13 community events this week

Walk for diabetes, adopt a stray and celebrate UAE National Day

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Wednesday 20

START art workshop
To mark Universal Children’s Day, START is collaborating with thejamjar to host an art workshop for children with special needs.
4pm-6pm. The Archive, Safa Park, www.startworld.org.

Thursday 21

Dubai Center for Special Needs open day
Check out paintings, art, handicrafts and baked goods by the students at DCSN.
Free. 9.30am-1pm. 45th Street, Al Safa, next to Gulf News, www.dcsneeds.ae (04 344 0966).

Girls just want to have fun – photography meetup
Female members of the Emirates Photography Club meet to take pictures and talk about photography.
Dhs20. 3pm-6pm. Gate 6, Jumeirah Beach Park, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub (no number).

Social dancing
Learn your moves in public with this social dancing session. Bring along any ‘cerocable’ songs for the jukebox. There is also a free mini-ceroc class from 8pm-9pm.
Free. From 9pm. Speakeasy, Ramada Plaza, Jumeirah Beach Residence, www.meetup.com/strictly-come-modern-jive (no number).

Friday 22

Beat Diabetes Walkathon
Take part in this annual walkathon, which aims to help raise awareness about diabetes. There will also be the chance to win Shukran points and gift hampers.
Free, register online. From 7am. Zabeel Park, Zabeel, www.beatdiabetes.me.

Saturday 23

38 Smiles Adoption Day
Add a cat or kitten to your family. All potential adopters must be over 21 years of age and bring a copy of their passport or Emirates ID and a cat carrier.
Free. 2pm-6pm. Petzone Vet Clinic, near Mazaya Centre, Sheikh Zayed Road, info@38smiles.com.

Feline Friends Adoption Day
Check out this line-up of furry faces and you’ll be hard-pushed not to want to give a feline a loving home.
Free. 1pm-4pm. The Vet Hospital, Al Quoz, www.felinefriendsdubai.com (050 451 0058).

Writers’ critique group
This group meets every two weeks to read and evaluate one another’s work.
Free. From 6.30pm. The Pavilion, Downtown Dubai, www.meetup.com/dubaiwriters (no number).

Sunday 24

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.

Volunteer to walk homeless dogs
K9 Friends are on the lookout for animal-loving, confident volunteers willing to help walk the pups waiting for new homes in their kennels. There are also many more roles for volunteers to fill. Get in touch if you can pitch in.
Free. K9 Friends, www.k9friends.com (04 887 8739).

Monday 25

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 26

Celebrate UAE National Day with gifts from Manzil Mark
UAE National Day on December 2 in style by picking up specially made products in the colours of the UAE flag, created by special needs students at Manzil.
Prices vary. Email for a full list of products and to place orders giftshop@manzil.ae (050 981 7767).

Rent books
Online book rental club Reader’s Paradise offers titles across various genres.
From Dhs35 per month. www.readersparadise-me.com (04 422 7495).

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