Professor Mark Walker, from Newcastle University's medical school will address Durham Diabetic Club when they meet on Tuesday, at 7.30pm, in the Diabetes Centre in the University Hospital of North Durham.

He will give a talk on the role of genes in diabetes, and look at the disease's hereditary links, as well as research being carried out in Newcastle. Admission is free.

SILVER SCREEN: Workshops looking at the development of Hollywood as an industry and the influence it has had on culture are to begin at Park View Community Association, in Church Chare, Chester-le-Street. The first session is on Monday, April 28, from 7pm to 9pm. For details, call 0191-388 1043.

SPRING FAIR: A spring fair, featuring a treasure hunt, fancy dress for the under-eights, a painted egg competition, a bouncy castle and children's games will take place in the grounds of St Cuthbert's Hospice, Park House Road, Durham, on Sunday, from 2pm to 4.30pm. Admission is £2.

MEMORIAL LECTURE: Professor David Hey will give the David Reid Memorial Lecture to Durham County Local History Society on Saturday, May 24, in County Hall, Durham. His talk is at 2pm, after the society's annual meeting, which starts at 11.30am.

RESIDENTS MEET: Carrville Residents' Association will meet on Monday, April 14, at 6.30pm, in Broomside Lane Communal Hall, to adopt a constitution, which can be viewed in Belmont Library.

HEAVY HORSES: A public display of horse logging will be given by National Certificate of Arboriculture students at Houghall College, on the outskirts of Durham, on Wednesday, from 9.30am.

HOME PLAN: Durham City Council is being asked to grant planning permission for a detached home at Leamside Nursery, Pit House Lane, Leamside.

LIBRARY BID: Durham County Council is seeking planning permission for an extension to the library at Durham Sixth Form Centre, Providence Row, Durham.

ROCK ON: Rock band TT Blue, featuring guitarist Phil Morrell, will perform from 8.30pm tonight in The Daisy Hill, Heugh Edge, near Sacriston. Admission is £1.

BOOK FAIR: A free book fair will be held at Tynemouth Station on Sunday, April 13, from 10am to 4pm.

DONOR SESSION: A blood donor session will be held on Tuesday, from 3pm to 7pm, in Consett Methodist Church.

FOLK NIGHT: Minor Technicality will be playing Croxdale Folk Club, at the Daleside Arms, at Croxdale, near Durham, on Tuesday. Doors open at 8pm. Admission is £1.