Why not help out at a community organisation? You could meet new people, learn new skills & contribute to the local community. There are many opportunities available in the local area. Phone Jeannette at Volunteering Northern Rivers 6621 7397.

School alternative

ALESCO Learning Centre is a registered & accredited non-government school offering young people the opportunity to complete the school certificate in an alternative environment. We are now interviewing for 2008 enrolments. Contact ACE Lismore, 59 Magellan St, phone 6622 1903 or visit for enquiries.

Bills Team

If youre looking to volunteer in your community then please give Bills Team a go. Were a friendly bunch & its not hard work & time are flexible to suit you. If you can offer just 2hrs per week or fortnight please contact Sharon for more info. Bill needs your help. Phone 6624 7512 or email

Disordered eating

The Northern Rivers Support Group for people with eating problems is now being run monthly in Lismore. This mutual support group is confidential & recovery focussed. For info phone the Eating Disorders Foundation on (02) 9412 4499.

Audio volunteers

Looking for readers with a bit of acting flair for an audio project to help with Aaahh workshops. Phone 6622 5990 or email

Dining with Friends

Like to meet new friends & have fun? Meet fortnightly for dinners, dancing, BBQs, wine tours & more. Info 6624 5403 or email

Free meditation

Learn the Quan Yin Method of Meditation on the Inner Light & Sound under the guidance of the Supreme Master Ching Hai. Awaken your own inherent wisdom become more positive, compassionate & relaxed. Info & venue details 6624 7209.

Finding family

I live in England & am tracing my family tree & would like to find family I believe may be in your area. My grandmothers brother moved to Kyogle, Australia, on April 16 1920 aboard the Baradine steamship line P&O Australia via the Cape Service. His name was Charles Skilton, but his father died when he was young & he took his step-fathers name Ford. Charles married Anne McInnes on November 16 1948. On his marriage certificate his occupation was fireman & his place of residence was Horseshoe Creek. I think there is still family in that area & I would love to hear from anyone who knew him or is related to him. My name is Jackie Payne & I can be reached via email at

Over 50s Learning

The Over 50s Learning Centre Term 1 2008 Enrolment Day is Fri, Feb 1 at the Girl Guides Hall in Magellan St, Lismore, from 9am-12pm. Courses start Wed, Feb 6 & Fri, Feb 8. $60 fee. Info Ann 6628 4564.

Join Lifeline

Lifeline Northern Rivers is recruiting people to become Telephone Counsellors on Lifelines 24-hour telephone counselling line. Training commences for this daytime course on Tues, Feb 19. Phone 6622 4133 during business hours for an info package. Applications close Fri, Feb 1.

Nhood Club

The Neighbourhood Club meets every Friday from 10am-1pm for a social outing of entertainment, morning tea & lunch for the aged & the lonely. Our first meeting for the year will be on Fri, Feb 1 at the Goonellabah Community Centre as repairs to the recent storm damage at our normal venue, the City Hall, are not yet completed. Info 6624 5610.

Swing lessons

Swing lessons with the Summerland Rockers are held on the 1st & 3rd Friday of every month at the Italo Club in North Lismore. The first lesson for the year & new course starts Fri, Feb 1. 7pm beginners & 7.40pm intermediate/advanced. New students most welcome. Info Karen 6621 7921.

Weekly Housie

Helicopter Housie held every Friday night at the Lismore City Bowling Club, Molesworth St, Lismore. Excellent cash prizes. Eyes down at 7.30pm. Support the Life Saver Rescue Helicopter. Info 6627 4444.

TinCAN activities

TinCAN is holding Carpet Bowls on Fri, Feb 1 plus Scrabble & Games on Thurs, Feb 7. Both held at the Tintenbar Hall from 10am-12pm & include morning tea. Everyone welcome we are always looking for more players. We can help with transport. Phone Marg 6687 8033. Also ask about our fortnightly shopping bus. For Tai Chi enquiries phone Cheryl 6687 7686. Her class starts Mon, Feb 4 at Tintenbar Hall & places are still available.

Try canoeing

The Far North Coast Canoe Club has a come & try day on Sat, Feb 2 from 9.30-11.30am for a minimum fee. This day is based on basic instruction for people interested in becoming involved with the club in the sport of kayaking for either recreational touring, fitness, fun/pleasure or competitively. You need to be able to swim & should wear appropriate clothing/life jacket & sun block. Places are limited & registration essential. Phone Marion 6624 6998.

Family History

The Richmond Tweed Family History Society Inc meets Sat, Feb 2 at 2pm at the Ballina Players Theatre, 24 Swift St. Topic: Priests & Pimps with guest speaker Frank Harvey. All welcome. Info Nola 6686 3257 or Yvonne 6686 3598.

Ballina Scouts

1st Ballina Scout Group will be holding a Registration Day on Sat, Feb 2 from 10am-2pm. All new & existing members are invited to attend & sign up for the year. 2008 is also the Year of the Scout so why not get involved in this great organisation for boys & girls from ages 6yrs & over. Info Debbie 6628 5080.

Ruthven dance

Old Time/New Vogue Dance held Sat, Feb 2 at Ruthven Hall, Coraki Rd, at 8pm. Vals music, great supper, raffle & lucky door prize. Info 6683 2430.


The Northern Rivers Amateur Beekeeping Association meets Sun, Feb 3 at the home of Noelene & Geoff Muntelwit in The Channon opposite Coronation Park. There will be an activity & BBQ lunch for a small fee & a chance to win a raffle. The meeting will be held at 10am for 10.30am start. Look for the bee signs. Info Merv 6628 3687.

Byron Market

The next Byron Bay Community Market is on Sun, Feb 3. The Romaniacs will entertain from 10am-2pm & buskers will perform all day. Plenty for kids with candle making, face painting & tie dying plus a bouncing castle, merry-go-round & pony rides. Hundreds of craft stalls as well as fresh local produce & delicious food & drinks. And please support our charities of the day, Byron Preschool & Rainbow Dragons Abreast. Sorry, no dogs allowed. Info 6680 9703.

Ballroom dance

Social Ballroom Dance Classes (Old Time, Modern & Vogue) at Rous Mill Hall will restart on Sun, Feb 3 at 6.30pm & also Tues, Feb 5 at 6.30pm. Open to all ages. Info Dot 6628 0009.

Dog obedience

The Wollongbar Dog Obedience School will return on Sun, Jan 3 at 5pm at Hill Park Oval, Simpson Ave, Wollongbar. The Dunoon Dog Obedience School will start back on Tues, Feb 5 at 6pm at the Dunoon Sports Club car park. Classes cover basic dog obedience such as sit, stay, come & drop, plus socialising, health & nutrition. Small donation of $5 is charged. The school supports animal rescue groups. Info Janet 6628 2910 or 0402 443 988.

Strong Women

Strong Women! strength training classes resume Mon, Feb 4 at 5.30pm at the Red Dove Centre. Combat osteoporosis, increase muscle tone & lift your spirits for a great new year! Info Margaret 6621 3892.

Baden Powell

The first meeting for 2008 of the Baden Powell Guild will be held on Mon, Feb 4 at Margaret & Peters residence, Uralba, at 7.30pm. Anyone who has been a member of the Guide & Scout movements, or a supporter, is most welcome. Info Ellen 6681 3038 or Peter 6628 0350.

Hoi Afternoon

The Pimlico Ladies Charitable Organisation holds a Hoi Afternoon at 1.30pm in the Pimlico Hall on the first Monday of every month (next afternoon Mon, Feb 4). Entry $3 plus $1 for raffle. This includes afternoon tea of sandwiches & cake, lucky door & cup prizes. A bus departs from Crowley Village at 12.30pm & picks up at the Ballina Rest Home, St Andrews Village; the bus stop in River St at the Ballina RSL; & the Ballina Quays Shopping Centre on the highway. The fare is $3 return & the bus returns to Ballina at 4pm. The day will support the Life Saver Rescue Helicopter. Info Gwenda 6683 4354 or Jill 6683 4243.

Camera Club

Lismore Camera Club meets Mon, Feb 4 at the Lismore Workers Club at 7.30pm. Set Subject: Joy of Christmas (a photo showing the human pleasure experience associated with Christmas, such as singing carols, receiving gifts, eating good food etc). All welcome.

Mental health

The Mental Health Family & Carers Support Group will hold a meeting on Mon, Feb 4 at the Lismore Workers Club from 10am-12pm. The guest speaker, Val Gilmore from North Coast Area Health, will talk about her role in mental health. Coffee & tea available. All welcome. Info Ann 6624 4570 or 0421 302 495, or Robin 6688 2123.

CWA Alstonville

CWA Alstonville is resuming activities for 2008. Craft, chat & cuppa morning held Mon, Feb 4 at the RSL Hall, Bugden Ave, from 9.30am. Learn a craft, bring a craft to share or just turn up for a chat. Monthly branch meeting held Feb 11 at the hall at 1pm. Info 6628 5660.

Free mums group

Bonding with Baby A Helping Hand is program offering support, guidance & education to women & their families. If you are experiencing postnatal distress, bonding difficulties or just feeling isolated with your baby we offer the chance to chat & socialise with other women who may be experiencing similar feelings. Come join us in a free, therapeutic group led by our psychologist & meet some new friends. Morning tea provided & childcare assistance offered. Group runs Mondays for 9 weeks beginning Mon, Feb 4. Info Chereece 6621 2489.

Dads playgroup

Dads & Kids Playgroup. Join a group of Dads & Kids (0-5 year-olds) for fun, adventure & connection. Meets Mondays from 10am-12.30pm at the Scout Hall, 41 Wilson St, South Lismore. Info Michael 6622 6116.


Earth Healing Meditations through the heart of Maitreya are held every Monday night from 7.30-8.30pm at 17 Norris St, Lismore, with a cup of tea afterwards. Small group. Gold coin donation. Info Jacqui 6621 6060 (after 6pm).

Rifle shooting

Lismore Target Rifle Club conducts target shooting every Monday & Wednesday night at the Tuncester outdoor range. The sport gives people in the Lismore area the opportunity to participate in several different shooting disciplines that are contested at the range. The best time to visit the club is 7pm Mondays or Wednesdays. The club also provides Firearms Training & Testing. Info Kevin 6625 1133.

Girl Guides

Lismore Girl Guides recommence on Tues, Feb 5 from 5.30-7.30pm at the Guide Hall in Magellan St. Girls aged 7 to 14 are welcome & adults wishing to become Leaders Of Youth are also welcome. Lots of exciting activities are already planned: camping, abseiling, a trip to White Water World & a chance to learn some new skills. Info Sue 0429 395 336.

U3A Open Day

U3A Northern Rivers is having its Open Day on Tues, Feb 5 from 9.30am-2.15pm at the Lismore Workers Club. Approximately 30 courses & activities available. $30 single/$50 double entitles people to as many courses as vacancies allow. Tea & coffee provided. Info Helen 6683 1872.

Physical culture

Lismore City Physical Culture is holding a registration day on Tues, Feb 5 from 4-6pm at the Red Dove Centre. Physie is age appropriate choreography which combines ballet, aerobics, gymnastics & jazz for girls aged 5 to ladies. Info 0429 795 258 or email

Vietnam Veterans

The Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia, NSW Branch, Far North Coast Sub-Branch will hold their monthly meeting on Tues, Feb 5 at the Lismore Heights Workers Bowling Club. The meeting commences at 11am & is followed by a social get together & a sausage sizzle. The venue has access for disabled veterans including those in wheelchairs. New members & visitors always welcome. Info Sheldon 6624 4486 or Graeme 6624 1564.

Vision support

The Lismore Vision Impaired Support Groups next get together is on Tues, Feb 5 at the Lismore Workers Club from 1.30pm. All welcome. Info Ann 6688 8269 or Peg 6628 0978.

Toy Library

Lismore Toy Library reopens Tues, Feb 5 & is then open each Tuesday & Saturday during school term. Located on the ground floor of Lismore Library. 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 offers a highly-regarded, thorough preparation for university & is also suitable for those requiring a HSC level qualification for employment or further study. If you complete this course, your course fees will be refunded. Phone 6620 4700 for an expression of interest & attend the info/enrolment session on Tues, Feb 5 at 11am in room BG03.

Caroona luncheon

Annual Caroona Staff Luncheon held Fri, Feb 8 at the Goonellabah Sports Club. RSVP by Tues, Feb 5 to 0400 436 512.

Plateau Probus

Alstonville Plateau Mixed Probus Club meets Wed, Feb 6 at the Alstonville Plateau Bowling Club at 9.15am. The speaker at this meeting will be Helen Amorant from Centrelink. Visitors are welcome to join us at 9.15am & to enjoy the fellowship over a cuppa at the end of the meeting.

Democrats meet

Australian Democrats monthly meeting held Wed, Feb 6 at the Lismore Workers Club from 7pm. All welcome. Info Julia 6624 3731.

Trefoil Guild

The first meeting of 2008 of the Richmond River Trefoil Guild will be held on Wed, Feb 6 at 10.30am at the home of D. Westall, 379 Dalwood Rd, Alstonville. Please bring a packed lunch. Any ex Girl Guides or Support Group members who have made their promise over the years & still have Guiding in their hearts will be made most welcome. Info Lorraine 6686 2777.

Business meeting

Lismore Chamber of Commerce & Southern Cross Ten invite local business people to the first Business After Hours for 2008 on Wed, Feb 6 at the Southern Cross Ten Studios (Media Centre, Goonellabah) at 5.30pm. A great opportunity to network & promote your business to other local business people. Foster relationships & promote your business & product to a variety of people. Questions answered on how to advertise on TV & demos on making a commercial. RSVP to Molly 6621 4366 or email


Summerland Toastmasters Club meets on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday night at 7pm at the Lismore Workers Club. Visitors always welcome. Come & enjoy a fun-filled, informative evening. Info Judith 6622 6582 or Mary 6624 4840.

Day View Club

Alstonville Wollongbar Day View Club Luncheon Meeting held Mon, Feb 11 at the Pickle Palm Restaurant, Wollongbar Tavern. Fellowship commences 10.30am for 11.30am luncheon. Visitors welcome. Phone bookings or cancellations by Wed, Feb 6 to Chris 6628 5937.

First aid

Red Cross WorkCover approved Senior First Aid Course held in Lismore on Wed & Thurs, Feb 6-7 as well as Wed & Thurs, Feb 13-14 & then Sat & Sun, Feb 23-24. Bookings James 1300 367 428.

Square dancing

Learn Modern Square Dancing. Classes start Thurs, Feb 7 at 7.30pm at the East Lismore Uniting Church Hall, Wyrallah Rd, East Lismore. Info 6624 1885 or 0407 663 017.

Super pensioners

The Lismore Combined Pensioners & Superannuants Association meets every second Thursday (next meeting Thurs, Feb 7) at the Lismore Workers Club at 10am. Info Jim 6624 2134.

Stepfamily Realities

Relationships Australia & Community Connections are running a free 5-week course on Thursday nights from 6-8.30pm starting on Thurs, Feb 7 for adult couples adjusting to stepfamilies. The course will run at Community Connections, 17b Keen St, Lismore, & supper will be provided. Bookings Tammie 6621 3577 or Elly 6622 3143.

Art Society

Ballina Art Society meets on Thursdays from 9am-3pm at the Scout Hall in Canal Rd, Ballina. New term starts Thurs, Feb 7. New members very welcome. Info Barry 6687 6779 or Jan 6686 5895.

U3A forum

U3A Friday Forum held Fri, Feb 8 at the Goonellabah Workers Sports Club from 10am-12pm. Topic: Do lies repeated enough become true? All welcome. Info Lavender 0448 251 348.

Laurel Club

The monthly meeting of the Lismore Laurel Club of Legacy will be held on Fri, Feb 8 at 10.30am at the CWA Rooms in Spinks Park. Info 6621 4302.

LifeMoves info

People are invited to a free information session about the LifeMoves program. The LifeMoves program is for people with a mild to moderate intellectual and/or physical disability who are over 18 & have a desire to live independently in the community. The program offers intense training to assist in skills development such as budgeting, cooking, accessing the community & safety. The program is time limited & not intended for those who require intensive ongoing support. Info session held Fri, Feb 8 at the South Lismore Bowling Club in Wilson St from 10am-12pm. Morning tea provided & all are welcome. Info 6627 5039.

Qigong network

Come & celebrate Chinese New Year with the newly formed Qigong & Tai Chi Network at our first fun-loaded party on Fri, Feb 8 at 6.30pm at the A&I Hall in Bangalow. Anyone welcome, just bring a plate to share in the New Year of the Rat. Find out more about our get-togethers at solstices & equinoxes, practice some Qigong & Tai Chi movements, meet other practitioners & teachers, & hear about upcoming events, workshops & classes. Join the Network & share your skills by supporting World Tai Chi & Qigong Day celebrations on the North Coast in April. Info Astrid 6622 4604 or Suzanne 0434 230 042.

Cadet recruiting

The Australian Navy Cadets T.S. Lismore will be hosting a Recruiting Day on Sat, Feb 9 from 9-11am at the Navy Cadet Unit, Endeavour Close, Ballina. Prospective cadets currently aged 12-16yrs, male or female, who have an interest in learning about sailing, power boating, drumming, personal challenges, ceremonial training, team building & leadership are welcome. Call into the unit on Sat, Feb 9 or for info phone Carol 0413 803 844.

Free media course

XCELR8 Connections is running a free 9-week accredited course for young people aged 13-19yrs from Feb 11 to April 19 in Ballina, three days per week. Course includes digital photography, video & music, education & employment options, literacy & numeracy, & individual flexible learning options which may include support into additional short courses, Year 10, apprenticeships, traineeships etc. Transport & lunch will be available. Places are limited. Info 1800 617 228 or visit

Free groups

Casino Family Support Service is running 5 groups during term 1 this year. All groups are free & morning tea is provided. Childcare is available upon request. For info phone 6662 6792. The groups are: Breaking Free: Women Exploring New Directions (a group for women who have experienced violent or abusive relationships. Monday mornings starting Feb 11 in Casino). Womens Group (Wednesday mornings starting Feb 13 in Casino). Evans Head Womens Support Group (Wednesday mornings starting Feb 13 & running for 7 weeks in Evans Head). Coraki Womens Support Group (Thursday morning starting Feb 14 & running for 7 weeks in Coraki). Dads Support Group (Thursday mornings starting Feb 28 & running for 4 weeks in Casino).

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

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

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