Enjoy driving?

The Men & Family Centre based in Lismore runs groups for men who want to explore new ways of creating respectful relationships with themselves & their family. They are currently running their MEND groups (Men Exploring New Directions) in Lismore, Casino & Ballina. These evening groups are ongoing & can be joined anytime. Info 6622 6116.

Enjoy driving?

Why not do a bit of driving for a community organisation that depends on the support of caring people such as you. There are organisations needing people to drive buses, trucks, cars, visiting the elderly &/or social outings. If you think thats you, phone Jeannette 6621 7397.

Student nights

Lismore Library is offering activity nights for high school students on the second Thursday of each month from 5.30-7.15pm. The first session is badge making on Thurs, April 10. Participants can bring along their own pictures to make badges or use the ones supplied. For info on the next sessions phone 6621 2464 or visit the branch.

Laurel Club

The monthly meeting of the Lismore Laurel Club of Legacy will be held on Fri, April 11 at 10.30am at the CWA Rooms in Spinks Park. Info 6621 4302.

Carpet Bowls

The friendly people of Tintenbar are playing Carpet Bowls at the beautiful Tintenbar Hall on Fri, April 11 from 10am-12pm with morning tea. No need to book, just come along, or phone mary 6687 8033 for info.

Volunteer info

Do you want to know more about The Men & Family Centre & the programs that they provide? Do you want to know more about contributing to the community in a special way by volunteering at The Men & Family Centre? Then you may be interested in attending upcoming information/orientation sessions being held on Fri, April 11. Information Session 9am-12pm, then free BBQ lunch, then Orientation Session from 1-2pm. Held at The Men & Family Centre, 17e Keen St, Lismore. Phone 6622 6116 to confirm your spot.

Rock Valley fundraiser

Rock Valley Hall fundraiser, The Casino Royale, held Sat, April 19 at 6pm. Dress to the occasion ladies get your feather boas & gentlemen don your waistcoats & ties & come along. Monopoly money will be issued for players to use for the games & for the auction. Tickets $25 & bookings essential by Fri, April 11. The night includes nibblies & a roast dinner followed by games & the auction. Supper provided & refreshment available. Money will go towards a new project by Rock Valley Hall Inc, who want to move the Post Office to a block of land adjacent to the hall. Any donation of prizes for the auction would be welcomed. Tickets & info Jenny 6629 3290 or Gordon 6629 3242.

Join Rotary

The Rotary Club of Summerland Sunrise meets Fridays at 7.15am for a breakfast meeting at Mary Gilhooleys in Lismore. This Fri, April 11 will feature guest speaker Chelle Cole, the Red Cross Regional Youth Program Co-ordinator for Northern NSW. She will give an overview of Red Cross youth programs & specific information on SAM (Save A Mate) which educates young people in school how to help a friend, who has suffered a drug or alcohol overdose, before the ambulance arrives. People interested in attending phone 6683 4107.

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. Also, if you come from an Alstonville & district family, we may be able to help you with your research.

Historical trip

Alstonville Plateau Historical Society is having a guided bus tour during Heritage Week on Sat, 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.

Trivia Night

Trivia Night at Ruthven Hall on Sat, April 12. BBQ on sale 6pm, trivia at 7.30pm. BYO nibblies & drinks. Tables of 8 & bookings a must. Also raffles & fun. Entry $5 or $12 for a family. Bookings & info 6683 2430 or 6683 2090.

Bonsai Society

Summerland Bonsai Society meets Sat, April 12 at the Uniting Church Hall in Keen St, Lismore, from 1.30pm. Info Dick 6629 1401.

CPR course

Red Cross is holding a WorkCover approved Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation Course in Lismore on Sat, April 12. Bookings James 1300 367 428 or www.redcross.org.au/firstaid.

Cake Decorators

Far North Coast Branch of Cake Decorators meet Sat, April 12 at 9.30am for morning tea at the South Lismore Primary School Hall. This will be a meeting & demonstration to follow. Please bring your packed lunch. New members are invited to join us & are made very welcome. Info Lorraine 6686 2777.

New SCOPE Club

The Ballina Ladies SCOPE Club are a fun loving group of women who do lots of charity fundraising & also have lots of fun & social activities. We are trying to form a SCOPE. Club in Lismore. Anyone interested can meet for a coffee & a chat at the Left Bank Caf on the 2nd Saturday of the month at 10am. Next coffee morning is Sat, April 12. The Ballina club has 25 members & we raise $20,000 a year for local charities. We also have lots of fun & companionship. Anyone interested phone Marilyn 6687 6766.

Botanic Gardens

Friends of the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens (FLRBG) next meeting held Sat, April 12 at the Blue Tongue Caf at 9am. Our next workday is Sun, May 4 from 7.30am. You are invited to join our friendly group of volunteers to plant, weed, mulch & water amidst the growing rainforest, followed by morning tea. Why not give us a try? New members always welcome (you can join on site). Info Denis 6689 5261 or Pat 6629 1435.

Caravan Club

Does your caravan, motorhome, campervan or camper trailer sit at home wondering when the next time it will be taken on a holiday? The Summerland Caravan Club has regular trips, approximately one every two months, from weekend escapes to 4 or 5-week adventures. On Sun, April 13, we are having our bi-monthly meeting/picnic lunch in Missingham Park at Ballina from 10am. Info Colin 6686 2722 or Kevin 6681 6903, or email summrvan@bigpond.net.au.

Holiday Kids Club

Free Holiday Kids Club (co-ordinated by the Wollongbar Community Sunday School & Kids Club) runs from Mon, April 14 to Fri, April 18 at Wollongbar Public School. Bible lessons, games, crafts, snack & prizes. Runs 9.30am-12pm daily. All school age children welcome. Register your involvement by Sat, April 12 at the IGA Wollongbar. Info David & Karen 6628 6965 or John & Robyn 6628 3459.

CWA Alstonville

CWA Alstonvilles weekly craft, chat & cuppa morning held Mon, April 14 together with the Great Australian Bite diabetes morning tea from 9.30am at the RSL Hall, Bugden Ave, Alstonville. All welcome by donation. Proceeds to Diabetes Association. CWA Alstonville will also have it monthly branch meeting in the RSL Hall at 1pm that day. Collection for April is hospital visiting items. Info 6628 5660.

Climate Change

The next meeting of BCAN (Ballina Climate Action Network) is Mon, April 14 at 5.15pm at Eco-Options, 18-20 Cherry St, Ballina. All welcome. Info Sue 6686 0602 or email tony@eco-options.com.au.

Living with Quality

The Carroll Centres Day Rehabilitation Unit is running another Living With Quality group for people with long-term physical disabilities who are under 60. The group gives people living with physical disabilities a chance to get together to hear & talk about issues that affect their lives. Meeting together to learn & talk can be one way of building connections, strength & hopefully, quality of life. Topics include everything from pain management & relationships to exercise & relaxation. Runs for 7 sessions every Friday from Fri, April 18 to June 13 from 1-3.30pm at the Carroll Centre in the St Vincents Hospital grounds. Afternoon tea provided. Your own transport is essential. Info & registration (by Mon, April 14) to 6627 9393.

Script writing

Secure your place in our Scriptwriting Course starting April 28 in the Inspired Youth Studio at Planet Music Lismore. Limited places available. Learn how to write for the stage, radio, film & TV with the opportunity of having your script chosen for performance by the Inspired Youth Theatre Troupe. Info & bookings Tamaya 6621 2038 or 0422 220 830. Inspired Youth Theatre Camp bookings close 5pm on Mon, April 14. Limited place so be sure to secure yours on the above numbers!

Art for kids

Kids Art Lab Holiday Program runs from April 14-25. Everything from painting & sculpture to puppet making & tie-dying on offer. Classes run daily at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium in Lismore from 10.30am-12pm. $15 per class. Bookings & info 0429 384 677 or email kidsartlab@hotmail.com.

Ruthven euchre

Euchre at Ruthven Hall on Tues, April 15 at 7.45pm. $3 to play. Please provide plate for supper. Info 6683 2128.

Hospital Auxiliary

Ballina Hospital Auxiliary meets Tues, April 15 at 1.30pm in the hospital solarium. All welcome. New members needed.

Day VIEW Club

Lismore Day VIEW Club will host its first monthly meeting under the new format on Tues, April 15. This will be a friendship meeting & full morning tea at the Lismore Workers Club at 10am. Cost $8. Apologies to Pat 6624 1272.

Casino Aglow

Aglow Casino invites all women to come & hear our guest speaker, Christine Mitchell, on Tues, April 15 at 10am at the AOG Hall, 2 Dean St. Aglow is a non-denominational network of caring Christian women. Entry is $6 & includes morning tea. Info Margaret 6663 1485.

Vietnam Veterans

The Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia, NSW Branch, Far North Coast Sub-Branch will hold their monthly meeting on Tues, April 15 at the Lismore Heights Workers Bowling Club. The meeting commences at 11am & is followed by a social get together & 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.

Orchid Society

City of Lismore Orchid Society meets on the third Tuesday of every month (next meeting Tues, April 15) at 7.30pm at the Lismore Workers Heights Bowls Club. All welcome. Info Ron 6624 2316.

Anzac Show

Northern Rivers Cavy Society fundraising Anzac Show on behalf of the 216 Army Cadet Unit held Sun, April 20 at Clunes Coronation Hall. Entries close Tues, April 15. Starting 9am. Guest judges for the novelty classes. Lunch is available (please bring a dessert). An amended schedule will be used. Fun & games all day! Info Glenys 0423 758 625 or 6642 6964, or Cathy 6687 9577.

CWA Ballina

The CWA Ballina Branch friendship, craft & cuppa morning held every Wednesday from 9am-12pm in their rooms, Captain Cook Park, River St (next to the RSL). Everyone welcome. Info 6686 5048.

First aid

Red Cross WorkCover approved Senior First Aid (Workplace Level 2) Course in Lismore on Wed & Thurs, April 16-17 as well as Tues & Wed, April 29-30. Bookings to James 1300 367 428 or www.redcross.org.au/firstaid.

Gbah Probus

Members & visitors of the Probus Club of Goonellabah are invited to attend the next meeting on Thurs, April 17 at the Goonellabah Workers Sports Club at 10am. Visitors welcome. Guest speaker: Gary Abblett on DNA & Genetic Engineering. Info Raema 6624 1447.

Compassionate Friends

The Compassionate Friends is a caring support group for any parent whose child has died at any age. The next sharing meeting is on Thurs, April 17 at the Activities Centre (rear of the Baptist Church, Uralba St, Lismore) at 7.30pm. The Baptist Church is the large A-frame building near Lismore Base Hospital. Info 6621 4086 or 6621 5558.

CWA Aville stall

CWA Stall at Alstonville Plaza on Thurs, April 17 from 8.30am-12pm. Cakes, pickles, jams, produce, plants, books & handicrafts. Info 6628 5660.

Super pensioners

The Lismore Combined Pensioners & Superannuants Association meets every government pension day (next meeting Thurs, April 17) at the Lismore Workers Club at 10am. Info Jim 6624 2134.

Freedom From Fluoride

All interested in learning more about fluoride & its dangers to your health & the environment are welcome to attend the monthly meeting on Thursday at 6pm at the Lismore Workers Club. Info Jill 6662 2650.

Monthly dance

South Gundurimba Hall next Monthly Dance held Fri, April 18 in the South Gundurimba Hall, Coraki Rd, at 7.30pm. Dancing will be to Vals music for Old Time, Modern & New Vogue dances. Door prize, giveaways & raffle with great prizes. We invite one & all to come along & share with us. Entry $7 adults, $2 high school goers & other children free. Info Lorna 6629 0255 or Alan 6629 0313.


Ever wanted to try archery? Great Eastland Archery Club Lismore is having a Come & Try Day on Sat, April 19 from 1-4pm at Arthur Park, North Lismore. Cost is $10. Bookings essential to Graham 6622 1949.

Author talk

Local author Katie Patterson will be speaking at Lismore City Library (110 Magellan St) on Sat, April 19 from 10am-12pm about her book, Cooking with Lemon Myrtle, from Katies kitchen with love. She will also have samples to taste test. Everyone welcome to enjoy this visit by Katie. Info 6621 2464.

Poultry show

Lismore Poultry Club Young Bird & Juniors Exhibitors Show held Sat, April 19, at the Lismore Showground Poultry Pavilion. Info Ross 6621 6783.

Wardell market

Wardell Convent Market day held Sat, April 19 from 8am in the grounds of the Catholic Church. Breakfast, BBQ, Devonshire tea, jams & pickles, delicious cooking, fresh fruit & vegies, books, crafts, pre-loved goods & much more. Proceeds to assist the work of Pastoral Care & general support for the communities of Broadwater/Wardell Parish. Info Larelle 6683 4642 or Steve 6683 4237.

Mens outings

You are invited to lunch... our shout! Casino Cabs & Northern Rivers Community Transport have joined together to provide Senior Mens Outings. We would love to tell you all about it over a bite to eat & a cuppa on Tues, April 22 from 11am-1pm at Windara Nursery, Sextonville Rd, Casino. Wed like you to tell us some of the places youd like to go... so if you want to come phone Margot 6624 7070. We will provide & arrange your pick up & return home if required.

Theme park trips

YOWI (Youth on Wheels Ink) is affordable transport for young people living in the Lismore, Kyogle & Richmond Valley area. YOWI has buses going to Gold Coast theme parks for youth of the Northern Rivers during the April school holidays. The cost is $17pp & buses will drop off at Wet n Wild, Movie World & Dreamworld. The dates for the trips are from Casino on Tues, April 22; from Kyogle on Wed, April 23; & from Lismore on Thurs, April 24. Bookings essential. Phone Heather 6624 8080, text 0402 627 347, email yowi@nrct.org or visit www.yowi.nrct.com.

Parenting Education

MU Australia is holding a Parenting Education Program (PEP) course for parents for 5 consecutive weeks, commencing Fri, May 2. It will be held in the function room at St Marys Anglican Church, corner of Burnet & Norton St, Ballina. A light meal will be served & child minding can be provided. Course costs $30. Applications must be in by April 23. Phone Nan 6686 5971 or Judy 6687 4031.

Muscular Dystrophy

Muscular Dystrophy Association of NSW invites carers, family members & service providers to a workshop on Thurs, April 24 at the Ballina RSL Club from 10.30am-1pm. The topic is How to Effectively Advocate for family members living with Muscular Dystrophy, Neuromuscular Disorders & Other Conditions. Guest speaker: Dona Graham, CEO of DAISI, Lismore. Lunch provided. RSVP to Georgina 9697 9111 or email carers@mdansw.org.

A Vital Festival!

Have fun & experience vital energy, wellness & calm at the Australiasian Qi/Chi/Ki Arts Festival on April 25 & 26. Community classes, workshops, talks, demonstrations & performances on Japanese Tea Ceremony, Feng Shui, Calligraphy, Music, Origami, Haiku (poetry), breath & meditation, Aikido/Aikikids, Qigong, Tai Chi & more. Held at the A&I Hall, Bangalow. Entry $10-$30, kids under 12 free. Participate in the free World Tai Chi & Qigong Day event at 10am Saturday. Info www.myspace.com/qifullnetwork or 0434 230 042.

New market

A new venture called the Yowie Country Market is starting in Woodenbong on April 26. It will be held on the last Saturday of every month at Woodenbong Hall & grounds from 8am-4pm. Insured stall sites now available for $12. Market will include live entertainment, face painting, childrens movie matinee, raffle & more. Info Nicole 6665 3350 or Carey 6635 1176 or email yowiecountrymarket@gmail.com.

Help MS Readathon!

We are looking for Lismore & Ballina locals to visit schools to assist the MS Readathon, which has been inspiring children to read & raising funds for multiple sclerosis (MS) for the last 29yrs. Program organisers are expecting to deliver close to 750 face-to-face visits to schools across NSW thanks to the work of dedicated MS Readathon Community Representatives. With schools currently being contacted, only a short amount of time is left to find & train community representatives before the April 28 to May 30 visits commence. Paid work & volunteering both available. Info 1300 677 323 or visit www.msreadathon.org.au.

Free health talk

Free health seminar entitled Naturopathic Support for Cancer Treatment held Tues, April 29 at 1pm at Womens Natural Medicine (Suite 1, 70 Main Street, Alstonville). Phone Angela 6628 1920 or email info@womensnatmed.com.au to reserve your seat.

Playgroup fun day

Playgroup members & the general public are invited to attend a Family Fun Day to celebrate the Worlds Biggest Playgroup Day on Wed, April 30 at Wade Park in East Lismore. Runs from 10am-2pm & costs $2 per child for non-members. Activities include jumping castle, face painting & fun family entertainment including fire truck display, performances, puppet making, a clown, BBQ, raffle & stalls of second-hand books & cakes. There will also be yummy treats & info/sample bags plus different playgroups will run activities such as parachute games & bubble blowing. All welcome.

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