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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.


October is “Drug Prevention Month” in Houston and Houston Crackdown, the anti-drug division of the Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security (MOPSHS), co-sponsors a public Candlelight Vigil for victims who have died as a result of alcohol or other substance-related incidents. This year’s event will take place on Thursday, October 25 at 7pm on the steps of City Hall (901 Bagby Street). Houston Police Department Chief of Police Art Acevedo will be the speaker and the Salvation Army Harbor Light Choir will entertain. Houston area civic and religious leaders will also be on hand to offer spiritual guidance and hope for families that have been devastated by alcohol and opioid addiction. If you would like to have your loved one remembered, please send a jpeg photo to by this Friday, October 12.

It’s almost time for the next Texas Dragon Boat Regatta, which is taking place this weekend in Sugarland. Check out this week’s VIDEO PICK for a sneak peek!


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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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 October 5-7, 2018
Picks for Adults the Weekend of October 5-7, 2018

KBR Kids Day


This Saturday, October 13, from 11am-3pm, enjoy free family fun with Buffalo Bayou Partnership at their annual “KBR Kids Day” at beautiful Guadalupe Plaza Park. Kids will get to learn all about BBP and its programs – plus there will be activity stations that will include numerous hands-on activities, local entertainment, Día de los Muertos face painters, a rock climbing wall, a Birds of Prey show, and much more! Costumes are encouraged (there will be a Halloween parade) and food and drinks will be available for purchase. The park is located at the corner of Jensen Street and Navigation Boulevard.

Texas Dragon Boat Association


The Texas Dragon Boat Regatta is taking place this weekend (October 13-14) in Sugar Land at 1 Fluor Daniel Drive. Click here for the event schedule – there will be plenty of races as well as entertainment by arts groups such as the Texas Teo Chew Association, which will be performing the opening Dragon/Lion Dance, and Dance of Asian America, which will be performing four dances. The event is free and open to the public and is great outdoor fun!

Cinderella in Spain


It’s such a treat to find opera for kids! This Saturday, October 13 at 11am, Cypress Creek FACE is presenting a free HGOco Opera to Go! performance -- “Cinderella in Spain,” a hilarious bilingual adaptation (co-written by my friend Kate Pogue!) of the classic tale. The story begins when the King holds a fiesta to find a bride for his son, Prince Paulo, but havoc breaks loose when two stepsisters crash the party. This doesn’t stop Paulo from falling in love with a mysterious señorita – but can he find her with no other clue than the glass slipper she leaves behind? HGOco brings Houston Grand Opera programs out into the community, with special attention to events for children.

Mr. Smith Goes to Washington


Just for a little while, forget the movie that is real-life Washington, D.C. and instead enjoy the naivete of Jimmy Stewart as U.S. Senator Jeff Smith in the 1939 film “Mr. Smith Goes to Washington,” which is coming to three Houston theatres this Sunday, October 14 and next Wednesday, October 17 (see theatres and schedule here). Smith is an unwitting pawn controlled by a corrupt political party machine headed by the Governor, a publisher, and a Senator (hey now, that sounds familiar!). Turner Classic Movies will provide exclusive insight before each screening and tickets are $13.53/each.

Houston Maker Faire


Enjoy a hall full of wonder at this year’s annual Houston Maker Faire, taking place at the George R. Brown Convention Center Hall E this Saturday (10/13) and Sunday (10/14) from 10am-6pm. This unique “Faire” is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness and features hobbyists, engineers, art car makers, robotics experts, and much more. Innovation Spark is the local presenter of this event which is a celebration of the “maker movement” that was started by Maker Faire.

Local Music Festival


Evelyn’s Park is the latest addition to Houston’s fab park scene and was built on the site of the former Teas Nursery. After the historic nursery closed, brothers Jerry and Maury Rubenstein purchased the land and gave the five acres to the city of Bellaire with the condition that they named the park after their mother, Evelyn, who was a lover of nature. This Saturday, October 13 from noon-10pm, they are hosting a “Local Music Fest” which will feature free music (everything from music by emerging bands to jazz and R&B) and entertainment of all kinds all day long on their lawn.

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 Saturday, October 13, 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.

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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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Stop, Look & Listen! at the Menil First Saturday Art in Spring Branch Traders Village Art Car Show History Conference Focused on Women Women Artists Panel at Texas Contemporary The Poet Sings with the Choral Society Video: Kay Sarver interviews artist Kathy Drago in Houston Art Tribe show Labyrinth Walk (October 13) Guidance Sessions (Mondays and by phone)