Around Town community notices

Walking program

If you are interested in joining a free walking group in your neighbourhood or starting a group in your community phone Maryann on 6620 7668. Volunteer walking leaders wanted too! Free training provided.

Winter items

Northern Rivers Animal Services are asking for your help for the animals this winter. Looking for blankets, sheets, towels & mats, in good condition please. The biggest ask is for 1 or 2 small garden sheds which will be turned into a warm winter wonderland for puppies & dogs. To donate items phone 6681 1860 (if volunteers are busy, leave a message).

Square dance

Looking for a new way to exercise & meet new friends? Why not give Square Dancing a go? With bright happy music its great exercise for body & mind, easy to learn & suitable for all ages. No partner necessary. Classes commencing soon. With four clubs in the area there is sure to be one to suit you. Alstonville & Casino phone Wilma 6662 6647; Ballina & Lismore phone Frances 6624 1885.

Dining with Friends

Like to meet new friends & have fun? Meet fortnightly for dinners, dancing, BBQs, wine tours & more. Single people over 35 most welcome. Info 6624 5403 or email harvey002@bigpond.com.

Walking groups

Are you interested in walking for health, fitness & pleasure with others? Ballina Community Health Centre in conjunction with the Heart Foundation are launching walking groups in the Ballina Shire. Info 6686 8977.

Free talk

Free Archetypes Talk understanding the dynamics of your personality through 13 pathways. A wonderful tool that helps you become more self accepting & provides a greatly improved capacity to understand your strengths & challenges without judgement & restriction. Your ability to understand & appreciate others is enhanced, fostering greater tolerance as we come to recognise why people are as they are. We are each one of a kind & this method reflects our uniqueness. Info Pia 6622 8555.

Womens groups

The Men & Family Centre is starting groups in Casino, Ballina & Lismore in the first week of May for women who have experienced violent or abusive relationships. Called Breaking Free, these free groups aim to provide a supportive environment for women to explore new directions in their relationships or their lives. Info & registration 6622 6116 or email womens@nor.com.au.

War widows

The monthly meeting of the Lismore War Widows Guild Club of Australia NSW Ltd is on Fri, May 2 at 10.30am in the CWA Rooms, Spinks Park. Info 6621 4302.

Baby Death Group

Northern Rivers Baby Death Support Group meets Fri, May 2 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, May 2 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 www.rtrl.nsw.gov.au.

Swing lessons

Swing Dance lessons with Summerland Rockers at the Italo Club, Nth Lismore, on the 1st & 3rd Friday of every month. Next lesson Fri, May 2. Beginners 7pm & intermediate/advanced 7.40pm. $7pp. Info Karen 6621 7921.

Over 50s Term 2

Over 50s Learning Centre Term 2 Enrolment Day held Fri, May 2 at the Girl Guides Hall in Magellan St from 9.30am-12.30pm. Term fee is $60 for any 3 classes. Wednesday classes start May 7 & Friday classes begin May 9. Brochures available at Lismore Library, ACE & the neighbourhood Centre. Info Ann 6628 4564 or Yoko 6621 6576 (a/hrs).

Games night

Lismore Regional Mission is holding a ladies Fun & Games Night on Sat, May 3 at 7pm to raise funds for the National Breast Cancer Foundation & Lismore Regional Mission. Gentlemen welcome. Ticket $10 but please bring loose change for games. Lots of prizes including lucky door prize & supper provided. Tickets from Lismore Regional Mission, 80 Keen St, or phone 6621 5801. Donations of items for prizes still needed. Phone above number.

Wildlife course

Northern Rivers Wildlife Carers are holding their annual Introduction & Rescue course on Sat, May 3 at McLeans Ridges Hall from 9am-4pm. Cost $20. People interested in the care & conservation of local wildlife are encouraged to attend. Bookings & info Jo (after 9am) 6624 7778.

Music afternoon

The Messengers & other artists will perform at a concert & afternoon tea at 3pm on Sat, May 3 with easy listening, Irish, gospel & country, at The Community Centre, Casino Uniting Church. Bring your music & Walk Up or just listen. All welcome. Gold coin donation appreciated. Info Jan 6662 1152.

Ruthven Dance

Old Time/New Vogue Dance held at Ruthven Hall, Coraki Rd, on Sat, May 3 from 7.30pm. Vals music, raffles, lucky door prize, prizes & great supper. Please wear something blue as this is a blue theme dance. Entry $7. Info 6683 2430.Carer respiteAre you caring for a family member or friend at home who is aged, has a disability or a mental illness? Do you feel you need help or a break sometimes? Come & have a chat & a free afternoon tea with us at the Cawongla Caf, Kyogle Rd, Cawongla on Sat, May 3 from 2-3.30pm. We would like to tell you about services & respite available to you. For catering purposes, phone the Caf 6633 7090. Info Gillian 1800 059 059 or Luciana 6620 0014.

Kitten adoption

Northern Rivers Animal Services are holding a Kitten Adoption Weekend at 268 River St, Ballina. Open Sat, May 3 from 11am-2pm & Sun, May 4 from 11am-2pm. All kittens vet-checked, wormed, micro-chipped, desexed etc. An adoption fee applies to help cover costs. Info 6681 1860.

Komby Konvoy

You are invited to join us in our annual run from Lismore to Nimbin as part of Nimbin MardiGrass on Sat, May 3. Gather from 1pm at the Conservatorium car park on the corner of Magellan & Dawson Streets, Lismore. Depart Lismore 3.20pm & arrive Nimbin 4.20pm. Info from Alan at Rvbyesque (21 Carrington St, Lismore, opposite Caddies) or phone 6622 4676.

Family history

Next meeting of the Richmond-Tweed Family History Society held Sat, May 3 at the Players Theatre, 24 Swift St, Ballina, at 2pm. Guest speaker: Aunty Bertha Kapeen, chair of the Elders Council of the Bundjalung nation, speaking on Aboriginal heritage & her experiences on Cabbage Tree Island. All welcome. Info Nola 6686 3257.

Receive Healing

Come for a free day of extraordinary healing that transforms you merely through sitting & receiving the Taste of EASE experience. Sat, May or Sun, May 4 at 344 Richmond Hill Rd, Richmond Hill, from 10am-5pm. Info 6684 8294.

Ballina Landcare

East Ballinas very own Landcare Volunteer Group will hold a Community Working Bee on Sun, May 4 from 8.30-11am. Come when you can, leave when you must. Location is the firetrail near Bellevue Ave, off the Coast Rd. Park on the grassy verge near Bellevue Ave intersection & look for the Landcare banner. All welcome. No prior experience needed; all tools & equipment provided. Refreshments served around 10am. Info Lee 6681 3557 or 0411 586 173, or email eastballina@gmail.com.

Ocean Swim Classic

The Byron Bay Beach Hotel Winter Whales Ocean Swim Classic is on Sun, May 4. Join the fun for the 2.2km swim from Wategoes Beach to Main Beach, Byron Bay. Also introducing another exciting event for the 20th anniversary the The Mini Classic an 800m swim from Clarks Beach to Main Beach. $5000 in prizes to be won & all proceeds to charity. Enter now at www.byronswimclassic.com. Info 0421 155 600.

Indoor bowls

Workers Club Indoor Bowls welcomes new players. Sundays mixed 12.30pm, Mondays ladies 9.30am & Monday mixed 6.30pm. Bowls supplied. Info Maisie 6621 6061.

Celebrate Recovery

Whats holding you back? Hurts, habits or hang-ups. Be impacted by a Bible based recovery program in a real community of support & acceptance. Celebrate Recovery gives practical Bible teaching & support for anyone struggling to live life to the full. 5pm every Sunday at the Salvation Army, 32 Cambridge Drive, Goonellabah. Info Phil 0407 579 251.

Camera Club

Lismore Camera Club meets Mon, May 5 at the Lismore Workers Club at 7.30pm. Set Subject: Hands. All welcome.

Mental Health

The Mental Health Family & Carers Support Group meets Mon, May 5 at the Lismore Workers Club from 10am-12pm. The guest speaker is Janelle Saffin, federal member for Page. Coffee & tea available. All welcome. Info Ann 6624 4570 or 0421 302 495, or Robin 6688 2123.

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, April 7). 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 Biala Special School. Info Gwenda 6683 4354 or Jill 6683 4243.

Computer course

Feeling a bit behind when it comes to computers? North Coast TAFE Ballina campus is running a free Introduction to Computers course for mature aged people. In this course you will learn how to use the internet, email & digital media in a friendly & supportive environment. No experience necessary. Monday 8.30am-12.30pm for 9 weeks, from May 5 to June 30. Info Christine 6681 8900.

Business gathering

The next Business After Hours event is on Tues, May 6 at 15 Three Chain Rd, South Lismore, from 5.30-7pm. A great chance to network & promote your business to other local business people. By attending you can foster relationships & promote your business & product to a variety of people. RSVP to Molly 6621 4366 or email admin@luo.com.au.

Deutsche Gruppe

Speakers of German & people wanting to practice or improve their German are invited to a special get together on Tues, May 6 at the Lismore Neighbourhood Centre from 1.30-3.30pm. There will be refreshments (with a German touch) and a German library, so bring along any German books, magazines, sheet music, comics... anything you want to part with & donate to the library. You might even find some treasures amongst what others have brought along. Entry by gold coin. Info Sabina 6688 6214 or Helen 6624 4537.

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, May 6) from 7-9pm at 7 Ridgeland Close, Richmond Hill. All welcome. Info Doug 6625 2364.

Vision support

The Lismore Vision Impaired Support Groups next get together is on Tues, May 6 at the Lismore Workers Club from 1.30pm. All welcome. Info Ann 6629 3147 or Anne 6625 2421.

Innovation festival

Helping inventors become innovators is one of the aims of the inaugural Innovation Northern Rivers Festival on Tues, May 6, at the Ramada Hotel in Ballina. The festival is aimed at entrepreneurs, managers & businesses to see how innovation can add value to their business and boost their performance. Economics & strategy consultant Tony OMalley will be a keynote speakers. Info Lydia 6622 401, email admin@nrrdb.com.au or visit www.investnorthernrivers.com.au.

Ninjutsu

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.

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.

Ruthven bowls

Indoor Bowls at Ruthven Hall on Wed, May 7 at 7pm. Come & join us for two hours of fun. $2 to play. Info 6683 2418.

Breast Cancer Support

Lismore Breast Cancer Support Group meets on the 1st Wednesday of every month (next meeting Wed, May 7) at The Quaker Hut, Dibbs St, East Lismore from 6-8pm. Light refreshments. Optional bring a small plate to share. Info Margaret (a/hrs) 6689 9302 or Sue 6620 7664.

Plateau Probus

Alstonville Plateau Mixed Probus Club meets Wed, May 7 at the Alstonville Plateau Bowling Club at 9.15am. Guest speaker: Tom Maxwell who will talk about Anecdotes from a Lifetime in the Ambulance Service. Visitors welcome to join us at 9.15am & enjoy fellowship over a cuppa at the end of the meeting.

ALP meet

ALP Lismore Branch meets Wed, May 7 at the Lismore Workers Club at 7.30pm. Other branch members welcome. Info Doug 6624 8853.

Trefoil Guild

Richmond River Trefoil Guild meets Wed, May 7 at 10.30am at the home of F. Seiffert, 28 Simes St, Lismore Heights. Bring your own 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.

New mums group

Bonding with Baby A Helping Hand is a program offering support, guidance & education to women & their families. If you are experiencing post-natal distress, bonding difficulties or just feeling isolated with your baby we offer the chance to chat & socialise with other women who may have similar feelings. Come join us in a free therapeutic group led by our psychologist & meet some new friend. Morning tea provided & childcare available. Group runs Wednesdays for 9 weeks from May 7. Info Chereece 6621 2489.

Free groups

Casino Family Support Service is running 3 groups. All are free & morning tea is provided. Childcare available on request. Info 6662 6792. The groups are: Womens Group (Wednesday mornings starting May 7); Living With Teenagers Group (Thursday mornings starting May 15); Women Exploring New Directions (Boundaries Group for women experiencing family violence or abusive relationships. Friday mornings starting May 9).

Toastmasters

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.

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.

Mah-jongg

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.

Anti-fluoride group

Freedom From Fluoride meets Thurs, May 8 at 6pm at the Lismore Workers Club. Open invitation to all interested to attend. Info Jill 6662 2650.

Student nights

The Lismore Library now has activity nights for high school students on the 2nd Thursday of every month. The next is Dot Painting with Digby Moran on Thurs, May 8 from 5.30-7.15pm. Come along & see examples of Digbys work & learn how to create your own. Light refreshments provided. Info 6621 2464.

U3A forum

U3A Friday Forum held Fri, May 9 at the Goonellabah Workers Sports Club from 10am-12 noon. Topic: The end of civilisation? All welcome. Info Shirley 6624 3022.

Lifeline sale

Clothing, books & bric-a-brac for sale in Nimbin Memorial Hall on Fri, May 9 from 9am-1pm. Proceeds to Lifeline. Info 6621 8516.

Laurel Club

The monthly meeting of the Lismore Laurel Club of Legacy will be held on Fri, May 9 at 10.30am at the CWA Rooms in Spinks Park. Info 6621 4302.

Cord Blood Day

The Inner Wheel Club of Lismore is having a morning tea on Fri, May 9 to raise for National Cord Blood Day. Held at the South Lismore Bowling Club from 10am. Cost $5. Entertainment by The Merrymakers plus tombolas, fun, food & a raffle. Info 6624 5379 or Shirley 6689 5155.

Carpet bowls

The friendly people of Tintenbar are playing Carpet Bowls at the beautiful Tintenbar Hall on Fri, May 9 from 10am-12pm with morning tea. No need to book, just come along. Info Marg 6687 8033.

Big Morning Tea

A Suppa Cuppa Dance held Fri, May 9 from 7.30pm at the Italo Club in North Lismore for the Cancer Councils Biggest Morning Tea in Australia. A friendly evening will be had by all with lots of dancing, lucky spots, raffles & of course suppa. Music and vocals with Jimbo.

Bus trip

St Marys Anglican Church Ballina is holding a bus trip on Thurs, May 15 which includes a tour of the new SES headquarters in Lismore, lunch at the Poinciana Caf in Mullum & shopping. Leave the church 9am. Full cost $35. $10 deposit will secure your seat with the balance to be paid by May 9. Info Ellen 6681 3038 or Marie 6686 4033.

Donations wanted!

Performers of any kind (singers, dancer, clowns or otherwise) wanted to donate time for the Cubawee Gathering on May 9 & 10 at Tuncester. Monetary donations also gratefully welcomed. Free BBQ & entertainment on both days to celebrate Aboriginal culture, bring community together & promote natural resource management. Tree planting a major focus on both days, come & plant one with the family! Info or donations Tracey 0432 356 176.

Orchid Show

2008 Mothers Day Orchid Spectacular held at the Ballina RSL Club auditorium on Fri & Sat, May 9-10 from 10am-5pm & then Sun, May 11 from 10am-3pm. Entry is free. See beautiful flowering orchids & maybe buy one from the vendors to take home. Plants, coffee, olives, condiments, dips & macadamias on sale.

Mothers Day fete

Mothers Day Fete held Sat, May 10 from 8am-1pm at the Anglican Parish Centre (8 The Avenue, Alstonville). Lots of live entertainment, face painting, hoop la, fire engine display, BBQ brekkie & lots of other yummy food, crafts, produce, plants, second-hand books, flower arrangements, childrens stall & much more. All welcome!

Archery

Ever wanted to try archery? Great Eastland Archery Club Lismore is having a come & try day on Sat, May 10 from 1-4pm at Arthur Park in North Lismore. Cost is $10. Info Graham 6622 1949.

Compost workshop

Enviropower is running a free composting workshop on Sat, May 10 from 10am-4pm at the worm farm located at 317 Sneaths Rd, Wollongbar. Come along & learn about all forms of composting including vermi-composting, Bokashi composting & compost tea brewing. Registration & info Paul 6628 6386.

Art exhibition

Alstonville Art Group & Richmond Valley Woodcrafters Club exhibition held at the Ballina RSL Club on Sat, May 10 from 10am-4pm & Sun, May 11 from 10am-3pm. Woodworkers major raffler drawn Sunday. Proceeds to the House With No Steps. Info Gay 6628 6388.

Free health talk

Free health seminar entitled Treating Pre Menstrual Syndrome Naturally held Tues, May 13 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.

Mums Day lunch

Kyogle CWA is hosting a Mothers Day Luncheon on Tues, May 13 at the Kyogle Memorial Hall at 11am. Members of the public welcome to attend. Door entry $10. Lucky door prize & prize for the prettiest scarf. Lunch & entertainment at noon. Due to the Mothers Day Luncheon falling on the normal meeting day that meeting will now be on May 20 at 10am & hoy to follow at 2pm. For catering phone Irene 6633 1352 or Barbara 6633 1259.

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.

New Beginnings

New Beginnings will be holding a free experiential therapies group for women to assist with stress relief, releasing anger, anxiety management, mindfulness, letting go & relaxation. The 6-week group will incorporate meditation, visualisations & creative expression. Held every Thursday 9.30-11.30am starting May 15 & running until June 19. All women interested in attending phone Kellie 6622 3276 or 0410 623 535.

Charity Ball

SES 2008 Combined Services Club Charity Ball held Sat, May 17 at the Ballina RSL from 7pm-midnight. $60pp includes two-course dinner with wine. Then dance the night away to Fossil Rock. Tickets at La Mystique, Ballina, or phone 6686 4751. Info 6681 2917.

Got the blues?

Ever feel youve got the blues & dont know how to get out of them? Womens Health Matters & the Lismore & District Womens Health Centre are offering a group program, Out of the Blues. 6 sessions providing the opportunity to learn skills to manage moods creatively. Held at the Womens Health Centre at 25 Uralba St, Lismore. Mondays 10.30am-1pm from May 19 to June 30. $30. Bookings essential to 6621 9800.

Debutante Ball

Lismore Lions Club will be conducting its annual Debutante Ball on May 31 so mark your calendars now. Tickets are $40 & available from the Lismore Workers Club from May 1. All monies will go to the Cancer Care Unit at Lismore Base Hospital.

Eisteddfod entries

The Lismore Musical Festival Society is celebrating 100yrs & will hold its 96th Eisteddfod in September this year. These competitions provide how to experience for budding amateur performing artists on their road to excellence. Competitions in spoken word, vocal, piano, woodwind, brass, string & dance held from Sept 7-26, spoken word Sept 13 & school days from Aug 11-14. Entry $7 each items of $10 for groups. Entries close May 31, late entries accepted to June 6 with double entry fee. Info, schedules & entry forms from Val 6621 6015 or email vaxtens@yahoo.com.au.

Bridal Fair

The 8th Bridal Fair of Lismore is on June 1 from 10am-2pm at the Goonellabah Workers Sports Club. Presented by the Rotary Club of Summerland Sunrise, it offer a personal bridal experience with exhibitors who care about you, plus prize draws & fashion parades. Exhibitor enquiries to 6683 4107.


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