Know Your City’s calendar is full this weekend – no matter the weather! This Friday, La Bonita North hosts a benefit for Know Your City. Then, on Saturday and Sunday KYC will host its 2 final walking tours of the year – our popular Sing A Song of Portland! and Old Town/Chinatown.
Please join us this Friday, October 24 at La Bonita North (2710 N Killingsworth St), where all day long, 15% of sales will go to the organization – what a delicious way to fundraise! We’re honored and looking forward to sharing a meal (or 2 or 3!) with friends and family where you can show support for KYC as well as a beloved local restaurant. Giving to the community is a practice that this family-owned Mexican restaurant has done for years, whether by donating time, dollars or dinner, they believe in participating in their community by helping out in a meaningful way to them. La Bonita was recently named “Little” Big Player, which recognizes unique arts-business partnerships from the Business for Culture in the Arts. They are a big player in our eyes – this partnership can make a huge impact to our budget, and it’s an easy way the community can help support 2 local treasures – Know Your City and La Bonita. More info on our Facebook event.
The very next day, Saturday, October 25, KYC hosts the first of its final two walking tours of the year: Sing A Song of Portland! The tour is a troubadour-led, free walking tour with local musician Lukas Borsten, that gives you music history, social history and song, all together. For example, you are invited to stand in front of Portland institution, Powell’s Books and sing the Decemberists while you hear about the literary history of Portland. You’ll also learn the story of James Chasse, a local musician suffering from schizophrenia who died while in police custody, sparking a debate about police accountability and mental health issues in Portland. Alien Boy, by the Wipers, is sung where this event happened. It’s a song memorializing conversations Chasse had with the band earlier in his life. This active engagement with history is fundamental to the value of our programming and to the value you experience from our programming. Tickets are FREE with donation to troubador. RSVP by clicking “Get Tickets”.
Lastly, on Sunday, October 26th, KYC winds its tour season down with a walking tour of Old Town/Chinatown. Reiko Hilyer, pictured above, will lead a group on a tour she researched and wrote as a member and volunteer with Know Your City. She has since become an active board member and valuable contributor to our programs and fundraising efforts. Reiko’s interest in Portland’s working class and immigrant histories led her to Know Your City, and inspired her to become an involved partner, and create partnerships from her circles. When you sign up to be member, you are also becoming an involved partner – you are directly supporting our ability to create and produce programs. Tour tickets are $20 – purchase them at Eventbrite.
While this concludes our public tours for the year, we will continue offering private group tours of Multicultural Portland and DIY PDX. Tour groups need to have a minimum of 4 people to run. For more information about booking a group tour, call our office at (971) 717-7307.
Thanks for a great year of tours! See you next year!