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.
The Natural Birth Education & Research Centre, located between Lismore & Ballina, offers childbirth classes, breastfeeding support groups & midwifery services. Info 6629 5312.
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.
Thursday will see the Social Dance at the Italo Club, instead of Friday as Friday is Good Friday & a public holiday. Dancing will be New Vogue, Old Time, Modern & R&R. Commencing 7.30pm. Vocals by Jimbo.
St Andrews Choir, Lismore, presents a program of words & music relating the messages of Easter. Music will include much-cherished hymns & sacred works through the ages from the pen of Mozart to that of Stainer & many in between. Held at St Andrews Anglican Church, Lismore, on Fri, March 21, at 5.30pm.
Crawford House Museum at 10 Wardell Rd, Alstonville, is open Fridays from 10am-4pm (closed Good Friday) & Sundays from 1-4pm. Come & see the fascinating photographs & beautiful local products in our latest display Agriculture, Horticulture & Timber on the Plateau.
There is another Beautiful Night (or El Leila Helwah as it is said in Arabic) organised for Sat, March 22 at Tuntable Falls Community Hall. This promises to be a fabulous night of Middle Eastern dance, music & food. Featuring our own lovely Nomad Dancers in a wonderful show being supported by the grooves of Middle Eastern band Shivarra, this is a show for lovers of great food & entertainment. Come & enjoy Middle Eastern fantasy, eat great food, watch beautiful dancing girls, or dance yourself to the hot beats & sinuous strains of Shivarra. Tickets $15 adults, children free. Doors open 7pm for 8pm show.
Buddhism Diamond Way Northern Rivers presents a series of talks on Love & Partnership by Buddhist teachers & long-term partners Maike Brill & Rob Sok over the Easter long weekend in Alstonville. Talks may be attended individually or as a whole. Info 6628 7002 or visit www.diamondway.org.au.
No CWA craft
There will be NO CWA Alstonville craft, chat & cuppa morning on Mon, March 24 as its Easter Monday. Thank you to all who contributed to our March collection for stillborn & premmie baby items. Info 6628 5660.
No computer group
The Computer Users Group U3A Northern Rivers will not meet on Mon, March 24. Info Brian 6624 1272.
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.
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. Tshis is an opportunity to meet with others who are moving into presence. Meets every second Tuesday (next meeting Tues, March 25 ) from 7-9pm at 7 Ridgeland Close, Richmond Hill. All welcome. Info Doug 6625 2364.
Northern Rivers Greens monthly meeting held Tues, March 25. The venue is the Lismore Workers Club & the time is 6pm. Past & potential members welcome. Info David 6688 0192.
Tuesdays with U3A
Tuesdays with U3A Northern Rivers meets Tues, March 25 at the Goonellabah Workers Sports Club from 2-4pm. Topic: My house in Umbria with Steve Jones. Visitors welcome. Info Pat 6628 3766.
The Alstonville & District Citizens & Ratepayers Association meets Tues, March 25 at 7.30pm at the Alstonville Plateau Bowls & Sports Club. Beyondblue, the national depression initiative, & COTA are working together to train peer educators to present this important topic to Alstonville residents. The presenter will be Jan Fitzgerald. Info & support is available & all are welcome. After the presentation there will be a general meeting including topics such as Alstonville bypass, anti-social behaviour, service signs & bollards in Freeborn Place laneway. Info Bob 6628 0506 or Di 6628 5416.
International Rainbow Club, a multicultural group, meets Tues, March 25 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.
Regional Community Online
Community members throughout the Northern Rivers who are interested in putting heads, hearts & actions together toward greater sustainability & local empowerment are invited to participate in Regional Community Meetings Online. Held every Tuesday from 7-8pm. Visit www.livingtogethernetwork.net to get yourself set up & ready to participate. Regional meetings with no travel time & minimal carbon footprint! Info Feather 0422 055 911.
Lismore Bujinkan Dojo invites new members 16yrs + to learn this traditional Ninja Samurai art. Sessions are held Tuesdays & Fridays in Lismore from 6.30pm. Info Roman 0423 177 140.
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.
Indoor Bowls at Ruthven Hall on Wed, March 26 at 7pm. Join the fun. $2 to play. Info 6683 2418.
Lismore Chamber of Commerce invites you to join them for the first Business Breakfast of 2008 on Wed, March 26 at Goonellabah Tavern at 7am. Speakers include Wendy Johnson from Lismore City Council, a City Safe committee representative & Michael Haddin Lismore Car Promotion. Cost is $20 (Chamber members) & $25 (non-members). RSVP to Molly 6622 4366 or email email@example.com.
The next meeting of the Ballina & Regions branch of the Northern Rivers Multiple Sclerosis Network of Care is on Wed, March 26 from 10am-12.30pm at the Activity Centre, Crowley Village (end of Cherry St) Ballina. Our guest is Kate Young, who is the MS Societys State Manager for Client Services. Ideas about approaches to strengthening MS regional referral pathways will be discussed. The centre has wheelchair/scooter access & climate control. There is no charge. Info Peter 6628 1761.
The Lismore Evening VIEW Club meets Wed, March 26 at the Goonellabah Workers Sports Club at 6.30pm for 7pm. Guest speaker is Cathie Eames from Meals on Wheels. New members & guests welcome. Apologies to Rhonda 6624 1950.
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.
Wardell & District Progress Association meets to elect office bearers on Thurs, March 27 at the Wardell & District Memorial Hall at 7pm. $5 per household membership due. All residents invited to attend & become involved in the decision-making process for the betterment of Wardell. Please support us & be proud to say Wardell: thats my town. Info Pat 6683 4360.
Ask a Lesbian to Lunch: An Outlook on Lesbian Health & Ageing held Thurs, March 27 at the Fruit Bowl in South Lismore from 12-3pm. Information & discussion about ageing, health & how to better support our community. Women of all ages invited! Free vegetarian lunch! Info Amber 0400 242 934 or Lavender 0448 251 348. For transport info & assistance phone 6622 1555. Brought to you by C.O.A.L, ACON, Tropical Fruits & Womens Health Matters.
The Lismore & District Womens Health Centre & the Law & Justice Foundation of NSW are offering a free half-day info forum on Responding to Victims of Sexual Assault. The forum is for workers in the non-government sector & will look at the myths, realities & impacts of sexual assault, as well as ways of getting help. Held Thurs, March 27 from 9am-12.30pm or 1.30-5pm at the Comfort Inn, 202 Molesworth St, Lismore. Numbers limited. Phone 9819 7357.
Community Mates is a 10-week training program for people who want to work actively 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, runs from March 27 to May 29 from 9.30am-1pm every Thursday & 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
U3A Friday Forum held Fri, March 28 at the Goonellabah Workers Sports Club from 10am-12pm. Topic: Who will benefit from a cashless economy? All welcome. Info Lavender 0448 251 348.
Numulgi Hall Easter Dance held Fri, March 28 at 8pm. Old Time & New Vogue dancing to Vals music. Prizes, raffle, great supper & $20 jackpot. All welcome. Proceeds to hall. Info 6628 2255.
Club Solo meets for lunch on Sun, March 30 at 12pm at Lennox Head. For details & bookings phone 6621 2144 or 6624 6142 by Fri, March 28. Single people (over 30) most welcome.
Caniaba Public School is having a Euchre Night at Caniaba Hall on Sat, March 29 at 7pm. Come & enjoy some fun. Lucky door prize & raffle on the night. $5 per adult. BYO drinks & nibblies. Supper will be provided. Info Tania 0411 445 442.
The annual Coraki Fete will be held on Sat, March 29 at the church, Adam St, from 9am. There will be a variety of stalls & morning tea. Come have a browse theres something for everyone!
Tullera Halls Euchre Night held Sat, March 29. Doors open at 7pm, games start at 7.30pm. $5 per head. Please bring a supper plate to share & BYO drinks. Come & have some fun while helping raise money for our hall. Players should be 16yrs or older. Info Pauline 6628 2060.
Quilt Fair trip
The CWA Lismore Branch is running a bus trip to the Craft & Quilt Fair at the Gold Coast on Sat, April 5. Bus departs Lismore 7am & travels via Alstonville & Ballina. $25pp. Bookings & payment no later than Sat, March 29. Everyone welcome. Info Elaine 6621 7125.
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.
Something new is happening in Casino for Red Cross Calling this year. Volunteers who have collected funds for Red Cross Calling may return their kits for the first time in person to the Red Cross Tea Rooms (Simpsons Parade, Casino, behind ANZ) on Sun, March 30 from 1-5pm. Donate online today at www.redcross.org.au, phone 1800 811 700 or at any Coles.
Richmond River Historical Society quarterly meeting held Sun, March 30 at 2pm at Lismore Regional Museum, 165 Molesworth St, Lismore. Guest speaker, Heritage Advisor Ken Young, recently completed a Conservation Management Plan for the museum building. His talk is entitled Theres Life in the Old Girl Yet. Info 6621 9993.
There is a need for volunteers from the Northern Rivers area to make one friendly phone call each day to a frail aged/disabled person. A short 30-minute info session will be held at 130 Keen St, Lismore, at 10.30am on Mon, March 31. Any interested persons most welcome. Phone Bernadette 6622 0788.
St Marys Anglican Church celebrates Lady day (Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary) Northern Zone Day meeting on Tues, April 1. 9.30am morning tea, 10am Holy Eucharist & Banner Parade. Guest speaker is Mrs Beverley Owens, a Triple Certificate nurse who has worked for CMS for a number of years in Tanzania. She has also served for 20yrs with Anglicare as Deputy Director Nursing. Lunch will be served at a cost of $8 with proceeds to Northern Outreach (Nungalinya College, Darwin). For catering purposes, tickets available at the Parish Office.