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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Another flood hit our city and my heart aches yet again. There’s so much to say and yet, I feel words aren’t enough. If you were hit, I am sad. If you weren’t, I hope you’ll help someone who was. In cases like this, please don’t go about your daily life and not help out in some way! I have been in the trenches with people who are struggling – and brought kids to help them – and it’s real and it’s tough. This is a great opportunity for you to teach your kids what “serve” really means. Keep in mind that there are certain protocols when helping in recently flooded homes, due to the mold and the contaminated water, but there are plenty of ways to help -- from buying supplies, to delivering food, to manning donation centers. There’s something for everyone! If you are wondering how to help or if you were affected yourself, please join this group created by a friend of mine, Houston Flood Resource Group. You can also get some good information on this site. And an easy way to find volunteer needs is to check out what Volunteer Houston has in their database. Or if you’d prefer to donate, click here to give money that goes 100% to the city’s flood relief efforts.
If you’re like me and you are angry about the floods and how they have been partially caused by issues with city development, please see this article and join this Facebook group, Residents Against Flooding or check out Residents Against Flooding’s website here. Many people will be taking to City Hall to demand changes with how our city is being built and how the drainage is being handled so if you’re interested in helping out, let them know! Mayor Turner just announced he’s appointing a “Flooding Czar,” (see article here) so at least that’s a step in the right direction.
If you’re looking for summer camps these days, doncha worry, I have you covered! Check out my camp PICKS here and here and then wander on over to THE SUMMER BOOK® ONLINE: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES FOR KIDS AND TEENS, a guide I’ve been producing since 2003. It’s the largest and most accurate online searchable database 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’s VIDEO PICK is in honor of Earth Day. It’s an oldie but a goodie about how we have too much stuff. Change that and you change the world. Enjoy!
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Have a great week, love one another, please share this, and GO.FIND.FUN.