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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!


Happy 4th of July, ya’ll! It’s always fun when it’s mid-week-ish because you can take an extra day off. I hope you’ll take some time to think about what it *really* means to be an American and how we can stop OTHERING, which has been called the root of all our current problems and the biggest issue of our time, and start doing my favorite thing: CONNECTING (see my video about that here). I always read the Declaration of Independence aloud on July 4th so, a few years ago on an “Ignite Your Life with HAMILTON Road Trip,” I recorded women and girls reading that document that is normally in the hands of men. I loved turning it upside down and I put it all together in this week’s VIDEO PICK. Check it out (and read more about that road trip in my PaperCITY article here)!

There’s a lot going on in Houston for the 4th of July (a LOT – check out Visit Houston here, Click2Houston here, and 365 Things to Do in Houston here). One of my favorite events is the Lindale Park 4th of July Parade – there will be plenty of art cars and lotsa fun (I sometimes join in with my Phoenix Rising art car)! And for the kiddos there are two “Kidpendence Day” 4th of July events organized by the Children’s Museum of Houston: at their Fort Bend Children’s Discovery Center, they are celebrating “Kidpendence Day” from 10am-6pm and at the Children’s Museum of Houston, they are celebrating “Kidpendence Day” from 10am-3pm (note: the Museum is open from 10am-8pm). The Houston Symphony is especially busy this holiday: they are presenting a freeStar Spangled Salute at the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion tonight (Wednesday, July 3) at 8pm and they are presenting a freeStar-Spangled Salute: ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights at Miller Outdoor Theatre tomorrow, Thursday, July 4 at 8:30pm (and shortly after that, they are presenting The Music of Queen on July 5 & 6!).

“The U.S. women’s national (soccer) team is fearless. It showed again in a win against England,” said a headline in this article in the Washington Post. Those of you who know me in person know that I’m not really into sports. BUT – I played soccer as a teen and have always enjoyed the game. Our team is on fire and I look forward to the games this weekend!

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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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.

And, last but not least: this blog is free to you, my dear reader, but it’s not free for me to produce. I pay my designer and I spend many hours researching, compiling, and writing GISH PICKS each week. If you have an event you’d like me to PICK, please email me and let’s see how I can help. With me on your team, you’ll reach thousands of Houstonians in a quick-and-easy way!

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

Picks for Kids the Weekend of July 5-7, 2019
Picks for Adults the Weekend of July 5-7, 2019

Galveston CVB


Every Saturday until August 17, your family can enjoy free sandcastle building lessons from a professional sandcastle builder at Stewart Beach in Galveston. Each session begins with a building demo from 8-11am, followed by lessons at 11am, 1pm, and 3pm. Registration is not required and parking is $15. For more sandcastle fun, be sure to go to the AIA Sandcastle Competition on August 24.

Holocaust Museum Houston


It’s an exciting time for the Holocaust Museum Houston! The building recently underwent a $34 million expansion and is re-opening to the public today (Wednesday, July 3). The Museum’s new layout allows for more exhibitions and events, including film screenings. Charged with educating students and the public about the dangers of prejudice and hatred in society, the Museum opened its doors in March, 1996 – and its message of tolerance is now more important than ever.

Company OnStage


Sibling mischief and best pal escapades are the problems Peter Hatcher faces in his attempts to deal with his impossible little brother, Fudge. Based on the popular book by Judy Blume, “Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing,” presented by Company OnStage, is a humorous look at family life and the troubles that can only be caused by a younger sibling. Remaining shows are Saturdays, July 6 and 13 at 2pm and this Sunday, July 7 at 2pm.

Refine Arts Productions


ReFine Arts Productions is bringing “Frenzied Phony” to the MATCH -- it’s a zany, upbeat comedy set in the swingin’ 1940s and is onstage this Friday (7/5), Saturday (7/6), and Sunday (7/7), at 2pm and 7pm. Ann Andrews discovers it doesn’t pay so well to be a woman on the stage in the 40s and decides to audition as a man. She soon finds herself hopping between multiple identities, causing a ruckus of confusion and a comedy of errors.

Three Dimensional Visions


Three Dimensional Visions is Houston’s only open access glass blowing studio and they have offer a free demo on the first Saturday of each month (the next one is this Saturday, July 6) at 3pm. Their goal is “enriching lives through artistic expressions” and they offer classes for kids 14 years old and up. Their demos are perfect for all ages.

Art Car Museum


I worked at the University of Houston’s Blaffer Museum in the 1980s and am amazed by the longevity of the group of artists I met there, all of whom were working and studying at Lawndale when it was on the UH campus. “Then and Now” (through August 25) is a show organized by the Art Car Museum to showcase not only the art but also the friendships of this unique group. Included are Carter Ernst, Paul Kittelson, Ed Wilson, David Kidd, Jim Hatchett, Keith Hollingsworth, Sharon Willcutts, Barbara Jones, Mary Jenewein, Jack Massing, Michael Galbreth, Wes Hicks, Rebecca Bass, Jackie Harris, Steve Wellman, Noah Edmundson, Brandy Watkins, Don Kennell, Kathy Hall, Bert Samples, Sandra York, Sharon Kopriva, Linn Swartz, Kelly Alison, and Scott Gilbert.

LIFE PATH SESSIONS (Mondays) and LABYRINTH WALKS (Second Saturdays)

I offer intuitive "Life Path Sessions" every Monday at Body Mind & Soul ‪from 11:00am-5:00pm 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.

Join me on Saturday, July 13, from 10am-noon for my next 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 as well as a sense of well-being and peace. Meditation does that to you!

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Sarah Gish
Sarah Gish
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Sarah Gish
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Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk (Saturday, July 13)"Ignite Your Vision (Board)!" Workshop (this Sunday, June 30)Video: "And Now It Is Our Turn: Women Read The Declaration Of Independence""Then and Now" at Art Car Museum "Frenzied Phony" Zany Comedy Holocaust Museum Re-Opening First Saturday Glass Blowing Demo "Tales of a Fourth Grade Nothing" Free Sandcastle Building Lessons