Do you have unwanted eyeglasses which would help those in need? Please drop them off at Terry White Chemist in Lismore Central or Gbah Pharmacy for collection. All gratefully received. Info gail 6625 1814.
Alliance Francaise Cote Du Nord holds regular meetings & social gatherings for those wishing to learn or speak French. Info Marie 6624 2024 or Olivier 6689 0488.
Interested in joining a free walking group in your neighbourhood or starting a group in your community? Volunteer walking leaders wanted too. Free training provided. Info Maryann 6620 7668.
Dining with Friends
A non-profit social group offering you the chance to make new friends. For next event & info phone Gail 6624 5403 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Spinners & weavers
Join Lismore Spinners & Weavers for the last meeting of the year at McLeans Ridges Hall on Fri, Nov 30 from 10am-2.30pm. All are welcome to join us in spinning & needlecraft of all types. Recent lessons have focussed on Tunsian crochet. Bring a cut lunch, morning tea provided! Info Lorraine 6624 2520 or Kay 6629 1510.
The Neighbourhood Club meets at Lismore City Halls fountain room every Friday from 10am-1pm. A social outing of entertainment, morning tea & lunch for the frail, aged & lonely. Info 6624 5610.
Swing Dance Lessons with Summerland Rockers held the 1st & 3rd Fri of every month. This Fri, Nov 30 being the 5th Friday there is a special social dance night & teaching of The Jitterbug Stroll plus social dancing & supper. Held at the Italo Club in Nth Lismore. 7pm beginners, 7.40pm intermediate/advanced. $7pp. Info Karen 6621 7921.
The final meeting for 2007 of the Richmond River Trefoil Guild will be held on Wed, Dec 5 at 12 noon at the Asian Restaurant,. Hilltop Hotel, Goonellabah. RSVP to Lorraine by Fri, Nov 30 on 6686 2777 if attending. 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. The group will be in recess until Feb 2008. Info Lorraine 6686 2777.
Christmas Carnival held Fri & Sat, Nov 30 & Dec 1 at 24 Rhodes St, South Lismore, from 6pm.
Old Time & New Vogue Dance at Ruthven Hall on Sat, Dec 1 at 8pm. Christmas theme, Vals music, prizes, raffles, lucky door & a great supper. $7 entry. Please note there will be no dance in January. Info 6683 2430.
Next function will be a Christmas outing on Sat, Dec 1. All singles (over 30) are most welcome to come & meet new friends. Details & bookings 6621 2144 or 6624 3623.
Energy, Medicine & Emotional Health, a workshop with Dr Jacqueline Boustany, will be held on Sat, Dec 1 at Invercauld House in Goonellabah from 9am-12pm. Includes presentations such as Present Moment Awareness, Self Investigation/Validation & Integration via Feeling Realisation Technique, Reframing the Past with Neuro-Linguistic Programming & much more. Cost is $55 employed & $33 unemployed/pensioner. Includes morning tea.
The next meeting of A.I.R. (Association of Independent Retirees) held Fri, Dec 7 at the Ballina RSL Club at 9.30am. Followed by our Xmas party & luncheon for which bookings are essential by Dec 1. Merry Xmas to all. Visitors welcome. Info Ken 6687 7291.
The Far North Coast Sub-Branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia will be charity of the day at the Lismore Car Boot Market on Sun, Dec 2. There will also be an info booth to advise veterans & their families on welfare assistance that may be available to them.
The Alstonville Concert Band will present a variety concert on Sun, Dec 2 at 1.30pm at the McCarthy Hall, St Josephs School, Alstonville. Special guest vocalist Dean Doyle, previously a member of the RAAF Central Band. He will sing songs from shows including the anthem from Chess & other popular favourites. Entry $5 & afternoon tea available for a gold coin. Proceeds to fund band equipment. All welcome.
About the Bahais
Devotional gathering & discussion on Bahai Perspectives on Global Issues held Sun, Dec 2 at 625 Ballina Rd, Goonellabah, from 3-5pm. All welcome. Info 6624 1926.
Carols by Candlelight
Blue Hills College are holding their 2007 Carols by Candlelight on Sun, Dec 2 at 6pm at the College, 17 Blue Hills Avenue, Goonellabah. The Carols will bring families & the community together for a fun-filled event. Food & refreshments will be available. All are welcome!
The next Byron Bay Community Market is on Sun, Dec 2. The Blue Hoolas will entertain from 10am-2pm & buskers will perform throughout the day. Plenty for kids with candle making, face painting, tie dying, a bouncing castle, merry-go-round & pony rides. Hundreds of crafts as well as fresh local produce. Please support the charities of the day, Byron Soup Kitchen & the Byron Environment Centre. Sorry, no dogs allowed. Info 6680 9703.
Human Rights day
Human Rights Torch Relay for China awareness raising day held Sun, Dec 2 at railway park at 10am. The relay will kick off & there will be talks, displays & music. All welcome to run or walk together with the torch bearers for as long as you choose. Info Margeaux 6685 8382 or visit humanrightstorchrelay.org.
Workers Club Indoor Bowls welcomes new players to play on Sundays 12.30pm (mixed), Mondays 9.30am (women) & Mondays 6.30pm (mixed). Bowls supplied. Info Maisie 6621 6061.
Lismore Camera Club meets Mon, Dec 3 at the Lismore Workers Club at 7.30pm. Set subject: Slide Show. All welcome. Info Kevin 6622 7899.
The Mental Health Family & Carers Support Group meets Mon, Dec 3 at the Lismore Workers Club from 10am-12pm. Coffee & tea available. After the meeting (weather permitting) we will retire to Heritage Park for a BYO end-of-year picnic/BBQ. All welcome. Info Ann 6624 4570 or 0421 302 495, or Robin 6688 2123.
Pimlico Ladies Charitable Organisation Christmas Hoi Afternoon & Christmas Party held Mon, Dec 3 at the Pimlico Hall at 1.30pm. Entry $3 plus $1 for raffle includes afternoon tea & prizes. For this special Christmas event there will be lots of extra prizes, a Christmas hamper, Christmas cake & wine to be raffled & lots of lucky door prizes to be won. Maybe Santa will be there! A bus departs from Crowley Village at 12.30pm & picks up at Ballina Rest Home, St Andrews Village, the bus stop in River Street & Ballina Quays Shopping Ctr. $3 return. All welcome. Info Gwenda 6683 4354.
Positive Parenting teaches skills & strategies to better communicate with your child or children. It is being presented by Interrelate and starts on Mon, Dec 3 from 6-9pm. Cost is $10. Info 6621 4970.
CWA Aville Xmas
CWA Alstonville craft, chat & cuppa morning held Mon, Dec 3 at the RSL Hall, Bugden Ave, at 9.30am. Alstonville CWA Branch Christmas lunch that afternoon at the Alstonville Plateau Bowling & Sports Club. 12 noon pre-lunch drinks & nibblies followed by lunch at 12.30pm. Info 6628 5660.
Lismore Target Rifle Club conducts target shooting every Mon & Wed night from 7pm at the Tuncester outdoor range. The sport gives people in the Lismore area the opportunity to participate in several different shooting disciplines. The club also provides firearms training & testing. Info Kevin 6625 1133.
Bingo every Monday & Thursday at the Lismore City Bowling Club at 10am.
Lismore Vision Impaired Support Group Christmas get together held Tues, Dec 4 at the Lismore Workers Club at 12pm. All welcome. Info Ann 6688 8269 or Peg 6628 0978.
PASS (Parents of Autistic Spectrum Support) meet for a cuppa & a chat on Tues, Dec 4 at the Far North Coast Centre for Autism (Aspect Office, cnr Green & Main St, Alstonville) at 10.30am & 4pm. Everyone welcome! Info Susan 6628 3660.
Do you like nice place? Come & spend some time at the Evans River Estuary kayaking while doing a clean-up of the riverbanks. Meet with enthusiastic people who care to be part of the solution. Held Tues, Dec 4 from 9am. Info Sergio 6682 6229.
Goonellabah Quilters welcome new members to their meetings on the 1st, 3rd & 5th Tues of every month (next meeting Tues, Dec 4) at McLeans Ridges Hall from 9.30am-2.30pm. Info Carol 6624 2956 or Robyn 6628 5399.Xmas
Casino Hospital Auxiliary will hold a Christmas Morning Tea at St Marks Anglican Hall in Barker St, Casino, on Fri, Dec 7 from 10am. There will be entertainment, a visit from Santa Claus, Christmas gifts & the drawing of the giant Christmas stocking raffle. Entry is $6 & all are welcome to attend. RSVP to Robyn 6662 3871 or Edna 6662 1814 by Tues, Dec 4.
You are invited to come & join Twilight Bowls & have some fun! Held Tues at 6pm at the Goonellabah Workers Sports Club. Dress: casual. Info Lloyd 6628 8292.
CWA Craft held every Tues at the CWA Rooms, Spinks Park, from 9am. Info Maureen 6621 2142 or Audrey 6622 0433.
Lismore Toy Library is open every Tues & Sat (except school holidays) from 9.30-11.30am on the ground floor of Lismore Library. New members & visitors welcome. Membership details & info Sue 6621 4827.
Breast Cancer Support
Lismore Breast Cancer Support Group meets Wed, Dec 5 from 6-8pm at Goonellabah Community Centre, next door to Child & Family Health, Oliver Ave, Goonellabah. Info Sue 6620 7664.
Alstonville Plateau Probus Club Inc. Mixed meets Wed, Dec 5 at 9.15am at the Alstonville Plateau Bowls & Sports Club Ltd, Deegan Drive, Alstonville. At this meeting selected members will talk about their life experiences. Visitors welcome.
Far North Cost Sleep Disorders Group meets on Wed, Dec 5 from 11am-12pm at the Old Convent Building behind the Admin Office at St Vincents Hospital in Lismore. We meet to offer support & advice to any persons who have been diagnosed with sleep disorders. Info Kevin 6646 8114 or Robyn 6662 1929.
St John Ambulance WorkCover-approved Senior First Aid courses & CPR held in Lismore on Wed & Thurs, Dec 5-6 as well as Sat & Sun, Dec 8-9. Also, SFA one-day Flexible Learning courses & SFA Re-certification courses on Tuesdays Nov 27 & Dec 11. Bookings to Chris 6621 8044.
Playgroup is a fun, inexpensive way for children 0-5yrs & their parents/carers to socialise, make friends & have a lot of fun. East Lismore Playgroup now has vacancies on Wednesdays. We meet at the Baptist Church Hall in Uralba St from 10am-12pm. Info Annette 6625 1443.
McLeans Ridges community meeting regarding the Cameron Rd development held Thurs, Dec 6 at the McLeans Ridges Hall at 7pm.
Xmas for under 5s
The YWCA & Lismore Communities for Children are holding a Christmas celebration for under 5yr olds & their parents/carers in Heritage Park on Thurs, Dec 6 from 10am-2pm. There will be free gift & decoration making, interactive music & storytelling workshops, sausage sizzle, parent info packs & free train rides. Come along & enjoy a fun-filled day celebrating Christmas with your toddler/child.
Xmas family fun
Lismore families are invited to Christmas Family Night at Bunnings Warehouse Lismore on Thurs, Dec 6 from 6pm. There will be free advice & kids DIY workshops for making Xmas decorations, carol singing & Santa will light the Bunnings Christmas tree. All welcome. Info 6621 2345.
Wollongbar Progress Association & Hall Committee invites all residents, especially new families, to a social get together evening on Thurs, Dec 6 at 7.30pm at Wollongbar Hall, Simpson Ave. Join us for a cuppa or Xmas drink. Well talk about progress & what the Association & Ballina Council have achieved for this lovely village of Wollongbar over the last 20yrs. Warm welcome to all. Info Marg 6628 0574.
Free breastfeeding support now available. If you would like to discuss any aspects of feeding your baby, drop into Southside Health & Hire Service at South Lismore on Thursdays from 9am-3pm & speak with Jeannee or Karen. Pregnant mums welcome. Info 6621 4440.
Learn a martial art that co-ordinates body & mind. Chinese combat exercises that build reflexes, timing & hitting like youve never seen before. Men & welcome. Classes held Thurs at Lismore City Hall from 7-8.30pm. Info Gavin 6684 5579.
Air Rifle Club
Lismore Workers Air Rifle Club conducts Air Rifle target shooting on Thursday nights from 6.30pm at the Goonellabah Workers Sports Clubs Table Tennis Centre. Anyone can come along & have a look & talk to Ollie. We teach juniors from the age of 12yrs. Ollie also conducts firearm training & testing. Info Ollie 6624 7497.
U3A Friday Forum held Fri, Dec 7 at the Gbah Workers Sports Club at 10am. Topic: Does increased prosperity kill community? New members welcome. Info Shirley 6624 3022.
Baby death support
The Northern Rivers Baby Death Support Group meets on the 1st Friday of every month (next meeting Fri, Dec 7) from 9.30-11am at the Child & Family Health Centre, Oliver, Gbah. All welcome. Info Judith 6620 2324.
New Vogue Dancing with Val held Fri, Dec 7 at Goolmangar Hall from 7.30pm. Christmas theme. $7 entry & supper included. Prizes on the night. Dance lessons start at 7pm before the main dance.
Lismores Living Library is held monthly. The next session is on Fri, Dec 7 from 11am-2pm at the Lismore City Library, 110 Magellan St, Lismore. Come along & borrow one of our Living Books for a half hour chat to learn more about the people you share this diverse community with. Info 6621 2464 or visit www.rtrl.nsw.gov.au.
Xmas BBQ & trivia
Christmas BBQ & Trivia Night held at Ruthven Hall on Sat, Dec 8. BBQ starts at 6pm with trivia from 7.30pm. $5 entry or $12 per family. BBQ prices vary. Raffles, lucky door prize & plenty of fun to be had. Info 6683 2430.
The final meeting for 2007 of the Far North Coast Branch of Cake Decorators will be held on Sat, Dec 8 from 10.30am for morning tea at the home of Maureen Jarvis, 7 Floral Avenue, Lismore. This will be a Christmas Party & you are asked to bring along $10 each & a gift to the value of $5. The CDA Branch will be in recess until Feb 2008. Demonstrations & workshops are held on the second Sat of each month. Info Lorraine 6686 2777.
Christmas choral music from the pens of some of the worlds best composers throughout time will be performed by Spiritsong on Sat, Dec 8 at the All Souls Anglican Church in Bangalow from 7.45pm. Relaxation can be difficult at this stressful time of year. We hope this program will help you unwind with music from Bach & Arcadelt to Rutter & Beibl with some Schubert & Bruckner thrown in for good measure, a few old fashioned carols plus lots more. Tickets $10/8 or $5 for children at the door.
Bunnings Lismore is holding workshops on Sat, Dec 8 to mark Crime Prevention Week & provide residents with tips on how to protect your home from crime. Workshops held from 11am-2pm plus crime prevention officers in store from 9am-3pm to provide extra advice. Bookings & info 6621 2345.
The members of the Lismore Chapter of The Compassionate Friends would like to extend a warm welcome to all bereaved parents & supportive friends of their families to join us at our Candlelight Remembrance Evening on Sun, Dec 9 at the Church of Good Shepherd in Bexhill at 6pm. This service provides bereaved parents with an opportunity to acknowledge the difficulty they experience facing Christmas & gives all those present an opportunity to light a candle & to dedicate some very special time to the memory of their child or children. Items that TCF members have contributed are read & visitors are invited to participate during the program. A light supper will be provided after the service. Info Glennys 6621 4086 or Dianne 6621 5558.
Alstonville Chorale will be presenting a program of music for Christmas, from Bach to more traditional Christmas carols, on Sun, Dec 9 at St Marys Anglican Church in Ballina from 2pm. Tickets $5 at the door.
Have a Happy Xmas
Have a Happier Christmas will show you tried & true ways to lower your stress levels, problem solving for tricky situations, how to plan & prioritise, making Christmas fun (no matter what!) plus a yummy morning tea. Held Mon, Dec 10 from 5.30-8pm or Tues, Dec 11 from 10am-12.30pm at Womens Health Matters (3rd Floor, 29 Molesworth St, Lismore). No cost. Bookings 6620 2999.
The Ballina Acapelicans plan to donate a share of their 10th annual Christmas Concert to Australian Seabird Rescue in honour of the Pelican Man, the late Lance Ferris. Secular & Christmas music performed by the 15-member mixed voice choir. Concert held Tues, Dec 11 at St Marys Anglican Church in Norton St, Ballina, at 7.30pm. Tickets ($12/10, $5 for kids or $20 for a family) at the door. Supper available at interval.
Understanding your purpose in life. Non-denominational spiritual education hosted by Angela Shirley. Held Tues, Dec 11 & 18 on the ground floor of Lismore Library, Magellan St. $12 entry.
Cocktail Hour for Women in Business & Professional Life held Wed, Dec 12 at the Lismore Workers Club Platinum Bar at 5.30pm for 6pm till 7pm. Cost $5. Come & spend a relaxing hour escaping from the Christmas rush. Share whats happening in your workday world & listen to the girls from Destiny who can make you feel special. RSVP to Patricia 0419 988 621 or 6622 0255.