ROCK OUT: See all kinds of interesting stones and fossils at the Three Rivers Gem & Mineral Society's annual Rock, Mineral, Fossil, Jewelry and Lapidary Show and Sale 10 a.m.-7 p.m. in the 4-H and Home Loan buildings at the Allen County Fairgrounds, 2726 Carroll Road.
The theme for this year's show is “Rocks from Space.”
The event continues 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Sunday.
Admission is $3, adults; $2, ages 55 and older; $1, students; and free, age 11 and younger with paying adult and Girl and Boy Scouts in uniform.
PIECE PREMIERE: The Fort Wayne Philharmonic will perform the premiere of “Gaetano,” Variations for Trombone and Orchestra during its Chamber Series concerts at 11 a.m. and 7 p.m. in the Arts United Center, 303 E. Main St. The concerts also include works by Handel, Beethoven and Swedish composer Dag Wiren.
“Gaetano” Variations was composed by The Phil's principal bassist, Adrian Mann, in honor of the orchestra's former musical director Thomas Gaetano Briccetti, a news release said. Themes in the music are based on aspects of Briccetti's life, such as his Italian roots, love of antiquities and riding motorcycles, and his habit of falling in love on both sides of the Atlantic.
Mann is marking his 40th season with The Phil, and David Cooke, the orchestra's principal trombonist and the soloist for “Gaetano” Variations, has played with the orchestra for 23 years, the news release said.
The 11 a.m. performance is part of The Phil's Coffee Concerts Series and includes a reception at 10 a.m. featuring coffee and pastries from Firefly Coffee House. The evening concert is part of the After Hours Series and will be preceded by a reception with drinks and appetizers from Calhoun Street Soups, Salads & Spirits.
Tickets for each show are $20 per person. They are available at 481-0777, www.fwphil.org, or at the Arts United Center box office.
GO WILD: Explore three treat trails, shake it at the Monster Mash dance party, meet Broomhilda the friendly witch, visit the Mummy's Kitchen or the Beauty Shop of Horrors, and enjoy more at the Wild Zoo Halloween noon-5 p.m. at the Fort Wayne Children's Zoo, 3411 Sherman Blvd. in Franke Park.
Other activities include picking a small pumpkin from the pumpkin patch, riding the train as you listen to the “Tale of the Twisted Tree,” joining the daily costume parade, and seeing animals in the Central Zoo, Indiana Family Farm and Australian Adventures areas.
Additional dates are noon-5 p.m. Saturday, Sunday, and Oct. 25-28 and 31. Admission is $8 for children and $4 for adults. Zoo members get $2 off per person every day. Additional fees are charged for the train ride, pony ride, carnival-style games, bracelet-making and face painting. Food is available for purchase.
For more details, go to http://kidszoo.org or call 427-6800.
GOOD OLD TIME: Learn about one-room schools, enjoy music and square dancing, and see more during Pioneer Day noon-6 p.m. at the Monroeville Museum of History, 123 Meyer Drive in Monroeville. The event is sponsored by the Four Presidents Corners Historical Society to mark its 10th anniversary.
Along with displays of historical items, the schedule includes Deb Eidson speaking on one-room schools, 1 p.m.; Mike Dawson and Paul Kioebge banjo music, 2 p.m.; Sue Pfeiffer square dancing, 3 p.m.; and a talk on vintage Civil War-era clothing, 5 p.m.
A meal of beef stew, cornbread and pie will be offered for $7.50 by Johnny's Restaurant. A Country Store will sell penny candy, apples, baked goods, root beer, cream soda and more.
FRIGHTFUL FUN: Throw yourself into the Halloween season at Fright Night, a series of more than 20 events throughout the day at downtown venues. Activities range from pumpkin crafts, games and snacks to the Zombie Walk, dances and actual ghost hunts.
Times and events vary at each location. For a full list of Fright Night activities, see listings under Oct. 20 in our Entertainment calendar on Page 4T or go to http://frightnightdowntown.com.
ARTFUL WORDS: Enjoy the opening reception 6-9 p.m. for the new “Letters.Words.Books. Exhibition” at Artlink gallery in the Auer Center for Arts and Culture, 300 E. Main St. The exhibit features original typography (letters, fonts or words), handmade books, repurposed books made into 3-D sculptural form, carvings in books, repurposed book pages, artful sketchbooks and more.
Artlink also will open two other exhibits in smaller spaces adjoining its main gallery: “A Celebration of Freedom” and “Artwork by Audrey Riley.” All three exhibits continue through Nov. 28.
Admission is free for members and a $2 suggested donation for nonmembers. Gallery hours are 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday-Friday, noon-6 p.m. Saturday and noon-5 p.m. Sunday. For information, call 424-7195 or go to www.artlinkfw.com.
GOIN' COUNTRY: Country musician Bill Gentry brings his high-energy stage show to town for a performance at 9:30 p.m. at the Neon Armadillo, 6040 Lima Road. Doors open at 6 p.m.
Founder of Wild Bill's, a huge country music and dance venue in suburban Atlanta, Gentry is touring in support of his debut album, “Baptized In Temptation,” which is due for release later this year, a news release said. The music on it ranges from honky-tonk to southern rock and tunes with a blues influence.
Admission is $5.
HONORING CULTURE: The Fort Wayne Museum of Art presents a new exhibit highlighting the traditional Mexican holiday Dia de los Muertos, or Day of the Dead. Members of the local Hispanic community have been invited to set up altars honoring deceased loved ones at the museum, 311 E. Main St.
Continuing through Nov. 4, the altars will feature sugar skulls, colorful tissue paper cutouts, photos of deceased relatives and their personal effects, a museum news release said.
Special events related to the exhibit include: Day of the Dead Children's Day 11 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday features hands-on activities for youngsters to create Day of the Dead woodblock print rubbings. At a Family Celebration 4-8 p.m. Oct. 27, visitors can enjoy live mariachi music, folk dancers, storytelling, Day of the Dead costumed characters, and food and drink from El Azteca restaurant. Both events are free.
Museum hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Tuesday-Saturday (except until 8 p.m. Thursdays) and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Admission is free to members; $5, adults; $3, students (K-college); $10, families; free to all every Sunday and Thursday; and free every day to military personnel and their families.
JAZZ IT UP: The local Heartland choral group treats listeners to jazz and pop music standards from the '40s and '50s during a Heartland Sings: Jazz concert at 2:30 p.m. in the University of Saint Francis Performing Arts Center (formerly Scottish Rite Center), 431 W. Berry St.
Tickets are $20, adults; and free, students and children under age 18 with a paid adult. Tickets and information are available at www.heartlandchorale.org and 436-8080.