The July 4 issue of the Sylva Herald will print and be delivered as usual on Wednesday, July 3, but for those receiving it in the mail it will be delayed at least one day due to the post office closing for the holiday. Herald offices will be closed on the Fourth of July.

BALSAM ARTS/CRAFTERS will hold their  annual Summer Art/Craft Show from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m. Saturday at the Balsam Fire Department. Handmade crafts will include crocheted and hand-sewn  items, baskets, chair caning, matted/framed photos, hand-stitched and stamped greeting cards, oil paintings and prints, small handpainted tiles, wooden spoons, jewelry, woodcarvings and homemade fudge among many other items. The contact number is 226-8352.

The Jackson County Genealogical Society will be having a FUN-raiser from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. (or later) Saturday at Bridge Park in Sylva. They will offer a hot dog lunch, a silent auction, a raffle for a shotgun and a beautiful hand-stitched  quilt. Live music begins at 10 a.m. All proceeds are for the JCGS to continue genealogical and historical research.

Jackson County Solid Waste Facilities will be closed on Thursday, July 4 for the Independence Day Holiday.

The Jackson County Tourism Development Authority has postponed its Aug. 8 Required Grant workshop and put the grant program on hold while committees rework it to align more with the TDA’s recently completed and adopted Strategic Plan. Details will be shared once the new grant program is in place.

The First Friday Book Group will meet at 10 a.m. Friday, July 5 in room 129 at the Jackson County Senior Center. The book to be discussed is “Outlander” by Diana Gabaldon. The selection for Aug. 2 is “Black Man In A White Coat” by Damon Tweedy, M.D. For more information call 586-4940.

FIRST RESPONDERS AND OTHERS will be honored at Emergency Services Night beginning at 6 p.m. Saturday at Mark Watson Park. The event is for law, fire, EMS, telecommunicators and other first responders in Jackson County.

July 4 is Free Fishing Day in North Carolina. From 12 a.m. until 11:59 p.m., everyone in North Carolina can fish for free in any public body of water, including coastal waters, without having to purchase a fishing license or additional trout fishing privilege.

FRIENDS OF PANTHERTOWN will have a Blackrock Overlook Guided Hike from 9:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Saturday, July 6, led by Friends of Panthertown Board member and volunteer Marcia Shawler. The hike meets at Salt Rock Gap trailhead, and registration is required at