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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. My business grows by word of mouth so please enjoy the events and please share this blog. And be sure to tell the organizations you visit that you heard about them from me. And if you’re in Facebooklandia, please sidle over there and like our GISH PICKS Facebook page and share it with your friends and family and elsewhere on social media, too. Don’t want to miss any posts? Click on the drop-down LIKE button and then check “See First” under “In Your Newsfeed.” Thanks!

Whew! It’s summer, it’s hot, and it’s time to catch up on sleep! “Really?! Are you kidding?!” says you. I am not! I found this fun sleep challenge and thought I’d share it with you – click here for what wise mama blogger Andrea Updyke says. We demand that our kids get enough sleep – and yet, we don’t do that ourselves, right?! Read her article and I think you’ll be moved like I was to follow your own rules and nod off earlier. And if that’s not enough to convince you, check out The Sleep Revolution – it’ll open your mind to the transformative power of sleep.

I’m excited to announce that I created brand-new-and-beautiful t-shirts for my IGNITE YOUR LIFE! art project and community campaign. Check them out here. You can purchase them from me directly for $20/each this Friday night, June 24, at Discovery Green. See below for more details on that cool event and stay tuned for info on other ways to purchase them. If you’re looking to make your own t-shirts, I HIGHLY recommend T-Shirt Works. I was able to observe their entire process, start to finish, and they held my hand every step of the way. I promise you their attention to detail is phenomenal. They were professional and quick and I am really pleased with my super creative and fun shirts!

If you still need summer camp help, many camps still have openings. Click here to access THE SUMMER BOOK® ONLINE: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES FOR KIDS AND TEENS, a guide I’ve been producing since 2003. Or you can remember my new web page: – pass it on and tell your friends. I’ll also be highlighting CAMP PICKS on my Facebook page so be sure to check in there for ideas. My guide is 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.

I’m known in our neighborhood as the lady that makes personalized pancakes – the kids get pictures of soccer balls, their initials, fish (for the swim team kids) – you name it, I’ve tried it! I ran across this video for pancake apes and it blows away my sweet pictures bigtime. Enjoy!

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Have a great week, love one another, please share this, and GO.FIND.FUN.

Picks for the Weekend of June 24-26, 2016

#Honorablemen?: A 21st Century Julius Caesar


Main Street Theater has a host of summer camps this summer but one stands out from the pack: their annual Summer Shakespeare” camp for kids 12-18 years old. This year’s show #Honorablemen?: A 21st Century Julius Caesar” will be onstage at the MST Rice Village location this weekend – Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25 at 7:30pm and Sunday, June 26 at 3pm. It’s based on “Julius Caesar” by William Shakespeare and was adapted by MST Director of Education Jonathan Gonzalez with plenty of input from his helpful campers. The goal of “Summer Shakespeare” is for students explore the great bard and his play’s themes and language and all the kids contribute original ideas to their final performance.

Here’s the modernized plot: Julius Caesar has thrice refused the crown, yet internet chatter seems to indicate there are plans for Caesar to become the dictator of Rome. Conspiracy is in the air. The noble senator Brutus stands in the middle of a hurricane of conspirators, assassins, politicos, bloggers, and 24-hour news cyclists. It’s his job to make honorable and right decisions but it’s hard to do that in this age of endless spin and scrutiny! It’s perfect for our technology-connected kids.

Main Street Theater’s Rice Village is located at 2540 Times Boulevard. It has recently been updated and is gorgeous so it’s an added treat to see a show there. All tickets are $10 and may be purchased here.



AFA hosts annual music summer camps every year which culminate in free public performances, all of which are listed here. This weekend there are several concerts on Friday, June 24 and Saturday, June 25. There will be Middle School Chamber Music at 6:30pm today at Pershing Middle School; a Piano: Jr. Division Recital at 10am on Saturday at Pershing Middle School; a String Orchestras Concert at 11am on Saturday at Pershing Middle School; a Choral Celebration at 3pm on Saturday at Episcopal High School; and an All Choirs Community Concert at 7pm on Saturday at Miller Outdoor Theatre.

All the concerts are free and open to the public. For more detailed information, including addresses, click here.

Lonnie Holley


This weekend, Discovery Green is kicking it up with two fun events – one for adults tonight and one for families on Saturday. I’ll be at the one on Friday so stop by and say hey! The Menil Collection presents “Self-Taught Artists and Music” tonight, June 24 starting at 7:30pm. The evening of visionary art and music kicks off with funky music by Lonnie Holley who will be performing with Steve Nistor, Dave Eggar, Kelly Pratt, and Marshall Ruffin. The evening will wrap up with the stirring documentary, “Mr. Dial Has Something To Say,” about iconic American artist Thornton Dial.

TheFUNomenal Family Festival starts up tomorrow on Saturday, June 25 at 1pm and features music by kids, including DJ Astra (age 18) and the Soul-phisticated DJs (DJ Ill-Set and Heaven-Lee (age 15) and Official Fuego (age 14)) plus fun with Mad Science, a ballet folklorico performance by Grupo Zapata, a violin solo by Mia Abshire, “Baby Olympics,” a book reading by Ella Lee (a 9-year-old author from San Antonio who turned the page on bullying), and much more!

Discovery Green is located at 1500 McKinney Street in downtown Houston.

Speaker Dr. Betty Adam on the day Houston was officially proclaimed a Compassionate City.


Orlando was a shock to all of us so I was thrilled to host a conversation on compassion and how to deal with our feelings about that event. Today, June 24, from noon-1pm, Dr. Betty Adam spoke to us about “Compassion as a Way of Life” in this month’s installment of my speaker series, WORDS OF WISDOM: lively talks on inspiring topics. The Rev. Betty Adam is a founding member of Compassionate Houston, an organization that was created after the international movement Charter for Compassion. Since 2011, Compassionate Houston has been providing a variety of workshops and learning experiences, culminating each year with a week-long celebration (Compassion Week Houston) created to showcase Houston’s compassionate culture and to build compassion throughout our community. Betty talked about that organization as well as her work with the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education at Stanford and all the amazing compassion work being done throughout Houston.

The WOW talks take place once a month at the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer, located at 500 Fannin Street. For more information and to register, please click here. Become a member of the Hines Center for only $50/month and get unlimited sessions each month at no charge. All the scoop on that and other membership levels is here.

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Sarah Gish
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