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Life is good and I love Houston! I spoke to parents at the Joy School and the Baker and Botts law firm yesterday and it was so fun to see their eyes light up when I taught them new things about summer camps for kids or cool summer survival ideas…or my favorite, some factoids about Houston they didn’t know. I was so inspired that I decided to start a revolution. Yep, a cultural revolution! I am now tweeting about cool things in Houston each day using #houstongems as the hashtag (if you’re a tweeter peep, you’ll know what that means). So follow me to get your eyes opened too: You can re-tweet or send out your own Houston gems and you’ll see how fun it is to be a tourist in your own town. By the way, if you want me to excite the parents at your company about summer fun, contact me and let’s make that happen. I’ve spoken to church groups, businesses, parenting organizations, schools, and many more varieties of organizations, so I’d be happy to speak to your group. They’ll have so much fun they’ll forget they’re at work!

I’ll be on KPFT 90.1 FM tomorrow morning from 9:30-10am with my occasional show, “Only Connect: Exploring People and Places that Make Houston Great.” Tune in as I speak to reps from the French Alliance and Mountainfilm on Tour in Houston about upcoming films and other cultural events they are hosting. It’s Dark and We’re Wearing Sunglasses” is the theme of the opening fundraiser at Miller Outdoor Theatre tomorrow night, which kicks off their first show, “The (all new) Original Tribute to the Blues Brothers,” playing Thursday and Friday at 8:15pm. And it’s World Water Day tomorrow so if nothing else, drink at least 32 ounces of water!

So what’s YOUR pick this weekend? Get out there and do it and GO.FIND.FUN!

Events for the Weekend of March 23, 2012

Family Day: The Splendor of Spring


The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston celebrates the season at both Rienzi and Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens with free events for families -- “Family Day: The Splendor of Spring” this Sunday, March 25 from 1-5pm. Bayou Bend and Rienzi are two of the most famous garden settings in Texas so they’re a perfect place to glide into spring with your kids. An amazing day of fun and entertainment awaits visitors to both sites that includes activities, demonstrations, and performances throughout the homes and gardens. Kids will get to learn about native plants and trees -- as well as a few non-native species that thrive in Houston's soil -- through crafts, activities, demonstrations, and performances. Volunteers are hosting house tours so you can also visit the beautiful homes to see how artisans worked to bring the outdoors indoors. There will be light refreshments and plenty of giveaways courtesy the MFAH and media sponsor Houston Public Media as well as a complimentary shuttle between the two house museums.

Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens is at 6003 Memorial Drive and Rienzi is at 1406 Kirby Drive.

Playing for Parkinson's


I’m a sucker for anything with harmonicas so was excited to see this groovy musical fundraiser, Playing for Parkinson's, this Sunday, March 24, 2pm at the Big Easy at 5731 Kirby Drive. This second annual event features great Texas blues and rock ‘n roll with peeps like Sonny Boy Terry and Tony Vega; the Humbuckers will kick it off. There will also be out-of-this-world homemade Texas BBQ and be sure to bring your wallet because they’re also hosting a silent auction featuring 2 guitars signed by Michael J. Fox that are similar to the ones in “Back to the Future”!

The event is hosted by the band Mojofromopolis, a local Houston Blues group spawned from local blues jams throughout the Houston area. They are currently working on their first CD at The Red Shack Studio with Rock Romano. Tickets for Playing for Parkinson’s start at a $5 suggested donation (they prefer higher of course!) and proceeds will be given to the Houston Area Parkinson's Society and the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. Donations can be made at the door or sent to: Doug Benzuly, 2722 Center Street, Houston, Texas, 77007. For more information, call 281.831.3973.

2012 Annual ARTS for ALL! Family Festival: Driving the Arts


It’s time for the 2012 Annual ARTS for ALL! Family Festival: Driving the Arts, which takes place this Saturday, March 24 from 10am-5pm at LaCenterra at Cinco Ranch. This family-friendly event is presented by the Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center (KVPAC) and will be tonza fun for everyone. There will be musical and theatrical performances and artistic demonstrations staged throughout the day as well as kids’ activities, art for sale, and plenty of food and drink. Admission to the event is free and LaCenterra is located at 23501 Cinco Ranch Boulevard.

Katy Visual and Performing Arts Center is a nonprofit arts organization dedicated to the education and accessibility of Theater, Visual Arts and Music programs to children, teens and adults since 2001. They proudly educate, nurture, inspire, challenge, surprise and empower artists and audiences in the Katy and surrounding communities.

Save Texas Schools


Last week, I urged you to be active and get involved to make changes in our world. Here’s another way to do that: join the “Save Texas Schools" rally this Saturday, March 24, 11am-2pm at the Texas State Capitol (Austin) South Steps. From the Save Texas Schools website: “Last March, over 13,000 concerned Texans gathered to protest budget cuts to education. Despite our best efforts, the legislature chose to cut an unprecedented $5.4 billion from public education over two years. Over 12,000 teachers are gone in just the first year, leaving overcrowded classes, shut-down schools, and vital programs cut. To add insult to injury, the legislature refused to delay implementing the new STAAR/EOC exams (update: public pressure resulted in the 15% rule being delayed by one year!). With one-third of the Texas Education Agency laid off, districts have been left unprepared for the new tests. We need thousands to come back to Austin on March 24 to say, once again, NO! to budget cuts, NO! to over-testing and YES! to our children’s future. Without our efforts, we WILL see another round of deep cuts to education in 2013. Join us to demand that our lawmakers (and candidates in the upcoming elections) put education first. The future of Texas depends on it!

You can also sign their petition here. Save Texas Schools is a nonpartisan statewide volunteer coalition of parents, students, educators, business leaders, concerned citizens, community groups and faith organizations. Their goal is to educate our state’s elected officials about the importance of maintaining funding for Texas public education – from pre-K through college – to the maximum degree possible, within the context of the current state budget crisis and beyond.

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Sarah Gish
Gish Creative
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Houston, Texas 77057
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