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Year-Long Series

Throughout the year, the UCSD Retirement Association hosts several year-long series of events around a central theme. These series can be educational and intellectual, such as our Space series, or more adventurous, such as our Travel series. Events for each series take place throughout the year, from Fall through Spring. This year, events will be held both in-person and via Zoom. Please RSVP here to receive the Zoom link.

See a full listing of UCSD Retirement Association events here.

And see video recordings of previous UCSD Retirement Association events on the UCSD Retiree & Emeriti YouTube Channel.

Seniors and Space

In this series, Dr. Neil Farber, a Solar System Ambassador for NASA's Jet Propulsion Laboratory, will invite UCSD Retirement Association members to join him on a thrilling "voyage to space", as he shares with members the amazing feat of lunar exploration, astrobiology, asterioids and comets, and onward to Mars! These exciting sessions will be conducted via Zoom, and will include not-to-miss presentations followed by Q & A. The Zoom link will be emailed to all who register for the event on RA RSVP.

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Travel Series 2023-2025

Join fellow UCSD Retirement Association members for a series of presentations by RA Members regarding travel, and include insider tips and tricks that they have learned along the way. Member presenters will share their personal experiences about various aspects of travel. You will be sure to catch the travel bug by attending! Presentations will be followed by a lively Q&A and will take place over Zoom. Please be sure to RSVP today at to receive the Zoom link.

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Faculty Lecture Series

Attend a lecture presented by current and Emeriti faculty members. These lectures are free and open to all UCSD Retirement and Emeriti Association members, as well as to current staff and faculty. The topics of these lectures include contemporary political issues and historical reflections, scientific discoveries and current topics in the arts and humanities. For a full listing of all the lectures, see the flyer below.

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Savvy Senior Seminars

The UCSD Retirement Association hosts a series of educational seminars, called Savvy Senior Seminars, which are designed to inform UCSD staff & faculty, and newer retirees, about essential aspects of retirement planning. Our Savvy Senior Seminars impart attendees with a greater understanding of topics such as social security, estate planning, Medicare, Probate, Long Term Care Insurance, and much more. For a full listing of seminars, see the flyer below.

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RA Flora & Fauna Series

Embark on delightful visits alongside fellow Retirement Association members as we explore diverse locations across San Diego, immersing ourselves in the beauty of the local flora and fauna. From the Living Coast Discovery Center to whale watching, a Balboa Park Tree Tour to a visit to the Carlsbad flower fields, participating in this series will open your eyes to the rich beauty and diversity of our fair city.

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San Diego’s Sweet Tooth - Dessert Series

Join fellow UCSD RA members as we discover a tantalizing array of treats that will transport you to a realm of pure dessert bliss. From velvety ice creams to waffle cones and more, this series will take you on an unforgettable voyage through a sugar-coated wonderland. Connect with fellow dessert enthusiasts, engage in lively discussions, and share your passion for all things sweet. So, mark your calendars and save room for sweetness, RSVP today at

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Home Maintenance Series

Join us at the UCSD Retirement Association as we delve into the art and importance of home maintenance management with home expert, Melissa Grace, the CEO of LiveSimpli. LiveSimpli aims to serve busy families and seniors aging in place with home maintenance made simple. From typical home maintenance throughout the seasons to preparing your home for the future, Melissa Grace will provide you with the peace of mind for living more and stressing less. Being in the business for 35 years and being homeowners themselves, LiveSimpli knows the ins and outs of home maintenance with a dedicated team ensuring that members have the support they need,

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The Let’s Take a Walk Series is going strong! Back again as group walks, with a new walk featured each quarter. RA Walks and hikes offer a great way to experience good exercise, appreciation of the area's flora and fauna, a nice mix of sun and shade, and a family and stroller-friendly path that’s great for everyone. All walks start at 9:30 am. Plan on walking 1-2 hours. Bring ID, water, hat, sunscreen, and dress in layers. Come out and enjoy the great outdoors!

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Ethnic Markets

Join other RA members as we explore San Diego's rich array of ethnic markets and grocery stores. Built to serve the tastes of the diverse immigrant groups who have made San Diego their home, these ethnic markets offer many specialties from the specific region or country which is the market's focus. We will visit each of these markets led by either an RA member who is familiar with the range of products, or with a store manager. With everything from Italian to Indian, Philipino to Persian, and Japanese to Russian, here's your chance to explore the world offered via its food at San Diego's ethnic markets. At many of these markets, members will be invited to join an optional no-host luncheon at the market's food court or restaurant, after the end of the market tour.

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Emeriti Association's Faculty Lecture Series

The UCSD Emeriti Association invites Retirement Association members to attend their Faculty Lecture Series. These lectures are held once per month on the second Wednesday of each month during the academic year, as part of the UCSD Emeriti Association's General Monthly Meeting. At each meeting a distinguished faculty speaker presents a talk on a timely topic. All Emeriti General Meetings and lectures will be offered via Zoom this year, with the exception of the Annual Business Luncheon in May which is a hybrid meeting. Regular meetings will begin at 3:45 PM, with association announcements, followed by the introduction of the featured speaker. Emeriti Association General Meetings will run until 5 PM.

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RA Food Demos

Join us for presentations by select members of the RA who will share how to prepare some of their favorite dishes from around the world. Seminars this year will be offered in a Hybrid fashion with a live audience and an opportunity to participate via Zoom. Food Demos are open only to Retirement Association members. Please RSVP for each event. You will receive the Zoom event link via email the day before the event. Each Food Demo is accompanied by a detailed recipe so you can make the dish yourself at home. Enjoy!

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Calling all crafters! Join fellow UCSD Retirement Association members for a series of informal presentations on knitting, card making, beading, and more! Each small group session will be led by an RA Member who will review the basics of each type of craft. This coming year, all of them will take place in person at UC 409 Room 103. With a wide array of crafts covered, from knitting and crochet to scrapbooking and card-making, there's a craft there that is certain to interest you! Space is limited, so make sure to RSVP today at

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The Council of University of California Retirement Associations (CUCRA) arranges tours for UC Retirees with Collette Vacations. Learn more about the tours arranged by CUCRA and promotion deals on other tours offered by Collette Vacations.



In addition to the year-long series, the UCSD Retirement Association also hosts other events, such as volunteering events, dance classes, tours and trips, educational events, health & fitness seminars, and a brewery crawl, to name a few. Visit the event registration page below to view and register for UCSD RA events.