2021 Nissan Maxima 40th Anniversary Edition gets retro gauges, red interior

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The reveal of the Nissan Z Proto is easily the most significant event for Nissan this year, but another of its long-running nameplates is reaching a big milestone, too. The Nissan Maxima full-size flagship sedan is turning 40 years old. To celebrate, there’s a 2021 Nissan Maxima 40th Anniversary Edition, complete with all the bells and whistles and some unique trimmings.

On the outside, the special edition Maxima gets an exclusive two-tone gray and black paint job. The 19-inch wheels as well as all the trim and badges are finished in black, too. Even the exhaust tips are painted back.

The interior is the real draw, though. The seats are wrapped in a deep red semi-aniline leather with black accents. Matching the seats is red stitching found on the doors and dashboard. The seats have “40th Anniversary” embossed in them. Other trim is finished in dark chrome. But one literal bright spot is found in the gauge cluster. The faces of the speedometer and tachometer dials are a silvery white, referencing some past Maxima models.

Other than these color tweaks, the Maxima 40th Anniversary Edition is your typical high-trim sedan. It uses the second-highest Platinum trim level as its base, but picks up the rear heated seats from the top Platinum Reserve. Under the hood is a 3.5-liter V6 making 300 horsepower and 261 pound-feet of torque. It sends power through a CVT to the front wheels only. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but we would expect it to come in around $45,000 considering 2020 Maxima pricing and the likely upcharge for the special edition.

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Qur’anic Botanic Garden celebrates 12th anniversary

The Qur’anic Botanic Garden (QBG), the first of its kind in the world to have all the plant species mentioned in the Holy Quran, and those in the Hadith and Sunnah, has celebrated its 12th anniversary.

The Qur’anic Botanic Garden, a member of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, held a virtual ceremony to mark the occasion, broadcasting a live video of the model park located in the center of Education City, its divisions, plants, the Botanical Museum, and the Plant Conservation Center.

The ceremony highlighted the role of the Qur’anic Botanic Garden since its establishment in demonstrating the interest of the Islamic heritage in preserving the environment and its tangible and continuous contributions to Qatar National Vision 2030. As part of its “Ghars” campaign, the QBG pledged to plant 2022 trees as part of the preparations for the 2022 FIFA World Cup. The campaign has planted nearly 2000 trees so far.

The ceremony also highlighted the tangible impact of the QBG and its prominent role in instilling a collective sense of responsibility towards the environment among school students of all ages, through its educational programs and initiatives that focus on environmental sustainability and preservation, namely the “Young Plant Researcher” program and the “Fun and Learn” educational program for the elementary level, as well as the educational Food Security program.

The participants underlined the keenness of the Qur’anic Botanic Garden on regularly launching campaigns, events and exhibitions, as well as agricultural and education programs to encourage community members to establish home gardens and preserve plant and natural resources. The most recent of which was the webinar the QBG hosted to highlight the main efforts made to conserve plants and the ecosystem in the Arabian Peninsula.

Commenting on the occasion, Project Manager of the Qur’anic Botanic Garden Fatima Al Khulaifi expressed happiness at celebrating the 12th anniversary of the Qur’anic Botanic Garden, praising the community engagement and support during the virtual events held during the difficult months of the coronavirus pandemic.

In addition to the events, programs and successful initiatives, the Qur’anic Botanic Garden has entered into fruitful partnerships with many prominent local and international institutions, including ministries and banks in the State of Qatar and botanic gardens around the world, Al Khulaifi added.

She also noted several achievements accomplished by the QBG and the most important developments it has witnessed since its establishment, in addition to its awareness programs and educational initiatives.

HH Sheikha Moza bint Nasser, the Chairperson of Qatar Foundation for Education, Science and Community Development, inaugurated the Qur’anic Botanic Garden in September 17, 2008, by planting the Gardens very first tree, the Sidra, which is the symbol of the Foundation.

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Garden yoga, anyone? The Glowing Body celebrates 12th anniversary outside

When The Glowing Body Yoga & Healing Arts studio opened in Happy Holler in 2008, no one could have foreseen the circumstances of its 12th anniversary celebration.

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Thankfully, on Tuesday, Sept. 8, its teachers and students were able to have a safe, meaningful and very enjoyable evening together on the lawn at the Knoxville Botanical Garden & Arboretum.

“I was pleasantly surprised that we had that many people show up in the middle of a pandemic!” said Jennifer Beyt Coffin, one of the studio’s longtime teachers. “It was heartwarming to see the support and the yearning for people to do yoga together. Of course, we did some work on the back end to make that happen.”

Talk about an understatement.

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