Foster carers needed!

Life Without Barriers is seeking carers to provide care for young people & people with disabilities in out of home care. Carers receive extensive training, 24hr support & an attractive fee for service. Info 6681 4472.

Free walking

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.

First aid volunteers

Lismore St John Division is recruiting 10 new volunteers to help them provide first aid at local community events. Free advanced training & uniforms are provided. Do something really special in your community while advancing your first aid skills. Phone St John on 6621 8044 or visit the office at 105 Molesworth St, Lismore.

Christmas Dance

South Gundurimba Halls next monthly dance held Fri, Dec 21 in the hall on Coraki Rd from 8pm. This will be our special Christmas Dance will all the fun of a party. Numerous prizes for those who dress in the Christmas spirit, plus several giveaways & prizes. Dancing to Vals music for Old Time, Modern & New Vogue dances. There will also be door prizes & giveaways throughout the night, a raffle plus a lovely Christmas supper will be served. Entry is $7 adults, $2 high school goers & other kids free. Info Lorna 6629 0255 or Alan 6629 0313.

Choirs & carols

A Celebration of Nine Lessons & Carols with the combined choirs of St Andrews Anglican Church & St Carthages Cathedral held Fri, Dec 21 at St Marys Anglican Church in Ballina from 7.30pm. Following in the best tradition of Kings College, Cambridge, UK, the true story of Christmas in word & song will be presented locally, by local choirs. All welcome to come & enjoy the true spirit of Christmas with some sublime music & join in a selection of carols. Free entry.

Health workshop

Energy Medicine & Emotional Health, a workshop with Dr Jacqueline Boustany, will be held on Sat, Dec 22 at the Nimbin Regional (Rainbow) Gallery 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 $50 employed & $30 unemployed/pensioner. Includes morning tea.

Xmas Eve carols

A Christmas Eve Carol Service will be held in Pearces Creek Hall at 7pm. Hear the singing of favourite Christmas carols plus a message from the Salvation Army. Light supper to follow. All welcome.

Nativity Play

Childrens Christmas Eve Service & Nativity Play held Mon, Dec 24 at St Bartholomews Anglican Church Hall at 5pm. The Anglican Community Hall is on the corner of Daley St & The Avenue, Alstonville. Info 6628 0231. We pray for everyone a happy & holy Christmas the Alstonville Anglican Parish.

New Year dance

Come & celebrate the old year out & the new year in at Numulgi Hall on Mon, Dec 31. Old Time & New Vogue dancing to Vals music from 8pm. Prizes, raffle, a great supper & a $75 jackpot. All welcome. Adults $7 & high school students $2. Proceeds to hall. Info 6628 2255.

Living Library

Lismores Living Library is held monthly. The next session is on Fri, Jan 4 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

First aid 2008

Red Cross WorkCover approved Senior First Aid Course held in Lismore on Sat & Sun, Jan 19-20 as well as Wed & Thurs, Jan 30-31. Bookings & info James 6622 3244 or 1800 150 058.

Free TAFE course

Lismore TAFE is offering a free course in 2008 called Introduction to Community Services for Women from Diverse Cultural & Linguistic Backgrounds. Runs from Feb 27 to June 27 2008, three days per week. The course is for unemployed women who want to improve their job opportunities in the Australian workforce. Includes an intro to working in the Community Services Industry & will teach skills in computers, writing a resume, applying for a job & English language. To enrol attend the info session held Thurs, Jan 31 at 11am at Lismore TAFE campus. If you cannot attend the info session or for more info phone Jenny 6623 0272 or email after Jan 29.

Interpreting course

Lismore TAFE is running a Interpreting Prepatory course starting April 28 2008 for people who want to prepare for the National Accreditation Authority for Translators & Interpreters (NAATI) test at the paraprofessional level. The course provides training in interpreting techniques, intercultural community skills & knowledge of the professional practices & ethics of interpreting. To enrol attend the info session held Thurs, Jan 31 at 11am at Lismore TAFE campus. Fee of $209 per semester (some people may be eligible for concession). If you cannot attend the info session or for more info phone Jenny 6623 0272 or email after Jan 29.

Toy Library

Lismore Toy Library is closed for school holidays. Reopens Tues, Feb 6 (after school holidays end) & then each Tuesday & Saturday during school term. Located on the ground floor of Lismore Library. Merry Christmas & holidays! New members always welcome. Info Lisa 6624 7336.

Tertiary prep

Wollongbar TAFE is again offering the Tertiary Preparation Certificate IV in 2008. Designed for mature-aged students, this HSC equivalent course provides a highly-regarded preparation for university & is also suitable for students wishing to enter the Defence Forces. It can be studied full or part-time. If you complete this course, your fees will be refunded. Phone 6620 4700 for an info package & an expression of interest.

Want to work or study?

Want to get back into work or study but not sure where to get started? Wollongbar TAFEs successful Preparation for Work & Study course will boost your confidence & provide you with essential job seeking & study skills. This free course has a welfare industry skills focus but is also a valuable preparation for any work & study area. It includes computer training & work experience. Relaxed & friendly, within school hours, 3 days a week. Held Semester 1, 2008. Info Pam 6620 4765.

Childcare course

Wollongbar TAFE is offering a free womens course (CEW) in Semester 1, 2008. Designed for women interested in taking the first steps towards working in the childcare industry. This course can help you receive credit towards other childrens services courses. You will learn basic computer & job seeking skills, & it includes one weeks work experience. The course runs from 15hrs per week within school hours. An info session will be held on Tues, Feb 12 at the Wollongbar campus (room BG03) at 10.30am. For an expression of interest phone 6620 4700.

Heroes & Angels!

What a wonderful way to begin your new year. Do you have five days in February from the 18th to the 22nd? UnitingCare-Ageing are offering an exciting opportunity to train as volunteer visitors at their complex in Goonellabah. Info Jan 6624 6333.

Where are they now?

Lismore High School students, year of 1958. Next year marks 50yrs since we left school. Plans are underway for a reunion to be held on Oct 4 & 5 2008 for all students who attended &/or completed the Leaving Certificate of 1958. Info & contact details from former students & teachers would be appreciated. Contact Coral 6628 0473 or Jeanette 6629 1430.

Be tick aware

Be tick aware

Government funding for research into tick bites as season ends

Another successful year for junior cricket in Lismore

Another successful year for junior cricket in Lismore

Far North Coast team among best in carnival

A day in the life of the 'usual stuff' with friends

A day in the life of the 'usual stuff' with friends

Friendship can be a fickly beast