Springtime is a cue for the Tropical Fruits annual spring fair day Fruitopia, to be held this year on Sunday 9 September at Lismore Showgrounds. This fabulous daytime event includes local craft stalls, information, food and entertainment. Tropical Fruits are always on the lookout for volunteers to assist with activities so lend a hand please contact Tropical Fruits at: volunteer@tropicalfruits.org.au

ACON Northern Rivers will be holding its annual Bake-Off at Fruitopia Fair Day at Lismore Showgrounds. The Bake-Off theme this year is “Go Ahead, Cake My Day”. Past Bake-Off’s have produced a brilliant array of colourful and diverse cakes and baked goodies so if you’d like to add to the sweets miasma then please get your cooking cap on.

There are no categories so just bake what your heart desires; cakes, slices, biscuits, tarts, flans, and grandma’s special secret recipes are all welcome! There is no registration fee but you must register and have all baked creations delivered between 9:00-9:50am on the day of the event, Sunday 9 September. There are lots of fun prizes for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and Junior Chef. For conditions, information and registration details please contact ACON Northern Rivers on 6622 1555.

‘Spirit of the Tent Embassy: 40 years on’ is this year’s theme for NAIDOC Celebrations at Heritage Park in Lismore on the new date of Thursday 23 August from 10am to 2pm.  This family fun day will be full of activities including Welcome to Country, face-painting, a roving clown, a sausage sizzle, information stalls, free jumping castle and rides, music and dancing, performances by local schools and more. ACON Northern Rivers will have a colourful stall at the event be sure to drop by and say hi.

Creative prep is also in full swing for Tropical Fruits LUST Party on the Saturday 29 September and “Beyond Atlantis” Tropical Fruits NYE Festival 2012. All creative folk are invited to register their interest in being part of the art team.  Regular “Crafternoons” and workshops happen every Thursday afternoon at the Fruitbowl. Call 6622 6440 for address details if you haven’t visited them before or contact volunteer@tropicalfruits.org.au

INFO: For more about groups, services, organisations or events in the Northern Rivers contact Tobin Saunders at ACON on 6622 1555 or tsaunders@acon.org.au.

Tobin Saunders is Community Health Promotion Officer at ACON Northern Rivers

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