The week's top community events

Go green for your community, celebrate the Chinese New Year of the snake, improve your Italian and more

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Wednesday 13

Become a local
Go Green ambassador Volunteer a few hours of your time to help spread the word about the importance of going green. Once you’ve signed up online, you will be sent resource guides and an interactive quiz, all designed to help you share the message with your neighbourhood schools, colleges, friends, relatives and colleagues.
Free. www.go-green.ae.

Free Chinese cultural evening
Explore the origins and traditions of Chinese culture and experience the festivities of Chinese new year, sampling the language, food and much more.
Free. 5pm-7pm. Eton Institute, Knowledge Village, www.eton.ac (800 3866).

How to write poetry
This two-hour workshop will be held by Frank Dullaghan, author of Enough Light to See the Dark.
Price TBC. 6pm-8pm. The Archive, Gate 5, Safa Park, www.meetup.com/dubaiwriters (no number).

Show stress who’s boss
Carole Spiers, a respected authority on stress management, will be conducting a talk, with a question-and-answer session and networking opportunities over lunch.
Free. 1pm-2.30pm. Thuraya Hall, Building 3, Dubai Internet City, www.meetup.com/dubai-internet-city-events (no number).

What’s not next in tech entrepreneurship?
Dubai tech insiders PK Gulati, Danish Farhan and Narain Jashanmal lead a dialogue striking down the top ten game-changing ideas from the past decade, paving the way for new ideas from up-and-coming entrepreneurs.
Free. 7pm-9pm. Shelter Dubai, Al Serkal Avenue, Al Quoz (04 380 9040).

Thursday 14

Dubai Social Club’s one-year anniversary
This free party is open to anyone who RSVPs in advance, and friends of the group are welcome. Spaces are limited to 200, so be sure to confirm in good time. There will be music, food and drinks to accompany the celebrations.
Free. From 8.30pm. Venue TBA. www.meetup.com/dubai-social (no number).

Free awareness talk at Illuminations Well-Being Center
Find out how to ‘awaken the divine’ within you and become a powerful magnet for positive abundance at this workshop.
Free. 6pm-8pm. Illuminations Well-Being Center, 409, Fortune Executive Towers, Cluster T, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, www.meetup.com/illuminations (04 448 7043).

Give a charitable Valentine’s Day gift with Frontline Fashion
Buy the one you love a stylish T-shirt, iPhone cover, bag or pair of flip flops from Frontline Fashion, which supports causes in Haiti.
From Dhs144. www.aura-b.com.

Friday 15

Improve your Italian
This new course helps you build your confidence in speaking the Italian language, with opportunities for debate and discussion, as well as improvement through cooking classes, culture and travelling tips.
Dhs1,359. Until March 15. Eton Institute, Knowledge Village, www.eton.ac (800 3866).

Run the RAK half marathon for charity
Sign up to join the group running in aid of international charity Médecins Sans Frontières. Once you’ve agreed to raise a minimum of Dhs200 for the cause, you will get your MSF ACTive supporter’s pack.
Dhs250. From 7am. Manar Mall, Ras Al Khaimah, info-msfuae@msf.org (052 911 0661).

Saturday 16

Pakistani professionals abroad networking event
Professionals, job-seekers, business owners and beyond of Pakistani origin are invited to attend this free networking event. Check with the group’s Meetup page for a confirmed venue closer to the day of the event. Free. From 6.30pm. Location TBD. www.meetup.com/pakistani-professionals-abroad (no number).

Writers’ critique group
Head down to take part or watch this regular critique. If you’d like your own work critiqued by peers, submit it two weeks before the next meetup.
Free. From 6.30pm. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai, www.meetup.com/dubaiwriters (no number).

Sunday 17

World Food Programme drive for Yemen and Syria
Funds are urgently needed to supply food in Syria, while the humanitarian needs of Yemen have been described as ‘immense’ – the country has the world’s second highest child malnutrition rates and more than ten million people are hungry or on the edge of hunger. Visit the website to make your pledge.
www.wfp.org.

Monday 18

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).

Tuesday 19

Volunteer to foster homeless animals
Feline Friends 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 (no number).

Blue and white walkways have been installed in more places

Prepare for a 5km and 13km course at Dubai’s Jebel Ali Racecourse next month

HiU messenger is available for download for Etisalat customers

Get deals at restaurants including Zheng He’s and Palace Downtown

You’ll also get discounts at spas, bars and restaurants

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