14 FAMILY-FRIENDLY EVENTS THIS WEEK
WHAT’S ON ACROSS THE NORTHERN RIVERS
1. Lismore Carols In The Heart: Lismore City Council presents Shopbaby Carols in the Heart. Come and sing along to some of your favourite Christmas carols. Santa will make an appearance and there will be face painting, jumping castles, fireworks and more, including a variety of food and drink stalls. ARIA award-winner Samantha Jade will perform songs from her album The Magic of Christmas. At Crozier Field, Magellan Street, Lismore, tomorrow. Gates open at 4.30pm. Glass and dogs not permitted in the venue. Free event.
2. Ballina Shire Concert Band with Dean Doyle: Ballina Shire Concert Band will put on a Christmas concert this weekend. Special guest Dean Doyle will offer his vocal mastery, leading the audience to sing along to tunes and carols. Piper Graham Broadhead, better known as the editor of The Ballina Advocate, will add a touch of Scotland to the performance. Lucky door prize and Christmas raffle. At the Richmond Room, Regatta Ave, Ballina, tomorrow, 1.30pm. $10.
3. Ballina Riverside Carols: Organised by the combined churches of Ballina and Lennox Head, the Ballina Riverside Carols will feature face painting and a closing fireworks display as well as the Christmas carols. Gates will open at 5.30pm and carols start at 6.30pm so get there early to set up the picnic rug and chairs. Entry is free (gold coin donation appreciated). Alcoholfree family event. At Kingsford Smith Park, Bentinck Street, Ballina, tomorrow.
4. Coraki Christmas Carols: Today at Coraki Riverside. For more information, contact the Coraki Rural Transaction Centre.
5. Casino Lions Carols by Candlelight: Tomorrow from 5pm at Colley Park. Come along and join this special evening under the stars, sing along to the carols and meet Santa and his elves.
6. Evans Head Community Carols: There will be a barbecue, face painting and balloon twisting, glow candles, raffles, Crankfest chocolates and a big fireworks finale. On Wednesday, December 12, at the Casino-Evans Head Surf Life Saving Club from 6.30pm, organised by the MidRichmond Neighbourhood Centre.
7. Alstonville Christmas on the Plateau: The churches of Alstonville are combining to organise a community Christmas event with carol performers, local preschool and school performances. The event is being held at Elizabeth Ann Brown Park from 4pm. The event will include free jumping castles, face painting, free sausage sizzle, Christmas craft, children’s games and a rock climbing wall.
8. Kyogle Christmas in the Park: Kyogle will celebrate with its inaugural event Kyogle Christmas in the Park today. Hosted by the Kyogle Fairymount Festival committee, the free community event will help kick off Christmas with plenty of fun and festive activities. Santa will arrive at 4.30pm, with Santa photos for $5 a family, as well as a jumping castle and face painting for the children. A Christmas light competition will shine a light on the celebrations, while market stalls will be there for Christmas shopping. Children are encouraged to dress up for the bestdressed competition and a Christmas movie will screen at 7.30pm. Today from 4pm at the Kyogle Amphitheatre.
9. Orion A-9 Landing in Lismore: A P-3C Orion A9-752 military aircraft will fly into Lismore this weekend as part of a grand plan to house the old
submarine hunter at the Evans Head Heritage Aviation Museum. The plane is too big to land at Evans Head, so the museum has devised a plan to land it in Lismore, have it demilitarised and dismantled, and move the parts to Evans Head for reassembly. The Lockheed P-3 Orion is a four-engine turboprop anti-submarine and maritime surveillance aircraft developed for the United States Navy and introduced in the 1960s. At 12.30pm, the Orion will fly an approach into Evans Head followed by a low flypast (or two) with its bomb bay open. It will then fly over the mouth of the Richmond River at 12.45pm and track west up the river past Ballina. The Orion will then fly past Lismore with bomb bay doors open before landing.
10. Nimbin Youth Film Festival: The Nimbin Youth Film Festival encourages young people to make films of any genre, using any equipment available. Watch this year’s selection of entries at the Nimbin Bush Theatre, 2A Blue Knob Road, today from 2pm. Free.
11. Ocean Shores Food Fiesta: The second Ocean Shores Tavern Street Food and Music Fiesta will be held this weekend with plenty of live music on stage. First up, Free the Jeanie, then the Mangrove Jack Band will rock it all night. A family-friendly event to enjoy food, music and brews. At the Ocean Shores Tavern, 84 Rajah Rd, today from 3pm-9pm.
12. Easter Island Cultural Experience at Mullumbimby: Rapa Nui, also known as Easter Island, is a remote volcanic island in Polynesia that belongs to Chile. It is famous for its carved headstones called moais. Northern Rivers residents will have access to Easter Island culture, food and music today. Easter Island-born artist Yoyo Tuki will offer a five-hour cultural experience starting with a talk and Q&A from 4pm, then from 5pm a traditional Hoko Dance (similar to a maori Haka), a dance performed by warriors prior to war. At 6pm, a Pacific Island Umu feast will be prepared in the traditional way, using an underground oven. $12 (sold separately). At 6.30pm, Yoyo Tuki will offer a selection of traditional songs in Rapa Nui, Spanish and English. At WeMove Studio, 3/43 Stuart St, Mullumbimby, today from 4pm to 9pm.
13. Free Federal Writers Festival: A free writers’ festival, that’s a novel idea. The festival will feature authors Kerry O’Brien, Richmond Rivers Express Examiner editor Susanna Freymark, Jude Aquilina, Helen Burns, Jane Camens, Melissa Lucashenko and Professor William McNeil, among others. At Jasper Corner, Federal Hall, tomorrow from 9am-7pm. Free event.
14. Djuki Mala dancers at Brunswick Heads: Indigenous troupe Djuki Mala became viral sensations when their video Zorba the Greek went viral. Along with two shows, Djuki Mala will take up residency in the Byron Shire to develop a new show. At the Brunswick Picture House today at 4pm and at 8pm. $40/$25.
THE VOICE: Samantha Jade will perform at Lismore's Christmas carols night.