Events around town this week

Meet-up groups, community gatherings and more ways to make new friends in Dubai

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Our picks of the week

1 Sign up for Breast Cancer Awareness workshops
See Wed 6.

2 Watch Japanese film at The Scene Club
See Tue 12.

3 Be a better blogger
See Tue 12

4 Join the board games group
See Fri 8.

5 Discover Zouk and Kizomba dance at UBK
See Wed 6.

Wednesday 6

Free Breast Cancer Awareness workshop
Eton Institute, in partnership with Friends of Cancer Patients, is organising workshops to educate women on the prevention, detection and treatment of breast cancer. Register online to attend.
Free. 10am-10.45am and 1.30pm-2.15pm. The Auditorium, Block 1, Dubai Knowledge Village, www.etoninstitute.com (800 3866).

Zouk and Kizomba Dance
Come and learn the African/Latin dance of Zouk. The class is ideal for newcomers. RSVP online to attend.
Dhs50 per class. 8.30pm-10.30pm. UBK, Mövenpick Jumeirah Lakes Towers, Cluster A, JLT, www.meetup.com/zoukdubai (050 276 5047).

Thursday 7

Painting at thejamjar
Discover your creative side at thejamjar this summer with ten percent discounts on group painting sessions. Call to make a booking.
From Dhs100. Sun-Thu 10am-6pm, thejamjar, RKM Properties, Street 17a, Al Quoz 3, www.thejamjardubai.com (04 341 7303).

Friday 8

UAE Board games Group
This social group meets up to play a variety of board games, chat and mingle. Feel free to bring your own games to the tables. RSVP online to attend as venues change each week.
Free. Noon-8pm. Al Arrab Restaurant, Mirdif, www.meetup.com/uae-wargames-boardgames-group (no number).

Saturday 9

GYEM Social Innovation XYZ Bootcamp
Global Youth Empowerment (GYEM) is a social enterprise helping young people (ages 15-25 ) become social entrepreneurs and launch their own community ventures. The XYZ seven day programme helps youngsters discover their inner passions and ambitions. To get involved sign up online.
Dhs601 for members, Dhs1,001 for non-members. Until August 14. 1pm-7pm. WATAN Training Education, Jumeirah, www.thegyem.org (050 677 6831).

Filmmakers, submit your entries for the IWC Schaffhausen Filmmaker Award
Directors from the GCC region will have the chance to compete for an exciting award from Swiss watch manufacturer IWC Schaffhausen. The annual cash award of Dhs367,290 is dedicated to the production of feature-length fiction films.
Deadline for entries is August 15. www.dubaifilmfest.com (04 363 3456).

Sunday 10

Be a BookMunch reader
BookMunch weekly readings for children resume in September, and the family friendly café is looking for volunteers who can read in different languages.
To get involved, email info@bookmunchcafe.com. Free. BookMunch Cafe, Al Wasl Square, www.bookmunchcafe.com (04 388 4006).

Monday 11

Get reading for the Booked Book Club
It’s time to start reading ahead of the next Booked meeting on August 30. The group will be discussing We Need New Names by NoViolet Bulawayo. There are only ten spaces available so email sarah@booked-events.com to join.
Free. Noon. The Magazine Shop, Dubai Media City, www.themagazineshop.me (04 457 4283).

Tuesday 12

The Scene Club
The independent film club is screening Like Father, Like Son from Japanese director Koreeda Hirokazu. The film, shown in Japanese with English subtitles, is a drama about a family who discover their child was swapped at birth. Book your ticket online to attend.
Free. 7pm. Dubai Knowledge Village Conference Centre Block 1, www.thesceneclub.com (04 391 0051).

Make the most of WordPress
Want to make your blog better? Come along to this session and find out how to use WordPress for business and social blogging. RSVP to attend.
Free. 7pm. The Views, The Greens, full location disclosed on registration. www.meetup.com/dubai-wordpress-meetup (no number).

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