One of my least favorite songs from the ’80s has got to be “Word Up!” by Cameo. When I hear that synthesized Wild West whistle leading into an ugly “ow,” followed by the painfully affected singing of Larry Blackmon, it’s time to change the station. Luckily, the Word Up! Fair at the Marin Center Exhibit Hall has nothing to do with Cameo and everything to do with an appreciation of lifelong learning. The festival features five “Learning Lounges,” with information and workshops on community adventures for kids and adults, arts and crafts, writing, health, happiness, science and space. This year’s speakers include Ian Morris and Jane Smiley, and it’s all sponsored by Literacyworks. Book it to the Word Up! Fair on Sunday, Oct. 7, at the Marin Center. 10 Avenue of the Flags, San Rafael. Free. 11am—5pm. 707.981.8086.