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. 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!
School is back in session and summer is over. I’m happy and sad – I know you know what I’m talking about! Good luck to all of you as you sign your autograph on a bazillion school papers, meet new teachers, hear lots of stories from your kids, and relive your own childhood (tears and all!). My favorite book to help kids with this transition is Hooray for Diffendoofer Day – it’s a little-known Dr. Seuss book about a super fun teacher, Miss Bonkers, and the wacky life at Diffendoofer School. I think you’ll love it!
We all know August is horribly hot so it amazes me that Houston was founded on August 30, 1836. What were the Allen brothers thinking?! They traversed Buffalo Bayou, discovered our wild-and-wooly lands, and made it the home we know today. They came from New York and told great lies – such as our city had “balmy breezes” and mountains – to get folks to move here. It’s all part of the gutsy city this place is. Houston has been my home since 1963 (with some pit stops in other cities over the years) and I just love it – heat and mosquitos and floods and all. It’s got some of the best arts in the nation and we are the MOST DIVERSE city in the United States (see more about that here).
Next week, on August 30, Houston turns 180 and we are celebrating with two events: the first one is my “Words of Wisdom” speaker series “Happy Birthday, Historic Houston!” talk this Friday, August 26, noon-1pm at the Hines Center. And then on Sunday, August 28, the Heritage Society is hosting a special Houston birthday party from 1-3pm at Sam Houston Park. There will be loads of activities and historic fun for all. Details on both events are below.
Remember Miss Frizzle and “The Magic School Bus”? The intro to the show is my VIDEO PICK this week, in honor of wacky teachers everywhere. And here is a fun fact: the show was on from 1994-1998 for 52 episodes. Enjoy this clip and here’s to many Miss Frizzle’s in your children’s school lives this year!
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Have a great week, love one another, please share this, and IGNITE YOUR WEEKEND!