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2023 – 2024 Programs

Note: UFC does not schedule events from June – August. Watch for our
2024 – 2025 Programs, coming in mid-August.

Current information about all events can be found on the UFC website and in the monthly newsletters.

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:

Kathy Coulter ( or
Jan Bower (

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.
Note: Please consult either our online membership directory for contact information of program coordinators or our monthly newsletter.

Newcomers Welcome

Thursday, September 28, 2023

10 a.m. to 12 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Church

UFC representatives will provide information on program events and Interest Sections activities at the Annual Newcomers Welcome. Contact: Andrea Forrest

Scholarship Reception and Fall Welcome Interest Sections Signups

Thursday, October 4, 2023

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

Unitarian Universalist Church

The UFC Board and Scholarship Committee invite you to attend our Scholarship Reception and Fall Welcome. Due to generous member donations, we will be presenting seven outstanding UC Davis students with a $4,000 or $4,500 scholarship. In addition, we anticipate that two graduates of Yolo County high schools will be presented with $2,000 UC Davis scholarships. We will hear from the scholarship recipients about how our scholarships will help them to achieve their goals. Following the scholarship presentations, refreshments will be served, and members will have an opportunity to sign up for Interest Sections. Registration for the event will be online, through our UFC website. Look for more information in the newsletter and an email that will be sent in early fall. Contact: Kathy Greenhalgh or Sally Nishida

Canceled: Pumpkin/Succulent Centerpiece Workshop

Monday, October 23, 2023

It's autumn and time to get creative. Bring some fall colors into your home by joining us at our Fall Centerpiece Program, where we will create a fun addition for your home. Space is limited. Look for the date in the first UFC newsletter in September. Contact: Mary Sternad or Pat Stromberg

What’s Happening in Davis & Woodland

Thursday, November 2, 2023

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Unitarian Universalist Church

Here's your chance to catch up on what's happening in Yolo County, including housing, transportation, conservation, and land use projects. Lucas Frerichs, Yolo County Supervisor, and Mike Webb, City Manager of Davis, will help us understand these future changes. Light refreshments will be served. Contact: Kathy Greenhalgh or Lea Rosenberg

Sushi Making at the Davis Co-op Teaching Kitchen

Monday, November 13, or Tuesday, November 14, 2023
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Davis Food Co-op

Have you ever tried to make your own sushi? Spend a fun two hours learning to make a spicy tuna roll (cooked) and a rainbow veggie roll, as well as a miso chocolate dip for fruit for dessert (all gluten-free). You will learn techniques for making sushi rice, rolling and cutting the sushi, cutting vegetables for the fillings, and making dipping sauces, all from scratch. Then you will enjoy your creation with a glass of wine. Limit 16 people per class. Contact: Andrea Forrest or Phyllis Baecker

Fall Shopping Bus Trip to Walnut Creek

Thursday, November 30, 2023
Meet at South Davis Park and Ride at 8:15 a.m.; return to Davis at 5:00 p.m.
All-Day Bus Trip

Join us for a fall shopping and lunch day trip to Walnut Creek's Broadway Plaza. Bus pickup is at 8:30 a.m. at the Davis Park and Ride lot behind Ikeda’s, at the intersection of Mace Boulevard and Route 32A. (This is our usual All-West bus boarding place.) Departure will be at 8:45 a.m. Arrival in Walnut Creek will be around 10:00 a.m., with drop off at Macy's Department Store, where we will enjoy a mini fashion show before we go off on our own. Departure from Walnut Creek is at 3:30 p.m., with arrival back in Davis around 5:00 p.m. Please bring your own water or other drink on the bus in a covered container. There will be a snack on the bus, but lunch in Walnut Creek will be on your own. Be sure to wear comfortable walking shoes. Contact: Pat Stromberg or Karen Cook

Candlelight Dinner

Thursday, December 14, 2023

5:30 p.m.

El Macero Country Club

Save the date for the members-only Candlelight Dinner, one of UFC's most treasured traditions, where we gather with UFC friends to share the spirit of the holidays. More information will be available on the UFC website and in the newsletters. Contact: Elysa Hillis or Susan Rodgers

White Elephant Exchange

Tuesday, January 16, 2024 (Note: Date change)
Coffee 9:30 a.m., Program 10:00 a.m.

Unitarian Universalist Church

Enjoy social time, odd collectibles, treasure hunting, and thrifty finds! Browse through tables overflowing with special treasures— dishes, books, purses, knickknacks, scarves, clothing, collectibles, ceramics, odds and ends—all available to you. The White Elephant Exchange is a great chance to trade new or like-new items for something that better fits your taste and lifestyle, and to pass along those holiday and birthday gifts that just aren't you. Bring your regrettable and re-gifting items to the Exchange. This is a convivial event to share with friends. Year after year, the Exchange has proven to be one of our most popular events. Contact: Lea Rosenberg or Elysa Hillis

Functional Fitness

Tuesday, January 23, 2024

2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

Join us for a healthful afternoon with Steve Bonnel, founder of the Be Resilient Project. Steve will demonstrate exercises, and talk about the importance of fitness to overall health and well-being. Contact: Elysa Hillis

Potsticker Cooking Class

Monday, February 5, or Tuesday, February 6, 2024

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

Davis Co-op Teaching Kitchen

Celebrate the Lunar New Year with a hands-on dumpling cooking class! First, participants will get to make potsticker dough from scratch. Our filling will feature seasonal vegetables and traditional Chinese herbs and spices. We’ll shape our potstickers by hand into several familiar and novel shapes. No previous experience necessary. This class is beginner-friendly! We’ll make a dipping sauce to go with our potstickers before we indulge. Each participant will get to take home leftovers and a copy of the recipes we make. Contact: Phyllis Baecker or Sally Nishida

Contemporary Health Issues Luncheon

Thursday, February 29, 2024

10:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

When should you go to the Emergency Room? Are you having trouble sleeping? Come spend the day with us to help you answer these and other important medical questions.A lovely box lunch will be provided for each attendee. Contact: Kalli Louis or Debbie Roberts

Novels and Noshes

Thursday, March 7, 2024

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 during the past year. There will be a table for a book exchange. Bring books that you are willing to pass on to a new home. Contact: Karen Cook

Trivia with Julia

Wednesday, March 13, 2024

3:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Unitarian Universalist Church

Let's dust off those cobwebs in our brains and play some trivia. Join your UFC friends for a fun afternoon of trivia with quizmaster Julia Walker. We'll play in teams while enjoying refreshments and competing for prizes. Contact: Elysa Hillis or Lea Rosenberg

High-Hand Nursery

Tuesday, March 19, 2024

9:45 a.m.

We will carpool to High-Hand Plant Nursery in Loomis, California. Stroll through their large selection of beautifully arranged plants and one-of-a-kind specimens. Enjoy their extensive collection of unique garden accessories and artwork. Visit their Flower and Gift Market, Mercantile Shop, Art Gallery, and Olive Oil Company, where you can taste their olive oils and balsamic vinegars. Enjoy a no-host lunch with reserved seating in their cafĂ©, which offers farm-fresh eats in a serene garden setting. Contact: Kathy Greenhalgh or Elysa Hillis

Years of Glory with Professor Susan Miller

Tuesday, March 26, 2024 (Note: Date changed from January)

10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

Susan Gilson Miller, Professor Emerita of History at UC Davis, will talk about her book Years of Glory: Nelly Benatar and the Pursuit of Justice in Wartime North Africa. This is the compelling true story of Nelly Benatar, a hero of the anti-fascist North African resistance and a humanitarian who changed the course of history for the "last million" escaping the Second World War. Contact: Kathy Greenhalgh or Judy Howard

High Tea

April 2024

Date and Time TBD
Tea List

Enjoy a relaxed and mellow time with your UFC buddies. Tea List, located in a cozy and quiet niche at Park Place on D Street, just behind the Mustard Seed, has been part of the Davis Community since 2009. Let's gather for High Tea, good company, and comfy conversation. There will be tea (of course), finger sandwiches, and yummy pastries—right in the heart of Davis. Contact: Lea Rosenberg or Elysa Hillis

Canceled: Taste of Woodland

Thursday, April 18, 2024

Stroll through the old downtown of Woodland, experience the new flavors from several restaurants, and hear a little about the history of the town. Contact: Kathy Coulter or Joanne Andresen

Canceled: TCHO Chocolate Factory Tour

April 2024

Chocolate lovers will like this program—a bus trip and guided tour of an award-winning chocolate factory and a no-host lunch and shopping on the famous Fourth Street in Berkeley. Contact: Elysa Hillis or Mary Ann Doerzbacher

Annual UFC Spring Luncheon and Meeting

Thursday, May 2, 2024

11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Historic Woodland Hotel

The Spring Luncheon is historically the highlight of the year—a social gathering to celebrate all the old and new friendships developed through UFC's programs and interest sections. The luncheon includes a short business meeting to introduce the new officers for the coming year and an appropriate entertainment experience. We welcome all members, but especially encourage Newcomers to share in this very special event. Contact: Jan Bower or Kathy Coulter

Scribner Bend Winery

Friday, May 17, 2024

11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.

Spend a few hours relaxing at the beautiful Scribner Bend Winery, just south of Freeport and straight across the river from Clarksburg. Learn about the history of the vineyard and their estate-grown and bottled wines, from grape to glass! Get a guided tour through the barrel room and meet the winemaker. Samples of wine will happen along the tour and tableside. There is an opportunity to purchase food from the on-site Paesanos Courtyard Kitchen. The menu offerings change, but may include small bites, artisan cheese boards, salads, and wood-fired pizza. Contact: Phyllis Baecker or Sally Nishida

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PO Box 858, Davis, CA 95617-0858

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