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Gifts of Involvement

These are appropriate for ardent aficionados and advocates of anthropology/archaelogy, art, arboreta, and academe.


. . . Anthropology/Archaeology: Those who treasure the past will be delighted with a full year's membership in the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. They will enjoy free admission, Museum Shop discounts, invitations to openings and other members-only events, and Expedition Magazine; and they will be kept up-to-date about the latest discoveries from the Museum's worldwide fieldwork and research. The gift membership will b mailed. Individual membership is $45, dual membership $55, household $65, sustaining $100, patron $250, and fellows $500. Information: (215) 898-5093 or


. . . Art: Members of the Institute of Contemporary Art receive free admission to the exhibitions, lectures and programs, invitations to preview opening receptions and the annual benefit, a calendar listing lectures, programs, tours, and special events, 20% discounts on ICA catalogues, use of the ICA library, and discounts on selected Penn Presents programs. Individuals $40; family $100; contributor $250, participating $500, benefactor $1,000, with additional membership bonuses for each. Information: (215) 573-0217.

Generations of Tradition, a lithograph of the University campus by Jane Wooster Scott, is available at four different prices depending on the edition: $150, $200, $400, $1,000. Profits benefit the Shoemaker Fund for Women's Athletics. Information: (215) 898-6123 or


. . . Books: Library Friends are invited to exhibition openings and other special events. Information: (800)-390-1829 or and select library.

Penn Press
Annual membership to the Penn Press Associates is available at $100 and will receive a copy of
The London Monster,and at the $500 level will receive a copy of Pennsylvania Impressionism. Additionally, members will receive a 50% discount off Penn Press books, are invited to events to meet authors and publishing professionals. Information: (215) 898-6263 or
Kelly Writers House

. . . Readings: Members of Friends of the Kelly Writers House help sustain the Writers House's seminars, readings and webcasts. Friends will be acknowledged in the Writers House electronic Annual which is available at all times on their web site and in print annually. Membership fees: $40, $100, $250, $500, and William Carlos Williams Circle $1,000 or more. Information: (215) 573-WRIT, ask for Kerry Sherin, director, or and click on supporting the House.

Penn Presents
Penn Presents will stage numerous shows including music, dance and theatre from now through May. To subscribe: (215) 898-3900 or
music notes
. . . Music: WXPN 88.5 FM, Penn's member-supported radio station offers several membership choices for those who enjoy discovering emerging artists and re-discovering some old favorites. For $60, the music-lover gets an XPN card good for discounts at numerous companies, and a Fall Music Sampler or CD of the week. For $75, the recipient gets the card and a choice of Kids' Corner CD, Live at the World Cafe Vol. #12 or World Cafe 10th Anniversary T-Shirt. Information:
Morris Arboretum
. . . Flora: Members of the Morris Arboretum, Pennsylvania's official arboretum, receive free admission, free bonus plant, orientation tour and reception, 10% course discounts, the quarterly newsletter, plant sale benefits, access to the Reciprocal Admissions Program, gift shop discounts, and invitations to events and lectures. Membership fees are: Regular $50, Beetch $85, Chestnut $125, Holly $250, Oak $500, and Laurel $1,000. Visit for more information on membership. For your favorite gardener, the Arboretum Gift Shop has a full line of "garden-inspired home items, toys and the latest horticulture publications for the professional and amateur. All are available by calling the Morris Arboretum Gift Shop at (215) 247-5777.
Houston Market

. . . Food: Houston Market gift certificates in the amount of $10 are available for purchase at any
Houston Market cashier station.

Faculty Club
The Faculty Club offers faculty and staff in their first yearat the University a year of membership free;
you could make a deposit into a declining balance account for the member to enjoy meals at the
Club's Buffet or Hourglass a la carte Dining Room. Gift certificates for membership are $50, a Club mug is $5.70, certificates for dining are also available. Information: (215) 898-4618 or

. . . Sports and Fitness: The Class of 1923 Ice Rink offers a discount book of 10 admission
passes to any public skating session for $40 with a PENNCard or $50 for the public.
Why not stuff a stocking with skating lessons? Six weeks of group lessons,
beginning week of January 6, are available for ages 6 through adult in a variety of skill levels.
The registration deadline is December 28. Cost $90. Information: (215) 898-1923.

Levy Tennis Pavilion memberships are $15 students and spouses, $25 faculty, staff and spouses, $50 alumni, $75 public, $35 senior citizens, guest fee $6; valid through August 2003. Information: (215) 898-4741.

The Department of Recreation offers gift certificates for Pottruck Health and Fitness Center memberships, Personal Training, Group Exercise, Climbing Wall Parties, Golf Center rentals, the Penn Running Store, and Jammin' Juice. A variety of options are available. Information on Gift Certificates is available by calling (215) 898-6100 or visit Give the gift of recreation--Penn's way to a healthier you!

The Men's Basketball Club offers various gift levels from $25 to $1,000 with benefits that increase with the level. Benefits include invitation to Club receptions, Hoopenings, media guide, Club memento, and preferred seating assignments. Information: (215) 898-4717.

. . . World Culture: International House members receive $1 discount on all film screenings at International House, $1 discount on Philadelphia Film Festival tickets and e-mail announcements for advance screenings of major motion pictures program guide and Mosaic by mail. Individual Member $40, Household Member $60, Sustaining Member $100, Contributing Member $250, World Member $500, International Member $1,000. Call (215) 895-6531.


  Almanac, Vol. 49, No. 14, November 26, 2002