A CELEBRATION OF THE 28TH ANNIVERSARY of the Americans with Disabilities Act sponsored by Disability Partners will be held today (Thursday) at 4 p.m. The event will be at the Sylva location, 525 Mineral Springs Drive. It will feature food, music and bingo. Attendees are asked to bring a side dish. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided. To RSVP, call 631-1167.

THE MONTHLY CREATING COMMUNITY WORKSHOP will be held at 10:30 a.m. Saturday, July 28, in the Atrium of the Jackson County Library. This program is free of charge. Derek Morrow of Morrow Leatherworks will lead the workshop. Participants will learn how to make a small, leather clutch. All supplies will be provided, but some hand strength is necessary for leather working. The workshop is limited to 10 participants. For more information, call the Library at 586-2016. This event is co-sponsored by the Friends of the Jackson County Public Library.

A GROCERY GIVEAWAY WILL BE HELD from 12:30-1 p.m. Sunday. The event is hosted by the Food Ministry of Covenant Christian Church at 45 Crown Ridge Road. This is free and open to anyone who could use extra help this month. For more information, contact covenantfoodministry@gmail.com or 586-0199.

THE BARAK NORTON REUNION will be held at 11:30 a.m. Sunday at the Whiteside Cove Community Building. It will mark the 147th gathering.

LOCAL ARTIST LAWRIE WILLIAMS will teach a new class focusing on wire art rings embedded with colorful beads and stones. The class is set for 12:30-3 p.m. Friday, July 27, at the Jackson County Cooperative Extension office in Sylva (now located at 876 Skyland Drive). Attendees should bring jewelry pliers, broken jewelry pieces, stones, charms and trinkets to repurpose and redesign to create their own unique piece. The cost is $10 with all other materials and tools being supplied. Class size is limited. For more information, or to register, call 586-4009.

THE COMMUNITY TABLE’S Blue Plate Special, sponsored by Harrah’s Cherokee Casino Resort, will be held from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesday, July 25. Meals include hickory-smoked pulled pork with house specialty barbecue sauce; barbecue and citrus grilled chicken thighs and dry-rubbed smoked eggplant (portabella, veggie stuffed and topped with Fontina cheese). There will also be barbecue-mixed beans, baked sweet potatoes, Carolina buttermilk hush puppies and southern cole slaw. Dessert will be peach and blueberry cobbler with cinnamon and brown sugar ice cream. The cost for a Blue Plate Special meal typically is a minimum $7 donation. For more information, call 586-6782.

DECORATION FOR THE WATSON CEMETERY in Jackson County’s Canada community will be held at 10 a.m. Sunday.

HOOPER CEMETERY above Speedwell Baptist Church in Cullowhee will have its decoration day on Sunday. Those participating may come either before or after church services.

SYLVA NATIVE ELIZABETH BRIDGERS has been appointed senior vice president/director of marketing for HomeTrust Bank. Bridgers will be responsible for all marketing activities, including directing strategic marketing planning and execution of initiatives to drive customer acquisition and retention. Bridgers has worked for a number of medical-related companies, including Everyday Health, Genova Diagnostics and the American Cancer Society.

THE JACKSON COUNTY REPUBLICAN PARTY will hold the grand opening for its new headquarters at 91 E. Main St. in Sylva, across from Jackson Paper from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday. Hamburgers and hot dogs will be provided, and local candidates will be present. Desserts, drinks and coolers for ice are needed.