Our pick of this week's best meet-up groups and community events
Coffee and critique The Emirates Photography Club meets to share their latest work and get feedback from one another. Free. From 7pm. The Change Initiative, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub (no number).
Compassion Group discussion Members of Compassion Dubai meet for their second discussion of 2013, based on Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong, where members are invited to take a look at their own worlds. Free. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Location TBA. www.meetup.com/compassion-group-dubai (no number).
Compassion: Learning to be kind inside and out The LightHouse Arabia hosts a series of Wellness Wednesday seminars to promote wellbeing and life-satisfaction. Today’s is led by Dr Tara Wyne. Dhs50. 9.30am-11am. The LightHouse Arabia, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 2 (04 380 9298).
Dubai Social Club’s private Lincoln screening Join Dubai Social Club’s Meetup page for a chance to attend this private screening of Lincoln, starring Daniel Day Lewis. Refreshments will be provided by the host. Free. 8pm-10.30pm. Dubai Marina, www.meetup.com/dubai-social (no number).
Afternoon playdate The Dubai Stay at Home Mums group meets for an afternoon of playtime and chatting. Join the group’s page to take part. Free. From 3pm. Location TBA. www.meetup.com/dubai-stay-at-home-moms-club (no number).
American Young Professionals dine out The group meets at Aprons & Hammers for a seafood dinner. Free, attendees pay for their own meal. From 6pm. Aprons & Hammers, Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, www.meetup.com/americanypsindubai (no number).
Fireworks extravaganza at Emirates Golf Club To celebrate Bonfire Night, the golf club hosts an evening of family entertainment and fireworks. Dhs150 (adults), Dhs75 (kids). 5pm-8pm. Emirates Living (04 380 1234).
Improving life from the inside out The LightHouse Arabia’s Carey Kirk hosts a four-hour workshop on understanding and taking control of emotions. Participants will learn how to become more attuned to their feelings, practical techniques for reducing the intensity and frequency of uncomfortable emotions and more. Dhs1,000. 9am-1pm. The LightHouse Arabia, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 2 (04 380 9298).
Make your own greetings cards Doodleclick’s online service allows you to create cards, which are sent (in the UAE) the next day. Dhs35 for card and courier. www.doodleclick.com.
Riding for the disabled Dubai’s Riding for the Disabled organisation is in need of volunteers to assist as side-walkers or leaders during therapeutic riding lessons. Email email@example.com for more information (no number).
Rent books Online book rental club Reader’s Paradise offers titles across various genres including horror, autobiography, self-improvement and more. From Dhs35 per month for two books at a time. www.readersparadise-me.com (04 422 7495).