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**Programs 2015 – 2016

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

Note: Our 2016 17 year program will be posted at the end of August.

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

UFC programs are open to all members. Guests are welcome when space is available. Please read the reservation policy on page 5. Check the monthly UFC Newsletter or the UFC website for updated and more detailed information.

We encourage members to volunteer to help at some of these events. We often need individuals to participate by helping with set-up and clean-up, as well as making goodies for the day of the program.

For additional information about programs in general, you may contact the Co-Chairs:

Lea Rosenberg, 756-0697,, or
Elysa Hillis, 304-0777,


October 2015

Our Annual Fall Tea is a time when we greet
long-time members, Newcomers, and scholarship recipients.
Fall Tea Co-Chairs Barbara Smith Vaughn and Janet Collins
present information on our eight scholarship recipients.

  • Fall Tea 2015Annual Fall Tea

Thursday, Oct. 8, 2015
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Buehler Alumni Center
UC Davis

Our annual tea will be held in the garden of the Buehler Alumni Center at UC Davis. We will start off our year in the lovely garden reconnecting with old friends while having the opportunity to meet new ones. It also affords us the time to sign up for interest sections and recognize our scholarship recipients.
Members and prospective members are also invited to find out more about UFC. The venue is handicap-accessible and there is a drop-off area in the front of the Buehler Alumni Center. The parking fee is $9.00. Contact Barbara Smith Vaughn, 756-9620 (, or Janet Collins, 756-3127 (

  • Boat Cruise & Jack London Square

Thursday, Oct. 15, 2015
Oakland, CA
All-Day Bus Trip

Join UFC members for a glorious 2-hour cruise on the San Francisco Bay aboard the historic USS Potomac, formerly known as the “Floating White House.” 
To complete this perfect day, enjoy a delicious no-host lunch at Jack London 
Square. Contact Nadia Trauner, 759-1125 (

  • Speaker Series: 
Entering Contests and Winning at Game Shows

Tuesday, Oct. 27, 2015
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

Sue Barnes, Director of UC Davis Retiree Center, will share successful strategies for winning contests and game shows. A former contestant on Wheel of Fortune, Barnes will discuss how to win the competitive selection lottery and boost the odds of winning in your favor. Based on many years of experience winning contests, Sue promises a lecture that will increase both your performance and enthusiasm for the game. Contact Melinda Hillis, 
(; Karen Cook, 758-4834 (; or Betty Pfeifer, 753-7920 (

November 2015

  • Battle of the Sexes: How Women Age Differently than Men

Thursday, Nov. 5, 2015
11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

The Women’s Health Series returns with the geriatrician and internal medicine physician Dr. Michael McCloud, the director and founder of the UCD Mini-Medical School. Dr. McCloud will impart pearls of wisdom for healthy aging special to women. He has the ability to combine health and humor in his lectures while providing tips we can all use to age in a graceful and healthy way. A box lunch will be provided during this educational program. Contact Betty Pfeifer, 753-7920 

December 2015

  • Holiday Shopping Trip

Thursday, Dec. 3, 2015
8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
San Francisco Union Square
All-Day Bus Trip

Once again, back by popular demand, we will travel to San Francisco to welcome in the holiday season. We will celebrate by shopping, dining, and connecting up with old and new friends in the City by the Bay. Contact Pat Van Brocklin, 758-3956 (, or Karen Cook, 758-4834 (

  • Candlelight Dinner
: Starry Night

Thursday, Dec. 10, 2015
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
El Macero Country Club

Please join us to celebrate the start of the 2015 Holiday Season with the UFC Candlelight Dinner. We are fortunate to be able to host our holiday party at the El Macero Country Club again this year, and we hope you can join us for good food, great companionship and entertainment. This is always a well-attended event with limited space, so we encourage you to put this date on your calendar and reserve your space early. Contact Charlene Sailer, 758-6689 
(, or Norma Reisen, 792-1865 (

January 2016

  • From My Closet to Yours

Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2016
9:30 a.m. Social
10:00 a.m. Exchange
Home of Lea Rosenberg

Because change can be fun, we invite you to participate in our clothing and accessories exchange. We all have items in our closets that no longer work for us. Maybe it was an impulse buy; maybe it was on sale and we couldn’t pass it up; maybe it just doesn’t fit anymore. Bring those clothes, shoes, handbags, and/or accessories that you wish to trade, and go home with new treasures to update your closet. There will also be some tips on how to put items together to make you into a fashionista! Contact Lea Rosenberg, 756-0697 (

  • Speaker Series:
 History of Rock & Roll

Thursday, Jan. 28, 2016
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

Award-winning Professor of Music Christopher Reynolds will entertain us with the fascinating history of rock and roll music. A favorite of students at UC Davis, Professor Reynolds is a winner of the UC Davis Prize for Undergraduate Teaching and the Academic Senate Distinguished Teaching Award. From Elvis to Taylor Swift, Professor Reynolds will discuss the influence of rock and roll music and its evolution during our lifetime. Contact Melinda Hillis, 
(); Karen Cook, 758-4834 (; or Betty Pfeifer, 753-7920 (

February 2016

  • Citizens Who Care Annual Concert

Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016
5:00 p.m. Dinner at Jade Gardens (optional)
7:00 p.m. Concert
Veterans Memorial Theatre

This fundraising concert, showcasing local talent, is always a wonderful evening of music, narratives, and fun, with monies going to a deserving organization. This is always a well-attended event. Each member will be able to bring a guest. (Optional no-host dinner at a local restaurant before the performance.) Contact Pat Hutchison, 747-6097 (

Don Peri, historian and biographer of Walt Disney,
at our Spring 2014 Luncheon

  • Don Peri, Disney ScholarDisney Family Museum

Wednesday, Feb. 10, 2016
Presidio, San Francisco
All-Day Bus Trip

Be prepared for a wonderful day filled with animation, innovation, and inspiration as we learn about the remarkable life of Walt Disney. On the bus, Don Peri, historian and biographer of Walt Disney, will describe what to see and do at the museum as we ride from Davis to the Presidio in San Francisco. We will enjoy a no-host lunch after seeing the wonderful exhibits on Walt Disney’s creative career and inspirational life. Contact Betty Pfeifer, 753-7920 (

  • Cheese and Wine Pairing

Note: Date change from program

Wednesday, Feb. 24, 2016
2:30 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
UC Davis Sensory Theater

Participate in an interesting and informative afternoon of delicious cheese and wine tasting in the Food and Wine Institute’s Sensory Theater on the UC Davis campus. Professor Moshe Rosenberg, Dairy Engineering and Technology Specialist, has agreed once again to share some of the history of cheese and then pair various types of cheese with a variety of wines from our area. The afternoon promises to be a special event you won’t want to miss. Contact Julie Schmidt, 231-5696 

March 2016

  • Novels and Noshes

Tuesday, Mar. 8, 2016
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Home of Karen Cook

This is another of our members’ favorite programs. We list books, we discuss books, we hold forth on favorites, and we consider new books coming out. There will be a table for a book exchange. Clear out your bookshelves and bring in those books to pass on to a new home. We will serve coffee, tea, and sweet treats. Contact Karen Cook, 
(, or Cathy Norman, 756-1977 (

  • di Rosa Art Museum
: Where Art & Nature 
Share the Landscape

Wednesday, Mar. 16, 2016
All-Day Bus Trip

We will travel to the incredible di Rosa Museum, which sits on 200 acres of land in the Carneros Region of South Napa County. Considered the most significant holding of Bay Area art in the world, di Rosa houses approximately 2,000 works of art by 800 artists, collections of some of Northern California’s leading contemporary artists. Rolling hills, a natural preserve, indoor and outdoor galleries, and meadows with large sculpture pieces await you. You will experience art in a new way. After our private docent-led tours, we will enjoy a delicious no-host lunch at a restaurant in lovely downtown Napa. Contact Linda Ziskind, 297-1942 (, or Nadia Trauner, 759-1125 (

  • Irish Fest!

Tuesday, Mar. 22, 2016
6:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

We can all be Irish for the day as we celebrate a belated St. Patrick’s Day! Laurie Friedman, known for her award-winning photographs of over 60+ countries, will feature a slide show of the lush and lovely green hills, countryside and urban areas of Ireland. To accompany this Irish adventure, we will feast on Irish-themed food and beverages and perhaps a few other surprises. The UFC Irish Fest is the place to be wearin’ your green. “Slainte!” (Cheers to you!) Contact MaryAnn O’Doerzbacher, 412-559-5161 

April 2016

  • Inter-Campus Day

Wednesday, Apr. 13, 2016
UC Berkeley

We will travel to our sister campus at UC Berkeley for the annual Inter-Campus Day, hosted by the University Sections Club. Faculty presentations, campus tours, exchanges of ideas, and lunch highlight the day. Contact Yvonne Adcock, 

Last year, we visited the Sacramento Zoo.

At the Sacramento Zoo

  • Berkeley’s Fourth Street District

Thursday, Apr. 21, 2016
Berkeley, CA
Carpool/All-Day Trip

Accompany us as we explore Berkeley’s Fourth Street District, one of the most unique shopping districts in the Bay Area. Located just off University Avenue, Fourth Street District has become, in the words of a travel writer, “an eclectic café-society sort of place, where people wander through art studios, galleries, one-of-a-kind shops, and restaurants.” Fourth Street is a pedestrian-friendly area where you will be free to investigate on your own and to participate in private gallery and studio tours. Contact Elysa Hillis, 304-0777 (

  • CANCELED: Speaker Series:
Music and Memory

Wednesday, Apr. 27, 2016
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

Note: Our speaker had an emergency and had to cancel.

Petr Janata from the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain researches the link between music and the brain, especially music and memory. He describes his work as “bringing us closer to understanding music’s pull of being transported back in time or reliving emotional experiences connected with music.” He is a musician as well as a scientist, and was once a member of a rock and roll band. Contact Melinda Hillis, 
( ); Karen Cook, 758-4834 (; or Betty Pfeifer, 753-7920 (

May 2016

  • Annual Spring Luncheon

Thursday, May 5, 2016
11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
El Macero Country Club

University Farm Circle’s Spring Luncheon is a time to enjoy a lovely lunch, celebrate the year, elect the incoming Board, and hear a featured speaker. We will have a short business meeting and honor old and new Board members. Contact Elysa Hillis, 
(; Lea Rosenberg, 756-0697 (; or MaryAnn Doerzbacher, 

  • Ironstone Winery

Tuesday, May 17, 2016
8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
All-Day Bus Trip

Another “Wine Experience” bus trip!  Enjoy a relaxing countryside bus trip including, of course, wine tasting, a delicious lunch and some shopping all in the very historic California town of Murphys. Contact MaryAnn Doerzbacher, 412-559-5161 (

Hardworking members of the Program Committee start planning programs in early spring.UFC Program Committee at work

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