Around Town community notices

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.

Speaking French

Alliance Franaise Cte du Nord holds regular meetings & social gatherings for those wishing to learn or speak French. Info Marie 6624 2024 or Olivier 6689 0488 (a/hrs) or visit

Jobs available

Multitask Lismore has a number of vacancies available for people with disabilities in its Business Services Section in East Lismore. Opportunities currently exist in their landscape maintenance crew known as the Green Team & in their Business Support Service. Info Raelene 6627 4904.

Monthly dance

South Gundurimba Hall next Monthly Dance held Fri, May 16 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 prizes plus a great supper. 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.

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 16. Beginners 7pm & intermediate/advanced 7.40pm. $7pp. New students welcome. Info Karen 6621 7921.

Eating disorders

What do you do if you have noticed your daughter is skipping breakfast, lunch & is returning home with her lunch box uneaten but doesnt appear to be sick? Is she developing an eating disorder? These are some of the questions to be answered at a public forum for parents this Fri, May 16 at the Goonellabah Workers Sports Club from 7-9pm. This parents forum follows the establishment of a monthly support group in Lismore. Info 9412 4499 or email

Over 50s Centre

Lismore Over 50s Learning Centre offers a large range of creative & exercise classes. Some Term 2 classes are not yet full up. Enrolments held Fri, May 16 at the Girl Guides Hall in Magellan St, Lismore. Brochures available at Lismore Library, ACE & the Neighbourhood Centre. Info Ann 6628 4564.

Join Rotary

The Rotary Club of Summerland Sunrise meets Fridays at 7.15am for a breakfast meeting at Mary Gilhooleys in Lismore. This Fri, May 16 will feature guest speaker Frances Trimboli from YWCA Northern Rivers. Visitors welcome. Info 6683 4107.

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.

Autism family day

May is Autism Awareness Month & to celebrate the Far North Coast Centre for Autism is holding its annual Family Day on Sat, May 17 at the House With No Steps in Alstonville from 10am-1pm. The family day gives people a chance to have fun & meet & socialise with other families in similar situations as well as get info & advice. To register phone 6628 3660.

Koonorigan fete

Koonorigan Community Fete held Sat, May 17 from 10am-4pm at Koonorigan Hall. Fun for kids of all ages with sponge throwing, pin the tail on the donkey, sack & three-legged races, tug of war & much more. Also a huge variety of stalls produce, plants, cakes, trash & treasure etc plus photo comp, workshops, displays & too much more to mention. Come & have a relaxing day filled with fun! Info Susie 6689 9338 or email

Big Morning Tea

Come & support the Cancer Councils Biggest Morning Tea on Sat, May 17 at Pimlico Hall from 10-11am, followed by a hoi from 11am-midday. $5 includes morning tea & hoi. There will also be a craft & sewing display. Presented by the Pimlico Ladies Charitable Organisation.

Art tutorial

Lismore Art Clubs tutorial this month will be held on Sat, May 17 at Wilson Park School, East Lismore, from 9am-3pm. Info 6625 1871 or 6625 1032.

RSL Sub-Branch

The City of Lismore RSL Sub-Branch & the RSL Womens Auxiliary monthly meeting held at the Lismore Workers Club on Sat, May 17 at 9.45am. Members requiring transport or apologies should phone 6621 3851.

Day of Mindfulness

Kuan Yin Meditation Centres monthly Day of Mindfulness on Sat, May 17 will be a Beach Yatra (Mindfulness walk) at Byron Bay with Carol Perry. Info carol 6688 6269.

Cake decorators

Far North Coast Branch of Cake Decorators meet Sat, May 17 at 9.30am for morning tea in the South Lismore Primary School Hall. This will be a meeting & demonstration to follow. Please bring a packed lunch. Info Lorraine 6686 2777.

Lantern workshops

Community lantern making held every Saturday until the Lismore Lantern Parade on June 21. Workshops start at 10am & the cost is $10 per lantern. Bookings essential to 6622 6333. For more current info about the event visit

Antenatal classes

The Natural Birth Education & Research Centre is conducting Childbirth Education classes for pregnant women & their partners or nominated support person. Classes run every Saturday for one month. Info 6629 5312 or email


The Lismore Gem & Lapidary Club will not be holding its normal workshops this week due to preparations for the annual Gemfest. Gemfest will be held at the Lismore Showground on Sat, May 17 (9am-5pm) & Sun, May 18 (9am-3pm).

Theatre auditions

Lismore Theatre Company amateur auditions for My Three Angels by Sam & Becca Spewaek held at the Rochdale Theatre in Ballina Rd, Goonellabah, at 2pm on Sat, May 17 & Sun, May 18. 5 males (20-60) & 3 females (19 & 50-60). Info Brian 0412 911 191.

Bookfest 2008

Lifeline Northern Rivers presents Bookfest 2008 from Sat, May 17 to Mon, May 19 from 9am-4pm daily at Lifelines Furniture Bargain Centre at 23 Three Chain Rd, South Lismore. Saturday: all non-fiction books as priced. Sunday: All non-fiction books half price. Monday: $5 bag sale. Collectable books, childrens books, fiction, magazine, records, CDs, tapes etc. Also bric-a-brac collectors room opening on Sat, May 17. All proceeds support Crisis Counselling Service.

Historical Society

Alstonville Plateau Historical Societys monthly meeting held Sun, May 18 at 2pm in the RSL Hall, Bugden Ave, Alstonville. Guest speaker is Margaret Ryan from the United Protestant Association, who talk about the history of UPA on the Far North Coast. The afternoon tea will be in aid of the Starlight Childrens Foundation.


The Richmond Valley Woodcrafters Club meets Sun, May 18 at 10am at the House With No Steps (staff canteen), 253 Wardell Rd, Alstonville. Please bring your Show & Tell. New members welcome. Info Jim 6686 8892.


The Northern Rivers Sub-Branch of the National Servicemens Association meets Sun, May 18 at the Evans Head RSL Club. Coffee 10am, meeting 10.30am. Lunch 12 noon. Info 6621 3520.

Healing Service

Alstonville Healing Service From Brokenness to Wholeness held Sun, May 18 at 6.30pm at St Bartholomews Anglican Church, The Avenue, Alstonville. This month we focus on emotional hurts & the healing of our hearts. We look forward to seeing you there. Please stay & join us for a light supper afterwards.

Train display

The Northern Rivers Model Railroads monthly Train Display held Sun, May 18 from 10am-3pm at their clubrooms, cnr of McLeans Ridges Rd & Bruxner Highway, Wollongbar. There will be both N scale & H.O. scale operating layout to view. Also a U drive layout with Thomas & Friends for the kids to run & construction of layouts will be demonstrated & explained to the public. Entry $5 adults, $2 kids. All welcome. Info David 6624 7463.

The Messengers

Caf Praise held Sun, May 18 at 6pm at The Community Centre, Casino Uniting Church. Theme is creation & the speaker is Peter Boughey. Refreshments served & all welcome. Info Jan 6662 1152.

Big Morning Tea

Australias Biggest Morning Tea to raise money for the Cancer Council held Mon, May 19 at Che Bon Restaurant (used to be The Church Restaurant) on Fernleigh Rd. $5 entry. Bring your friends its a great opportunity to meet new people & contribute as a community. Bookings not necessary. For info or help with transport phone Marg 6687 8033 or Stephanie 6687 8793.

Lismore Red Cross

Lismore Red Cross Branch May meeting held Mon, May 19 at 2pm at Red Cross House, 132 Keen St, Lismore. We extend a welcome to all members & interested persons.

Army Cadets

216 Army Cadet Unit Lismore is a youth development organisation for young adults aged 12.5 to 18yrs. Army Cadets provide adventurous training in a military context including navigation, leadership, first aid, discipline, survival, weapons training & field craft. It provides young adults with the opportunity to build self-esteem, confidence, make friends & develop leadership qualities. 216 ACU is holding s recruit info & demonstration night on Mon, May 19 at 7pm at the Army Barracks, Military Rd, Lismore. Info 6622 8158 (leave message) or 0421 966 880.

Prostate meeting

Once a month, every third Monday, about 30 men with prostate cancer meet for mutual support & information. Wives, partners, friends & the newly diagnosed most welcome. Next meeting is Mon, May 19 from 10am-12pm at the Alstonville Bowling Club. Info Pat 6622 1545.

CWA Alstonville

CWA Alstonville weekly craft, chat & cuppa morning held Mon, May 19 at 9.30am in the RSL Hall, Bugden Ave. All welcome. Collection for May is Knitting for the Needy.

Camera Club

Lismore Camera Club meets Mon, May 19 at the Lismore Workers Club at 7.30pm. Viewpoint: Results of photo rally. All welcome.

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 Mon, May 19 to June 30. $30. Bookings essential to 6621 9800.

Big Morning Tea

Blue Hills College will be hosting an Australias Biggest Morning Tea in support of the Cancer Council on Tues, May 20 from 10-11am. Donations will be collected in support of this wonderful organisation. Classrooms will be open for viewing from 11.30am-12.30pm. All parents & visitors welcome to attend.

Day VIEW Club

Lismore Day VIEW Clubs next monthly meeting under the new format is on Tues, May 20. This is a friendship meeting with full morning tea at the Lismore Workers Club at 10am. Cost $8. Visitors & new members welcome. Apologies to Pat 6624 1272.

Casino Aglow

Aglow Casino invites all women to come & hear our guest speaker, Glenda Compton, on Tues, May 20 at 10am at The Ministry Centre, 47 Simpson Parade (behind Anglican Church). Please note this a new venue. Aglow is a non-denominational network of caring Christian women. Entry is $6 including morning tea. Info Margaret 6663 1485.

Hospital Auxiliary

Ballina Hospital Auxiliary meets Tues, May 20 at 1.30pm in the hospital solarium. All welcome. New members needed.

Vietnam Veterans

The Vietnam Veterans Association of Australia, NSW Branch, Far North Coast Sub-Branch will hold their monthly meeting on Tues, May 20 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, May 20) at 7.30pm at the Lismore Workers Heights Bowls Club. All welcome. Info Ron 6624 2316.

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

Ruthven euchre

Euchre at Ruthven Hall on Tues, May 20 at 7.45pm. $3 to play & please provide a plate for supper. Info 6683 2128.

Big Morning Tea

The CWA Ballina Branch will host a Biggest Morning Tea in their hall on Wed, May 21 at 9.30am. Everyone welcome to pop in. Members please bring a plate. Also bring along a treasured tea cup or mug for competition. Info Gwen 6686 5048.

Cancer forum

Lyn Swinburne AM, breast cancer survivor & founder of the Breast Cancer Network Australia (BCNA) will share her breast cancer journey at a free forum in Lismore on Wed, May 21. Held at the Churchill Auditorium at Lismore City Hall from 1-3.30pm with afternoon tea provided. Also speaking is Dr Adam Boyce, a medical oncologist in Lismore. Bookings essential. Phone 1800 500 258 or email

Ruthven bowls

Indoor Bowls at Ruthven Hall on Wed, May 21 at 7pm. Come & join us for two hours of fun. $2 to play. Info 6683 2418.

Pregnancy group birthday event

The Lismore Pregnancy & Postnatal Group is celebrating its 5th anniversary on Wed, May 21. Guest speakers on mothering, mirroring & play. Free morning tea & get together. Past & present group participants & members of the community welcome. Bookings essential to 6621 9800.

Fire spinning

Classes running every Wednesday from 5.30-7.30pm. Learn to fire spin in the lead up to the Lismore Lantern Parade. All equipment supplied, all ages welcome. Info Elly 6622 6333.

Parenting teens

Parenting Adolescents Workshop (for parents with adolescents aged 10-18yrs) begins Thurs, May 22 at Community Connections (17b Keen St, Lismore) & finishes on July 3. This a 7-week evening course from 6-8.30pm. The course is free & is a joint venture between the Men & Family Centre & Community Connections, funded by the Australian Governments YouthLinx program. Bookings & info Barbara 6622 3143.


The Lismore Group of the Australian Breastfeeding Association is holding a coffee morning on Thurs, May 22 from 10am. Everyone welcome. Info Madeleine 6689 5542. For 24-hr breastfeeding helpline phone (02) 8853 4999.

U3A forum

U3A Friday Forum held Fri, May 23 at the Goonellabah Workers Sports Club from 10am-12 noon. Topic: How do we know whom to trust? All welcome. Info Shirley 6624 3022.

Carpet Bowls

The friendly people of Tintenbar are playing Carpet Bowls at the beautiful Tintenbar Hall on Fri, May 23 from 10am-12pm with morning tea. No need to book, just come along. Info Marg 6687 8033.

Beef Week Dance

Numulgi Hall Beef Week Dance held Fri, May 23 at 7.30pm. Country & western theme. Old Time & New Vogue dancing to Vals music. Prizes, raffle, great supper & $30 jackpot. All welcome. Proceeds to hall. Info 6628 2255.

Singles lunch

Club Solo meets for lunch on Sun, May 25 at 12pm. Single people over 30 most welcome. Info & bookings by Fri, May 23 to 6621 2144 or 6624 3623.

Country Music

Coraki Hotel Country Music Day held Sat, May 24 (please note change of date. This is the 4th Saturday of the month. Apologies for any inconvenience). There will be country music to suit all tastes plus a BBQ lunch for a small fee, raffles, cake stall, handicrafts, jams & pickles for sale etc. Proceeds to local aged care facilities. Get a party together & come along for a great day of entertainment! Info Patsy 6683 2257.

Big Morning Tea

A Biggest Morning Tea to raise money for the Cancer Council will be held on Sat, May 24 at the East Lismore Bowling Club from 10am-12pm. Tickets are $5 pre-purchased or $6 at the door & everyone is welcome. Included with morning tea is a fashion parade by Millers Fashions, displays & demonstrations by Tupperware, Nutrimetics, StampinUp!, Intimo & Creative Memories. We also have lucky door & raffle prizes donated by local businesses.

Free health talk

Free health seminar entitled Naturopathic Treatment of Infertility held Sat, May 24 at 1pm at Womens Natural Medicine (Suite 1, 70 Main Street, Alstonville). Phone 6628 1920 or email to reserve your seat as numbers are strictly limited.

Fundraising BBQ

Lismore Group of the Australian Breastfeeding Association is holding a sausage sizzle on Sun, May 25 from 8am-3pm at Bunnings, Lismore. Proceeds to support breastfeeding mums & help train counsellors. Info Ros 6689 9356.

Community Mates

The Men & Family Centre has recognised that often, ordinary citizens find themselves in a helping role, & have created a course that helps participants to develop more effective communication skills when supporting or working with families in their community. This low cost course starts Mon, May 26 & will run for 3hrs per week for 10wks in Nimbin. Info Darmin or Kaili 6622 6116.

Free legal info

Making your will, a free legal information session, will be presented by local solicitor Stephen Bolt from Bolt Findlay at Lismore City Library (110 Magellan St, Lismore) on Thurs, May 29 at 6pm. Everyone welcome. Info 6621 2464.

Orchid Show

Casino & District Orchid Society is hosting its annual Autumn Orchid Show during Beef Week at the Presbyterian Hall in Hickey St, Casino. The show is open from 9am daily from May 29-31. It closes at 5pm on Thursday & Friday & 3pm on Saturday. There will be a large display of autumn flowering orchids, pot plants, floral art & a well stocked plant stall. A few patchwork quilts will also be on display & light, homemade refreshments will be for sale. Entry $2.

Happiness Group

Happiness: How to Have It is a confidential group for women which includes exercises, discussion, relaxation sessions, mindfulness techniques & a yummy morning tea. 6 sessions beginning Fri, May 30 from 10am-12.30pm. Held at the Nimbin Hospital Community Room. Bookings 6620 2999.

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 now. 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

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.

Food for Tomorrow

Lismore Organic Market is hosting a Food for Tomorrow Fun Day on June 10. With talk in the media about food shortages & the current awareness on food miles, this will be a valuable event. Looking for expressions of interest from people wanting to demonstrate their knowledge this info could be lost if we dont share it! Perhaps you know how to preserve or pickle, perhaps youre an expert in dehydrating fruit & vegies, jellying or jamming, or perhaps your fervour is for fermenting. If the storage of food is your driving passion wed love to hear from you. Phone Carol 6689 9348.

Be tick aware

Be tick aware

Government funding for research into tick bites as season ends

Another successful year for junior cricket in Lismore

Another successful year for junior cricket in Lismore

Far North Coast team among best in carnival

A day in the life of the 'usual stuff' with friends

A day in the life of the 'usual stuff' with friends

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