12 community events this week

Things you can do in your local community this week

Area Guides
Area Guides
Wednesday 26

Speed business networking
Meet a room full of potential new business contacts by spending just three minutes with each person. RSVP online to attend.
Dhs70 per person (including tea and coffee). 7.30pm-9.30pm. Caffé Trieste, Platinum Tower, Cluster I, JLT, www.meetup.com/business-networking-dubai (no number).

Watch an Iranian film
In the last of the summer screenings at A4 Space, watch Davandeh (The Runner) directed by Amir Naderi. This drama follows the story of an orphan in Abadan, Iran, who shines shoes to earn a living, but his real passion is for running.
Free. 7pm. Until August 28. A4 Space, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, www.alserkalavenue.ae (050 556 9797).

Thursday 27

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 28

38 Smiles pet adoption day
Prospective pet owners, go along to find your future pet and get advice on animal care.
Free to attend. 3pm-6pm. Creatures Oasis, 31A Street, Jumeirah 1, www.38smiles.com (04 343 4534).

Café Scientifique
Join this free-thinking science and technology group to discuss Dubai’s future in space exploration with Saeed Al Gergawi from the Mohammed Bin Rashid Space Agency.
Free. 5pm-6.30pm. Urban Bistro, Dubai Media City, www.cafescidubai.com (055 993 1859).

Find your voice
Learn to express yourself with confidence at this two-day workshop held by Speed Coaching Mondays and led by opera singer and voice coach Meghan McCall. Sign up online.
Dhs1,652 per person. 10am-5pm. Until August 29. Authenticity Coaching & Consulting, Pinnacle Building, Al Barsha, www.meetup.com/the-speed-coaching-mondays (no number).

Volunteer at the Safe Center for Asperger’s Syndrome
This centre needs up to 40 volunteers to help with the finishing touches at this special needs centre. Volunteers will be painting doors and other small areas. Sign up with Volunteer In UAE online, in advance to get involved.
Free. 9am-2.30pm. Villa 21, Al Safa 2, www.volunteerinuae.com (no number).

Learn sign language
Learn the basics of American Sign Language at this one-day class. To book your spot, register with Volunteer In UAE online, in advance.
Free. 3pm-7pm. JA Oasis Beach Tower, JBR, www.volunteerinuae.com (no number).

Saturday 29

Free fertility seminar at Bourn Hall Clinic
Couples trying for a baby can find out more about IVF and other treatments. Book online to reserve a space.
Free. 2pm. Bourn Hall Clinic, Al Hudaiba Awards Buildings, Block C, Jumeirah, www.bournhall-clinic.ae (800 483).

Sunday 30

Sign up for a new challenge with Gulf For Good
The adventure charity organisation has launched new trekking and cycling trips to raise money for underprivileged children. Challenges for 2016 include cycling through Southeast Asia, trekking in Bhutan and a high altitude trek to Mount Kilimanjaro.
Sign up online. www.gulf4good.org (no number).

Monday 31

French vocabulary building
Intermediate level French students, widen your vocabulary at this casual meet up, with newspapers and magazines as well as conversations with fluent speakers.
RSVP online to attend. Free. 7pm-8.30pm. Caribou Coffee, Uptown Mirdif Mall, www.meetup.com/Languageandcultureexchangedubaigroup (no number).

Tuesday September 1

Emirates Photography Club
Learn to take better photos with tips and critique from fellow snappers. Attendants can also get advice on how to improve their work using Photoshop. RSVP online to attend.
Dhs20. 7pm-9pm. Studio Attitude, Al Quoz 1, www.meetup.com/emiratesphotoclub (no number).

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