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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, please GO.FIND.FUN. wherever you can, and please – go IGNITE YOUR LIFE!


This week’s VIDEO PICK was created by Downtown Houston, an organization that is dedicated to promoting the vitality and FUN of downtown Houston. If you haven’t been downtown lately, please go! It’s different than it was years ago and now there are fantastic restaurants, live music, hotels, night clubs - and much more. I regularly hang out at the Hines Center for Spirituality and Prayer leading labyrinth walks and workshops and enjoying other events - it’s the largest center of its kind in the country! This Saturday, November 9 from 10am-noon, I’m leading a labyrinth walk - we’ll meditate, make art, find peace before the holidays. And right after my event, from noon-2pm, there will be a “Kinetic Vibez” artistic wellness workshop for youth 8-17 years old. They’ll also be doing one on November 23. The cost for my walk is donation-based and the cost for the youth workshop starts at $40/child.

November kicks off Native American Heritage Month,” a celebration that began with a proclamation in 1990 by then President George H.W. Bush. In a break from almost 30 decades of tradition, this year President Trump declared instead that November is now “National American History and Founders Month.” Thankfully, several governmental organizations decided to continue celebrating the indigenous peoples of our country with their own events (see more about that here). Houston will celebrate with an event at Traders Village - see my KID PICK below.  And I wanted to let you know about a museum I visited a few years back - the Southern Apache Museum. Since the Northwest Mall is being torn down, they no longer have a home but are still active as a nonprofit. Peruse their website and let them know if you have any suggestions for new locations.

I’ll be highlighting a different Houston-based nonprofit each week during November and December as a way to help those in need over the holidays. This week’s spotlight is the Beacon, an organization that grew out of the ministry of Christ Church Cathedral. They provide essential and next-step services to homeless Houstonians - laundry, pro bono legal services, counseling, mentoring, housing assessment, and more. Please learn more about them here and please consider supporting them!

Monday, November 11 is “Veterans Day” and the city will commemorate the day with a special parade in honor of the over 250,000 veterans who live here. Please enjoy and be sure to thank veterans for their service!


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!

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

Art Car Museum


It’s time for one of my favorite annual events - “World Art Car Day” - which was created by the fantabulous Houston Art Car Klub/HACK. This Saturday, November 9 from noon-3pm is the free Children’s Mini Art Car workshop at the Art Car Museum. Each child will get a toy car and all the paint, glue, and accessories they need to create their very own miniature art car. As a special treat, Heights Boulevard will be filled with art cars for viewing and members of HACK will be on hand to talk about their rolling works of art and to help the kids. I’ll be there with my Phoenix Rising Art Car - come join the fun!

Da Camera of Houston


Da Camera presents “A Woman’s Life: The Diary of Virginia Woolfthis Saturday, November 9 at 7:30pm. The show consists of two exquisite song cycles depicting radically different views of a woman’s life, a century apart. The first one is by Robert Schumann (1810-1856), who was inspired by his marriage to the pianist and composer Clara Wieck. The second is by Dominick Argento (1927-2019) from his Pulitzer Prize-winning monodrama, “From the Diary of Virginia Woolf.” Tickets start at $37.50.

Peace Camp Houston


Peace Camp Houston started a new “Peace Club” last month that will meet every second Sunday from 5-7pm at the Houston Mennonite Church; the next meeting is this Sunday, November 10. The goal of the Peace Club is designed to extend the Peace Camp experience throughout the school year and is open to everyone. This club will provide a wonderful opportunity for children ages 5-18 to reconnect with friends from Peace Camp and to make new ones. As Gandhi said: “If we are to teach peace, we must begin with the children.” Please RSVP to

Houston Vintage and 1940 Air Terminal Museum


This weekend you can step back in time with the 10th annual “Deco to Disco” Houston Vintage Market and Festival, which takes place at the 1940 Air Terminal Museum and is a co-production by the Museum and Houston Vintage, an organization that brings together vintage vendors and enthusiasts through fun pop-up events such as this one. The weekend kicks off with a preview party and fashion show this Friday, November 8 from 7-11pm and the Festival is this Saturday, November 9, 11am-6pm.

Traders Village


This Saturday and Sunday, November 9 and 10, from 10am-5pm, celebrate at the Traders Village 30th annual Native American Championship Pow Wow. Several hundred Native Americans, representing dozens of tribes from across the United States, will take part in this celebration of their culture and heritage. Featured will be colorful tribal dance contests, an arts & crafts show, teepees, honoring ceremonies, singing, and much more. The event is free and parking is $4.

Houston Peace & Justice Center


This Sunday, November 10, starting at 5pm, the Houston Peace & Justice Center holds their annual Peacemaker Awards Dinner, which this year features author and activist Roxanne Dunbar-Ortiz; radio host Egberto Willies; Judge Lina Hidalgo; and the nonprofit Undies For Everyone. There will be a reception with the awardees prior to the dinner on Saturday, November 9 from 2:30-4:30pm at Redbud Gallery. The dinner is $100 and the reception is $75, which includes a copy of Roxanne Dunbar Ortiz’s latest book, An Indigenous People’s History of the United States.


I offer intuitive "Life Path Sessions" every Monday at Body Mind & Soul ‪from 11am-5pm 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 get centered and 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 713.993.0550 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.

And here’s another way to get centered: join me this Saturday, November 9, from 10am-noon for a special, donation-based labyrinth walk designed to help you head into the holidays with peace in your heart, while taking some time to reflect on how you want to end 2019. It will take place 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 Certified Veriditas 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
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Life Path Sessions with Sarah at Body Mind & Soul (Mondays)Hines Center Labyrinth Walk with Sarah (this Saturday, November 9)Video: Celebrate DOWNTOWN HOUSTON and all its diversity!Houston Peace & Justice Center DinnerHouston Vintage's 10th Anniversary"A Woman's Life: The Diary of Virginia Woolf" Celebrate Native Americans at Traders Village Peace Club at Houston Mennonite Church "World Art Car Day" with Kids