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Our pick of this week's best meet-up groups and community events

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Wednesday 6

Coffee and critique
The Emirates Photography Club meets to share their latest work and get feedback from one another.
Free. From 7pm. The Change Initiative, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub (no number).

Compassion Group discussion
Members of Compassion Dubai meet for their second discussion of 2013, based on Twelve Steps to a Compassionate Life by Karen Armstrong, where members are invited to take a look at their own worlds.
Free. 7.30pm-9.30pm. Location TBA. www.meetup.com/compassion-group-dubai (no number).

Compassion: Learning to be kind inside and out
The LightHouse Arabia hosts a series of Wellness Wednesday seminars to promote wellbeing and life-satisfaction. Today’s is led by Dr Tara Wyne.
Dhs50. 9.30am-11am. The LightHouse Arabia, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 2 (04 380 9298).

Dubai Social Club’s private Lincoln screening
Join Dubai Social Club’s Meetup page for a chance to attend this private screening of Lincoln, starring Daniel Day Lewis. Refreshments will be provided by the host.
Free. 8pm-10.30pm. Dubai Marina, www.meetup.com/dubai-social (no number).

Thursday 7

Afternoon playdate
The Dubai Stay at Home Mums group meets for an afternoon of playtime and chatting. Join the group’s page to take part.
Free. From 3pm. Location TBA. www.meetup.com/dubai-stay-at-home-moms-club (no number).

Friday 8

American Young Professionals dine out
The group meets at Aprons & Hammers for a seafood dinner.
Free, attendees pay for their own meal. From 6pm. Aprons & Hammers, Dubai International Marine Club, Mina Seyahi, Dubai Marina, www.meetup.com/americanypsindubai (no number).

Fireworks extravaganza at Emirates Golf Club
To celebrate Bonfire Night, the golf club hosts an evening of family entertainment and fireworks.
Dhs150 (adults), Dhs75 (kids). 5pm-8pm. Emirates Living (04 380 1234).

Saturday 9

Dubai Runners beach run
Pound the running track on Russian Beach in distances of either 3km, 6km or 9km.
Free. From 7.15pm. Russian Beach, next to Dubai Marine Beach Resort, Jumeirah 1, www.meetup.com/gardens-discovery-gardens-decc-runners (no number).

Improving life from the inside out
The LightHouse Arabia’s Carey Kirk hosts a four-hour workshop on understanding and taking control of emotions. Participants will learn how to become more attuned to their feelings, practical techniques for reducing the intensity and frequency of uncomfortable emotions and more.
Dhs1,000. 9am-1pm. The LightHouse Arabia, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 2 (04 380 9298).

Sunday 10

Make your own greetings cards
Doodleclick’s online service allows you to create cards, which are sent (in the UAE) the next day.
Dhs35 for card and courier. www.doodleclick.com.

Monday 11

Riding for the disabled
Dubai’s Riding for the Disabled organisation is in need of volunteers to assist as side-walkers or leaders during therapeutic riding lessons.
Email lessons@rdad.ae for more information (no number).

Tuesday 12

Rent books
Online book rental club Reader’s Paradise offers titles across various genres including horror, autobiography, self-improvement and more.
From Dhs35 per month for two books at a time. www.readersparadise-me.com (04 422 7495).

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