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NOTE $1 SERVICE FEE: Tickets for stage performances, sporting events or any event of a commercial nature require a service fee of $1 per event (not per ticket). Tickets are mailed two weeks prior to the date of an event. For undated passes and discounts, allow three weeks for processing. No cancellations or refunds.
TRIPS: For questions regarding trips, call Chris Santoro at 212-598-6861 or Rovenia McGowan, the chair of the Social and Recreational Committee, at 212-598-7778. Rates are based on participation of at least 35 people. For overnight trips, include name of roommate.
The Golden Age of King Midas at the Penn Museum — Sept. 17 SOLD OUT
The story of King Midas is one of influence and power. More than 3,000 years after his death, visitors are still fascinated by the spectacular gold work, crafted by nomadic Scythian and Lydian tribes, that marked his reign. This exhibit offers a unique opportunity to view recently unearthed metalwork, monumental stone sculptures and ivory reliefs of the Assyrian and Persian periods, currently on loan from three museums in Turkey. Come join UFT members, retirees, friends and family when we travel to Philadelphia’s foremost museum of archaeology and anthropology, the Penn Museum, on Saturday, Sept. 17. In addition to this exhibit, the Penn features an extensive permanent collection of Greek, Roman and Egyptian antiquities.
The UFT package of $99 includes museum admission, a guided tour of this special exhibition, round-trip luxury coach, driver’s gratuity and dinner at Positano Coast. Pickup is at the UFT Queens Office, 97-77 Queens Blvd, Rego Park at 8 a.m. and at UFT Headquarters, 52 Broadway, Manhattan, at 8:30 a.m. Return to Manhattan at 8 p.m. and to Queens at 8:30 p.m. Please note: There are no cancellations or refunds unless the UFT cancels the trip.
A Lancaster County Adventure — Oct. 8-10 SOLD OUT
Come luxuriate in the rolling green hills of Amish Country with UFT members, retirees and friends. Travel by air-conditioned coach to Ephrata's charming Hampton Inn & Suites. Join a guided tour of the Mennonite farmland, sample authentic cuisine in the historic town of Lititz and visit the Kitchen Kettle Market and the Hayloft Candle Shop. Enjoy sumptuous dinners at Plain & Fancy and Miller's Smorgasbord and all-you-can-eat ice cream at Turkey Hill. Spend Columbus Day shopping at the Rockvale Outlet. Prices are per person: $579 single occupancy, $415 double occupancy and $359 triple occupancy. Your UFT package includes luxury coach transportation, driver's gratuity, two nights in the Hampton Inn & Suites, two dinners, one lunch, two hotel buffet breakfasts and the ultimate Turkey Hill Ice Cream Experience. Pickup is at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, Manhattan, at 7:30 a.m .Saturday, Oct. 8 and at the UFT Queens office, 97-77 Queens Blvd, Rego Park at 8:15 a.m. Return to Manhattan at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10 and to Queens at 7 p.m. You will be contacted approximately two weeks prior to the trip with final travel details.
Wine Tasting — Nov. 12
Come join us in Greenport, NY on Saturday, Nov. 12 for a day of wine tasting, lunch at Claudio’s on the Waterfront and shopping for delicious jams and pies at Briermere Farms. UFT members, retirees, friends and family are all invited for this very popular North Shore trip. Your $89 package includes round trip coach transportation, lunch, tasting and driver’s gratuity. The bus will depart at 8 a.m. from the Manhattan UFT office at 52 Broadway and 8:30 a.m. from the Queens UFT office at 97-77 Queens Blvd., Rego Park and will return to Queens at 6 p.m. and Manhattan at 6:30 p.m. Don’t hesitate; send your check or money order for $89, plus $1 for handling (made out to UFT/Wine Tasting) by Sept. 15. You will be contacted with travel details approximately two weeks prior to the trip. To register, download the flier.
Caribbean spring break cruise — April 8–18, 2017
The UFT has partnered once again with AAA Travel to offer a spring break cruise on the Norwegian Gem for our members. Conveniently leaving from New York City on Saturday, April 8, 2017, this elegant ship will make stops at San Juan, St. Thomas, St. Maarten and Tortola before returning on Tuesday, April 18. For cabin pricing, based on double occupancy, see the flier. An initial deposit of $500 must be received by Oct.1, 2016. All inquiries and reservations are to be made only through Sandy Altamirano at 631- 265-5809, ext. 8580.
UFT Defensive Driving Course
A driving course that can save you money and maybe your life!
For credit you must attend one full-day course or both parts of a two-session course, in sequence (if you miss the first class you cannot take the second). Limit: 40 students.
Check back for fall 2016 dates.
Cost: $40 per person. Checks must be received one month prior to first preference and must be made payable to UFT/Safe Driving. Write “Safe Driving” on envelope. Mail to: Vinicio Donato, UFT, 52 Broadway, New York, NY 10004, 11th floor. Payments are accepted in advance at UFT headquarters; bring exact change or money order. Confirmation: A letter will be sent to you indicating admittance or denial based on state class-size regulations. If you do not receive a letter in two weeks, call 212-598-6861. Refunds: If you cannot attend, please submit a written request with a copy of your canceled check (front and back). Allow four weeks to receive refund. Refunds can only be given during the current school year that original request was submitted. Credit: You may take a course only once every three years for insurance reduction benefits, and once every 18 months for point reduction. For active members only. To register, download the coupon.
Car rental discounts
Looking for a deal? Enterprise Rent-A-Car has discounts on its rental vehicles to UFT members. The deal includes a free pickup and dropoff. Call 1-800-RENT-A-CAR [736-8222] for the nearest Enterprise location. Remember to use the union’s corporate class ID# FFC0049. Discounts are also available through Avis at 800-831-8000, using ID# S958000.
Theme park discounts
The UFT no longer offers discount cards to theme parks (Sea World, Busch Gardens, Sesame Place, etc.), but as a union member you can still obtain discounts from NYSUT by calling 1-800-626-8101; or from the AFT by visiting its website.
TheaterMania's Gold Club sends you to the theater for only $4.50 a ticket! The Gold Club offers UFT members an exclusive 40 percent discount — $59 for the entire year (regular price $99). Join now to access 150+ different shows and events each month and over 2,000+ choices each year! Broadway, Off Broadway, Lincoln Center, comedy, dance, drama, concerts and more for only $4.50 a ticket! How?! Theaters and producers need to discreetly fill seats with excellent, attentive audiences to help build buzz and strong word-of-mouth. That's where you come in! For more information, and to join, visit https://www.theaterclub.com/ny/signup/uft or call toll free (866) 899-1895 to speak with a Gold Club representative.
Discount movie tickets
TO PURCHASE TICKETS BY MAIL, download this form. There is a four-ticket minimum for mail orders. Orders of over $100 require a money order and will be mailed via UPS, requiring a signature. You may also come in person to UFT headquarters at 52 Broadway in Manhattan, where we accept personal checks up to $100, money orders and cash in any amount.
Please note: The last Bow Tie Theater in New York City, the Clearview Cinema on West 23rd St and 8th Ave., has been acquired by the Cineopolis chain of theaters and will be accepting our Bow Tie Bonus discount tickets only until December of this year. All other branches of Bow Tie Theaters, in Westchester, Long Island and New Jersey are not affected by this change and will continue to welcome your discount tickets.
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