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Our picks of the week

1 Join The Scene Club
See Wed 12.

2 Learn how to handle difficult people
See Wed 12.

3 Give your time to Al Noor
See Fri 14.

4 Sketch for World Community Art Day
See Mon 17.

5 Join a new business networking group
See Mon 17.

Wednesday 12

Wellness Wednesday Seminar on dealing with difficult people
This event provides participants with the emotional skills to handle tricky types. The session aims to help you identify difficult people, understand how they cause conflict and equip you to manage them.
Dhs50, register online. 9.30am-11am. The Lighthouse Arabia, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 2, www.lighthousearabia.com (04 380 9298).

The Scene Club
Film buffs can join this monthly group showing great independent and international films. This month, it is screening Buried by Spanish director Rodrigo Cortés.
Free, register online. 7pm. Dubai Knowledge Village Conference Centre, Al Sufouh, www.thesceneclub.com (04 391 0051).

Thursday 13

Expat coffee mornings
This is an opportunity for expat ladies living in the Greens, Lakes, Springs, Meadows and Emirates Hills areas to meet new friends in the surrounding area. Newcomers should arrive early to meet the hostess.
Free. 10am-noon. Tim Hortons, Meadows Town Centre, Emirates Hills, www.expatwoman.com (no number).

Friday 14

Volunteer to help Al Noor Special needs charity
Al Noor needs volunteers to help prepare for their family fun day, which will be held on Friday February 28. Volunteers will help set up stalls, arrange seating, sell merchandise and monitor food and games stalls. Volunteers should be over 16 years old and available between 4pm and 9pm on the day. To get involved email Reena before February 14.
Free. Al Noor Special Needs Training Centre, Al Barsha, reena@alnoorspneeds.ae, www.alnoorspneeds.ae (04 340 4844).

Saturday 15

Feline Friends cat adoption day
Make room in your home for a cute cat in desperate need of a permanent place to roam. You must be over 21 years old, have Emirates ID or a passport and be in possession of a cat carrier. Free. Please make a donation to Feline Friends to cover veterinary costs.
1pm-4pm. The Vet Hospital, Al Quoz, www.felinefriendsofdubai.com (050 451 0058).

Sunday 16

Ali Al Saeed Book Launch
Bahraini author Ali Al Saeed is launching his new book entitled The Randomist at The Archive, Safa Park. The author will be in attendance and will read excerpts from his collection of non-fiction writings and will also be hosting a Q&A session afterwards.
Free. 7pm. The Archive, Safa Park, www.thearchive.ae (043 494 033).

Monday 17

Sketchbound Meet Up
Sketchers and doodlers celebrate World Community Art Day. Bring your own pad and sketching materials.
Free, register by email. 7pm-8.30pm. The Archive, Safa Park, aliogrady@yahoo.com, www.thearchive.ae (043 494 033).

Business Social Networking Event
Mix business with pleasure at this networking event. Professionals can swap business cards over refreshments.
Dhs50, register online. Dhs75 per non-member guest. 7.30pm-10.30pm. Cavalli, The Fairmont Dubai, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/dubai-social/events (no number).

Tuesday 18

Theta Healing Manifestation Meditation & Awareness
Talk Discover how you can improve your relationships and listen to your own intuition more in the process.
Free, call to register. 7pm-8pm. 402 Montana Building, General Post Office Road, Karama, www.meetup.com/healers-in-dubai (04 357 6676).

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