rainwater Ranch. This is followed by a tasting of some of Berryessa Gap Winery's award-winning vintages under the magnificent blue oaks of the Ranch with views of the neighboring winery. Contact: Myra Appel, 530-902-3392 (

Touring With Local Roots Food Tours

May 2022

R Street, Carpool to Sacramento

On this tour, you can expect to see murals and public art while stopping to taste at three of the best restaurants in America’s Farm-to-Fork Capital. This is a fairly easy walk that will take approximately 2½ hours, including the stops to eat. Contact: Pat Stromberg, 530-756-3660 (

Annual UFC Spring Luncheon

Thursday, May 12, 2022
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

This year our Spring Luncheon will be at the historic Hotel Woodland, 436 Main Street, Woodland. Our speakers will be the world-famous Citrus Circuits Robotics Team from Davis Senior High School. This luncheon has always been the highlight of the year. We welcome all members and especially want to encourage Newcomers to share in this very special event. Contact: Mary Sternad, 619-840-5111 (

Araceli Farms – Lavender Farm Guided Tour

April 2022

10:00 p.m. to 12:00 p.m.

Carpool to Dixon

This young farming operation is growing seven varieties of lavender with a commitment to producing an all-natural, sustainable product. In addition to the lavender flowers, they produce a variety of handmade, entirely pure products for their customers to enjoy—essential oils, aromatic lavender buds, scrubs, and body creams. Come join us for a guided tour of the lavender fields, learn about the distilling process for making the essential oil, and then on to their lavender shop to check out all their beautiful products. Contact: Debbie Roberts, 530-758-4207 (

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PO Box 858, Davis, CA 95617-0858

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