11 community events this week

Help children with autism, give a dog a home, discover Turkish culture and more in Dubai

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Wednesday 19

Films at A4 Space
As part of the summer film series, watch documentary Sans Soleil (Sunless) directed by French filmmaker Chris Marker.
Free. Wed, Thu, Fri, 7pm. Until August 21. A4 Space, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.alserkalavenue.ae (050 556 9797).

Free Turkish cultural evening
Discover the land where East meets West through this cultural evening at Eton Institute.
Register online to attend. Free. 6.30pm-8.30pm. Eton Institute, Dubai Knowledge Village, www.middleeast.etoninstitute.com/event/turkish-cultural-evening (04 386 800).

Thursday 20

Al Noor child sponsorship programme
Support the training and education of children with special needs at Al Noor Training Centre by sponsoring families who can’t afford the centre’s subsidised fees. Individuals and companies can register to sponsor a child.
Email, seema@alnoorspneeds.ae for details. From Dhs25,000. Ongoing. www.alnoorspneeds.ae (04 340 4844).

Friday 21

Sponsor a kennel
Help maintain a dog and its upkeep for a year by sponsoring a kennel with K9 Friends. Sponsors will get their name, or company name on a board at the dogs’ kennel for 12 months.
Register online to get involved. Dhs1,000. Ongoing. www.k9friends.com (04 887 8739).

Saturday 22

Bibliophiles book club
Get your literature fix at this sociable book club. This month, the selected title is New York Times bestseller Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins. To attend, RSVP online, read the book and turn up.
Free. 7pm. BookMunch Café, Al Wasl Road, www.meetup.com/bibliophiles-dubai-book-club (no number).

Volunteer at Senses
Residential children’s care home Senses needs a hand with ongoing domestic chores such as ironing and changing beds. Volunteers are needed on a bi-weekly basis and should be over 18 with their own transport, ID and a can-do attitude.
Register online. 2pm-5pm. Ongoing. Senses Residential Care Home, Umm Suqeim 3, www.volunteerinuae.com (no number).

Sunday 23

Creativity Camp
Get your young writers and artists involved in this four-day workshop, where kids aged eight to 12 can explore stories through reading, writing, drama and art.
Dhs600. Sun-Thu 9.30am-3pm. Until August 26. Dubai International Writer’s Centre, Bur Dubai, www.diwc.ae (04 355 9844).

Visit the Dubai Centre for Special needs charity shop
Donate second-hand clothes or pick up a bargain at this centre’s charity shop. All proceeds go towards the work done by the centre. There’s a sale at the shop on the first Friday of every month from 9am to 12.30pm.
Sat-Thu 9.30am-6pm. Ongoing. 47C Street, Karama, www.dcsneeds.com (04 337 8246).

Monday 24

Support the PCRF Gaza Relief Fund
This organisation provides free critical medical care to children in need in Gaza. They aim to raise $1m (Dhs3,673,050) to support the three offices and medical field staff on the ground in Gaza.
To donate visit www.pcrf.net.

Tuesday 25

Iqraa Arabic Book Group
Fans of Arabic literature can join this club. RSVP online to attend. This month’s book is Taliani by Shukri Alambkhot.
Free. 8pm-10pm. Le Pain Quotidien 21st Century Tower, Sheikh Zayed Road, www.meetup.com/iqraa-arabic-dubai (no number).

Volunteer at Dubai Autism Center
If you have the skills and desire to work with children with special needs, know how to fundraise, or are keen to get involved with autism awareness, register to volunteer at this organisation. Volunteers should be able to commit to a minimum of two hours.
To register, complete the application form online or email ayesha@dubaiautismcenter.ae. www.dubaiautismcenter.ae (04 398 6862).

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