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2019 - 2020 Programs

Interesting monthly programs are planned throughout the academic year, including luncheons, speakers, and trips.


In accordance with Governor Newsom's executive order, all UFC programs and Newcomers events have been cancelled due to the Coronavirus pandemic for the rest of our year (through May). 

Checks received for canceled events will be shredded. Cash will be returned. If you have any questions, contact the program organizer. 

The Program Committee has been working diligently to find many interesting and diverse programs and events to offer to our UFC members. Our Speaker Series, returning for the seventh year, has continued to be a very popular addition to the program format.

UFC programs are open to all members. Guests are welcome when space is available. Please read the UFC reservation policies. It is important to check the monthly UFC newsletter for updated and more detailed information.

We always encourage members to help at some of these events. We often need assistance with set-up and clean-up, as well as making snacks for the event. For additional information about programs in general, contact the Co-Chairs:

Terry Antonelli, 848-9686 (
Kalli Louis, 916-303-0113 (


At last year’s Candlelight Dinner, Deanna Lee was presented
a hand-painted bottle of 2016 UC Davis Oakville Station
Cabernet Sauvignon Napa Valley by our University Liaison,
Loraine Hernadez-Covello, for being the closest to guessing
how many scholarships UFC has given since 1914.
Photo by Carlene Ozonoff

Candlelight Dinner PrizeOctober

  • Scholarship Reception and Fall Welcome

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2019
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The ARC at UC Davis

Your UFC Board and the Scholarship Committee invite members and prospective members to attend our Scholarship Reception and Fall Welcome. We will hear from the scholarship recipients about how our gifts will help them achieve their educational goals and prepare them for successful careers. We will then have an opportunity to explore UFC Interest Sections and sign up for those that we want to join. Light refreshments will be served. Watch your email for your invitation and registration instructions in late August. Contact Sue Speckman, 503-569-6461 (, or Debbie Roberts, 204-3354 (

  • Sunset Magazine Test Garden & Cornerstone Country Marketplace with Cookbook Author John McReynolds

Wednesday, Oct. 30, 2019
All-Day Bus Trip

Join our group for a fall adventure at the gateway to Sonoma and Napa County. We will tour the five distinct garden plots of the Sunset Test Gardens at the lovely Cornerstone Country Marketplace, followed by lunch on the beautiful patio of Sonoma Country Antiques. We will be treated to a talk by chef and award-winning cookbook author John McReynolds. This will be a day for the senses that you won’t want to miss. Contact Elysa Hillis, 304-0777 (

  • Historic Sacramento Cemetery and the Leland Stanford Mansion

October, 21, 2019
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Carpool from Mace Ave. Park-N-Ride

Connect with your fellow adventurers to explore California history. We will tour both the historic Sacramento Cemetery and the Leland Stanford Mansion, with lunch on your own in between at Selland’s Market Cafe. You will learn interesting facts about important people who lived and worked in historic Sacramento. We will carpool from the Davis Park & Ride. Contact Pat Stromberg, 756-3660 (, or Karen Cook, 758-4834 (


  • Soap-Making Class by the Soap Salon of Sacramento

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2019
10:00 a.m. to Noon
Unitarian Universalist Church

The Soap Salon of Sacramento will instruct us in the art and alchemy of handcrafting our own soap. In this hands-on workshop, MJ McWhorter will present the step-by-step technique of blending our own soap, as we choose our all-natural fragrances and colorants. Each student will take home over a pound of beautifully scented soap, directions on cutting our soap, and a $5 certificate for future materials from the Soap Salon. Contact Mary Ann Doerzbacher, 412-559-5161 (

  • Speaker Series: Dr. Catriona McPherson, Davis Author

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2019
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

Dr. McPherson was born in Edinburgh and lived in Scotland before moving to Davis in 2010. Her Dandy Gilver historical mysteries and contemporary novels have won numerous awards, including two Agathas and two Anthony awards. We’re sure to enjoy hearing from this lively and entertaining local Davis author talk about the 25 novels she has written. Contact Connie Revell, 574-4387 (


  • San Francisco Holiday Trip

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2019
All-Day Bus Trip

The jewel in the crown that is the City of San Francisco will be sparkling with holiday décor as our bus drops us off in Union Square. You choose how you want to spend your time there: visit art galleries, lunch at the many restaurants in the area, or shop till you drop at Union Square or Westfield Mall. We will provide information on restaurants and shops in the area closer to the date. Join us and enjoy the day in beautiful downtown San Francisco. Contact Judy Howard, 662-0151 (, or Elysa Hillis, 304-0777 (

  • Candlelight Dinner

Thursday, Dec. 5, 2019
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
University Retirement Community

UFC members are invited to this festive dinner to celebrate and reacquaint with longtime friends and to extend hospitality and friendship to our new members. This annual event is always well-attended, so mark your calendar. There will be social time with a cash bar, followed by dinner, soft music, and shared memories. Contact Carol Christensen, 204-7865 (, or Leslie Maulhardt, 758-3818 (

  • Holiday Home Tour and Boutique

Sunday, Dec. 15, 2019
11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

The Holiday Home Tour features five unique homes decorated for the holiday season. The Holiday Boutique will be held at the Stonegate Country Club during the same hours. A variety of vendors will be in attendance, as well as baskets that our own interest groups will fill with items that reflect each group’s focus. Proceeds from the tour will benefit our scholarship fund. Tickets can be purchased from some UFC members, as well as from various stores in Davis and Woodland. Contact Wendy Chason, 758-2015 (, or Pat Stromberg, 756-3660 (


  • Speaker Series: Dr. Charan Ranganath Explains Brain Plasticity

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020
(Note corrected date; UFC printed program is incorrect)
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

“Your brain—every brain—is a work in progress. It is ‘plastic.’ From the day we’re born to the day we die, it continuously revises and remodels, improving or slowly declining as a function of how we use it.” –Dr. Michael Merzenich. Can your brain rewire itself to form and keep memories? Come hear Dr. Charan Ranganath, a professor at the Center for Neuroscience at UC Davis, give a very interesting and pertinent talk on his research into the brain. Contact Kalli Louis, 916-652-8910 (

  • Artisan Cheeses—Davis Food Co-op

Tuesday, Jan. 28, 2020
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Davis Co-op Teaching Kitchen

Are you passionate about savoring delicious, locally crafted cheeses and interested in learning more about pairing cheese with other foods? Join us to hear an experienced cheese monger from the Davis Food Co-op discuss how to select the right cheese for a special occasion and which foods best complement your favorite cheeses. You will sample artisan cheeses paired with a variety of other foods, and take home new ideas for serving the delectable cheeses available to us. (Note: Because of limited capacity, this event may also be scheduled Wednesday, January 29, 2:00 to 4:00 p.m., if there is sufficient interest.) Contact Myra Appel, 902-3392 (


  • Paint and Sip at Bistro 33

Monday, Feb. 10, 2020
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Bistro 33

It is hard to imagine a better way to spend a delightful afternoon than sharing food, drink, and art in a relaxing setting. You do not need to be an artist to participate in this event, as all skill levels are welcome. The goal is to enjoy the day and have fun! Guided by a professional artist, you will create your own “masterpiece.” The group will be given step-by-step instructions, as well as all essential supplies. You may order drinks and food to accompany your efforts. Contact Barbara Bacsko, 916-846-3482 (

  • Contemporary Health Issues Luncheon

Tuesday, Feb. 25, 2020
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

We are pleased to once again spend a day exploring health and wellness issues with presentations by two local doctors. Karen Mo, MD, is a family practice physician with the UC Davis Medical Group and uses a variety of alternative medical options in her practice, including medical marijuana. She will talk to us about this timely subject, and answer questions concerning cannabis and cannabidiol (CBD). Meghan Brady Zavod, MD, is a dermatologist with Sutter Health. She will explain a myriad of skin issues and be available for questions as well. Lunch is included in this event. Contact Karen Cook, 758-4834 (, or Pat Stromberg, 756-3660 (


  • Novels and Noshes

Wednesday, Mar. 11, 2020
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 book titles, discuss memorable books, and consider new books coming out. There will also be a table for a book exchange. Clear out your bookshelves and bring those books to pass on to a new home. Contact Karen Cook, 758-4834 (

  • Simply Sausalito

Thursday, Mar. 26, 2020
All-Day Bus Trip

Shopping, strolling, sightseeing: Springtime in Sensational Sausalito! You can visit quaint boutiques, art galleries, waterfront walks, delicious eateries—this is a totally on-your-own day. You have several relaxing hours to walk and shop, wine-taste and eat, sailboat-watch and gaze across the glorious San Francisco Bay. To keep the cost low, this is a no-frills trip. Comfortable walking shoes are a must because Sausalito begs to be explored! Contact Mary Ann Doerzbacher, 412-559-5161 (


  • Note: This program has been canceled: Inter-Campus Day Visit to UC Berkeley

Wednesday, Apr. 1, 2020
UC Berkeley Campus

The UC Berkeley Sections Club will host our annual inter-campus gathering on the beautiful UC Berkeley campus. Faculty presentations, campus tours, exchange of ideas and lunch will be the highlights of the day. Contact Susan Rodgers, 402-1041 (

  • Note: This program has been canceled:

    Speaker’s Series: The Science of Earth’s Climate System With Dr. Howard Spero

Tuesday, Apr. 7, 2020
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

Timely and informative! Dr. Howard Spero is a Distinguished Professor in the Department of Earth and Planetary Sciences at UC Davis. He is a dynamic and entertaining speaker and will discuss the reasons Earth’s climate system shifts back and forth between glacial and warm periods on geologic timescales. This engaging lecture will provide you with a better understanding of the issues our climate faces. Contact Mary Gillon, 400-0207 (


  • Note: This program has been canceled:

    Lunch and Wine in the Historical Town of Locke

Wednesday, May 4, 2020
All-Day Bus Trip

History is just down the road at the historic town of Locke. Thousands of Chinese workers came to the Delta in the 1800s to build the levees along the Sacramento River. We will learn more as we explore the town and museums with our guides. Included in the day will be a lunch stop and a visit to a winery. This will be a fun-filled and informative adventure. Contact Pat Stromberg, 756-3660 (, or Yvonne Garrett, 520-8812 (

  • Note: This program has been canceled:

    Annual UFC Spring Luncheon

Thursday, May 14, 2020
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Hotel Woodland, Woodland

The Spring Luncheon has always been the highlight of the year–a time to come together and to celebrate all the programs and friendships developed over the previous years. We welcome all members, but especially want to encourage the Newcomers to share in this very special event. Contact Terry Antonelli, 848-9686 ( or Kalli Louis, 916-303-0113 (

  • Note: This program has been canceled:

    The Jacuzzi Family Winery and Olive Press

Thursday, May 21, 2020
All-Day Bus Trip

Visit and taste Tuscany in Sonoma! Experience true Italian hospitality in the beautiful stone, Tuscan-inspired villa as we tour and sample delicious Jacuzzi Family wines and hear about their history from Italy to the West Coast. But first, we will begin our day at the world famous downtown Sonoma Square, where you will have a few hours to stroll, dine, and shop before our departure to the vineyards at 1 p.m. Eat, stroll, shop, wine-taste, olive-oil taste: a perfect Sonoma day! Contact Mary Ann Doerzbacher, 412-559-5161 (

  • Note: UCD PRIMATE CENTER trip postponed to next year

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