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Holidays: Penn-Style
November 22, 2011, Volume 58, No. 13
Gifts of Involvement

An array appropriate for ardent aficionados and advocates of anthropology/archaeology, art, arboreta, athletics and academia. . . .

. . . Penn Pride: Shop the 2011 Treasures of Penn gift catalog and choose from a wide selection of merchandise bearing the Penn trademarks including new items such as a keepsake box made from the Palestra hardwood and natural marble coasters featuring iconic campus images. Visit www.upenn.edu/pennbookstore/gifts. For a limited time, free shipping for all catalog and online orders is being offered. Shown above is the keepsake box with the University of Pennsylvania shield presented on the velveteen lined storage box.

Penn Presents

. . . Stage Spectacular:The Annenberg Center will stage numerous shows including classical, gospel and jazz music; ballet and modern dance; and world discovery performances now through May. Get a jump on your holiday shopping with a unique gift for friends and family.  Annenberg Center gift certificates are available in any amount, and are redeemable for all Annenberg Center or Dance Celebration performances. Make a gift to the Annenberg Center Annual Fund in celebration of its 40th anniversary season. Subscribers benefit from discounts, priority seating and more. For information: (215) 898-3900 or www.annenbergcenter.org


xpn. . . 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. Benefits include discounts on tickets and at local businesses, first notice of Free at Noon concerts and a behind the scenes look at what is going on at XPN. Gift certificates are also available. More membership options and benefits can be found at www.xpn.org



World Cafe Live provides a year-round musical venue of live performances as well as a restaurant serving lunch and dinner. Gift certificates are available for purchase. 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 website and in print. Membership levels: $40, $100, $250, $500, William Carlos Williams Circle: $1,000, and Emily Dickinson Circle: $2,500 or more. Information: http://writing.upenn.edu/wh/support

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.  A $1,000 gift in support of the Penn Library annual fund entitles 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:Membership at International House Philadelphia supports programming that promotes cross-cultural awarenessand diversity. Celebrating its 100th anniversary, the International House offers international arts and humanities programs to its residents and the broader community. Membership benefits include reduced prices or free admission for select events, invitations to members-only events, and discounts to local restaurants. For the various membership levels, see http://ihousephilly.org/give/membership/


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. Members enjoy free, unlimited general admission, free tickets to special exhibits and advance ticketing opportunities, 10% discounts at the Museum Shops and the Pepper Mill Cafe, invitations to openings and other members-only events, and a subscription to the members-only newsletter. Members are kept up-to-date on the latest discoveries from the Museum’s worldwide fieldwork and research. To join call (215) 898-5093 or visit www.penn.museum/become-a-member.html. For $35 participate in the Adopt an Artifact program which includes an adoption certificate, a color photo, and detailed information about the chosen artifact. Adoptions support the proper care for the artifacts housed in the Museum. For information, visit www.penn.museum/adopt-an-artifact.html

. . . Alluring Art: Members of the Institute of Contemporary Art receive free admission to selected events, invitations to free members-only exhibition walkthroughs with artists and curators, pre-invite announcement cards for all exhibitions, access to ICA’s library, discounts on selected Annenberg Center performing arts programs and special discounts at area restaurants and businesses. Membership levels range from $40-$2,500. Information: (215) 898-7108 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 free admission to exhibitions, lectures and programs. Young Friends/Student membership is $25. Receive the same benefits as other donors. For more information call (215) 898-2803 or visit www.upenn.edu/ARG/friend.html

Morris Arboretum

. . . Botanical Beauty: Members of the Morris Arboretum, Pennsylvania’s official arboretum, receive free admission all year long, 10% discount in the gift shop, 20% discount on educational classes and excursions, Seasons newsletter, plant sale members-only day, plus 1 free bonus plant, Morris Arboretum automobile decal, admission privileges to over 200 gardens and arboreta through the American Horticulture Society Reciprocal Admissions Program, discounts for local garden centers and invitations to events and lectures. For your favorite gardener, the Arboretum Shop has garden tools, garden-inspired home items, toys and books for kids, and the gardening books for the professional and amateur. Members receive a one-time 20% discount all month long in December. The membership form is online at www.morrisarboretum.org. Or call The Shop at Morris Arboretum: (215) 247-5777 x198.

Faculty Club

. . . Delectable Delights: The Any Time Meal Voucher (valid for breakfast, lunch or dinner) is available for purchase at Stouffer Commons for $11.95. Valid in any Bon Appétit at Penn Dining residential dining café.

A gift of a University Club at Penn membership is something unique and useful, continuing to give all year.  Membership is open to faculty, staff, alumni, graduate students, emeritus and retired staff! Privileges include complimentary morning refreshments, special events, 10% discounts at Penne Restaurant and Wine Bar and the University Living Room at the Inn at Penn, and access to 100+ Reciprocal Clubs in the United States and around the world. For more information contact the University Club at (215) 898-4618 or email universityclub@pobox.upenn.edu

Ice Rink

. . . Feeling Fit: The Penn Ice Rink at the Class of 1923 Arena 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? Five weeks of group lessons, beginning the week of January 9, are available for ages 4 through adult in a variety of skill levels. The deadline for registering for lessons is one week before the first session. Cost: $115, $10 discount for registering and paying two weeks in advance. Information: (215) 898-1923 or www.upenn.edu/icerink/

Levy Tennis Pavilion memberships are $15 students and spouses; $40 faculty, staff and spouses; $60 alumni; $75 public; $40 senior citizens; $6 guest fee. Information: (215) 898-4741.

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

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