Top ten things to do this week
1. Railway Wonderland: The magical live theatre performance celebrating trains, our history and our community is back as part of the Norpa Season 2015. Please note that this weekend's performances have sold out. Shows Monday to Saturday, season closes November 7. For bookings call 1300 066 772 for or visit Norpa's website to book. At the Lismore Railway Station, shows at 8pm. $49.
2. North Coast National - Lismore Show: The North Coast National brings the Lismore Showgrounds alive with 30,000 people enjoying a value for money program of entertainment, exhibitions and rural attractions. The show is a major highlight and a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge our farmers and local life. Unashamed bluegrass sinners, The Pigs, will be performing today at 6pm. At the Lismore Showgrounds, Alexandra Parade, North Lismore, from 9am - 11pm. For details visit www.northcoastnational.com.au.
3. Brian Sharkey Memorial Cup: Watch the Workers Ex-Men vs Workers Redmen game. The Ex-Men are a group of ex- Lismore Workers FC players who come back each year to play a team of current Lismore Workers FC players. What started out as a group of mates getting together for a catch up in 2011 has now morphed into what is now called the Brian Sharkey Memorial Cup. The event is now seen as an important opportunity to raise money for cancer research and to celebrate the lives of those who helped create the community spirit at Lismore Workers FC. The day will be full of fun for the whole family with activities such as halftime crossbar challenge, a jumping castle and the Australian Futsal Associations ever popular inflatable futsal court available during the day. All proceeds raised from the Brian Sharkey Memorial Cup will to go to the Cure Brain Cancer Foundation. At Richards Oval, Lismore, today from 2pm. Game kicks off at 3pm.
4. Ben Wilson: Ben Wilson is an award-winning singer songwriter from Lismore. Ben's sound incorporates both old and contemporary folk and alt-country styles. His songs are intimate and at times savagely honest. He is able to execute both the light-hearted and the down trodden sides of song writing effortlessly. An ex-pat of the UK from Brighton, England, a past resident of the USA and a now new Australian, Ben draws on a broad spectrum of influences and is well seasoned at 26 years old. Performing as Ben Wilson & The Job Seekers, Wilson won Male Songwriter of the Year at the Lismore Young Songwriters Competition with the single Lonely One. In 2013, the group secured a spot to play at Splendour In The Grass Music Festival, after smashing the regional busking competition. Wilson is now preparing to record a full length album. At the Ballina RSL Club today from 5.30pm. Free gig.
5. The Pirates of Penzance: The English National Opera on Screen is the cinema broadcast of Mike Leigh's production of The Pirates of Penzance is the UK's most successful opera on screen event, having taken in excess of $1.1 million at the UK box office so far. Film maker, director and Gilbert & Sullivan aficionado Mike Leigh makes his opera directing debut with this eagerly anticipated new production of sparkling comic masterpiece. The Pirates of Penzance tells the story of the pirate apprentice Frederic and his love for Mabel, the daughter of Major-General Stanley. At the Byron Theatre today at 7.30pm. $25.
6. Charity Barefoot Bowls Day: An afternoon of great fun is assured at the John Huegill Memorial Charity Bowls Day. No need to bother about being a bowler as the Bowling Club provides bowlers to show you how to play. No need to wear bowls shoes as you can play in flat shoes, socks or even bare feet. No uniform or special clothing needed. Open to all ages over 10 years. Great prizes and novelty contests on the day. At the Cherry Street Sports Club in Ballina tomorrow Sunday from 3pm. $20.
7. Lismore Rowing Club's Annual Regatta: Bring a chair and/or picnic rug and relax under the shade of the graceful old trees lining the Richmond River in Coraki while watching kids and adults from NSW and Queensland rowing clubs compete in a range of races. Barbecue and drinks available. All-day Sunday, kicking off at 8.30am.
8. Cats - Abridged Version: Presented by Bright Lights Performance School, and based on the universally popular poetry of T. S. Eliot's Old Possum's Book of Practical Cats, Cats tells the story, in song and dance, of the annual gathering of Jellicle cats at The Jellicle Ball, where one special cat is selected to ascend to the Heaviside layer and come back to new life. Directed by Rebecca Balfour and choreographed by Lee Purdie. At the Byron Theatre tomorrow Sunday at 2pm and 6.30pm. $22.
9. Peter Garrett: Peter Garrett in Conversation with David Leser, presented by the Northern Rivers Writers Festival. Legendary Australian musician, activist and former Cabinet Minister discussing his highly anticipated memoir Big Blue Sky. At the Byron Theatre on Wednesday, October 28, from 6pm. $30.
10. Rescue Helicopter Corporate Charity Golf Day: An annual fundraising event for the Westpac Life Saver Rescue Helicopter and sponsored by Fuji Xerox Business Centre, this event is one of the region's biggest annual charity golf days. 18-hole, six-person ambrose competition with two tee-off times available: 7am and 12.30pm. Cost is $200 per team of four people and includes a free barbeque for players from 6.30am, on-course activities and a presentation at the end of the day. Helirescue staff and crew will also be present on the day. At the Ballina Golf and Sports Club, Jameson Ave, East Ballina, on Friday, October 30 from 6.30am.