A host of stars from the worlds of television, music and sport will support the Rainbow Trust Children's Charity Annual Ball in Gateshead this weekend.
The Hilton Newcastle Gateshead Hotel on Bottle Bank will play host to Liberty X, Sir Bobby Robson, Denise Welch, Colleen Nolan and many more as the event tries to break the £60,000 barrier for North-East families who have children with life-threatening or terminal illnesses.
Tickets are £125. To book, call Linda Squire on (0191) 386-4400.
WALKERS hoping to improve their fitness in time for summer are being encouraged to join a weekly event.
The Berwick Wednesday Health Walk leaves from the Berwick end of the Old Bridge in the Northumberland town at 7pm every Wednesday and lasts about an hour-and-a-half. Trained volunteers lead the three-mile walk. Shorter walks leave from Wallace Green every Friday at 1.30pm.
Back to Nature
EXTRA classes teaching people how to live the good life have been laid on in County Durham.
The workshops in beekeeping, raising hens and growing food are put on by Durham County Council at the Rotter community composting site in Barnard Castle. They have proved so popular that extra dates have been added on May 11 and 12.
NEWCASTLE College has received beacon status for the way it engages with employers.
At the college's new contact centre 933 companies trained nearly 7,500 employees.
Fairway to cash
TEAMS of golfers are invited to take part in a charity golf tournament this summer.
Two Castles Housing Association's popular event is on July 13 at Stony Holme Golf Club in Carlisle, when it is hoped last year's £2,731 for the Mayor of Carlisle's chosen charity will be smashed. Call Angela Lapping on (01228) 635496.
Toy with past
FREE activities are taking place at the Laing Art Gallery in Newcastle based on the themes of work, rest and play.
The first is on Saturday and follows the theme of playtime. Visitors will see toys from the past and learn how to create a toy of their own, while on May 12, the traditional craft of proggy mat-making will be revived.