11 things to do this week
WHEN: Sunday, from noon
WHERE: Yamba Bowling Club
DETAILS: Don't miss Tom Maxwell's appearance at the Yamba Country Music Special Christmas Muster this weekend. Walk-up artists are welcome and backing music will be provided by Suburban Country with a break featuring Check2.
Bring decorations for your table with a competition for the most festive. $5 entry includes an afternoon cuppa.
WHERE: Main carpark, Maclean, near the bowling club
DETAILS: Offering an array of stalls including jewellery, clothing, plants, craft items, freshly baked cookies and cakes and a great range of fresh produce, there is something for everyone at the Maclean Community Markets.
Christmas dog parade
WHEN: Saturday, 8am-11am
WHERE: Sandy Paws Vet, Iluka
DETAILS: Help raise money for local animal rescue groups this weekend at Sandy Paws Vet. There will be prizes for the best dressed pooch, best dressed owners and a lucky draw. $10 per dog, 8am registration.
WHEN: Sunday, 10am to 3pm
WHERE: Upstairs at the South Grafton Ex-Servicemen's Club
DETAILS: The Handmade Markets are fast becoming a staple in the Clarence Valley and this week they are back to fundraise for the Westpac Helicopter with their Christmas Market.
There will be fun for the kids and lucky door prizes. Pop down to the market to try and find a few Christmas presents.
Giant Christmas Party
WHEN: Saturday, from 4pm
WHERE: Grafton District Services Club
DETAILS: Celebrate your work or social group Christmas party at the GDSC. Barefoot bowls rolls off at 4pm with bucket beer specials and Christmas cocktails. The smorgasbord will start at 6.30pm with ham, prawns and all the Christmas trimmings.
And don't miss McKenzie, a live band that will have your toes tapping, from 8pm.
Tickets are $39.90 and are available from the GDSC reception.
WHEN: Saturday, 6pm
WHERE: St Joseph's Primary School
DETAILS: With a change of venue this year, the Maclean Rotary Family Christmas Carols will be bigger and better than ever. Bring a blanket or a chair, with a few nibbles and drinks and enjoy an evening of carols. Don't miss the visit from Santa and there are SPAR vouchers to be won, donated by the Maclean Commonwealth Bank.
Head of the Clarence River Regatta
WHERE: Clarence River, Grafton
DETAILS: Almost 250 athletes will descend on the Clarence Valley this week ahead of the Grafton Rowing Club's Head of the Clarence River Regatta.
Maclean High School have registered teams in almost all divisions and Grafton High will represent in the boys' under-15 and under-17 quad scull.
But the biggest event of the weekend is set to be the championship under-17 girls' single scull, with more than 30 entries.
WHEN: Saturday, from 6.30pm
WHERE: Raymond Laurie Sports Centre
DETAILS: It's a fight night you don't want to miss with Yamba and Grafton-based fighters taking on their competition this weekend. There are 10 ammeter bouts on the card, so don't miss a brilliant fight night.
WHERE: Ford Park, Yamba
DETAILS: Enjoy a morning in the sun at this weekend's Yamba Christmas Market. Organisers Live Prawn Productions have brought internationality acclaimed comedy contortionist Bendy Em in for a little extra entertainment.
Festive Fair and Carols
WHEN: Saturday, 4pm-8pm
WHERE: St Andrew's Grafton
DETAILS: Enjoy a little festive evening at St Andrew's with a fair and Christmas carols. All profits go to Compassion Mums and Bubs program.
Grafton street orienteering
WHEN: Today, 5pm
WHERE: Memorial Park, Grafton
DETAILS: Armed with a cap and a clue street, you have 45 minutes to get as many points as you can. It's a chance to get active and see parts of Grafton you wouldn't otherwise see.