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Mah-jongg

Players and learners can come and play Mah-jongg with the Lismore Mah-Jongg Group. Everybody is welcome to join a very friendly set of players. We meet every Wed at the Lismore Workers Club at 9.45am. Info Kaye 6625 2474.

GROW group

GROW groups for personal growth after breakdown or prevention of breakdown meet at The Sue Griffin House, 125 Ballina St, Lismore, at 10.30am Tuesdays. No introductions needed, just come along. Info 1800 032 120.

CWA craft

The CWA holds craft sessions every Tues at Spinks Park in Lismore from 9am. Info Maureen 6621 2142.

Christian gathering

People interested in a regular Lismore-based Christian gathering for prayer, praise, meditation & healing, phone Simon on 0401 244 688. All denominations welcome.

Quit smoking

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

Meditations

Earth Healing Meditations held every Monday from 7.30pm at 17 Norris Street, Lismore, working through the heart of Maitreya. Gold coin donation. Info Jackie 6621 6060 (weekends).

Historical thanks

The Alstonville Plateau Historical Society acknowledges, with thanks, the grant of $800 received from the Northern Rivers Community Foundation. This money is to be used to purchase equipment for the disadvantaged in the community, particularly the hard of hearing, for use at the Societys Museum at Crawford House, 10 Wardell St, Alstonville. A NRCF member has been appointed to assist the Society in this regard.

Bills team

If you are looking to volunteer in your local community, please give us a try for a rewarding experience. We urgently need you to help Bill with his rehab. Flexible hours to suit you, only two hours weekly. No experience necessary. Info Sharon 6624 7512 or 0412 246 629.

Indoor Bowls

Indoor bowls is played at the Lismore Workers Club every Sun, 12.30pm, mixed; Mon, 9.30am, women; & Mon, 6.30pm, mixed. New players welcome. Info 6621 6061.

Italo club dance

Dances held at the Italo Club in North Lismore on Fri, Jan 26 (Aust. Day Dance), Feb 2 & Feb 9. Wear red white & blue for Aust. Day Dance. $7 entry includes supper. 7.30pm start.

After school art

Kids Art Lab After-School Programme commences Mon, Jan 29. Primary age classes every Mon, Wed, Thurs & Fri 4-5.30pm, High school students every Tues 4-5.30pm. Private tuition for HSC students also available. Info Belinda 0429 384 677. Or email: kidsartlab@hotmail.com.

Bus trip

St Marys Anglican Church bus trip will leave the church in Ballina on Thurs, Feb 1, for the Riding for the Disabled Centre, Teven, for morning tea & 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 & activities available. $30 single/$50 double membership fee. Tea/coffee provided. Info Doug 6628 3766.

War widows

The monthly meeting of the Lismore War Widows Guild Club of Australia will be held on Fri, Feb 2, at 10.30am in the CWA Rooms in Spinks Park, Lismore. Info 6621 4302.

Living library

The Lismore Living Library held on Fri, Feb 2, at Lismore City Library, 110 Magellan St, Lismore, from 11am-2pm. Info 6621 2462.

U3A forum

U3A Northern Rivers Friday Forum held Fri, Feb 2, at the Goonellabah Sports Club from 10am-12pm. Topic: What is the value of housework? Visitors welcome. Info Shirley 6624 3022.

Over 50s learning

Lismore Over 50s Learning Centre will hold its enrolment day for Term One on Fri, Feb 2, at the Girl Guides Hall in Magellan Street, Lismore, from 9.30am-12pm. Term One starts on Wed, Feb 7, & Fri, Feb 9. Info Yoko 6621 6576 & Ann 6628 4564.

Buddhist visit

Diamond Way Buddhism Northern Rivers invites the public to hear Buddhist teacher Peter Malinowski talk on Fri, Feb 2, at the Ballina Island Motor Inn, Pacific Highway, West Ballina, at 7pm. Entry is $15 at the door. Peter is a longstanding Buddhist & associate professor in the field of psychology & cognitive neuroscience at the John Moores University in Liverpool. He has been teaching Buddhism extensively for 13 years in many different countries & is visiting Australia for the first time. The topic for the night is Space and Bliss Levels of Buddhist Meditation. Info 6628 7002. Or visit www.dimondway.org.au.

Try kayaking

TheFar North Coast Canoe Club has a come and try day on Sat, Feb 3, for a minimum fee. The day is for people interested in the sport of kayaking for either recreational touring, fitness, fun & pleasure, or competition.You need to be able to swim & should wear appropriate clothing & sunblock. The day commences at9.30am for registration & finishes at 11.00 am. Phone Marion (6624 6998) for more info or if you wish to participate on the day.

Apprentice course

The Access programme from Feb 5, is a free apprenticeship course designed for people just out of school. Eligible people get free accredited training & tailored support to overcome barriers to employment & enhance their chances of achieving an Australian Apprenticeship. This is a hands-on course designed to deliver skills for entrants into the construction industry. Info Phil 6681 6188.

Trefoil Guild

The first meeting of the Richmond River Trefoil Guild will be held on Wed, Feb 6, at 10.30am at the home of Elaine Bigg, 16 Spinnaker Cres, West Ballina. Please bring your own lunch. Any ex- Girl Guides or Support Group members who have made their promise over the years, & still have Guiding in their hearts are especially made very welcome. Our meetings are held on the first Wed of each month at 10.30am at different venues.

Skills course

Want to improve your chances of gaining work or succeeding in further education? Work Wise and Study Smart will give you the skills & confidence you need. This free course has a welfare focus & will run three days a week in semester 1 at Wollongbar TAFE. Includes communication skills for work and education, computer skills & work experience. Relaxed & friendly. Info Pam 6620 4235.

Pony Club re-forming

Lismore Pony Club is re-forming & seeking membership. This is to be discussed at a meeting to be held on Mon, Jan 29, at the Northern Rivers Hotel beer garden at 6.30pm for a 7pm start. Come along & get this club back in operation & out there competing. If unable to attend & still would like input, or for info, phone 6621 3132 or fax 6622 0391.

Independent retirees meet

The Far North Coast of the Association of Independent Retirees (A.I.R.) will hold its next monthly meeting at the Ballina RSL Club on Fri, Feb 2, at 9.30am. Guest speaker is Robert Hosie, solicitor from Hosie & Partners, talking on Enduring Powers of Attorney & Guardianship. Followed by an investment group meeting at 12pm. Members & visitors welcome. Info Ken 6687 7291.

Gem & Lapidary Club

Are you interested in fossicking, field trips, lapidary, silversmithing or jewellery-making? The Gem & Lapidary Club meets at the Lismore Showgrounds for workshops every Tues 2-9pm, Thurs 9am-12pm, & Sat 1-4.30pm. Info Margaret 6621 9436.

History Society meeting

The Richmond-Tweed History Society will have its first meeting of the year at Ballina Players Theatre, 24 Swift Street, Ballina on Sat, Feb 3, 2pm. Guest speaker Annette Watson (Church of the Latter Day Saints, Goonelleabah Library) will speak on Family History Resources at LDS. Info Nola 6668 3257.

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.

Day View Club

The Alsonville Wollongbar Day View Club is holding its Feb luncheon meeting at the Pickle Palm Restaurant, Wollongbar Tavern, on Mon, Feb 12. Fellowship commences 10.30am for 11.30am luncheon. Bookings or cancellations needed by Wed, Feb 7. Bookings & info Chris 6628 5937 or Bev 6628 3566.

Lifeline training

Northern Rivers Lifeline invites caring people to become volunteer telephone counsellors. Training starts Feb 13. Info 6622 4133.

Pancake day

Lismore Guide Units are having a Pancake Day at the Lismore Guide Hall on Feb18, from 10am-3pm. Tea, coffee or a cold drink will be served with the pancakes. Drop in at any time & stay as long as you like. Info Jackie 6624 5691.

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 & 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 & memorabilia. Info Louise or Sue at the school 6629 3263. Or blakebrook-p.school@det.nsw.edu.au.


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