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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.
Olana on the Hudson SOLD OUT
Come explore the homes and studios of Hudson Valley painters Thomas Cole and Frederic Church when the UFT invites members, friends and family to visit the Catskills on Saturday, May 21. Now part of the New York State Historic Trust, both Cedar Grove and Olana overlook the Hudson from opposite banks, offering the same idyllic vistas that inspired these giants of landscape painting more than 150 years ago. We’ll begin with a tour of Cedar House and its gardens and studio, enjoy lunch at Tatiana’s Italian Restaurant overlooking the Hudson, and then spend the late afternoon touring Olana, Frederic Church’s Moorish masterpiece, filled with his paintings and those of his fellow Hudson River Valley artists. The package of $99 (plus $1 handling fee) includes round-trip coach, tips, tours and lunch. Pickup will be at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway in Manhattan at 7:30 a.m. and at the UFT Queens office, 97-77 Queens Blvd. in Rego Park, at 8 a.m. Return to Queens is at 7:30 p.m. and Manhattan at 8 p.m., depending on traffic. We are strictly limited by the Parks Department to no more than 52 participants; your check must be received by April 1. To register, download the flier.
Niagara Falls SOLD OUT
Join UFT members, friends, family and retirees as we explore the beauty of our scenic American Falls August 8–11. Visit the New York Niagara Reservation State Park, take the Maid of the Mist boat tour to the base of the falls and brush up on local history at the Discovery Center. Your tour includes an IMAX movie of the falls and surrounding areas, a trip to Goat Island and the Cave of the Winds with its breathtaking views of the Bridal Veil Falls, access to the Seneca-Niagara Casino, a narrated cruise on the Erie Canal and a visit to the historic Lockport church, with its stained glass Tiffany Windows, among many other amazing sights. Your UFT package includes three nights’ lodging at Comfort Inn’s The Pointe, transportation, driver’s gratuity, baggage service, a local escort/guide and three breakfasts, one lunch and two dinners. Single occupancy at $995 per person; double occupancy at $725 per person; and triple occupancy at $633 per person. Meet the coach at UFT headquarters, 52 Broadway, Manhattan at 8 a.m., or at the UFT Queens borough office, 97-77 Queens Blvd at 7:30 a.m. Return times to both locations on the evening of Aug. 11 depend on traffic. Your check, made out to UFT/NIAGARA, must be received no later than April 1, 2016, providing seats are still available by that time. Download the coupon and book now to avoid any disappointment!
The Golden Age of King Midas at the Penn Museum — Sept. 17
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. We are strictly limited to no more than 50 participants. 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. Make your check or money order (adding $1 to total order) payable to: UFT/King Midas’ Gold and mail to: UFT/Just for Fun, 11th floor, 52 Broadway, New York, NY, 10004. Attn: Rovenia McGowen. Your check must be received by June 30. To register, download the flier.
A Lancaster County Adventure — Oct. 8-10
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 the UFT Queens Office, 97-77 Queens Blvd, Rego Park at 8 a.m. Saturday, Oct. 8 and at UFT Headquarters, 52 Broadway, Manhattan, at 8:30 a.m. Return to Manhattan at 7 p.m. on Monday, Oct. 10 and to Queens at 7:30 p.m. Your check/money order, (adding $1 to the total), must be received by Aug. 15. Include any bus seating requests. You will be contacted approximately two weeks prior to the trip with final travel details. Register early to avoid disappointment! No cancellations or refunds are possible. To register, download the flier.
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.
Bronx: One session, 8:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m., Saturdays: May 14, June 18.
Brooklyn: Two sessions, 4–7:15 p.m., Tuesday–Wednesday: June 7–8.
Manhattan: One session, 8:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m., (Saturday) June 4, (Tuesday) July 12, (Wednesday) Aug. 10.
Queens: One session, 9 a.m.–4:15 p.m., Saturdays: May 14, June 18.
Staten Island: One session, 8:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m., Saturdays: May 21, June 4.
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 will be mailed via UPS and will require 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.
AMC Tickets - But not gold!: UFT members who wish to order the new Restricted Green AMC Tickets for $9.45 may do so using their AFT affiliation. Please read the restrictions carefully before ordering. Also keep in mind that the Red tickets they also offer are not accepted in New York or California.
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