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2017 - 2018 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:

Bonnie Walther, 707-301-9394 (
Linda Schwartz, 759-9792, (


Committee Chairs Elysa Hillis and Deanna Lee, President Janet Collins,
and Chancellor and Mrs. May at the Scholarship Reception and Fall Welcome

  • Fall Reception CommitteeScholarship Reception and Fall Welcome

Wednesday, Oct. 11, 2017
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 Welcome. This annual event epitomizes UFC, connecting campus and community through friendship, enrichment, and scholarships. Meet and congratulate our exceptional scholarship recipients at 4:00 p.m., followed by light, catered refreshments and Interest Sections sign-up. There is a $9.00 campus parking fee, so carpooling, biking, walking, or taking the bus is recommended.

As we did last year for the first time, we are again using Eventbrite to help us plan how many will attend. Please sign up at:

Contact Elysa Hillis, 304-0777 (, or Deanna Lee, 756-5969 (

  • VIP Tour of the New Golden 1 Center and Lunch at Il Fornaio

Wednesday, Oct. 18, 2017
9:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.

Get an inside look at the amazing new Golden 1 Center that rose up right in the middle of the city. Whether as the home court of the Sacramento Kings or the site of live concerts with some of the biggest names in music—Paul McCartney, Lady Gaga, Bon Jovi, Blake Shelton, and many more—the Golden 1 adds much-needed life to the downtown area. On our private VIP tour, learn about the building of the center, its seating and private viewing areas, food courts and restaurants. After our tour, we will take a short walk to Il Fornaio Restaurant for a delicious, authentic Italian luncheon and dessert. You may sign up for tour only or tour and pre-paid lunch. We will carpool, meeting at the Park and Ride near Ikeda’s in Davis at 9:30 a.m. Contact Mary Ann Doerzbacher, 412-559-5161 (

  • Pumpkin and Succulent Workshop

Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

Bring a pumpkin of your choosing and turn it into a wonderful fall centerpiece for your home. Succulents and other materials will be provided. There will be a demonstration, and then each individual will turn her pumpkin into a work of art. There will be helpers at each table, if needed. You will leave with a design that can last for months. Contact Pat Stromberg, 756-3660 (


  • Rosie the Riveter MuseumRosie the Riveter

Friday, Nov. 10, 2017
8:15 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.
All-Day Bus Trip

Note: This trip is full, but you can be on a waiting list.

We will take a bus to the Visitor Education Center at the Rosie the Riveter Museum and see a film about the efforts and sacrifices of American civilians who worked in the shipyards during World War II. A highlight of the tour will be the Rosie Meet and Greet session. The Rosies, a group of civilian WWII docents, will share their stories in an informal setting. We will learn how they lived and worked and got along. This will be an all-day trip with a no-host lunch at a local restaurant. Contact Betty Pfeifer, 753-7920 (, or Bonnie Walther, 707-301-9394 (

  • Walnut Creek Holiday Shopping Trip

Thursday, Nov. 30, 2017
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Broadway Plaza,
Walnut Creek
All-Day Bus Trip

Back by popular demand, we will travel to Walnut Creek to welcome in the holiday season. We will enjoy Broadway Plaza, with its upscale shops and restaurants. Contact Pat Van Brocklin, 758-3956 (, or Karen Cook, 758-4834 (


  • Candlelight Dinner: “Evergreen”

Thursday, Dec. 7, 2017
6:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
El Macero Country Club

Once again, we will be welcomed at the sparkling, remodeled El Macero Country Club and will experience a back-to-nature pine-forested, evergreen-themed evening with wonderful company, delicious food, and great 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 (members only). Entertainment by Five Three Oh,” an acoustic trio consisting of Chris Pilon, Eileen Jaffe, and Michael Ann Pedone. Contact Terry Antonelli, 848-9686 (, or Barbara Smith Vaughn, 756-9620 (


  • Speaker Series: Ordinary Women Who Did Extraordinary Things

Tuesday, Jan. 16, 2018
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

Jill Scott presents a powerful program highlighting women who changed the perception of what can be accomplished by women. She begins with the first university graduate and presents other groundbreaking women, including the inventor of the laser procedure for cataract surgery. She also highlights a stunt plane wing walker, artists, inventors, and much more. This is truly a fascinating program that celebrates the accomplishments of high-achieving women. You won’t want to miss it! Contact Melinda Hillis, 665-6478 (, or Sandi Kniep, 400-2207 (

  • White Elephant Exchange

Thursday, Jan. 25, 2018
9:30 a.m. Coffee
10:00 a.m. Program
Home of Lea Rosenberg

How about a treasure hunt? Browse through our tables loaded with special treasures–dishes, books, purses, knickknacks, scarves, clothing, odds-and-ends, ceramics–all available for you. The White Elephant Exchange is a great chance for you to trade things new or like-new for something that better fits your lifestyle and tastes. Plus the Exchange is an opportunity to pass along those holiday and birthday gifts that just aren’t you. Bring your “regrettables” to the Exchange. What fun! This is a convivial event to share with friends. The Exchange is very popular, so seating will be limited. Contact Lea Rosenberg 756-0697 (, or Elysa Hillis, 304-0777 (


  • Novels and Noshes

Thursday, February 8, 2018
1:30 pm
Home of Karen Cook

This is one of our members’ favorite programs. We share favorite titles, 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. Contact Karen Cook, 758-4834 (

  • Speaker Series—Women’s Health: Nutrition and Exercise

Brian Jenkins spoke last year on the neuroplasticity of the aging brain.Brian Jenkinds

Tuesday, Feb. 27, 2018
10:00 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
12:00 p.m. to 1:00 p.m. Lunch
Unitarian Universalist Church

If you are the type of person who takes care of yourself or would like to start, you won’t want to miss this program. Dr. Keith Baar will show and tell you how to get better results in less time. Baar, a UCD Professor in Residence at the Functional Molecular Biology Lab, will discuss the impact of exercise, which he refers to as The Queen, and of nutrition, The King, on gaining and maintaining good health. Students describe him as inspirational and hilarious. Contact Melinda Hillis, 665-6478 (, or Sandi Kniep, 400-2207 (


  • Benicia

March 1, 2018
All-Day Bus Trip

Once the capital of California, Benicia is a charming town on the banks of Carquinez Strait. Today, it’s a capital of artists’ studios, historical museums, antiques, Victorian homes, local shops, and restaurants along First Street. Whether you are interested in art, history and/or shopping, you will not want to miss our bus trip to Benicia, where we will meet with a local artist. After time for lunch and shopping, our bus will take us to the old Arsenal area to view a current art exhibit, “Drop by Drop”, featuring how water has been so important to this area. Contact Pat Stromberg, 756-3660 (

  • Tour of State Capitol and Gardens

Monday, Mar. 12, 2018
10:00 a.m. to noon

Have you ever toured our State Capitol? This is your opportunity. A docent will lead us on a tour and provide history of the building and some interesting facts. We are scheduled to meet and ask questions of our Assemblymember, Cecilia Aguilar-Curry, in her office. We will also provide information on Capitol Park, which covers over 40 acres and includes more than 150 memorials. Lunch will be on your own, or you can shop at nearby Macy’s. We will carpool from the Davis Park and Ride near Ikeda’s. The tour is free, but there will be a cost for parking in Sacramento. Parking lot information and prices will be in the newsletter. Contact Lea Rosenberg, 756-0697 (, Yvonne Adcock, 756-4408 (auntevon@hotmail), or Judy Howard, 304-7108 (

  • Canceled: Speaker Series: Exciting Breakthrough in the Fight Against Cancer

Tuesday, Mar. 20, 2018
This program has been canceled.

We are honored to present Sheila David, UCD Professor of Chemistry and the principal researcher at the David Lab. Because DNA damage can result in such harmful outcomes as cancer, David and her team are exploring DNA repair as a way to prevent this horrendous disease. We are thrilled to have the opportunity to hear the details of this groundbreaking research. Contact Melinda Hillis, 665-6478 (, or Sandi Kniep, 400-2207 (


  • Inter-Campus Day at UCDUC Merced From a Drone

UC Merced from a drone, a presentation from last year's Inter-Campus Day.

Wednesday, Apr. 11, 2018
UC Davis Campus

UFC will host Inter-Campus Day this year. Activities will include tours, such as of the Manetti Shrem Museum. More details on speakers and tours to be announced. Contact Darleen Coppersmith, 231-5095 (

  • Speaker Series: California Design & Architecture

Note change of date:
Friday, Apr. 20, 2018
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

Simon Sadler, UCD Professor of Architecture and Urban Design, will speak about specific characteristics of California design and architecture. For decades Sadler has explored how radical and avant-garde ideas have influenced art, architecture, and culture in the state. Students describe Professor Sadler as hilarious, inspirational, and as a passionate teacher. Contact Melinda Hillis, 665-6478 (, or Sandi Kniep, 400-2207 (

  • Jack London State Historic Park

Tuesday, Apr. 24, 2018
Glen Ellen
All-Day Bus Trip

Join us for an interesting day exploring the life of Jack London and his wife, Charmian. During the early 20th century, London was the most popular and highest-paid author in American literature. On his 1400-acre Beauty Ranch, we will enjoy a docent-led tour of the ruins of their beloved Wolf House and the newly redone House of Happy Walls. There will be a delicious catered picnic lunch under the oaks and plenty of time to tour London’s Cottage, winery ruins, distillery, pig palace, silo, and the vineyards where Jack said, “I have everything to make me glad to be alive.” Contact Julie Schmidt, 805-844-9232 (, or Elysa Hillis, 304-0777 (


  • Note: The Livermore/Pleasanton trip has been changed to:

  • Experience Downtown Napa at its Best!

Thursday, May 17, 2018
All-Day Bus Trip

Join us for a private wine tasting/food interaction class and tour at the new Culinary Institute of America at the Copia Center for Wine and Food in downtown Napa. There will also be time to shop and dine on your own at the lively Oxbow Public Market, followed by browsing at the shops on First Street. Much more to follow in upcoming newsletters. Contact Mary Ann Doerzbacher, 412-559-5161 (

  • Annual Spring Luncheon

Thursday, May 3, 2018
University Retirement Center

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 our featured speaker, Larry Lobre, 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. Check the Newsletter for current information.

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