Log in

University Farm Circle 

friendship | enrichment | scholarships

Log in

Newcomers Welcomes You!

Beginning on the UC Davis Campus over 100 years ago and extending out into the community, UFC has a long tradition of welcome. Whether you are new to the area or new to UFC, we invite you to join our organization. Newcomers activities are designed to help you foster new friendships with other Newcomers during the year, expand to other friendships and events, and glimpse what the community and UC Davis have to offer. These events are for Newcomers only. At the end of the season as a UFC Newcomers graduate, we hope you will continue to enjoy the friendship and enrichment of future years with UFC.

For more information regarding Newcomers events, please contact the Co-Chairs:

Judy Cunningham, 925-997-7937 (,

Andrea Forrest, 530-902-2552 (, or
Hope Thompson, 925-930-7097 (

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

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

2023 – 2024 Newcomers Events

Newcomers Welcome and Interest Sections Signup

Thursday, September 28, 2023

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

Our annual welcome and start of the new UFC year will allow you to meet other Newcomers as well as current members while enjoying snacks and beverages. In addition to social time, there will be a short presentation by board members to give you information about UFC and to answer questions. You will be invited to sign up for Interest Sections and to pay your annual dues, if you have not already joined online at

First Friday Coffees

2023: October 6, November 3, December 1.

2024: January 5, February 2, March 1, April 5, and May 3
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
Location TBD

Please join our friendly, informal gathering of Newcomers on the first Friday of each month from October through May. The Newcomers Chairs will be there to welcome you as you introduce yourself to other new members and begin to get to know them. You will also have a chance to have any questions answered and get reminders about upcoming events. Please be sure to check the monthly newsletter for location and other pertinent information.

Walking Tour of Historic Woodland

Tuesday, October 24, 2023

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

Have you ever wondered about the rich history of the “Jewel of the Valley” called Woodland? We will be guided by David Wilkinson, author of several books on the history, architecture, and trees of Woodland. We will stroll down First Street, through downtown, and into the residential area. This tour will capture Woodland’s extraordinary cultural history embodied in its exceptional architecture. Meeting point will be announced later.

California Raptor Center

Wednesday, November 15, 2023

1:00 3:00 p.m.

Join us for a fascinating look at the raptor population in the area and the efforts to rehabilitate injured birds. The tour will start with an indoor presentation by a staff member, who will educate us about the center and the lives of raptors. Then we will move outside to meet the magnificent resident birds and hear stories about how they came to the center. There may also be birds that are being rehabilitated and hopefully returned to the wild. There will be a small charge for the tour, to be determined at the time of the event. This event will be limited to 15 people.

Woodland Library Tour

Thursday, January 18, 2024

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

The Woodland Public Library is the oldest and last functioning Carnegie Library in California. Opened in 1905, with its beautiful Mission Revival architecture, this building now houses a thoroughly modern library. In this tour we will have a short presentation about the history of the library, as well as information about the resources and services offered and how they can be accessed. Then we will explore Square One, the “makerspace,” with instruction and equipment for a variety of creative projects such as screen printing, woodworking, sewing, 3D printing and digital media arts, to name only a few. After our exploration, we will have a class in which we learn to make beautiful woven fabric (Swedish) hearts, just in time for Valentine’s Day. Following our library tour, there will be an optional lunch at a local restaurant. There will be a small charge for the class, to be determined at the time of the event. This event will be limited to 15 people.

Canceled: Leland Stanford Mansion

Tuesday, March 5, 2024

Leland Stanford Mansion State Historic Park

Please join us for a visit to the historic Leland Stanford mansion in downtown Sacramento. Built in 1856, this stunning example of the splendor and elegance of the Victorian era, has gone through a 14-year, 22-million dollar restoration. We will take an informative 45-minute tour of the residence of Leland Stanford, former California governor and founder of Stanford University. The mansion currently serves as the official reception center for the state. There will be a small charge, to be determined at the time of the event. This event is limited to 25 people.

Matchbook Winery Spring Wine Tasting

Thursday, April 25, 2024

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

Spring is a beautiful time to enjoy a relaxing wine tasting at nearby Matchbook Winery. Familiar to many, but new to some, Matchbook is a family-owned winery tucked away in the beautiful, rolling Dunnigan Hills, a short, easy 30-minute drive from Davis. Whether or not you are a wine lover, you will enjoy the stunning views of the vineyard and a chance to socialize with your Newcomer friends.

Newcomers Finale

Wednesday, May 15, 2024
11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.
Location TBD

Join your Newcomer friends for an informal gathering, as we bring the year to a close. We will have a light lunch and plenty of time to talk about the past year, and discuss our plans for the summer and the coming year. You might even meet a new friend or discover a great group to join.

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

Powered by Wild Apricot Membership Software