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Programs 2013 - 2014

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


Note: University Farm Circle operates on an academic year, with no events scheduled for the summer. Our 2014 - 2015 program will be available at the beginning of September.

Chairs of our Annual Fall Tea prepare to greet
long-time members, Newcomers,
and scholarship recipients.

  • Chairs of Fall TeaThe 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.

  • New this year will be a Speaker Series providing interesting topics and a venue that will allow many members and guests to attend.

  • The Centennial Celebration Committee, consisting of the past presidents and other interested members, have been working for over a year to plan exciting programs in addition to our regular events. These are listed in this program, as well as on their own page.

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:

MaryAnn Doerzbacher, 412-559-5161,, or
Pat Stromberg, 756-3660,

October 2013

  • Annual Fall Tea

Thursday, Oct. 10, 2013
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.
Buehler Alumni Center,
UC Davis

This year our Fall Tea will be held in the garden of the Buehler Alumni Center. We look forward to another outstanding year as we Celebrate the Past • Embrace the Future. We will meet this year’s scholarship recipients, enrich our lives by signing up for interesting sections, and connect with old and new friends. Members and prospective members are 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 $8.00 (raised in Fall 2013). Contact Sue Colombano, 756-7476 (, or Pat Kaminker, 759-9342 (

  • Speaker Series: English History

Tuesday, Oct. 15, 2013
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

Dr. Kevin Roddy, Continuing Lecturer, Emeritus, Medieval Studies at the University of California, Davis will kick off the Speaker Series with a program featuring the “Castles of Northern England.” His talk will cover building techniques and architectural goals, but more importantly, the routines of medieval life and the significance of culture, entertainment, and daily living, since castles were first of all residences and only rarely employed in conflict. Light refreshments to be served. Contact Betty Pfeifer, 753-7920 (

  • 2013 Lodi Bus TripThe Amador Experience

Thursday, Oct. 24, 2013
All-Day Bus Trip
Bus leaves 8:45 am

2013 Lodi bus tour

October is the perfect time to experience the delights of Amador County and the beauty of the foothills. A one-hour bus ride will take us first to historic downtown Sutter Creek, where you will find charming boutiques, an artists’ co-op, and antique shops. There are also four wine-tasting rooms nearby. Just before noon we will take the bus to Renwood Winery for a catered lunch. Our next stop is Helwig Winery, where we will not only taste the wonderful wines, but also tour their wine cave. Contact MaryAnn Doerzbacher, 412-559-5161 (, Julie Schmidt, 231-5696 (, or Valerie Ward, 756-4657 (

November 2013

  • Shopping Trip to The Fountains

Thursday, Nov. 7, 2013
All-Day Bus Trip

This is a first time no-frills bus trip. Destination: The Fountains and Antique Trove, both in Roseville. Pay only for the cost of the bus, and bring your own water, snacks, etc. Just hop on at the Ikeda Park and Ride and hop off at The Fountains. Here you will find 43 stores and restaurants where you can wile away a few hours shopping and lunch on your own. We have added a one-hour stop on the way home at the Antique Trove. The price has been kept low so you have more money to shop! Contact MaryAnn Doerzbacher, 412-559-5161 (

  • Carnival Night: A Film Presentation with Laurie Friedman

Wednesday, Nov. 13, 2013
5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.
International House

Join us for another of award-winning photographer and UFC member Laurie Friedman’s always interesting slide presentations and accompanying potluck dinners. In keeping with our 100th celebration this year, we will journey to Carnival in Venice, Italy. Members are asked to bring an Italian dish for all to enjoy. Avere una piacevole serata! Festa Italiano! Contact Merry Draffan, 564-4566 (, or Norma Reisen, 792-1865 (

  • Tapigami Workshop

Monday, Nov. 18, 2013
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Downtown Plaza, Sacramento

Join us for a fun day learning about and experimenting with the new art form of tapigami, developed by the local Sacramento artist Danny Scheible. Attracted to masking tape because of its versatile, accessible, and malleable nature, Danny uses the unlikely method to create large-scale installations that redefine the potential of the medium. These masking tape creations can be worn, hung as art, or even illuminated. All tape creations are finished in acrylic coating to ensure longevity and easy maintenance. Lunch will be planned nearby after the workshop. Contact Pat Stromberg, 756-3660 (

December 2013

  • Filoli and Stanford Shopping Center Trip

Tuesday, Dec. 3, 2013
All-Day Bus Trip

Filoli, the 654-acre estate, which is a California State Historic landmark and listed in the Registry of Historic Places, is transformed into a holiday wonderland. This event will include shopping and holiday music. We will travel to the nearby Stanford Shopping Center for lunch on your own and more shopping before heading home with arms full of holiday gifts for family and friends. Contact Barbara Smith Vaughn, 756-9620 (, or Elysa Hillis, 304-0770 (

  • Candlelight Dinner: “California Celebration”

Thursday, Dec. 12, 2013
6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
El Macero Country Club

The warmth of the holidays and the gathering of Farm Circle friends are the perfect setting for a festive tour of California. Come celebrate this much-anticipated, long-time tradition in the history of UFC. You are invited to enjoy individual centerpieces, a delicious dinner, entertainment, and, of course, lively conversations with new and old friends. More details will follow in the monthly newsletter. Contact Rhody Vallejo, 753-5582 (, or Marylee Hardie, 753-4397 (

January 2014

  • White Elephant ExchangeWhite Elephant Exchange

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2014
10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Home of Lea Rosenberg

Did you receive holiday gifts that just aren’t “you”? Do you have special items in storage 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. This is always a fun event to share with your Farm Circle friends. Contact Elysa Hillis, 304-0777 (, or Pat Stromberg, 756-3660 (

  • Cal Aggie Women’s Basketball Game

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2014
Noon to after the game (game begins at 2:00 p.m.)
The Pavilion, UC Davis

Join us to cheer on the Women’s Basketball Team at UC Davis. This event will celebrate women in athletics and give support to this great team of athletes. This is an event where both members and guests can attend (grandchildren are welcome as well!). We will have a pre-game event and then sit together to cheer on the team to a win over Long Beach State. Details will be forthcoming. Contact MaryAnn Doerzbacher, 412-559-5161 (, or Pat Stromberg, 756-3660 (

  • Speaker Series: Sports

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2014
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

Jim Sochor, Head Football Coach at UC Davis for 19 years and honored by induction into the College Hall of Fame, will present “The Art of Empowerment in Sports and Life.” Presently he uses his education, skills, and success from the football field to mentor and empower others for optimal performance in sports and life. Bring a pen and paper to jot down insights from Coach Sochor’s exciting and enriching talk. Light refreshments to be served. Contact Marjie Mariani, 795-2472 (

February 2014

  • Origami Workshop

Thursday, Feb. 6, 2014
1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
Location to be determined

This workshop will be led by our very own Christina Frank, who has volunteered to share her creative talents with us all. You will learn the basics of origami and leave with a new appreciation of this art, as well as special items you have created. Contact Norma Reisen, 792-1865 (

  • UFC Centennial Luncheon
    (*Centennial Event)

Friday, Feb. 14, 2014
11:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
Conference Center, UC Davis

On February 14, 1914, University Farm Circle held a Valentine’s Day Party for its first program. This year on Valentine’s Day we will celebrate 100 years of friendship, service, and scholarship with a luncheon and program highlighting our history from our founding to today. Join the UFC family for this special Centennial event. More details will follow in the monthly newsletter. Contact Mary Fish, 757-7939 (

  • “The Broadway Songbook of 1977”: Citizens Who Care Annual Concert

Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014
5:00 p.m. Dinner at
Jade Garden (optional)
7:00 p.m. Concert
Veterans Memorial Theatre

This year features songs from Broadway hits of the 1970 era, such as A Chorus Line, Annie, Chicago, Pippin, and The King and I. This annual fundraiser benefits Citizens Who Care, an organization whose mission is to improve quality of life for the elderly and their caregivers. As in years past, there will be an optional no-host dinner at a local restaurant before the performance. This is always a well-attended, enjoyable event showcasing local talent. Each member will be able to bring one guest, whose name will be placed on the Reservation List. Contact Pat Hutchinson, 747-6097 (, or Pat Stromberg, 756-3660 (

  • A Cultural History of Chocolate (New!)

Friday, Feb. 28, 2014
2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Mondavi Food and Wine Tasting and Sensory Auditorium

Discover the importance of chocolate through the ages from Dr. Louis Grivetti, PhD, Professor Emeritus of Nutrition Science, UCD, and co-author of Chocolate: History, Culture, Heritage. We will be sampling different kinds of chocolate with a tasting of deep, delicious red wines. What could be better? Contact Betty Pfeifer, 753-7920 (

March 2014

  • Speaker Series: Focusing Light on Sleep, Weight Loss, and Where the -*^**- Did I Misplace my Keys?

Tuesday, Mar. 4, 2014
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

Who would have guessed that the way we light our homes and workplaces would be playing a pivotal role in human health concerns such as obesity, sleep problems, breast cancer, heart disease, and even SIDS? Deborah Burnett, ASID, AASM, an internationally recognized interior designer and member of the American Academy of Sleep Medicine, will share the latest scientific discoveries and policy changes of the AMA regarding the connection between sleep and environmental light, circadian disruption, and obesity. She will explain how scientific and medical researchers are following a trail of possible triggers that is leading them home—literally. Contact MaryAnn Doerzbacher, 412-559-5161 (

  • Novels and Noshes

Wednesday, Mar. 12, 2014
1:30 p.m.
Home of Anne Carlson

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 Sydney Moberg, 756-0755 (

  • Books As Art: View of the Shields Library Special Collections

Monday, Mar. 17, 2014
10:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.
Shields Library, UC Davis

We are sure you have heard the old adage, “Never judge a book by its cover.” Well, this is your chance to tour the Special Collections at Shields Library and see just how true that saying is! The tour will give you a chance to see books that will amaze you. After the tour we plan to have lunch on campus. After lunch anyone who is interested will be able to return to the library and view the current exhibits on display. Contact Barbara Mortkowitz, 650-302-6213 (

April 2014

  • Macy’s Flower Show and Shopping Trip

Thursday, April 3, 2014 (Date change!)
All-Day Bus Trip
Union Square, San Francisco

The floral displays at Macy’s Flower Show draw crowds to the store’s dramatically dressed windows, as well as to the creations inside. Lunch will be on your own, with time for shopping in the Union Square Macy’s and other retailers in the area.

Contact Karen Cook, 758-4834 (, or Pat Van Brocklin, 758-3956 (

  • Inter-Campus Open House
    (*Centennial Event)

Tuesday, Apr. 8, 2014
More information to be announced

It is our turn to host UC sister organizations from Northern California campuses for a day’s program that will feature what is special about UC Davis, as well as our Centennial year. It is always a delightful time with guests from our other campuses. Contact Lydia Baskin, 756-6306 (

  • UFC Members March in 2014 Picnic Day ParadePicnic Day Parade
    (*Centennial Event)

Saturday, Apr. 12, 2014
More information to be announced

Contact Elizabeth Sagehorn, 757-6211 (

  • Speaker Series: Local History

Tuesday Apr. 29, 2014
2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

Bob Warren and Joanne Larkey will present an interesting perspective on the local history of Davis. Bob, the son of California Governor and US Chief Justice Earl Warren, is a 60-year resident of the area. Joanne’s book, Davisville ’68, has been reissued in anticipation of Davis’s Centennial celebration. Both will relate stories about Davis and the many memorable individuals who have helped shape the community it is today. Light refreshments to be served. Contact Melinda Hillis, 758-1532 (

May 2014

  • Annual Spring Luncheon

Friday, May 16, 2014
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 our featured speaker, Dr. Liz Applegate, Senior Lecturer for the UC Davis Department of Nutrition and Director of Sports Nutrition. Contact MaryAnn Doerzbacher, 412-559-5161 (, or Pat Stromberg, 756-3660 (

  • Centennial Golden Gala
    (*Centennial Event)

Saturday, May 31, 2014
6:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
The ARC, UC Davis

Don’t miss this very special evening! Join members and guests for an Elegant Evening featuring fantastic food, wonderful wines, and marvelous music in a “mix and mingle” setting at the ARC Ballroom. This Centennial event promises to be a unique and memorable occasion to celebrate the culmination of our exceptional anniversary year. Contact MaryAnn Doerzbacher, 412-559-5161 (, or Deanna Lee, 756-5969 (

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