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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, and please – go IGNITE YOUR LIFE!


Summer is a great time to take stock of your life and connect more to yourself, as the pace is slower and the days are longer. I’m hosting a special workshop for exploring your vision for the next year – Ignite Your Vision (Board)! will take place at Body Mind and Soul on Sunday, June 30, 2-4pm and I’d love for you to join me! You’ll dive deep into your personal purpose through a short writing exercise and then we’ll spend time making vision boards. See all about it below.

I’m very concerned about our planet so wanted to make sure you knew about the screening of a beautiful short film relevant to that topic – The Sacred Place Where Life Begins: Gwich'in Women Speak is being shown this Saturday, June 22 at the Harrisburg Art Museum from 8-10:30pm. Renowned filmmaker/athlete/activist Miho Aida will be in attendance and you’ll learn how she works tirelessly to protect the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge by highlighting the stories of those leading the movement on the ground - the Gwich’in women, people native to northern Alaska and Canada. Another important film is being screened tonight (Wednesday, 6/19) at 6pm at Christ Church Cathedral: Which Way Homeis a documentary about the many unaccompanied child migrants who journey through Mexico and into the United States for a better life. Both films are free and you’ll get a free dinner at the Cathedral screening.

This month is “LGBT Pride Month” and Houston has been celebrating and commemorating all June! Discovery Green is kicking off this weekend’s Pride festivities with Rainbow on the Green,” a free celebration of the LGBT community full of love and dancing. Details on the Pride Parade and more are below.

If you’re still looking for summer day camps in Houston – doncha worry! Check out my HUGE database of over 200 camps at There are camps for every child and every interest, including arts, sports, cooking, international cultures, academics, fitness, science, and much more. Check it out – you’ll LOVE it!



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

Picks for Kids the Weekend of June 21-23, 2019
Picks for Adults the Weekend of June 21-23, 2019

Houston Museum District


Houston has some museums which provide activities for young’uns, including the Craft Museum, which hosts free monthly family craft activities and The Museum of Fine Arts, which hosts family fun on Sundays from 1-4pm as well as a host of summer programs and classes at the Glassell Junior School. Many museums are free on Thursdays or all the time – click here for the list.

Pride Houston


June is “LGBT Pride Month” and this year is especially important since it’s the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall riots. This Saturday is a big day: Pride Houston is presenting the Pride Festival from noon until 7pm, which will be followed by the official Pride Parade at 8pm. It’s a wonderful time to join all of the LGBT community to dance, celebrate, and to love. If you’d like to see more, check out the very moving exhibition “Stonewall 50,” which is on view at the Contemporary Arts Museum Houston through July 28.

The Jung Center


The Jung Center rarely presents programs for families so this is a great time to visit! “Mindful Origami for Families” will take place this Saturday, June 22 from 1-2pm and both kids and adults are welcome. Rie Kojima Angeli, LPC-Intern at the Center for Creative Resources, will help everyone create colorful spinning tops and, while folding, will teach calming mindful breathing techniques. Making origami together will open up creativity and peace! The workshop is $40 for up to two children over 5 years old with one adult.

The African American Library at the Gregory School


The African American Library at the Gregory School is a treasure in Houston: it’s on the site of the former African American school and is now run by the Houston Public Library as a cultural space with exhibitions and events. Their current exhibition, “Trace: Site, Land, & Diaspora” is on view through October 5 and features the artwork of father and daughter Israel Mccloud and Ayanna Jolivet McCloud as they recall local historic Black sites that are no longer in existence or that have been forgotten.

Playhouse on the Prairie


Playhouse On The Prairie presents the show “Oz!” every Saturday at Prohibition Theatre – come at 11am for snacks and crafts and the one-hour show starts at noon (the afternoon continues until 3pm). In this version of the beloved classic, Dorothy returns to Kansas to discover that her favorite chicken can talk! When the Wizard suddenly arrives and conjures up a tornado to take him back to the Emerald City, Kansas gets even more exciting. General admission is $20.

Dance Source Houston


The 5th annual “Barnstorm Dance Fest,” presented by Dance Source Houston, will take place June 19-23 at the MATCH. “Barnstorm” highlights the breadth and diversity of dance in Houston through 3 unique programs by local, regional, and national dancemakers. This year, they’ve selected 20 companies and choreographers to participate, including Open Dance Project, Anjali Center for the Performing Arts, and Tejas Dance. In addition to the performances, there will be Master Classes for local dancers; more about those is here.

Ignite Your Life By Making A Vision Board!


Take some time this summer to ponder your personal purpose and to bring it to life with a short writing exercise and a VISION BOARD in my two-hour workshop, “Ignite Your Vision (Board)!”, on Sunday, June 30 from 2-4pm at Body Mind & Soul. Words and images create your reality and vision boards make it happen fast. I’ll help you jumpstart your vision with a personal mission statement and you’ll have fun creating a visual interpretation of what you want your life to look like, using materials such as magazines, colored paper, stamps, fun markers, and more. Feel free to bring photos of yourself or anything else to personalize your board. For a deeper experience, schedule a Life Path session with me in advance – I’m at the store consulting with clients on Mondays and can help you clarify your goals and move forward in creating the life you truly want. More info about the Life Path sessions is here and you can register for the workshop here. I look forward to igniting your life!

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Sarah Gish
Sarah Gish
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Sarah Gish
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