WHAT'S YOUR PICK THIS WEEKEND?
Use your voice and teach your kids to use theirs! That’s my message to you this week. I recently took my Boy Scout son and 2 of his friends to City Hall so they could observe a City Council meeting and they got a lot out of seeing first-hand democracy. They learned that any Houstonian can speak at or observe a City Hall meeting – which are held every week at 1:30pm on Tuesdays (those meetings are followed on Wednesday by private ones in which City Council members generally vote on what was discussed in the Tuesday meeting). The Council Members introduced the kids and spoke about what I do in the community for families (thank you Council Member Melissa Noriega and Mayor Annise Parker for that nod!) and we felt very welcomed. The boys now know they can go back any time to discuss matters pertinent to the City and that if they want to speak, they just need to call the City Secretary Anna Russell by noon on Monday to sign up. A super easy way to get kids involved in our city is to give them the main number for Houston – 311 – and let them know that’s where they need to call for any city issues. I’ve used that number many times and the operators have always been helpful.
Another way to encourage kids to use their voice is to have them be aware of the kind of customer service they are getting and what to do if it’s not up to par. I recently flew United Airlines and received very poor customer service. However, while waiting for my flight that was delayed by seven hours (ahem), I learned about Gripevine, a website for logging grievances that are then taken directly to company leaders. I also used my voice by complaining to the staff but it didn’t do much good. In fact, it was 11:45pm when we finally boarded and they wouldn’t let a family with two young kids pre-board because of “company policy”!!! Here’s what I have to say about customer service: use your own judgment and BE KIND AND HELPFUL. It’s that simple. And if you’re not getting that kind of service, use your voice and let companies know how you feel! We vote with our dollars all day long.
I just finished up my exciting new workshop, “Transitions and Transformations”, which I’ll be presenting again in the fall. In the meantime, I’ll be busy this summer so check out my schedule below and come see me.
I’m working with the Girl Scouts of San Jacinto and presenting a workshop for middle school girls – “The Wizard of Oz is aMAZE-ing!” It’s a movie-themed workshop in which we’ll screen the 1939 classic and then spend the day using lessons from the film and connecting it to their aMAZE! journey. The cost is $20/girl and the dates are Wednesday, July 18 or Saturday, August 4, 9am-4pm. You can register by calling 713.292.0370 or click on the link above.
If you’re looking for your purpose in life, join astrologer Kevin Casey and me on Saturday, July 21, 3-5pm, for our popular workshop “What’s Your Purpose?”. We’ll spend 2 hours teaching you ways to catch your dreams and uncover who you really are, using tools from astrology as well as personal intuition. The cost is $40/person.
Want to win a free copy of THE SUMMER BOOK: A GUIDE TO HOUSTON DAY CAMPS AND CLASSES FOR KIDS AND TEENS? It’s easy: LIKE my GISH PICKS Facebook page TODAY and you’ll score! I’ll send you a book as soon as I get your mailing address which you can Facebook message me or email me. I’ll be doing this throughout the summer, so stay tuned for announcements here and be sure to check your Facebook message box to see if you’re a winner.
I’m still posting (almost) daily about “Houston Gems” – places, people, and things that make Houston great – so follow me on twitter (www.twitter.com/sarahgish) or “like” my HOUSTON GEMS Facebook page to learn about cool Houston. All my past gems are archived on twitter (search for #houstongems) and on the Facebook page, so you can grab them and EXPLORE! Speaking of exploring, I know you’ll be looking for more fun field trip ideas for your family, so check out my ATTRACTIONS page on my website. There’s no excuse not to get out there and see the wide world of Houston!
Have a great week and GO.FIND.FUN.