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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.

Photo: Con­trib­uted

THE VOICE: Saman­tha Jade will per­form at Lis­more's Christ­mas car­ols night.

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