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**Programs 2014 – 2015

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

Note: Our 2015 - 2016 Program listings will be available in late August.

The Annual Fall Tea provides an opportunity for new and continuing members to become acquainted with the total program, to sign up for sections, and to meet the scholarship recipients.

Continuing this year will be our popular Speaker Series, which provides interesting topics and venues that allow many members and guests to attend.

UFC Programs are open to all members. Guests are welcome when space is available. Check the monthly UFC Newsletter for updated and more detailed information.

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

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

October 2014

Our Annual Fall Tea is a time when we greet
long-time members, Newcomers,
and scholarship recipients.


  • Outside at the Fall TeaAnnual Fall Tea

Wednesday, Oct. 8, 2014
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Buehler Alumni Center
UC Davis

Our tea will again be held in the garden of the Buehler Alumni Center. We look forward to kicking off our year in the lovely garden, where we can catch up after the summer recess. We will recognize our scholarship recipients, sign up for interest sections, and connect with new and old friends.
Members and prospective members are invited to find out more about UFC. The venue is handicap-accessible, with a drop-off area in the front of the Buehler Alumni Center. The parking fee is $9.00. Contact Melinda Hillis, 665-6478 (, or Rhody Vallejo, 753-5582 (

  • Experience More of Sonoma

Thursday, Oct. 16, 2014
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
All-Day Bus Trip

This wine excursion takes us to the Kendall-Jackson Estate for a lovely garden tour and delicious wine-and-food pairing that will serve as our lunch. Learn about what wines to serve with your meals. A short bus trip then takes us to Hollywood icon Francis Ford Coppola’s Wine Estate. Check out the movie memorabilia, as well as two floors of unique gift shops. The Tasting Bar on the first floor is optional. This trip will fill quickly. Reservation deadline is October 10, 2014. Contact Mary Ann Doerzbacher, 412-559-5161 (

  • UFC Website Orientation [Postponed]

Tuesday, Oct. 21, 2014
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Canceled due to Library AV problems

Learn how to navigate UFC’s rich website, especially the Members Only section, which contains a calendar of free and low-cost events on campus, photos of UFC events, newsletters, and lots of other resources. Bring your own laptop, tablet, or smart phone, if you want. Hosted by Webmaster Robbie Fanning, with help from members of University Connections, UFC’s e-group. Contact Pat Stromberg, 756-3660 (

  • Old City Cemetery Walk

Tuesday, Oct. 28, 2014
9:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
Old City Cemetery
Carpool information to be provided

Learn about Sacramento and California history as we tour the Old City Cemetery in Sacramento for 1-½ hrs. Our guides will take us on this leisurely walk through the beautiful garden cemetery, with lots of interesting stories included. We will provide you with nearby restaurant information for those of you who want to end the trip with lunch. Contact Pat Stromberg, 756-3660 (

November 2014

  • Quick & Fancy for the Holidays

Tuesday, Nov. 4, 2014
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

The holiday entertaining season is upon us, but you do not have to worry a bit! We will be creating quick recipes that are fancy enough to dazzle your guests but won’t leave you too tired for the party. Class includes Cranberry Collins mix (as a “mocktail), Dates Stuffed with Goat Cheese Mousse, Elegant Squash Bisque, Winter Salad, Savory Tart, and Chocolate-covered Graham Crackers. Julie Cross from the Davis Food Coop will demonstrate these delectables, plus give participants a chance to taste six or seven items. Contact Lea Rosenberg, 756-0697 (

  • Speaker Series: Vietnam

Thursday, Nov. 6, 2014
7:00 p.m.
International House

Once again we are privileged to have Dr. Louis Grivetti join our Speaker Series, where he will discuss his book—Viet Nam 1993: A New Beginning, a transcription of the author’s personal journal written between April 22 and May 12, 1993, while visiting Viet Nam. Our speaker will discuss Viet Nam 20 years after the Vietnamese-American War, when it had begun to modify its economic system to allow limited capitalistic enterprise. Hear how the scars of a war can heal the difference between people and culture—once bitter enemies—and how reconciliation became a focus. Contact Mary Ann Doerzbacher, 412-559-5161 (, or Betty Pfeifer, 753-7920 (

  • Holiday Shopping Trip

Thursday, Nov. 20, 2014
9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
All-Day Bus Trip to Walnut Creek
Meet at Ikeda's Park & Ride at 8:30 a.m.

Join us for a festive holiday shopping trip to the European-inspired charm of the outdoor Broadway Plaza in Walnut Creek. The upscale shops will be brimming with holiday lights and cheer. The day will begin with a light breakfast and a mini-fashion show at Macy’s. Lunch will be on your own, with many restaurants to choose from. Then stroll with your UFC friends window shopping and listening to the holiday music. Contact Pat Van Brocklin, 758-3956 (, or Karen Cook, 758-4834 (

December 2014

Barbara Smith Vaughn and Betty Pfeifer welcome visitors
on the 2012 Holiday Home Tour.

  • 2012 Holiday House TourHoliday Home Tour and Boutique

Sunday, Dec. 7, 2014
11:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Begin the season with a delightful tour of six homes decked out for the holidays, as well as partaking of goodies and shopping at the boutique of artisan items. Members are encouraged not only to enjoy the tour but also to volunteer to be a hostess at one of the homes for a short period of time. To volunteer, contact Lydia Baskin, 756-6306 ( For other information, contact Janet Collins, 756-3127 (, or Barbara Smith Vaughn, 756-9620 (

If you'd like to share our flyer with others, click here and print it out. Income from the tour supports our Scholarship Endowment.

  • Candlelight Dinner: Winter Wonderland

Wednesday, Dec. 10, 2014
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
El Macero Country Club

Once again we will be welcomed at the sparkling El Macero Country Club and will experience festive decorations and great food. 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 Marjie Mariani, 795-2472 (, or Joyce Halle, 906-0172 (

January 2015

  • White Elephant Exchange

Tuesday, Jan. 13, 2015
9:30 a.m. Coffee
10:00 a.m. Program
Home of Lea Rosenberg

Did you receive holiday gifts that just aren’t “you”? Do you have special items that need a new home? Here is a chance to trade things, new or like-new, for something that fits your life better. Bring these “regrettables” that are better suited to someone else to our White Elephant Exchange. Remember to bring a bag for the new treasures that will return home with you. Contact Elysa Hillis, 304-0777, (, or Lea Rosenberg, 756-0697 (

  • Beach Blanket Babylon

Saturday, Jan. 24, 2015
4:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
San Francisco
Evening Bus Trip

Get ready for an amusing evening out at Beach Blanket Babylon in San Francisco. This is an event that you won’t want to miss. Have dinner on the way and laughs all night long. A special section has been reserved for UFC and space will be limited. Contact Nadia Trauner, 759-1125 (, or Marilyn Purdy, 758-9149 (

  • Organizing and Accessorizing

Tuesday, Jan. 27, 2015
10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.
Blanchard Room, Davis Public Library (time and location change)

Frustrated with how your closet looks? Need fashion tips on how to accessorize your wardrobe? This is the program for you. UFC member Ute Turner will provide a wonderful program on what works with what you already own and how to bring your wardrobe up-to-date with fashion advice from this “fashionista”! Contact Heidi Trauner, 758-8720 (, or Nadia Trauner, 759-1125 (

February 2015

  • Speaker Series: Security For Your Home

Wednesday, Feb. 18, 2015 [New date]
7:00 p.m.
International House

How safe are you in your home? Detective Dean Nyland from the Yolo County Sheriff’s Department shares how home burglaries happen with real-life stories, followed by a home security expert, who will share new technologies in home security available for the protection of your home. This second program in our Speaker Series will be one that you will not want to miss. Contact Diane Steele,
757-1685 (, or Melissa Cammarosano, 757-2879 (

  • PerformersCitizens Who Care Annual Concert

Saturday, Feb. 14, 2015
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 an enjoyable evening of music, stories and fun, with monies going to a wonderful, 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 Hutchinson, 747-6097 (

  • Pairing with Chocolate

Thursday, Feb. 19, 2015
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

A new member of UFC, Claudia Marie Lowe is a chocolate-pairing consultant and the owner of Claudia Marie Designs. “Pairing with Chocolate” is about individual choice and preference. This event will be an exploration of your unique palate, with strategies for pairing the tastes and flavors that you love best. Deep-tasting and developing a taste memory will be discussed. A chocolate pairing and tasting guide will be shared with the audience. Contact Mary Ann Doerzbacher, 412-559-5161 (

  • Speaker Series: Making It Easier to Talk About Difficult Times Ahead

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
7:00 p.m.
International House

The third program in our Speaker Series will feature a representative from Yolo Hospice, who will help us learn more about healthcare choices, priorities, and end-of-life decisions. Learn about how hospice can support you and your family, how to discuss it with your loved ones, and what to consider in choosing a hospice provider. Contact Kathy Coulter, 792-1353 (, or Karen Cook, 758-4834 (

March 2015

  • Novels and Noshes

Friday, Mar. 6, 2015
1:00 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 those books to pass on to a new home. We will serve coffee, tea, and sweet treats. Contact Cathy Norman, 756-1977 (, or Carol Bourne, 758-1332 (

  • Speaker Series: A Winemaker’s Journey

Tuesday, Mar. 10, 2015
5:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

Kirk Reuter, owner and winemaker at Ard Aven Winery, will talk about how he became involved in the industry. Starting as a home winemaker, he soon left his construction company in the hands of his son to devote full time to Ard Aven’s growing business. He will share some interesting points about winemaking at home and how he learned to make wine from some of Amador County’s best-known winemakers. Best of all, Kirk will take orders after you have tasted the fruits of his labor. Contact Julie Schmidt, 231-5695 (

  • Crocker Art Museum Tour and Lunch:
    Toulouse-Lautrec and La Vie Moderne, Paris 1880-1910

Wednesday, Mar. 18, 2015 (Note: Date change)
10:30 a.m.
Crocker Art Museum,
Carpool information to be provided

Between 1880 and 1910, Paris was a breeding ground for artistic and literary movements that came to define a shifting, complex society. Modernity took various forms, including the work of the Naturalists, the Symbolists, the Incoherents, and the Nabis, but the art of Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec (1864 – 1901) epitomized the new tendencies. With his art as a central focus, this exhibition investigates a generation of artists who sought to shake the constraints of French Academic standards. We will carpool to the exhibition and meet there to enjoy the day. Contact Elysa Hillis, 304-0777, (

  • Inter-Campus Day

Thursday, Mar. 26, 2015
UC Santa Cruz

We will travel to our sister campus at UC Santa Cruz for the annual Inter-Campus Day. Tours of the campus, presentations from some of their faculty, and exchanges of ideas will encompass the day. For fuller details, read this invitation from Laurie Salatich of UCSC. The registration form is here. Contact Alice Harvey, 204-7337 (

April 2015

  • Mad Imports

Thursday, Apr. 2, 2015
9:30 a.m.
Meet at south Davis Park & Ride

Come spend the morning with us, shopping for wonderful items to decorate your home and garden at fantastic prices. A complimentary brunch with snacks and drinks (coffee, mimosas, etc.) will be provided while you shop. Join us to carpool for this shopping experience. Contact Nadia Trauner, 759-1125 (, or Marilyn Purdy, 758-9149 (

  • Fun With Frankie and the Fabletones

Sunday, Apr. 12, 2015
6:00 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
Davis Odd Fellows Hall (upstairs)

Get ready to rock and roll with Frankie and the Fabletones! Frank Fox and the Fabletones perform their doo-wop classics, rock and roll, and other swinging favorites. Dance, sing along, or just listen and tap your toes as this iconic Davis group livens up a Sunday evening. Come as you are and enjoy pizza, snack foods, and soft drinks. Contact Mary Ann Doerzbacher, 412-559-5161 (

  • Bouquets to Art

Thursday, Apr. 16, 2015 (Note: Date change)
7:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
De Young Museum,
San Francisco

Whether you have attended this event before or not, you will not want to miss it this year. We will travel by bus to San Francisco to experience a day of art and floral design. Outstanding designers and artists come together to amaze you with the creations on exhibit. There are several dining venues for you to enjoy on your own. The bus will leave Davis early in the morning and return in the late afternoon. Contact Melinda Hillis, 665-6478 (, or Karen Cook, 758-4834 (

  • On the BusSonoma County Experience

Tuesday, April 28, 2015
8:45 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Cornerstone Shops and Garden
Sonoma Plaza, Sonoma
Meet at Ikeda Park & Ride

Hop on the bus with us to go to one of our favorite nearby areas, Sonoma County. The day will begin with a visit to Sonoma Country Antiques, where we will be treated to coffee, tea, and goodies. You will love browsing their elegantly designed showrooms; over 10,000 square feet!

From there we will travel to Cornerstone, which is nearby. Cornerstone is home to a collection of unique shops and galleries. Whether buying or just browsing you will love what you will see there. In addition, there are boutique wine rooms to explore. Enjoy lunch on your own at the cafe or take out a picnic lunch from the marketplace and enjoy in the courtyard. Contact Pat Stromberg, 756-3660 (, or Elysa Hillis, 304-0777, (

May 2015

  • Sacramento Zoo Tea and Tour

Monday, May 4, 2015
9:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Sacramento Zoo
Meet at 8:45 am at south Davis Park & Ride for carpool

Join us to hear about where the zoo has been and where it is going. This program includes touring part of the zoo with a docent. There will be a break, where you will be treated to ice tea, lemonade, and water, plus tea sandwiches, salad, and cookies. We will carpool together to meet at the front gate by 9:30 a.m. for the tour, which will last until about noon. Limited attendance. Contact Pat Stromberg, 756-3660 (

  • Annual Spring Luncheon

Thursday, May 7, 2015
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 featured speaker Don Peri on the life of Walt Disney. We will have a short business meeting and honor old and new board members. Contact Elysa Hillis, 304-0777, (, or Lea Rosenberg, 756-0697 (


We ended 2014 with a Gala celebrating our 100-year history.

2014 Gala

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