Community Comes Together for Unforgettable Back-to-School Bash at The CENTER @Joshua Home

Joshua Home an LGBTQ Safe Haven kicks off the opening of its new drop-in center for LGBTQ+ youth in the Inland Empire with the Queer Kickoff: Back-to-School and Open House event.

Queer Kickoff Back-to-School event

Queer Kickoff Back-to-School event

COLTON, Calif.Nov. 3, 2023PRLogCommunity Comes Together for Unforgettable Back-to-School Bash at The CENTER @ Joshua Home a New LGBTQ+ Youth Drop-in Center

Colton, August 26, 2023 — The inaugural Queer Kickoff Back-to-School event organized by The CENTER @ Joshua Home an LGBTQ Safe Haven was a resounding success, creating an impactful experience for local families that promises to resonate throughout their lifetimes.

A Game-Changing Event

“The joy we saw on everyone’s faces as they received new shoes, gym shorts, socks, t-shirts, and tops was simply indescribable,” says Annette Patterson, Founder and Executive Director and the event organizer. “This was about more than just new shoes and clothes; this was about community, connection, and support.”

Volunteer Power

The CENTER’s team of dedicated volunteers prepped the venue a week in advance and ensured a seamless operation on the event day. “Our volunteers were the backbone of this event. They not only helped families find what they needed but truly connected with the community,” added Annette.

Partners in Positivity

The CENTER was also thrilled to have community partners like Free Mom Hugs SoCal (IG @freemomhugssocal), who elevated the atmosphere with their trademark hugs, glitter affirmations, and cool giveaways. “They brought so much heart and positivity; it was contagious,” said one of the attendees.

Catering to Community

Acknowledgments are also due for the Super Catering Group (IG @supercateringgroup), who catered the event. “The food was spot-on, and they felt like part of our extended family,” praised the founder.

Grateful for Sponsorship

The CENTER @ Joshua Home extends a heartfelt thank-you to their main sponsor, RIVERSIDE – SAN BERNARDINO COUNTY INDIAN HEALTH, INC., who made sure every detail was accounted for. “Our sponsors were the linchpin that made this event a hit,” emphasized Nick Daily, President of the Board of Directors.

Donations that Make a Difference

Special recognition goes to Amazon employees from the ONT2 (IG @theontempire) warehouse, and SBD3 (IG @wearesbd3) for their generous donations of shoes, clothes, and hygiene items. “Their contributions were clutch. They helped us fulfill the core mission of this event,” said Nick.

Capturing the Magic

The CENTER also extends its gratitude to Colton High’s school newspaper, the Pepper Bough team, and their photographer for capturing every unforgettable moment. “They made us look good and captured the essence of what this event was all about,” Annette pointed out.

A Lasting Impact

Family and friends of The CENTER came together to make this more than an event—it’s a lifelong memory for the children and families involved. “This is a day they will carry with them forever,” concluded Nick.

Joshua Home is excited to announce its second event at The CENTER @ Joshua Home, taking place on Saturday, November 18, 2023. The Love Thrifting? Pop Up Shop welcomes LGBTQIA2S+ youth, their families, and local youth, offering free access to a variety of resources. Annette Patterson expressed, “Our goal is to introduce Joshua Home to the community, distribute clothing and footwear, provide essential resources, and emphasize The CENTER’s commitment to assisting not only homeless and LGBTQ+ youth but also those in need.” To find out more and get involved visit their website

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The future comes as standard – new X2 rolls off assembly line for first time in Regensburg

+++ E-mobility ramp-up at BMW Group Plant Regensburg in full swing +++ Additional production volume means adding night shift, three-shift operation +++ Plant Director Armin Ebner on start of production: Day of encouragement for the team

Regensburg – WEBWIRE

It has only been a few weeks since the first photos of the all-new BMW X2 went around the world: Now, it is rolling off the assembly line at BMW Group Plant Regensburg. From now on, different types of drive train will be flexibly manufactured in Regensburg on a single production line from models with internal combustion engines, to plug-in hybrids, to fully-electric vehicles. Up to 1,000 BMW 1 Series, BMW X1 and BMW X2 models are currently coming off the production line at BMW Group Plant Regensburg every workday destined for customers worldwide.

With production of the BMW X2 and its fully-electric variant, the BMW iX2, we continue to set the pace, here in Regensburg, for the ramp-up of electromobility, confirmed Plant Director Armin Ebner. That we are now building a second fully-electric model here in Upper Palatinate will boost the sites production volume. The plant director underlined everyone is very proud of the new vehicle and the tremendous team effort that went into it: For our team, todays start of production is a day of encouragement. After all, production specialists in Regensburg have done everything possible in the past few months to integrate the new BMW X2 silently into ongoing standard production from the initial prototypes and pre-series, through extensive quality inspections, up to and including comprehensive skills development for the whole manufacturing team.

Our plant is working at full steam. The additional production volumes mean we are now adding a night shift at the Regensburg location, effective immediately with three-shift operation going forward, added Ebner.
By the end of the year, the BMW Group will invest more than 350 million euros in vehicle production in Regensburg, creating permanent jobs for around 500 new employees at the site.

Lean, green, digital: With BMW iFACTORY, the BMW Group is also setting standards and redefining the future of automotive production at the Regensburg location. For example, BMW Group Plant Regensburg is the automotive industrys first plant worldwide to use an end-to-end digitalised and automated process for inspection, processing and marking of painted vehicle surfaces in standard production that relies on robots controlled by AI (artificial intelligence). For the plant, this represents another step towards the digital, intelligently connected factory.

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BMW Group Plants Regensburg and Wackersdorf

The BMW Group has viewed itself for decades as the benchmark for production technology and operational excellence in vehicle construction including at its locations in Regensburg and Wackersdorf.
The BMW Group vehicle plant in Regensburg has been in operation since 1986 and is one of more than 30 BMW Group production locations worldwide. A total of up to 1,000 vehicles of the BMW 1 Series, BMW X1 and BMW X2 models come off the production line at Plant Regensburg every workday destined for customers all over the world. Different types of drive trains are flexibly manufactured on a single production line from vehicles with internal combustion engines to plug-in hybrids, to fully-electric models.

High-voltage batteries for the electric models built in Regensburg are also produced locally, in direct proximity to the vehicle plant. They are assembled at the electric component production facility, which opened in 2021 at the Leibnizstrasse location.
BMW Innovation Park Wackersdorf also belongs to the Regensburg site. The 55-hectare campus built in the 1980s was originally intended as a nuclear reprocessing facility. The BMW Group has located its cockpit production there, as well as its parts supply for overseas plants. In addition to BMW as the largest employer, several other companies are also based at Innovation Park Wackersdorf. A total of around 2,500 employees work there.

The BMW Group core staff at the Regensburg and Wackersdorf locations in eastern Bavaria is made up of around 9,000 employees, including more than 300 apprentices.


BMW iX1 xDrive30:
Power consumption combined (WLTP): 18.1-16.8 kWh/100 km;
CO2 emissions: 0 g/km; NEDC data:
BMW X1 xDrive30e:
Fuel consumption combined: 1.0-0.7-litre/100 km; power consumption combined: 16.9 kWh-14.7 kWh/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 23-16 g/km (WLTP); NEDC data:

BMW X1 xDrive23i:
Fuel consumption combined: 7.2-6.5 litre/100 km; CO2 emissions combined: 163-146 g/km (WLTP); NEDC data:

BMW iX2 xDrive30:
Power consumption combined (WLTP): 17.7-16.3 kWh/100 km, fuel consumption combined (NEDC): , CO2 emissions: 0 g/km, (NEDC): , Range: 417-449 km (WLTP).

BMW X2 M35i xDrive:
Fuel consumption combined (WLTP): 8.0-7.7 l/100km, Fuel consumption combined (NEDC): ,CO2 emissions combined (WLTP): 181-174 g/km, CO2 emissions combined (NEDC): .

BMW X2 sDrive20i:
Fuel consumption combined (WLTP): 6.5-6.0 l/100km, fuel consumption combined (NEDC): , CO2 emissions combined (WLTP): 148-136g/km,
CO2 emissions combined (NEDC): ,

BMW X2 sDrive18d:
Fuel consumption combined (WLTP): 5.5-5.1 l/100km fuel consumption combined (NEDC): ,CO2 emissions combined (WLTP): 145-133g/km,
CO2 emissions combined (NEDC): ,

Pulitzer on the Road Comes to Austin


The Pulitzer Prizes (in collaboration with The Library Foundation and PEN Across America) will present a discussion withauthorHernan Diazand journalistEli Saslowonthe craft of storytelling in different genres through their Pulitzer-winning journalism and historical fiction as part of the ongoing Pulitzer on the Road series. The conversation will moderated by Pulitzer AdministratorMarjorie Miller.

Diaz and Saslow will explore the crucial aspect of truth in journalism as well as historical fiction; American loneliness and omnipotence; whose narratives get told and prioritized, and how they bring their characters to life on the page.

The event will be held at AustinsCentral Library Gallery from6:30 – 7:30pm CST on November 16. A reception will follow. Although admission is free, all attendees must register here.

Here Comes the BOOM

 Like all superheroes, BOOM has an origin story. In 2019, when Q-Tran was expanding and redesigning their office space, the manufacturer encountered a problem: at the time there weren’t any suspended fixtures in the company’s product portfolio. John Tremaine, founder of Q-Tran, put pencil to paper and started concepting the perfect direct/indirect suspended fixture.

Being used throughout the Q-Tran offices and therefore presenting the brand’s take on primary lighting, BOOM needed to make a statement while offering the highest possible quality light output.

What sets this fixture apart from the rest?

As a primary fixture, BOOM’s architectural flared “Y” profile sets it apart in a marketplace currently dominated by rectangles. In addition to its striking silhouette, almost every aspect of BOOM is customizable, affording architects and designers the ability to drastically change its appearance.

With maximum fixture lengths of an impressive 12 feet, this substantial fixture provides a long line of continuous light. Multiple BOOM fixtures can be connected to create configurations including squares, rectangles, crosses, grids, or a line of suspended light.

An array of décor panel options including white, black, bronze, brass and gunmetal are stocked. Three unique end cap styles in matching tones and pops of red, blue or yellow allow the fixture to walk a gamut of design genres from modern to transitional. Custom colors for both décor panels and end caps are available on demand.

Not surprisingly, the performance of Q-Tran’s new offering impresses. Direct and indirect lighting can be individually controlled and offer maximums of 900 lumens up and 1100 lumens down. LED watt per foot options range from 1.5 watt to 9 watt in high efficacy. With 78 LED strips available for either uplight or downlight, an amazing 6,000+ LED mixes are possible.

Representing a step forward for Q-Tran’s offering, BOOM houses two of the company’s feature fixtures: VERS in the downlight and OPTI as the uplight. OPTI’s lenses allow lighting designers to select from photometrics ranging from narrow lines of light to wide washes of illumination.

By integrating Q-Tran’s thoughtful product design with LEDs featuring exceptional CRI and R9 results, it’s no surprise Q-Tran’s architectural fixture seamlessly blends art and light, creating a showstopping addition to any commercial or residential application.

Ready to make a design BOOM?

Q-Tran, Inc. was founded in 1993 in response to an industry need for transformers specifically designed for low voltage lighting. The company has grown to sell over 300 varieties of Transformers and LED Power Supply Centers. In 2013, Q-Tran introduced Linear LED Lighting and Extrusions, quickly becoming one of the most trusted names in the industry. Q-Tran continues to be an industry leader by applying the same high standards, innovative design, and dedication to produce only the highest-quality products. Q-Tran proudly designs and manufactures lighting solutions in Milford, Connecticut.

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Summer Comes to Mango With the New Collection the Sun Is Everywhere

Mango launches The Sun is everywhere, a campaign full of vitality inspired by the sensations of the energy produced by the sun, especially during the Mediterranean summer season. A relaxing summer afternoon, surrounding yourself with friends, breakfast in the heart of nature, dancing, swimming… unique moments under the sun that accompanies them. In a moment of uncertainty, new opportunities present themselves and energies are renewed through this collection, where optimism takes centre stage. The soul of 70s Ibiza, the icon of freedom, the explosion of prints and colour, and positivity, are the essence of this campaign.

The star garments in the collection are the monochrome dresses and those with floral and psychedelic prints. In addition, sheer dresses in cotton voile or poplin become 24/7 allies on long summer days.Printed t-shirts, mini dresses and gilets produced in crochet and inspired by the 70s take centre stage, together with key pieces in denim with a retro air.A colour palette of blues and apple green, reflecting serenity, predominates.In accessories, floral bucket hats and retro sunglasses make the perfect outfit.All together, they achieve flowing, comfortable and fun looks which break away from formalities and invite Mediterranean pleasure.

The offering for men combines different casual garments to create a relaxed and carefree look. Relaxing or loose-fit trousers predominate, as do printed shirts, poplin combos, and new garments in knitwear, such as polo gilets. Shades of yellow, orange and blue present themselves as the new proposal this season. Graphic details and stripes are also featured, interpreted in a sophisticated manner in solid styles.

Photographer: Eddie Wrey

Stylist: Aleksandra Woroniecka

Models: Louise Follain, Mélodie Vaxelaire Mukasa Kakonge, Klara Kristin,Jill Kortleve and Alberto Perazzolo

Hair stylist: Paolo Soffiatti

Make-up artist: Egon Crivillers