WHAT'S YOUR PICK THIS WEEKEND?
For many of our kids, school is back in session (finally!). I always have a love/hate relationship with this time of year: on the one hand, I’m so happy my ankle biters are back in school and out of my hair but on the other hand, I miss the slow pace of summer. The lesson for me is to ENJOY THE MOMENT I am in, whatever the season. And to be sure and have plenty of gas in the car to get to all those after school activities. Speaking of after school activities, I found some cool ones for teens – you know, those aliens-who-have-invaded-our-homes! I recently stumbled across two very cool arts orgs that cater to teens here in town. The Contemporary Arts Museum has hosted teens through their Teen Council for years. This is the group that produces film festivals, helps out at the Museum, and participates in a bi-annual exhibition in the CAM’s “Perspectives Gallery.” The Council is for motivated young people ages 15-19 who will be employed by the Museum and are committed to bringing the art of their time to their peers. And the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston has started a new program called H.A.N.G. for teens aged 13–18 (currently enrolled in middle or high school) that have an enthusiasm for arts, digital media, and working with their peers. H.A.N.G. meets on a regular basis at the museum and all members receive a complimentary MFAH Teen Membership. The first program will be this Saturday, September 1 from 2-3pm with Houston artist Seth Mittag. The teens will get to brainstorm ideas for TEDxYouthDay, explore the galleries, and meet other teens interested in the arts. They’ll meet in the Beck Building Lobby at 2pm; please click here to RVSP. And how about this idea for dinner out with teens – once seated at the restaurant, everyone (mom and dad, too) must put their cell phone in the middle of the table. The first to pick theirs up gets to pay for the meal…and everyone gets to enjoy talking, not texting.
I have a lot of events coming up – my “Transitions and Transformations” workshop next month (great for anyone going through life changes) and “What’s Your Purpose?” in October (begin to find your purpose in this class!). I’m still raising funds for an art project that was inspired by the Twelve Steps of Alcoholics Anonymous, so if you’d like to help out, please click here. And if you’re on Facebook, join my online party – “Enjoy Life (every day).” Click here for more info and to join us. Please note, you must be on Facebook to take part.
There is a serious West Nile Virus alert so beware and wear bug spray. A friend of a friend of mine was hit with it, so it CAN happen to you or yours.
Have a great week and GO.FIND.FUN.