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April 17, 2012 at 02:56PM

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USO MIDWEST REGIONAL PICNIC – DETROIT, MI

Wonderful weather was accompanied by fantastic friends and family at this year’s Uso Midwest Regional Picnic in Detroit, MI.  Riders crossed the Detroit River to enjoy the afternoon together on the city’s beautiful Belle Isle.  Music by DJ Victor V shared the air with the aroma of tacos de pollo and asada and everyone had their fill of festivities and flavor.  This year’s picnic was held in memory of Jimmy from Show and Go Customs… while things were not the same without him, everything was what it was because of him.  Everyone at the event reflected on his memory in a moment of silence.  This year the Detroit chapter was joined by three new members-Tommy, Wooch, and Marc- all with rides and lots of memories built together with Jimmy.

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SUNSET STATION TO CASHMAN CENTER – LAS VEGAS, NV

Each year the second weekend in October has riders and clubs from across the country descend on Vegas for the Lowrider Super Show!  Uso Car Club is one of these.  Although the members and rides vary from year to year, Saturday morning brings the same cherished routine for Uso CC members.  These photos document the gathering in the parking lot, lining up the caravan, and traveling as a club from the hotel to the show to set up.

WESTSIDE LOWRIDER HOP – HAMILTON, OH

Once again, another year in Hamilton has come and gone.  As we cruise home up I-75 we leave behind a weekend full of families, hospitality, great food, great rides, and of course intense hopping action!!  This year’s hop was entertaining and sportmanship took the top prize as the competitors displayed mutual respect for each others’ work even to the point of helping each other get ready in the pit.  Can’t wait until next year!

Unique Opportunity To Support Programming Targeting Youth Involved In Graffiti Art!!

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ENLACE CHICAGO – LA VILLITA, CHICAGO

Economic Development.  Physical Development.  Organizational Development.  And most of all, Human Development.  Enlace Chicago focuses on people and their needs not just projects and politics.  We were in town to conduct several interviews with Community Development Corporations; to learn about similarities and differences between development in Detroit and Chicago.  While there we were treated to a pedestrians-eye-view of the Little Village neighborhood in Chicago by Jaime and Alejandro of Enlace Chicago.

Among other things we checked in on Little Village’s new high school, the future site of Enlace’s Immigration Services Center, several mural projects in collaboration between youth and business owners, housing and businesses, and a soccer tournament in the afterschool program at Farragut, a Chicago Public School.

Can’t wait to play host to our friends from Chicago to show them around the neighborhood and organizations here in southwest Detroit.

ROLLERZ ONLY TOY DRIVE – FULLERTON, CA

An overcast day in Cali brought with it a cast of characters bearing gifts.  The Rollerz Only Toy Drive featured riders from Southside, Brown Pride, Stylistics, Uniques, and more including Rollerz members from as far as Chicago.  When all was said and done and the gifts were collected the cameras started rolling to film Doll-E Girl’s latest video.  Enjoy the pics from the day’s events…

OLD MEMORIES TOY DRIVE – LOS ANGELES

A nice drive to the eastern edge of LA county rewarded riders with good weather an early morning toy drive.  Goodwill, good company, and fine rides set the tone for this event.  Even Mr Cartoon stopped by to show support.  Oldie classics lined the lot while leaving plenty of room for the other clean classics from Bomb Heaven, GoodTimes, Thee Untouchables, Chicano Style, Tradition, solo riders, and many others.

FACES AND PLACES–TORONTO, ONTARIO

Leave your car at home!  A nice train ride into Toronto dumps you off on Front Street where you can get wherever you need to go by cab, street car, or shoe.  Once you get settled in find a place to get your day pass for local transit and you’re off!  From Yonge Street to Queen Street West and Kensington Market to Spadina the food, businesses, art, and culture will captivate you.  This town is must see… bring a camera.  :)

QUEEN STREET WEST–TORONTO, ONTARIO

If you’re on Queen Street W in Toronto make sure to set aside some time to take a peek in the alleys behind the shops on the south side of the street.  Its worth the extra steps if you enjoy public art.