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2022 – 2023 Programs

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 & Jim 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.

Please note:

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

Annual Newcomers Welcome and Interest Sections Signup

Thursday, September 29, 2022

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

Unitarian Universalist Church

Interest sections signups will take place this year at the Annual Newcomers Welcome. Help welcome UFC Newcomers, meet up with old friends, and sign up for interest sections.

Experience Beautiful Capay Valley at Taber Ranch Winery

Thursday, October 13, 2022

11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Taber Ranch Vineyard & Events Center, Capay
Carpooling recommended

Meet at the Country Waffle parking lot in Raley's Plaza on West Main Street in Woodland for a leisurely 25-minute drive through the scenic rolling countryside to Capay Valley. We will enjoy outdoor covered seating for a light lunch of artisanal pizza and salad. Six Taber Ranch wines will be featured while we hear the history of this part of Yolo County and Taber Ranch. Optional charcuterie boards will be available to order. After lunch, stroll under the row of olive trees and enjoy the peaceful outdoors. Contact: Mary Ann Doerzbacher or Elysa Hillis

Craft a Succulent Pumpkin Planter

Tuesday, October 18, 2022
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

Make a beautiful fall decorated pumpkin planter that can be used as a centerpiece for Halloween and Thanksgiving. You bring the pumpkin. UFC supplies the succulents, tools, and materials. Children will enjoy doing this at home with adult supervision. Contact: Mary Sternad or Pat Stromberg

Scholarship Reception and Fall Welcome

Thursday, October 27, 2022

4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Buehler Alumni Center

The UFC Board and Scholarship Committee invite you to our Scholarship Reception and Fall Welcome. Due to very generous member donations, we will present $4,000 scholarships to eleven outstanding UC Davis students. In addition, for the first time, two Davis High School students will receive $2,000 UC Davis scholarships. We will hear from the scholarship recipients about their goals and how our scholarships will help them achieve these goals. Join us for light refreshments after the presentations. Registration for this event will be online, through the UFC website. Look for more information in the newsletter and email that will be sent in early fall. Note: We will not be having interest sections sign-ups at this event. Instead, they will be held at the Annual Newcomers Welcome on September 29.

Let’s Make Gnocchi at the Davis Co-op

Tuesday, November 1, or Wednesday, November 2, 2022*
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Davis Food Co-op

Ricotta is the simplest cheese to make for pairing with fall and winter vegetables and with fruits in a variety of dishes. In this class, we will make a big pot of ricotta, taste it plain and salted, and turn it into fluffy, tender gnocchi. We also will learn a couple of simple sauce recipes to serve with gnocchi that take advantage of all the amazing fall produce available.

*When you register for this event, you will choose one of the two dates listed. Registrations are on a first come, first served basis. If the class you choose is full by the time your registration is received, you will be registered in the other class. Each class is limited to a maximum of 16 participants. Contact: Debbie Roberts

Fish Tales

Thursday, November 10, 2022

10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

Have you ever wanted to go fly fishing? Cook fish? Put your proverbial waders on and join us for a fun-filled afternoon of food and fishing. Davis Farmers Market Cookbook author and fly fisherwoman Ann Evans recounts her adventures in Alaskan waters, where she's been fishing for salmon and halibut since 2011. Learn her favorite recipes for the 100 pounds of fish she brings home. Copies of the recipes will be available. Contact: Elysa Hillis

French-inspired Farmhouse Traditions at L'Apero les Trois

Thursday, November 17, 2022
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Georgeanne Brennan, Corinne Martinez, and Nicole Salengo have combined their knowledge of wines to establish this French-inspired tasting room. Taste six delicious aperitifs, accompanied by appetizers. Afterward, lunch or stroll the local shops.

Contact: Mary Ann Doerzbacher or Elysa Hillis

Canceled: Holiday Bus Trip to Walnut Creek/Broadway Plaza

Wednesday, November 30, 2022
All-Day Bus Trip
Broadway Plaza, Walnut Creek

Finally, a holiday shopping and lunch-on-your-own trip to Walnut Creek's Broadway Plaza. Bus departs from South Davis at 8:30 a.m. and arrives back in Davis at 5:00 p.m. Contact: Mary Ann Doerzbacher

Holiday Home Tour and Boutique

Sunday, December 11, 2022
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

El Macero (ticket details exact locations)

UFC presents five unique and beautiful homes on the 2022 home tour. From 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on December 11th, tour-goers will have plenty of time to visit the boutique at the El Macero Country Club and each of the five homes, which are located in close proximity to each other. Filled with interesting artwork and artifacts from local artisans and around the world, the homes are also a lesson in the area’s history as they span the development of El Macero from its earliest days to the present. Adding additional interest, the homes feature artistic and structural elements created by the owners themselves as well as noted local artists. This popular bi-annual event has become our major fundraiser for scholarships in recent years. Check the newsletter for the latest updates. Contact: Molly Hillis or Susan Rodgers

Canceled: Candlelight Dinner

Thursday, December 15, 2022

Because of ongoing concerns about partying indoors without masks, we are regretfully canceling this event.

White Elephant Exchange

Thursday, January 19, 2023
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

Can You Help Me with My Finances?

Thursday, January 26, 2023

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

Do you need a trust so your children won’t pay probate taxes? Do you want to save money for travel? Consider these and other financial questions when we meet Jen Kukis, Chartered Retirement Planning Counselor for Edward Jones, and Jennie Bretschneider, Estate Planning Attorney for Davis Wills & Trusts. Contact: Kalli Louis

Feeling Crafty

Thursday, February 2, 2023
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

Remember the good old days when we took construction paper, doilies, and sparkles and made Valentines? Join our group of creative crafters and create cards for Valentine's Day and general use. Surprise friends and family with unique handmade cards. All necessary materials will be provided for this fun-filled craft event. Contact: Mary Sternad or Pat Stromberg

Trivia with Julia

Thursday, February 9, 2023
11:00 a.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

Think you know it all? Prove it! Join your UFC friends for a fun, fact-filled afternoon of trivia with local quizmaster Julia Walker. We'll enjoy a box lunch while testing our knowledge in categories such as history, geography, film, music, books, and more. Contact: Elysa Hillis

Canceled: Become a Pizza Chef

Thursday, February 16, 2023

Time TBD
Napoli's Culinary Academy

Carpooling recommended

Join us for a fun and delicious event at Napoli's Culinary Academy. Learn to make pizza or calzone, and then eat your creation. The chef will guide us through the steps to make our own creative goodies. This was a very popular event a few years ago. Contact: Pat Stromberg or Lea Rosenberg

Novels and Noshes

Thursday, March 2, 2023

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 be a table for a book exchange. Bring books that you are willing to pass on to a new home. Contact: Karen Cook

Tour the Historic Woodland Opera House

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

1:00 p.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Woodland Opera House

Join a docent-led tour to learn the history and behind-the-scenes activities of Woodland Opera House, where musicals, dramatic plays, and concerts are held. The Opera House is part of the California State Parks system, but totally self-supporting. It is also listed on the National Register of Historic Places and is one of only four functioning 19th-century opera houses in the state. Contact: Debbie Roberts

Canceled: The HIVE, Woodland

Tuesday, March 7, 2023

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
The HIVE, Woodland

Tour The HIVE, a family-owned business that bottles and ships varietal honey and provides a gorgeous tasting room for people to taste their products. This Zero Net Energy Facility is set in two acres of drought-tolerant pollinator habitat. Taste and learn about varietal honeys and mead (an alcoholic beverage made with fermented honey). Sit outside under a covered patio, and enjoy a tasty lunch catered by Z Specialty Foods. Contact: Kathy Greenhalgh or Elysa Hillis

Simply Sausalito

Thursday, March 23, 2023

All-Day Bus Trip

Enjoy shopping, strolling, sightseeing, and springtime in lovely, picturesque, on-the-bay Sausalito! Quaint boutiques, art galleries, waterfront walks, delicious eateries—this is a totally on your own day. The bus will drop you off downtown, near the ferry pier on Bridgeway Avenue, at about 10:00 a.m. You have several relaxing hours to walk and shop, taste wine and eat, watch sailboats, and gaze across the glorious San Francisco Bay. To keep the cost low and give you more money to shop and dine, this is a no-frills trip. Comfortable walking shoes are a must because Sausalito begs to be explored! On the bus, you will be given a list of shops and restaurants, or you can Google "Sausalito—Things to do on Bridgeway.” Plan to return to Davis by 5:30. Contact: Mary Ann Doerzbacher

Cobram Estate Olive Center

Thursday, March 30, 2023
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.


Cobram Estate olive grower and oil producer is an innovative and award-winning olive oil company with olive groves and state-of the-art facilities in Australia and (right here) in Woodland. Tour the Woodland facility and taste five different olive oils. We will provide tidbits of palate cleansers between tastings. Contact: Judy Howard

Contact: Jan Bower

Nut Tree History

Monday, April 3, 2023
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

Diane Power Zimmerman, a fifth-generation Solano County resident, grew up immersed in a family business called Nut Tree. She draws from her deep roots in Northern California to tell a story of a unique 20th-century business in her latest book, Nut Tree: From a California Ranch to a Design, Food, and Hospitality Icon. She chronicles the 75-year history of the business and describes how her five siblings and eleven cousins began work at age 12. Diane subsequently worked in every department. Come hear her delightful talk. Contact: Kalli Louis

Ruhstaller Tour

Thursday, April 13, 2023
3:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Ruhstaller Brewing Company, Dixon

Enjoy a 90-minute tour of Ruhstaller Brewing Company in Dixon. Learn about the process of producing beer, from growing of hops to bottling. We will sample some beer during the tour. The approach to the loft includes stairs; comfortable shoes are recommended. After the tour, a food truck will be onsite for individual food purchases. Contact: Phyllis Baecker or Andrea Forrest

Let's Get Organized

Thursday, April 20, 2023

10 a.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

Join us to hear from Lori and Kelli of Neatworks. Their business mission is to help people make the time and space for what matters. Their specialty is organizing, downsizing, and workflow. Together, they analyze and help people organize their lives. Contact Pat Stromberg or Kathy Greenhalgh

Visit the Historic Town of Locke

Friday, May 5, 2023
10:30 a.m.
Carpooling recommended

Tour the historic town of Locke, located in the Delta along the Sacramento River. Learn about its history and culture while walking on a docent-led tour. Locke has the historical distinction of being the largest, most complete, rural agricultural Chinese American Community in the United States. The town was built by the Chinese population who immigrated here in 1861 to work on the reclamation of the marshlands. No-host lunch at Al's Place in Locke following the tour. We will carpool for this event. Contact: Phyllis Baecker or Sally Nishida

Annual UFC Spring Luncheon

Thursday, May 18, 2023
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Location TBA

The Spring Luncheon has always been the highlight of the year—a time to come together and celebrate all the programs and friendships developed over the previous year(s). We welcome all members, but especially want to encourage Newcomers to share in this very special event. Contact: Jan Bower or Kalli Louis

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

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