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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.
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.
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.
Philadelphia Museum of Art — May 6, 2017
Come join us as we travel to historic Philadelphia on May 6, 2017 to tour the latest blockbuster exhibit at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, "American Watercolor in the Age of Homer and Sargent." This exhibit examines the rise of watercolors, a major medium of choice for many of the leading painters of the period between 1860 and 1925. This museum also features an amazing permanent collection and there will be time to explore it before we depart for our luncheon at Positano Coast. Package of $98 (add $1 for handling) includes round-trip motor coach, driver’s gratuity, all admission fees and lunch. Please make your check payable to UFT/Philly Museum and be sure we receive it by April 7. Departure is at the Queens UFT office at 97-77 Queens Blvd at 7:45 a.m. and at UFT headquarters, Manhattan, 52 Broadway, at 8:30 a.m. Return is Manhattan at 7:30 p.m. and Queens at 8 p.m., depending on traffic. There are no refunds unless the trip is cancelled by the UFT. Please indicate your choice of pick-up location (Queens or Manhattan) and your menu choice (chicken, fish or pasta). To register, download the flier.
Harriet Tubman Path to Freedom — Oct. 7-9, 2017
The UFT has organized an exciting three-day trip over Columbus Day Weekend on the eastern coast of Maryland. We will walk in the footsteps of Harriet Tubman as we learn about her amazing life, tour the new Underground Railroad Museum and visit the du Pont family estate, Winterthur, with its exquisite gardens, hotel and mansion. A weekend rich in history and contrasts! Your package includes two nights at St. Michaels Hotel, including buffet breakfasts, lunch on Hooper’s Island; dinner in Easton, MD and a special High Tea at the DuPont Hotel. $664 single occupancy; $515 double and $466 for triple, per person. Included are all transportation costs, museum and tour fees, driver’s gratuity and a $30 credit at the casino in Dover Downs, where we can play the slots. We will also visit the Chesapeake Bay Maritime Museum; and Kennett Square, PA, the mushroom capital of the country, noted for its charming shops and art galleries. Buses will leave from the Queens UFT office (97-77 Queens Blvd.) at 8 a.m. and the Manhattan UFT office (52 Broadway) at 8:30 a.m. on Oct. 7 and return in the early evening on Oct. 9. 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, April 15, June 24
Brooklyn: Two sessions, 4–7:15 p.m.— April 4–5, June 6–7
Manhattan: One session, 8:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m.— Sundays, April 30, June 4
Queens: One session, 9 a.m.–4:15 p.m.— Saturdays, April 1, May 20, June 17
Staten Island: One session, 8:30 a.m.–3:45 p.m.— Saturday, June 3
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.
Blue Man Group discounts
The Blue Man Group, a long-running, critically-acclaimed, highly-entertaining piece of performance art at the Astor Place Theatre at 434 Lafayette Street in lower Manhattan is offering discounts to UFT members. This wildly popular phenomenon delivers an unforgettable multi-sensory experience that has entertained thousands over the last 25 years of the show. Save 25% on tickets to Blue Man Group, ($64, regularly $85) at the website or purchase tickets at the theater (which is right across the street from the Public Theater), to save convenience fees.
EDUCATOR GROUP DISCOUNTS: A special $59 student rate includes all fees and the best seats available. Classroom education guides are available. Q&As with performers can be arranged as well as daytime 11:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. shows. Blue Man Group is an official vendor with the DOE and is happy to accept purchase orders. For these special class trips, call 212-260-8993 or visit blueman.com.
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 2016. 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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