Ballina Blind & Vision Impaired Support Group meets once a month in Ballina. An opportunity to chat & encourage each other. Info 6683 4131.
Lismores Living Library is a project to celebrate diversity in our local community & break down barriers & prejudices between groups by bringing people together. The group meets fortnightly. If you feel inspired to support the project or want more info phone Shauna 6625 0500 or Julie/Brian 6688 6135.
Alliance Franaise Cote Du Nord holds regular social gathering for those wanting to converse in or learn French. Info Marie 6624 2024 or Olivier 6689 0488 (a/hrs), or visit www.alliance.summerland.net.au.
The Casino & District Orchid Society will host its Spring Orchid Show at the Presbyterian Hall in Hickey St, Casino, on Thurs & Fri, Sept 21-22 from 9am-5pm & on Sun, Sept 23 from 9am-12pm. There will be displays of orchids, potted plants & floral art. Exhibitions need to be benched by 7pm on Wed, Sept 20. Also sale tables of orchids, potted plus & homecooking plus orchid growers will happily discuss orchid culture. All welcome.
Lismore Workers Darts Club meets every Fri at the Lismore Workers Club. 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.
Rescue Helicopter Cash Housie held every Fri at the Lismore City Bowling Club, Molesworth St, Lismore. Eyes down 7.30pm. Info 6627 4444.
Social Dancing held every Fri at the Italo Club, Nth Lismore, at 7.30pm. New Vogue, R&R, Modern & Old Time. Supper included for $7pp. Lucky spots etc. All welcome. Info Patsy 6625 1612.
Summerland Sunrise Rotary Club meets every Fri morning at 7.15am for a breakfast meeting at Mary Gilhooleys Pub. Rotarians wishing to Make-up most welcome. Info Gae 6624 8288.
Spinners & weavers
Would you like to learn to felt wool, spin wool, weave fibre, knit, crochet or needle felt? Then come & join the Lismore Spinners & Weavers at McLeans Ridges Hall on the 1st, 3rd or 5th Friday of the month at 10am. Morning tea supplied but bring your own lunch. Info Lorraine 6624 2025 or Kay 6629 1510.
The next Numulgi Old Time & New Vogue Dance is on Fri, Sept 22 at 7.30pm. Vals music, prizes, raffle & jackpot. Great supper. All welcome. Proceeds to hall. Info 6628 2255.
Have you ever listened to your grandparents or friends tell stories of their childhood or family memories & thought Now thats worth recording!? Richmond River Historical Society & SCU History Unit is running an Oral History Workshop on Fri, Sept 22 from 10am-3pm. It will cover things like interviewing techniques & legal issues. Venue is the Lismore Regional Museum in Molesworth St. Numbers limited. Register on 6621 9993.
Free exercise info
Free Community Health & Exercise Information Session held Fri, Sept 22 at the Nimbin School of Arts from 10am-12.30pm. Exercise & Stress Management from 10-11am, then morning tea followed by Exercise & Diabetes from 11.30-12.30pm. Find out how exercise can make a difference in your life. Info Sue 6688 1454 (Tues only) or 6689 1731.
Family fun day
Ballina Hospital Auxiliary Family Dun & Market Day held Sat, Sept 23 at Missingham Bridge Park from 9am. Dancers, performers & competitions for best decorated mobility scooter, best decorated saucer & lots of cake comps. Entries must be in by 9.30am on the day. Info 6686 9135.
SCA Medieval Arts & Sciences group meets Sat, Sept 23 from 1-4pm at Lismore Girl Guides Hall, Magellan St. All aspects of European culture & crafts, circa 600-1600 AD. Info Annika 6624 8949.
Giant garage sale
Bexhill P&C 7th annual Giant Garage Sale & Spring Plants Sale held Sat & Sun, Sept 23-24 at the Bexhill Hall from 8.30am-2pm. Come & grab a bargain & help our wonderful school. Lots of plants, bric-a-brac, books, clothes, toys, furniture, cakes, coffee, BBQ & more. Info 6628 4223.
40-60 Social Group is having a workday mostly ladies. Handymen needed. Country BBQ held Sun, Sept 24. Info Mick 6667 3351.
Ballina Womens Christian Choir presents a Musicale Afternoon on Sun, Sept 24 at St Marys Anglican Church at 1.30pm. The Choir is celebrating 20yrs of ministry in song, & invites past members to join the cutting of the cake. Entry $8 single or $15 double, including afternoon tea. All proceeds to Hope Haven Women & Childrens Refuge & the Sheraton House Mens Shelter.
Pets day out
Riding for the Disabled Association (NSW) Ballina & District Centre is holding a Pets Day Out on Sun, Sept 24 at the Mitchell Centre, 75 North Teven Rd, from 10am-3pm. Displays, demos, stalls, blessing of the pets, competitions, Ironman/Irondog challenge & canine fashion parade. Also a Most Popular Choice Photo Comp, so bring along your favourite pics of your pets. Info Kerry 6687 8266.
Concert of Choral Classics held Sun, Sept 24 at St Carthages Cathedral from 2pm. The Brisbane Concert Choir will perform a magnificent program including Allegris Misere, a selection of Brahms Liebeslieder, Mozarts Regina Coeli & many more. Sublime music & a wonderful setting. Entry $15/12. Info Anne 6627 9340 or Penny 6628 5361.
Northern Rivers Amateur Beekeeping Association meets Sun, Sept 24 at the home of F & M Geist, 254 Crisp Drive, Ashby Heights. The activity for the day is Examining hives in spring. 11am start. Info Julieanne 6687 8019.
The Northern Rivers Chapter of the Fellowship of First Fleeters invite descendants & friends of people who came to Australia in the First Fleet to the bi-monthly meeting on Sun, Sept 24 at 16 Atlas St, Lismore, at 11.30am. BBQ supplied at a cost of $7. All welcome. Info Pat 6621 3650.
CWA Aville weekly craft, chat & cuppa morning held every Monday at the RSL Hall, Bugden Ave, from 9.30am. Everyone welcome. The winner of the Plaza raffle was Denise Ashdown. Project for September is hospital visiting goods. Info 6628 1295.
Ballina CWA Crazy Whist Morning held Mon, Sept 25 at the CWA Hall in Captain Cook Park, River St, Ballina (next to the RSL) from 9am. Lucky door prize & morning tea. Entry $2. All welcome. Info 6686 6129.
Richmond Valley Council is holding a series of Event Workshops. The first is on The Hows & Whys of Event Manuals & is being held on Thurs, Sept 28 at the Evans Head Casino Surf Life Saving Club from 10am-3pm. $20 includes lunch & refreshments. RSVP by Mon, Sept 25 to 6660 0203.
Aville Concert Band rehearsal every Mon at the RSL Hall, Aville, at 7.30pm. Experienced players wanted. Info John 6628 7774.
ASCA (Advocates for Survivors of Child Abuse) meets Monday every fortnight at 17E Keen St, Lismore, at 6pm (downstairs from Mens Resource Ctr). This is a group for men & women aged 18 & over. Any survivors of child abuse wishing to share in a group environment welcome. Info Susan 6662 7014.
Dads & Kids Playgroup meets every Monday from 10am-12.30pm in Lismore for children 0-5yrs. Dads connecting with other Dads in a child friendly & fun environment. Info Glenn at the Men & Family Centre 6622 6116.
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.
Earth Healing Meditations held every Mon from 7.30pm at 1/138 Laurel Ave, Lismore, working through the heart of Maitreya. Gold coin donation. Info Jackie 6621 6060 (weekends).
Bingo for senior citizens held every Mon & Thurs at the Lismore City Bowling Club. Eyes down at 10am. All money paid in goes back in prizes. Tea & sandwiches available. Info 6621 5991.
Alcoholics Anonymous is a group providing support & encouragement on the road to sobriety. Meetings held in Lismore Mon-Fri at the Red Dove Ctr from 12.15pm. AA meetings also held at Riverlands every Mon 6.30pm, Wed 7.30pm & Thurs 7pm & at the Lismore Nhood Ctr every Fri 7pm. All welcome. Confidentiality respected. Info Barbara 6622 1670.
Lismore Apex Club meets Tues, Sept 26 at the Richmond Tavern, Lismore, at 6.30pm for drinks & dinner at 7pm ($13 for 2-course meal). We are a mixed service club for people up to 45yrs. Info 0400 222 335.
Ballina Birdwing Toastmasters meet Tues, Sept 26 at the Ballina RSL Club from 10am-12.30pm. Stimulate your creativity, challenge your brain & be entertained. All welcome. Free entry for first-time visitors. Info Ron 6628 3381.
The Northern Rivers Greens meet Tues, Sept 26 at the Lismore Workers Club at 6pm. New members & lapsed members are welcome to come along to keep the Greens growing. Info David 6688 0192.
Indoor Bowls at Ruthven Hall held Tues, Sept 26 at 7pm. $2 to play & a lucky door prize. Come along & join the fun. Info 6683 2418.
Tuesdays with U3A
U3A Tuesday Talk held Tues, Sept 26 at the Gbah Sports Club from 2-4pm. Topic: An Italian experience. Visitors very welcome. Info Pat 6628 3766.
Lismore CWA holds free craft classes every Tuesday at the CWA Rooms, Spinks Park, from 9.30am. Come & join our friendly classes & learn something new. Info Maureen 6621 2142.
Free weekly breastfeeding clinics in Lismore to help mothers experiencing difficulties establishing & sustaining breastfeeding. Drop in clinic every Tues from 9.30am-12.30pm at Lismore Library. By appointment clinic every Tues from 1-4pm & Fridays from 9am-4pm at the Northern Rivers Family Day Care Ctr. Phone 6622 8705.
Come along for fun & social interaction for children 0-5yrs & their parents/care givers. We meet every Tues & Wed at the Baptist Church Hall in Uralba St, Lismore, from 10am-12pm during school term. Info Amanda 6624 7041.
Day respite groups are run on Tues, Wed, Thurs & Sat from 9.30am-2.30pm. Small group therapy for people diagnosed with dementia. Held at 43 Phillip St, Gbah. Info 6624 6711.
Lismore Toy Library is open Tues & Sat from 9.30-11.30am during school term (closed during school holidays). Held in the ground floor of Lismore Library. New members & visitors always welcome. Info & membership details Sue 6624 6223.
Learn & practice communication & leadership skills in a supportive environment. Summerland Toastmasters meets at 7pm on the 2nd & 4th Wednesday of each month at the Lismore Workers Club. Visitors welcome. Visit www.summerlandtm.org or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Free From Fluoride public meeting held Wed, Sept 27 at the Lismore Workers Club from 7-8.45pm. Dennis Stevenson is the special guest. He is a former Parliamentarian & Member of the ACT Legislative Assembly Fluoridation Inquiry 1989-91 & author of Dissenting Report to the same inquiry. He will speak on Reasons to Reject Fluoride. All welcome. Info Angela 6621 2348.
Lismore Evening VIEW Club meets Wed, Sept 27 at the Gbah Sports Club at 6.30pm for 7pm. Guest speaker: Brenda Armfield. New members & visitors welcome. Apologies & guests to Helen 6624 4537.
Northern Rivers Multiple Sclerosis Support Group meets Wed, Sept 27 at the Activity Ctr, Crowley Village (end of Cherry St) Ballina, from 10am-12.30pm. The meeting will take the form of an MS Market Day featuring an interesting cross section of guest speakers from earlier meetings. Should be fun. Wheelchair/scooter access & climate control. Info Peter 6628 1761 or just drop on by.
Michael Franti film
Special screening of I Know Im Not Alone: A Musicians Journey Through War in the Middle East following by discussion held Wed, Sept 27 at 6.30pm at Mary Gilhooleys Pub (function room) in Woodlark St, Lismore. $8/6 entry. Proceeds to Green Left Weekly and the Socialist Alliance. Info Nick 6622 2120.
The Pregnancy & Postnatal Group 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. Info 6621 9800.
Dads in Distress
A support group for men going through the trauma of divorce & separation. Meets every Wed night at 7.30pm. All welcome. Info 1300 853 437.
St John Ambulance WorkCover approved Senior First Aid course held in Lismore on Wed & Thurs, Sept 27-28 as well as Sat & Sun, Oct 7-8. Also, SFA one-day flexible learning course & SFA Re-certification course on Tues, Oct 3. Bookings Chris 6621 8044.
Aglow Australia Ballina warmly welcomes women to our Christian fellowship meeting on Thurs, Sept 28 at the Ballina RSL Club. Morning tea 10am, meeting 10.20am. Guest speaker: Fiona Stuart of Ballina. Entry $6pp. Info June 6628 6097.
Op-Shop open to the public on Thurs, Sept 28 at St Pauls Presbyterian Church Hall, 188 Keen St (opposite Lismore Central) from 8.30am-2pm. Come in & browse around & have a delicious morning tea & natter. Info Dawn 6628 2343.
TAFE course info
Information & Application Session for 2 courses (Community Services Work Certificate 4 plus Home & Community Care Certificate 3) held Thurs, Sept 28 at TAFEs Lismore campus in Conway St. There are 2 sessions one from 1.30pm & one from 5.30pm. Info Steve 6620 4249 or 131 601.
Aville Toastmasters help improve listening, speaking & presentation abilities in a supportive & friendly environment. Next meet Thurs, Sept 28 at the Aville Anglican Church Hall from 7pm. Guests welcome. Info Glad 6628 3626.
Rikuday Circle Dancing learn circle dances from Israel, Europe & the Middle East. Beginners to intermediate levels. Held every Thursday from 5.30-7.30pm at the Red Dove Centre (ground floor), cnr Woodlark & Keen St. $10/8/5 (students). Info Liora 6624 4216.
Goonellabah Linux Users Group meets Thurs, Sept 28 at the Goonellabah Medical Centre at 8pm. See www.glug.mine.nu for details.
North Coast Ukulele Collective meets Thurs, Sept 28 at the Suffolk Park Hotel. 6.30pm friends, fun & a few drinks & 7.30pm sharp the music starts. Come along for a jam at this smoke-free, family friendly free event. Info www.ukulelecollective.com.
U3A Northern Rivers Friday Forum held Fri, Sept 29 at the Gbah Sports Club from 10am-12pm. Topic: Is the truth in the bottom of the wine glass? Visitors welcome. Info Shirley 6624 3022.
Dine with friends
Dining Around With Friends gourmet pizza night held Fri, Sept 29 at Fire in the Belly. Come & have a great meal & meet some new people. Info 6624 5403.
Drivers wanted for Rally for Reconciliation 18 on Fri, Sept 29. Licensed drivers help supervise Aboriginal learner drivers who are working toward the 50hrs minimum now required in NSW. Info 6622 1903 or Leonie 6624 7070.
Monster book sale
Friends of the Ballina Shire Libraries present their annual fundraiser, a 2 day Monster Book Sale, on Fri & Sat, Sept 29-30 in the Richmond Room (back of the Ballina library, Regatta Ave, Ballina). Runs from 9am-1.30pm on both days. Books from 50c bargains galore. Info 6686 0027.
Fete & pet blessing
Anglican Parish of Ballina Church Fete & Blessing of the Pets held Sat, Sept 30 from 8am-1pm (Blessing of the Pets at 10am) on the cnr of Norton & Burnett St, Ballina (under the large palm trees). Lots of yummy home cooking, BBQ, Xmas goodies, crafts, plants, kids activities, white elephant, books & lots more bargains. First 25 kids get a free balloon. Note: pets must be restrained or caged.
Mallanganee Primary School Centenary of Education held Sat, Sept 30 from 9.30am. Displays to view, lunch to be had, catch up with old friends & photos following formal proceedings. Dinner dance that evening at 6pm (bookings essential). Registration & info 6664 5108.
Lismore Uniting Church are holding a Trivia Night on Sat, Sept 30 at 6.30pm at the Red Dove Ctr, 80 Keen St, Lismore. Raising funds to send some of our youth to Perth for the National Christian Youth Convention. Please come along & join a table or get a table of 6 together for a night of fun! Info 6621 5801.
Tullera Halls Euchre Night held Sat, Sept 30 at 7pm for 7.30pm. $5 per head. Please bring a plate to share & BYO drinks. Come & have some fun while helping raise money for our hall! NB: Must be 16yrs to play. Bookings & info 6628 2488 or Pauline 6628 2060.
Railway will be delighted with the publication of Ian Kirklands book Out of Puff The Ballina Train. To reserve a copy phone Ian 6687 8335 or email email@example.com by Sat, Sept 30.
Wollongbar Progress Association is planning centenary celebrations for the Wollongbar Hall & community in October. Looking for people with old photos, stories or info about Wollongbars history. Share your memories of Wollongbar village. Info Margaret 6628 0574 or Esme 6628 0455.
Holiday art classes
Kids Art Lab Holiday Programme runs from Mon, Oct 2 to Fri, Oct 13. Classes held daily (10am-12pm) in a fully-equipped art-making studio at the Conservatorium. Activities include printmaking, painting, collage, puppet making & perspective drawing. Bookings Belinda 0429 384 677 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
A demonstration & talk on the finer points of the correct presentation of your cooking, culinary (jams, pickles etc), handicrafts, flowers, floral art, fruit & vegetables for public displays & shows will be given by very experienced local judges. Held Tues, Oct 3 at the Aville Uniting Church Hall from 9am. Please bring pen & paper for notes. Info 6628 0295.
Free 6wk Quit Smoking course runs from Oct 19 to Nov 23. No pressure to quit. RSVP to Maryann on 6620 7668 by Oct 13.
Social lawn bowls
Far North Coast Sub-Branch of the Vietnam Veterans Association annual fundraising Social Lawn Bowls Day held Sun, Oct 15 at the Lismore Hts Workers Bowls Club. Open to bowlers, non-bowlers & mixed bowls. 9am start & $10 cost, which includes bowls, lunch & great prizes to be won. Proceeds to the 2LM Childrens Christmas Appeal. Info & bookings Tony 6624 4020 or Sheldon 6624 4486.
EastCoast Training is running a Certificate II in Construction. Learn how to interpret plans, conduct measurements & calculations, basic levelling procedures, painting & decorating activities. Starts Mon, Oct 16. Upon completion you will receive a Statement of Attainment. Info Lisa 6681 6188.
Cruise the Clarence
The Casino Family History Group is conducting a bus trip to Grafton on Oct 16. Visit Alumny Public Schools Living Museum & go on a 2hr cruise on the Clarence River including lunch. Bus departs Casino at 8.30am. $35 includes morning tea & lunch. Info & bookings Janet 6662 5106 or Kay 6662 3711.
Rous PS turns 125
Rous Public School 125th anniversary celebrated on Nov 4 at the school. A great day of activities are planned. A bush dance will conclude an exciting day. If youve ever had anything to do with us or would simply like to share the day keep Nov 4 free. Info 6629 5294.
Summerland Bonsai Society will celebrate its 40th anniversary on Sat, Dec 9 with a reunion. The society wishes to contact as many past members as possible. Info Verlie 6621 3858.