Japan’s Rabbit Island: A Dark History

There is an island where rabbits rule. They are well fed, free from predators, and spend their time lounging around getting photographed by fawning humans. So where is this bunny paradise?

It’s a small island in the Seto Inland Sea called Ōkunoshima, two miles off the coast of the Japanese city of Takehara, in Hiroshima Prefecture. These days, though, it is most often referred to by its nickname Usagi Jima, which translates to Rabbit Island and is so named for the hundreds of feral rabbits that call it home.

Bunny Island Japan

It’s a bit of a mystery how all these adorable bunnies ended up on a tiny island whose previous claim to fame (infamy, actually) was as the spot where the Japanese Imperial Army manufactured thousands of tons of poison gas during World War II in a facility so secret the island was removed from all Japanese maps. The poison—mustard gas, phosgene and other types—was used against Chinese soldiers and civilians in the 1930’s and 40’s during the war in China, killing about 80,000 people by some estimates.

Some believe the island’s terrible history may hold the key to why rabbits now call it home. Back in 1929, when the army began manufacturing chemical weapons, it’s believed that rabbits were brought to the island and used to test the effectiveness of the poison gas. This gave rise to the belief that workers may have released the captive animals onto the island following the war. Most experts disagree with this version of events, though.

So if these rabbits aren’t the descendants of the test bunnies, where did they come from? About eight rabbits may have been released by a group of school kids back in 1971. With no predators to worry about—cats and dogs are banned, as is hunting—these fast-breeding mammals may have multiplied (as they are famous for doing) to their present population of around 1,000 animals.

There may be an unfortunate side effect of the newfound popularity of Rabbit Island. According to researchers, all the visitors feeding the feral bunnies have led to an unsustainable population boom that has destroyed the island’s ecosystem. Similarly, what and when the rabbits are fed is wreaking havoc on their health resulting in only a two-year lifespan. They are often given cabbage, not the best choice for bunnies since it can cause bloat and is low in fiber, something the animals need a lot of to stay healthy. The boom and bust cycle of being fed a ton of food on sunny days during holidays and nothing at all on rainy days when no one comes to visit is compounding the problem since rabbits need a steady amount of food and there is very little vegetation left on the island for them to eat when tourists aren’t around.

Let’s talk about the cuteness overload of bunnies at Goldwiser! I’m open Monday through Saturday 10 am to 7 pm and located at 24910 Kuykendahl Rd., Tomball, TX 77375. Just ask for Gina!

Your Weekend Plans Are Here!

Saturday, June 24, 2017

  • International Day of Yoga at Town Green Park | FREE –Take a deep breath at Town Green Park in The Woodlands as you meditate, participate in beginner and expert yoga sessions, peruse booths with books, yoga gear, refreshments and more in celebration of International Day of Yoga. 6:45am to 9:30am.
  • Music and Yoga at Sugar Land Town Square | FREE – Bring your own mat to Sugar Land’s Town Square for this free yoga class led by Revolution Studio accompanied by tunes from Sessions Music. 9:30am.
  • Asian Heritage Bus Tours – Explore the rich cultural offerings and ethnic foods of Southwest Houston on a curated, half-day guided tour that explores a variety of cultural, dining and shopping destinations in Bellaire, Harwin, and Hillcroft boulevards. $35. 10am to 2:30pm.
  • Minion Dominion at the Children’s Museum of Houston – Bring the whole family to the Children’s Museum where the minions from Despicable Me will be running wild. $12. 10am to 5pm.
  • Houston LGBT Pride Celebration in Downtown Houston | FREE –Celebrate Houston’s LGBT community in the heart of Downtown at the fourth largest pride festival and parade in the country. Noon to 11pm.
  • Beats BBQ Brews at Glitter Karaoke –Jam to beats from DJ Seek, sip on $4 beers from Buffalo Bayou Brewery, and chow down on finger lickin’ barbeque from Blood Bros. BBQ at Glitter Karaoke. Noon to 4pm.
  • Bourbon, Brunch & Booze at BLUEorange Art Gallery –Sip on bourbon, whiskey, beer and/or mimosas while you nosh on brunch samples from local restaurants at this foodie event in Montrose. Tickets start at $40. 1pm to 4pm.
  • Clear to Partly Crazyat The Grand – Jaston Williams will star in his one-man show Clear to Partly Crazy, where he’ll cover topics all Texans can relate to, at The Grand in Galveston. Tickets start at $27. 2pm and 8pm.
  • Taste of New Orleans at Jones Plaza – Escape to the Big Easy without having to leave Houston when DJ Jubilee, DJ Jack Frost, Stooges Brass Band and more perform at Jones Plaza with New Orleans style food and art at this festival. Tickets start at $5. 2pm to 10pm.
  • The Cat Art Show at Texas Art Asylum | FREE – Submit your cat-themed artwork or just come to check out other artists’ work at this art show benefiting Planned Parenthood. 4pm.
  • Texas Monthly’s BBQ MeatUp at Silver Street Studios –Pitmasters including Ronnie Killen and Manny Torres of Killen’s Barbecue, Will Buckman of CorkScrew BBQ, and Arnis Robbins of Evie Mae’s Pit Barbecue in Lubbock will fire up their grills to crank out meaty dishes that guests can enjoy with cold beer, craft cocktails, and live music. $85. 6pm to 9pm.
  • Houston Roller Derby Juniors’ 2nd Annual Skate Party at Houston Premier Sportsplex– Put on your best ’80s attire for a family-friendly skating party and fundraiser, with music, games, a cake walk, and more. Kids of all abilities are welcome and loaner skates will be available. $10. 7pm to 10pm.
  • Jermaine Dupri in Concert at Revention Music Center – Jermaine Dupri’s SoSoSummer 17 Tour is coming to Houston for a show at Revention Music Center. Tickets start at $30. 7pm.
  • Texas Music Festival at the UH Moores Opera House – Orchestra fellows from the University of Houston Moores School of Music will perform with conductor Brett Mitchell and the winner of the Cynthia Woods Mitchell Young Artist Competition as part of the Texas Music Festival series. Entertainment and a lecture will precede the concert beginning at 6:30pm. Tickets start at $20. 7:30pm.
  • Summer Symphony Nights Concert at Miller Outdoor Theatre | FREE – Enjoy a free concert from the Houston Symphony featuring J. López’s “Fiesta!”, Mozart’s “Horn Concerto No. 2”, and Dvorák’s “Symphony No. 8” under the stars at Miller Outdoor Theatre. 8:30pm.
  • AladdinImprov Show at CSz Arena – Crack up as you participate in this interactive improv show all about Aladdin from ComedySportz. $14. 10:30pm.
  • The Late Show at Prohibition Supperclub & Bar – Go back to the 1920s when the Moonlight Dolls take the stage at Prohibition Supperclub & Bar for this tastefully suggestive performance. $40. 11:30pm.

Sunday, June 25, 2017

  • BrisketU Backyard Pitmaster Class at Southern Star Brewing Company –Learn everything there is to know about brisket – from picking out the best cut to trimming, smoking, and serving it – at this pitmaster class at Southern Star Brewery. $69. Noon to 3pm.
  • Whiskey+Beer+Tacos at Eight Row Flint– Enjoy tacos from Eight Row Flint paired with WhistlePig rye and Saint Arnold brews at this afternoon event at the upscale icehouse. Noon to 3pm.
  • Yoga with Cats at El Gato Coffeehouse – Get all the feels at this 45-minute yoga class followed by 30 minutes of playtime with cats at El Gato Coffeehouse. $22. 12:30pm.
  • Last Sundays at Rockstar Gallery | FREE – Enjoy live music, improv, and more at a monthly indoor art festival. This is all the closing party of the art show inspired by Maggie Flecknoe of CW39. 1pm to 5pm.
  • SundayFunday with DJ Phil at Aloft Hotel Downtown | No Cover –Head to Downtown to enjoy this rooftop pool party featuring music by DJ Phil and drink specials at the Aloft Hotel. 2pm to 5pm.
  • Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950 Opening Day Lecture at MFAH – Get the first glimpse of Paint the Revolution: Mexican Modernism, 1910–1950 at this lecture led by Wortham Curator of Latin American Art Mari Carmen Ramírez. $10. 3pm to 4pm.
  • Houston Brass Band in Concert at The MATCH – Hear Houston Symphony Associate Principal Trumpet soloist John Parker perform Dukas’ “Villanelle” with the Houston Brass Band 2016 Young Brass Soloist competition winner at The MATCH. $17. 4pm.
  • 1 Year Anniversary at Rec Room – Celebrate the one year anniversary of this EaDo venue with happy hour and cake. 5pm to 8pm.
  • Mad Tea: Official Pride Houston Closing Party at Rich’s– Close out the official Pride Houston festivities with a rager at Rich’s nightclub. 5pm to 11pm.
  • Grand Re-Opening Party & Market at Insomnia Gallery | No Cover –Celebrate the Grand Re-Opening of Insomnia Gallery with complimentary beverages, food trucks, and shop from local artists and vendors at their market. 6pm to 10pm.
  • Pride Foam Party at South Beach – Dance the night away in a room full of organic foam on the last night of Pride weekend. 9pm.

Stop by before making your plans for a little extra cash at Goldwiser! I’m located at 24910 Kuykendahl Rd., Tomball, TX 77375 and open Monday through Saturday 10 am to 7 pm. Just ask for Gina!


H/T http://365thingsinhouston.com


Yummy Chocolate Eclair Day is Here!

National Chocolate Eclair Day is observed annually on June 22nd.  This is a day for everyone to enjoy a delicious cream-filled pastry that is covered in smooth chocolate.

The French make many delicacies from dough called pate a choux. One of these pastries is the Eclair.  It is piped into an oblong shape using a pastry bag.  When baked, it is light and crispy on the outside and hollow on the inside making it the perfect avenue for transporting creamy vanilla or chocolate crème.

The word “eclair” comes from the French word, meaning “flash of lightning.”   The connection between this and this French pastry remains unclear.

Originating during the nineteenth century in France, the eclair was first called “pain à la Duchesse” or “petite Duchesse”.   It is believed, by food historians, that eclairs were first made by French chef Antonin Careme (1784-1833).

The 1884 Boston Cooking School Cook Book, by Mrs. D.A. Lincoln, has the first known English-language recipe for eclairs.

Long Johns are marketed under the name eclairs in some parts of the United States.  The two are not quite identical.  Long Johns are made with donut pastry and typically filled with a vanilla pudding or custard, making it a simpler and less expensive alternative to the eclair.

Following are a few of my favorite recipes for you to make, share and enjoy #NationalChocolateEclairDay!

Do you have a recipe to share? Let’s exchange at Goldwiser! I’m here Monday through Saturday 10 am to 7 pm and I’m located at 24910 Kuykendahl Rd., Tomball, TX 77375. Just ask for Gina!

Recognizing the Love of Music

Last year, over 750 cities around the world threw citywide music celebrations on June 21.

It all started 35 years ago in France.

In 1982, Jack Lang and his staff at the Ministry of Culture dreamed up an idea for a new kind of musical holiday. They imagined a day where free, live music would be everywhere: street corners and parks, rooftops and gardens, store fronts and mountaintops.

And, unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music, or host performances. The event would take place on the summer solstice, June 21, and would be called Fête De La Musique. (In French, the name means both “festival of music” and “make music!”)

Amazingly enough, this dream has come true. The Fête has turned into a true national holiday: France shuts down on the summer solstice and musicians take over. Almost 8% of the country (5 million people) have played an instrument or sung in public for the Fête de la Musique.

Three decades later, the holiday has spread throughout the world and is now celebrated in more than 120 countries. In the U.S., the presenting sponsor is the NAMM Foundation.

Music is an essential part of life whether you realize it or not. What’s your favorite music? Let’s talk about it at Goldwiser! I’m located at 24910 Kuykendahl Rd., Tomball, TX 77375 and open Monday through Saturday 10 am to 7 pm. While you’re at it, bring in your old, broken and unwanted jewelry for some extra money. You’ll be dancing all the way to the bank! Just ask for Gina!

Father’s Day Freebies 2017

Spaghetti Warehouse: Dads can choose from 15-layer lasagna or spaghetti and meatballs as a free entrée when dining in at Spaghetti Warehouse on Father’s Day.

Firehouse Subs: Show this coupon on Father’s Day and get a free medium sub when you purchase another medium or large sub, plus a side and a drink.

Fogo de Chao: Dads who dine at this Brazilian steakhouse on Father’s Day get a dining card good for a free lunch or dinner on a future visit.

Hooters: Dads get 10 free boneless wings with the purchase of a beverage and any 10 boneless or Original Hooters Style wings at participating Hooters locations across the U.S. on Sunday, June 18. See their website for more details.

PDQ: Dad’s can get a a free combo meal with the purchase of any kid’s meal or combo meal on June 18, 2017. See their website for more details.

Pilot and Flying J Travel Centers: From June 18 through June 24, Pilot Flying J is treating dads to one FREE cup of Pilot Coffee, any size. To get their free cup, dads can just display an online coupon available Pilot Flying J’s Facebook page at the time of purchase in-store. See their Facebook page for more details.

Sweet Frog Frozen Yogurt: Treat dad to a cup of FroYo on Father’s Day and he will get a Leap Back Card good for a FREE FroYo on a return visit before July 18!

TCBY: Dads get a free treat on June 18. Their website does not indicate exactly what the treat is yet, but last year it was a free small frozen yogurt. See their website for more details.

Gift Card Offers

Ruth’s Chris Steak House: Eat at Ruth’s Chris on Father’s Day and dads get a $25 dining card good for a future visit.

Carrabba’s Italian Grill: Get a $10 Bonus Card with every $50 spent in gift cards through 6/18/17. The $10 card is valid on your next visit through 7/21/17. See their website for more details.

Dollar General gift card offer: 5% off select gift cards including Applebees, Cabela’s, Chili’s through June 17, 2017 when you buy them at Dollar General.

Outback Steakhouse: Get a $10 Bonus card for every $50 in Outback gift cards you purchase through June 18. The bonus card is not redeemable at the time of qualified gift card purchase. It’s valid on your next visit through 7/21/16. See their website for more details.

Papa John’s: Get a free Large 1-Topping Pizza when you buy $25 in Papa John’s e-Gift cards through 6/18/17. See their website for more details.

Romano’s Macaroni Grill: Get 25% off electronic gift cards from June 12 – 18 using promo code DAD17. See their website for more details.

Ruby Tuesday: Buy a $50 gift card for Dad online, get a free $15 Bonus Card in return through June 18. The Bonus Card is valid through 7/25/17. See their website for more details.

Walgreens Gift card offer: $10 Walgreens gift card with purchase of 2 Bass Pro Shops, Fandango, Domino’s or Sears gift cards through June 17, 2017.

From your friends at Goldwiser, we’d like to wish you a very happy Father’s Day! Come see us on Monday! We’re located at 24910 Kuykendahl Rd., Tomball, TX 77375 and we’re open Monday through Saturday 10 am to 7 pm. Just ask for Gina!


Great Things to do Father’s Day Weekend!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

  • Dad’s Day 5K in Downtown Race against your dad in this 1K, 3K or 5K that kicks off in Downtown and continues along Memorial Drive. Proceeds benefit prostate cancer awareness. Registration starts at $20. 7:30am.
  • Juneteenth Parade at Texas Southern University| FREE – Bring the whole family out to TSU for live music, marching bands, and dance performances at this Juneteenth Parade. 10am to 11am.
  • Beer for Breakfast Class at Central Market Add a little beer to your breakfast routine at this cooking class where you’ll learn how to make lager battered apple fritters and pale ale marinated sweet potato hash while sipping on beermosas. $65. 10am to 12:30pm.
  • Asian Heritage Cultural Discovery Workshop at Chinese Community Center Learn the art of Chinese calligraphy, paper cutting, origami and tai-chi, and observe a tea ceremony demonstration at this four hour workshop at Chinese Community Center. $25. 10am to 2pm.
  • Watson’s Pub Brew Fest Watson’s House of Ales will host this festival with beers from more than 20 local breweries. $15. 10am to 4pm.
  • Re-Dedication Celebration at Emancipation Park| FREE – Attend this re-dedication celebration event with live music, vendors, and other activities in the historic Third Ward. 10am to 5pm.
  • Food Truck Festival in the Heights More than 20 food trucks and 5 fashion trucks will gather on 20th street in the Heights for an afternoon of food, shopping, and music. 11am to 5pm.
  • KPRC 2 Summer Blood Drive at Discovery Green| FREE – Give blood at this summer drive hosted by Channel 2 and benefiting the Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center. 2:30pm to 7pm.
  • Paws for Wine at Sonoma Wine Bar & Restaurant Support local stray animal organization SNAP at this wine, beer, and food tasting at Sonoma Wine Bar in The Heights. $50. 3pm to 6pm.
  • World Refugee Day at Levy Park| FREE – Join the Houston Refugee Consortium in celebrating refugees in our community with music, performances, vendors, and food at this event that will raise awareness for and honor refugees. 4pm to 7pm.
  • BBQ, Beer & Bingo at Houston Arboretum & Nature Center Get competitive at bingo and nature-themed trivia for your chance to win a prize while you enjoy barbeque, Saint Arnold brews and Katz iced coffee at the Houston ARboretum. Tickets start at $20. 6pm to 8:30pm.
  • Juneteenth Celebration Parade in Galveston| FREE – Celebrate Juneteenth at this evening parade that begins on the Historic Strand and proceeds to the McGuire-Dent Recreation Center. 7pm to 9pm.
  • Houston Dash vs. Orlando Pride at BBVA Compass Stadium Cheer on the Dash as they play Orlando in a home game at BBVA Compass Stadium. Tickets start at $15. 7:30pm.
  • Texas Music Festival at the UH Moores Opera House Orchestra fellows from the University of Houston Moores School of Music will perform with conductor Andrés Franco and violinist Lucie Robert as part of the Texas Music Festival series. Entertainment and a lecture will precede the concert beginning at 6:30pm. Tickets start at $20. 7:30pm.
  • Sugar Land Superstar Round 1 at Town Square| FREE – Watch some of the most talented singers in Sugar Land perform and see which five will make it to the Sugar Land Superstar finals in August. 7:30pm.
  • Houston Symphony with the Suffers at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Head to The Woodlands to hear The Suffers perform alongside the Houston Symphony on the stage of The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion. Select seats are free. 8pm.
  • Sgt Pepper’s at 50 with the Fab 40 at Discovery Green| FREE – The iconic  Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band album turns 50 and you can celebrate with more than 40 local musicians at Discovery Green. 8pm.
  • T.Screening at Main Street Square | FREE – Flock to Main Street Square for a free showing of the 1982 movie E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. 8pm.
  • https://www.facebook.com/WoodlandsGoldWiserH-Town Get Down at Miller Outdoor Theatre| FREE – Watch as dance crews, DJs, and artists take the stage for this hip hop dance showcase. 8:30pm.
  • AladdinImprov Show at CSz Arena  Crack up as you participate in this interactive improv show all about Aladdin from ComedySportz. $14; 10:30pm.

Father’s Day, Sunday, June 18, 2017

  • Father’s Day Crawfish Sunday at Southern Star Brewery Head out to Southern Star Brewery for their last Crawfish Sunday of the season to stuff your face with spicy mud bugs and ice cold beer. Noon to 6pm.
  • Stand Up Paddleboarding Lessons at 288 Lakes Cool off at this instructional event hosted by Bayou City Outdoors where you’ll learn how to paddleboard. Registration starts at $24. 2pm to 5pm.
  • Father’s Day Pig Roast at Revival Market Take your ol’ man out for a meal at Revival Market where they’ll be roasting and serving up a whole pig with sides, dessert, and beer. $25. 2pm to 6pm.
  • Father’s Day Backyard Cookout at Brenner’s Steakhouse on the Bayou Enjoy a steak with dad while David Caceres Band provides tunes at Brenner’s on the Bayou for this Father’s Day cookout. 3pm to 8pm.
  • Father’s Day Highland Park Whiskey Tasting at Reserve 101 Sip on Highland Park 12 year, dark origins and limited edition Fire (15 year) and Ice (17 year) at this whiskey tasting at Reserve 101. $55. 5pm to 8pm.
  • Chicago and The Doobie Brothers in Concert at The Cynthia Woods Mitchell Pavilion Rock out with Chicago and The Doobie Brothers at this outdoor concert in The Woodlands. Tickets start at $30. 7:30pm.
  • Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull in Concert at Toyota Center Move your body to music from Enrique Iglesias and Pitbull with opening act CNCO when their North American Tour comes through Houston for a show at Toyota Center. Tickets start at $59.95. 7:30pm.

Want some help planning Dad’s weekend out? Come see me at Goldwiser. Located at 24910 Kuykendahl Rd., Tomball, TX 77375 and open Monday through Saturday 10 am to 7 pm. Just ask for Gina!

The History of Father’s Day

Betcha didn’t know that Father’s Day traces its roots to 1908 and 1910?

Enjoy a short Father’s Day history lesson!

Father’s Day is always celebrated on the third Sunday in June every year.


Like Mother’s Day, Father’s Day has a history that goes beyond greeting cards.

The first known Father’s Day service occurred at the Williams Memorial Methodist Episcopal Church South in Fairmont, West Virginia, on July 5, 1908, thanks to the efforts of Grace Golden Clayton. Mrs. Clayton had asked her pastor, Dr. R. Thomas Webb, if a Sunday service could be held to honor fathers. While missing her own dad, who had died in 1896, she especially wanted to have a service in remembrance of the over 200 fathers who had died in the Monongah mining explosion that had occurred a few miles south of Fairmont on December 6 of the previous year. (It was the worst mining disaster in U.S. history, killing more than 360 men and boys, and leaving about 1,000 children fatherless.) Although the Fairmont service was the first known to honor fathers, it did not turn into an annual event, nor was the idea promoted (a large July 4 celebration in Fairmont and a tragic young death from typhoid fever having taken over the news at the time).

Several other people across the nation had similar ideas throughout the years, but Mrs. Sonora Smart Dodd is credited for being the one to popularize it, starting events that led to Father’s Day becoming a U.S. national holiday.

Her story began as she sat listening to a Mother’s Day sermon in 1909. Mrs. Dodd thought that it might be nice to honor fathers as well. Her father, William Smart, had raised his SIX children alone on his farm in Washington after his wife died giving birth to their sixth child.

Mrs. Dodd proposed to the Spokane Ministerial Association and the YMCA that they celebrate a “father’s day.” She chose the 5th of June because it was her father’s birthday.

The idea received strong support, but the good ministers of Spokane asked that the day be changed to give them extra time to prepare sermons on the unexplored subject of fathers.

The first Father’s Day in Spokane, Washington, was observed on June 19, 1910 (the third Sunday in June), and became an annual event there. Soon, other towns had their own celebrations.

In spite of widespread support, Father’s Day did not become a permanent national holiday for many years. The first bill was introduced in Congress in 1913, but in spite of encouragement by President Woodrow Wilson, it did not pass. In 1966, Lyndon Johnson issued a proclamation designating the third Sunday in June to honor fathers.

Finally, in 1972, when President Richard Nixon was president, Father’s Day was signed a law declaring that it be celebrated annually on the third Sunday in June. It has been an official, permanent national holiday ever since.

Are you looking for the perfect gift for dad? Visit Goldwiser located at 24910 Kuykendahl Rd., Tomball, TX 77375. I’m open Monday through Saturday 10 am to 7 pm and I have a nice selection of watches, money clips and jewelry items that he will love! Just ask for Gina!



How to Observe National Flag Day

On June 14 we honor Old Glory on National Flag Day.  This day commemorates the adoption of the United States flag on June 14, 1777.

On National Flag Day, Americans show respect for the U.S. Flag and what it represents.  Representing independence and unity, the Stars and Stripes have become a powerful symbol of Americanism and they are flown proudly.

While Betsy Ross has been given credit for stitching together the first American flag, there isn’t any sound evidence supporting the story.  At the same time, there is any to disprove it, either.  During Ross’s Revolutionary time, several standards were carried bearing red and white stripes and varying symbols where the blue field and stars now reside.  Since 1777, the design of the flag has been officially modified 26 times.  For 47 years, the 48-star flag was in effect.  In 1959, the 49-star version became official on July 4.  President Eisenhower ordered the 50-star flag on August 21, 1959.

Seventeen-year-old Robert G. Heft of Ohio designed the 50-star American flag.  His was one of the more than 1,500 designs that were submitted to President Dwight D. Eisenhower. 



Many people have died protecting our country.  On National Flag Day, raise the flag and fly it proudly. Use #NationalFlagDay to post on social media.



On May 30, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson issued a proclamation deeming June 14 as Flag Day.  President Wilson stated, “It is the anniversary of the day upon which the flag of the United States was adopted by the Congress as the emblem of the Union.” He also wrote, “On that day rededicate ourselves to the nation, ‘one and inseparable’ from which every thought that is not worthy of our fathers’ first vows in independence, liberty, and right shall be excluded and in which we shall stand with united hearts.”

Do you have your Old Glory flying high and proudly? Let’s talk about the flag and those who have defended it. Visit me at Goldwiser open Monday through Saturday 10 am to 7 pm and located at 24910 Kuykendahl Rd., Tomball, TX 77375. Just ask for Gina!

I’m Getting Married

Dear Dad,

I am coming home to get married soon, so get your check book out. I’m in love with a boy who is far away from me. As you know, I am in Australia and he lives in Scotland. We met on a dating website, became friends on Facebook and had long chats on Whatsapp. He proposed to me on Skype, and now we’ve had two months of a relationship through Viber. My beloved Dad, I need your blessing, good wishes, and a really big wedding. Lots of love and thanks.

Your favorite daughter,


The response:

My dear Lilly, like wow! Really? Cool! Whatever! I suggest you two get married on Twitter, have fun on Tango, buy your kids on Amazon, and pay for it all through PayPal. And when you get fed up with this new husband, sell him on eBay.


Your Dad

Plan Your Weekend Today

Saturday, June 10, 2017

  • A Step Forward for Hispanic Women 5K in Memorial – Walk or run this 5k that benefits Wellness for Growth, a foundation that empowers underprivileged Hispanic women through wellness and skills education. Registration starts at $15. 6:15am.
  • Galveston Pride Beach Bash | FREE – Celebrate Pride with the LGBT community on East Beach in Galveston with DJs, a drag show, food and more. 9am to 7pm.
  • Hire Houston Youth Job Fair at Southwest Multi-Service Center | FREE –  Apply, and maybe even get hired, for a summer job at this Hire Houston Youth on-the-spot hiring event. 10am to 3pm.
  • Lake Houston Arts Festival at Town Center Park – Shop for art and gifts at this festival with more than 100 vendors at Kingwood Town Center. $5. 10am to 8pm.
  • The Texas Taco, Tequila and Margarita Festival at Preservation Park – Nosh on tacos from more than 30 vendors, taste tequila, sample margs frozen and on the rocks in over 30 flavors, and enjoy live music from Los Skarnales, Jenny and the Mexicats, and more at this festival in Spring. Tickets start at $15. 1pm to 11pm. I’ll be there!
  • The World According to Snoopy at The Hobby Center –  Watch the Peanuts characters come to life when The World According to Snoopy plays at The Hobby Center. Tickets start at $28.75. 2pm.
  • 23rd Anniversary at Saint Arnold Brewing Company – Celebrate 23 years of craft beer from Saint Arnold with lots of live music and beer at the brewery. Tickets start at $10. 4pm to 11pm.
  • The Market at Sawyer Yards– Shop a curated selection of specialty foods, folk art, and artisan crafts during this market hosted by The Washington Avenue Arts District. 6pm to 10pm.
  • Texas Music Festival at the UH Moores Opera House – Orchestra fellows from the University of Houston Moores School of Music will perform with conductor Franz Anton Krager, soprano Cynthia Clayton, and Jeb Mueller as part of the Texas Music Festival series. Entertainment and a lecture will precede the concert beginning at 6:30pm. Tickets start at $20. 7:30pm.
  • Circus 1903: The Golden Age of Circus at Jones Hall – Step right up to see the greatest show on Earth when Circus 1903 brings the show to Houston with high flying acrobats, contortionists, and the world’s largest performing elephant. Tickets start at $38.  7:30pm.
  • The Fab 5 in Concert at Sambuca – Beatles tribute band The Fab 5 will bring classic tunes to Sambuca for this Saturday evening performance. 8:15pm.
  • Moana Screening at Sugar Land Town Square | FREE – Bring a few lawn chairs and settle in to watch Disney’s Moana at Sugar Land’s Town Square. 8:30pm.
  • The Late Show at Prohibition Supperclub & Bar – Go back to the 1920s when the Moonlight Dolls take the stage at Prohibition Supperclub & Bar for this tastefully suggestive performance. $40. 11:30pm.

Sunday, June 11, 2017

  • Yoga with Cats at El Gato Coffeehouse– Get all the feels at this 45-minute yoga class followed by 30 minutes of playtime with cats at El Gato Coffeehouse. $22. 12:30pm.
  • Rare Cellar Tasting at Saint Arnold Brewing Company – Saint Arnold’s 23rd Anniversary celebration continues with a rare cellar tasting at the brewery. $60. 2pm to 4:30pm.
  • Picnic in the Park at Minute Maid Park Stick around after the Astros game for a barbecue picnic buffet, kids activities, an autograph session, and photos with Orbit. Tickets start at $50. 5pm.
  • Lemonade Day at CityCentre– Help raise funds for children’s cancer research by heading to the CityCentre Plaza to purchase a cup of lemonade. 5pm to 8pm.
  • Metallica in Concert at NRG – Head bang to music from heavy metal band Metallica when their Tour comes to NRG. Tickets start at $55.50, 6pm.
  • Poké Showdown at Bar Bleu– Bar Bleu will host this chef throwdown featuring restaurants like Moku Bar and Ra Sushi to see who can make the best poké dish. Tickets start at $30. 6pm to 10pm.
  • George Springer Bowling Benefit at Lucky Strike –Join Astros outfielder George Springer and other celebrity athletes for this bowling tournament and reception that benefits Camp SAY at Lucky Strike. Tickets start at $200. 7:30pm.

If you needed some weekend plans, here you go! Want to chat about this? Come visit Goldwiser located at 24910 Kuykendahl Rd., Tomball, TX 77375 and open Monday through Saturday 10 am to 7 pm. I’ll be at the The Texas Taco, Tequila and Margarita Festival at Preservation Park all day. Come find me if you’re in the area!

H/T 365thingsinhouston.com