Community events in Dubai

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Wednesday Oct 31

Angel therapy workshop
Learn to connect with your own angel guide through this workshop and talk with Sharmee Divan.
Free. From 6.30pm. The Holistic Institute, Jumeirah Business Centre 2, Cluster V, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, www.theholisticinstitute.org (04 450 3525).

It’s All About Crowd-Funding
This is the first meetup of Dubai community group Calling all DXB Scriptwriters & Indie Filmmakers. Whether you’re looking for money to help finish your project, distribute your documentary, publish your script, fly to Sundance or just meet kindred spirits, this event is for you. Vida Rizk of Aflamnah, the first crowd-funding website in the Middle East, will be sharing success stories.
Free. From 7pm. Make Business Hub, Al Fattan House, Jumeirah Beach Residence, www.meetup.com/calling-all-dxb-filmmakers (no number).

Thursday Nov 1

Grape tasting at Cavalli Club
Dubai Social Club has organised a grape tasting event at Cavalli Club, with canapés, three glasses of red and one glass of white for each attendee. There are 60 places available. RSVP your attendance by joining the group’s meetup page.
Dhs200 members, Dhs230 guests. 7.30pm-10.30pm. Cavalli Club, The Fairmont Dubai, www.meetup.com/dubai-social (no number).

Learn to speak
Arabic Learn Arabic with this social club, conducted by language tutor Mostafa Elabbady. If you’re already taking lessons, or have done before, you can practice what you have learned.
Free. 8pm-10pm. Caffe Nero, DIFC, www.meetup.com/dubai-arabic-language-club (no number).

Friday 2

The Kitten Ball 2012
Get dressed up in your finest suits and frocks to join Feline Friends at this awareness-raising ball, with a three-course meal and a full evening of music and dancing. Just think of all the kittens you’ll be helping.
Dhs480 per person. 7pm-midnight. Dusit Thani Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, felinefriendskittenball@hotmail.com (055 298 9963).

Paintballing with Dubai Social Club
Sign up for an action-packed afternoon with this community group at Pursuit Games’ paintballing venue in Oud Metha. The concept is simple: meet new people, then cover them in paint.
From Dhs90 per person. From 4pm. Pursuit Games, Oud Metha (near Grand Hyatt), www.meetup.com/dubai-social (no number).

Pink Walkathon
Walk 2km for Breast Cancer Awareness and be in with a chance to win one of several prizes. The schedule includes live music, a bazaar, food and entertainers.
Dhs50 (adults), Dhs30 (kids). From 8.30am. Gate 1, Zabeel Park, www.facebook.com/safeandsoundae (no number).

Saturday 3

Kashmiri Ladies Meetup
This new group will meet for the first time today. If you’re a Kashmiri female looking to make friends with women from back home, sign up to suggest a location.
Free. From 11.30am. Location TBC. www.meetup.com/kashmiri-ladies-living-in-dubai-meetup-group (no number).

Write-in with Dubai Writers Group
For those writers who haven’t attended one of these write-ins before, the group meets to sit together with their laptops or pens and paper, and simply write. If you don’t have something you want to work on, the organiser will bring writing exercises.
Free. From 6.30pm. The Pavilion, Emaar Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, www.meetup.com/dubaiwriters (no number).

Sunday 4

Do your bit for Project Aware
If you’re a member of Dubai’s diving community, sign up with Project Aware to help preserve the UAE’s marine environment by collecting rubbish on your dives. Find out more by visiting the website.
Free. www.projectaware.org.

Monday 5

Monday Night Funnies
Watch stand-up routines from local comedic talent at this weekly event. Past acts include Funny Girls and Desi nights, so you can be sure there will be plenty of variety on the rota.
Dhs75. From 8pm. Blends, The Address Dubai Marina, www.facebook.com/dubomedypage (04 374 6789).

Monthly breakfast with Dubai’s mums
The city’s social group for stay-at-home mums holds its monthly breakfast gathering today, and the organisers have opted for the new family-friendly IHOP. All mums are welcome, with or without kids.
Free, attendees pay for their own meals. From 9.30am. IHOP, Mall of the Emirates, www.meetup.com/dubai-stay-at-home-moms-club (no number).

Tuesday 6

Give blood
Dubai’s hospitals are always in need of blood supplies – by volunteering to donate, you could help save lives. If you’re aged between 17 and 65, weigh at least 50kg and are in good health, you could be eligible. Call to find out how to donate.
Dubai Blood Donation Centre, Latifa Hospital, Oud Metha Road (04 219 3221).

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