Around Town - Nov 5

Red Cross thanks

The Wardell Red Cross would like to thank Farmer Charlies Ballina for the recent raffle donation. The winner of the fruit hamper was R Egan.

Old X-rays?

1st Ballina Scout Group is collecting old X-ray films to be recycled. If you or your family have any old films please call & we can arrange to collect them. The group is also collecting old mobile phones to be recycled. Info Debbie 6628 5080.

Can you help Bill?

Need work experience? Looking to meet other people? Retired? Bill’s Team needs volunteers now to assist a young man with his basic rehab. No experience required. It’s not hard work. Can you spare just 2hrs per week or fortnight? We are extremely flexible to suit you. Uni students welcome. Info Sharon 6624 7512 or visit

Free counselling

Free Gestalt psychotherapy/counselling sessions available. For individuals & couples. Phone 6694 2212.

Spina Bifida

I’m Sean. I am 50+ spina bifida L 3-5 S1-2 neurogenic B&B, tetherd cord. I live just outside Lismore. It would be great to meet other with SB for a phone call or a get together over coffee. I’m sure we’d have SB stuff to share. I’ve seen a couple of people around town who I suspect have SB & I’d really like to be able to say g’day. Phone 6624 6967 or email sean@

Lifeline markets

Lifeline Markets held at Uki Hall on Thurs, Nov 5 & at Nimbin Hall on Fri, Nov 6 both from 9am-1pm. Be early & find a bargain! Recycled clothing sale plus shoes, toys & books.

Ruthven dance

Old Time/New Vogue dance held at Ruthven Hall on Fri, Nov 6 at 8pm. Entry $8. Raffles, lucky door prize, dance prizes & supper. Info 6683 2430.

Baby death support

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

War Widows

Lismore War Widows Guild Club meets Fri, Nov 6 at 10.30am in the CWA Rooms, Spinks Park. Info 6621 4302.

Pizza nights

Rosebank Co-op & Green Frog Café is holding pizza nights from 6pm on the first Friday of the month. Next pizza night Fri, Nov 6. Gourmet pizzas made with locally-grown produce. Live music, delicious desserts & great company. Catering for vegan, vegetarian, meat-eating & gluten intolerant eaters. Info 6688 2440.

Retirees meet

Association of Independent Retirees (A.I.R.) meets Fri, Nov 6 at 9.30am at the Alstonville Bowling Club. Guest speakers: Kai Hansen & Leo Senese, the new operator/owners of RBS Morgans of Ballina. All welcome. You do not have to be a member to attend. Info Ken 6687 7291.

Charity Golf Day

A golf tournament to raise money for local charities will be held at the Lismore Golf Club on Fri, Nov 6. Registration at 12 noon, BBQ lunch at 12.30pm and first tee off at 1pm with presentations at 4.30pm.Run by Shaws Office National, local businesses are invited & refreshments will be provided throughout the day. Bring gold coins. Info & registration 6621 7136 or

Living Library

Held monthly, the next Living Library will be held on Fri, Nov 6 from 11am to 1pm at the Lismore City Library, 110 Magellan Street, Lismore. We will be celebrating our 3rd birthday with cake, singing & fabulous Living Books for you to read. Come along & join the party. Our patron Thomas George MP & our Mayor Jenny Dowell will be joining the festivities. Info 6621 2464 or


The Annual General Meeting of Tintenbar Community Aid Network Inc (TinCAN) will be held at 5.30pm on Fri, Nov 6 at the Tintenbar Hall (where hold most of our activities). All welcome. Don’t forget our carpet bowls mornings & Scrabble & games get-togethers every two weeks. Info Marg 6687 8033.

Social Dancing

Social Dancing at the Italo Club in North Lismore every Friday night from 7.30pm. Includes Vogue, Old Time, Modern, R&R, lucky door prize, lucky spots, Monte Carlo & supper. Only $7pp. Also air-conditioned for your comfort. Info Patsy 6625 1612.


Meditation in the Thich Nhat Hanh tradition held every Friday from 6-7.30pm. Held at the Dhamata Healing Centre, 70-72 Molesworth St, Lismore. By donation. Proceeds to orphans of Vietnam. Info Lena 6633 7196 or 0427 337 196.

Crawford House

The latest display at Crawford House Museum is Dairying on the Plateau featuring DVDs of interviews with local dairy farmers, old photos & memorabilia relating to the dairying industry in the area. There are also many interesting household objects dating from the turn of the century to 1960, local historical items & documents & research facilities for the descendants of Ballina Shire families. Crawford House Museum is at 10 Wardell Rd, Alstonville, & is open on Friday from 10am-4pm & Sundays from 1-4pm.

Family portraits

Goonellabah Public School P&C is holding a family portrait day on Sat, Nov 7. $15 sitting fee includes free framed photo. Proceeds to support a great school. Places are limited! Book at the school office. Phone 6624 1444. Great Xmas gift idea.

Gala concert

The Northern Rivers Conservatorium annual Gala Concert is on this Sat, Nov 7 at the Lismore Workers Club featuring the Conservatorium Big Band. The concert kicks off at 2pm. Tickets: child $5, adult $10, family $20. Contact the Con on 6621 2266 or buy tickets at the door.

Family History

Richmond-Tweed Family History Society meets Sat, Nov 7 at 2pm at the Ballina Players Theatre, 24 Swift St. Topic: The real story about Aglabs presented by Frank Harvey. All welcome. Info Nola 6686 3257.

Trash & Treasure

Goonellabah Public School P&C is holding a fundraising garage sale on the premises on Sat, Nov 7.

Red Tent Festival

Childbirth is a truly amazing event in many women’s lives. Come & celebrate women & birth at the Red Tent Festival on Sat, Nov 7 at the Federal Hall. Gates open 1pm with workshops in art therapy, healing, challenging birth experiences, water birth, weaving a baby basket & much more. Inspiring films, yummy Middle Eastern dinner, & a sharing of 8 unique birth stories amidst dancing, poetry & celebration. Tickets $45/40 for whole program or $25 for the afternoon from Nature’s Child in Byron, Mullum Herbals & Fundies in Lismore. For a full program visit

Harvest Fair

Emmanuel Anglican College will host its annual fundraising Harvest Fair on Sat, Nov 7 from 9am-2pm. Activities include pony rides, farm animals, face painting, laser skirmish & football shootout. Stalls include produce, plant & bargain stalls. Entertainment will be provided from students throughout this family day out. Info Lisa 0410 640 237.

Try archery

Come & try archery – a great sport for families. Some of our best archers are women. Come along on Saturday morning for competition tournament, have a look & a talk to other archers or come & try archery in the afternoon. Tutoring available at a small cost. Equipment for hire to get started. GEA grounds Arthur Park, North Lismore. Info Graham 6622 1949 or 0431 594 217.

Community garden

The Little Keen Street Community Garden is a place where people can come together to exchange skills & ideas & have fun, keeping fit through exercise & gardening. We meet every Sunday afternoon to play soccer, garden & socialise in a healthy environment that is child friendly. We welcome anyone who wants to join the garden revolution, keep fit, have fun & be part of a positive project. Think globally, act locally. Info Max 0413 039 689.

Computer group

Computer Users Group University of the Third Age Northern Rivers meets on Mon, Nov 9 at the Lismore Workers Club from 10am-12pm. Topic: Navigation devices. Visitors very welcome. Info Graeme 6628 1348 or Warwick 6621 4619.


There will be a monthly Legatees meeting next Mon, Nov 9 at the Goonellabah Workers Sports Club at 2pm. There will be an induction of 2 new members. Visitors most welcome.

Greens meet

The Northern Rivers Greens November meeting will be held Mon, Nov 9 at the Lismore Workers Club (find the room on the noticeboard in the foyer). We start at 6pm & try to finish by 7.30pm. Info David 6688 0192.

Heartfelt w/shop

Heartfelt House is conducting a 3hr workshop for members to the community, designed to dispel some of the myths surrounding childhood sexual abuse, educate people about the tactics perpetrators use, & looking at coping strategies the child & later the adult adopts in order to survive. Held Thurs, Nov 12 from 5-8pm at Heartfelt House in Wollongbar. Cost $50. Light supper provided. RSVP by Mon, Nov 9 to 6628 8940 or email heartfelthouse@

Sustainable farming w/shops

Leading horticulturalist, agronomist & consultant from the US, Bob Shaffer, will be visiting the Northern Rivers to conduct Sustainable Farming Workshops from Nov 9-12. Covers topics including the role of compost in farming, transitions to simple, sustainable farming practices, soil biology, soil health & food quality, plus much more. All workshops held at Wollongbar DPI. Bookings & info visit

CASPA Xmas shop

CASPA/North Coast Children’s Home’s 56th Christmas Shop runs for 2 weeks from Nov 9-20 upstairs in Lismore Central. Open Mon-Fri from 9am-5pm & Sat 9am-2pm. Handmade Xmas novelties, sewing, dolls’ clothes, knitting, crocheting, Xmas cakes & puddings, biscuits, marmalades, pickles, raffles. Diabetic Xmas cakes & puddings only on order (phone Vera 6621 2324). Please donate, support & help CASPA care for kids! Info Sue 6621 2324.

Kennel Club

Lismore District Kennel Club Inc (obedience section) weekly obedience & agility classes held every Monday night at Clifford Park in Goonellabah at 6.30pm. There is a $10 joining fee & then only $3 per week for up to 3 classes. Info about obedience Deb 0414 878 079 or for agility Nicole 6628 5299.


Heartflow meditations held each Monday from 7.30-8.30pm & a cup of tea afterwards at 17 Norris St, Lismore. Gold coin donation & all proceeds to Academy of Root Development, empowering women in the Bihar area of India. All meditations conducted in the light of Maitreya’s heart. Info Jacqui 6621 6060 (weeknights after 6pm or weekends).

Tuesday with U3A

Tuesdays with the University of the Third Age Northern Rivers held Tues, Nov 10 at the Goonellabah Workers Sports Club from 2-4pm. Topic: Pakistan: Challenges of Establishing Medical Programs. Remarkable achievements of developing much-needed ongoing medical programs in this culturally diverse, interesting country. Presented by Beth Trevan OAM. Visitors most welcome. Tea/coffee $1.50. Info Diane 6686 4968.

Eckart Tolle group

DVD screening & meditation. Meets fortnightly from 7-9pm at 7 Ridgeland Cl, Richmond Hill. Next meeting Tues, Nov 10. All welcome. Info Doug or Naomi 6625 2364. Also at Alstonville on the 2nd & 4th Sundays from 4-6pm. Info Miles 6628 3671.

Immigration visit

Department of Immigration officers will be available for appointments in Lismore next Tues, Nov 10 from 9.30am-3pm at Janelle Saffin’s office in Molesworth St. Sit down & talk about immigration-related issues such as citizenship, working visas, visas for family members & the process for proposing refugees. Bookings essential. Phone 6621 9909.

W’bar Garden Club

The next meeting of the Wollongbar Garden Club is its AGM on Tues, Nov 10 in the community hall. There will be no guest speaker, but the members will talk about something important from their garden be it a statue, plant or special feature. They will bring the object, plant or photo. All welcome. Info Lucy 6628 6191.

Multicultural group

People from many nations attend a shared lunch meeting on the second Tuesday each month (next meeting Tues, Nov 10) from 12.30-3pm at the Lismore Neighbourhood Centre, 76 Carrington St. A cheerful exchange of views & ideas is always on the menu, so please come able to eat & talk at the same time! The International Rainbow Club is committed to encouraging cultural diversity & people from all countries will find a warm welcome. Bring a bit of lunch to share if you like. Info Jeannette 6621 7397 or Luciana 6620 0014.

Striding Strollers

Come & join us for our new Striding Strollers group. We aim to provide fun, fitness & friendship for both parents & child. Striding Strollers meets every Tuesday at 10am during the school term at Heritage Park. We will take a stroll along the river to Spinks Park & then return to Heritage Park where you can stay for a BYO morning tea & a play. Parenting info & resources will be available. Any parent or carer with a child/children under 5 are welcome. Older children are welcome to bring their bikes. Info Kim 6621 2489.

ALP meet

The Lismore branch of the ALP meets Wed, Nov 11 at the Lismore Workers Club at 7.30pm. Info Doug 6624 8853.

Indoor bowls

Indoor Bowls at Ruthven Hall held Wed, Nov 11 (& also Nov 25) starting at 7.30pm. $2 to play. Info 6683 2418 or 6683 2430.

Orchid Society

Alstonville Orchid Society Inc meets Wed, Nov 11 at 7.30pm at the Uniting Church Hall. All welcome. Info Ron 6624 2316.

Vintage Car Club

Northern Rivers Vintage & Veteran Car Club annual meeting held Wed, Nov 11 at the Lismore Workers Club at 7.30pm. Info Ron 6624 4667.


Players & learners are all welcome to the Lismore Mah-Jongg Group. 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.

Scrabble Club

Come along & join us at the Lismore Scrabble Club for some friendly, competitive Scrabble. We meet every Wednesday from 12 noon to 3pm at the Lismore Workers Club (just ask at front desk for room location). Everything provided. All welcome. Info Svend 6663 1156 or email Louise louisefrare@

Buddhist teachings

Buddhism Diamond Way Northern Rivers meets for meditation & practical teachings on Wednesdays in Alstonville at 7pm. Everyone’s deepest wish is for happiness. The only place one can find happiness is in one’s own mind. Newcomers welcome. Info 6628 7002.


Terrified of public speaking? Been asked to MC your friend’s wedding or 21st? Visit Summerland Toastmasters for friendly support to tame those fears. Meetings held every 2nd & 4th Wednesday at 7pm at the Lismore Workers Club. Info Judith 6622 6582 or Mary 6624 4840.

Weekly meditation

Kuan Yin Meditation Centre runs a weekly group at Lismore Heights from 7-8.30pm on Wednesdays. Led by Ellen Davison, the weekly meditation is in the Insight Vipassana style, of sitting & walking meditation with periodic talks or discussion. It is suitable for beginners & experienced meditators. The cost is by donation. Info Christine 6689 7116.

Super pensioners

Lismore Combined Pensioners & Superannuants Association meets every government pension day (next meeting Thurs, Nov 12) at the Lismore Workers Club at 10am. Info Veronica 6621 4654.

Afghan film

A film on the plight of women in Afghanistan titled View from A Grain of Sand will be screen on Thurs, Nov 12 at the Nimbin Environment Centre Birth & Beyond room from 7-9pm. This is a film by Afghan journalist Meena Nanji capturing 50 years of Afghan history. Learn the truth & how to help the Revolutionary Association of the Women of Afghanistan. Entry by donation with proceeds to RAWA Afghanistan.

Tuckurimba Red Cross

Tuckurimba Red Cross turns 70 this year. Come & help us celebrate at our party/Summer Appeal Day at Wyrallah Hall on Thurs, Nov 12 from 11am. $6 entry includes a light lunch. All welcome. Lucky door prize, raffles & dollar board, stall of craft, cooking, produce & plants, & play bingo in the afternoon after lunch. Fun for all! Info Ruth 6625 2686.

Sanctuary AGM

Sanctuary Northern Rivers (refugee support & advocacy) AGM held Thurs, Nov 12 at the Lismore Workers Club. Refreshments 6pm, meeting 7-8.30pm. All in the community are most welcome to join & provide your thoughts & hopes for Sanctuary. Opportunities to support the work of Sanctuary in various sub-committees. Info info@sanctuary.asn.auor 6621 7397 (Wed & Fri) or Michael 0413 693 900.

McLeans Ridges euchre

McLean Ridges Hall Christmas Euchre held Thurs, Nov 12 from 7.30pm. Info Narelle 6628 1207.

In Good Company

In Good Company is a collective of 20 Northern Rivers musicians who are performing a fundraising concert to raise money for the Soup Kitchen & the Mental Health Support Group. A night of acoustic/electric blues, jazz, pop, rock, ballads, country & Latin American music & fun. Held Thurs, Nov 12 at the Star Court Theatre at 7pm. Tickets $50 (includes In Good Company CD, show & complimentary drinks). Tickets from 6622 2888, 6662 2666 or 6686 0022.

LBH stall

The Lismore Base Hospital Auxiliary has a general stall selling cakes, pickles, baby items & general craft on the second Thursday of every month (next stall Thurs, Nov 12) in the foyer of Lismore Base Hospital from 8.30am-2pm. All welcome. New members & volunteers for our Coffee Lounge are also urgently needed. Info Jan 6624 1583.

Garden Club

If you are interested in gardens & would like to meet with friendly, like-minded people, come along to Lismore Home Garden Club Inc meetings at 1pm on the second Thursday of each month (next meeting Thurs, Nov 12) at the Lismore Workers Club. We have interesting guest speakers & garden discussions. We also have bus trips & visitors to members’ gardens. Everyone welcome! Info Dorothy 6621 4100 or Wally 6624 1125.

Seniors Expo

Find out how to put the life in your senior years at the Seniors Expo at Pinevale Villas on Thurs, Nov 12 from 9am-3pm. As well as market stalls, craft displays, food & musical entertainment, there will be speakers & seminars such as ’legal issues facing seniors’ & ’how to prevent falls’. Spend the day at Pinevale & see what your senior years have to offer you.

Fit & Fifty

Group exercise classes for men & women aged 50 & over have recommenced at the Lismore PCYC. Will run weekly every Thursday until Xmas from 10-11am. Classes involve a tai chi warm-up, cardio movement to music, strengthening & stretching exercises. Cost $6 per session. PCYC membership essential $10 & first class free. Info 6621 6276 or Ann 0413 497 916.

Breastfeeding Cafe

The Northern Rivers Family Care Centre runs a Breastfeeding Café every Thursday from 11am-1pm at the CWA Rooms in Spinks Park, Lismore (behind the Fire Station). Come in for a cuppa & a chat. We welcome pregnant women, breastfeeding mums & their supporters. A lactation consultant is on hand for advice. Phone Caroline & Jeannee 6622 8705.

U3A Forum

U3A Friday Forum held Fri, Nov 13 at the Goonellabah Workers Sports Club from 10am-12 noon. Topic: Can we have too much democracy? All welcome. Info Shirley 6624 3022.

Laurel Club

Lismore Laurel Club of Legacy monthly meeting held Fri, Nov 13 at 10.30am in the CWA Rooms, Spinks Park. Info 6621 4302.


The Lismore Group of the Australian Breastfeeding Association meets Fri, Nov 13 from 10am downstairs at Lismore Library. This month’s topic is: From milk to mash to mess – introducing solids. Everyone welcome. Info Ros 6689 9356. For 24hr breastfeeding helpline call 1800 mum2mum (1800 686 2 686).

Lunch for singles

Club Solo meets Sun, Nov 15 at 12pm for lunch in a rural area out of Lismore. Singles (over 30) are invited to meet with new & old friends. Phone 6621 2144 or 6624 3623 by Fri, Nov 13.

Fundraising concert

Forever the Young Dreamtime Performers present a Gala Springtime Performance Concert, Dinner & Dance on Sat, Nov 14 at the Goonellabah Sports Club from 6-10pm. $35. All donations & raffle money will be given to the Homeless Association. Bookings ASAP to Jacqui 6624 5618.

Summer concert

St Mark’s Singers from Casino will be presenting their Summer Delights concert on Sun, Nov 15 at 1.30pm at St Mary’s Anglican Church, cnr Burnet & Norton Sts, Ballina. Afternoon tea & lucky door prizes. Cost $7. Proceeds to Ariah Park Drought Appeal. Info Ellen 6681 3038.

Heartfelt w/shop

Heartfelt House is conducting a 3hr workshop for non-offending parents of adult survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Info on how you can best support your adult survivor through his/her journey of healing & beyond. We will look at how a survivor feels on a daily basis, how the abuse affects them, what you can do to make it easier & more. Registration is essential & places are limited to 12. Held Thurs, Nov 19 from 5-8pm at Heartfelt House in Wollongbar. Light supper provided. Cost $50. RSVP by Tues, Nov 16 to 6628 8940 or email heartfelthouse@

Xmas Shop

The Anglican Parish of Lismore Christmas Shop at 81 Woodlark St, Lismore (next to Miller’s Bakery) will be open from Nov 16 to Nov 28. Christmas gifts galore handmade with love. Includes tea towels, cushions, aprons, bed socks, knee rugs, coat-hangers, bags, food covers, pot plants, table throwovers, Christmas novelties. Also homemade cooking (jams, pickles, cakes, Xmas cakes & pudding) & Xmas hamper competitions. Come & shop early for Christmas!


A Day of Mindfulness with Ellen Davison will be held at Kuan Yin Meditation Centre on Nov 17. Ellen leads & co-leads workshops & retreats in Australia. The day is suitable for beginners & experienced meditators. Info Christine 6689 7116.

Moon Circles

Join me at the Northern Rivers Moon Circles, held every fortnight on the New & Full Moon. These ceremonial gatherings include meditation, practical & open discussion on lunar energy & current astrological & Mayan influences. The intention of the circle is to facilitate personal & collective growth. The next Moon Circle is on Tues, Nov 17 at 7pm. $10/5. Phone Hélène 0405 656 797 or

Veteran advice

If you need advice on your rights and entitlements as a veteran, then an advocate from the Veterans’ Advocacy Service of the Legal Aid Commission of NSW will be conducting a free advice clinic on Thurs, Nov 19 and Fri, Nov 20. The clinic will be held at the Lismore Legal Aid Office at 29 Molesworth St, Lismore. Appointments & info 6621 2082.

Bollywood night

Wollongbar TAFE presents Bollywood at Night Cap, a special night of dinner & entertainment on Fri, Nov 20. Indulge in a 3-course Indian meal with entertainment & a guest appearance by comedian Sandy Gandhi. Starts 6pm. Tickets $40pp. Places are limited. Bookings & info 6620 4888 (please advise on booking of any dietary requirements).

Country Music

Sat, Nov 21 will be Coraki’s last Country Music Day for 2009 & all proceeds will go to the Salvation Army Rural Ministries to be used for vouchers from independent supermarkets in the areas to support our farming families. We would enjoy your company on the day if possible – entertainers & supporters young & younger. All very welcome. There will be a card on the day for anyone wishing to send a message to our friends out west. Also lots of home cooking, craft at very reasonable prices, & a BBQ lunch for just $5.

Info open day

Erda Institute is offering a series of Information Days at Djanbung Gardens, 74 Cecil St, Nimbin, on Dec 21, 28 & Dec 5. A 10am start with a presentation & info session followed by a tour of the garden. The following qualifications are on offer & all are AQF registered: Certificate III in Permaculture, Certificate IV in Permaculture, & Diploma of Permaculture. Info Janelle 689 1755 or email admin@permaculture

Are you expecting?

The Bonding with Baby tea is presenting a free info session to help new & expectant mums & dads prepare emotionally for those first steps toward parenthood. Presented by infant & parent mental health specialist Karen Potter in an informal & interactive atmosphere with the aim of promoting your well-being as a parent & giving baby the best possible start in life. Join & meet other expectant & new mums & dads & enjoy some time out just for yourselves as you prepare for your new role. Parents with babies under 3mths also welcome. Held Thurs, Dec 3 from 10am-1pm at 41 Wilson St, South Lismore. Morning tea & lunch provided. Places limited. Info & bookings Chereece 6621 2489.

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