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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 special gems and unique Houston fun. I love this city 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 so I sort through the cornucopia of events offered each weekend and PICK only three for FAMILIES and three for ADULTS to recommend to you. That way you’ll be all set when Friday hits! If you’re new here, please read below for more about this blog and then check out my PICKS for this weekend, further below.

Have a great weekend and please love one another, please share this, please GO.FIND.FUN. wherever you can, and please – go IGNITE YOUR LIFE!



THOUGHTS FOR THIS WEEK

It’s March and time for two of my favorite celebrations: Women’s History Month and International Women’s Day, which is this Sunday, March 8. Interestingly, Congress passed a law in 1987 designating March as “Women’s History Month” and after additional resolutions in the ensuing years, each president has issued an annual proclamation designating the month. This year is a big one because it’s the one hundredth anniversary of women’s right to vote (thank you, Susan B. Anthony and Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Lucy Stone!) - it seems incredible that our country is 244 years old and women have been only allowed to vote for less than half of that! If you’d like to get involved in championing women’s rights and to learn more about local programs on women and women’s studies, I recommend checking out the Rice University Center for the Study of Women, Gender, and Sexuality and the University of Houston Women’s, Gender & Sexuality Studies, which is hosting their annual Table Talk” fundraising luncheon tomorrow (Thursday, March 5). I’ve rounded up some interesting events honoring women below. I hope you’ll take some time out on Sunday -- and every day! -- to celebrate women in all ways.

This week’s VIDEO PICK is former Houston Comets player Sheryl Swoope’s enshrinement speech when she was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame. It’s very inspiring and she’s a great role model! Sheryl lives in Houston and will be a special guest at an event this Sunday - read below for all the deets.

Spring Break starts in some greater Houston area districts next week...and the Houston Independent School District will be breakin’ it from March 16-20. If you’re looking for camps for your kids for ANY of the school holidays, look out for my CAMP PICKS e-blasts throughout the year that I put together to help parents get a break and kids have fun. My first one for 2020 is this spring break round-up. Enjoy!

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MORE ABOUT THIS BLOG

We are the most diverse city in the country, not only because of the over 150 languages spoken here every day, but also because of the diversity of events offered and places to hang our (cowboy) hats. Because of that, I decided back in 2004 to start sharing my adventures in Houston and my knowledge of it with others via GISH PICKS. And, since 2016, I have been bringing it to life with my PICKS-ON-WHEELS Facebook Live segments in which I travel around our city in my Phoenix Rising Art Car. Stay tuned here for more details! My adventures will sometimes be posted as my weekly VIDEO PICK in this blog.

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Picks for Kids the Weekend of March 6 - 8, 2020
Picks for Adults the Weekend of March 6 - 8, 2020


Houston Center for Contemporary Craft

HOUSTON CENTER FOR CONTEMPORARY CRAFT

This Saturday, March 7 from 11am-3pm, enjoy the annual “Craft Community Day” at the Houston Center for Contemporary Craft. This free spring event features local artist guilds and community groups as well as craft demonstrations, tours of artists’ studios, and much more! Food and refreshments will be available for purchase and you’ll get to see the exhibitions on view. Double your fun and pop over to Lawndale for their spring “Family Day” from noon-2pm.


The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston

THE MUSEUM OF FINE ARTS, HOUSTON

Growing Up Female” will be screened this Saturday, March 7 at 7pm at The Museum of Fine Arts, Houston and is a perfect way to kick off Women’s History Month. It’s the first feature-length film of the modern women’s movement and was widely used by consciousness-raising groups to generate interest and help explain feminism to a skeptical society. Following the screening, filmmaker Julia Reichert will join the audience for a live Q&A via Skype. Tickets are $9/each and $7/each for museum members.


Jesse H. Jones Park and Nature Center

JESSE H. JONES PARK AND NATURE CENTER

This Saturday, March 7 from 9am-3:30pm, Jones Park is hosting their annual NatureFest, a celebration of all things outdoors. Nature lovers of all ages are invited to discover local environmental organizations, outdoor activities, native plants, and wildlife. This free family event includes pontoon boat tours, guided walks, live animals, and a catch-and-release fishing tank. The park is a 312-acre Harris County Precinct 4 nature preserve with 16 miles of paved trails.


Texas Medical Center Orchestra

TEXAS MEDICAL CENTER ORCHESTRA

This Sunday, March 8 at 5pm, the Texas Medical Orchestra is presenting an International Women’s Day celebration featuring “D'un matin de printemps”; “blue cathedral”; “Concerto in One Movement”; and “Gaelic Symphony (Symphony in E-Minor, Op. 32).” The Orchestra was founded in 2000, and is one of the few community orchestras in the United States to be based in the medical community. Tickets for the concert are $25 and can be purchased here.


Historic Market Square Park

HISTORIC MARKET SQUARE PARK

This Saturday, March 7 at 1pm, bring your blanket and family & friends and enjoy an eclectic concert on the lawn. “Divercity Project” is a new bi-monthly music series that showcases Houston's diverse cultural landscape through original compositions - outdoors, for free! Their inaugural performance spotlights jazz with an emphasis on African roots. This event is held in partnership with Houston Brass Quintet and Houston Arts Alliance.


ADL Southwest

ADL SOUTHWEST

Join ADL’s Women’s Initiative for the Houston Rockets game this Sunday, March 8 starting at 3:30pm and enjoy networking and a panel discussion about the power of women on International Women’s Day; all the details are here. The discussion will center around recognizing women’s achievements, raising awareness against bias, and taking action for equality -- and the speakers will be the wife of the team coach Laurel D’Antoni, Houston Chronicle society writer Amber Elliott, Judge Lina Hidalgo, radio DJ Sky Houston, and former Houston Comets player Sheryl Swoopes. Tickets for the game can be purchased here; use promo code IWD2020 for the event.


UNDERSTAND YOUR PURPOSE WITH A LIFE PATH SESSION

I offer intuitive "Life Path Sessions" most Mondays at Body Mind & Soul ‪from 11am-5pm and I would love to help Y-O-U. If you are wondering what to do with your life, whether it’s in the personal realm or the professional arena (or both), I will serve as your Life Path Guide. One session is all you need to get ignited! I use my intuitive skills and my many years of reading 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. I also help people who are struggling with ANY kind of issue they may encounter along life’s path: grief, relationship problems, work troubles, etc. My goal is to help people listen to their heart and to connect with sources of inspiration or guidance or support. Sessions are $100/hour and $50/thirty minutes and take place at the store - 7951 Katy Freeway. Call them at713.993.0550 to book an appointment. I also do Life Path Sessions by telephone - we can connect from anywhere, anytime! Call me at 713.492.1173 for more information about that service. Please note that the fee for sessions by phone is the same.

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. I also do Life Path Sessions by telephone - we can connect from anywhere, anytime! Call me at 713.492.1173 for more information about that service. Please note that the fee for sessions by phone is the same.


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Sarah Gish
Sarah Gish
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Sarah Gish
GISH CREATIVE
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Houston, Texas 77057
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Life Path Sessions with Sarah at Body Mind & Soul (Mondays)Video: Sheryl Swoops inspires us with her Basketball Hall of Fame speechWomen's Day at the Rockets GameTexas Medical Center Orchestra Concert"Growing Up Female" at the MFAH "Divercity Project" Outdoor Music Series Annual "NatureFest" at Jones Park Craft Community Day with HCCC