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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:

Maria Lago, 708-308-8351 (, or
Hope Thompson, 925-930-7097 (

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

2022 – 2023 Newcomers Events

Annual Newcomers Welcome and Interest Sections Signup

Thursday, September 29, 2022

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

Meet other Newcomers as well as current members of UFC while enjoying treats and beverages. Questions regarding Newcomer activities and general programs will be answered and you can sign up for Interest Sections. You can also pay your annual UFC dues if you have not already joined online using the  Membership Form. Please contact one of the Newcomers Chairs for more information.

First Friday Coffees

Oct. 7, Nov. 4, Dec 2, Jan. 6, Feb. 3, Mar. 3, Apr. 7, and May 5
10:00 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Location TBD.

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 members, getting you started on your journey of being a UFC member. Please be sure to check the Newsletter for specific location and other pertinent information.

California Raptor Center

Tuesday, November 15, 2022
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.

This is a fascinating look at the raptor population in the area, as well as the efforts made by the Center’s staff to rehabilitate injured raptors. Though COVID has made this a self-guided outdoors- only tour, there are staff on-site to answer specific questions you may have. Admission is free, but since the Center is dependent on donations and volunteers for its work, donations are gratefully accepted at the door. This event will be limited to 12 people.

The Historic Wonder That Is Woodland

Thursday, January 19, 2023
10:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Several locations in Woodland

The city of Woodland is filled with Victorian-Era homes—so many that it is hard to count them. We will tour one of its most beautiful homes, built in 1890 and lovingly restored and maintained to this day. From there we will walk to an optional lunch at Kitchen 428, which is housed in another historic building. Finally, we will pass by City Hall, built in 1932 and restored in 1976, on our way to the Woodland Public Library, the oldest and one of the last functioning Carnegie libraries in the State of California, for a short tour. This event will be limited to 15 people. There is no fee, but participants will pay for their own lunch.

California State Railway Museum

Wednesday, February 15, 2023
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
California State Railway Museum, followed by an optional lunch at an Old Sac restaurant
Carpooling highly recommended

The Railway Museum is a fun and historic museum. It has an amazing number of exhibits, including locomotives, toy trains, historic documents, and even a gallery dedicated to the Golden Spike that connected the nation from East to West. The entry fee is $12. Since street parking can be limited in Old Sac, carpooling is recommended; parking in one of the two garages costs $9. Those interested may stay for lunch in the Old Sac area.

Tour of the Mondavi Institute for Wine and Food Science

Thursday, March 16, 2023
10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
UC Davis campus

A fun and informative behind-the scenes tour of the Institute, including a visit to the Sensory Theater and general information about current research and learning. Tour size is limited to 25 people. Check the newsletter for final details.

Sutter’s Fort State Historic Park

Friday, April 21, 2023, 10:30 a.m. to 12 noon
Sutter's Fort, followed by an optional lunch at Tapa the World, Sacramento
Carpooling recommended

Sutter’s Fort was established in 1839 as an agricultural exchange. This self-guided tour takes you through many rooms at the Fort, and there are knowledgeable docents to answer any questions that you may have. Admission is $5; street parking is available nearby. For the optional lunch, Tapa the World restaurant offers many small plates, as well as refreshing sangria to restore your energy after the tour. This event will be limited to 15 people.

Newcomers Appetizer and Beverage Finale

Tuesday, May 23, 2023

11:30 a.m to 1:30 p.m.
Home of Maria Lago

Join all your Newcomers friends and their plus-ones as we bring the year to a close, reminisce about past activities, and talk about plans for the summer and the coming year.

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