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Wednesday February 27

Become a 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’ll be sent resource guides and an interactive quiz to help you spread the message among your neighbourhood schools, colleges, friends, relatives and colleagues.
Free. www.go-green.ae.

Book sales and distribution in the UAE
Find out how to distribute and sell your published book in this two-hour workshop by Narain Jashanmal, of the eponymous UAE bookstore.
Free. 6pm-8pm. The Archive, Safa Park, www.meetup.com/dubai writers (no number).

Recycle your soft drink cans
Collect your used soft drink cans and help Emirates Environmental Group meet its target to recycle as many cans as possible today. The group encourages members of the community to bring in all their aluminium cans for recycling, to help protect the environment by reducing the amount of waste heading for landfills.
Free. Zabeel Park and Safa Park, www.eeg-uae.org (04 344 8622).

Thursday 28

The Lord’s Taverners Golf Day and Gala Dinner
Cricketing legends take over the Montgomerie golf course today, giving attendees and participants the chance to mingle. The day includes a barbecue steak dinner and awards hosted by British TV presenter Chris Tarrant, all in support of Al Noor Centre for Special Needs. There’s also a gala dinner on Friday with Chris Tarrant, featuring comedy from Bob ‘The Cat’ Bevan.
Thursday, four ball Dhs2,800, includes goody bag, 18 holes, barbecue dinner and an hour of drinks. From 1pm. The Montgomerie Golf Club, Emirates Living (04 390 5600). Friday, Dhs575 per person, Dhs5,750 table of ten including pre-dinner drinks, three-course dinner with drinks. From 7pm. Fairmont The Palm, Palm Jumeirah, www.urbanevents.ae (04 445 6842).

I is for Ivy (The)
The Alphabet Dining Club meets to try English cuisine at The Ivy.
Free, attendees pay for their own meals. From 6.45pm. The Ivy, Emirates Towers Boulevard, www.meetup.com/the-alphabet-dining-club-global-food-for-the-palate (no number).

Friday March 1

Black Tie Dinner and Dance for T-Charmed
Attend a dinner-dance event with live entertainment, special guests, an auction and raffle prizes, all to raise awareness for The Tiana Honey Watson Fund, which helps children with rare metabolic disorders.
Dhs850 for Time Out readers (normally Dhs1,000). 6pm-11pm. Grand Hyatt Dubai, Oud Metha, www.tcharmed.org.uk (052 864 9368).

Saturday 2

38 Smiles Adoption Day
Today, 38 Smiles hosts another adoption day for cats and kittens. There are dozens of felines looking for loving homes, so head down if you think there’s a space in your heart (and apartment) for a new member of the family.
Free. 2pm-6pm. Pet Zone Vet Clinic, near Mazaya Center, Sheikh Zayed Road (04 346 7870).

Make Bootcamp: reputation management
Today is the first of three workshops by Ross Bethell, focusing on reputation management for entrepreneurs. Session one covers how to develop a reputation management plan. The next, on Saturday March 9, will focus on stakeholders and developing your story, while Saturday March 16 will look at how to put your plan together. The cost of each session includes coffee and breakfast.
Dhs100. 10am-noon. Make Business Hub, Al Fattan House, Dubai Marina (04 392 9216).

Reaching You Family Fun Day
This family fun day aims to help raise awareness for children with special needs, with a full day of entertainment and activities, including bouncy castles, obstacle courses, a climbing wall, drumming, puppet show, games, face painting, henna, live DJs and much more.
Dhs5. Noon-6pm. Za’abeel Park, near Jafiliya metro station, Karama (055 998 1000).

Sunday 3

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

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.
www.dcsneeds.ae (04 344 0966).

Tuesday 5

Cultural dinner at SMCCU
Head to Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding to try an Emirati evening meal, now taking place every Tuesday. It’s a great opportunity to learn more about UAE culture from an Emirati host. The centre also runs a cultural brunch every Saturday.
Dhs95 per person for dinner, Dhs80 per person for brunch. Dinner on Tue from 7pm, brunch on Sat from 10.30am. Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, House 26, Al Mussallah Road, Bastakiya (04 353 6666).

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