Nifty Fifties will meet in Sunderland City Library and Arts Centre on Thursday from 1.30pm-2.30pm for a talk on the history of forensics: how three particular cases were solved using fingerprints, trace evidence or DNA. Speaker will be John Yearnshire. Entrance is £2.50, which includes refreshments. Ring 5611235 for further information.
Look and Inspire: pin-hole photographs of the changing face of Sunderland is on display at Sunderland Museum until Sunday.
Sunderland Antiquarian Society’s next meeting at St George’s United Reformed Church, on the corner of Stockton Road and Belvedere Road, is tonight at 7.30pm. Doors open at 7.15pm. History of Rock lodge and Peareth House will be the talk by Bill Greenwell.
A toddler group meets on Tuesdays in Sunderland Minster from 9.30am -11.30am. Refreshments are available.
Sunderland Maritime Heritage will be open to the public every Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 10am-4pm. Admissions is free. During the winter period it is closed on Saturdays. Go along to the visitor centre on Church Street East to see the extensive library and large scale replica of HMS Venerable plus the work recreating a double capstan, the like of which has not been seen on Wearside for more than 200 years. All are welcome.
Hendon Karate Class is held in Cheers on Wednesdays and Fridays from 6pm-7pm. For further details, ring Ian Goldsmith on 07932724720.
Hendon Community Association, based in Seafarers Way, Moor Terrace, runs a drop-in luncheon club on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8.30am to 3.30pm. Bingo is held on Mondays from 6.30pm to 9.30pm (over 18s). For further information, ring 0191 5655648.
Foyle Street Writers meet in Sunderland City Library on Thursdays from 10am-noon. Members share ideas and support fellow writers. New members are welcome.
Free advice on benefits and debt is available in a range of community settings in Sunderland East with Shiney Advice and Resource Project (SHARP. Ring 03001231961 or email firstname.lastname@example.org website www.shineyadvice.org.uk for more information.
Sunderland Antiquarian Society Archives at the Sunderland Antiquarian and Heritage Centre, 6 Douro Terrace, is open for research on Wednesdays and Saturdays from 9.30am-noon.
A friendly Bridge Club is looking for new members. It meets on Mondays and Wednesdays from 1pm-4.30pm in the lounge of Beaumont Lodge, Toward Road. Partners are not needed and further information is available on 0191 5971941.