Ten fantastic things to do on the Northern Rivers
1. Bonnywood Rising: Part melodrama, part western, part historical epic and part complete fabrication, Bonnywood Rising is a celebration of the ingenuity, resilience, spirit and humour of the peoples west of the range. The show features live narration by Ewingar resident Alan Highfield and music by post-rock band Amphibian. The film stars locals Marion Conrow, Tabitha Galvin, Lawrence McCarthy, Vilya de Tozser, Darry Melling, Bill Mills and Donna van Leeuwen among others. Bonnywood Rising is produced by media artist Dr Grayson Cooke and Southern Cross University. Mr Grayson worked with the Bonalbo community to celebrate the true histories (and embellished ones) of the Bonalbo and District Memorial Hall. At Bonalbo Hall, 4 Koreelah St, Bonalbo, on Saturday, from 7pm. Free event.
2. Superheros vs Supervillains: Circus Arts Byron Bay will present a tale of good versus evil for their end of yearshow: Superheroes vs Supervillains. With a cast of more than 150 students, this show is shaping up to be one of their most ambitious yet. In a new format, audiences can choose to see one show or follow the story over two adventurous evenings as the circus Superheros struggle to overpower the Supervillains. At 17 Centennial Circuit, Byron Bay, tomorrow and Saturday, 6.30pm.
3. Carols in the Heart: Lismore City Council presents Shop Baby Carols in the Heart. Entertainment starts at 6pm with the Trinity Choir and Kadina Choir, Luke Vassella, Lismore Ministers' Fellowship Group, musicians from the Northern Rivers Conservatorium and RED Inc, as well as the headline act, X Factor stars Matt and Jess. Food and drink stalls and candlesticks will be available. Gates open from 4pm and it is a free event, but please give to the donation buckets. All monies raised go to Lismore Jodie's Inspiration. At Oakes Oval, Sunday from 6pm.
4. Carols and Bushdance at The Channon: Sing and dance in the festive season. This family event hosted by The Channon Butterfactory Tavern, The Christmas Belles and The Ragged Blossoms is rich with singing, dancing, good food an great company. At 4:30pm, Christmas Carols with The Christmas Belles - Julie and Mish, 5:30pm - Dancing and Carols with The Ragged Blossoms, 6:30pm - Local kids sing Christmas Carols, 7pm - Santa arrives on the fire truck and at 7:30pm - More dancing and carols with The Ragged Blossoms. At The Channon Butterfactory Tavern, 51 Terania St, The Channon, this Saturday from 4.30pm. Free event.
5. An Evening of Fashion: An Evening of Fashion will be indeed an evening of fashion and music and a chance to dress up in your finest wears and strut your stuff. Celebrating fashion and all that the La Studio is about: The alchemy of fashion and design. Showcasing student's works, a glimpse of fashion from the past and presenting designs by resdient designer Simone Ellis . At La'Studio3/52, 3/52 Centennial Circuit, Byron Bay, this Saturday from 6pm.
6. Delicious Party: Delicious is back for their annual Christmas Soiree. DJs in the line up are local luminaries Elscorcho and Craig Wilson, aka DJ 1iSamurai. Elscorcho will be donning his House hat and bringing you a very special House set. Funky to chunky, vocal to old school, this will be a set not to miss. At the Lismore City Bowlo this Saturday from 9pm-2am. $15.
7. The Riverside Carols: Riverside Carols is a community event for all the family to enjoy. Hosted by the combined churches of Ballina and Lennox Head, it will feature local schools, choirs and various artists performing on the community stage from 6.30pm before the main event. Carols will commence on the main stage at 7.30pm. Bring a blanket and enjoy a night of traditional Christmas carols, then see the sky light up with a fantastic fireworks display. Gold coin donation on entry, all funds raised go to charity (BSREA). Alcohol-free event. At Kingsford Smith Park, Ballina, this Sunday from 6pm.
8. 10th Australian Schweppes Legends Golf Tour Championship: This tournament attracts international, national and local players, seeking a share of the $37,000 prize money. Golfers will be teeing off at the Australian Legends Tour Championship in pursuit of a share of the $37,000 purse. The 2015 champion Tod Power from the Gold Coast will return to defend the title he won over Peter Senior 12 months earlier, while many other golfing greats including Michael Harwood and Ossie Moore will also make the trip to Byron Bay looking to claim a slice of the action if not the prize money. At the Byron Bay Golf Club, 62 Broken Head Rd, Byron Bay, this weekend from 7am. Members Gala PGA Dinner on Saturday from 7pm. $50. Prizes presentation on Sunday from 5pm.
9. Northern Rivers Tennis Season Finals: Grand final tennis matches on this weekend with Divisions 1 and 2 kicking off at 8am plus Division 3 kicking off at 8.30am. Several Ballina teams will be attending, plus teams from Alstonville, Byron Bay, Mullumbimby and Lismore. Everyone is welcome to witness the matches. At Ballina Tennis Club on Cherry St, Ballina, this weekend from 8am. Free for spectators.
10. Dirty Dicks: Whether this is your first Dirty Dicks Theatre experience or you have been to a few, no performance is ever the same. Their shows change regularly and are all centred around notable, although sometimes infamous, historical characters from King Arthur, featuring Camelot Castle and Knights of the Round Table as you've never seen before, to Robin Hood. Held this Sunday from 7pm. Tickets are $52 per person and can be purchased at Casino RSM.