Friends of Sunderland Museum (Fosums) will meet on Saturday, February 13, in Sunderland Museum, Burdon Road, at 2pm for their AGM followed by Life in an Elizabethan City, a talk by Edmund Foster. Visitors are welcome, charge £1.
Enjoy afternoon tea in Donnison School , a grade II listed building. Bookings are for six or more and costs £7 per person and includes coffee or tea with scones, sandwiches and cakes also an illustrated talk. Ring 0191 565 4835 to book.
There will be a Chinese New Year celebration at Sunderland Museum on Monday, February 8, from 11am to 3pm (drop in). Celebrate the year of the monkey with Chinese arts and crafts, lion dances and family trails. This is a free activity
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.
Sunderland Pianoforte Society, which meets in the Sunderland Pottery Room at Sunderland Museum and Winter Gardens, Burdon Road, will meet on Tuesday, February 2, for its 441st recital at 7.15pm. Pianist will be Alexander Soarez. Full subscription (six recitals) £60, Individual recitals £12.50 accompanied children (16 and under) free, full-time students and those in receipt of benefit, £6. Alexander Soarez, a London-born pianist, is increasingly in demand as a soloist and is a recent winner of the prestigious Royal Overseas League Keyboard competition 2015. The programme will include Bach: Partita No. 5 in G major BWV 829. Debussy: Children’s Corner. Chopin: Polonaise-Fantaisie Op. 61. Schumann: Kreisleriana Op 16.
Look and Inspire: pin-hole photographs of the changing face of Sunderland are on display at Sunderland Museum until Sunday.
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.
Become an Age UK Sunderland 50-plus Forum Member. Meet for a coffee and chat with other community minded people, become a member and have your voice heard. Go along to the Bradbury Centre, Stockton Road, tomorrow from 10am to 11.30am. Call Lindsey on 0191 5659045 for more information.