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Welcome to GISH PICKS: CURATED CULTURE FOR KIDS AND ADULTS! I’m Sarah Gish, an info-preneur and culture sleuth who finds the unusual and cool in Houston each and every week. Join me as I shine a light on Houston gems and unique Houston fun. I love Houston and want to show you the people and the places and the events that make it great (see more about my wishes for that here). And I want to make it easy for you so I sort through the cornucopia of events offered in our wonderful city each weekend and I PICK only three each for families and adults to recommend to you. That way you’ll be all set when Friday hits!

Speaking of Friday, please join me for my weekly PICKS-ON-WHEELS in my Phoenix Rising Art Car. Each Friday at noon, I’ll be at a different cool place – meeting people, introducing what they do and their mission, and wandering around. It’s my way of bringing GISH PICKS to life! Tune in on Fridays here. It is TOTALLY fun and I’d love for you to see them and join in by liking and commenting! AND – lucky you, I’ll be posting them here as my weekly VIDEO PICK when I can.

We are the most diverse city in the country, not only because of the over 100 languages spoken here every day, but also because of the diversity of events offered and places to hang our (cowboy) hats. Please be sure to tell your friends about GISH PICKS – the more people who know about these unique cultural events, the more unique cultural events the organizations will offer us. Please also tell the orgs that I sent you. My business grows by word of mouth so I thank you for your continued support. Here’s to many more years of GISH PICKS!

A note about the social media for GISH PICKS: please LIKE our Facebook page for family PICKSand our Facebook page for adult PICKS. Be sure to click “See first” in the dropdown menu on the LIKE button so you won’t miss a post! And please follow me on Instagram and Twitter. You’ll get all my CULTURE PICKS and more that way. And there’s one last way to stay in touch with me! I organize many events, such as labyrinth walks and workshops, so if you’d like to be informed of those before everyone else, please subscribe to my Gish Creative list here.


THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEK

Whew! Winter sure came to Houston! I hope you are staying warm and dry and that you have been able to get things done while trapped inside (thankfully, we have technology to connect us). Here’s something to entertain you: my friend Marla Grace came up with a list of questions for moms to ask their kids – which produces HILARIOUS answers (the younger the kids, the better). After I had a blast querying my two boys, I decided this would be fun for everyone, not just parent/child pairings. Update them a bit and then ask your spouse, your friends – anyone! It’s a great way to get to know each other better.

It’s a crazy time in our country – one in which diversity isn’t always accepted and women’s rights (= everyone’s rights) are at risk. So here are a couple of easy ways to combat those issues. For kids, read them books that celebrate differenceshere are 6 that were recommended by PBS. You can have conversations about what’s going on right now and you can also talk about the people you see in your world.

And this Saturday, January 20, starting at 9:30am, is the Houston Women’s March. It’s a look back at the one-year anniversary of the historic marches around the world and is a commitment to creating a country that welcomes all races, ethnicities, genders, faiths, and other unique expressions of our common, shared humanity. Voter registration will be available and there will be a number of guest speakers from various parts of our community as well as an appearance by Kam Franklin of the popular local band, the Suffers. It will be an invigorating event and I hope you will join me!

Have a great weekend and please love one another, please share this, and please – go IGNITE YOUR LIFE!

Picks for Kids the Weekend of January 19-21, 2018
Picks for Adults the Weekend of January 19-21, 2018


Kid Workshops

KID WORKSHOPS

Many places offer workshops for kids on a regular basis: Michael’s and Lakeshore Learning offer kids’ classes every Saturday; Home Depot’s next workshop for families is on February 3 and Urban Harvest has a “Dig It Day” on February 10.


Farmers Markets

FARMERS MARKETS

The Greater Houston area has a plethora of farmers markets, so I rounded up a list of them here for you! There are markets in Sugar Land, the Heights, Third Ward, Memorial, and many other parts. Get healthy for 2018 by shopping fresh and local.


Arbor Day Celebration

HOUSTON ARBORETUM AND NATURE CENTER

Celebrate the trees at the Houston Arboretum and Nature Center’s annual Arbor Day Celebration” this Saturday, January 20 from 10am-2pm. Enjoy free, fun activities for the whole family, including guided tree hikes, woodturning demonstrations, crafts, seed and sapling giveaways, tree sales, and more.


Art Behind Walls

CHILDREN’S PRISON ART PROJECT

Art Behind Walls is an exhibition of art created by incarcerated youth during workshops that explored the significance of their own experiences and voices. The show was curated by the Children’s Prison Art Project, which presented the workshops, and is on view at Talento Bilingue de Houston through February 2.


Gulf Coast Young Ornithologists

GULF COAST BIRD OBSERVATORY

The Gulf Coast Young Ornithologists group meets on the third Saturday of each month (this coming Saturday, January 20) from 9-11am at the GCBO headquarters at 299 Hwy 332 West in Lake Jackson. Children (6-17 years old) will enjoy a fun-filled, free morning of birding and exploring.


Inner Voices

KINETIC

This Sunday, January 21 at 6pm, KINETIC is presenting their winter concert, Inner Voices,” which celebrates the unique and diverse artistic voices of their musicians and guest collaborators and features works for atypical ensemble configurations. The ensemble is a collective of 16 passionate and diverse chamber musicians who thrive on collaboration and performing live around Houston.



WHAT'S YOUR PURPOSE WORKSHOP (February 4) and GUIDANCE SESSIONS (Mondays) and LABYRINTH WALKS (Second Saturdays)

Are you wondering what you should be doing with your life? We can help you! Gandhari Bouligny and I will be presenting What’s Your Purpose? at Body Mind & Soul on Sunday, February 4 from 2-4pm. It’s a great way to re-focus your life in only 2 hours! Plus it’s fun – we dance, you create, and you’ll get your astrological information. You will walk out with a personal mission statement and a much better understanding of who you are.

I offer intuitive guidance sessions every Monday at Body Mind & Soul ‪from 10am-5:30pm and I would love to help Y-O-U. Let’s connect if you are wondering what to do with your life, whether it’s in the personal realm or the professional arena (or both). I use my intuitive skills and my many years of studying people to help you FOCUS – on you, your dreams and desires, and how to manifest them. And if you don’t know what your passions are, I will guide you in discovering them. Finding your personal mission will exponentially increase your ability to succeed in life while also attracting an abundance of joy. Sessions are $100/hour and $50/thirty minutes and take place at the store – 7951 Katy Freeway. Call them at ‪713.993.0550 to book an appointment.

And I’m pleased to announce that my Second Saturday Labyrinth Walks will continue at the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer in downtown Houston at 500 Prairie Street. My next walk will be on Saturday, February 10, 9am-11am. Free parking is available in the Christ Church Cathedral garage at 559 San Jacinto Street; bring your ticket in to get it validated.



Click here to read Sarah's article in Natural Awakenings Click here to read Gish at the Movies on Local Houston

MY MONTHLY COLUMNS IN NATURAL AWAKENINGS MAGAZINE
AND LOCAL HOUSTON MAGAZINE

Be sure to check out my two monthly columns: “Ignite Your Life!” in Natural Awakenings Magazine and “Gish at the Movies” in Local Houston Magazine. For this month’s Natural Awakenings article, I wrote about way 1 of my 12 Ways to Ignite Your Life Daily,” which is “Trust in spirit (trust)” and I recommended that you visit the Rothko Chapel as a way to experience that first-hand. My “Gish at the Movies” article is a round-up of favorite movies picked by downtown Houston leaders, including the Mayor and is a celebration of the recovery after Hurricane Harvey.


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

  • IGNITE YOUR LIFE!, my art project and community campaign whose goal is to inspire people around the world to light a fire to their own passions and to create connections among people;

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

  • Quarterly “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
GISH CREATIVE
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Kid Workshops Around Town Houston Arboretum Arbor Day Birding Fun for Kids Farmers Markets Around Town Children’s Prison Art Show Inner Voices by Kinetic VIDEO PICK: Sign up for the upcoming Guide to Good Divorce seminar on 1/27 What’s Your Purpose? at Body Mind & Soul (February 4) Intuitive Guidance Sessions with Sarah Gish (Mondays) Labyrinth Walks at the Hines Center (Second Saturdays) Sarah Gish Monthly Columns about Movies and Igniting