The giving season: SMU’s United Way fund-raising effort continues through Dec. 31. This year, you can make your tax-deductible contribution online: Visit the United Way website and enter Campaign Code smu2007, with your 8-digit SMU ID as user name, and the password smuuw2007. If you prefer to give the old-fashioned way (with a paper form), send your campus mailing address to Ellen Pryor or Bill Dworaczyk.

Family fun: Meadows Museum celebrates the openings of three major exhibitions on Texas and American art with a Super Saturday Family Day, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. Dec. 8. Coming of Age: American Art, 1850s to 1950s and two Jerry Bywaters exhibits provide the inspiration for hands-on artistic experimentation, films and special performances. Free and open to the public, all ages welcome. For more information, contact Carmen Smith, 8-2516.

Staff celebration: The SMU Staff Association holds its annual Holiday Luncheon noon-1:30 p.m. in the Taubman Atrium, Owen Arts Center. The festivities include music, prizes and a toy drive benefiting Children’s Medical Center. Cost is $11 per person; reservations must be made by Dec. 7. For more information, contact Cchea Nugent, 8-4319.

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Dec. 15-16: The Dallas Metropolitan Ballet presents The Night Before Christmas, featuring guest artists Julie Diana and Zachary Hench (left), principals with the Pennsylvania Ballet. Performances take place at 2 p.m. each day, with a 7:30 p.m. performance Dec. 15. Tickets are available from Ticketmaster.