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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!

Ah, milestones. This time of year is full of them: kids coming home from summer camps, the first day of school, the last summer ______ (party, swim, trip!), and the reminder that we are all growing older and that time is precious. As you travel this road with your kiddos remember the wise words my mom said: “The days are long but the years are short.” Savor every moment, take photos on the first day of school, pack sweet notes in their lunches, cry a little (or a lot!), and know that you are not alone. I comfort myself with one of my favorite poems this time of year – “The Lanyard.” Take a moment to read it – maybe it’ll help you!

My heart goes out to the people of Louisiana and especially Baton Rouge and the flood damage they are dealing with. Of course we know how that is all too well. If any of you want to help, the best way is by donating money -- to the Baton Rouge Area Foundation, the United Way of Southeast Louisiana or by texting LAFLOODS to 90999 to donate $10.

Aren’t the Rio Olympics a blast?! We are having so much fun watching them – especially the swimming, track and field, volleyball, and gymnastics. I’m super excited about the two Simones, both from the Houston area (Simone Biles is from Spring and Simone Manuel is from Sugar Land). How cool is that? Here’s a nice article about their record-breaking, race barrier-breaking lives. This week’s VIDEO PICK is the NBC promo for the Rio Olympics – it’s the inspiring song “Rise” by Katy Perry and features cameos of many of this year’s champions. Enjoy!

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

Picks for the Weekend of August 19-21, 2016


This summer the Houston Museum of Natural Science has been showing throwback classic films in their Wortham Giant Screen Theatre as part of their “Take Two” series. This Friday, August 19, 7:15pm is the last selection and it’s a screening of “The Princess Bride” – see all the details here. Shown using state-of-the-moment 4K/3D digital technology and on a screen that’s bigger than Texas, this will be the best way to see this movie evah. The story is about a young boy who is home sick in bed while his grandfather reads him a story called “The Princess Bride,” about the most beautiful woman in the world, the hero who loves her, and the evil prince who says he wants to marry her. It’s a lovely tale!

Tickets are only $5/each and can be purchased here. The Houston Museum of Natural Science is located at 5555 Hermann Park Drive.

The Princess Bride

The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee


HITS Theatre presents “The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee” this weekend (Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21 at 2pm and 7pm). In the show, an eclectic group of six mid-pubescents vie for the spelling championship of a lifetime. While candidly disclosing hilarious and touching stories from their home life, the tweens spell their way through a series of (potentially made-up) words hoping to never hear the soul-crushing, pout-inducing, life un-affirming “ding” of the bell that signals a spelling mistake. As they say “Six spellers enter; one speller leaves! At least the losers get a juice box.” This show is performed by the HITS Rising Stars class (7th-9th graders) and is best for kids 10 and up.

HITS Theatre is located at 311 W. 18th Street. For tickets to The 25th Annual Putnam County Spelling Bee, please call 713.861.7408.


How about ending summer on a high note by taking everyone out to a fun family meal? I’ve got some tips for dining out and a list of family-friendly restaurants here, which is a great place to get inspired. For more info on foodie fare, be sure to check out what My Table – Houston’s Dining Magazine is featuring -- their website has an updated list of openings and closings as well as plenty of good ideas for staving off hunger. Their editor, Teresa Byrne-Dodge, recently did a WOW Talk for me on Houston’s restaurant scene and she did a great job summarizing what’s going on with our 11,000 restaurants. And one more way to discover Houston restaurants is a fantastic program super foodie gal Cleverley Stone (host of “The Cleverley Show”) started in 2003 called Houston Restaurant Weeks. It’s the largest annual fundraiser for the largest food bank in the country, the Houston Food Bank. It’s going on through September 5 and the way it works is that participating restaurants donate a portion of the money made by specific meals to the Bank. All the details are online. Happy family dining to you!

What's Your Purpose?


Then join me and wise man Kevin Casey this Saturday, August 20, 3-5pm for “What’s Your Purpose?”. This fun two-hour class will help you discover who you are and what you are meant to do – plus we’ll dance! Kevin and I will talk to you about ways to catch your dreams and uncover who you really are, using tools from astrology as well as personal intuition and Ayurvedic medicine. Each participant will learn about their special astrological characteristics and will be given their life path number (using numerology) from Kevin. I will guide everyone with salient questions designed to open your mind to what you really want to do with your life. Each class member will walk away with a better understanding of themselves and their life vision and concrete ideas on how to become who they are truly meant to be, using their newly-written personal mission statement as a guide.

What’s Your Purpose? takes place at Body Mind and Soul at 7951 Katy Freeway, on the south side of I-10 between Antoine and Chimney Rock. The cost is $50/person.

Historic Houston


Join us for our monthly WORDS OF WISDOM: lively talks on inspiring topics speaker series on Friday, August 26, noon-1pm at the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer. Our city is 180 this year! Houston was founded on August 30, 1836 by the crafty Allen Brothers, who told everyone they would find mountains and balmy breezes here. Learn about Houston's colorful history as told by Emily Ardoin of The Heritage Society.

The "WORDS OF WISDOM: lively talks on inspiring topics" speaker series was created by me last year for three reasons: to connect wise Houston leaders with an audience; to inspire curiosity in Houstonians; and to highlight topics and people here in a new and unique way. Our theme for the talks this year is "Houston's Great!" so the speakers are plucked from many different parts of Houston to talk about what makes Houston GREAT. There is one final WOW talk for 2016 on October 28 with Jonathon Glus of the Houston Arts Alliance -- mark your calendars now and plan to join us. You are welcome and encouraged to bring a brown bag lunch or to purchase yummy food to go from Treebeard’s across the street at 1117 Texas Avenue in Christ Church Cathedral.

Please enroll in advance by clicking here. Parking is easy: head one block over to the garage at 511 San Jacinto Street (between Texas and Prairie Streets). Bring in your parking ticket and they'll validate it for you.

GISH PICKS is a free weekly email in which I highlight family-oriented cultural events, products or services.
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For more about my personal, family, and business enrichment company, Gish Creative, and the services we offer, please click here. You are on this list because I thought this e-newsletter would be helpful to you or because you signed up for it. Please feel free to tell your friends to subscribe by clicking here. My goal is to serve as an information resource for Houston parents through my various endeavors, including:

  • GISH PICKS: A GUIDE TO CULTURAL ACTIVITIES FOR FAMILIES, which is online and emailed out to thousands of parents and caregivers;

  • SPIRIT PICKS: A GUIDE TO INSPIRING ACTIVITIES IN HOUSTON, which is online and emailed out to seekers all over Houston;

  • THE SUMMER BOOK® ONLINE, a searchable database of over 200 Houston day camps and classes for kids and teens;

  • IGNITE YOUR LIFE!, an art project and community campaign whose goal is to inspire people around the world to light a match to their own passion;

  • INTUITIVE GUIDANCE SESSIONS, which are one-on-one consultations with me at Body Mind & Soul on personal and/or work questions. Sessions are one hour or thirty minutes;

  • Bi-monthly “WHAT’S YOUR PURPOSE?” workshops at Body Mind & Soul, check the store’s online calendar for dates and more information; and

  • OTHER SERVICES including SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS, INTERACTIVE WORKSHOPS, MARKETING, PRIVATE CONSULTATIONS, GUIDANCE SESSIONS FOR FINDING YOUR PURPOSE, and ART PROGRAMS. Talks and workshops cover topics such as summertime fun, passion-finding (for adults, children and families), marketing, historic preservation, art classes, activism, and more. All of these services can be tailored for any audience and budget.

Sarah Gish
Sarah Gish
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Sarah Gish
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Houston, Texas 77057
phone: 713.492.1173

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