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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.


This week we are celebrating our country’s independence on Wednesday – the “Fourth of July”! I am always grateful for the brave revolutionaries who left the monarchy to start a new, scrappy country that was founded on the principles of “Liberty, Justice, and Freedom for All.” We are still striving for freedom for ALL and I am hopeful for that. Our city is the most diverse in the country so I honestly think that we can lead the way! Anywhere you go here, there is a melting pot of cultures – and we all get along. Mayor Turner always talks about Houston being a city whose citizens love one another (see an example here) and I believe that. Speaking of the city, get all the scoop on their Fourth of July event, CITGO Freedom Over Texas,” that features live music and fireworks from 4-10pm at Eleanor Tinsley Park and Sam Houston Park. Tickets are $8; click here to purchase them. Want to get the scoop on other events around town? The Greater Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau has rounded them all up for you here. I have two PICKS for 4th of July (one for KIDS and one for ADULTS) so be sure to check them out below.

We love Houston – and so did the late Anthony Bourdain (may he rest in peace). I have always enjoyed Parts Unknown,” and his Houston edition was fascinating – introducing me to restaurants and cuisines I didn’t know we had. This week’s VIDEO PICK is a lively and colorful clip showing dancing in a grocery store in Little India. Enjoy! (and, by the way – if you’re noticing that my PICKS-ON-WHEELS adventures and videos are on hiatus, doncha worry! They’ll be back in the fall).


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. Tune in here each Friday from 12-12:30pm to join the convo. 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 Week of July 4-8, 2018
Picks for Adults the Week of July 4-8, 2018

Lindale Fourth of July Parade


It’s time for the annual family event in Lindale Park – the Lindale Fourth of July Parade. My Phoenix Rising Art Car will be there along with several other art cars, so come cheer us on. The parade starts at 10am this Wednesday, July 4, leaving from Irvington Boulevard at Eleanor Street. It’s free and fun for everyone!

ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights: Star Spangled Salute


This Wednesday, July 4, Miller Outdoor Theatre and the Houston Symphony are teaming up once again for their ExxonMobil Summer Symphony Nights: Star Spangled Salute that starts with music at 8:30pm followed by fireworks at 10pm. This is a ticketed event for the covered seating area: free tickets are available, while they last, at the Miller Outdoor Theatre box office the day of the performance between the hours of 10:30am-1pm.

12 Moments: Mindful Moments for Parents and Families


Rothko Chapel once again has offerings for families this summer; see a complete list of events here. It’s a great place to visit anytime as it’s always free and always open (unless there’s an event; check their website for updates). The next program for families at the Rothko will be next Wednesday, July 11 at noon12 Moments: Mindful Moments for Parents and Families,” led by Simone Woodage of Dawn Mountain.

First Friday Poetry Reading SeriesStages


Inprint's First Friday Poetry Reading Series presents Houston Poet Laureate Deborah DEEP Mouton this Friday, July 6 starting at 8:30pm. This free series, hosted by Robert Clark since 1975, is Houston's oldest open reading series and usually happens on the first Friday of every month. It takes place at Inprint House, 1520 West Main, in the Museum District of Houston. It is always free and open to the public, and an open reading follows the featured poet.

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.

Visit Houston


If you can’t go anywhere this summer, do not despair! There’s so much to do right here. Hit the outdoors with Get Out Here Houston or the indoors with the Houston Museum District (check out their list of freebies here). A fun way to see sites at a discount within a short time frame is the Houston CityPASS. And for a full range of ideas, click here for Visit Houston and here for Artshound.

Ignite Your Vision (Board)!


I’m excited to be hosting a SUMMER vision board-making workshop! This Saturday, July 7, 2-4pm, please join me for Ignite Your Vision (Board)! at Body Mind & Soul. Take some time to ponder your personal purpose and to bring it to life with a short writing exercise and a VISION BOARD! Words and images create your reality and vision boards make it happen fast. I am an artist and I will work with you to create 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. As an added bonus, schedule a guidance session with me in advance (details below).

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.

And if you’re looking for a way to increase the peace in your life, please join me for our Second Saturday Labyrinth Walks at the beautiful Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer in downtown Houston at 500 Fannin Street. My next walk will be next Saturday, July 14, 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. We are creating quite a community with these monthly walks – join us! New people will tour the center and we’ll all 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 something you’ve made, a list of Houston area labyrinths, and a handout on the art of walking labyrinths. If you’d like to read more about my work and Houston labyrinths, click here for a recent article in the Houston Chronicle.

Justice & Peace Documentary Series


Christ Church Cathedral is hosting a summer Justice & Peace Documentary Series.” The Cathedral’s Justice and Peace Council members have selected one documentary to feature each month over the summer, on select Wednesday nights from 6-9pm. Mental health, the Syrian War, and racism will be the focus this year. The series will continue with Cries from Syria on Wednesday, July 11 and will wrap up with “13th” on Wednesday, August 15. All films are free and there will be a panel discussion with relevant local leaders following each screening.

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

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  • 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;

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Sarah Gish
Sarah Gish
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Sarah Gish
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Houston, Texas 77057
phone: 713.492.1173

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Lindale Park Fourth of July Parade Rothko Chapel Offerings for Families Museum Fun Around Houston Star Spangled Tribute at Miller First Friday Reading Series Be a Tourist in Your Own Town Video: Anthony Bourdain catches a dance party in Houston’s Little India Second Saturday Labyrinth Walk (July 14) Ignite Your Vision (Board)! Workshop (July 7) Guidance Sessions (Mondays and by phone) Peace and Justice Documentary Series (July 11 and August 15)