Ten things to do this week
1.The Great Eastern Fly-In: The Great Eastern Fly-In is a unique Australian aviation event. Pilots, their families and friends, Fly-In from all over Australia, to enjoy a great summer holiday with a difference. Locals, young and old, come to marvel at the latest in aircraft, air displays, and have the ride of their lives. The event also features vintage cars, food, a movie niht and good family fun. At the Evans Head Memorial Aerodrome this Saturday and Sunday all day. For details visit www.greateasternflyin.com.
2. The Ultimate Bee Gees Holiday Show: This trio of singers has presented the music of The Gibb Brothers all over the world impressing audiences where ever they have appeared. Their voices soar through all the great romantic ballads and disco hits with the unmistakable harmonies that were the trademark of The Bee Gees. Gold Coast-born Damian Wynne portrays Barry Gibb on guitar and vocals. Russell Davey is Robin Gibb and Greg Wain is Maurice Gibb on keyboard, guitar and vocals. The group will perform great hits such as Massachusetts, Words, and Saturday Night Fever, as well as songs they wrote for other superstars such as Chain Reaction for Diana Ross, Island In The Stream for Dolly Parton and Kenny Rogers and Grease for Frankie Valli. Upstairs at the Ballina RSL Club this Saturdayfro 8pm. $20
3. 26th Annual Show'n'Shine: North Coast Street Machines car club will celebrate its 26th Annual Show'n'Shine at Ballina Rugby League Grounds. One of the activities on the day will be Tappet Cover Racing, a popular event, so read up on the specifications and have a go at building your own racer. There will also be a Wheel Changing Competition. There will be full catering at the grounds and trade displays. At Kingsford Smith Park, Bentinck Street, Ballina. All day event.
4. Buddhist Monks of Tibet: Three Tibetan Buddhist monks from the Ganden Jangtse Monastery are visiting the area, invited by Tibetan musician Tenzin Choegyal. Geshe Jampa, Phuntsok and Tsundue will be holding a chanting meditation each morning from 10.30am-11am. Then throughout each day they will create a sacred sand mandala. At the Crystal Castle, 81 Monet Dr, Mullumbimby, Saturday and Sunday from 10am to 5pm.
5. The Space Cowboy: Inspired by the great thinkers of the past and present in the field of psychological persuasion and mind reading, The Space Cowboy performs some of the most direct and precise thought reading demonstrations that can be found in the world today. The holder of 38 Guinness World Records, he is also leading the frontier of extreme performance. Experience The Space Cowboy's death defying stunts of sword swallowing and much more, as he pushes the boundaries of what is physically possible. At the Byron Bay Theatre this Saturday and Sunday at 5.30pm and again at 8pm. $25.
6. Fish'n'Chips Festival: The Fish'n'Chips Festival commences with the fireworks display tonight, watched by thousands who gather along the waterfront. At Banner Park, Brunswick Heads, this Saturday from 9pm. On Sunday morning, the Lions Club will be conducting a junior fishing competition and registration will be from 6am to 10am at the Timber Housie shed in Banner Park. Weigh-in will be at 1pm sharp.
7. Woodchop Carnival: From Wednesday to Sunday, January 13-16, the 56th annual woodchop carnival will take place in Brunswick Heads, with 80 axe men, women and juniors contesting 34 events. Competitors are coming from all of the eastern states and WA, New Zealand and Canada. To foster the family atmosphere both women and junior boys and girls get the opportunity to compete in single and mixed events alongside the men and veteran men. There will be two Australian titles decided at the event: the Australian 375mm Standing Block and 275 Underhand Championships. At Banner Park, Brunswick Heads, from noon to 9.30pm.
8. Starlight Festival: Soundbath healing, shamanic journeys and yoga are only some of the activities in the Starlight Festival's program this year. A festival of conscious living, awakening and connection to humanities true potential through interactive workshops, Soundbaths, Yoga and Shamanic Journeys with local, national and international presenters. At the Bangalow A&I Hall this Saturday and Sunday all day. $20, two days pass for $30. For details visit www.starlightfestival.com.au.
9. Chillingham Markets: The Community Association Markets in Chillingham are held at the Chillingham Community Centre, located at the end of the village on Numinbah Road. This week it will feature music by Favourite Son from10am. The markets run this Sunday from 8am to 1pm.
10. Snow Queen Show: Prepare to step into a world of freezing fun and wonder when Snow Queen's Aussie Freezing Show visits Lismore and Ballina. There's chaos in Snow Land because the mischievous Evil Jester has run away with the magic wand. Even detective Super Winston fails to save the day and has to call for lots of help from Bushman Bob, Funny Bunny, Captain Carrot and Solly the Snowman. On Thursday, January 14, at the Ballina RSL Club, 240 River St, Ballina, at 10.30am and at the Lismore Workers Club from 3.30pm.