Weekend in Boyle Heights: Public Furniture Installation, Tour de la Heights

The Ovarian Psycos Cycle Brigade will lead a ride throughout Boyle Heights to highlight historical and culturally significant sites in the neighborhood. Photo from Ovarian Psycos.

It’s a packed weekend in Boyle Heights, filled with bicycle rides, events highlighting historical treasures, and an intersection getting some new public furniture. Here’s a weekend rundown of things to check out:

Public furniture installation at the corner of Fickett Street and Wabash Avenue

Union de Vecinos will install public furniture  at 6 p.m. today on the corner of Fickett Street and Wabash Avenue. There will be a procession to the site, where there will be activities for families and children to celebrate the furnitures installation. This is the second phase of the Living Streets Initiative that started with a case study released by Green LA Coalition.

A public living room was installed last month at Fickett and Boulder Streets, as part of the campaign to demonstrate living streets principals in Boyle Heights by Living Streets L.A.

Tour de la Heights bike ride, hosted by the Ovarian Psycos

At 1 p.m. Saturday, the Ovarian Pscyos will lead a ride throughout Boyle Heights to promote the historical and culturally significant sights in the neighborhood. Meeting at Self Help Graphics and Arts (1300 East 1st Street, Los Angeles, CA. 90033) at 1 p.m., “Tour de la Heights,” will have three main stops at Centro de Communicion Communitario, Proyecto jardin, and Corazon del Pueblo, where each will give out snacks and refreshments. According to their Facebook event page, the route will pass by sites like Evergreen Cemetery, Caine’s Arcade, LAC/USC Medical Center, and the 1st Street Arts District.

A pocket map highlighting historical sights in Boyle Heights will be given to people on a donation basis.The map and the ride are funded through a grant from the the Building Healthy Communities-Boyle Heights.

Boyle Heights Cultural Treasures

Happening a few hours before the Tour de la Heights, the Boyle Heights Cultural Treasures project will have an event at Self Help Graphics and Arts to showcase its cataloging project of significant sites and people in the neighborhood.

As reported by Boyle Heights Beat, performances, video screenings, workshops and food will be at the event to highlight the Boyle Heights culture.