Trekking LA Tour Series Explores Boyle Heights with local docent Malissa Strong

One of over 30 tours led by trained neighborhood docents throughout the summer


On Saturday, June 9, 2012, the non-profit L.A. Commons (—with the mission to connect people across Los Angeles’ vast metropolis through the artistic, social and cultural projects that celebrate the unique stories of L.A.’s neighborhoods—will continue with its sixth series of Trekking LA tours.  This year the tour guides, rather than being staff of LA Commons, are a cadre of trained neighborhood docents from across the city.


Malissa ‘s tour will introduce participants to Boyle Heights’ rich historic corridor. Meet at Mariachi Plaza Kiosk (near Libros Schmibros), 1711 east First Street, Los Angeles, 90033 at 10am. The Tour consists of a flat walk of approximately ½ mile and will end again at Mariachi Plaza. Bring comfortable shoes, a hat and some water. Stay to get lunch or a smoothie after the tour.


It is highly recommended to take public transit (Gold Line Metro stop, Mariachi Plaza). Metro tickets are $5.00 for all day, $1.50 general or $.25 / $.55 senior one train/one way. There is street parking, please review all signs. Bring change in case there are meters.  Arrive early to allow for parking.


Info and signups for the tour can be found at:  LA Commons seeks to connect communities across the L.A. landscape through quality interactive experiences, encouraging people to (re)discover and learn about the various neighborhoods they pass by on the freeway everyday.


Trekking LA. is supported by the California Arts Council, The Goldhirsh Foundation and The California Consumer Protection Foundation.


WHO:            In the sixth season, Trekking LA Tours have guided hundreds of people on walks in Los Angeles’ culturally rich and undiscovered neighborhoods to experience the art, stories, food and wonderful people found there.  L.A. Commons, a project of Community Partners, works in neighborhoods throughout Los Angeles, facilitating artistic processes, open to all, that result in highly visible public art projects that tell dynamic neighborhood stories. L.A. Commons builds community by validating the importance of local narratives, enhancing the sense of belonging felt by a broad range of stakeholders and encouraging stronger ties between the people and places of Los Angeles.


WHEN:        Saturday, June 9, 2012, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

WHERE:      Mariachi Plaza Kiosk (near Libros Schmibros), 1711 east First Street, Los Angeles, 90033

COST:          The tour costs $10.


INFO:          For additional information, please visit or contact Karen Mack at karen@lacommons or  213-705-4457.