Echo apology

Echo apology

The Echo would like to profusely apologise to anyone who went to a garage sale at the Goonellabah Tennis Centre on Monday that was advertised in The Echo. The garage sale was in fact on Saturday, not Monday, & our sincere apologies to those people who attended only to find no-one there. Sorry a million times over for the inconvenience.

CASPA Xmas Shop

CASPA (formerly North Coast Childrens Home) 53rd Christmas Shop continues at the top of the ascending travellator in Lismore Central. Handmade Christmas novelties, sewing, knitting, crocheting, Christmas cakes & puddings including diabetic, biscuits, marmalades & pickles. Please support & help CASPA care for kids!

Retirees meet

Far North Coast Branch of the Association of Independent Retirees (A.I.R.) next monthly meeting held Fri, Dec 1 at the Ballina RSL at 9.30am, followed by our Xmas Party & Xmas Lunch with entertainers Dick Campbell & Brenda Armfield. Bookings essential by Fri, Nov 24 to Christine 6684 6004.

Numulgi Xmas dance

Numulgi Hall Christmas Dance held Fri, Nov 24 at 8pm. Vals music, prizes, raffle, great supper & $60 jackpot. All welcome. Proceeds to hall. Info 6628 2255.

Womens dinner

Womens Networking Dinner held Fri, Nov 24 at Caddies Caf in Lismore around 6pm. Guest speaker is Bronwyn Watson, the Lismore Woman of the Year & a worker in the deaf community for more than 20yrs. She has worked with TAFE training sign language interpreters, initiated many special programs for deaf students & has provided access to education for deaf Aboriginal students. Come for dinner, join the chat, enjoy the company. Women attending for the first time especially welcomed! Info Judith 6625 1348.

Reef & beef dinner

Summerland House With No Steps next themed evening is a Reef & Beef Dinner on Fri, Nov 24. 3 delicious courses for $29.50 per head & all for a good cause. Bookings & info 6628 0610.

Tintenbar Hall

50s Rock n Roll Night at Tintenbar Hall on Fri, Nov 24 from 7.30-11.30pm. DJ Jason Sines, Rock n Roll demos & lessons, Rodger & his Codger (back by popular demand) & the Red Cross Girls as hosts. Lucky door prize, best outfit, lucky spot & raffles. $10 per person, bring a plate for supper. Proceeds to upgrade of hall. Info Niki 6628 5957 or Tony 6687 8870.

Men speak out

Men, it is time to stand together & speak our minds & our hearts. Come & join us in conversation, great music & much more on White Ribbon Day (Fri, Nov 24) at Railway Park in Byron from 10am-2pm. We will talk about respectful relationships toward women, creating a community where our daughters cab walk safely & much more. Info Colin 6688 4357.

Christmas Carnival

Our Lady Help of Christians Parish, South Lismore, is holding their Christmas Carnival on Fri & Sat, Nov 24-25 in the school grounds, Rhodes St, from 6pm. This is a wonderful night out for family & friends. Lots of tempting food, fun, games, activities & entertainment for kids, cake & craft stalls & raffles. Try your luck on the Chocolate Wheel you might win a ham for Christmas dinner. Come along & celebrate the spirit of Christmas!

Fluoridating Nimbin

Freedom From Fluoride meets Sat, Nov 25 at the Nimbin School of Arts from 1.15-3.30pm. The Fluoride Deception will be screened & also plenty of time for questions. Refreshments provided, gold coin appreciated. Info Geoff 6624 3723 or Angela 6621 2348.

Sole parents

Sole Parents are Super Parents (SPs) are meeting at Pop Denison Park (east side of Shaws Bay at Ballina) on Sat, Nov 25 at 4pm for a BYO BBQ & games for the children. New SPs are very welcome.

A Christmas Choir

Enjoy music by G F Handel, Sally Deford & others by the Alstonville Chorale accompanied by ensemble, grand piano & organ. 50 voices sing The Christmas Story. Sat, Nov 25 at 11am at the SDA Church, Uralba St, Lismore. Free entry. Air-conditioned comfort!

Church market

Tis a Month Till Christmas is the theme of a Church Market on Sat, Nov 25 at the Uniting Church Hall & grounds in Alstonville from 8am. Be early for Christmas gift bargains. Lots of stalls including cakes, crafts & Xmas gifts, pre-loved treasures, fresh produce, plants, bargain op-shop & more. Also BBQ to raise funds for Young Christians to attend an annual event in Perth. All welcome.

Church open day

Market Street Church Open Day held Sat, Nov 25 at 5 Market St, Lismore. Have a look at our refurbished meeting place, meet some of the people, hear about miracles & at the same time take the opportunity to financially support the Australian Red Cross Association. Also activities for kids & nibblies for adults.

Free seminar

Mind Your Body, a free introduction to the Alexander Technique, held Sat, Nov 25 at the Yogalates Studio, 72 Byron St, Bangalow, from 3.30-5.30pm. The Alexander Technique is a life-changing method of pain remediation, movement awareness & performance improvement. It offers a holistic approach to mind/body integration that helps release you from stressful habits. Registration & info Belinda 6687 2732 or email

Cheap plants!

For cheap plants visit the Wollongbar Garden Centres stall at the markets at the Palms Shopping Centre on Sat, Nov 25.

Do you like to dance?

Stipsky is playing at Whian Whian Hall on Sat, Nov 25. Great dance music! Dinner 7pm, band 8pm. Entry $10 adults & $25 for a family (includes a bowl of curry). Also supper, refreshments & a hamper raffle available. Info Christine 6689 5839.

Garage sale

GROW Community Centre Sat, Nov 25 from 8am-1pm (125 Ballina St, Lismore).

Xmas morning tea

Blue & White Auxiliary Christmas Morning Tea held Mon, Nov 27 at the Lismore Workers Heights Bowling Club at 10am for 10.30am. $6pp. Santa will be there plus display table, raffles & tombolas. Proceeds to St Vincents Hospital Palliative Care Unit. RSVP by Sat, Nov 25 to Teresa 6624 2193 or Ann 6621 6368.

Latin night

Come join the Dining Around With Friends Christmas Party (Latin theme) on Sat, Dec 2 at Blossoms Caf, Alstonville Garden Centre, Wollongbar. South American BBQ, sangria, complimentary beer & wine with dinner, music & dancing. Bookings essential by Sat, Nov 25. Info Gail 6624 5403.

First aid

Red Cross WorkCover approved Senior First Aid Course held in Mullumbimby on Sat & Sun, Nov 25-26. Bookings & info James 6622 3244 or 1800 150 058.

Ruthven garage sale

Garage Sale at Ruthven Hall on Sat & Sun, Nov 25-26 at 7.30am. Furniture, some antiques, tools, collectables, aquariums, s/s sinks, books, plants, bric-a-brac & lots more. Also homemade cakes. Come & get a bargain! Info 6683 1634 or 6683 2430.

Seabirds & Turtles

Australian Seabird Rescue is holding a 1-day seminar at their centre in Ballina on Sun, Nov 26. Participants will learn all about pelicans, seabirds & marine turtles, & how to help if your injured or stranded. Pre-registration essential as numbers are limited. Info 6686 2852 or email

Casino craft market

CMCA Casino Village Craft Market held Sun, Nov 26 from 8am at 69 Light St, Casino (the old airport site). Get all your Xmas shopping done in one place! Fresh fruit & veg, homemade jams & cakes, toys, local gourmet foods, craft & jewellery, bric-a-brac, plants & much more. Also a jumping castle, face painting, kids costumes & live entertainment. Info 6662 1069.

Charity Golf Classic

Summerland House With Steps Charity Golf Classic held Sun, Nov 26 at the Ballina Golf Club. 4 ball ambrose, midday shotgun start. $25pp includes lunch, with proceeds to the House With No Steps water theme park. All welcome, including players without official handicaps. Bookings & info 6686 2766 or 6686 0144.

Carols by Candlelight

Blue Hills College are holding their 2006 Carols by Candlelight on Sun, Nov 26 at 4.30pm, with a touch tournament, face painting & jumping castle, at the College in Blue Hills Avenue, Goonellabah. Followed at 6.30pm with a fantastic concert of singing by all the College students as well as entertainment by One Accord & community singing. The carols will bring families & the community together for a fun-filled event. The children have been rehearsing & are extremely excited about being involved. Alcohol-free zone. Enquiries to Blue Hills College Office.

First fleeters

The Northern Rivers Chapter of the Fellowship of First Fleeters wish to invite descendants & friends of people who came to Australia in the First Fleet to the bi-monthly meeting on Sun, Nov 26 at 16 Atlas St, Lismore, at 11.30am. BBQ supplied at a cost of $7. All welcome. Info Pat 6621 3650.

Computer group

U3A Computer Users Group meets Mon, Nov 27 at the Lismore Workers Club from 10am-12pm. Topic: Buyers guide to digital cameras. Visitors welcome. Info Stuart 6663 7029.

Crazy whist

Ballina CWA Crazy Whist Morning held Mon, Nov 27 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.

RAAF meeting

RAAF Association Lismore Branch & the Ladies Auxiliary meets Mon, Nov 27 at the Goonellabah Workers Sports Club at 10.30am, followed by a Christmas Luncheon. Info John 6621 2933.

CWA Alstonville

CWA Alstonville craft, chat & cuppa morning held Mon, Nov 27 at the RSL Hall, Bugden Ave, from 9.30am. All welcome. Info 6628 5660.

Greens meeting

The Northern Rivers Greens monthly meeting is on Tues, Nov 28 at the Lismore Workers Club at 6pm. We are preparing for the state election & welcome new & old members.

Sharon Sidney charity concert

Sharon Sidney School of Dance will hold their 22nd annual Charity Concert on Tues, Nov 28 at the Lismore Workers Club. The concert will begin at 7pm & will be compered by Mr Wilson Cregan. The Christmas Scene will have children from 3yrs of age performing with fairies, Fairy Queen & Santa himself. There will be a variety of all types of dancing including classical ballet, tap, hip hop & jazz. Adult tappers will also entertain you. Entry $25 family (includes nan & pop), $10 adult or $5 child/pensioner. Tickets at the door with all proceeds to Camp Quality.

Indoor bowls

Indoor Bowls at Ruthven Hall held Tues, Nov 28 at 7pm. $2 to play & a lucky door prize. Info 6683 2418.

Tuesdays with U3A

U3A Tuesday Talk held Tues, Nov 28 at the Goonellabah Workers Sports Club from 2-4pm. Topic: Fluoride Deception with Colin Locke. Visitors very welcome. Info Pat 6628 3766.

Aville Ratepayers

Alstonville Ratepayers Association general meeting held Tues, Nov 28 at the Alstonville Entertainment Centre (Commercial Rd, Aville) from 7.30pm. Agenda includes Alstonville/Wollongbar bypass, asphalt plant, drinking in public places, lights in Crawford Park, police issues, membership drive, Main Street upgrade, DCP 6 & Lumley Park. All welcome. Info Jan 6628 0111.

CWA craft

Lismore CWA holds free classes every Tuesday at the CWA Rooms, Spinks Park, from 9.30am. Come & join our friendly classes & learn something new. Info Maureen 6621 2142.

Gem Club

Come to the Lismore Showgrounds for Gem & lapidary Club workshops on Tuesday 2-9pm, Thursday 9am-12pm & Saturday 1-4.30pm weekly. General lapidary, silverwork, faceting, wire wrapped jewellery etc with a wide range of interested & knowledge available. Info Margaret 6621 9436.

Bella Italia

The new Italian Radio Program on 2NCR-FM, 92.9, goes to air every Wed night from 6-8pm. Join Angela, Luciana & friends for lots of music, interviews & local community news. You wont be disappointed!

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.

CWA Council

CWA Alstonville will be at the Far North Coast Group Council meeting in Lismore on Thurs, Nov 30. Info 6628 5660.

Super pensioners

Lismore Combined Pensioners & Superannuants Association meets Thurs, Nov 30 at the Lismore Workers Club at 10am. All pensioners & superannuants welcome. The group also goes on regular outings. Info Jim 6624 2134.

Ukulele Collective

North Coast Ukulele Collective meets Thurs, Nov 30 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

Craft sale

A display & sales of hand-painted porcelain & crafts will be held on the Alstonville Plaza on Thurs, Nov 30. A percentage of proceeds to the Lower River Fire Service.

Air rifle club

The Lismore Workers Air Rifle Club Inc is looking for new members. Juniors from the age of 12yrs welcome. Shoots held on Thursday nights from 7pm. No experience necessary, equipment provided. Social or competitive shooting lots of fun! Info Ollie 6624 7497.

Club Solo

Singles (over 30) Christmas function held Sat, Dec 2 at 6.30pm. Bookings by Thurs, Nov 30 to Faye 6621 2144 or Maryanne 6624 3623.

U3A forum

U3A Northern Rivers Friday Forum held Fri, Dec 1 at the Gbah Sports Club from 10am-12pm. Topic: How much do the little things matter? Visitors welcome. Info Shirley 6624 3022.

Living Library

After the huge success of the Living Library launch it is going to be a regular event in Lismore! This concept sees people borrowing books (real people) to talk to about their life experiences for a while. The Lismore Living Library will now be open every first Friday of the month from 11am-2pm at the Lismore Library in Magellan Street. The first regular event will be on Friday, Dec 1. Everybody is welcome. Info Sabina 6688 6214.

Beggars banquet

Byrons Beggars Banquet, a free feast for the whole community, held Sat, Dec 2 in Byrons Railway Park from 10.30am. The event is picnic style & all proceeds go to the Beggars Banquet Fund, managed by Byron Youth Service, to resolve homelessness issues in the Shire. More volunteers are needed for the feast. Info Ajanta 0431 905 741 or email

Garage sale

Goolmangar Hall is having a Garage Sale on Sat, Dec 2 to raise funds for repairs. We need items to sell if you have anything you dont need that we could use, they can be dropped at 794 Nimbin Rd or phone 6629 3313 for pick up. We also have stalls for $20 or $5 to use a table. These must be booked on 6629 3313 or 6629 3422.

Sth Soccer 60th

South Lismore Soccer Club 60th Anniversary Dinner held Sat, Dec 2 at the South Lismore Bowling Club from 6pm. Reserve your tickets now with Darren 6628 2301 or email

Coraki CWA

Coraki CWA annual Christmas Party held Sat, Dec 2 in their rooms at Richmond Terrace at 12noon. We invite senior citizens, carers & new residents to the area to come on this day. Lucky door raffle, entry $8. Numbers for catering to Ruth 6683 2029.

Ruthven dance

Old Time/New Vogue Dance held Sat, Dec 2 at Ruthven Hall at 8pm. Please wear something Christmassy. Special treats, lucky door prize, raffles & a great supper. Vals music. Entry $7. Info 6683 2430.

Motorcycle Toy Run

North Coast Childrens Motorcycle Toy Run held Sat, Dec 2 with riders travelling from Ballina to Lismore to raise money for the 2LM Childrens Christmas Appeal. Breakfast 8am in the Ballina Seagulls Rugby League car park, ride begins 10am. Gold coin entry for the ride. Open to all registered motorcycles whether they are Harley Davidsons, scooters, trail bikes or whatever. L & P platers most welcome. Info 6622 5669.

Sara Storer show

Sara Storer will be performing at the Alstonville Entertainment Centre on Sat, Dec 2 in a show called Boots, Buckles & Wheels Under the Stars to celebrate International Day of People with Disabilities. Open air film premiere, wheel chair dancing, line dancing, country rock band, live theatre, performances & poetry. Runs from 5-11pm. Entry by donation. Info 6628 0610.

First aid

Red Cross WorkCover approved Senior First Aid Course held in Ballina on Sat & Sun, Dec 2-3 & also in Lismore on Wed/Thurs, Dec 6-7 & Sat/Sun, Dec 16-17. Bookings & info James 6622 3244 or 1800 150 058.

T & J Rose Family

The next meeting of the Northern Rivers Branch of Thomas & Jane Rose Family Society Inc is on Sun, Dec 3 at the Lismore Workers Club at 12noon. Info Stan 6628 6072 or Jan 6624 1613.

Multiple birth Xmas

All families of twins, triplets, quads & more are invited to the Northern Rivers Multiple Birth Group Christmas Party on Sun, Dec 3 at the Summerland House No Steps near Alstonville from 10am-midday. Fun & games for the kids. Info Elisa 6622 2464 or Annette 6681 6342.

ASCA final meeting

ASCA (Advocates for Survivors of Child Abuse) wishes all past & present members a Merry Christmas & a Happy New Year. ASCAs last meeting for 2006 is on Mon, Dec 4. Meetings will resume 2007 on a date to be advised in February. Info Susan 6662 7014 or Lynda 6662 6831.

Legacy concert

A fundraising concert for Legacy is being presented on Mon, Dec 4 at the Ballina RSL Club at 7.45pm. The Alstonville Concert Band will be playing music from major shows such as My fair Lady & Phantom of the Opera. The band is supported by the Alstonville Sub-Branch & HighTrees Coffee Estate. Entry is $5.

PASS meet

PASS (Parents of Autistic Spectrum Support) will hold a discussion morning regarding High School Satellite Classes on Tues, Dec 5 at the Far North Coast centre for Autism Aspect Office on the corner of Green & Main St, Alstonville, at 10.30am. Call Susan 6628 3660 for details & attendance confirmation.

Hospital Auxiliary Xmas

The Casino Hospital Auxiliary will hold a Xmas Morning Tea at St Marks Anglican Hall, Barker St, Casino, on Fri, Dec 8 from 10am. There will be entertainment, a visit from Santa Claus, Xmas gifts & the drawing of the giant Xmas stocking raffle. Entry is $6 & all are welcome. RSVP to Robyn on 6662 3871 by Mon, Dec 4.

Wardell Xmas Party

The usual Wardell Town Christmas Party will be held on Tues, Dec 5 in the Wardell Memorial Hall from 9.45am with morning tea. Entertainment by Gloria & Jim, plus country & western singers. No presents (instead a donation to the Wardell Fire Brigade appreciated). Organised by the Wardell Uniting Church. All are welcome, young & old. Info Sylvia 6683 4059.

Craft Show

Byron Hospital Annual Craft Show held Sat, Dec 9 at the Byron Bay High School Auditorium from 10am-3pm. Entry is $3 & there will be over 50 stalls with a great variety of craft & goods for sale just in time for Christmas. All proceeds to purchase much-needed equipment for the Byron Bay Hospital. Info Pam 6685 3385.

Bonsai reunion

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.

Candlelight Remembrance

The Lismore Chapter of The Compassionate Friends extends a warm welcome to all bereaved parents & supportive friends to join a Candlelight Remembrance Evening on Sun, Dec 10 at the Church of the Good Shepherd, Bexhill, at 6pm. An opportunity for parents to acknowledge the difficulty they experience facing Christmas & gives all those present an opportunity to light a candle & dedicate some very special time to the memory of their child or children. Items that TCF members have contributed are read & visitors are invited to participate. A light supper will follow service. Info Glennys 6621 4086 or Dianne 6621 5558.

Mark Willacy visit

Former ABC Middle East Foreign Correspondent Mark Willacy will be speaking on Sun, Dec 10 at the Ocean Shores Country Club from 4pm. Hosted by the Northern Rivers Branch of the Friends of the ABC. Mark had extensive experience reporting for the ABC in the Middle East & the address will focus on this period of his career as a journalist. Entry is by donation ($10 or $5 concession). Bookings & info Neville 0405 244 903 ( or Val 6680 3132 ( Doors open at 3pm for those wishing to take out membership & meet the committee.

T Thorn Coyle

T Thorn Coyle is visiting the Northern Rivers. He will president a workshop called Introduction to the Iron pentacle on Mon, Dec 18 at the Ambaji Wellness Centre from 7.30pm. Entry is $8/6 . He will also present The Triple Soul on Dec 20 from 9am-4pm at Djanbung Gardens in Nimbin. The cost is $90/35 (sliding scale). Bookings & info Ruth 6689 7519 or email

Tertiary preparation

Info packages are now available for the Tertiary Preparation Certificate IV at Wollongbar TAFE in 2007. This HSC-equivalent course for mature-aged students can be completed in 2 semesters (20hrs per wk) or part-time over a longer period. Especially suits those who left school some time ago & only went to year 10, & also suitable for those whose UAI was not high enough for the uni course of their choice. Completing students receive a Tertiary Entrance Score thats recognised like a UAI. Info 6620 4200.

Computer Catch-Up

This free course at Wollongbar TAFE in semester 1 2007 will help those who think technology has passed them by. Update your writing skills for work, life or study while learning basic computer use. Held Thursday & Friday mornings in a relaxed & supportive atmosphere. Youll work on projects of your own choosing with no tests. Info Julia or Pam 6620 4200.

Woodger reunion

Reunion of descendants of John Woodger, formerly of West Peckham, Kent, & his wife Jane Butler held at Sutton Forest NSW on March 3 & 4, 2007. Reunion dinner & church service. Any family members wishing to attend phone Mary on (03) 9848 1012 ASAP.

T & J Rose reunion

Thomas & Jane Rose Family Society Inc 9th Rose Family Reunion is coming up. Descendants will gather at Butterly Farm Wilberforce on Sun, March 25 2007 from 10am-4pm. Info Stan 6628 6072 or Jan 6624 1613.