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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 

Debbie Roberts

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.

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

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

Tuesday, November 2, 2021 (Note: Program Canceled)
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

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

Candlelight 2021…Jingle Rock

Friday, December 10, 2021
Pickup 3:00 p.m. to 5 p.m.
Pickup location: University Mall parking lot
near Subway off Anderson Rd

Our cherished Candlelight Dinner will be celebrated at home again this year. While we cannot gather in person, our strong tradition will endure, despite the continuing challenges we face. You will enjoy a delicious catered gourmet-quality meal prepared by Erica Marie’s Catering, which was established in 2013 when Chef Erica Marie graduated at the top of her class from the Culinary Institute of America at Greystone in St. Helena.You may order as many dinners as you wish at a price of $35 each. As we gather with our UFC friends in spirit, we will also have a great opportunity to spread holiday joy with our contributions to the student pantry which serves students at UCD. As you know, this has been another difficult year for many and food insecurity among students is a sad reality. Please give with an open heart in the generous spirit of the holidays. In addition to non-perishables, checks are always welcome. Please make checks out to ASUCD, with “food pantry” on the memo line. See the November newsletter for more detail.

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 Zoom meeting

Note: In the spirit of caution and concern for our members, this program will be on Zoom, not in person. Watch the newsletter for current information.

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

White Elephant Exchange

Note: In the spirit of caution and concern for our members, this program has been postponed. Watch the newsletter for current information.

Thursday, January 13, 2022
New date: Thursday, March 10, 2022
Coffee 9:30 a.m.,
Program 10:00 a.m.
University Park Inn & Suites Watermelon Music (new location)

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 or Elysa Hillis

Soup’s On!

Tuesday, January 25, 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: Jan Bower

Canceled: Trivia Lunch with Julia Walker

Note: This event is postponed to next year. The presenter wants it to be in-person for people sitting at tables and working collaboratively.
Julia Walker (our trivia master extraordinaire) will present three rounds of exciting trivia games for your pleasure. You'll be challenged in topics such as history, art, geography, music, movies, and more. There will be prizes for the winning tables. Contact: Mary Sternad

Novels and Noshes

Thursday, March 3, 2022

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

Note change of venue: Zoom Meeting (not home of Karen Cook)
Online registration only. Payment by check or online by credit card.

This continues to be one of our members’ best-loved programs. We will share favorite books that we read this last year. Contact: Karen Cook

Virtual Intercampus Day, UC Berkeley

Wednesday, March 30, 2022

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

Zoom Meeting

Entitled "150 Years of Women: Breaking Barriers" this program will celebrate the 150th Anniversary of the University's decision to admit women and will highlight women students and faculty as they have faced obstacles and broken barriers at Cal over the last 152 years. Watch newsletter for information on watching.

Canceled: Exploring Winters

(Note: Program Canceled)

Crocker Art Museum

Thursday, March 24, 2022
10 a.m. to after lunch

Carpool to Sacramento

The docent-led tour will start at 10:00 AM and will last about an hour. Afterward, continue to wander the museum on your own and visit the gift shop. If the Museum Cafe is open you may enjoy lunch there, or go to a restaurant in the area. Contact: Mary Sternad


The Séka Hills Olive Mill & Wine Tasting

Note: This event is postponed to a future date TBD because of a golf tournament at the location.

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

Rainwater Ranch/Berryessa Gap Winery

Note: This event is postponed because of rain.

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

Annual UFC Spring Luncheon

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

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

Hawaiian Luau

Wednesday, May 18, 2022
5:30 to 8:00 p.m.
Velocity Island Park, Woodland

Carpool to Woodland

Aloha! We are hosting a Hawaiian-themed luau. With a blue lagoon, swaying palm trees, and sand between your toes, you will think you are in Waikiki, but we will actually be in Woodland. Velocity Island Park is a tropical paradise and will serve us island-inspired food and drink. We will also have Hawaiian music to add to the ambiance. Contact: Judy Howard

Canceled: Touring With Local Roots Food Tours

(Note: Program Canceled)

Araceli Farms – Lavender Farm Guided Tour

Tuesday, June 7, 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

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