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Try WuTao

WuTao is 5 choreographed dances that open the meridians & helps to balance our chi. 6wk introductory classes are now beginning in Lismore, Federal, Dunoon & Coorabell. Come & share the experience. Info Willow 0427 566 583.

Free TAFE course

Wbar TAFE is offering a free Work Opportunities for Women course for unemployed women who would like to gain work in the child care industry. Gain job seeking, communication & computer skills, as well as accredited Childrens Services modules. Two day per wk for 16wks within school hours. Info Pam 6620 4235.

Trauma Ted day

Red Cross is holding a Trauma Teddy working bee on Feb 17 at the Red Cross rooms, 130 Keen St, Lismore, from 9am-2pm, with morning tea provided. Volunteers sew, fill & assemble handmade woollen teddies for sick and traumatised children. Registrations & info 6622 3244.

Crop circle talk

What are they trying to tell us? A free public awareness lecture on crop circles will be held on Feb 17 at the Byron Bay Community Ctr at 7.30pm. All welcome. Info 6629 5358.


Motorhomers are invited to the opening of a new branch of Auswide Motorhome Club in the Northern Rivers at Aville Showground from Feb 17-19. Power, shower & toilet facilities available. Free sausage sizzle Sat lunchtime. Info Jeff 1300 131 514 or Cyril 4946 1076.

RSL Sub-Branch

The City of Lismore RSL Sub-Branch & Ladies Auxiliary meet Feb 18 at the Gbah RSL Sports Club from 9.30am. Election of office bearers. Members must be financial. Apologies & transport info 6621 3851.

Quit smoking

Free 6wk Quit Smoking Course starts Feb 23 at 9.30am for 2hrs. Morning tea included. For details phone Maryann on 6620 7668 before Feb 20.

Day View changeover

Lismore Day View Club Changeover Luncheon held Feb 21 at the Lismore Workers Club at 10.30am for morning tea & meeting at 11am. Interested visitors & prospective new members welcome. Apologies & info Pat 6624 1272 or Norma 6628 2208.

Casino Aglow

Aglow Australia-Casino (a Christian womens fellowship) meets Feb 21 at the Senior Citizens Hall, Simpson Pde (behind ANZ) at 10am. $6pp includes morning tea. Please note: meetings now 3rd Tues every month. Info Margaret 6663 1485.

Become an Aunty

The Aunty Program is looking for women to become caring mentors for young girls in the local area. Aunties can come from all walks of life but all have a sincere interest in enriching a girls life & building a better community. Next orientation held March 2 in Aville. Info Maureen 6628 6550 or

Mature workers

Free 15wk course Mature Workers Program: Skills for Work & Study held March 3-June 23 at TAFEs Lismore campus within school hours. Includes intro to computing & the internet, exploring work & study options, first aid & more. Info session held Feb 21 at Lismore campus from 10am. Info Kaylene 6626 6484 or Sue 6626 6465.

Dirty Dancing trip

Jiggi-Georgica Red Cross are organising a trip to see the 1.30pm matinee of Dirty Dancing on Feb 22. $90 includes bus fare. Phone Christine 6629 3269 or Joan 6622 4522 ASAP to secure your seat.

Volunteers needed

Volunteer Home Visitor Training held Feb 28 at the Family Support Network. Training encompasses child development, confidentiality, positive parenting, child protection, communication, service delivery networks & best practice in supporting families with newborns & toddlers. For an info pack phone Cherie or Robyn on 6621 2489.

Sydney Show trip

Lismore Poultry Club has organised a weekend coach trip to the Sydney Show for April 7-9. Cost is $170pp, which includes return coach trip & Sat night bed & breakfast. $50 deposit & full payment by Feb 28. Limited seats. Bookings & info Ray 6621 5277.

Debutantes wanted

Blue & White Auxiliary 10th annual Debutante Ball held May 6 at the Lismore Workers Club. Proceeds to St Vincents Hospital Palliative Care. Practice starts in March. Info 6621 6724 or Joyce 6624 4342.

Plateau stories

Duck Creek Mountain Revisited will be a collection of historical moments (some funny, some sad but always interesting) about life in the area, past & present. Deadline for stories & photos is April 30 (all photos will be returned). Phone 6628 1557 if you need help writing your story or send submissions to APHS Press, PO Box 4210, Goonellabah, 2480.

Volunteers needed

UnitingCare Ageing North Coast Region is looking for volunteers who would like to make a positive difference in the lives of older people. Looking for good talkers and listeners, or those with skills in Tai Chi, massage, card playing, board games, craft, music, computing, swimming, story telling, bus driving etc. Info 6624 8356 or

Bills team

We urgently require volunteers to join our friendly team & assist Bill Hawkins with his daily exercise regime required after a severe motor vehicle accident. Only 2hrs per week, fortnight or on an on-call basis would be a great help to this local family. No experience necessary. Info Sharon 6624 7512.

Lung support

Richmond River Lung Support Group get together once a week for gentle exercises to help improve breathing & their quality of life. Meetings every Fri at the CWA Hall in River St, Ballina (next to RSL Club), from 11.15am-12.15pm. Anyone with a breathing problem welcome to improve their health & make new friends. Info Noeleen 6686 5853 or Pauline 6687 1998.

Darts club

Lismore Workers Darts Club meets every Fri at the Lismore Workers Club (meeting room 1). Names in by 7.45pm, games start by 8pm. $3pp. Prizes paid to 8th place & for highest scores & pegouts. Covered footwear required. Info Gerald 6622 2235.

Laurel club

Lismore Laurel Club of Legacy monthly meeting held Fri, Feb 10 in the CWA Rooms, Spinks Park, Lismore, at 10.30am. Info 6621 4302.

U3A forum

U3A Northern Rivers Friday Forum held Fri, Feb 10 at the Gbah RSL Sports Club from 10am-12pm. Topic: Why are people envious? Visitors welcome. Info Shirley 6624 3022.

Cadet recruitment

Training Ship Lismore recruitment intake for prospective cadets held Fri, Feb 10 at 7pm & Sat, Feb 11 at 10.30am, both at Endeavour Close, Ballina. Cadets can be aged 12.5-18yrs. They will learn self-discipline, leadership, sailing navigation & lots more. Expand your horizons! Info Andrew 0412 647 537.

Aville RSL

The Aville RSL Sub Branchs first meeting for 2006 held Sat, Feb 11 at the RSL Hall, Bugden Ave, Aville, from 9am. All ex-service & serving personnel who served in Australian Allied Forces are most welcome. Refreshments available. Info Coral 6628 0302.

Water w/shops

Free Waterwise w/shops held at Bunnings Warehouse in Lismore during Feb. Next w/shop held Sat, Feb 11 at 3pm. Topic: waterwise ideas for your home. All welcome. Info

Learn Tensegrity

A practice session is to be held (especially for newcomers) to the movements, breaths & interactions known as magical passes, or Tensegrity, on Sat, Feb 11 at Hanging Rock Hall near Cawongla. Deriving from ancient Mexico, these forms are for health, vigour, well-being & enhanced perception. Hall hire fee only. Info Bernard 6689 1350.

Re-enactment club

Medieval Re-enactment Club meets Sat, Feb 11 at Rugby Rd Park (off Bangalow Rd behind Trinity in Lismore) from 10am-1pm. Archery & sword combat training. Info Jim 6622 2558.

Ex-service women

S/Land Ex-Servicewomen meet Sat, Feb 11 at the Lismore Workers Club at 1.30pm. Election of office bearers. Info 6621 5297.

The Narelle Club

Is your name Narelle? If so come & join us for coffee on Sat, Feb 11 at Caf Java in Woodlark St, Lismore, from 2pm to meet other Narelles. Info Narelle 6624 1973.

Free health seminar

Free health seminar held Sat, Feb 11 at 70 Main St, Aville, from 3pm. Topic: Traditional Chinese medicine & naturopathy: what do these modalities offer? All welcome. Limited numbers. Bookings & info 6628 1920.

Cake decorators

Far North Coast Branch of Cake Decorators first meeting for 2006 held Sat, Feb 11 at the Sth Lismore Primary School Hall at 9.30am for morning tea. Please bring your lunch. New members especially welcome. Info Lorraine 6686 2777.

Soccer sign-on

Eureka Soccer Club Sign-On held Sat, Feb 11 from 10am-12pm. Also Wed, Feb 15 from mm & Sat, Feb 18 from 12-2pm. All held at Eureka Oval (behind the public school). All players welcome. Info Chris 6629 1514.

Heartbeat bowls

Members are reminded that the next bowls day is on Mon, Feb 13 at the Ballina RSL Bowling Club. Morning tea at 9am, play at 9.30am. Names (by Sat, Feb 11) to Warren 6624 1523 or Ray 6622 1792.


Great Eastland Archers in Lismore are holding a Beginners Course for all ages Sat 4-5.30pm (no archery experience required). The OzBow Junior Program runs Mon 4-6pm. Club social shoot every Sat 8.45-11am (equipment hire available). Info Annika 6622 5080.

First aid

Red Cross WorkCover approved Senior First Aid course held Sat & Sun, Feb 11-12 in Lismore. Also SFA courses held Feb 16-17 & Feb 25-26 in Lismore. Bookings & info James 6622 3244 or 1800 150 058.


Members of the Northern Rivers Sub Branch will gather on Sun, Feb 12 at the Mullumbimby National Servicemens Memorial at 11am for a memorial service to commemorate the state-wide National Servicemens Day. Followed by lunch at the Mullum RSL Club. All formers National Servicemen, partners & families welcome. Info 6621 3520.

Aville CWA

CWA Aville first monthly branch meeting for 2006 held Mon, Feb 13 at the RSL Hall, Bugden Ave, from 1pm. Reminder that the Handicraft Competition will take place prior to the meeting. Info 6683 4493.

Computer group

U3A Northern Rivers Computer Users Group meets Mon, Feb 13 at the Lismore Workers Club from 10am-12pm. Topic: Introduction to Windows XP. Visitors welcome. Info Stuart 6663 7029.

Reconciliation meet

Lismore People for Reconciliations first meeting for the year held Mon, Feb 13 at Gunnawannabe, 18 Union St, Sth Lismore, from 5pm. All are welcome. Info Rob 6625 1485.

Overeaters Anonymous

Overeaters Anonymous meets every Mon upstairs in the Red Dove Ctr (behind the Uniting Church in Keen St) from 6.15pm. OA is a 12-step program for people who have ongoing issues surrounding food & eating related behaviours. OA is a self-supporting program: there are no dues or fees. Info Ina 6621 3745.

Social running

Ballina Hash House Harriers is a social running club. Welcome in 2006 by doing something new & interesting. De-stress from your day, meet new people & enjoy yourself. Weekly run held every Mon at 6pm. Info Sharon 0405 568 408.

Christian singles

Christian Singles cruise & meal held in Ballina on Sat, Feb 18 from 5.30pm. Bookings & payment (by Mon, Feb 13) to Malcolm 6625 2851 or Faye 6621 2144.

Bingo mornings

Lismore City Bowls has resumed its Bingo on Mon & Thurs mornings from 10am-12pm. All funds raised go back to players in prizes. Light refreshments available. Come with a friend or make new friends. All welcome.

Social tennis

Social Tennis held every Tues night at the Gbah RSL Sports Club. We are a friendly, informal group & would welcome all newcomers. Info Richard 6624 2311.

Vietnam veterans

Vietnam Veterans Assoc Far North Coast Sub-Branch meets Tues, Feb 14 at the Lismore Workers Hts Bowling Club at 11am. Followed by social get together & BBQ. Wheelchair access. New members & visitors welcome. Info Sheldon 6624 4486 or Graeme 6624 1564.

Arthritis meet

Lismore Arthritis Branch meets Tues, Feb 14 at the Presbyterian Church Hall, 188 Keen St, Lismore, from 10am. Speaker: Craig Kennar on comfort & fit. All welcome. Info Ann 6629 8221.

Ballina Auxiliary

Ballina Hospital Auxiliary first meeting for 2006 held Tues, Feb 14 in the hospital solarium from 1.30pm. For this month only the meeting is being held on the 2nd Tues of the month instead of 3rd. All welcome.

Tuesdays with U3A

U3A Tuesday Talk held Tues, Feb 14 at the Gbah RSL Sports Club from 2-4pm. Topic: Travel Tales Riding the Ghan with Peter Ralph. Visitors welcome. Info Pat 6628 3766.

Wbar garden club

Wbar Garden Club first meeting for 2006 held Tues, Feb 14 at the Community Hall, Simpson Ave, Wbar, at 10am. Speaker: George Hobbs. Come along & join us for morning tea & enjoy friendship through gardening. All welcome.

CWA craft

CWA Craft held every Tues at 9.30am. Meeting 2nd Thurs of the month. Info 6621 2142 or 6625 1514.

Self-esteem course

Self-Esteem & Communication course begins Tues, Feb 14 in Lismore (runs until March 28). 6 sessions from 6-9pm. $80pp. Info 6621 4970.

Gbah card night

Card players for 500 needed for Wed night social get together. Info Gail 6624 5403.

Dads in Distress

A support group for men going through the trauma of divorce & separation. Meets every Wed night at the Men & Family Resource Ctr, 17c Keen St, Lismore, at 7.30pm. All welcome. Info 1300 853 437.

Handicraft morning

Ballina CWA Handicraft & Fellowship Morning held every Wed at the CWA Hall in Captain Cook Park, River St, Ballina (next to RSL Club) at 9.30am. All welcome. Info Rhoda 6686 6129.

Pregnancy group

The Pregnancy & Postnatal Group run by the Lismore & District Womens Health Ctr held every Wed at the Lismore Uniting Church, Dibbs St, Lismore (behind Mine & Garys Fiveways) from 9.30am-12.30pm. Prenatal & postnatal yoga 9.30-11am. Morning tea & group 11am-12.30pm. Yoga teacher Christina Peebles. Midwife facilitator Andrea Brooks. Info 6621 9800.

First aid

St John Ambulance WorkCover approved Senior First Aid course held Wed & Thurs, Feb 15-16. Also SFA on Sat & Sun, Feb 18-19 & SFA Re-certification on Tues, Feb 28. Bookings & info Chris 6621 8044.

Photography course

8wk Introduction to Digital Photography Course for unemployed young people starts Thurs, Feb 16. There will be a focus on movement, nutrition & health. The course will run at the YWCA in Gbah on Thurs & Fri from 10am-2pm. Info Tracey 6625 6602 or 0413 878 523.

Bagotville history

Blackwall History Society is inviting people to a Time & Place morning on Thurs, Feb 16 at the Wardell Access Ctr from 10am. Speakers Barry & Laurie Clifford will talk about Bagotville history past & present. Members are also seeking more family info to extend their archives. Info Kate 6683 4678 or Heidi 6683 4483.

Gbah probus

Gbah Probus Club meets Thurs, Feb 16 at the Gbah RSL Sports Club at 10am. Speaker: auctioneer Wilson Cregan. Info Margaret 6625 1816.

Carers group

Lismore & District Carers Group meets Thurs, Feb 16 at the Presbyterian Church Hall, Keen St, Lismore (parking at rear of church) from 10am-12pm (morning tea provided small donation appreciated). Those caring for a loved one with a disability, one who is frail aged or someone with a chronic illness are welcome. Info Mary 6624 6742.

Parents support

The Compassionate Friends is a caring support group for any parent whose child has died at any age. Sharing meeting held Thurs, Feb 16 at the Activities Ctr, rear of the Baptist Church, Uralba St, Lismore, at 7.30pm. Info 6621 4086 or 6621 5558.

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'Politics In The Pub'

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Abortion made legal, safe, affordable

Abortion made legal, safe, affordable

Local women's health centre gets five abortion inquiries a month