What's on: Northern NSW
ILUKA Library will hold a craft fair during the Clarence Valley's plunge arts and culture festival. The fair on Wednesday, April 18, from 2-5pm will have craft stalls and demonstrations of craft work. Knitting, plastic canvas work and fibre art are some of the crafts on display. Regular craftspeople also have the opportunity to meet at Iluka Library each Wednesday from 2-4pm for Crafternoons. Iluka Library is at the corner of Duke and Micalo Sts. Phone (02)66466542.
MANY Anzac Day commemoration services will take place in the Northern Rivers on April 25 conducted by RSL Club sub-branches. Ballina RSL Sub-Branch will hold its Dawn Service at the Ballina RSL Memorial at 5.30am, a commemoration service at the East Ballina cemetery at 9.15am, and the Anzac Day March down River St to the Ballina RSL Memorial cenotaph at 10.30am. Alstonville RSL Sub-Branch Dawn Service starts at Elizabeth Ann Brown Park at 5.20am, with the commemoration service and parade through Main St starting at 9.30am. Check with your local RSL for other services.
ORCHID lovers are invited to view exquisite displays with more than 400 orchids when the Woodburn-Evans Head and District Orchid and Foliage Society hosts the popular annual Woodburn "Autumn Mother's Day" Orchid Show, the biggest of its kind on the Northern Rivers, at Woodburn Memorial Hall on May 12 and 13. The aim of this event is to encourage and educate members and visitors alike in the art of growing orchids to their full potential. There will be orchid talks during the shows, slide shows and lots of displays. It is also a great opportunity to pick up a bargain on the hundreds of propagated items available. For details, contact Merilyn on 0401493316 or email email@example.com.
THE Mother's Day Classic on Sunday, May 13, is an annual event run nationally to raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research. Ballina participants can register to run or walk the 4.5-kilometre course and do their own individual fundraising. Four-legged friends are also welcome on a lead with prizes for the best dressed, male, female and pooch. Breast cancer is the most common life-threatening cancer in Australia. One in eight Australian women and about one in 700 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime. Details: www.mothersdayclassic.com.au.
THE most outstanding live show in Las Vegas, Songs in the Key of Motown, returns to our shores for the sixth time in six years. This all-singing, all-dancing show with six soul singers pays tribute to the greats of Motown. Hear the harmonies of the Temptations and the Four Tops, experience the incredibly choreographed dance moves of Martha and the Vandellas, The Jackson 5 and The Supremes, and feel the soul of Stevie Wonder, Smokey Robinson and Marvin Gaye. Ballina RSL, 1 Grant St, hosts the show on Thursday, May 17, from 7.30pm. Cost $50. Book at rsl.ballinarsl.com.au/ballina-coming-attractions/ or phone(0266819500.
THE time is approaching for the biggest annual lapidary show in the country. We have a full dealers' pavilion again, with a good mix covering all areas of the hobby - many of these dealers have been regulars here for a long time. Many people now make this show a "port of call" on their way north for the winter. In order to make this easier, we are able to offer travellers on-site registrations giving admission to the show and powered site camping from noon Thursday until noon Monday. The Gemfest at the Lismore Showground, Alexandra Parade, North Lismore, is on Saturday, May 19, from 9am to 5pm, and Sunday, May 20, from 9am to 3pm. Cost $5 adult, $1 child. Phone Bruce Copper on 66888280 for details, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
CLAIMING the title of the Beef Capital of Australia, Casino becomes a buzz from May 19 to 29 as NCMC Casino Beef Week begins with the annual celebration of our leading agricultural industry... beef. With more than 100 activities on offer from industry events, educational talks, fashion parades, horse racing, rodeo, art, music and dance, Beef Week is the electricity which powers the town into a vibrant centre of hustle and bustle. So why not get your family and friends together and savour the taste of the country and join the fun things to do that will provide you with memories to last a lifetime. Make sure you visit www.casinobeefweek.com.au to plan your trip and follow Casino Beef Week on Facebook.
ALMOST 12 months on from the largest flood to hit the Tweed Valley region in recorded history, Murwillumbah artist Rob Olver is exhibiting his photographs documenting the flood and its aftermath at Tweed Regional Gallery & Margaret Olley Centre until May 20. Mr Olver has captured the destruction of the natural and built environment, and also the strength and resilience of the local community using black and white medium format film. Of Rivers and Floods is both a commemoration of the flood and celebration of the community that came together in its aftermath. The gallery is at 2 Mistral Rd, South Murwillumbah. Details at artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au/.
MAN IN BLACK
AFTER a sell-out stint with The Man In Black in Melbourne's Athenaeum Theatre at the end of 2017, Tex Perkins is once again reprising his Helpmann Award-winning role - this time for a massive Australian tour. Tex, along with the Tennessee Four and Rachael Tidd, will hit the road throughout May and June, taking The Man In Black - The Johnny Cash Story far and wide. Tex Perkins' reverence for Johnny Cash's career is evident in the way he approaches every song. It is said his affinity with Cash started in his earliest band and is an enthusiasm he hasn't relinquished. At Twin Towns Showroom, Tweed Heads, on May 26, starting 8.30pm. Tickets $79. Book at www.twintowns.com.au.
THE latest exhibition at the Margaret Olley Art Centre will feature works by contemporary artists inspired by the objects which surrounded her and became integral to her life's work. The extraordinary collection of things that filled Margaret Olley's home studio at Duxford St, Paddington, was the subject matter for her paintings for nearly 50 years. For the exhibition A Painter's House, four contemporary painters were invited to respond to objects in Olley's home studio. The exhibition runs until October 7 at the Tweed Regional Gallery and Margaret Olley Art Centre, 2 Mistral Rd, South Murwillumbah. Details at artgallery.tweed.nsw.gov.au/.