Ten things to do this week around the Northern Rivers
1. Relay for Life Lismore: A fun and moving overnight experience that raises vital funds for the Cancer Council’s research, prevention, information and support services.
Relay is a chance for the Lismore and surrounding villages’ community to recognise and celebrate local cancer survivors, patients and their carers, to honour and remember loved ones lost to cancer and to raise money to help save more lives.
Join the thousands of Australians who take part in Cancer Council’s Relay For Life each year in the fight against cancer.
At the Southern Cross University Campus, 1 Military Rd, Lismore, from 3pm Saturday to 9am Sunday.
2. Harmony Day Byron Bay: A national day of celebration when communities all over Australia gather to share their culture and support multiculturalism.
This year, for the first time, Byron Harmony Day will also be a fundraiser for Light the Dark for Refugees raising funds to help refugees in detention.
The event will be a fun family day celebrating cultural diversity with a multicultural dance spectacular and music concert, international feast and kids activities.
At Main Beach Park this Saturday from 11am to 9pm.
For more info go to byronharmony.com
3. Kyogle Clearing Sale: The combined Service Clubs of Kyogle, Rotary, Lions, Quota and CWA are holding a Clearing Sale this Saturday.
Northern Rivers residents can bring in any item they want sold and Mike Smith and David O’Reilly, both local auctioneers, will get the best price for them.
A small fee will be charged to assist with the clubs fundraising.
The event’s goal is to purchase fitness equipment for the community to use, to be located near the Kyogle walking tracks.
This will allow residents and visitors to use the equipment at any time, hopefully promoting a fit and healthy lifestyle.
At the Kyogle Showgrounds this Saturday from 9am. Free entry.
4. Casino Tennis Open: The Casino Tennis Open is being played this weekend with matches at Casino and Lismore.
Play started Friday with finals to be held on Monday.
Matches this Saturday start from 10am at the Casino Town Tennis Club.
5. From Scotland With Love in Maclean: Made entirely of Scottish film archive, From Scotland with Love is a 75-minute film by award-winning director Virginia Heath with a transcendent score by Scottish musician and composer King Creosote.
A journey into our collective past, the film explores universal themes of love, loss, resistance, migration, work and play.
Ordinary people, some long since dead, their names and identities largely forgotten, appear shimmering from the depth of the vaults to take a starring role.
Brilliantly edited together, these silent individuals become composite characters, who emerge to tell us their stories, given voice by King Creosote’s poetic music and lyrics.
At the Maclean Civic Hall, Maclean, this Saturday from 7pm. $20.
6. Tintenbar, Then And Now: Tintenbar used to have two churches, Anglican and Catholic, now one of the churches houses Che Bon, a popular French restaurant.
This Saturday, the Tintenbar Hall Committee and TinCAN, the local community aid network, will be hosting Then and Now, an event showcasing the history of the village and celebrating its ongoing vibrancy.
The programme will include talks by local identities : featuring Tintenbar history buff John Hayter, Margaet Rigby (Red Cross) and local history writer Ian Kirkland. In addition Tony Koellner will entertain with bush poetry.
There will be a pop up verandah cafe and, after lunch, the Grand Gush will take place: the unveiling of the new Hall drain by Tamara Smith, MP.
At the Tintenbar Hall,Tintenbar, this Saturday from 10am.
7. Mamamia, ABBA tribute: Fully choreographed with impressive precision and scripted with witty humor, Mamamia offer fantatsic costume changes reliving all the crazy retro gear that Swedish pop group ABBA wore.
At the Woodburn Evans Head RSL Club this Saturday from 8pm. $25.
8. Ocean Film Festival 2016: The festival features seven of the world’s most captivating ocean-themed short films, and six of them are Australian premieres.
The Ocean Film Festival Australia showcases more than two hours of sublime footage taken above and below the water’s surface.
Audiences will explore the remote and rugged Alaskan Aleutian chain of islands with two adventurous kayakers attempting a world first.
They will take a wild ride with the world’s most courageous surfers and windsurfers as they catch gigantic waves.
The films encourage viewers to dive head-first into the world of underwater cinematographers Michele and Howard Hall, celebrate the return of the majestic humpback whales to the Hawaiian waters and experience the restorative powers of the ocean and its impact on an orphan in Mexico.
At the Byron Theatre on Wednesday, April 6, from 7pm. $33.
9. Newrybar Hall fundraiser: Jeff Burstin, inductee into the Rock’n’Roll Hall of Fame and one of Australia’s best guitarists, will be performing with friends Steve Banks and Mark Jelfs in the Harvest Old bakery.
Mr Burstin has played in The Black Sorrows, Jo Jo Zep and the Falcons and more recently The Hornets. At the Harvest Old Bakery, Newrybar, on Friday, April 8, from 6.30pm. $20.
Limited seating. All proceeds donated to the Newrybar Community Hall.
10. Into the Jungle, a Circus Showcase: Circus Arts is marking the end of term 1 with its first showcase for 2016, Into the Jungle.
Join them for a night of wild entertainment as Circus Arts’ top performance students showcase a range of weird and wonderful acts.
See hula hoops, trampoline, acrobatics, trapeze, cloudswing and silks with the unforgettable finale, the Fly of the Tiger flying trapeze show.
All proceeds go towards not-for-profit organization Friends of the Circus, raising money to support youth circus training and performance in the Byron Shire.
At Circus Arts, 17 Centennial Circuit, Arts and Industry Park, Byron Bay, on Friday, April 8, from 6.30pm. $8.