What’s happening around Northern Rivers this month
Alstonville Main Street Family Fun Day
Plans are underway for the Main Street Family Festival which will be held on Sunday May 29. The Alstonville Lions Club will be making it bigger and better this year. The main street will be closed and we are hoping families from around the Ballina Shire will join us for a fun-filled day out. There is something for everyone including the Main Street Markets, fun rides and face painting for the kids, live music and entertainment.
Love Lennox Festival
Keep June 4 free on your calendar because that's the date for the 2016 Love Lennox Festival which showcases what everyone loves about Lennox Head. There will be live music and performance stages for local musicians and will finish in the evening with Jazz by the Sea at the Community Centre. $25 entry, BYO food and beverages and relax and listen to some amazing music.
Gallery upcoming exhibitions
In Feather and Sea Rebecca Tapscott further explores the synchronistic diversity of birds, delving into their habitats around the Ballina coastline. The carefree nature of beach living is often juxtaposed against darker narrative undertones, giving meaning to the fatal interaction within the cyclic dynamics perpetuated in nature. Dates April 13 to May 8.
La femme is an intriguing collection of artworks that are simultaneously intimate self-examinations and heartfelt interpretations capturing aspects of what it is to be female. Colour, pattern, animals, life drawing, emotions, stamp collecting, retro images, famous artworks, protestors and the cosmos, this exhibition unintentionally has it all. Dates April 13 to May 8.
Loud in the Gallery a dynamic exhibition promoting and celebrating the artistic achievement of secondary school students in the Ballina Shire. Dates April 13 to May 8.
The collective exhibition Dolly looks at dolls - from Babushkas to Barbies and beyond - and their ever-changing uses and representations in our culture. Dolls have been featured since the beginning of civilisations, and they possess a timeless quality to sooth and entertain us whilst reflecting our values and traditions. Dates May 11 to June 19.
Harvest Food Festival
Autumn is here and so is harvest time. The Northern Rivers Food Festival runs from April 21-24 and includes four events that will see the community connect with local producers and celebrate local food. Long Table Harvest Dinner on Thursday April 21 at 6.30-10pm; Epic Northern Rivers Food Adverture on April 22 from 8.30am-3.30; Sunset by the River on April 23 from 4-7pm and Harvest Festival Picnic on April 24 from 11.30am-3.30pm. For more info go to www.harvestfoodfest.com or call 0411035876.
Ballina Country Music Club
A free country music show will be held on Sunday May 1 at the Cherry Tree Sports Club from noon to 5pm. For info call Keith Holmes 66867956.
Sweethearts of Song
'Fanciful and Familiar' coming to the Somerset Civic Centre, Esk when members of the Esk Community Touring Choir, bring their unique brand of entertainment to the stage on May 15th commencing at 2.30pm, presenting songs, many familiar, some fanciful but all well known from the likes of South Pacific, Oklahoma, Sunset Boulevard and much more. Andrews Sisters songs from the 'Sweethearts of Song' will also be positively, absolutely there to thrill concert goers. Raffles, afternoon tea and great entertainment for Adults $12.; Children under 14, $8.00 For more detail go to http://eskchoir.webs.com/upcomingevents.