Read & write

Literacy & numeracy tutoring now available at the Lismore Neighbourhood Centre. Learn to read, spell & write, & learn to do simple maths. By appointment only. Info Jeannette 6621 7397.

Open Dances

March is National Square Dance Month & to celebrate local clubs are issuing an open house invitation to everyone to come along & enjoy a free nights entertainment at Alstonville, Ballina, Casino & Lismore. Fun to watch even more fun to try! For Alstonville & Casino phone Wilma 6662 6647, or for Ballina & Lismore phone Frances 6624 1885.

Sewers wanted

The Lismore Base Hospital Auxiliary UHA are seeking sewers to sew articles for babies & children up to 3yrs old, or novelty articles for their Showcase in the Coffee Lounge or their stalls in the foyer of the hospital. Materials supplied. Info Joan 6624 4666 or Betty 6624 1180.

Volunteers wanted

We are looking for community minded people who would be interested in volunteering at the Red Cross Tea Rooms in Lismore. A fundraising enterprise supporting people in need. Info Lynn 6621 7642.

Crawford House

Crawford House Museum at 10 Wardell Rd, Alstonville, is open Fridays from 10am-4pm & Sundays from 1-4pm. Come & see the fascinating photographs & beautiful local products in our latest display Agriculture, Horticulture & Timber on the Plateau.

Eyeglass appeal

Do you have unwanted eyeglasses which would help those in need? Please drop them off at Terry White Chemist in Lismore Central or Goonellabah Pharmacy for collection. All gratefully received. Info Gail 6625 1814.

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.

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. 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.

Over 50s reunion

A reunion for all past members of the Lismore Over 50s Learning Centre is being planned for April 9 during Seniors Week in 2008. For more info on this coming event visit the Girl Guides Hall in Magellan St, Lismore, on Fri, March 7 from 9am-3pm. Info Ann 6628 4564 (evenings).

Social Dancing

Social Dancing at the Italo Club, Nth Lismore. On Fri, March 7 we are having free revision/tuition of the Cinderella Waltz & the Empress Waltz from 6-7.30pm, followed by the regular Friday night dance. Info Jimbo 6621 4611.

Retirees meet

Far North Coast Branch of the Association of Independent Retirees (A.I.R.) next monthly meeting held Fri, March 7 at the Ballina RSL at 9.30am. Guest speaker is Page MP Janelle Saffin. Investors group afterwards for those interested in the stock market. All welcome. Info Don 6686 2400.

Tot Time

St Marks Toy Library Tot Time. A friendly group for parents of young children to make new friends, enjoy a cuppa & interact with their child. We meet 10am-12pm on Fridays in the small hall behind the Anglican Church off Simpsons Parade, Casino (KFC corner). Parking is usually available. Info Lis 6662 4350.

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.

Toy Library Casino

We stock quality toys to entertain or educate young children. We are located behind the Anglican Church off Simpsons Parade, Casino (KFC corner). Open Fridays from 10am-1.30pm. Info Lis 6662 4350 or Julie 6662 4618.

Play netball in 08

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

Cake Decorators

Far North Coast Branch of Cake Decorators meet Sat, March 8 at 9.30am for morning tea at the South Lismore Primary School Hall. This will be a workshop. Please bring your workbox & paste, & also a packed lunch. New members are invited to join us & are made very welcome. Info Lorraine 6686 2777.

Medieval Society

Rognvalds Lith Lismore Medieval Re-enactment Society next training held Sat, March 8 from 10am-2pm at St Marys Oval on the grounds behind Trinity Grammar on Bangalow Rd in Lismore. All are welcome to join & experience medieval life, times & combat. Info Jim 6622 2558 or visit

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.

Bonsai Society

Summerland Bonsai Society meets Sat, March 8 at the Uniting Church Hall in Keen St from 1.30pm. Info Dick 6629 1401.

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 Sat & Sun, 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.

Plant sale

Plant sale (to raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation) held Sun, March 9 at 5 Dunromin Dr, Modanville, from 9am-3pm. Cottage plants, bulbs, orchids, ivy, geraniums, coleous, day lillies, begonias, impatiens & more.


The Northern Rivers Sub-Branch of the National Servicemens Association is having a general meeting on Sun, March 9 at the Mullumbimby Ex-Services Club. Morning tea 10am, meeting 10.30am, lunch 12pm. Info 6621 3520.

Kitten adoption

Northern Rivers Animal Services are holding a Kitten Adoption Day this Sun, March 9, at 268 River St in Ballina from 11am-2pm. A small adoption fee applies which covers vet check, worming, flea treatment, vaccination, microchip & desexing. If youre looking to adopt 1 or 2 kittens come along. Info 6681 1860.

Living Library

Lismore City Library will now be opening on Sunday afternoons from 1-4pm beginning on Sun, March 9. This is in addition to the normal opening hours which are 9.30am-5pm Monday through Wednesday, 9.30am-7.30pm Thursday & Friday, & 9am-1pm on Saturday. Info 6621 2464.

Celebrate Recovery

A new initiative program to encourage fellowship & to celebrate Gods healing power in our lives as we work our way along the road to recovery in all areas of our lives. 5pm every Sunday evening at the Salvation Army, 32 Cambridge Drive, Goonellabah. Info Phil or Gwen 6624 7326 or 0407 579 251.

Computer group

Computer Users Group U3A Northern Rivers meets Mon, March 10 at the Lismore Workers Club from 10am-12pm. Topic: Windows XP revisited. Visitors very welcome. Info Brian 6624 1272.

CWA Alstonville

CWA Alstonville craft, chat & cuppa morning held Mon, March 10 from 9.30am in the RSL Hall, Bugden Ave. Learn a craft, bring a craft or just turn up for a chat. The monthly branch meeting will follow at 1pm. Reminder to bring a memento of your father & a memory from the past of something we no longer use today for our cultural activity. Collection for March is stillborn and premmie baby items &/or wool/cotton to make items. Info 6628 5660.

Day View Club

Alstonville Wollongbar Day View Club Birthday Luncheon Meeting held Mon, March 10 at the Pickle Palm Restaurant, Wollongbar Tavern. Visitors welcome. Fellowship commences 10.30am for 11.30am luncheon. Bookings & cancellations to Chris 6628 5937.

Expectant fathers

Building Better Dads is a course for expectant fathers. This free course runs for 3 Monday nights from 6.30-8.30pm starting Mon, March 10, at the Bangalow Community Health Centre. It covers topics such as fathering through the generations, communication, baby safety, nappy changing, breastfeeding & sex. For details & registration phone David 6687 0008 or 0401 145 078.

Climate action

BCAN (Ballina Climate Action Network) meets at 5.15pm on Mon, March 10 at Eco-Options. 18-20 Cherry St. The second meeting for the month will be on March 31 instead of Easter Monday. Info Sue 6686 0602 or 6686 8887.

Diabetes meet

Diabetes Australia NSW Lismore Branch monthly meeting held Mon, March 10. Seminar Sat, March 15 at 9.30am for morning tea. 10.30am start at the Lismore Workers Club.

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, 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 Mon, March 10 to Helen 6624 1194 or Betty 6686 2827.

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

Indoor Bowls

Indoor Bowls held at McLeans Ridges Hall every Monday at 9am. Morning tea provided. Bring your own lunch. Cost $3. Come along & have a great day. Info Lila 6628 1206.

Buddhist teachings

Buddhism Diamond Way Northern Rivers meets for meditation & practical teachings on Mondays in Alstonville at 7pm. Everyones deepest wish is for happiness. The only place one can find happiness is in ones own mind. Newcomers welcome. Info 6628 7002.

Eckhart Tolle Group

DVD screening followed by silent meditation. This is an opportunity to meet with others who are moving into presence. Meets every second Tuesday (next meeting Tues, March 11) from 7-9pm at 7 Ridgeland Close, Richmond Hill. All welcome. Info Doug 6625 2364.

Tuesdays with U3A

Tuesdays with U3A Northern Rivers meets Tues, March 11 at the Goonellabah Workers Sports Club from 2-4pm. Topic: Mental Health Support Group with Barbara Swain. Visitors welcome. Info Pat 6628 3766.

Arthritis Branch

The Lismore Branch of the Arthritis Foundation meets Tues, march 11 at 10am at the Goonellabah Senior Citizens Hall at 578 Ballina Rd, Goonellabah. Southside Pharmacy will present a display of practical & medical aids for people suffering from a disability &/or chronic pain. All welcome. Info Peggy 6624 1400 or Adam 6621 7837.

Rainbow Club

International Rainbow Club, a multicultural group, meets Tues, March 11 at the Lismore Neighbourhood Centre from 12.30-2.30pm. Please bring a plate to share. Come along & bring a friend. Info Jeannette 6621 7397.

Harmony Day

Volunteers are needed to help with Byron Harmony Day celebrations on Sat, March 15 from 12pm in Railway Park & the Byron Community Centre. This is a national day for celebrating our beautiful multicultural community. Get involved sing a song, dance, read a poem or Harmony Day message in your language, volunteer to help or just have fun. Come along to the Harmony Day meetings every Tuesday at 5pm at the Yurt, Aikido Centre, Melaleuca Dr, Byron. Info 6685 7789 or 0431 055 407.

Toy Library

Lismore Toy Library is open 9.30-11.30am Tuesdays & Saturdays (closed school holidays). Located on the ground floor of Lismore City Library, 110 Magellan St. New members always welcome. For membership details & info phone Lisa 6624 7336.

ALP meet

ALP Lismore Branch meets Wed, March 12 at the Lismore Workers Club at 7.30pm. Other branch members welcome. Info Doug 6624 8853.

Writers group

Fellowship of Australian Writers NSW Inc Far North Coast Regional meets on the second Wednesday of each month (next meeting Wed, March 12) at 7pm at the Lismore Workers Club. Interested writers & poets are welcome to join our friendly & supportive group. Info Josephine 6624 5558.

Ruthven bowls

Indoor Bowls at Ruthven Hall on Wed, March 12 (& March 26) at 7pm. Join the fun. $2 to play. Info 6683 2418.

Understanding Love

Every second Wednesday Remembering Enlightenment Seminars offer a non-denominational approach to spiritual awareness to assist the pathway to love. Meetings held at 7.15pm on Wed, March 12 & 26 on the ground floor of Lismore Library. Entry $12.

Scrabble Club

Lismore Scrabble Club meets every Wednesday from 12 noon at the Lismore Workers Club for some friendly, competitive Scrabble. Everything provided. All welcome. Info Svend 6663 1156.


Players & learners are all welcome to the Lismore Mah-Jongg Group. A happy, relaxed & friendly atmosphere. We meet at the Lismore Workers Club every Wednesday at 9.45am. Come & join us or for info phone Pat 6624 6267 or Mavis 6624 4228.

First aid

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

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.


Want to meet other parents & kids aged 0-5? Come to Noahs Ark Community Playgroup every Thursday from 9.45-11.30am at Lismore Church of Christ, cnr Rous Rd & Pleasant St. Please bring a piece of fruit to share! Info 0410 194 718.

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.

Koala training

The Koala Care Centre in Lismore enables those who want to work directly with koalas to do so on a rostered basis. Introduction to Friends of the Koala sessions are being offering at the Lismore Workers Club on Thurs, march 13 from 6-8pm & on Sat, March 15 from 10am-12pm. A half-day Basic Training course will be held on April 12. To learn more about Friends of the Koala, its work & how you can make a difference phone 6622 1233, email or visit

Laurel Club

The monthly meeting of the Lismore Laurel Club of Legacy will be held on Fri, March 14 at 10.30am at the CWA Rooms in Spinks Park. Info 6621 4302.

U3A forum

U3A Friday Forum held Fri, March 14 at the Goonellabah Workers Sports Club from 10am-12pm. Topic: Are people basically good or bad? All welcome. Info Lavender 0448 251 348.

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.

Greatest Shave

Worlds Greatest Shave for a Cure held Sat, March 15 at Lismore Shopping Square from 10am-2pm. This is the 10th anniversary of the first big shave held in Lismore which became the Worlds Greatest Shave. So why not shave or colour your hair for this special occasion & help raise money for the Leukaemia Foundation. Register now on 1800 500 088 or visit

Garage sale

The Friends of the Carmelite Nuns will be holding their 16th annual Garage Sale at 9 Star Avenue, Goonellabah, on Sat, March 15 & Sun, March 16 at 7am. This is Steptoes at its best. See you there.


Kuan Yin Meditation Centres Day of Mindfulness for March 15 & 16 will be 2 days with visiting teacher, Patrick Kearney. Suitable for beginners & experienced meditators. Info Christine 6689 7116.World on a Plate

The International Rainbow Clubs next multicultural dinner World on a Plate is on Sun, March 16 at the Lismore City Bowling Club from 6pm. $20 adults, $8 kids. This months dinner is celebrating Harmony Day & St Patricks Day. Bookings & tickets from Council 6627 4100 or the Bowlo 6621 5991.

Free health talk

Free health seminar entitled Combating Stress, Depression & Anxiety Naturally held Tues, March 18 at 1pm at Womens Natural Medicine (Suite 1, 70 Main Street, Alstonville). Phone Angela 6628 1920 or email to reserve your seat.

New Italy Day

New Italy Descendants Day 2008. The descendants of the infamous Marquis De Rays expedition are holding the 127th anniversary of their arrival at new Italy (10km south of Woodburn) on Sun, March 30. Celebrations commence with mass at 10am. Food & entertainment for the remainder of the day.

Historical trip

Alstonville Plateau Historical Society is having a guided bus tour during Heritage Week on April 12. Start at Crawford House, continue to Ballina & follow the Ballina-Booyong railway line, stop for lunch at Eltham Valley Pantry & visit Peter Sandersons replica of the line at Clunes. $40pp. Bookings Jane 6628 3925.

Woolies reunion

Past & present employees of Lismore 2666 & Lismore 2550 are invited to a reunion on May 3 2008. Info Lyn at Woolworths Lismore Central.

Volunteer Expo

After its great success in 2007, a second Lismore Community Volunteer Expo is set for Thurs, May 15. Non-profit organisations in the Lismore district that need volunteers for their service are invited to contact the Lismore Neighbourhood Centre on 6621 7397 for details.

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.

Elsa Pataky stuns in incredible beach workout

Elsa Pataky stuns in incredible beach workout

Elsa Pataky treats fans to one of her intense leg workouts on the beach

Kindness please

Kindness please

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Compassionate funds fuel fantastic night

Compassionate funds fuel fantastic night

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