14 fantastic community events

Art picnic, swim around the Burj, Pink Caravan and more

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Wednesday January 30

Buy T-shirts for a good cause
Manzil, a non-profit organisation for children with special needs, is selling T-shirts featuring prints from students at the school to raise funds for a new bus. All proceeds go directly to the cause.
Dhs50 each. Ongoing. Manzil, www.manzil.ae, giftshop@manzil.ae (050 981 7767).

GPP Slidefest
Eight talented local photographers will showcase their personal projects to an audience of up to 400 people. Book your place to see works from Nour Abu Hayeh, Ammar Al Attar, Yumna Al-Arashi, Farah Al Qasimi, Sean Blake, Catalin Marin, RJ Mickelson and Farah Nosh.
Free. From 7.30pm. Dubai Knowledge Village Auditorium, Knowledge Village, www.gulfphotoplus.com (04 380 8545).

Thursday 31

Blog discussion with Dubai Writers’ Group
The group gets together tonight to discuss blogging. Whether you’ve been blogging for years, or want to start, the gathering is open to all.
Free. 7pm-9pm. Nataly Bakery, Cluster G, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, www.meetup.com/dubaiwriters (no number).

Creek Park pure art picnic weekend
The Dubai Art Fans meetup group gets together for a picnic, with each member bringing a dish or something to share with the group. Attendees are encouraged to capture the moment in any form of art they like, whether it’s writing, singing, playing the guitar, sketching, photography or painting.
Free. From 10am. Creek Park, near Garhoud Bridge, www.meetup.com/artfans (no number).

Donate unwanted clothes
Aid in Motion distributes second-hand clothing to those in need within the UAE. If you have unwanted items you want to donate, call the 24-hour hotline to arrange collection.
www.volunteerindubai.com (06 403 4535).

Friday February 1

Wild Wadi Swim Burj Al Arab 2013
Swim 800 metres around one of the city’s most famous landmarks and help raise money for Médecins Sans Frontières.
Dhs275. From 8am. Wild Wadi/Burj Al Arab beach, Umm Suqeim, www.premiermarathons.com (052 911 0661).

Saturday 2

Before I Die
A global initiative taking place in more than 100 cities around the world, this event invites people to reflect on their lives and share their personal aspirations in public. It’s a public art event, and the idea is to mingle with creatively minded strangers, sharing ideas and books – each participant is asked to bring a book from their personal library.
Free. From 4pm. The Archive, near gate 5, Safa Park, Jumeirah, stepconference.wordpress.com (052 835 1564).

My Story: An introduction to juicing
Find out how one woman turned her health around by turning to ‘juicing’ and living off only fruits and vegetables. This first community meetup, in which Paula Jane Hughes shares her story, is free to attend.
Free. 2pm-5pm. Holiday Inn Express, Al Safa, near Gulf News office, www.meetup.com/juicing-dubai-i-love-zanjabeel-weight-loss-and-health (no number).

Pink Caravan: riding for courage
Mobile breast cancer screening operation Pink Caravan embarks on its annual desert ride to raise awareness for the cause, with local riders and their horses taking part.
Free. Timings TBC. Start point in Sharjah. Until February 12. Pink Caravan, www.pinkcaravan.ae (06 506 5543).

Sunday 3

Send unwanted gifts to a new home
Give or sell unwanted toys, exercise equipment, computers, phones, kitchenware and more to TakeMyJunk, which sells items at a low price to those in need, and uses the funds raised to provide further assistance. Pick-ups around town. info@takemyjunkuae.com (050 179 4045).

Monday 4

Donations needed urgently by Dubai Centre for Special Needs
DCSN’s charity shop in Karama is desperately in need of donations in order to keep funding the operation’s classroom materials, curriculum enrichment programmes and more. They sell nearly everything except furniture. Call to find out what you can take down.
www.dcsneeds.ae (04 344 0966).

Sponsor a child in Palestine
The Palestine Children’s Relief Fund aims to help provide medicine and care to children with disabilities whose families are too poor to fund the care they need. Email to find out how you can sponsor a child. www.pcrf.net, pcrf1@pcrf.net (+330 678 2645).

Tuesday 5

Emirates Photography Club’s social gathering
Members of the Emirates Photography Club put their cameras down for this social get-together. There’s a special price for the group. Join the group to RSVP your attendance and find out who to give your money to in advance.
Dhs100. 8.30pm-10.30pm. Karam Beirut, The Dubai Mall, www.meetup.com/emirates-photo-club (no number).

Volunteer to foster homeless animals
Dubai’s Feline Friends rescue operation is constantly in need of volunteers to foster cats. If you can’t offer a permanent home, it’s the perfect way to lend a hand.
Free. Ongoing. Feline Friends, www.felinefriendsdubai.com, fostering@felinefriendsdubai.com (no number).

The beachside dining spot is celebrating international coffee day at its brand-new branch

Feeling the pinch? Fear not. We've got 16 weekend feasts for under Dhs300 for you

Black Coffee and Themba will hit the decks on Friday September 28

You’ll get a complimentary vegetarian dim sum basket on October 1

It's free to take part and no experience is needed

There will be fireworks at La Mer, plus discounts across the city

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