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    Gifts of Involvement

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

    Penn Presents. . . Stage Spectacular: Penn Presents will stage numerous shows including classical, gospel and jazz music; ballet, modern dance; and  world discovery performances now through May. To subscribe, or for information: (215) 898-3900 or www.pennpresents.org.



    . . . Sweet Sounds: 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 a XPN New Music Sampler Fall 2005. For $75, the recipient gets a choice of Live at the  World Cafe CD, Volume 20, World Cafe Book or 2006 XPN Calendar. Information: www.xpn.org.

    World Café Live

    World Cafe Live provides a year-round musical venue of live performances as well as a restaurant serving  lunch and dinner. For information see www.worldcafelive.com/.



    Kelly Writers House

    . . . Literary Lovers:  Friends of the Kelly Writers House help sustain seminars, readings and webcasts. Friends will be acknowledged in the  Annual Report which is available on their web site and in print. Membership fees: $40, $100, $250, $500,  and William Carlos Williams Circle $1,000 or more. Information: (215) 573-WRIT, ask for Jennifer Snead, director, or www.english.upenn.edu/~wh/support/become.html.

    Library Friends can be a part of the continual replenishment of the Library resources, supporting collection development and growth for scholars of today and tomorrow.  $1,000 gifts in support of the Penn Library annual fund entitle you to membership in Penn’s Red and Blue Society. $2,500+ gifts entitle you to membership in the Benjamin Franklin Society. For information see www.library.upenn.edu/portal/opportunities/friend.html.

    . . . What a Wonderful World: International House members receive $2 off all film screenings at I-House, additional discounts off programs and events, and e-mail announcements for advance screenings of major motion pictures, program guide and Mosaic by mail. Internationalist Individual $40, Household  $70; Adventurer Individual $100, Household $175; Emissary Member Individual $250, Household $400; Ambassador Member $500, Household $750; Global Leader Member $1,000. Call (215) 895-6553.

    . . . Marvelous Museum: Those who  treasure the past will be delighted with a full year’s membership to the University of Pennsylvania Museum of Archaeology and Anthropology. They will enjoy free admission, Museum Pennsylvania MuseumShop 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 be mailed. Student membership $35, Dual Student memberships $50, Associate membership $45, Individual membership is $50, dual membership $60, household $75, sustaining $125, patron $250, and fellows $500. Information: (215) 898-5093 or www.museum.upenn.edu/new/members/membership/membership.shtml.

    . . . Alluring 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, 10% discounts on ICA catalogues, use of the ICA library, discounts on selected Penn Presents programs, and special discounts at area businesses. Individuals $40; family $100; contributor $250; participating $500; benefactor $1,000; with additional membership bonuses for each. Information: (215) 573-0217 or www.ICAphila.org/support.

    Arthur Ross Gallery offers those who contribute $50 or more, invitations to preview opening receptions and special events  and the schedule of upcoming exhibitions, in addition to the free admission to exhibitions, lectures, and programs. New members who mention this Almanac listing can select a free catalogue from the already discounted publications on sale in the Gallery. For more information: (215) 898-3617.

         Generations of Tradition

    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) 898-4717.

          The Bridge: Cinema de Lux, a 1,150-seat theatre, shows both major studio and high profile independent films. Gift Certificates are accepted toward all purchases, including 12 Lounge. Gift Certificates are available in single denominations in books of $25. Gift Certificates can be purchased online at www.thebridgecinema.com or at the Elite Services desk in the lobby.


    Morris Arboretum. . . Botanical Beauty:  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:  Individual $50, Household $65, Beech $90, Chestnut $150, Holly $250, Oak $500, and Laurel $1,000. Membership form is online at www.business-services.upenn.edu/arboretum/member2.html. 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. Call the Morris Arboretum Gift Shop: (215) 247-5777.

    Houston Market

    . . . Delectable Delights: Houston Market and Tony Luke’s gift certificates in the amount of $10 are available for purchase.

    Faculty ClubThe Faculty Club offers faculty and staff in their first year at 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. Gift certificates for membership are $50, a Club mug is $5.70, gift certificates for dining are available. Information: (215) 898-4618  or e-mail  fsaclub@pobox.upenn.edu.

    Ice Rink

    . . . Feeling Fit: 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 9, are available for ages 6 through adult in a variety of skill levels. The registration deadline is January 2. Cost $100. Information: (215) 898-1923.

    Levy Tennis Pavilion memberships are $15 students and spouses, $35 faculty, staff and spouses, $55  alumni, $75 public, $40 senior citizens, $6 guest fee; valid through August 2006. Information: (215) 898-4741.

    The Department of Recreation offers gift certificates for the Penn Running Store, and The Energy Zone. Information: (215) 898-6100 or visit www.upenn.edu/recreation.

    The Men’s Basketball Club offers various gift levels from $25 to $1,500+ with benefits that increase with the level. Benefits include invitation to Club receptions, Hoopenings, media guide, and preferred seating. Information: (215) 898-4717.


      Almanac, Vol. 52, No. 13, November 22, 2005


    November 22, 2005
    Volume 52 Number 13


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