Groups and charity events from March 28 to April 3
Do something worthwhile with Friends of Cancer Patients This local charity raises money, organises awareness campaigns and supports people battling cancer, as well as their families. The group welcomes willing volunteers. Free. Ongoing. Email firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire about volunteering opportunities.Corniche Road, Sharjah (06 506 5542).
Riding for the Disabled
Lend a hand at riding classes for children and young adults with physical and mental disabilities by leading horses and offering support to riders. No previous experience necessary – just patience, good humour and commitment. Free. Sun-Wed 9am-11.15am. Ongoing. Desert Palm Resort, Al Awir Road, email@example.com (050 716 3779).
Community drumming Head down to Marina Mall every Thursday to take part in family community drum circles and fire dancing. All ages and abilities are welcome to join in, from beginners to experts, and drums are provided. Free. Thu 6.30pm-9pm. Ongoing. Ground floor, Dubai Marina Mall (050 659 2874).
Basic Pranic Healing meet-up The Pranic Healing Meetup group is hosting a basic course, ideal for beginners and anyone looking for an introduction and explanation of the technique before joining the group full-time. At this two-day session you will learn how to recover faster from common illnesses and how to be a healer yourself. Dhs900. 9am-6pm. Until Saturday 31. Venue TBC. www.meetup.com/pranic-healing-meetup-group-dubai (no number).
Emirates Photography Club meets regularly to plan ahead and check that all its members are on track. Whether you’re a budding photographer or freelance professional, this group offers a great support network – plus there’s 20 per cent off breakfast. Free. From 11am. Carluccio’s, The Dubai Mall, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub (no number).
Celebrate the Tiffin Club’s first birthday This group of food enthusiasts will be celebrating a year of foodie fun with a delicious meal. Members are still voting for the cuisine and venue of choice for the evening, so sign up to the group to stay in the loop. Free, attendees pay for their own meal. From 7pm. Venue TBC. www.meetup.com/thetiffinclub (no number).
Take a weekend trip with like-minded individuals The Creating Extraordinary Lives group, set up to help others improve the quality of their life, will be heading out for a weekend trip to Dibba, including a picnic, yoga and an overnight dhow cruise. Dhs650 adult, Dhs400 child. Depart Dubai 10am, depart Dibba for Dubai on Saturday 31 at 10am. Meeting point on Emirates Road TBC, www.meetup.com/creating-extraordinary-lives, contact Livia Anzaldo (050 181 9527).
Improve your German with a conversation course If you already have a reasonable grasp of the German language, this conversation course, which starts today, is a great way to broaden your vocabulary and reinforce language structures by talking about a wide range of topics. Dhs850 for six-week course, two sessions a week. 5pm-8.30pm. Until May 19. Goethe-Institut German Language Centre, Bur Dubai (04 325 9865).
Take your recyclables to Emirates Environmental Group’s family day Every Saturday, EEG encourages families to visit its headquarters on Jumeirah Beach Road to drop off any recyclable household waste, including plastic, tetra packs (that’s juice boxes, to the uninitiated) aluminium cans, paper and glass. Free. Open 8.30am-5.30pm. Villa JMR 68 117A, Jumeirah Beach Road, Jumeirah 1 (between Dubai Zoo and Beach Centre), www.eeg-uae.org (04 344 8622).
Become a ‘Wish Maker’ Whether you’re an individual, group, school or corporate organisation looking to give back, donate some of your time or money and help fulfil the wish of a child with a terminal illness and turn their dream into reality. Ongoing. Make-A-Wish Foundation UAE, Humanitarian City, www.makeawish.ae (04 368 0217).
African djembe and Arabic tabla classes Drop in to these popular community drumming classes and learn to play the African djembe drum, which the organisers claim is a great way tode-stress. Alternatively, participants can also learn to play the tabla. Djembe Dhs50 per session, Tabla Dhs60 per session, drums provided. Djembe beginners 7.20pm-8.20pm, regulars 7.40pm-8.40pm, Tabla 8.45pm-9.45pm. Ongoing. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates (056 744 2129).
Donate unwanted trainers to Soles for Souls If you have old sneakers kicking around the house, Soles for Soles is taking donations of trainers to give to the UAE’s labourers. Just make sure they’re clean. Ongoing. Drop-off point: Sun-Thu 9am-6pm, Fortune Promoseven, Office 449, Emarat Atrium, Sheikh Zayed Road. Call Arun (050 457 6873).