14 fun community events

Tiffin club, Italian lessons, balcony gardening and more

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Wednesday May 29

Child guidance parenting seminar
This free talk conducted by psychologist Dr Saliha Afridi looks at how to parent children through their pre-teen and teenage years. Parents will learn how to navigate hormones, understand their child’s developing brain, and learn how to have a more harmonious relationship with them.
Free. 9.30am-11am. The Lighthouse Arabia, Jumeirah Beach Road, www.lighthousearabia.com (04 380 9298).

Coffee and critique
The Emirates Photographer Club gets together to look over one another’s work, going over one image at a time and discussing what they like and what they think could use improvement.
Free. From 7pm. The Change Initiative, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub (no number).

Thursday 30

Casual Thursdays meetup
This community social group gets together to dine, dance and enjoy R&B, hip hop and Afro pop with the group at Kiza Lounge.
Free, attendees pay for their own food and drinks. From 11.45pm. Kiza Restaurant & Lounge, Al Nasr Leisureland, Oud Metha, Bur Dubai, www.meetup.com/thursday-night-lovers (no number).

C for Chinese: The Alphabet Dining Club
Dubai food lovers get together to indulge their dim sum cravings at Ping Pong in The Dubai Mall. Those who fancy it can head on to Calabar for a drink afterwards.
Free, attendees pay for their own meal and drinks. From 7.30pm. Ping Pong, The Dubai Mall, www.meetup.com/the-alphabet-dining-club-global-food-for-the-palate (no number).

Funny Girls at Dubai Ladies Club
Dubai’s Dubomedy presents Funny Girls, an all-female line-up for a female-only crowd at Dubai Ladies Club. Mina Liccione headlines, with Shaima Al Sayed and Mai Assaf also taking the stage at the event, which will be hosted by Ellen Gayle Harewood.
Dhs100. From 7.30pm. Dubai Ladies Club, Jumeirah Beach Road (04 374 6789).

MSF Wall of Life Exhibition
This week-long art exhibition organised by Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) includes more than 60 pieces of art, put together by nearly 2,000 children. Each piece is a group interpretation of humanitarian work by eight-year-old students.
Free. Until June 5. Central Galleria, Mall of the Emirates (052 911 0661).

Friday 31

The Raffles Roast – Charity Edition
Celebrate International Children’s Day with a themed version of the British Raffles Roast. All food and beverage profit from this event will be donated to help purchase an electronic wheelchair for Imad, a five-year-old boy born with multiple limb deficiencies. There is a children’s buffet for kids, plus a PlayStation corner, face-painting and a petting zoo.
Dhs385 (with house beverages), Dhs235 (with soft drinks). 1pm-4.30pm. Azur, Raffles Dubai, Oud Metha (04 324 8888).

The Tiffin Club outing
Following on from a ‘fantastic’ outing to the Chinese Nihal Restaurant in April, the group will this week choose between Thai, Indian thali or Afghani cuisine. Sign up to cast your vote and RSVP.
Free, attendees pay for their own meals. From 7pm. Venue TBD. www.meetup.com/thetiffinclub (no number).

Saturday June 1

Balcony Gardening Group visiting day
Today the group will do a balcony crawl, with members given the opportunity to show off all the work they’ve been doing at their own homes. Afterwards, the plan is to head out for mixed drinks together.
Free. 5pm-7pm. Venue TBD. www.meetup.com/balcony-gardening-club-dubai (no number).

Host a Smiles n Stuff bazaar
The store at Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs is always looking for new ways to raise funds for the school and is now offering to help companies and individuals host bazaars as part of their corporate social responsibility programmes. They will bring a range of handcrafted items to offices, with all proceeds going directly to the running costs of the facility.
smilesnstuff@alnoorspneeds.ae, www.alnoorspneeds.ae (04 341 8960).

Sunday 2

Italian for beginners
Get an understanding of the basics of Italian, and pick up useful phrases with this free beginner and intermediate session from the language exchange group, conducted by Suhail.
Free. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Caribou Coffee, The Gate Building, DIFC, www.meetup.com/languageexchangedubaigroup (no number).

Make your own greetings cards
Can’t find what you’re looking for, or a card with an appropriate message? Dubai’s Doodleclick online service allows you to create your own, and then prints and sends by courier to arrive (anywhere in the UAE) the next day.
Dhs35 for card and courier. Ongoing. www.doodleclick.com.

Monday 3

Host a course in business writing
Expressions Arabia runs courses in business writing for companies looking to equip staff with essential skills. A one-day business writing course includes five simple steps, and will focus on letters and emails.
Ongoing. www.expressionsarabia.com.

Tuesday 4

Cultural dinner at SMCCU
Try an Emirati evening meal and 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 Tue 7pm, brunch Sat 10.30am. Sheikh Mohammed Centre for Cultural Understanding, Al Fahidi (04 353 6666).

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