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Monday February 7

Plenty, the David Hare season opens with Thea Sharrack directing the writer’s 1978 play charting post-war England over three decades through the story of a female agent in Nazi-occupied France (Hattie Morahan) whose subsequent life is one of disillusionment, Crucible Studio, public dress rehearsal, Thursday, February 3, 7.45pm (£1), previews Friday, Saturday and Monday, 7.45pm, continuing to February 26 (£10-£12).

Sports Lab: The Science Behind the Medals, family-friendly exhibition jointly curated by Museums Sheffield and Sheffield Hallam University featuring examples of cutting edge sports technology and historic memorabilia plus interactive elements such as a virtual cycle race around Sheffield, Beat the Clock speed reaction test, and a rider’s eye view from a skeleton bobsleigh, Weston Park Museum, Mondays-Fridays, 10am- 4pm, Saturdays, 10am-5pm and Sundays, 11am-5pm until November 20.

Big Music Quiz, in aid of St Luke’s Hospice, The Greystones, Greystones Road, Monday, 9pm.

Parent Lifeline, new support group for any parent/carer who can come along for an informal chat and coffee with fellow parents, first Monday of every month, 7pm, in their Sheffield office (for further info or to book a place, Julie 2730269).

Sheffield Science Fiction and Fantasy Writers Group, Old Queens Head, Pond Street, first and third Monday, 7.30pm.

Chinese New Year, City Hall, Monday, 7pm doors 5pm, Chinese food and promotional stalls in the Ballroom (£6/£4 adv, £7/ £5 on the day).

Houses That Bess Built, at meeting of Hallamshire Historic Buildings Society Maureen Taylor asks if Bess of Hardwick was building for a rich dynasty, Quaker Meeting House, St James Street, Monday, 7.30pm

Learn How to Grow Food, course of ten two-hour sessions, introduction to organics, bionamics and permasculture for allotments and kitchen gardens, with Richard Clare of the Sheffield organic food initiative Ediculture, Central United Reformed Church, Chapel Walk, Mondays, 7pm-9pm from February 7 (£100, 2686727/ 07771 832759).

Lip Reading Classes, St Mary’s Church, Walkley, Mondays, 10am; Stocksbridge Library, Thursdays, 9.30am and 12 (2423609).

Dressmaking and Creative Development, includes soft furnishings, textile art, machine embroidery, pattern cutting, The Dressmakers Workshop, Wortley Road, High Green, Wednesdays and Fridays, 10am -12; Mondays and Tuesdays, 7pm -9pm (Sheila, 2846868). RYA Day-Skipper and Yachtmaster, shorebased courses at Sheffield College (Bill Clay, 07771652123, email enquiries@sailnorth.co.uk for details, enrol online at www.sheffcol.ac.uk).