Community events Oct 13-19

Head for the Feline Friends Kitten Ball

Area Guides
Thursday 13

Stories of Hope: Save the Children photo exhibition
An exhibition to raise awareness of the plight of children affected by disaster across the globe.
Free. 9am-7.30pm. Until October 15. DIFC Atrium,, (no number).

Friday 14

ARTE Pink Souk at Times Square Centre
The ARTE souk is inviting visitors to browse handcrafted pink ribbons and badges, pink jewellery and artworks. To mark breast cancer awareness month, ARTE will be donating some of the proceeds to charity.
Free. Noon-7pm. Times Square Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 341 8020).

Feline Friends’ Kitten Ball
The Feline Friends charity ball will raise money for abandoned kittens and cats. The ticket price includes a three-course dinner, selected drinks and DJ entertainment throughout the evening, and the dress code is ‘suits and posh frocks’.
Dhs250 per person. 7pm-midnight. Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, (050 514 8597).

Saturday 15

Festival of Food at Mirdif City Centre
Mini masterchefs are urged to head down to Mirdif City Centre throughout October. As part of a month-long food festival, the mall’s chefs will host cooking classes on weekdays between 4pm to 6pm, for children and adults.
Free. Sun-Thu 4pm-6pm. Until October 31. Mirdif City Centre (800-6422).

Sunday 16

Help out at Dubai Centre for Special Needs
This non-profit centre is always looking for active, enthusiastic volunteers.
Free. Ongoing. Sheikh Zayed Road, near Safestway,, (04 344 0966).

Monday 17

Take the K-Lynn Pledge and get a free mammogram
Throughout October, ladies can drop into any K-Lynn lingerie store, have their photo taken or sign a pledge postcard and receive a free mammogram from the Dubai London Clinic. The aim is to promote breast cancer awareness.
Free. Times vary. Until October 31. Mall of the Emirates (04 341 0708), Festival Centre (04 232 5944), Deira City Centre (04 294 3060), Mirdif City Centre (04 284 3420).

Tuesday 18

Give your old clothes to Aid in Motion
This new local licensed charity collects and distributes second-hand clothing to those in need. To donate, call the 24-hour hotline to arrange a collection time.
For more info, visit the Aid in Motion Facebook page. (06 503 4535).

Wednesday 19

Donate your unwanted items to TakeMyJunk
TakeMyJunk collects unwanted household items, from furniture to clothing. The organisation then sells or distributes these items at a low cost to those in need. Proceeds from the sales are used to provide meals, medical care and basic help for labourers and needy individuals across the UAE. Pick-up available.
Drop-off point: Pastels Hair Salon, 873 Al Wasl Road, (050 179 4045).

Coming up

Pink Pug Friday
On October 21, pugs and their owners are invited to join the Pink Pug Friday playdate dressed in pink.
The Dhs20 entry fee will go towards breast cancer research, and there will also be a donation jar. Dhs20. 8am. Venue TBC (050 688 1319).

24 Hours of Sewing initiative
On October 21 and 22, Craft Land is teaming up with local breast cancer support group Breast Friends to organise a production line of volunteers that will sew speciality cushions and bags to help breast cancer patients recover from surgery. The products will then be distributed as part of a care pack to medical networks within the UAE. Email or sign up at the store.
Free. 10am-10pm, October 21 and 22. Town Centre, Jumeirah Beach Road, (04 342 2237).

St Andrew’s Ball
The Caledonian Society is hosting a traditional Scottish knees-up on November 3. Ticket prices include bubbly reception, gala dinner with selected house beverages and dancing (obviously).
Dhs495 (members), Dhs575 (guests). 7pm. Jumeirah Beach Hotel (050 661 3615).

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