Nine community events this week in Dubai

Adopt a cat, join a book club or make a short film

Area Guides
Our picks of the week

1 See the Dubai International Garden Competition
See Thu 3.

2 Support local artists, poets and musicians
See Thu 3.

3 Get support and advice on parenting
See Wed 2.

4 Delve into Arabic literature at The Archive
See Mon 7.

5 Adopt one of the city’s stray kittens
See Fri 4.

Wednesday 2

Parenting consultation circle
Need help with family issues? Gain advice and support from other parents as well as expert counselling from Dr Saliha Afridi, who will be able to address individual concerns at this event. Book in advance to attend. Dhs680. 9.30am-11am. The Light House Arabia, Villa 2, Jumeirah Beach Road, Umm Suqeim 2, www.lighthousearabia.com (04 380 9289).

Thursday 3

Dubai International Garden Competition
The emirate’s most green-fingered and creative landscape gardeners have taken root in Downtown. Check out the designs in flora, meet the designers and be inspired.
Free. 10am-10pm. Until April 6, The Venue, Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rashid Boulevard, Downtown Dubai, www.digc.ae (04 421 5959).

Grassroots Revue
Enjoy an evening of short plays, sketches, stand-up comedians, improvisation and performance poetry from local artists.
Dhs60. 8pm. Until Sunday April 6. The Courtyard Playhouse, Street 4b, Al Quoz 1, www.courtyardplayhouse.com (no number).

Friday 4

38 Smiles cat adoption day
If you’re thinking of adopting a cat, head here. Potential cat owners will be able to get advice on animal care and find a pet that’s best suited to individual lifestyles. Adopters must be over 21. Please bring ID and a carrier. Free, donations on adoption.
10am-3pm. Pet Zone, Al Thuraya Building, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.facebook.com/38smiles (04 346 7870).

Saturday 5

Bibliophiles – Dubai Book Club
Bookworms can share their love of literature in a casual and enjoyable way. This established group meets to discuss books that have been read by the group, and this month it’s The Devil in the White City by Erik Larson. To join, sign up on the website.
Dhs30 annual fee, payable in cash on second meeting. 7pm. BookMunch Cafe, Al Wasl Square www.meetup.com/bibliophiles-dubai-book-club (no number).

Books for lunch at BookMunch Cafe
This popular book shop and cafe is hosting regular Saturday lunches where kids and their parents can enjoy lunch and storytelling. Phone ahead to make a reservation.
From 12.30pm. Ongoing. BookMunch Cafe, Al Wasl Square, www.bookmunchcafe.com (04 388 4006).

Sunday 6

Expat mums and tots
Expat mothers living in Ibn Battuta can socialise and arrange play dates with other mums. First-timers should arrive early.
Free. 10am-noon. Fun City, Ibn Battuta Mall, www.expatwoman.com (no number).

Monday 7

Kutub Bilarabi Book Club
Lovers of Arabic literature can join this monthly reading circle that focuses on and promotes Arabic titles. The books read are all published in Arabic with English translations available. This month’s book will be Dreams of Trespass: Tales of a Harem Girlhood by Fatema Mernissi.
To get involved, email kate@enoc.com. Free. 7pm-9pm. The Archive, Safa Park, www.thearchive.ae (04 349 4033).

Tuesday 8

Moving words short film workshop
This workshop is produced by FIND (Forming Intersections and Dialogues). Participants will create a short film inspired by a poem, story or book of their choice. All equipment is provided, just bring your choice of literature. The workshop teaches narrative theory, video production and editing on mobile devices. Participants must be over 21.
To attend, email find@nyu.edu. Free. 6pm-8pm. The Archive, Safa Park, www.thearchive.ae (04 349 4033).

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