At your basic rock show, you can expect to see stones and such from right here on Earth. Bo-or-ring! Fortunately, the Greater St. Louis Association of Earth Science Clubs Inc. (636-462-4423 or www.stlearthsci.org) hosts a much more exciting kind of rock expo from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Saturday and from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday (August 19 and 20). The 2006 Gem, Mineral & Fossil Show highlights your average gems, minerals and fossils (obviously), but the real star of this event, so to speak, is a moon rock from the Apollo 15 mission, which is on loan from NASA! Now, that's earth-shattering! Of course, this special space rock isn't for sale, but many dealers will be on hand throughout the two-day rock extravaganza selling all manner of fossils, jewelry and more. The show is held at the St. Charles Convention Center (1001 Veterans Memorial Parkway, St. Charles), and admission costs $2 to $5.
Oh, and don't even think about trying to "collect" that moon rock it will be closely guarded the whole time (you've heard of the Man in the Moon, right?).
Sat., Aug. 19; Sun., Aug. 20