by Gina Myers

National Hispanic Heritage Month begins on Wednesday, September 15th. The following day, September 16th, Mexico will celebrate its Bicentennial Independence Day. Locally this weekend, the Saginaw chapter of the Low-4-Life Car Club will kick off the celebration of this historical event by hosting a two-day car show concluding with a Tejano dance on Sunday night.

The 14th Annual Low-4-Life Car Club Fall Slam is expected to draw cars from across Michigan and the Mid-West and from as far away as Texas and California. "Last year there were over one hundred cars entered with about 1,500 spectators," explains Club President Toyo. "This year we expect a similar turnout." While there is certain to be a lot of low-riders in the show, all car and bike types are invited, from muscle to street to European.

In addition to the car show, there will be food vendors, live entertainment, guest speakers, and a kid zone which will include a bounce house. Saturday is Kid's Day and there will be various activities for children to take part in. Low-4-Life also has a bike club for kids with current members ranging from ages three to seventeen years old. Club Secretary Mika Luna says, "We want to show kids that there are positive things in the community."

On Sunday, after the car show concludes, the after party begins. Eddie Gonzales, a Texas Tejano artist, will headline a night of live music which will also feature local acts QuVo and Los Carnales. T.C.T. DJ Dance Entertainment will also be on hand. Doors open at 7 pm and the dance lasts from 8 pm to 1 am.

Much more than just a car club, Low-4-Life will put proceeds from the event into its scholarship fund. "Everyone needs help with school right now, so we're excited to be able to bring back our scholarship," says Toyo. Low-4Life, which is a non-profit organization, sponsors a number of events throughout the community during the year, from collecting food for the East Side Soup Kitchen Thanksgiving Dinner to hosting brunches to raise money for the annual Cinco de Mayo parade. The organization has a strong commitment to giving back to the community.

All events take place at the Knights of Columbus Hall at 2280 Williamson in Saginaw. Admission to the car show for adults is $5 with children 12 and under getting in for free when accompanied by an adult. Tickets for the dance are $20 in advance and $25 at the door. Advance tickets may be purchased at El Rancho Grande and Maria's in Saginaw, at the Players Club in Bridgeport, and directly from any Low-4-Life member. If you're interested in finding out more about the Low-4-Life Car Club or Bike Club, visit them on Facebook or call 989.529.3998.

© Gina Myers, 2010