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Annual Holiday Gift Guide
November 21, 2006, Volume 53, No. 13
Gifts of Involvement


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 the XPN Fall 2006 New Music Sampler. For $75, the recipient gets a choice of Live at the World Cafe CD, Volume 22, the featured album of the week or the new XPN Baseball T-Shirt. 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 Writers House Annual which is available on their web site and in print. Membership fees: $40, $100, $250, $500,  and William Carlos Williams Circle $1,000, Emily Dickinson Circle $2500 or more. Information: (215) 573-WRIT, ask for Jessica Lowenthal, 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. Memberships: Academic/Alumni $35; Young Friend $40; Internationalist Individual $50, Household  $90; Adventurer Individual $100, Household $175; Emissary Member Individual $250, Household $400; Ambassador Member $500, Household $750; Global Leader Member $1,000. Information (215) 895-6553.

Pennsylvania Museum

. . . 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 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 be mailed. Memberships: Student $35, Dual Student $50, Associate $45, Individual $50, Dual Individual $60, Household $75, Sustaining $125, Patron $250, Fellow $500, and Loren Eiseley Society $1,000. Information: (215) 898-5093 or www.museum.upenn.edu/new/members/membership/membership.shtml.

Generations of Tradition

. . . 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, subscription to tri-annual newsletter, monthly e-mail with the curator’s top picks, discounts on ICA catalogues, use of the ICA library, discounts on selected Penn Presents programs, and special discounts at area businesses. Memberships: Individual $40; Family $100; Contributor $250; Participant $500; Benefactor $1,000, Director’s circle $2,500; 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, 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 and 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, 10% discount in the gift shop and on classes, the quarterly newsletter, plant sale benefits, Morris Arboretum automobile decal, access to the Reciprocal Admissions Program, discounts for local garden centers and invitations to events and lectures. Membership fees are:  Individual $50, Household $65, Beech $90, Chestnut $150, Holly $250, Oak $500, Laurel $1,000 and Katsura $2,500. 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 gift certificates in the amount of $10 are available for purchase.

Faculty Club

A gift of a University Club at Penn membership is something unique and useful, continuing to give all year.  A gift certificate for annual membership is only $52.50/$60!  Also available are gift certificates for the Harrison Room buffet lunch, only $9.50/$9.75 each.  Or, for a stocking stuffer, consider a Club mug for $7.50.  Information: (215) 898-4618  or e-mail  universityclub@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 $45 with a PennCard or $55 for the public. Why not stuff a stocking with skating lessons? Six weeks of group lessons, beginning the week of January 7, are available for ages 6 through adult in a variety of skill levels. The registration deadline is December 31. 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 2007. Information: (215) 898-4741.

The Department of Recreation offers gift certificates for Massage Therapy, The Sport Shop @ Penn, and The Energy Zone. Information: (215) 898-6100 or visit www.upenn.edu/recreation.

Support Penn Basketball with a $2,000 donation and become a member of  ‘The Above the Rim Club.’ Members receive benefits that include preferred seating to home and away games, invitations to game receptions and a media guide. Information: (215) 898-4717.

Almanac - November 21, 2006, Volume 53, No. 13