Top 11 Things to do this weekend

1. Being a single mum is not easy, and as a special treat and acknowledgement to their sacrifices, there will be a high tea and jazz afternoon today from 2-4pm, at 24 Endeavour Close with special guest vocalist Sharny Russell. All single mums are welcome and free child care is available. RSVP to Katie Thompson 0407 908 561

2. A traditional meals at Christmas in July makes a lot more sense than hot turkey and melting puddings at the height of an Australian summer. You can experience a Christmas dinner with all the trimmings and dance to the Well Swung Daddies big band at the Bangalow Bowling Club tonight from 7pm until midnight. Tickets are $42. Info: 6687 1235.

3. Bob Gowland is an expert on oriental rugs, with more than 30 years of experience as a valuer of fine arts in the UK and America. He is guest lecturer at this month’s meeting of the Association of Australian Decorative and Fine Art Societies on Monday night at the Bangalow A&I Hall. Bob’s subject is the identification of oriental rugs and carpets. Lecture starts at 6.30pm. Entry is $20 for non-members and includes hot soup and a glass of wine, plus a chance to win a three-day pass to the Byron Bay Writers’ Festival in the $5 raffle. Info: Carole 6684 4996.

4. The keys on the Byron Community Centre’s grand Steinway piano will be flying tomorrow when young pianist Oliver She presents a Chopin recital. A former ABC Symphony Young Australia performer-of-the-year, and runner up in this year’s Chopin International Competition, Oliver began playing piano at the age of four. The program includes waltzes, mazurkas and Sonata No 3 in B Minor, starting at 2pm. Tickets $30, Byron Music Society members $25, children $10.

5. Sydney band The Strides will bring their Afro-reggae beats and hip hop mix to the Beach Hotel on Sunday afternoon from 4pm. The band has been favourably compared to Fat Freddy’s Drop and The Cat Empire.

6. Lead Foot Ladies are just part of the action today at the Summerland Drags at the Casino airstrip. Races will feature four, six and eight-cylinder street cars, turbo and supercharged sedans, plus the Go Motors Kaos FMX Stunt Show. Gates open at 10am, action starts at 11am. Join in the fun today from midday at the showground for the new family bazaar to be held on the fourth Saturday of the month. Pick up bargains like bric a brac, candles, restored goods and kids stuff. Info: Kyogle Together 6623 1833.

7. The idea for the Kyogle Community gym came from local residents and it is being officially opened from 11am today by one of the personal trainers from The Biggest Loser, Shannan Ponton. Janelle Saffin will give a speeech and there will be a welcome to country by elder Patsy Nagas. Lots of prizes, giveaways and a free lunch from midday.

8. New to Mullumbimby, the Courthouse Hotel will now hold a ukulele night on the last Wednesday of every. Come one, come all and join in this latest musical craze. Beginners will receive a brief lesson (please bring instrument) then the group will launch into the songs of the evening . Download song sheets at to prepare.

9. Scarlett O’Hara and the Crimson Parrot is a comedy by David Williamson about dreams, romance and the magic of the unexpected. Our heroine Scarlett is a 40-something accident prone waitress who loves the romance of old movies and still lives with her manipulative mother. This production by the Murwillumbah Theatre Company, with cabaret-style seating, will be at the Murwillumbah Civic Centre Auditorium tonight, tomorrow and next weekend. Tickets are $15. Phone Rosemary 6672 1520.

10. Believe it or not it’s first come, best dressed at the Harvest Cafe, Newrybar, on Monday morning, July 25, when lawyer Jonathan Tyndall will dispense advice pro bono. Clients should arrive at 10am to receive help with wills, bankruptcy, loss of home, relationships and kids, drink or drug driving and immigration law. There will be follow-up sessions for the following two Mondays. Go to for more details.

11. Hear the glorious voices of members of Opera Queensland’s Young Artist Program at tomorrow’s Opera at The Channon between 1.30pm and sunset. Bring your own picnic lunch or book luncheon between 11.30am and 1pm. Dress is formal, so dust off the tux or don the feather boa and put the champagne on ice. Opera only tickets $55. Phone 1300 066 772 or go to







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