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).
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).
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).
Brunch and bowling This Weekend Fun meetup group will get together for brunch (the venue is yet to be decided, so keep an eye on the group’s page) followed by bowling at Dubai Bowling Center in Al Quoz. Price TBC. From 10am. Venue TBC. www.meetup.com/chillout (no number).
Emirates Photography Club at the Dragon Boat Race
Practice capturing motion shots at the dragon boat festival this weekend, alongside members of the Emirates Photography Club. Free. From 8am. Festival City Marina Walk, Dubai Festival City, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub (no number).
Dubai Animal Rescue Centre open day and garage sale Buy brand new clothes donated by Splash or bag second-hand bargains at this fundraising event. There will also be live entertainment, photo opportunities with the animals, face-painting and snacks. You may even leave with a new family pet. Free. 3pm-9pm. Dubai Animal Rescue Centre, Al Barsha, www.facebook.com/darcuae (050 885 7844).
Meetup for Charity desk at Dubai Flea Market Members of the Dubai’s meet-up group Proud to be an American will be selling their second-hand wares to raise money for charity at the Dubai Flea Market. Donate your own items for sale, or head down to pick up a bargain. All proceeds go towards buying food every Friday for labourers in Al Quoz. Dhs3 park entry. From 9am. Gate 5, Safa Park, www.meetup.com/proud-to-be-an-american (no number).
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 to de-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).
Take a public speaking course This two-day course returns from April 9-10 and will help you learn skills from professional presenters on how to deliver your best, whatever the language or situation. Dhs1,250 (students get a 20 per cent discount). Timings TBC. University of Wollongong, Knowledge Village, www.uowdubai.ac.ae/training (04 367 2400).
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).
Meet the author of the Chicken Soup for the Soul series
Community group Inspiration Lounge takes a field trip this week to attend author Jack Canfield’s live talk at Ductac, followed by dinner at Après in Mall of the Emirates. Attendees must register and pay through the Right Selection website (www.rightselection.com/jackcanfield) and RSVP on the group’s Meetup page. Tickets from Dhs795. 5pm-9pm. Ductac, Mall of the Emirates, www.meetup.com/inspirationlounge (no number).