This week's best community events

Full Moon desert drumming, motivational courses for women and more

Area Guides
Wednesday 15

Pottery Workshops
This new eight-week adult pottery course offers participants the chance to channel their creativity through moulding clay. Participants will be taught a range of pottery techniques, such as pinching and coiling, and will have a final piece of sculpted work glazed and fired by the end of the course. Dhs800. Course cost includes all materials.
10.30am-12.30pm. Wednesdays until March 5. The Archive, Safa Park. Prior registration is required, email, (043 494 033).

Japanese flower arranging
The ancient art of Ikebana flower arranging is being revived at The Archive. This one- day class highlights how to use symmetrical form to create striking floral arrangements.
Dhs350. Price includes cost of flowers and vase. Participants will need to bring scissors and a plate or bowl which has more than 10cm x 8cm flat space on the bottom, and minimum depth 3cm. 7.30pm-9pm. The Archive, Safa Park. Registration is required., (043 494 033)

Thursday 16

Ladies only fundraising luncheon
Support the work of Al Noor Training Centre for Children with Special Needs by attending this gala luncheon. Guests will be treated to a cocktail reception, where women can network, followed by a three-course meal, musical entertainment and beauty tips.
Seats are available for Dhs350 each or a table of ten for Dhs3,250, which includes a three-course meal and soft drinks. 12pm-3.30pm. Hilton Dubai Jumeirah Hotel, The Walk, JBR., (04 340 4844 extension 186).

Friday 17

Full moon drumming
Experience drumming in the desert with Dubai Drums. When the moon is full, this group of percussion enthusiasts take a trip to the desert for a fun barbecue and drumming on the dunes. All abilities are welcome, and drums are provided.
Dhs520. 7pm. Gulf Ventures Camp, Al Awir. To join email, (050 613 9180).

Saturday 18

Vintage Market
Head to Safa Park and hunt down vintage clothes and hand-made arts from independent stall owners at the Market Of Everything.
Free. 10am-6pm. The Archive, Safa Park, (04 349 4033).

Sunday 19

Volunteer for Funday
Sunday Volunteers are needed on a regular basis to help children with special needs have a fun day out in the city. Applicants will need to be over 18 and have their own transport. The children will be accompanied by school staff to assist with their medical needs, and your job is to bring the fun.
Free. Email registration essential. 9.30am-12.30pm. Various locations. Email,

Monday 20

Motivational course for women
If your plans for the year are already struggling to get off the ground, this five-week course aimed specifically at ex-pat women promises to help you find your mojo and make your aspirations a reality.
Maximum of 20 participants. RSVP essential. Dhs990. Mondays until February 24. 9am-11.30am. (no number).

Tuesday 21

Visit the Grand Jumeirah Mosque
A chance for non-Muslims to discover Islam. Modest dress required. No need to book, but you must arrive at the main entrance to the Mosque by 9.45am.
Dhs10. 10-11.15am. Tuesdays, Thursdays, Saturdays, and Sundays, Jumeirah Mosque, Jumeirah, (04 353 6666).

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