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Mens group

A long established mens group is seeking new members. We meet weekly on Thursday evenings in Lismore. Our average age is 52. If interested, apply in writing with contact details telling us why you want to join a mens group. Write to Club Men, PO Box 1303, Lismore, 2480.

Family History

Richmond-Tweed Family History Society research room is open at 6 Regatta Ave (behind the library) in Ballina. Hours are Mon 10am-4pm, Tues 10am-1pm, Wed 1-4pm (and this month only 6-9pm), Sat 10am-4pm (except meeting days 10am-1pm). Conduct your research in more spacious surroundings. Next meeting held Feb 3, at Ballina Players Theatre, 24 Swift St. Info Nola 6686 3257.

Kids Art Lab

Holiday art classes are held daily from 10am-12 noon at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium in Lismore. Activities are designed to be completed within the two hours & include printmaking, watercolours, mask making, paper weaving, book making, still life with pastels, collage, sculpture etc. Bookings & info Belinda 0429 384 677 or email kidsartlab@hotmail.com.

Sth Gundurimba Hall

South Gundurimba Hall on Coraki Rd will hold its New Year Dance on Fri, Jan 19 from 8pm. Dancing by Vals Music for old time, modern and new vogue dances. All invited. Door prize, giveaways, raffle & great supper. Cost is $7 adults, $2 for high schoolers & free for other kids. Info Lorna 6629 0255 or Alan 6629 0313.

RSL Sub Branch

The City of Lismore RSL Sub Branch & the RSL Ladies Auxiliary will meet at the Lismore Workers Club on Sat, Jan 20 at 9.45am. Members requiring transport or apologies phone 6621 3851.

Singles barby

40-60 Singles Club BBQ get together held Sun, Jan 21 from 3pm. All new and old members welcome. Info Narelle 6683 2137 (after 7pm).

More singles

Club Solo (for singles over 30) will have a picnic lunch on Sun, Jan 21. Children welcome. Info 6625 2851 or 6621 2144.

Play readings

Lismore Theatre Company is holding monthly social play reading nights - everyone is welcome & no experience necessary. Read a part at an informal round table session without having to get up on stage. Held on the fourth Monday of every month at the Rochdale Theatre, Ballina Rd, Gbah. Next reading Mon, Jan 22. Doors open 6.30pm. Reading starts at 7pm. Free. Info Kaz 6622 5114.

Greens meet

The Northern Rivers Greens meet Tues, Jan 23 at the Lismore Workers Club at 6pm. New and lapsed members are most welcome. Info David 6688 0192.

Toastmasters

Looking for something different? Do you have stories to tell? Toastmasters meet on the second and fourth Tuesdays of the month in Ballina at 9.45am. Next meeting is Tues, Jan 23. Info Clare 6681 3403.

First fleeters

A special meeting of the Northern Rivers Chapter of the fellowship of First Fleeter will be held Fri Jan 26 at Lismore Workers Sports Club Bistro at 11.30am. This informal buffet luncheon is for members and their friends. Info and bookings Betty 6624 1085 by Jan 23.

Ballina Aglow

Aglow Australia - Ballina warmly welcomes all women to our Christian Fellowship meeting on Thurs, Jan 25 at the Ballina RSL Club (River St). Guest speaker Mrs Chris Graham. Morning tea 10am. Meeting 10.20am. Entry $6. Info 6680 2054.

Hall dance

Numulgi Hall will have an old time and new vogue dance on Fri, Jan 26 at 8pm with Vals Music. Therell be prizes, a raffle & a jackpot. Also supper. All proceeds to the hall. Info 6628 2255.

First aid

St John Ambulance WorkCover-approved Senior First Aid courses held in Lismore on Sat & Sun, Jan 27-28, and Wed & Thurs, Jan 31-Feb 1. Also SFA Flexible Learning courses & SFA Re-certification courses on Tues, Jan 23 & Feb 6. Bookings 6621 8044.

Bus trip

St Marys Anglican Church bus trip will leave the church in Ballina for the Riding for the Disabled Centre, Teven, for morning tea and then proceed to Summerland House where there are various displays of interest. A tasty two course lunch in the restaurant will complete the day. Cost is $27. Place your name on the clipboard with a deposit of $10 the balance to be paid by Mon, Jan 29. Info Ellen 6681 3038 or Marie 6686 4033.

U3A Open day

U3A Northern Rivers Open Day held at Lismore Workers Club from 10am-2.30pm on Tues, Jan 30. Approximately 30 courses and activities available. $30 single/$50 double membership fee. Tea/coffee provided. Info Doug 6628 3766.

Caroona lunch

The Caroona Annual Luncheon is at the Gonnellabah Workers Club on Feb 9 at 11.30am. Bookings before Feb 6. Info Carol 0400 436 512.

Quit smoking

Smoking Solutions, a free six week Quit Smoking course, runs from Feb 22-Mar 29 from 10am-12pm on Thursdays. No pressure to quit at end of course. Refreshments provided. RSVP to Maryann by Feb 14 on 6620 7668.

Be a JP

ACE Lismore will hold a session on Becoming a Justice of the Peace on Fri, Feb 23 from 11am-2pm. Requirements for becoming a JP will be discussed & facilitated. Bookings 6622 1903.

Rotary dinner

The Rotary Club of Lismore will celebrate its 75th anniversary on Feb 24 with a formal dinner dance. Any past Rotarian or Rotarian family member, past Rotarian recipient or organisation which has benefited from Rotarian involvement and would like an invitation to the dinner, contact Joanne on 6625 1611 or coopers1@ceinternet.com.au.

Sanctuary NR

Sanctuary Northern Rivers is holding its major fundraiser, the Gala Dinner on Mar 9. Guest speaker is Tim Costello. Support a worthy cause helping refugees settle in Australia. Info Patricia 6628 2881.

Blakebrook centenary

Blakebrook Public School will celebrate 100 years of education in the Northern Rivers on Easter Sat, April 7. All past students, staff & interested community are welcome to attend. The Centenary Committeee is seeking historic photos and memorabilia. Info Louise or Sue at the school 6629 3263. Or blakebrook-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au.


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