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Clubs and community groups to try this week

Area Guides
Wednesday 22

Self-discovery workshop
This course aims to help you discover your true vocation and is ideal for anyone seeking to make a change in their life.
Free. 7pm-9pm. The Archive, Safa Park. Register to join by emaililing (043 494 033).

Thursday 23

African Dancing in Jumeirah
Discover the rhythms, sounds and movements of Africa in this exhibition of dance, arts and crafts.
Free. 3pm-6pm, Mercato Shopping Mall, Jumeirah. (04 344 4161).

Friday 24

Celebrate Australia Day
Join in the festivities as Dubai’s Australian community celebrate its National Day. Events kick off with the ‘Big Day Out’ where Olympic Beach volleyball champion Natalie Cook will be hosting a demonstration, and live music from former INXS frontman Jon Stevens.
Dhs300. 11.30am-5pm, Zero Gravity, Skydive Dubai, Dubai Marina. For tickets visit

Saturday 25

Feline Friends Adoption Day
Take home one of the city’s many cats and kittens that are in need of a permanent home. If you want to bring a cat into your family please bring a cat carrier.
Free. 1pm-4pm, The Vet Hospital, Al Quoz. (050 451 0058).

Expat Woman Big Day Out
This community fun day is organised by one of the most popular sites for those relocating to Dubai. The day will offer visitors free health screenings, beauty treatments, and British author Alexander McNabb will be in attendance. Pets are not allowed.
Free. 10.30am-4.30pm. Dubai Polo & Equestrian Club, Arabian Ranches, (no number).

Sunday 26

Give your time to help the city’s children
Volunteers are needed on a regular basis to help children with special needs have a fun day out in the city every Sunday. 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. Email, (no number).

Monday 27

Holistic Happy Hour
Take an hour to focus on your spiritual wellbeing. This group meets weekly for this social and relaxing mid-day event. Each week a new topic related to wellness approaches. Space is limited so contact before arrival.
Free. 4pm-6pm. Illuminations Well-Being Center 409, Fortune Executive Towers, Cluster T, Jumeirah Lakes Towers, (04 448 7043).

Starz with Stars
The Fridge opens its doors to up and coming singing talent tonight, as it starts its new concert series. This event will see five finalists from 2013’s Kidz Starz competition share the stage alongside Dubai’s most prolific vocalists.
Dhs50 per person, Dhs25 for students, under 18s are free. 7.30pm-9.30pm, The Fridge, Warehouse 5, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz 1. (04 347 7793).

Tuesday 28

Poetry Workshop
This five-week course is designed to help budding poets hone their skills. Participants will be tutored by Danna Lorch, an American writer based in Dubai. The first class will focus on finding your poetic voice.
Book early and pay in advance. Dhs1,000. 9.30am-11.30am every Tuesday until March 4. Objects & Elements, Al Quoz Dubai. Email to register, (055 615 5711).

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