. . . 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, 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. Individual membership is $45, household $65. Information:
. . . 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 catalogue purchases, and
use of the ICA library by appointment. Students, artists, senior citizens,
Penn faculty and staff $20; individuals $40; dual/family $65; other membership
categories from $100 to $1000, with additional membership bonuses for each.
Information: (215) 898-4980.
. . . Books:
Members of Friends of the Library are invited to a variety of
special events and receive a newsletter. Membership fees: student $25, regular
$40, sponsor $100, patron $250, benefactor $500, Red and Blue Society $1000,
Benjamin Franklin Society $2500. Information: (800)-390-1829 or email@example.com.
. . . Performances:
The Nutcracker.The International Ballet Theatre's world famous
production of The Nutcracker will be performed on December 21 at 7:30 p.m.
at the Zellerbach Theatre at the Annenberg Center. Alexander Boitsov will
stage and dance in the production. Tickets: adults : $25-$32, children:
$15. Information (215) 898-3900.
The Dance Celebration and the NextMove Festival, presented
by Dance Affiliates and the Annenberg Center, will present ten different
companies during the spring semester, with two in January--Pittsburgh Ballet
Theatre January 13-15, and The Parsons Dance Company, January 27-29. There
are several subscription plans to save money and get the best seats. Box
Office: (215) 898-3900.
. . . Films:
International House's Neighborhood Film/Video Project sells discount
passes for their screenings, $20 for four shows. Information: (215) 895-6542.
. . . Flora:
Give a membership to the Morris Arboretum, the state of Pennsylvania's
official arboretum, and you'll receive a gift certificate good for 10% from
the gift shop when you mention you read about this in Almanac. With membership
comes: free admission, 15% 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: Student $20, Regular
$50, Franklinia $75, Chestnut $150, Holly $250, Oak $500, and Laurel $1000.
For your favorite rose-lover, give a copy of Gardening with Roses
($29.95) by Judith McKeon. Or, for someone who wants to know about all
the local flora: The Vascular Flora of Pennsylvania: Annotated Checklist
and Atlas ($50) by the Arboretum's director of botany Dr. Ann Rhoads
and Dr. William McKinley Klein, Jr. All are available by calling the Morris
Arboretum Gift Shop at (215) 247-5777 (ext. 0).
. . . Food:
Dining Service offers 25-meal coupons for convenient meals on
campus--breakfast $100, lunch $178 and dinner $262. Another option is to
give a Value Card, in any denomination, for use at Chats. Information: (215)
The 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's
cafeteria or Hour Glass restaurant. Information: (215) 898-4618.
. . .Clothing:
Hillel Foundation offers a University of Penn tee-shirt with the
name of the institution in Hebrew, $15. Information: (215) 898-4618.
. . . Sports and Fitness:
The Class of 1923 Ice Rink has 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 January 9, are available for ages 6 through adult
in a variety of skill levels. The registration deadline is Jan. 2. Cost
$75. Information: (215) 898-1923.
Levy Tennis Pavilion memberships are $15 students and spouses,
$25 faculty, staff and spouses, $40 alumni, $75 public, $30 senior citizens,
guest fee $5; valid through August 2000. Information: (215) 898-4741.
The Katz Fitness Center in Gimbel Gym, along with the Penn Fitness
Center in Hutchinson, with a variety of weight training and aerobic equipment
is the perfect gift for those who have made a New Year's resolution to
get in shape and exercise. Membership through May 22 is $50 for students,
$80 for faculty, staff and affiliates, $100 for alumni and community members.
Information: (215) 898-8383.
The Men's Basketball Club offers various gift levels from $25
to $1000 with benefits that increase with the level. There is also the Family
Plan which includes 4 tickets (2 adults and 2 children plus 4 hot dogs and
sodas) for $30. Information: (215) 898-9231.
. . . the World:
International House members receive reduced admission to most
International House programs, the International House Newsletter and
Calendar with advance notice of upcoming programs and Members Only events,
exhibits, lectures, and the chance to meet with graduate students and visitors
from over fifty countries studying at Philadelphia universities who live
at International House. Student Member $25, Individual Member $30, Family
Member $50, Contributing Member $100, Sustaining Member $250, World Member
$500, International Member $1000 or more.