WHAT'S YOUR PICK THIS WEEKEND?
Greetings and welcome to GISH PICKS: A GUIDE TO CULTURAL ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES, a free weekly e-newsletter/blog I created as a service to the Houston community in 2003 in which I cull from the loads of activities in our city and pick three weekend events (“PICKS”) to recommend to parents, caregivers, and educators all over Houston. I’m a mom and am always looking for cultural – yet FUN! – events for my family and I am so happy to share them with YOU.
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Did you know that Houston was designated a “Compassionate City” in 2015? Read all about that evolution here, which was led by the nonprofit Compassionate Houston. It’s no surprise to me after witnessing the way we opened our doors and hearts following natural disasters such as Hurricanes Katrina and Ike, Tropical Storm Allison and, more recently, after the horrible Memorial Day floods of 2015. We are indeed kind-hearted people in so many ways! Houston is also the largest refugee resettlement city in the country (see more about that here) and the most diverse, with over 90 languages spoken here daily (yes, Los Angeles, we beat you on that score). So the only way this big ole’ melting pot of people with different religious beliefs, cultures, economic backgrounds – to name a few! – can get along together is with COMPASSION. It’s such an important virtue here that Compassionate Houston decided to create a special week to focus on it. “Compassionate Week 2016” will be April 10-16 and there’s a big kick-off on Sunday, April 10, 2-5pm at the beautiful new Water Works on Buffalo Bayou at 105 Sabine Street. There are also events all week long, as listed on the website. I took a 10-week course from Dr. Betty Adam based on the Stanford University curriculum, “Compassion Cultivation Training,” and two things we learned were to be kind to yourself and to help others. What a great lesson for kids! I hope you’ll join me at the Water Works.
We want to encourage kids to get in on the compassion action so the good folks at Dawn Mountain have put together a video contest for teens aged 13-19. The videos should be original, three-minutes or less, and focused on documenting compassion in any form in the Houston area. Winners will be featured during Compassion Week 2016 and beyond. The deadline is this Friday, April 1 at midnight and all the details are here.
And now here are a couple of other events that will influence your kids in positive ways. This Saturday, April 2 is the annual “Trash Bash,” a half-day event in which volunteers head out to clean up rivers, lakes, bays, and bayous in our area. Check out the website for locations and how to volunteer. It’s great service work for you and your kids!
And if you want to inspire your kids to be healthy and fit, sign them up for the LARGEST (yessireebob, the largest!) kids triathlon in the world. The Houston Texans Kids Triathlon takes place on April 23 and April 24 at the NRG Stadium and it always sells out, so register here now. The Houston Texans are offering clinics as well as running the event and Texas Children’s Hospital is the sponsor. If you’re worried that it’ll be too serious – don’t be! It’s a fun event that encourages kids to reach for their personal best.
It’s time to start getting organized for summer, so be sure to check out THE SUMMER BOOK® ONLINE: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES FOR KIDS AND TEENS. It’s the largest and most accurate guide in Houston and you’re gonna love it when looking for camps! And, best of all, you can surf it from anywhere – while at the beach, when the kids are asleep, while in the carpool line…
This week I have two VIDEO PICKs for you: the first features my friend MaryScott Hagle, executive director of Dawn Mountain, inviting your kids to create a fab compassion video. The second is all about the Houston Texans Kids Triathlon. Enjoy!
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Have a great week, love one another, please share this, and GO.FIND.FUN.