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10 things to do today: Donate pre-loved books as part of the #ShareYourBook initiative, head to the Mother of the Nation Festival, and more

Your daily guide to community and cultural activities across the Emirates for April 2, 2017, including performances, festivals, art exhibitions, film screenings, health and fitness events, talks, classes, workshops and family fun. Ellen Fortini rounds up 10 things to do today in the UAE.

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Abu Dhabi

#YearofGiving

Donate pre-loved books as part of the #ShareYourBook initiative by the Wanna Read? charity, led by Sheikha Shamma bint Sultan bin Khalifa Al Nahyan, which aims to create stimulating environments for children in local hospitals across the country. Donation boxes are available at Magrudy’s at The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi, and visitors are encouraged to post a message about their donation on social media with the #ShareYourBook hashtag, as part of the UAE’s Year of Giving.

Daily until Wednesday, Magrudy’s, The Mall at World Trade Center Abu Dhabi, Abu Dhabi, www.facebook.com/WTCAD

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Dubai

Art exhibition

In the exhibition Salvation, Sara Rahbar presents sculptures that represent the price of silence when we don’t work tirelessly against discrimination, lack of safety and fear of the state. Pictured: Refuge

Daily until April 25, 11.30am to 7pm, Saturdays to Thursdays (closed Fridays), Carbon 12, Alserkal Avenue, Al Quoz, Dubai, 04 340 6016, www.carbon12dubai.com

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Abu Dhabi

Kids’ class

Book a spot for your children, ages 2 to 5, to take part in the Fun in French class at Orange Wheels, where they can learn the basics of the French language in a 10-week programme that features a wide range of activities with an emphasis on learning through movement. The fee for the programme also includes free play time in the venue.

April 12 to June 14, 11am on Wednesdays, Dh650 for 10 weeks, Orange Wheels, Al Wahda Mall Extension, Abu Dhabi, 02 667 4411, www.orangewheels.com

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Nationwide

New movie

In the film Chips, Jon Baker (Dax Shepard) and Frank Poncharello (Michael Pena) are new motorcycle police officers with the California Highway Patrol. Baker soon discovers that Poncharello is an undercover federal agent investigating a heist that may have been carried out by crooked cops. The odd couple clash, but need to work together, using their individual skills to become true partners. Action comedy, also starring Jessica McNamee, Adam Brody, Ben Falcone, Kristen Bell and Vincent D’Onofrio.

Screening at cinemas across the UAE. (15+)

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Abu Dhabi

Cultural festival

Catch the final day of the Mother of the Nation Festival, which celebrates, commemorates and honours the inspirational values of Sheikha Fatima bint Mubarak through performances, workshops and diverse activity zones, including a souq, a beach dining area, The Happiness Zone, interactive progress zone, Mother of the Nation Pavilion and more.

Ends today, 4pm to 11pm, Corniche, Abu Dhabi, www.motn.ae

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Abu Dhabi

Art exhibition

Visit Warehouse421 in Mina Zayed and see Bayn: The In-Between, a group exhibition that explores the transformations that the current generation of artists have witnessed in the UAE and the region. The exhibition seeks to describe and question the threshold found between a starting point and its end, highlighting the state as equally important to the beginning – in this case the history of the UAE –and its end goal: the future. Pictured: An image by Saif Mhaisen

Daily until June 18, 10am to 8pm Tuesdays to Sundays (closed Mondays), Warehouse421, Mina Zayed, Abu Dhabi, www.warehouse421.ae

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Dubai

Concert

See the well-known Saudi singer Mohammed Abdo at Dubai Opera. The prominent Khaleeji performer has been described as The Artist of Arabs. His songs include Bent Alnoor, Al Amakin and Lana Allah.

Tonight, 11pm, from Dh750, Dubai Opera, Downtown Dubai, Dubai, www.dubaiopera.com

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Dubai

Kids’ camp

Register your children, ages 2 to 5, for the final week of Springnasium, the British Orchard Nursery Spring Camp, where they can enjoy a variety of nature-based activities, including a rabbit-hole obstacle course, spring-themed yoga, paper-plate gardens, handprint flower frames and more.

Daily until Thursday, 9am to 2pm, prices vary per venue, British Orchard Nursery venues, Abu Dhabi, Dubai and Sharjah, 800 773 724665, www.britishorchardnursery.com

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Dubai

Performance

Get tickets to see a performance of the musical Grease. Curve Theatre presents the story of Sandy and Danny, who meet again after a whirlwind summer romance when Sandy is transferred to Rydell High. Hit songs include You’re the One That I Want, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Summer Nights and Greased Lighting.

Friday to April 13, 8pm daily plus 2.30pm on Saturday, April 9 and 13, from Dh150, Dubai World Trade Centre, Dubai, www.platinumlist.net

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Dubai

Kids’ camp

Register your kids, ages 3 to 13, to take part in the Gulf Star Sports spring multi-activity camps, where they can enjoy hours of fun and excitement as they learn new skills including sports, team games, arts and crafts, martial arts, performing arts and more.

Daily until Thursday, 9am to 2.30pm, Dh800, Foremarke School, Jebel Ali Primary School, Dubai, 050 429 4860, [email protected]

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