‘Faces of the Homeless’ Fundraiser

at Melting Pot Atlantic City

A photography exhibit and silent auction to benefit the region’s homeless population will be held 5 to 8 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 19, at the Melting Pot restaurant in Atlantic City.

The ‘Faces of the Homeless’ fundraiser will include an exhibit of professional photographs by photographer Magdalena Kernan, along with the work of local artists, a silent auction of sports memorabilia and other goods, as well as live music from the band Argo.

And of course, you can sample some great fondue, right.

All proceeds from the silent auction will benefit the Atlantic City Rescue Mission and Covenant House. There is no admission charge for the event. Donations will be accepted. The Melting Pot restaurant is located at 2112 Atlantic Ave., Atlantic City. Call 609-441-1100.]

Novins Planetarium

Winter Laser and Sky Shows

The Robert J. Novins Planetarium at Ocean County College is offering a variety of family-friendly sky shows, children’s shows and laser shows now through Feb. 1

Shows include:

One World, One Sky: Big Bird’s Adventure: Join Sesame Street’s Big Bird and Elmo as they explore the night sky with Hu Hu Zhu, a Muppet from China. A live presenter will also give a brief tour of the night sky over New Jersey so children can learn where to look for constellations and visible planets of the season. Recommended for children 10 and younger. Shows take place 11:30 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, and Jan. 25.

Secret of the Cardboard Rocket: Join two adventurous children as they use their imaginations, a refrigerator box and a helpful animated astronomy book to take a tour of the solar system. Before your journey, a live presenter will provide a brief tour of the night sky. Recommended for children 10 and younger. Shows take place 5:30 p.m. Jan. 25 and Feb. 1.

Wonders of the Seasonal Sky: Join a live planetarium presenter for an in-depth tour of the current sky over New Jersey. This ever-changing program explores the season’s constellations, bright stars, visible planets, deep-sky objects and celestial highlights. Shows take place 1 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, and Feb. 1, and 7 p.m. Jan. 24 and 31.

Legends of the Night Sky — Orion: Laser projection system brings the mythical story of Orion’s constellation to life in this fun-filled adventure. Shows take place 1 p.m. Jan. 25 and 7 p.m. Feb. 1.

Dawn of the Space Age: Re-live the excitement of the early days of space exploration, from the launch of Sputnik to the American Gemini, Apollo and shuttle programs. Shows take place 2:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18, Jan. 25, and Feb. 1, and 8:30 p.m. Friday, Jan. 17, and Jan. 24, 25 and 31.

Laser Beatles: The “Fab Four’s” best music spanning six years and 11 albums becomes the background for dazzling laser-art and digital and analog effects in a family-friendly show. Visit the website for playlist. Show is 7 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.

Laser Zeppelin: Enjoy some of the amazing rock of Led Zeppelin accompanied by incredible laser imagery. Visit the website for playlist. Recommended for those 15 and older. Show is 8:15 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.

Pink Floyd — The Wall: “The Wall” is considered one of the best classic rock albums of all time. Visit the website for playlist. Recommended for those 15 and older. Show is 9:30 p.m. Saturday, Jan 18.

Pink Floyd — Dark Side of the Moon: A mixture of psychedelic, rock, and jazz, with an assortment of sound effects, all accompanied by laser art. Visit the website for playlist. Recommended for those 15 and older. Show is 10:45 p.m. Saturday, Jan. 18.

The Robert J. Novins Planetarium is located on the OCC Main Campus on College Drive in Toms River. Admission is $10 for adults, $8 for seniors 60 and older and OCC Rewards Members (with card) and $7 for children 12 and under. A family pack is $35 and includes admission for two adults and three children. All shows run about one hour.

Call 732-255-0343 Monday through Friday between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. For recorded show information, call 732-255-0342. Go to tickets.ocean.edu. Tickets also go on sale at the door 30 minutes before the first show.