Around Town community notices

Animal carers

The Animal Rights & Rescue Group is a no-kill self-funded organisation who rescue pets & place them with a foster carer until a suitable carer is found. Due to the high number of unwanted & dumped pets ARRG desperately needs more foster homes. All food & vet care & training is provided by ARRG. Info 6622 1881 or visit

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

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.

Natural Birth

The Natural Birth Education & Research Centre, located between Lismore & Ballina, offers childbirth classes, breastfeeding support groups & midwifery services. Info 6629 5312.

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

Northern Kids Care

On Track Community Programs Northern Kids Care offers families & children of parents with a mental illness support through our home visiting & Kids Time programs. For info phone 6622 0309 & talk to the Northern Kids Care case manager.

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.

TAWS in Alstonville

A group of around 40-50 travelling Square Dancers will visit the Alstonville Square Dance Club this Fri, May 30. TAWS (Travelling Australia with Squaredancers) have come to the north coast for Beef Week on their way to the National Square Dance Convention in Brisbane over the long weekend. The dancers will join the Summerland Larrikins for a big night of fun & frivolity at the Alstonville Primary School. Spectators welcome for free. Info Wilma 6662 6647.

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.

Art exhibition

Ballina Art Society is holding its annual art exhibition at the Ballina RSL on Fri, May 30 from 12-6pm; on Sat, May 31 from 10am-8pm; & on Sun, June 1 from 10am-4pm. Entry is free & artwork is for sale at reasonable prices. All welcome.

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.

Tullera euchre

Tullera Halls Euchre Night held Sat, May 31 at the hall. Doors open 7pm, games start at 7.30pm. $5pp. Please bring a plate to share & BYO drinks. Come & have some fun while helping to raise money for our hall. Note: Players must be 16yrs or older. Info Pauline 6628 2060.

Yowie market

The Yowie Country Market is held on the last Saturday of every month at the Woodenbong Hall & grounds from 8am-4pm. The next market is on Sat, May 31. Great variety of stalls, live entertainment, buskers & jammers welcome. Face painting, childrens playground, raffle, natural therapies & massage plus much more. Childrens movie matinee 10.30am, $5pp. Wheelchair access. Insured stall sites $12. Info Nicole 6665 3350 or Carey 6635 1176.

Debutante Ball

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

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

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 item & group entries $10 each. Entries close Sat, May 31. Late entries accepted up to June 6 with double entry fee. Info, schedules & entry forms from Val 6621 6015 or email

Free healing

Ocha, from the Academy of Energy Science & Consciousness, invites you to receive free healing that transforms your life. Sit & receive for the day at the Taste of Ease on Sun, June 1, at 344 Richmond Hill Rd, Richmond Hill, from 10am-4pm. Phone 6684 894.

Bridal Fair

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

Filipino events

There will be a joint Australia & Filipino flag raising to launch the Read Philippines Project on Sun, June 1 at the Lismore City Council Chambers in Oliver Ave, Goonellabah, from 10.30am-12pm. Followed by a Philippine Independence Day celebration featuring the Philippine Rural Festival at the South Lismore Bowling Club. We are privileged to have the presence of Lismore mayor Merv King & the Philippine Consul General Ma Theresa Lazaro from Sydney. All welcome. Info Carmen 6662 2755.

Historical Society

Joan Kelly, Regional Museums development officer for Arts Northern Rivers, will be guest speaker at the June meeting of the Richmond River Historical Society on Sun, June 1 at 2pm at the Lismore Regional Museum, 165 Molesworth St. Joans topic will be The curve of the earth & all within. All welcome. Info 6621 9993.

Fundraising film

Blue Knob Hall (719 Blue Knob Rd, Lillian Rock) is holding a Fundraising Film Evening on Sun, June 1 at 6.30pm. Includes Blowpipes and Bulldozers & Nearly Normal Nimbin Part 1 by award-winning environmental filmmakers Jeni Kendell & Paul Tait. $15 includes supper. Info 6689 7449.

About the Bahais

Devotional gathering & discussion on Bahai Perspectives on Global Issues held Sun, June 1 from 3-5pm at 625 Ballina Rd, Goonellabah. All welcome. Info 6624 1926.

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.

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, June 2). 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 Ballina Hospital Auxiliary. Info Gwenda 6683 4354 or Jill 6683 4243.

Camera Club

Lismore Camera Club meets Mon, June 2 at the Lismore Workers Club at 7.30pm. Set Subject: Wet Shot/Night Scene. All welcome.

Mental Health

The Mental Health Family & Carers Support Group meets Mon, June 2 at the Lismore Workers Club from 10am-12pm. The guest speaker is Dave McLaughlin from GROW who will talk about its role in mental health. Coffee & tea available. All welcome. Info Robin 6688 2123.

CWA Alstonville

CWA Alstonville weekly craft, chat & cuppa morning held Mon, June 2 at 9.30am in the RSL Hall, Bugden Ave. Branch monthly meeting to follow at 1pm. All welcome. Collection for June is the SES. Info 6628 5660.

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.

PASS meetings

PASS (Parents of Autistic Spectrum Support) meets for Evening Support Group on Mon, June 2 at 6.30pm at the Lismore Workers Club. Info Elizabeth 6624 8839. Also meets for a Cuppa & Chat at 10am on Tues, June 3 at Aspect Far North Coast. Info Julisa 0414 525 070.

Adult swim club

Duck Creek Mountain Adult Swim Club has commenced their winter swimming program at Trinity College pool on Monday & Thursday nights at 6pm. $6.60 per session or $30 per month. All ages (over 20yrs) & abilities welcome. Coaching/stroke correction at all sessions. Also at Ballina Indoor Pool on Tuesdays & Thursdays at 6.30pm. If you like to swim, youll have more fun swimming with us than just training on your own, so come & join us!

123 Magic

The Family Support Network Inc & Northern Rivers Women & Childrens Services are starting a free 4-week 123 Magic parenting course on Tues, June 3. 123 Magic offers effective ways to better manage disruptive behaviour in children aged 3 to 12yrs. Info & bookings Helen 6621 2489.

Deutsche Gruppe

Speakers of German & people wanting to practice or improve their German are invited to a special get together on Tues, June 3 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, June 3) 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, June 3 at the Lismore Workers Club from 1.30pm. All welcome. Info Ann 6629 3147 or Anne 6625 2421.


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.

Sleep Disorders

Far North Coast Sleep Disorders Group meets Wed, June 4 from 11am-12pm at the Caritas Christus building behind the administration office at St Vincents Hospital, Dalley St, Lismore. For directions ask at the main hospital reception. We meet to offer support & advice to any persons who have been diagnosed with sleep disorders. Info Kevin 6646 8114 or Robyn 6662 1929.

Trefoil Guild

Richmond River Trefoil Guild meets Wed, June 4 at 10.30am at the home of B Watt, 1 Albert Place, Alstonville. 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.

Plateau Probus

Alstonville Plateau Mixed Probus Club meets Wed, June 4 at the Alstonville Plateau Bowling Club at 9.15am. Guest speaker: Dr Sonya Brownie, who will discuss the benefits an ageing population brings to our community. Visitors welcome to join us at 9.15am & enjoy fellowship over a cuppa at the end of the meeting.

Democrats meet

Australian Democrats monthly meeting held Wed, June 4 at 7pm at the Lismore Workers Club. All welcome. Info Julia 6624 3731.

Breast Cancer Group

Lismore Breast Cancer Support Group meets on the 1st Wednesday of every month (next meeting Wed, June 4) 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.

Fire spinning

Classes running every Wednesday from 5.30-7.30pm. Learn to fire spin in the lead up to the Lismore Lantern Parade on June 21. All equipment supplied, all ages welcome. Info Elly 6622 6333.


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.


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.

Square dancing

Learn Modern Square Dancing. Wednesday at West Ballina Lions Club Hall, Brunswick St, Ballina & Thursday at East Lismore Uniting Church Hall, Wyrallah Rd, East Lismore. Info 6624 1885 or 0407 663 017.

CWA Alstonville

CWA Alstonvilles Branch International Morning Mexico held Thurs, June 5 at Wollongbar Primary School from 10am. $5. All welcome. Also, CWA Alstonville will hold its annual Church Service on Sat, June 7 at 11am at the Seventh Day Adventist Church. If transport is needed phone 6628 5660.

Winter appeal

Tuckurimba Branch of Red Cross Winter Appeal Day held at Wyrallah Hall on Thurs, June 5 from 11am. Entry $6. All welcome. Lucky door prize, raffles & dollar board, stalls (craft, cooking & produce) & delicious home-cooked lunch, then play bingo in the afternoon! Fun for all. Info Ruth 6625 2686.

U3A forum

U3A Friday Forum held Fri, June 6 at the Goonellabah Workers Sports Club from 10am-12 noon. Topic: How much of a gamble is share trading? All welcome. Info Shirley 6624 3022.

War widows

The monthly meeting of the Lismore War Widows Guild Club of Australia NSW Ltd is on Fri, June 6 at 10.30am in the CWA Rooms, Spinks Park. Info 6621 4302.

Baby Death Group

Northern Rivers Baby Death Support Group meets Fri, June 6 at the Child & Family Health Centre, Oliver Ave, Goonellabah, from 9.30-11am. All welcome. Info Judith 6620 2324.a

Retirees meet

The Association of Independent Retirees (A.I.R.) meets Fri, June 6 at the Ballina RSL from 9.30am. Guest speaker: Roy the Rubber Boy, who will give you simple tips on saving money on tyres, extending the life of your tyres etc. Investment group to follow. Info Ken 6687 7291.

Carpet Bowls

The friendly people of Tintenbar are playing Carpet Bowls at the beautiful Tintenbar Hall on Fri, June 6 from 10am-12pm with morning tea. No need to book, just come along. Info Marg 6687 8033.

Buddhism talks

Buddhism Diamond Way Northern Rivers presents a series of talks on Buddhism in the West by international Buddhist teacher Wojtek Tracewski over the Queens Birthday long weekend, June 6-9, in Alstonville. Talks may be attended individually or as a whole. Info 6628 7002 or visit

Moss reunion

Moss Family Reunion & Picnic Lunch held Sun, June 8 at the Tregeagle Hall at 11.45am for descendants of James & Sarah Anne Moss. Bring your own lunch. Book launch of The Moss Family Tree. Info & RSVPs to Ralph 6686 2560.

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.

Staying Connected

Free half-day workshop focusing on ways to build & maintain better relationships. Presented by the Family Support Network Inc & Relationships Australia on Wed, June 11. Info & bookings Helen 6621 2489.

Trivia night

Lennox Head Community Preschool annual Trivia Night held Sat, June 14 at the Lennox Head Bowls Club from 7.30pm. $10 per person. Tables of 6 or 8 only. Tickets available from 6687 7105.

Permaculture day

A Permaculture Open Day is being held at Djanbung Gardens in Nimbin on Sat, June 14 from 10am-4pm. There will be a series of workshops, tours & presentations run by students currently studying certificate courses as well as permaculture expert Robyn Francis & bushfoods & restoration ecology expert Peter Hardwick. Delicious organic morning tea & lunch available as well as a variety of displays, info & seasonal produce. Entry is free & everyone is welcome. Djanbung Gardens is at 74 Cecil St, Nimbin. Info 6689 1755.

Wildlife caring

Are you interested in wildlife? WIRES needs more members in all parts of the Northern Rivers. WIRES will hold its next training weekend on Sat & Sun, June 14-15 at SCU in Lismore. Info 6628 1898.

Orchestra concerts

Lismore Symphony Orchestra is a community orchestra, drawing its 40 members from throughout the region, who perform two concerts a year. They are on Sat, June 14 at Lismore City Hall at 8pm & on Sun, June 15 at Lismore City Hall at 2pm. Tickets ($15 adults, $10 school children) available from La Boutique in Ballina, Alstonville Bookworm, Lismore Music Centre & at the door if theres any left. Info 6628 5361 or email

Twin Towns trip

All welcome to come on coach trip to Twin Towns to see Back to the Tivoli on Tues, June 24. Picking up in Alstonville, Ballina & points enroute. Cost $37. Run by the Wardell Uniting Fellowship. Bookings & info Sylvia 6683 4059.

Open day

Namatjira Haven Drug & Alcohol Healing Centre in Alstonville is having an open day to coincide with Drug Action Week on Fri, June 27 from 10am-4pm. The theme for Drug Action Week is Alcohol is a drug too. Services & the community are invited to attend this drug & alcohol-free event & bring along any resources to share on drugs & alcohol, services in the area & health matters. Entertainment & lunch provided. RSVP for catering by June 18 to 6628 1098.

Reserve Forces

To mark the 60th anniversary of the reforming of the CMF Reserve Forces in 1948, the 41st Battalion Association is holding a parade & wreath laying ceremony in Lismore on Sun, July 6. Form up at the old Lismore Post Office, Molesworth St, Lismore, at 9am for march to cenotaph. All former CMF, Reserve Force members past & present & National Servicemen welcome. Info 6621 3520.

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

Friendship can be a fickly beast