Arizona. Celebrate Ben’s 300 Birthday with us on Tues., Jan. 17, at the University Club of Phoenix from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. RSVP for just $17.06 in advance at (www.acteva.com/booking.cfm?bevaid=99555), or pay $25 at the door. See our website (www.pennclubaz.org) for more information on our other events.
Boston. On Tues., Jan. 17, celebrate Ben’s 300th birthday with the club by toasting him over dessert at Finale in Park Square at 7 p.m. We’ll even play a round of Ben Franklin/Penn triviathis is an event you won’t want to miss! Fellow Quakers, and alumni from a number of other universities, gather on Jan. 23 at 7.30 p.m. for the annual Frog Pond Ice Skating event. Skating will end at 9 p.m., at which point anyone interested is welcome to head over to Finale for dessert. For more information, contact club president Aileen Benson EAS’00 at <email@example.com> or check (www.pennclubofboston.org) for more details.
Fairfield County. Calling all Penn Alumni families to celebrate Ben’s 300th Birthday at an exclusive showing of Ben Franklin’s Curious Mind on Sun., Feb. 12 from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bruce Museum in Greenwich. This fun-filled educational exhibit will focus on the three main roles that Franklin played: civic leader and statesman; printer and writer; and scientist and inventor. A light brunch will be served. Adults $15/person; children $10/child; children under 5, free. For more details, contact Joanne Goldner Kahan W’84 at <FairfieldPenn@aol.com>.
First Coast. Club members will gather on Tues., Jan. 17, to celebrate Ben Franklin’s 300th birthday. In keeping with the spirit of the event, it will be held in St. Augustine, our nation’s oldest city. On Sunday afternoon, Jan. 29, join us for conversations with the dean of Penn Nursing, Dr. Afaf Meleis. For details on either event or to join the club, contact Sam or Donna Heffner at (904) 273-2843 or <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Gold Coast. Tues., Jan. 17, join us for a Happy Hour to celebrate Ben Franklin’s 300th Birthday: time and locationtba. On Sun., Feb. 26, join the club for a private lecture and tour of the exhibit, King Tut and the Golden Age of the Pharaohs, at the Museum of Art, Fort Lauderdale. Dr. David Silverman, co-curator of the exhibit and Penn professor, will share his insights; Dr. Richard Leventhal, the Williams Director of the University of Museum, will also be there. Dr. Silverman’s lecture will be followed by his walking tour of the exhibit. Tickets for the lecture and tour are available only through the club. For more information on these events or to join the club, visit (www.penngoldcoast.com) or contact Joseph Cesarotti at (954) 605-6447 or <Joseph.D.Cesarotti.W87@alumni.upenn.edu>.
Hartford. We are having a huge bash at the Half Door Pub to celebrate Ben Franklin’s 300th Birthday. There will be drink and food specials at the bar to honor a man who did so much for all of us. Cancel whatever plans you have and make your way to the Half Door on Tues., Jan. 17, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. We will have trivia games and prizes. Start studying your Ben Franklin historical facts now! RSVP to Cindy Ofsuryk W’90 at <CindyOfsuryk@aol.com>.
Hong Kong. To commemorate Benjamin Franklin’s 300th birthday, the local Penn Alumni and Wharton clubs are hosting a dinner and show featuring a specially commissioned one-man play highlighting Franklin’s life and achievements, at 7 p.m. on Sat., Jan. 21, at the American Club (Town Club). Join us for an evening with friends, celebrating Franklin and his unique contribution to American history. If you wish to attend, please RSVP to Allen or Jack at <email@example.com> (payment details will be sent to you when you RSVP). The cost for show and dinner is HK$850 per person.
Los Angeles. Upcoming events: Tues., Jan. 17, Ben Franklin’s 300th Birthday at the Legendary Magic Castle; early March, Pennfest 2006The Emerging Film and Live Music Showcase for Penn Alumni, Students, and Faculty. To submit (deadline: Feb. 1.) your film or band for consideration to PennClubLA’s fifth Pennfest, please visit (www.pennfest.com). Films: Jeremy Saxton EAS’97 W’97 <firstname.lastname@example.org>; bands: Melisa Kirkup C’01 <melisakirkup@ yahoo.com>. Due to the high volume of submissions, film and band entries cannot be guaranteed a slot in Pennfest. As always, visit (www.pennclubla.com) for all upcoming event information.
Metro New Jersey. Celebrate Ben Franklin’s 300th birthday with alumni from the tri-state area at the Penn Club of New York, on Tues., Jan. 17, from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. Penn professor Peter Conn will be the featured speaker. Join us for food, fun, and lots of “Ben and Penn” festivities! On Jan. 20, from 7 p.m. to 11 p.m., join us for an evening of jazz and Asian-inspired cuisine at Shanghai Jazz in Madison. On Sat., Feb. 25, 7:30 p.m., at the home of Carol and Eric Michaels in Short Hills, wine connoisseur Rick Weissman W’78 will lead us in a wine-tasting and dinner. For more information about these events, visit (www.pennclubmetronj.com) or contact club president Dale Bell MT’81 at <email@example.com>.
Michigan. On March 10 the club will present Mask and Wig’s production of Hogan’s Gyros. Details at (www.pennclubmi.org).
Northeastern Pennsylvania. Don’t miss this year’s Ben’s Birthday Bash Brunch on Sunday, Jan. 22, 1 p.m., at the East Mountain Inn (Rte. 115 and I-81, Wilkes-Barre). Last year there was a visit from Ben himself. This year he’s coming back and he’s bringing two guests: his lovely wife and Queen Marie Antoinette! RSVPs are requested; contact Bill Runner at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or (570) 675-5055 or Sally Connor at <email@example.com> or (570) 883-2297.
Northern California. Ben’s 300th Birthday! You only turn 300 once, so make sure you are there for his giant bash! Join us Thurs., Jan. 19, from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m., at Bambuddha Lounge, 601 Eddy Street (at Larkin) in San Francisco. Cost is $10 in advance, $15 at the door. Purchase your tickets today at (http://www.acteva.com/go/ncpennclub). We’ll be dancing the night away in the swank surroundings of Bambuddha with fine cocktails, fabulous hors d’oeuvres, and the best alumni and friends a Quaker could ever ask for. Don’t miss it! Check out our website (www.ncpennclub.com) for other upcoming events.
New York. Kick off the New Year by celebrating Benjamin Franklin’s 300th birthday on Tues., Jan. 17, at the Penn Club of New York. Penn professor Peter Conn will be the featured speaker. Join us for food, fun and lots of “Ben and Penn” festivities! Feb. 6join us for “The Benefits of Being Well-Connected,” featuring moderator Marci Alboher C’88 and panelists, “expert people-connectors” Lisa Aldisert CW’75 G’75 and Monique Skruzny W’88, among others. In early March a representative from Penn’s Alumni Council on Admissions will speak about how to navigate the college-admissions process. Visit (www.pennnyc.org) and sign up for the listserv for more information on these and future PennNYC events. To volunteer, please contact Dale Kramer Cohen W’76 at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Portland, Ore. Penn alumni will be gathering at cocktail time on Tues., Jan. 17, to toast Ben on his 300th Birthday at (where else?) Poor Richard’s on NE Sandy Blvd. Full birthday-party regalia will be in order. Watch for a date later on in the spring when Penn music legend Bruce Montgomery will be featured at our Spring Dinner, discussing his 44-year tenure directing the Glee Club, signing his new book, Brothers, Sing On!, and leading us in as many Penn songs as we are inclined to sing (and maybe more). As always, check details and last-minute changes on our Web site at (www.pennclubofportland.org).
Rhode Island. It isn’t often our founder, the venerable Ben Franklin himself, celebrates his 300th birthday. Join your fellow local alumni as well as Penn clubs from around the country as we “Drink a Highball” in honor of Dear Old Ben on Tues., Jan. 17, at 6 p.m. at Olives, North Main Street, Providence. In February, join us for an all Ivy alumni clubs of Rhode Island skating party at Brown’s Meehan Auditorium, corner of Lloyd and Hope, in Providence. Hot chocolate, some munchies, and good fellowship. Families welcome. On Sat., March 4, at 7 p.m., at Brown’s Pizzitola Arena, the annual Penn-Brown men’s basketball game will take place, followed by a reception at the home of a nearby alumnus. Go Quakers! For more information, contact club president Barry Fains C’64 at <FAINS @aol.com>.
Richmond, Va. Club members kicked off the 2005-06 season by introducing a book club, Richmond Conversations. Guest speaker, Penn professor Dr. Thomas Childers discussed his recent book, In the Shadows of War. We are planning a similar event in January to celebrate Ben Franklin’s 300th birthday. For more information please contact <email@example.com>.
San Antonio. Celebrate Ben Franklin’s 300th birthday with a luncheon on Tues., Jan. 17. Look for further details by e-mail. Anyone interested in helping organize this event, and also those planning to attend, please contact club president Bob Weidman at <firstname.lastname@example.org> or (210) 829-5790.
Sarasota. Members and friends are invited to celebrate Ben Franklin’s 300th birthday at the Art Center Sarasota, 707 North Tamiami Trail, on Tues., Jan. 17. The party begins at 5:30 p.m. and Ben will be there. Enjoy food, wine, birthday cake, singing, and wit and wisdom will be featured. On Feb. 25, you are invited to a luncheon at 11:30 a.m. at the Bird Key Yacht ClubDr. Katherine Walstrom, New College, will speak on “Stem Cells: What Are They and What Can (Might) They Do?” For information and reservations, contact club secretary Valerie Grey at (941) 484 7834 or <email@example.com>. For more information on the club, visit (www.alumni.upenn.ed/club/sarasota.html).
Westchester & Rockland Counties. Celebrate a very special Ben’s 300th Birthday Bash on Wed., Jan. 18 (better late than clever!) at Heathcote Tavern in Scarsdale. Our featured speaker will be none other than former University President Dr. Sheldon Hackney Hon’93, who will regale us with tales and tidbits about Franklin’s life. Cost $20 for members (cash bar) and $30 for non-members. On Wed., March 8, the club will dine at the Penn Club in New York, and then journey together to see Nathan Lane and Matthew Broderick in the smash Broadway production of The Odd Couple. For more information, contact club president Cindy Shmerler Levy C’81 at <firstname.lastname@example.org>.
Western Pennsylvania. On March 11, the club will present Mask and Wig’s production of Hogan’s Gyros. Also check out the First Thursday Monthly Luncheon series: noon at the Allegheny-HYP Club, 619 William Penn Place. Details at (www.alumni.upenn.edu/club/westernpa.html).
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