Asheville Wordfest will "celebrate the voices of poets from many cultural and aesthetic contexts" from May 2-6, with free spoken word events scheduled throughout Asheville. See website for complete schedule: http://gratefulsteps.org/ashevillewordfest.
Learn how to make no-sew fleece blankets for the local chapter of Project Linus at the monthly meeting of the WNC Embroiderers' Guild of America. Meeting will be held on Thursday, May 3 from 10 a.m.-noon at Cummings United Methodist Church, 3 Banner Farm Road, Horse Shoe. Info: 696-3829.
ZaPow! art gallery, 21 Battery Park, Suite 101, hosts a Star Wars-themed party with costume contests, music, drinks and more on Friday, May 4 from 7-9 p.m. Costumes highly encouraged, but not required. Info: Info: http://www.zapow.net.
Think your facial hair is the best in the land? Find out as Tipping Point Tavern, 190 N. Main St., Waynesville, hosts the first annual Cinco de Beardo competition on Saturday, May 5 at 8 p.m. Prizes will be awarded for a variety of categories, including ladies faux beard and faux stache. Free to enter. Info: http://avl.mx/f7.
Find out how to incorporate herbs into your life at the Spring Herb Festival on Sunday, May 6 from 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Herbalists and natural gardening specialists will present plants for spring at the WNC Farmers Market, 570 Brevard Road. Festival begins on Friday and runs through Sunday. Info: http://www.ashevilleherbfestival.com.
Children grades K-12 can expand their musical repertoire at a hip-hop class for kids, offered by the Waynesville Recreation Center, 550 Vance St., on Monday, May 7 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Free for members/15 visit pass for $20. Class continues each Mon., Wed., and Fri. Registration required. Info: 456-2030.
Learn about the dance, music and culture of Celtic France at Celebrate Brittany. Held at the Senior Opportunity Center, 36 Grove St., on Tuesday, May 8 from 2-4 p.m. $10. Info and registration: firstname.lastname@example.org or 350-2062.