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2018 - 2019 Programs

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

Note: Our 2019 - 2020 programs will be posted at the end of August.


The Program Committee has been working diligently to find many interesting and diverse programs and events to offer to our UFC members. Our popular speaker series, returning for the sixth year, has continued to be a wonderful 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 these events. We often need individuals to help set up and clean up, as well as make goodies for the day of the program. For additional information about programs in general, contact the Co-Chairs:

Terry Antonelli, 848-9686 (
Linda Schwartz, 759-9792 (


Committee Chairs Toni Smith and Molly Hillis
at the Scholarship Reception and Fall Welcome

  • 2018 Fall Reception ChairsScholarship Reception and Fall Welcome

Thursday, Oct. 11, 2018
4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

The ARC at UC Davis

Your UFC Board and the Scholarship Committee invite members and prospective members to attend our Scholarship Reception and Fall Welcome. We will hear from the scholarship recipients about how our gifts will help them achieve their educational goals and prepare them for successful careers. After congratulating these inspiring students, we will have an opportunity to explore UFC Interest Sections and sign up for those we want to join. We will serve light, catered refreshments and provide an opportunity to greet old friends. Although there is no charge for this event, we will use Eventbrite to plan on how many will attend. Therefore, we ask you to sign up at:

Contact Toni Smith, 574-6052 ( or Molly Hillis, 902-9482 (

  • Woodland Food Crawl

Monday, Oct. 22, 2018
Downtown Woodland

Join us for a local culinary adventure and walking tour of beautiful, downtown Woodland. We will taste our way through historic Woodland, experiencing different cuisines and sampling their food. We will meet chefs and restaurant owners while enjoying the architecture, art, and shopping along the way. Contact Elysa Hillis, 304-0777 (


  • Speaker Series: “From the Gliders of Borneo to the Lemurs of Madagascar,” with Richard A. LeCouteur

Tuesday, Nov. 13, 2018
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

The first speaker in our series, Dr. Richard LeCouteur, Professor Emeritus at UCD Vet School and Director of Education of Veterinary Expeditions, will present a slide show and introduce some of the world’s most amazing animals from the perspective of an adventure traveler, with an emphasis on conservation. Learn about poaching and loss of animal habitat, from rhinos and gorillas to orangutans.
With Dr. LeCouteur’s excellent photography and wonderful sense of humor, you will learn a lot about these incredible animals and their environment. Contact Toni Smith, 574-6052 (, or Betty Pfeifer, 753-7920 (

  • Walnut Creek Holiday Shopping Trip

Thursday, Nov. 29, 2018
8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.
Broadway Plaza
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 Karen Cook, 758-4834 ( ).


  • Candlelight Dinner

Wednesday, Dec. 12, 2018
5 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
El Macero Country Club

This members-only annual event has limited seating and is always well-attended, so mark your calendar now and reserve early when reservation forms are available. This year’s theme is “The Nutcracker Ballet.” We will be asking members to sign up to create centerpieces with this theme in mind. Sign-ups will begin in October and be coordinated with the event chair. A social hour followed by a yummy dinner selection will be enjoyed by all. During the evening we will also enjoy a musical offering. Contact Pat Stromberg, 756-3660 (


  • White Elephant Exchange

Thursday, Jan. 17, 2019
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—all available for someone to take home. 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: dishes, books, purses, knickknacks, scarves, clothing, ceramics, birthday or holiday gifts that just didn’t “hit the mark.” This is a convivial event to share with friends. Exchange is very popular, so seating will be limited. Contact Lea Rosenberg, 756-0697 ( ), or Elysa Hillis, 304-0777 (

  • Listeners at Speaker SeriesSpeaker Series: Mark Speckman, Assistant Head Football Coach, UC Davis

Tuesday, Jan. 29, 2019
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

Coach Mark Speckman was born without hands but has persevered and has made his name both locally and nationally. He is an accomplished motivational speaker and a published author. You will not want to miss what Mark has to share! Contact Margo Miller, 916-316-4739 ( ), or Martha Kingdon, 604-7860 ( ).


  • Chocolate Making (and Eating) Workshop

Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019
8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
Concord and Martinez
All-Day Bus Trip

Chocolate! We will learn about chocolate, make chocolate, and taste chocolate at Rachel Dunn in Concord. This is a hands-on, 1-½ hour workshop. You will learn about the nuances of chocolate-making and take home samples just in time for Valentine’s Day. After our chocolate experience, we will travel to downtown Martinez for lunch and shopping. There are many antique stores and interesting boutiques for browsing. At the end of the day, we will head back to Davis, having experienced another day full of good food and perhaps even some packages in hand! Contact Judy Howard, 662-0151 (, or Pat Stromberg, 756-3660 (

  • Speaker Series: “Frauds, Scams, and Phishing,” with Kevin Clark

Wednesday, Feb. 13, 2019
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

Phishing? Identity theft? You have probably heard of these but did you know there are hundreds of scams out there trying to separate you from your money? We are fortunate to have Kevin Clark, Enforcement Officer in the Elder Protection Unit of the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, enlighten us on the latest frauds, scams, and phishing schemes. He will inform the audience on how to prevent victimization and identity theft and how to protect our elder citizens from financial crimes. Contact Judy Howard, 662-0151 (


  • Novels and Noshes

Wednesday, Mar. 6, 2019
1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Home of Karen Cook

This is one of our members’ favorite programs. We share favorite book titles, we discuss books, we hold forth on favorites, and we consider new books coming out. There will also 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 ( ).

  • Monet: “The Late Years”
    Gauguin: “A Spiritual Journey”

de Young Museum, San Francisco
Thursday, Mar. 14, 2019
6:45 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
All-Day Bus Trip

This private docent tour will feature Claude Monet’s work from 1913 – 1926. Monet in his “Late Years” was inspired by his own garden at Giverny, with its flower beds, footpaths, willows, and wisteria. He said, “The richness I achieve comes from nature.” His later years showed that he was the master of Impressionism. The private tour will be at 9:00 AM before the museum opens. An added bonus is Gauguin’s “A Spiritual Journey” exhibit, also at the de Young, which you can visit at your leisure. The Gauguin exhibit is an exceptional display of more than 50 paintings, wood carvings, and ceramics.Contact Betty Pfeifer, 753-7920 ( ).

  • Canceled: Women’s Health Day

Thursday, Mar. 28, 2019 (Note: Date correction from UFC program listing)
10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist Church

Unfortunately, we have had to cancel this program.

  • Inter-Campus Day Visit to UC Santa Cruz

Thursday, Mar. 28, 2019
UC Santa Cruz Campus
All Day

The UC Santa Cruz Women’s Club will host our next inter-campus gathering at the UC Santa Cruz Arboretum. Faculty presentations, campus tours, exchange of ideas, and lunch highlight the day. Contact Susan Rodgers, 402-1041 (

  • Filoli Gardens

April 2019
All-Day Bus Trip

If you loved “Downton Abbey,” you will love seeing Filoli, one of the finest country estates of the early 20th century. (See for yourself at Our group admission rate includes a one-hour, docent-led tour of the mansion. For those who also wish to walk the grounds, there is a one-mile, self-guided walking tour. Lunch will be on your own at The Quail’s Nest Café on the grounds, and there is a nice gift shop in the Clock Tower. Contact Elizabeth Sagehorn, 757-6211 (


  • Napoli Cooking ClassCooking Class: Confucius Institute, UC Davis

Friday, Apr. 19, 2019
6:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m.
UC Davis Campus

If your Chinese cooking efforts have not gone beyond stir-fry, we have just the evening for you. Come to this workshop and learn how to make dumplings—small ones, larger ones, fried or steamed ones. They’re fun, easy to make, and delicious to eat. Spouses or guests are welcome to attend and cook with you—this will be a hands-on event with instruction from Confucius Institute food experts. Contact Linda Schwartz, 759-9792 (


  • Annual UFC Spring Luncheon

Thursday, May 2, 2019
11:30 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
University Retirement Community

The Spring Luncheon is always a highlight of the year—a time to come together and to celebrate all the programs and all the friendships developed over the previous year. Contact Terry Antonelli, 848-9686 (, Linda Schwartz, 759-9792 (, or Bonnie Walther,
707-301-9394 ( ).

  • Underground Sacramento Tour

Thursday, May 16, 2019
Two tour groups: 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. (each tour limited to 20 persons)
Old Town, Sacramento

Have you ever visited the best-kept secret in Sacramento? This is your chance to experience the Sacramento Underground After Hours and the Sacramento Historical Museum. Our tour guide will spin tales of Sacramento’s Wild Gold Rush Days with stories about saloons, theatres, homes of ill repute, and more. We will also visit the Sacramento Historical Museum. Spouses and guests are invited to attend and perhaps extend the evening with dinner on the town. Contact Yvonne Adcock, 756-4408 (

  • UCD Primate Center!

Tuesday, May 21, 2019
Details to be announced in newsletter

BY POPULAR DEMAND—another opportunity to tour the UCD Primate Center! Registration priority will go to those who were not able to tour the center during last year’s Inter-Campus Day—but watch the newsletter for more information. The tour yielded tons of interesting information delivered by experts in a variety of areas of primate research and care. Contact Linda Schwartz, 759-9792 (

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