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PR # 110 December 17, 2008

RVCC PLANETARIUM SETS WINTER STAR SHOWS, LASER CONCERTS

Spend your weekends this winter at the Planetarium at Raritan Valley Community College (RVCC) in North Branch. The Planetarium will present a variety of star shows and laser concerts from January through March for audiences of all ages.

The following shows will be offered:

The Winter Skies: Saturdays, January 10-March 14, 3 & 7 p.m.

The brightest stars of the year are clustered in the winter skies. Learn how to use Orion as a guide to finding other stars and constellations this season. (Recommended for ages 8 to adult)

Laser Lite: Saturdays, January 10-March 14, 4 p.m.

Enjoy a laser concert featuring musical classics from yesterday and today.

Laser Concerts: 8 p.m. on the following dates:

Pink Floyd, Dark Side of the Moon: January 10, February 7, March 7
ELO: January 17, February 14, March 14
The Beatles: Sgt. Pepper: January 24, February 21
Light Waves, featuring U2, REM, Beatles: January 31, February 28

Children?s Shows:

The Planetarium also will offer the following shows geared specifically for children:

Follow the Drinking Gourd: Sunday, February 8, 2 p.m.

Discover some of the stars we can see in tonight?s sky, including the Big Dipper. We?ll learn how slaves in the pre-Civil War South sang a song with a coded message about the stars that offered clues for escaping from slavery in Alabama. (Recommended for ages 7-12)

Laser Kids: Sunday, February 8, 3 p.m.

Listen to songs such as ?The Lion Sleeps Tonight? and ?God Bless the USA? while lasers draw pictures on the dome overhead. (Recommended for ages 7-12)

Space Bus: Sunday, February 8, 4 p.m.

Climb aboard the Space Bus with Stella and her classmates as they go on a field trip through the solar system. What will the kids do when the bus breaks down near Pluto? (Recommended for ages 7-12)

Rockin? Rocket Ride: Sunday, March 8, 2 & 4 p.m .

Put on your spacesuit and blast off into outer space. Catchy songs teach youngsters about the planets and moon rocks. We?ll also discover what stars are visible in tonight?s sky. (Recommended for ages 3-8)

Sky Lights: Sunday, March 8, 3 p.m.

Our youngest audience members can sing along with songs by mr. RAY (?Kalien, the Alien?) and Jane Murphy (?Moon Rock Rock?). Some songs are illustrated with lasers, while others are music videos. (Recommended for ages 3-8)

Reservations are recommended for all shows. All Planetarium shows cost $6 each or $10 for two shows on the same day, unless noted otherwise. For addition information, call 908-231-8805 or visit www.raritanval.edu/planetarium .

RVCC, located on Route 28 and Lamington Road in North Branch, NJ, and serving Somerset and Hunterdon County residents for 40 years, offers more than 90 associate degrees and certificates. In addition, customized training programs and non-credit courses are available for those seeking personal and professional development.

The College is committed to offering a quality and affordable education through effective teaching, liaisons with the community?s businesses and state-of-the-art technology. For further information, visit www.raritanval.edu .

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