Meet-up groups and community events in Dubai

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Wednesday 11
TODAY ONLY Look after your wellbeing during the festive season The Lighthouse Arabia is hosting a morning counselling session to help attendees avoid tension, deal with stresses, and get the most out of the festive season. Dhs50 in advance, this can be paid online or at the clinic. Active clients of The LightHouse Arabia can have this fee refunded upon attendance. Villa 2, Jumeirah Road, Umm Suqeim 2, Dubai, www.lighthousearabia.com (04 380 9298).
Thursday 12
NEW Cupcake decorating workshops Mercato Mall is
offering workshops to show amateur bakers how to get creative with festive cupcakes. Until December
14. Mercato Jumeirah Beach Road, www.mercatoshoppingmall.com,
(04 344 4161).
Ikebana Try your hand at the delicate art of Japanese flower arranging. Dhs350, which includes the cost of flowers and vases. 10.30am-12pm,The Archive Safa Park, gate 5. Register by email ikebaname@gmail.com, www.thearchive.ae (04 349 4033).
Friday 13
TODAY ONLY Give blood Help to save lives and donate blood in a safe environment. Free. From 7.30am to 10.30am, Sheikha Latifa Hospital. Refreshments (tea, soft drinks and snacks) will be served for all donors.
Saturday 14
TODAY ONLY Shopping with conscience Greenheart Organic Farm food tasting and 38 Smiles have joined forces to put on a sale, where conscientious shoppers can buy organic foods. There will also be a charity book sale, hand-made Christmas decorations from Kenya and organic food to sample. Free, from 11.30am-5pm. Greenheart Organic Frams store in Arjan, Al Barsha. info@38smiles.com (056 640 7060).
TODAY ONLY Give a cat a home Feline Friends is holding an adoption day today. If you are thinking of adding a pet to your family, come along to get information and advice on cat ownership and care, and the staff will help you choose a furry friend that best suits your lifestyle. Free. The Vet Hospital, Al Quoz. www.felinefriendsdubai.com (050 451 0058).
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 to fill. Get in touch. Free. K9 Friends,
www.k9friends.com (04 887 8739).
TODAY ONLY 38 Smiles Adoption Day You won’t be able to resist taking one of these cute cats and kittens home with you. If you think that you can offer a permanent, loving home to one the city’s many strays, be sure to attend. Free. From 2pm-6pm Petzone Vet Clinic near Mazaya center, www.facebook.com/38smiles,
(04 346 7870).
Sunday 15
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 16
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 17
Street Entertainment Enjoy a variety of entertainment in the Central Atrium and around Dubai’s oldest mall. Today, Voca People Choir will be performing throughout the day. Free. Al Ghurair Centre, Al Rigga Road, Deira www.alghuraircentre.com (8002 4227).
Rent books Online book rental club Reader’s Paradise offers titles across many genres and delivers to anywhere in the UAE. From Dhs35 www.readersparadise-me.com.
(04 422 7495).

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