THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEK
It’s time for Houston’s largest single day sporting event in the city - the Chevron Houston Marathon - which takes place this Sunday, January 19. The race will include professional runners as well as hobbyists and will start at 7am at Congress and San Jacinto Streets (with a wheelchair division starting at 6:50am!). This week’s VIDEO PICK is about the marathon, and you can see all the events surrounding it here. Have fun and plan your travels around the city accordingly.
MLK Day is next Monday, January 20, and there are plenty of ways to celebrate his life and his legacy. Houston loves the man so much that there are two parades, both from 10am-noon next Monday! The Black Heritage Society is presenting the “Original” MLK, Jr. Parade Celebration starting at Lamar and Smith Streets (next to City Hall) and the MLK Grand Parade is in midtown, starting at San Jacinto and Elgin Streets. The Scott Joplin Chamber Orchestra presents its annual “Musical Tribute To Martin Luther King, Jr.”this Sunday, January 19 at 5pm and “Legacy: A Celebration of the Life of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.” is a musical performance also on Sunday, but at 4pm, at First Methodist Houston. Both events are free. And for kids, the Children’s Museum of Houston is presenting many MLK-related activities on Monday (see details here) and their satellite location, the Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center, is hosting MLK events all week long through January 23 (see details here).
Body Mind & Soul is hosting a special event this Sunday, January 20 from 3-4:30pm that ignites women’s strength: “Reclaiming Lilith, Reclaiming Ourselves: Finding Your Feminine Power with Monette Chilson.” Monette is a dear friend of mine who has studied and written about the Divine Feminine and its connection to yoga for years (see her book Sophia Rising: Awakening Your Sacred Wisdom Through Yoga). She’s now a Lilith storyteller and was a co-editor of the new anthology Original Resistance: Reclaiming Lilith, Reclaiming Ourselves, which will be a springboard for the Sunday workshop. The $30 registration fee includes a copy of the book.
Speaking of female power, the Women’s March 2020 is happening this Saturday, January 18 in Washington, D.C. and around the country (see the chapters here) - and Houston Women March On is presenting its own march next Saturday, January 25 from 9am-noon at the Buffalo Bayou Water Works; all the details are here. I hope to see you at either event - GO WOMEN!