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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!


THOUGHTS ABOUT MY MOM...AND MORE

If you’re wondering why GISH PICKS was on hiatus these last few weeks, it’s because my mom, Claudia, passed away unexpectedly on Tuesday, February 19; you can read her obituary here. She was 83 so it wasn't a complete surprise but one is never really ready for news like that. I certainly wasn't! Once that happened, I was caught up in the storm of details and barely had a moment to breathe, much less to write. But something amazing happened along the way: I began remembering more about my mom, and I also learned a lot about her. I took time off and I wrote her obituary and planned a beautiful funeral. And as I was researching and remembering mom’s life, I discovered a woman who was super cool and quite inspiring. I didn't always see that so it was nice to close out her time here with that realization. Mom said "Wonderful!" a lot. It was her response to almost everything. Short and sweet and beautiful. I plan on responding that way much more often.

If you'd like to honor my mom, please make a donation to the Jung Center of Houston, here. She officed there many years as a psychologist and she was also a big fan of Jung’s writings. Please note that your donation is in her memory (Claudia Imwalle Gish). I'd be very grateful! Speaking of the Jung Center, they are hosting an interesting conference this Friday, March 8: Religion, Mental Health, and the Search for Meaning: Experiences at the Threshold of Life.” I’ll be planning an event with the Center in the future to honor my mom; stay tuned here for details.

My Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk at the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer is this Saturday, March 9, 10am-noon, and the theme will be a “Mourner’s Walk.” Please join us if you have lost anyone you’d like to honor. I’m asking everyone to bring a photo of their loved one (bring more than one if you wish) – we’ll walk from 10-11am and create art from 11am-noon. My walks are now 10am-noon starting this month (one hour later, yippee!), so please sleep in a bit and join me any month that you can. There will be no walk in April due to the Houston Art Car Parade – I’ll tell you more about that later!

March is Women’s History Month and this Friday, March 8 is International Women’s Day – I love to celebrate those two events every year. This year, I plan on supporting the film Captain Marvel since it’s the first female-led stand-alone film in the “Marvel Cinematic Universe.” Please also support it if you wish – opening weekend grosses are the most important for a film’s success. Also, the Rothko Chapel is hosting a terrific presentation and discussion in honor of women on Friday at the Houston Area Women’s Center called The Gender Parity Divide and Its Impact on Women in Houston. The chapel building is temporarily closed for renovation but they are programming around town.

This week’s VIDEO PICK celebrates a special group of women: it’s a short film about the Houston Chapter of the Sisterhood of Salaam Shalom® and two women of different faiths – Sara Speer Selber and Munira Bangee – who came together in the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. We need more groups like this in this divisive time! The goal of the SOSS is to build trust, respect, and relationships between North American Muslim and Jewish women and teenage girls to limit acts of anti-Muslim and anti-Jewish sentiment; to stand up to hate against one another; and to engage in social action work. They are an incredible organization and I am so proud of my many friends who are involved with them.


Picks for Kids the Weekend of March 8-10, 2019
Picks for Adults the Weekend of March 8-10, 2019


Mandell Park

MANDELL PARK

Mandell Park hosts a wide variety of special events in the garden on Saturday mornings in the spring, early summer and fall when Houston temperatures are ideal for outdoor activities. Enjoyable and entertaining, the programs are geared toward educating young people about natural habitats and the rewards of planting a garden and watching it thrive. Every Saturday morning, including this Saturday, March 9, from 10am-noon, there is a fun “Toy Swap” for kids. They also host special annual events for families, listed here (the calendar is updated closer to the date of the event).



Cultural Service of the French Embassy/Houston

CULTURAL SERVICE OF THE FRENCH EMBASSY/HOUSTON

Each March, French language and culture is celebrated around the world in an event called “Francophonie”, while locally, the Cultural Service of the French Embassy organizes the “French Cultures Festival,” taking place in Texas, Oklahoma, and Arkansas. The 2019 festival will kick off this Friday, March 8 from 6-10pm at Discovery Green and will feature a fab kick-off concert, showcasing a bouncing mix of jazz, soul, R&B, and funk. It’s a free event and all the details are here.




Russian Cultural Center

RUSSIAN CULTURAL CENTER
“OUR TEXAS”

Celebrate the spring this Saturday, March 8 from 3-7pm at the “Maslenitsa” - a centuries-old traditional Russian celebration hosted by the Russian Cultural Center at 1916 Baldwin Street. Everyone is welcome and families can enjoy live music by the Gypsies, dancing by Uzory, and special folk songs by Sudarushki. There will be plenty of Russian food and drink available as well as souvenirs for sale and games for kids. Tickets are $10 for everyone.



Archaeology Now and Christ Church Cathedral

ARCHAEOLOGY NOW and CHRIST CHURCH CATHEDRAL

This Saturday, March 9 from 10am-4pm, Archaeology Now and Christ Church Cathedral are presenting a special “Crossroads of Faith” bus tour in which attendees can explore Houston’s diverse sacred sites and learn about the richness of our immigrant history. On the schedule are visits to spaces for Greek Orthodox Christians, Hare Krishna Hindus, Daoists, and Buddhists. Tickets can be purchased here (note: space is limited!).



Disney Movies

DISNEY MOVIES

This is a big month for women and girls – and I hope you’ll find a way to celebrate with your daughters. I recommend the movie “Captain Marvel” opening this Friday, March 8, which (as I wrote above) is “International Women’s Day”! Set in the 1990s, the film follows the journey of Carol Danvers as she becomes one of the universe’s most powerful heroes during a galactic war between two alien races on Earth.



DiverseWorks

DIVERSEWORKS

We live in a city built on oil and gas so it’s no surprise that there’s art focused on that topic. The project "Collective Presence" is a series of events and an art exhibition on view at DiverseWorks through April 14. The exhibition is a hub for creative and cultural activity to address topics related to social, political, and environmental issues of the Gulf of Mexico and the Caribbean. Part exhibition, part curatorial concept, and part experiment, this project proposes the exhibition space as a format for a collective call and response to the current trends of futurist and decolonization practices.





Spring Break at Bayou Bend

SPEND SPRING BREAK AT BAYOU BEND

Next Monday through Friday (March 11-15), families can enjoy a wide range of child-friendly activities, from scavenger hunts to art-making, during Spring Break at Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens. Pick up your passport when you arrive! It’s filled with activities that illuminate the blooming flowers and budding trees in the gardens, as well as the art and artifacts in the historic mansion. Click here for the daily schedule of events. Bayou Bend Collection and Gardens is located at 6003 Memorial Drive.




Spring Break Camps at the Arboretum

SPRING BREAK CAMPS AT THE ARBORETUM

Next Monday through Friday (March 11-15), enroll your kiddos in the “Sensing Nature” Spring Break camps for kids 4-12 years old at the Houston Arboretum & Nature Center. Naturalists use a variety of tools to explore the natural world, but most rely on the tools we are all born with: our senses! Kids will explore their own senses and then find out which animals taste through their feet, have natural radars, can locate prey by sensing heat, and have eyes that contain 30,000 lenses. It’ll be a fun week of sensory exploration. Click here for more info and to register.




GUIDANCE SESSIONS (Mondays) and LABYRINTH WALKS (Second Saturdays)

I offer intuitive guidance sessions every Monday at Body Mind & Soul ‪from 10:30am-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. NEW: I am now doing guidance 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.

Join me this Saturday, March 9, from 9-11am for my monthly Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk at the beautiful Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer in downtown Houston. We’ll tour the center, walk the labyrinth, and make art. I am a trained labyrinth facilitator and love sharing what I know with others! Register for the walk here or at the door. You’ll leave with your art, a list of Houston area labyrinths, and a handout on walking labyrinths.



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Sarah Gish
GISH CREATIVE
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Guidance Sessions (weekly on Mondays and by phone)Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk (Saturday, March 9)Spring Break Camps at the HANC (Monday-Friday, March 11-15) UH Women's Studies "Table Talk 2019" (Tuesday, March 5) Video: Celebrate the cowboy life with black pioneers at George Ranch! Spring Break Family Fun at Bayou Bend (Monday-Friday, March 11-15) "Collective Presence" at DiverseWorks Exploring Diverse Faith Traditions French Cultures Festival Kick-Off Celebrate Girls with "Captain Marvel" Mandell Park Saturday Toy Swap Russian Cultural Center "Spring Fling"