What's on: Northern NSW
BALLINA BRICK EVENT
THE biggest Lego Fan Expo is coming to Ballina on January 19-20. The Ballina Brick Event is set to showcase amazing dioramas, custom Lego creations from many talented local brick builders who will be exhibiting creations built entirely from Lego.
The Ballina Brick Event is a Lego fan event for all ages and will be one of the biggest yet showcasing over 30 different exhibits all made from Lego bricks. For more information go to brickevents.com.au.
NIMBIN FARMERS MARKET
THE Nimbin Farmers' Market on January 16 is a great opportunity to buy fresh produce with very limited food miles, including bread, meat, vegetables, tofu, cheeses, and other seasonal fruit and vegies. All produce is grown locally, by local farmers, for the enjoyment and health benefits of locals and visitors to the village.
The free event is held from 3pm-6pm at the Green Bank carpark, 39 Cullen St, Nimbin. Contact Jason Grignan on 02 6689 1512 for more information.
DAHLIA SHOW SET FOR FEBRUARY
ST MARK'S Anglican Church at Casino will hold the annual Dahlia and Flower Show in February - final date to be confirmed. Starting at 8.30am and finishing at 12.30pm, there will be a variety of stalls, cooking, sweets, produce, plants and raffles as well as the competition. Entries must be received between 7.30am and 9am with judging taking place at 10am, welcome at 10.30am and the presentation of trophies at noon. Morning tea will be available from 9am and lunch from 11.30am. Gold coin admission.
SUNDAY WORKDAY AT THE GARDENS
ON THE last Sunday of every month (January 27 in this case) the Friends of the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens meet to help maintain the gardens. Come along and meet the wonderful group of friendly volunteers and do what you can to help keep the gardens in tip top shape. Bring water bottle, hat, gloves, sturdy shoes and wear long pants and long-sleeved shirt. The free event is held from 7.30am to 11am at the Lismore Rainforest Botanic Gardens.
V DAY ONE BILLION RISING
ONE Billion Rising is the biggest mass action to end violence against women in human history. The campaign, launched on Valentine's Day 2012, began as a call to action based on the staggering statistic that one in three women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. With the world population at seven billion, this adds up to more than one billion women and girls. The event will be held at Main Beach at Byron Bay on Wednesday, February 14 at 6.30am for a 7am dance.
TWEED COAST ENDURO
THE fifth annual Tweed Coast Holiday Parks Enduro will be held on Saturday February 16. The event offers triathlon racing on a long course (1.9 kilometre swim / 90 kilometre cycle / 21.1 kilometre run) for individuals in social (entry level) or competitive age groups; and teams in either the tag or all in format. The Enduro will complete the Tweed multisport package, which includes two Kingscliff Triathlons and the Battle Recharge, both of which have become marquee sports tourism events. The Enduro continues the fine tradition of delivering simple, enjoyable, well-executed events in desirable destinations and creates a triathlete's athletic pathway. For more information go to tweedenduro.com.au/.
THE ARTISTS CHOICE
THE Artist's Choice is an annual show at Blue Knob Hall Gallery. It has no theme and will be held until February 2. Artists bring in whatever they want to exhibit without the usual constrictions to work to. The exhibition has a variety of mediums including paintings, sculpture, fibre, pottery and installations. The gallery and cafe will be open on Saturdays only during this period for The Blue Knob Farmers Market. The event is held Thursday, Friday 10am-3pm, Saturday 8.30am-3pm and Sunday 10am-3pm. It is a free event at the Blue Knob Hall Gallery, 719 Blue Knob Rd, Lillian Rock. Phone 02 6689 7449.
BRIAN CADD AND RUSSELL MORRIS
AUSTRALIAN music icons Brian Cadd and Russell Morris have been friends for more than 40 years and have been touring together from time to time over the past decades. They are back after a seven-year break to perform a limited number of shows including Twin Towns on January 25. Their show is a relentless sequence of hit songs, laughter and mockery. Never scared to take a jibe at each other, on or off the stage, they now know each other affectionately as The Turtle Without a Shell and The Cheshire Cat. You figure out which is which!
Go to twintowns.com.au/events/brian-cadd- russell-morris/.