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2016 - 2017 Programs

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

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 fourth 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 UFC Reservation Policies. Check the monthly UFC Newsletter 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:

Janine Mozée, 204-7820 (
Bonnie Walther, 707-301-9394 (

October 2016

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

  • Fall Tea 2015Scholarship Reception and Fall Kickoff

Thursday, Oct. 13, 2016
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
The ARC, UC Davis

Members and prospective members are cordially invited to attend the Scholarship Reception and Fall Kickoff. Meet and congratulate our exceptional scholarship recipients at 4:00 p.m., followed by light, catered refreshments and Interest Sections sign-ups. There is a $9.00 campus parking fee, so carpooling or taking the bus is recommended.

This year, we are using Eventbrite to help us plan how many will attend. Please sign up at (Details in the newsletter.)

Contact Janet Collins, 756-3127 (, or Barbara Smith Vaughn, 756-9620 (

  • Readers Theater: “A Brief History of Mah-jongg”

Wednesday, Oct. 26, 2016
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

For a very unique Farm Circle experience, a cast of UFC members will read a new play called, “A Brief History of Mah-jongg,” directed by Sheila Beyer. While more a history of the four mah-jongg players than the game itself, this play has been well-received in several cities on the East Coast, Midwest, and Los Angeles. The play is witty, funny, nostalgic, and sentimental. The four women have played together weekly for years—but why did they suddenly stop? That’s the mystery our audience will have fun sorting out. Contact Linda Schwartz, 759-9792 (

November 2016

  • ¡Fiesta!

Tuesday, Nov. 1, 2016
5:30 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

Once again, Laurie Friedman presents another fabulous slide show—this time centered on the Día de los Muertos holiday. The show will also include colorful and delightful photos from her adventures in Oaxaca, Mexico. This mini-trip to Mexico features catered Mexican food and Mexican beer, a mariachi band (¡olé!), and more surprises. ¡Vamos a divertirnos! ¡Todos son bienvenidos! (Let’s have fun! Everyone is welcome!) Contact Mary Ann Doerzbacher, 412-559-­5161 (

  • Walnut Creek Holiday Shopping Trip

Thursday, Nov. 17, 2016
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Broadway Plaza,
Walnut Creek
All-Day Bus Trip

Step aboard the comfortable bus, relax with your new and old friends, and enjoy a festive day of shopping and dining. The European-inspired charm of the outdoor Broadway Plaza, with its upscale shops and Christmas market, is a lovely way to start the holiday season. Contact Pat Van Brocklin, 758-3956 (, or Karen Cook, 758-4834 (

  • Candlelight Dinner: “Holidays Around the World”

Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2016
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
El Macero Country Club

Please join us to celebrate the start of the 2016 Holiday Season with the UFC Candlelight Dinner. We are fortunate to be able to host our Holiday party at the El Macero Country Club this year. We hope you can join us for good food, great companionship, and entertainment. Each table will have a unique holiday centerpiece that reflects our theme of “Holidays Around the World.” This is always a well-attended event with limited space, so we encourage you to put this date on your calendar and to reserve your space early. Contact Charlene Sailer, 758-6689 (, or Terry Antonelli, 753-4070 (

December 2016

  • Holiday Home Tour 2016Holiday Home Tour and Boutique

Sunday, Dec. 11, 2016
11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
University Retirement Community (boutique location)

Enjoy the season by viewing five homes, three in Davis and two in Woodland, with unique holiday decorations and collections.

Plan your holiday shopping at our expanded boutique, which will feature UFC member hand-made items, as well as artisanal goods from Bay Area vendors.

All proceeds from this event benefit UFC’s scholarship endowment.

This year in addition to our usual locations around town, we’re selling tickets to you and the public on Eventbrite, so you’ll be able to use a credit card. Sign up at (Details in the newsletter.)

To volunteer to be a docent, contact Marnelle Gleason, 753-9331. For other information, contact Bonnie Lam, 756-6473 (, or Sue Colombano, 756-7476 (

January 2017

  • White Elephant Exchange

Thursday, Jan. 19, 2017
9:30 a.m. Coffee
10:00 a.m. Program
Home of Lea Rosenberg

Hey, how about those holiday gifts that just aren’t you? This is your opportunity to trade things new or like-new for something that better fits your lifestyle. Bring your “regrettables” to our White Elephant Exchange. This is always a convivial event to share with friends. Popular items include: dishes, books, purses, knickknacks, scarves, anything goes (no refrigerators). Contact Lea Rosenberg, 756-0697 (, or Elysa Hillis, 304-0777 (

February 2017

  • Coffee House Live

Wednesday, Feb. 8, 2017
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

Kick back and enjoy a relaxing, live-music evening. Starting at 6:00 p.m., tap your toes to some famous Doo Wop tunes with Davis’s terrific Zest, a five-member group who began as Frank Fox’s Doo Wop class at the Davis Arts Center. An intermission will be followed by another Davis favorite, to be booked. A cash-only wine bar along with snacks like cheese, crackers, veggies, and other munchies will add to the relaxed atmosphere. You do not want to miss this wonderful evening of live music! Contact Mary Ann Doerzbacher, 412-559­-5161 (

  • Speaker Series: Real Housewives of Elizabethan England

Wednesday, Feb. 15, 2017
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

What was it like to be a housewife in the England of Queen Elizabeth and William Shakespeare (that is, the late sixteenth and early seventeenth centuries)?  In this talk, Dr. Francis Dolan, Distinguished Professor in the UCD Department of English, will review women’s household responsibilities and opportunities in the period, including her new research on women’s contributions as pioneers of English winemaking.  She’ll introduce us to some of her favorite “housewives gone wild,” including convicted petty traitors (or women who killed their husbands) and witches.  Throughout, she will show us images of the kinds of texts, documents, objects, and databases she uses to recreate the story of these women—as well as the kinds of problems they pose as evidence.  Finally, Dr. Dolan hopes to engage us in a discussion of how this kind of history is useful to us and what questions it raises for us now, both about the past and about the present. Contact Kalli Louis, 916-652-8910 (

  • Cooking Class and Lunch

Monday, Feb. 27, 2017
Time to be announced
Napoli Culinary Academy, Sacramento

We will watch and learn how to make great pizza dough for your own pizza or calzone. The chef will walk us through the steps before we put on our aprons and head into the kitchen, where we will cook up a storm. After finishing your masterpiece, you will return to the table to eat what you have created. Yum! Contact Pat Stromberg, 756-3660 (

March 2017

  • Speaker Series: Women’s Health

Tuesday, Mar. 7, 2017
10:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church, Davis

The Women’s Health Series returns with new information on brain health. Dr. Brian D. Jenkins, Chiropractic Neurologist and Atlas Orthogonist, will head up the first session in the morning, discussing the utilization of neuroplasticity to combat the aging brain. We will then have lunch, followed by an afternoon session. Dr. John Morrison, Professor of Neurology and Neurosciences, will talk to us about the life and death of neurons in the aging brain. Contact Kalli Louis, 916-652-8910 (, or Sandra Kniep, 400-2207 (

UFC members enjoyed exploring the Walt Disney Family Museum last year.

  • Walt Disney Museum AficionadosSFMOMA

Thursday, Mar. 16, 2017
8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
San Francisco
All-Day Bus Trip

Note: The trip to the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art is at capacity and the waiting list is closed.

Join us next spring to view the newly renovated SFMOMA. The museum was closed for three years and is now three times larger. We will visit during the Matisse/Diebenkorn exhibit and enjoy a docent-led tour of this fascinating show. This will be an all-day bus trip with a no-host lunch. Contact Elysa Hillis, 304-0777 (

  • Inter-Campus Day: UC Merced

Wednesday, Mar. 29, 2017

We will travel to our sister campus at UC Merced for the annual Inter-Campus Day, hosted by the UC Merced University Friends Circle. Faculty presentations, campus tours, exchanges of ideas, and lunch highlight the day. More details to follow. Contact Darleen Coppersmith, 231-5095 (

  • Novels and Noshes

Thursday, Mar. 30, 2017
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Home of Karen Cook

This is one 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. Contact Karen Cook, 758-4834 (

April 2017

  • Full Belly Farm Tour

Tuesday, Apr. 4, 2017
11:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Capay Valley

We will carpool to the picturesque Capay Valley in all its spring finery to our destination, Full Belly Farm, a certified organic farming operation on 350 acres. We will be driven around the farm in a covered farm wagon while we view their crops and hear the history of Full Belly Farm. Ingredients for our lunch will be harvested directly from the fields a few days prior and transformed into something wonderful to fill our bellies. After lunch we will be treated to a flower-arranging demonstration with flowers picked from the fields. This will be a wonderful spring afternoon in the country. Contact Judy Howard, 662-0151 (

  • Berkeley Botanical Garden

Thursday, Apr. 20, 2017
All-Day Bus Trip

Join us on a docent tour of the UC Berkeley Botanical Garden. Established in 1890 to form a living collection of native trees, shrubs, and plants, the Botanical Garden is a nonprofit research garden and museum. This notably diverse collection includes many rare and endangered plants. Included will be a visit to famed architect Julia Morgan’s Senior Women’s Hall, built on the campus in 1911 and moved to the garden in 2014. After our tour, we will enjoy a no-host lunch at a restaurant near the UC Berkeley campus. Contact Kalli Louis, 916-652-8910 (, or Lynette Ertel, 758-5329 (

May 2017

  • Annual Spring Luncheon

Thursday, May 4, 2017
11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
University Retirement Community
Valet parking

Once again, we will wrap up our year with the Annual Spring Luncheon. This is a time to enjoy lunch together, elect the incoming Board, hear a featured speaker, and celebrate each other and all the wonderful events and programs that we have enjoyed this year. There will be a short business meeting, where we will vote on the nominees and honor the old and new Board members. Contact Pat Stromberg, 756-3660 (

  • Experience Francis Ford Coppola’s Life and His Wines...

Thursday, May 18, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
All-Day Bus Trip

While this bus trip is still being finalized, the sixth in the “Experience” series will tour the Francis Ford Coppola Winery in Geyserville, near Santa Rosa, for a tasting of The Godfather’s various wines. Check out Francis Ford Coppola’s Academy Award collection, the famous Godfather desk, actual scripts, movie costumes, props, and gift shop. More information to come on other stops on this exciting, much anticipated bus trip. Always check the newsletter for any date changes on trips that have to be planned this far in advance. Contact Mary Ann 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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