Bring your drum or borrow one from Skinny Beats Drum Shop and Gallery, 4 Eagle St., for a beginning drumming class. Billy Zanski will teach African drumming on Wednesday, Nov. 2 from 6-7 p.m. The class meets weekly on Wednesdays and Sundays. $10. Info: firstname.lastname@example.org or 768-2826.
Learn about composting, vermiculture and recycling on Thursday, Nov. 3 from 5-7 p.m. at the N.C. Arboretum, 100 Frederick Law Olmsted Way. Info: http://www.ncarboretum.org.
Cook a homemade lunch for men staying at the ABCCM Veteran's Restoration Quarters and Inn on Friday, Nov. 4 from 11 a.m.–12:30 p.m., as part of the Hands On Asheville-Buncombe volunteer program. Go to http://www.handsonasheville.org to sign up.
Dave Desmelik will play a CD release party to benefit Beauty Through Cancer on Saturday, Nov. 5 at 7 p.m . Held at The Bywater, 796 Riverside Drive. Info: http://www.beautythroughcancer.org.
Enjoy an uplifting concert by Patrick Littlejohn (a formerly homeless musician and composer who was once close to death on the streets of Asheville) on Sunday, Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. Held at the Jubilee! Community, 46 Wall St. By donation. Info: http://www.echocooperative.org.
Join Grant Hardy, UNCA's director of humanities and professor of history, for “Persia, Zoroastianism and Alexander the Great” at UNCA's Humanities Lecture Hall on Monday, Nov. 7 at 11:25 a.m. Info: http://humanities.unca.edu.
Taste a wide range of culinary treats from Hendersonville and Flat Rock during the Small Plate Crawl on Tuesday, Nov. 8. Crawl continues on Wednesday, Nov. 9. See website for times and locations. Prices range from $2-8 per plate. Info: http://www.smallplatecrawl.com.