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.


Learn the ancient 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.

Gestalt Clinic

Dada Prana is a senior student & part of the student clinic at the Northern Rivers Gestalt Institute in Lismore. He has also been teaching meditation for 37 years. He is supervised within the training program & also by his external supervisor. Sessions are held at 24 Simes St, Lismore Heights or at the Institute, 15 Coleman St. Phone 0400 797 231.

Are you a player?

Like to play indoor bowls, shuffle board, card games or bingo? Come & join a great volunteer team at Goonellabah who give so much pleasure & support to our residents. You will be trained, supported & valued. For an info pack phone regional volunteer co-ordinator at UnitingCare Ageing on 6624 8356.

Work with People

Looking for a way to make a difference in your community? Join the Lismore Social Support Volunteer team we are recruiting now. Volunteers visit & give practical support to socially isolated aged people & people with a disability. We are seeking people who get on well with others, have some spare time each week, drive a comprehensively insured car or have an LR licence. Very rewarding. Training provided. Info Sheila 6624 7089.

Join Rotary

The Rotary Club of Summerland Sunrise meets Fridays at 7.15am for a breakfast meeting at mary Gilhooleys in Lismore. Enquiries to 6683 4107.

Over 50s Learning

A reunion for all past members of the Lismore Over 50s Learning Centre is being planned for Seniors Week in April. For more info on this coming event visit the Girl Guides Hall in Magellan St, Lismore, on Fri, Feb 29 from 9am-3pm. Info Ann 6628 4564 (evenings).

Quit smoking

Smoking Solutions Group is a free course for people who want to quip smoking. Runs from March 5 to April 9 every Wednesday from 10am-12pm for 6wks. Places limited. RSVP by Fri, Feb 29 to Maryann 6620 7668.

Orchestra news

The Lismore Symphony Orchestra is planning a combined choral/orchestral concert on June 14 & 15 at Lismore City Hall. Rehearsals will commence just before Easter and will culminate in a weekend workshop on the weekend of the concert. Well-know opera choruses will be performed under the baton of guest conductor, Mal Hewett, from Sydney. If you would like to be part of this event, or for more info, phone 6628 1225 or email Early bird registration closes Fri, Feb 29. Registration accepted up to Easter.

Ruthven dance

Old Time/New Vogue Dance at Ruthven Hall, Coraki Rd, on Sat, March 1 at 8pm. Vals music. $7 entry. Lucky door prize, raffles & prizes. Great supper. Info 6683 2430.

Family history

Has Who Do You Think You Are inspired you to search for your family history? Then come along to the Richmond-Tweed Family History Society Incs next meeting on Sat, March 1 at 2pm at the Ballina Players Theatre, 24 Swift St. Topic: Exploring NSW Government & Police Gazettes. All welcome. Info Nola 6686 3257 or Yvonne 6686 3598. Keep an eye on this space for our upcoming seminar!

Flower Show

Casino & District Garden Club annual Flower Show & Fair held Sat, March 1 in the Presbyterian Hall in Casino. So spruce up your scarecrows & tin men, hose down your decorated garden hats & talk nicely to your plants for these popular competitions. Dont forget your art & photography entries & this years special competition for best garden article using recycled materials. The fun starts at 9am, featuring a fashion show & special guest ABC Radios Gardening Guru, Phil Dudman. Please drop off your entries between 6.30am & 8.30am. To book a seat on the Country Bus tour on Sun, March 2 at a cost of $22 phone Rae 6662 2210.

Wildlife carers

Wildlife carers are needed. WIRES will hold its next training weekend on Sat & Sun, March 1 & 2 at SCU Lismore. More wildlife rescuers & carers are needed in all areas. For info phone the WIRES Hotline 6628 1898 or visit

First aid

Red Cross WorkCover approved Senior First Aid (Workplace Level 2) Course held in Lismore on Sat & Sun, March 1-2 as well as Wed & Thurs, March 12-13; Tues & Wed, March 18-19; & Sat & Sun, March 29-30. Bookings James 1300 367 428.

Play netball in 08

Ballina Netball Association will be holding sign-on days at Kingsford Smith Park, Owen St, Ballina, on Sat, March 1 from 9am-12pm & on Sat, March 8 from 1-3pm. For ages 6 to 60 with all games played in Ballina. Info 6686 7191.

Musica Viva concert

Concert to open the 2008 season for Musica Viva Lismore held Sun, March 2 at 2pm at Lismore City Hall. Local talented youngsters Nick Hewett, trumpet, & Brieley Cutting, piano, return to the Northern Rivers after successfully furthering their careers to present this opening concert. Brieley was the 2006 winner of the keyboard section for Young Performer of the Year. Tickets are $35/30/17 from Dymocks Lismore & the ABC Centre in Ballina & at the door. Or save up to the cost of a whole concert by becoming a subscriber. Tickets for the subscription series to all 6 concerts are $180/150/90 or 3 concerts of your choice for $96/78/48. Info 6628 5361.


The Northern Rivers Amateur Beekeeping Association will meet to elect office bearers on Sun, March 2 at Merv & Shirleys home, 2/536 Wardell Rd, Alstonville. Please bring chairs & arrive at 10am for a 10.30am start. BBQ lunch & salads will be provided. All members & prospective members are encouraged to come to this very important event. All positions will be made vacant & present positions available for election/re-election. All interested people are most welcome. Look for the bees signs. Info Merv 6628 3687.

Junior AFL

Lismore Swans Junior AFL Sign-On & Family Day BBQ held Sun, March 2 from 11am at Tullera Hall on Dunoon Rd. All welcome come along & see is AFLs for you! Info Jill 6662 2650.

Clean Up Oz

As part of celebrating 100 years of scouting in Australia, 1st Ballina Scout Group & the Ballina Girl Guides would like to invite members of the community to join them for Clean Up Australia Day. We are meeting this Sun, March 2 at 8am at the Scout Hall in Canal Rd, Ballina. Bring some gloves, a hat, sunscreen & a water bottle. Info David 6681 5571.

About the Bahais

Devotional gathering & discussion on Bahai Perspectives on Global Issues held Sun, March 2 from 3-5pm at 625 Ballina Rd, Goonellabah. All welcome. Info 6624 1926.

Family history

The next meeting of the Northern Rivers branch of Thomas & Jane Rose Family History will be held on Sun, March 2 at the Lismore Workers Club. Info Jan 6624 1613 or Stan 6628 6072.


The next meeting of Lismore People for Reconciliation is on Mon, March 3 at 5pm at GunnaWannaBe, 18 Union St, South Lismore. We will be discussing this years plans for Reconciliation Week & Sorry Day. All welcome.

Computer group

Computer Users Group U3A Northern Rivers meets Mon, March 3 at the Lismore Workers Club from 10am-12pm. Topic: Using a Mini Media Player (MP3). Visitors very welcome. Info Brian 6624 1272.

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, March 3). 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 Crowley Village Nursing Home. Info Gwenda 6683 4354 or Jill 6683 4243.

Camera Club

Lismore Camera Club meets Mon, March 3 at the Lismore Workers Club at 7.30pm. Set Subject: Sunrise/Sunset. All welcome.

Mental health

The Mental Health Family & Carers Support Group will hold a meeting on Mon, March 3 at the Lismore Workers Club from 10am-12pm. The guest speaker, Fiona Murray, the education & training officer with Carers NSW, 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 craft, chat & cuppa morning held Mon, March 3 at the RSL Hall, Bugden Ave, from 9.30am. Collections for stillborn & premmie baby items may be delivered at this time. Info 6628 5660.

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).

Family first aid

The Red Cross is holding a Mum, Dad & Baby First Aid course in Lismore on Tues, March 4. The course is designed specifically for parents of young children up to 2yrs old. Class sizes are limited. Bookings to James 1300 367 428 or

Tuesdays with U3A

Tuesdays with U3A Northern Rivers meets Tues, March 4 at the Goonellabah Workers Sports Club from 2-4pm. Topic: The Elder Law Seminar with Stuart Garrett. Visitors welcome. Info Pat 6628 3766.

Free course

YWCA Goonellabah & TAFE are working in partnership to develop a community garden at the YWCA premises in Goonellabah. Together they are running a free course for full-time unemployed people who wish to return to the workforce. Gain skills in horticulture as well as having the opportunity to upgrade your writing, maths, communication & workplace skills. Course starts Tues, March 4 & runs until June 26. It will run on Wednesdays, Thursdays & every second Tuesday from 9.30am-4pm. Info Tania 6625 5806 or email

Join PVA

PVA is a unique Australia-wide organisation offering membership to all current & former partners of those who have served in a theatre of war; campaign; as peacekeepers/peace makers or other service deemed hazardous, as a member of the Australian Navy, Army or Air Force or one of the Australian Allied Forces. Members are offered support, friendship, information & understanding. The Far North Coast Support Group meets at the Lismore VAN office & alternately the Ballina RSL on the first Tuesday of every month. Info Lorraine 6687 4350.

Vision support

The Lismore Vision Impaired Support Groups next get together is on Tues, March 4 at the Lismore Workers Club from 1.30pm. All welcome. Info Ann 6688 8269 or Anne 6625 2421.

Friends of ABC

Friends of the ABC Northern Rivers Branch meets Wed, March 5 at 6pm at the Lismore Workers Club. New members welcome. Info Neville 6674 3830.

Open Day

The Child & Family Health Centre is holding an Open Day on Wed, March 5 from 3-7pm. There will be free food & entertainment including a clown & magician! There will also be interactive service displays where families can learn about the free services available through the centre. All families from the surrounding Lismore area are welcome. The Child & Family Health Centre is at 37 Oliver Ave, Goonellabah. Please come along & enjoy.

Democrats meet

Australian Democrats monthly meeting held Wed, March 5 at the Lismore Workers Club from 7pm. All welcome. Info Julia 6624 3731.

Trefoil Guild

Richmond River Trefoil Guild meets to elect officer bearers on Wed, March 5 at 10.30am at Wigmore Hall, Swift St, Ballina, commencing with morning tea. There will be a guest speaker & please bring lunch to share. 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.

Plateau Probus

Alstonville Plateau Mixed Probus Club meets Wed, March 5 at the Alstonville Plateau Bowling Club at 9.15am. Election of office bearers.

Build confidence

Building Self Confidence 6 sessions free. This small confidential group will focus on developing self esteem while providing the skills to communicate confidently in a variety of situations. Runs from Wed, March 5 to April 9 from 12-2.30pm at Interrelate, 143 Laurel Ave, Lismore. Bookings 6620 2999.

Square dancing

Learn Modern Square Dancing. Wednesday at West Ballina Lions Club Hall, Brunswick St, Ballina & Thursday at East Lismore Uniting Church Hall, Wyrallah Rd, East Lismore. Info 6624 1885 or 0407 663 017.

IWD fundraiser

100th Anniversary International Womens Day fundraiser for the Lismore and District Womens health Centre includes the Dixie Chicks film Shut Up & Sing plus project launch Cut It Out. All welcome. Held Thurs, March 6 at the Star Court Theatre at 6.30pm. Tickets $15. Contact 6621 9800.

Games morning

Scrabble & Games at Tintenbar Hall on Thurs, March 6 from 10am-12pm with morning tea. Everyone welcome. Lots of fun.

Super pensioners

The Lismore Combined Pensioners & Superannuants Association meets every second Thursday (next meeting Thurs, March 6) at the Lismore Workers Club at 10am. Info Jim 6624 2134.

Blackwall History

The Blackwall Historical Society meets Thurs, march 6 at 7pm at the Wardell Community Centre, 9 Sinclair St, Wardell. Agenda items include forthcoming heritage festival 3-day display featuring the Wardell & District Memorial Hall at the Wardell Community Centre. We are looking for any photos of events held in the hall over the years, memorabilia, newspaper clippings etc. Info Heidi 6683 4483 or Kate 6683 4678 (both a/hrs).

Reaching for Peace

Strengthen your spirit with a 6-week group called Reaching for Peace. Runs Thursday mornings from Thurs, March 6 to April 10 at the Lismore & District Womens Health Centre. This course is for any woman dealing with issues like anxiety or depression, or just needing better stress management & includes meditation, womens spirituality, self-help art diaries & naturopathic self care. Cost is $60. Info & bookings 6621 9800.

Air Rifle Club

Lismore Workers Air Rifle Club conducts target shooting on Thursday nights starting at 6.30pm at the Goonellabah Sport Club at 202 Oliver Ave, Goonellabah. Anyone can come along & have a look & talk to Ollie. We teach the juniors from the age of 12yrs. Ollie also conducts firearms training & testing. Info Ollie 6624 7497.


GriefShare recovery support group meets each Thursday evening at 7pm at the Christian Community Church at 51 Deegan Dr, Goonellabah (St Peters Anglican Church). GriefShare features nationally recognised experts on grief & recovery topics. Seminar sessions include The Journey of Grief, The Effects of Grief, When Your Spouse Dies, Your Family & Grief, Why? and Stuck in Grief. Info 6624 3150.


Free breastfeeding support is 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.

U3A forum

U3A Friday Forum held Fri, March 7 at the Goonellabah Workers Sports Club from 10am-12pm. Topic: Should we all be vegetarians? All welcome. Info Lavender 0448 251 348.

War widows

The monthly meeting of the Lismore War Widows Guild Club of Australia NSW Ltd is on Fri, March 7 at 10.30am in the CWA Rooms, Spinks Park. Info 6621 4302.

Baby Death Group

Northern Rivers Baby Death Support Group meets Fri, March 7 at the Child & family Health Centre, Oliver Ave, Goonellabah, from 9.30-11am. All welcome. Info Judith 6620 2324.

Living Library

Lismores Living Library is held monthly. The next session is on Fri, March 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 & learn more about the people you share this diverse community with. Info 6621 2464 or visit

Day of Prayer

The annual World Day of Prayer, organised this year by the nation of Guyana, have chosen the theme Gods Wisdom Provides New Understanding. I an age where knowledge is increasing at an incredible pace, it is good to be reminded that Gods wisdom surpasses any knowledge that we may have gained. You are invited to share in this service held at St Marys Anglican Church in Ballina (cnr of Norton & Burnet Streets) on Fri, March 7 at 10am. Join us in the worldwide chain of prayer.

IWD centenary

International Womens Day held Sat, March 8 at Bangalow Showgrounds. Celebrating 100yrs of womens struggle for working rights. Call for expressions of interest for women to run workshops & playshops (with feminist themes). For info email or phone 6621 1000.

Wildlife rescue

Learn about pelicans, seabirds, turtles & water birds at Australian Seabird Rescues presentation in Ballina on Sat, March 8. $30 includes notes, lunch & a tour of facilities. Advanced workshop Sunday morning. Registration essential. Info 6686 2852 (business hours) or email

Try canoeing

The Far North Coast Canoe Club (based in Lismore) has a come & try day on Sat, March 8. This day is for people interested in becoming involved in the sport of kayaking for touring, fitness, fun, pleasure, recreation &/or competition. You need to be able to swim & should wear appropriate clothing & sunblock. Day starts at 9.30am for registration & payment of a small fee, & finished at 11am. It involves familiarisation with equipment, getting set up in a kayak, basic strokes & paddling time on the water. If youre interested in having some fun on water, phone John 6628 2168.

Free course

Are you a friend, relative or carer of someone with mental health problems? Foundations is a free two-day education course for friends, families & carers of people with mental health problems in the Lismore/Ballina region. Taking place on March 8 & 9 in Lismore, the Foundations course will enable carers to meet others in similar situations, learn more about mental illness & the mental health system, learn how to develop coping skills, how to access local services & much more all in a safe & supportive environment. Info Fiona 6628 6416 or 0437 371 191, or email

Charity auction

Charity Auction Day held Sun, March 9 from 11am at the Clydesdale Motel & Steak Barn. The day will raise money for the Lismore Base Hospital Cancer Care & Haematology Unit. Live entertainment includes Dion & Ray Essery. 3-course lunch menu $50pp. All welcome! Bookings essential to 6662 5982.

Free course

Free course (conditions apply) in Certificate II Hospitality Operations. Develop skills in preparing, cooking & serving food & drinks along with hygiene, OH&S & customer service. Participate in workplace site visits, work experience, coffee making & more. A head start to your career in an enriched learning environment at YWCA. Course runs from March 10 to May 24 three days per week (Mon, Tues & Wed) from 9.30am-2.30pm. Interested? Contact Tania 6625 5800 or 0449 901 024, or email

Diabetes seminar

A special seminar presented by Diabetes Australia NSW called Connecting the Dots in Diabetes held Sat, March 15 at the Lismore Workers Club from 10.30am-3pm with morning tea at 9.30am. Speakers include diabetes doctor Dr Sultan Linjawi & diabetes educator Jo Harrison. Topics include diabetes & sleep apnea & diabetes, Type 2 diabetes & insulin, diabetes & diet, exercise programs, diabetes control & more. Free for members of Diabetes Australia NSW, $7.50 for partners of members & $15 for non-members (includes morning tea & lunch). All welcome. Registration essential by March 10 to Helen 6624 1194 or Betty 6686 2827.

Coffee & Dessert

Ladies are invited to a Coffee & Dessert Night with Robyn Porter & a fashion parade with a difference at the Casino Baptists Church on Thurs, March 13. Cost is $10. RSVP to 6662 2353. Arranged by the FNC committee of CWCI.

Community Mates

Community Mates is a 10-week training program for people who want to work actively positively with their mates in their community. We (YWCA & the Men & Family Centre) are offering a free course in effective communication skills. The course, Skilled Mates, starts on March 13 from 9.30am-1pm & covers topics such as communication skills for helping others, building rapport, listening skills, empathy, dealing with conflict, coaching, mentoring, planning & setting up community groups & more. The course will be held at 101A Rous Rd, Goonellabah. Transport is available. To register phone 6625 5804 or email

St Patricks Day

The Blue & White Auxiliary invites you to their St Patricks Day morning tea on Mon, March 17 at 10am at the Lismore Workers Heights Bowling Club. Irish singing by Sylvia Smith singers The Ten T-shirts. Cost is $10pp. Wear something green. Prize for the greenest outfit. Lucky door prize, tombolas & raffles. RSVP by Thurs, March 13 to Teresa 6624 2193 or Una 6624 1820. Proceeds to Palliative Care.

Lifeline sales

Clothing, books & bric-a-brac at sales in Uki Hall on Thurs, March 13 and Nimbin Hall on Fri, March 14, both from 9am-1pm. Proceeds to Lifeline. Info 6621 8516.

Dunoon bus

Northern Rivers Community Transport Dunoon Shopping Bus runs on the 2nd & 4th Fridays of the month. $10 return. Also picks up Tullera, Modanville, The Channon, Numulgi & Woodlawn. Commences Fri, March 14. Bookings & info NRCT 6624 7070 or driver Graeme 0408 484 995.

Kirby lecture

Justice Michael Kirby Lecture Series. Southern Cross University & the School of Law & Justice invites you to a keynote address by the Solicitor-General for the State of Victoria, Pamela Tate, on Fri, March 14 at the Whitebrook Theatre at SCUs Lismore campus at 6pm. Ms Tates address will discuss human rights in Australia. Cost $15pp. Fundraising dinner 7.30pm at Zest Function Centre on the Lismore campus. Cost $100pp (which includes lecture). Info Alice 6626 9607.

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Another successful year for junior cricket in Lismore

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