THEY say that a dog is man’s best friend. Some people prefer cats. Whichever species you feel an allegiance to, there are pets out there in need of our help. Northern Rivers Animal Services is holding a pet adoption day between noon and 2pm today. The animals have all been vet checked, wormed, treated for fleas, vaccinated, micro-chipped and desexed. Foster carers are welcome too if you can’t make a permanent commitment. 25 Racecourse Rd, Southern Cross Industrial Estate.

ONE of Byron Bay’s favourite sons, Nathan Kaye, will perform with his Kollective at The Rails hotel, Byron Bay, from 7pm-10pm today. Nathan is a high-energy multi-instrumentalist whose music has been described as a mixture of the Tea Party, Michael Franti and the Umbilical Brothers all rolled into one. This is a free event and The Rails kitchen will be open.

TAKE a stroll through the Byron Bay Community Markets tomorrow at Butler Reserve between 8am and 3pm to enjoy loads of handmade goods, clothing, exotic food, candles and organic vegetables. There will also be live music, flower stalls and coffee and chai tents.

ENJOY a conversation on the spirit of indigenous art with writers and artists Rod Moss and Philip McLaren, indigenous art development officer and artist Robert Appo, and MC Rhoda Roberts, who has her own gallery at New Italy. An exhibition of the artists’ work will be on display and finger food and wine will be provided. Phone Still @ The Centre Gallery, 3 Centennial Circuit, Arts and Industry Estate, on 6685. 5808 to book. Tickets are $10.

HIPPY Tribe is an online documentary available on the SBS interactive website produced by filmmaker Darius Devas. It explores the hippy movement through the eyes of those who shared life on the shores of Goa in the 1970s and how modern social media, like Facebook, has reunited the community. Darius will discuss his journey from his early surf films to his first full-length feature. Hear him talk at the Byron Bay Community Centre on Wednesday from 7.30pm. Phone 6685. 6807.

TODAY is open day at the Northern Rivers Conservatorium. From 10am there will be open classes, studio demonstrations and aptitude testing on all instruments. There will be a concert in the courtyard from 11am including the Youth Jazz Orchestra, Alice Blu and Hip Hop crew. For an extra treat, The Con Artists handmade makers market will also be on with a treasure trove of locally made and eco-friendly gifts. Make sure you have a browse.

ROSS Grayson Bell, Australian-born producer of Fight Club, looks back at the glory days of Australian film and asks what we can do to halt the decline. Ross is head of screenwriting at the Australian Film Television and Radio School. Be part of this discussion on Wednesday at the Lismore and District Workers Club from 6.30-8.30pm, followed by drinks and networking. For more info, contact festival director Akkadia Ford on 6687. 1984.

A HUGE variety of classic cars and bikes will be on display tomorrow at the Clyde Campbell Car Park, between Molesworth and Keen Sts, from 8am tomorrow. Enthusiasts from hundreds of kilometres away will show their vintage vehicles in the hope of winning the Most Desirable Car of the Day trophy, as judged by the entrants. This is the 28th Car and Motorcycle Show run by the Summerland Sports and Classic Car Club.

RECENTLY returned from America, Jordie Lane will perform songs from his new album Blood Thinner tonight at the Mullumbimby Civic Hall at 8pm. Tickets $16 or $20 at the door. Phone 6684. 6195.

POETRY fans are in for a treat this weekend with poets from all over Australia competing in the Nimbin Performance Poetry World Cup in cafes throughout the village. The final showdown will be at Nimbin School of Arts at 7.30pm tomorrow. Tickets $15


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