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Gifts of Involvement

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

upm. . . Anthropology/Archaeology: 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. Individual membership is $50, dual membership $60, household $75, sustaining $125, 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 or

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 (see above) 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 PressAnnual membership to the Penn Press Associates is available at $100 and members will receive a copy of The London Monster,  and at the $500 they 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

. . . Readings: Members of Friends of the Kelly Writers House help sustain the Writers House's seminars, readings and webcasts. Friends will be Kelly Writers Houseacknowledged 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 Jennifer Snead, director, or

. . . Performances: Penn Presents will stage numerous shows including music, dance and theatre from now through May.  To subscribe or for information: (215) 898-3900 or

. . . Music: WXPN 88.5 FM, Penn's member-supported radio music notesstation 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 a World Café  CD case. For $75, the recipient gets the card and a choice of Live at the World CaféThree Flights Up, or a Flash Rosenberg Community-Backed Radio T-shirt. Information:

. . . Flora:  Members of the Morris Arboretum, Pennsylvania's official arboretum, receive free admission, free bonus plant, orientation tour Morris Arboretumand 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, Beech $90, Chestnut $150, Holly $250, Oak $500, and Laurel $1,000. Membership form is online at 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. . . Food: Houston Market gift certificates in the amount of $10 are available for purchase at any Houston Market cashier station.

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's Buffet or Hourglass a la carte Dining Room. 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

. . . Sports and Fitness: The Class of 1923 Ice Rink  offers a discount Penguinsbook 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, $30 faculty, staff and spouses, $50  alumni, $75 public, $35 senior citizens, guest fee $6; valid through August 2004. Information: (215) 898-4741.

The Department of Recreation offers gift certificates for the Penn Running Store, and Thirstade Juice Bar. Information on Gift Certificates: (215) 898-6100 or visit

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, Club memento, and preferred seating assignments. Information: (215) 898-4717.

. . . World Culture: International House members receive $1 off all film screenings at I-House, $1 off Philadelphia Film Festival tickets and e-mail announcements for advance screenings of major motion pictures, program guide and Mosaic by mail. Individual $40, Household  $60, Sustaining Member $100, Contributing Member $250, World Member $500, International Member $1,000. Call (215) 895-6553.



  Almanac, Vol. 50, No. 14, November 25, 2003