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Second Life Destinations: Finian’s Dream and Beyond


Second Life Destinations

This week we invite you to take a fantastical journey to the regions created by Resident Natalie Starlight.

United by thematic elements that draw from fairy tales, the fantasy genre, and her boundless imagination, these regions are visually sumptuous and will truly make you feel as if you have been transported to a different world.

The Lost Unicorn Gallery, shown in the video, features a beautiful elven castle full of amazing fantasy artwork. There are monthly shows and events for different artists, as well as rotational exhibits. Check out the official website for more information on the latest featured artist, cottage rentals, and photos.

Finian’s Dream, based on old Celtic Ireland, is a mysterious mountainside village. Walk into the fog to explore the castle, tavern, and rolling green hills.

There is also Storybook, which has a more whimsical aesthetic. Frolic amongst the flowers and glistening trees! This region welcomes all avatars but is a particularly wonderful place to visit for elves, faeries, fauns, satyrs, fae and the like.

Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres

 

Strawberry Linden

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Pictured: Craggy Island

Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Destination Guide!

 

The official Titmouse event space will be open for a limited time, until the end of May, so make sure to visit soon with your friends and enjoy the 90-minute production which consists of dozens of edgy short animations produced by the talented Titmouse team. Learn more about it in our blog post from the other day, and watch the CEO of Titmouse on Second Life's Lab Gab from earlier today.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Got a spot that you’d like listed in the Destination Guide? Make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.

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Are you missing nights out at the movies with your friends? In Second Life, you can now watch and enjoy films together in an all-new virtual cinema featuring short cartoons from independent animation studio Titmouse.

For the next month, you can watch an exclusive showing of its annual “5 Second Animation” shorts program within a massive cinema space in Second Life. The 90-minute production consists of dozens of edgy short animations produced by the talented Titmouse team.

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Titmouse is known as the Emmy Award-winning maker of many of today’s most popular animated shows available across a wide number of cable and streaming outlets including “Big Mouth” on Netflix, “Star Trek: Lower Decks” on Paramount +, Adult Swim’s “Metalocalypse,” and  “Star Wars: Galaxy of Adventures” on DisneyXD.

Several Hollywood industry insiders attended an April 23rd premiere screening of the show, which will continue to screen to the general public through May 24. 

Check it out for a limited time in Second Life!

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...and there’s more!

Fans of Titmouse and independent animation won’t want to miss our exclusive Q&A with Titmouse CEO Chris Prynoski, held this Friday, April 30 at 9am SLT on “Lab Gab”! Here’s your chance to ask questions and interact with the Titmouse co-founder during this special live event.

 

Check it out today!

Linden Lab

Second Life Destinations
This week we are taking a look at several anime themed regions that are bursting with fun and colorful odes to Japanese culture.

Anime, a Japanese style of animation, has become popular throughout the world. It can be found in graphic novels, film, television, and of course, Second Life! There has been a massive following of anime devotees inworld for years, and there is now an anime category in the Destination Guide.
Taikou, created by Hiro Hamada, is a small Japanese town with a market and arcade. Hiro tells us, “I'm deeply inspired by Japanese architecture and culture, so I enjoy creating builds, backdrops, decor, and even food. Whenever I'm back in Japan I take a bunch of photos of the scenery so I have references of what to make in SL. I want everyone to be able to feel the joy of Japan. I've made a lot of great friends in SL that I never would have been able to meet anywhere else.” Hiro’s travels add a great degree of authenticity to this region, which shows the unlimited possibilities when elements of the physical world and imagination collide in the virtual realm.
For those who would like an anime style avatar, Waifu Factory cannot be missed. Here you can find many brands: UTILIZATOR, ABC apparel, Wretch, Ayashi, MelonBunny, Pirocius, and more. From bodies to eyes and even animations, the detail that many Residents put into their avatars is breathtaking.
SU-SHI City is great for photos, with rows of cherry blossoms that are characteristic of Japan. Owner Marcus BlueSky says, “We began with just an ancient town, but then wanted to add more details and now we can finally present an ancient village, a town, and a modern city. Visitors use the place for their blogs, product pictures, and even want to live and run shops here.”
Other visually stunning anime regions include Tonarino, which includes Nekomachi Street. This urban cat city feels like a whimsical daydream and is sure to make anyone smile. Additionally, Hikari and UMIMOTO Marina offer relaxing spaces with impressive attention to detail.
These regions are open to everyone and feel like a museum, cartoon, and vacation all in one. Teleport over today and discover your inner anime character.
Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres
Linden Lab

Events
Get ready for the Titmouse 5 Second Animation Night, screening 24/7 in a virtual cinema from April 24 through May 24 in Second Life.
PREPARING FOR THE EVENT
Do I need a Second Life account to participate?
Yes. If you are not already a member of Second Life, then sign up for free!
I am already a Second Life member. Do I need to sign up again?
No. You can use your existing Second Life account to participate!
What is Second Life?
Second Life is the Internet’s largest user-created virtual world already experienced by millions of people across the world. Participants can use text and voice chat to socialize, explore, and create together across thousands of unique virtual world experiences and communities. Almost everything you see in Second Life was created by the community! 
How do I get Second Life? Is it safe to download?
Second Life can be downloaded and installed on a PC, Mac or Linux. Once you register, you will automatically be prompted to download the Second Life Viewer. You can also manually download the Viewer directly from the official Second Life website.
Installing Second Life is safe and secure -- it does not contain any spyware. 
Does Second Life work on a mobile device or tablet?
Not officially. While there are some experimental third party Viewers, attendees of this event are strongly encouraged to use a desktop-based Viewer.
Are there any tutorial videos for getting started?
Yes! Check out our New User Video Tutorials on YouTube for tips on customizing your avatar and getting started in Second Life. These are available in English, Spanish, Portuguese, Russian, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Turkish, and Polish.
How do I change my look?

The fastest way to change your look in Second Life is via the avatar button. A pop up will appear with several new looks to choose from. Just click any look to instantly transform your avatar. You can watch this tutorial to see how it works.
Feeling more ambitious? You can craft an even more complex avatar if you want to spend a bit of time and money. YouTube has several tutorials that can help. You can also shop for a complete avatar on the Second Life Marketplace.
How do I explore Second Life?
In addition to the special venue created for this event, Second Life is a huge virtual world filled with both public and private experiences including virtual nightclubs, fashion events, art exhibitions, social hangout spots, and much more. Check out the Destination Guide to see a directory of thousands of places. Once you see a virtual world destination you like, you can visit it “inworld” (inside Second Life). 
DURING THE EVENT

Do I need to arrive exactly at showtime?
Once you arrive, head to the movie theater where the video presentation should automatically begin to play. If you don't see the video, make sure to toggle the play/pause icon in the upper right of the Second Life Viewer.
How do I join the screening or visit any location in Second Life?
Assuming you have already downloaded, installed, and logged in to Second Life then you should be ready to go! 
The virtual cinema will be open to the general public from April 24 to May 24. To attend any screening, click this link to get the directory listing with the correct virtual world event location. On this page, select “Teleport” or “Visit this Location”
From the web directory, click the “Teleport” button.

Alternatively, you can choose “View on map” and then you will see a larger map that shows the location in the context of the entire virtual world. From this screen, you can click proceed by clicking “Visit this location.”

Once clicked, your Second Life Viewer will auto-launch and a pop-up “Place Profile” window will appear inside your Viewer - Select the “Teleport” button to travel to your new destination.

During your teleport, you will see an interstitial screen that looks something like this:

After the teleport is complete, you should be at your new destination! 
My teleport is not working! What do I do?
Sometimes a teleport fails if the destination is offline, private, and/or already at full capacity. If so, you will see a message like this:

In the case of a high-demand event with limited capacity, there is a good chance that the event is already at its maximum attendance.

If this is the case, then you can keep trying to teleport to the location. Once space opens up at the location, you should be able to teleport successfully. 
Please note that some events and locations are popular once they initially open up to the public - so keep trying if you can’t get in on your first try!
How do I smash things in the smash cage in Second Life?
When you enter through the door of the Smash Cage, a random weapon will be automatically attached to you. Simply walk over to the smashables in the center of the cage and click them -- you will hit the object and it will explode! When you leave the cage, the weapon will be automatically detached from you.
How do I control the volume within Second Life?
In the Second Life Viewer, look for the speaker icon in the upper right and hover your mouse over it to expand to a pop-up selector that allows you to change the volume on various audio sources in Second Life. 

How do I claim my free virtual gifts?
As you enter the party, look for the white-tented booths on your right. Claim your free swag bag at these booths!

How do I talk to other people in Second Life?
For many events, voice chat is disabled but you can chat with text either privately or publicly to other attendees. To chat, select the Chat button at the bottom of your Viewer. A pop-up will appear where you can type in your text chat.
Someone is harassing me! How do I get them to stop?
You can block anyone by simply right-clicking on any avatar and then select “Block.” 

You can also block them by selecting their name in the chatbox and right-clicking to select “Block Voice” or “Block Text.”

You can also report abuse inside the Viewer. See this video to learn more.
How do I take a picture in Second Life?
Taking pictures in Second Life is simple! Just click the snapshot button in the Second Life Viewer and then save. Don’t forget to share your favorite snapshots with your friends!

What do I do after the event is over?
Return to your normal dismal life. Or get a vibrant Second Life by continuing to explore thousands of cool destinations and events across the metaverse. Happy! Happy!
Tara Linden
This week we are featuring Mankind Tracer, a.k.a. Seth Regan, who has been playing rock music in SL since 2006. He is a prolific performer inworld as well as IRL and has made several albums over the years.
For more information, please check out his official website.
Q: When/how did you hear about Second Life?
A: I was surfing Yahoo in 2006 from my apartment in New York and saw an ad come up. Of course I had to check out this new thing called a ‘Virtual World’!
Q: How old were you when you started playing music, and what prompted your interest?
A: I originally started piano lessons at about nine years old after my parents saw I was able to play songs by ear. I took lessons for a few years, but made the move to guitar after hearing Pink Floyd and other cool rock tunes I was exposed to at a young age by my five older brothers.
Q: Tell us about some musicians who have been important/influential to you.
A: I have a lot of favorites, so many songs by so many phenomenal artists and bands are crammed in my head. I’d probably say Pink Floyd and other progressive rock bands, some classical tunes as well, and I’m also a big Billy Joel fan. I love so much music from so many different periods and decades. 
Q: Have you been making new music during the quarantine? If not, how have you managed your relationship to music/creativity during a time when it can be hard to feel motivated?
A: I released my last album Covers - Part I in 2020 during Covid. It’s a double album that contains 25 cover tunes that I recorded as acoustic covers and some that I did more full studio productions on. During this unprecedented time, I’ve turned to music, as I always have. It’s my home. It’s my soul, my breath and my guiding light when I just need to regroup.
Q: You've been active in SL for what, about 14 years now? How has the music scene changed, and how has your approach to performing inworld evolved?
A: It seems to be in a constant state of flux, just like it does in RL. Of course with the unfortunate start of Covid last year, many artists were no longer able to play their RL gigs, so they migrated to other online platforms, SL included. My approach to performing in SL hasn’t changed at all. I have always recognized that these are people from all over the world behind the avatars. 
 
I’d also like to add that when a venue, or any business for that matter, is kind enough to book me, I put my name and my all behind the event, including creating promotional graphics and marketing to about 400K+ SL’ers within my networks. I think it’s very important that as the musicians, besides our performances, we do what we can to help promote those who are hiring us to perform for their audience(s).
Q: What is the most meaningful aspect of the SL music community to you?
A: I would have to say diversity. There are so many wonderful, talented artists from all over the globe. This as well as the inherent property of SL itself… the platform. When I first started, I noticed there were some sending a DJ signal into SL. I thought, well if they can send a signal off a board, why can’t I send a live signal. Then I very quickly started my live shows, not before seeing other live musicians were in on it too. It’s an amazing tool we musicians have with SL. I use(d) it to springboard my RL career. I chose to mix SL and RL. Some don’t and that’s perfectly fine. We have that choice. For me personally, I managed to leverage my SL career to gain more exposure for both Mankind and Seth. I am forever grateful.
Follow his socials for the latest news on his music: 
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Thank you, Mankind Tracer! If you or someone you know would like to submit content for Music Mondays, please fill out this form.
Linden Lab
It’s been a busy and exciting 2021 for Second Life with several significant improvements, most notably our recent transition to Amazon’s cloud servers. Our team is excited to continue to bring better performance and ongoing enhancements to make Second Life even better.
Our goal is simple: enhance the enjoyment of current Residents by making things faster, smoother, and more interesting. We are seeing an increase in activity in-world, so we are hoping these investments are starting to pay off for you. At present we are:
Investing in our infrastructure to further improve speed and cadence of updates  Overhauling the onboarding experience for the newest Residents UI cleanup  Developing new marketing initiatives and entertainment partnerships to fuel growth Preparing for SL18B  Less glamorous but no less crucial is our ongoing and growing work to ensure compliance with multiple regulatory requirements We’ve spent time looking at ways to manage these costs in a way that minimizes the overall burden on our Residents. We decided to absorb many of the costs and to distribute some by making a change to Linden Dollar "buy fees." 
Effective April 22, the current flat buy fee rate of $1.49 will be replaced by a 7.5% buy fee (capped at $9.99) applied to the total amount of Linden Dollars purchased in each transaction. The $1.49 minimum still applies.
This impacts the least number of transactions and still allows us to offset some of the costs for upgrades to our world.  
Please see the FAQ below for more information and context about this change. For further questions, please join the conversation in our community forums.
BUY FEE FAQ
Q: How will this impact the cost of my Linden Dollar purchases?
A: It depends on the size of your Linden Dollar purchase in each transaction. We worked to ensure that most casual purchases will see no change at all.
For example, smaller Linden Dollar purchases (roughly equivalent to about $20 USD or less*) will see no change in cost as the new $1.49 minimum charge is equivalent to the cost of the existing flat fee. 
As another example, a $40 USD purchase of approximately L$10,000*  would be charged a $3 “buy fee” (equal to 7.5% of $40). 
For larger Linden Dollar purchases (approximately $139 or higher*), the 7.5% fee will cap out at $9.99 maximum in a single transaction.
Q: How will I know the exact transaction fee that I’m charged before I make the purchase?
A: The transaction fee will be clearly visible at the point of sale on the Buy L$ page on the Secondlife.com website. The image below shows you an example of where to see the transaction fee before the purchase transaction is completed:

You will see the 7.5% transaction fee auto-calculate as you increase or decrease the amount of Linden Dollars you wish to purchase.
Q: Will the fee show up clearly on my transaction log or invoice?
A: Yes! You will see a dedicated line on both your invoice and transaction log for your “LindeX Buy Fee.”
Here is how it will look on your transaction log:

Here is how it will look on your invoice:

Q: When does the new buy fee rate take effect?
A: The new buy fee rate is effective April 22.
Q: Does this fee apply to selling Linden Dollars, too?
A: No. This change only applies to Linden Dollar purchase transactions -- there are no changes or new charges added to other Second Life transactions (such as selling Linden Dollars).
* Disclaimer: The actual dollar value may vary depending on the LindeX exchange rate, which automatically matches your order with the market rate at the time of the transaction. These estimates are accurate at the time of this blog post but are subject to change.
Strawberry Linden
Pictured: Black Kite
Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Destination Guide!
This week we're featuring beautiful nature-themed regions, role-playing destinations, and artistic events! 
Black Kite
Black Kite has been placed with care by Black Cloud. It is blogger, photographer, and explorer friendly with an auto-return set to 60 minutes. Share your pictures in their Flickr group: flickr.com/groups/black-kite
Visit in Second Life  
Cloven Forest
A quiet calm and stillness will comfort your soul as you wander beneath a canopy of trees and explore the spellbound forest at Cloven. Enjoy photography, horseback riding, the stone circle, hot springs, a ruined church, the fairy grove, and more. Adults only, pagan friendly.
Visit in Second Life  
Astoria
Welcome to Astoria, this beautiful region gives you the summer vibes! Enjoy the beach and discover other spots spread all over the region. Rezz your own boat (and clean up), drive horses, cuddle your loved ones, swim like you never did before, and just be happy!
Visit in Second Life  
Ocean Bay Tropics
Feel the breeze fall across your face and the sand sliding through your toes, laying out on the beach or even just relaxing in the water. Walkthrough the mountains and enjoy the nature sounds. Take a few Flickr photos here also. You will find peace and tranquility at Ocean Bay Tropics. The seasons change to give you the best in your SL experience. Just remember to bring your swimming gear. If you enjoy jet-skiing or even surf gliding this is a great spot to explore, don't forget to put some fins on and dive into the ocean and explore there. Come and enjoy the beautiful beaches, mountains, and mer-land areas.
Visit in Second Life  
Memories of Us
Memories of Us has gentle waters, lush grass, and cuddle spots for those special moments. There's also a bike rezzer if you feel like an interesting little journey, or simply relax and get away from those stresses of life, on both sides of the screen.
Visit in Second Life  
San Bertine
Gardens with beach access to enjoy your time in quiet reflection or snuggled up to a good friend.
Visit in Second Life  
Le Chateau Motel - Back to the 80s
Le Chateau Motel is a 80s/90s themed hang-out located on the mainland near the Blake Seas with easy access to the Second Life roads. This place was built by a team of friends with the idea to share their passion for vacationing in a crazy, cheesy, and kitschy environment. You may find a camping site with a beach and with private residences. There is an "80s vacation" dress code in the camping are. Please respect the privacy and tranquility, along with the dress code, when you are on the camping site. These rules apply as soon as you pass the camping gate.
Visit in Second Life  
Hawthorne University
Hawthorne University is an Ivy League roleplay community destination. This school is not like most however, there are supernatural beings as well as everyday human role play that coexist with a curious balance. They offer many jobs and positions to help build up your own special roleplay life. They welcome everyone and hope you will join it at HU! Go Owls!
Visit in Second Life  
Chronicles & Legends
Chronicles & Legends is an incredibly special event that blends the worlds of fantasy and science fiction with the collaboration of designers, artists, bloggers, and creators. Each round showcases various themes and story inspirations to create a one-of-a-kind shopping event that expands beyond the typical modern fashion events in Second Life. Chronicles hosts an amazing hunt along with an art exhibit, and party events. This round’s theme is Seelie vs. Unseelie. The event runs from April 10th to May 2nd. For more information, visit chroniclesandlegends.com
Visit in Second Life  
Learn more about the Tucker Stilley art exhibit at the Cape Able Art Gallery in our blog post from earlier this week.
Cape Able Art Gallery
The Cape Able Art Gallery is a beautiful, eclectic gallery hosting art exhibits by deaf and/or disabled artists. Exhibits change quarterly. Artists can be contacted privately for the sale of their works. Cape Able is a nonprofit, Virtual Ability Inc. owned region. Join guided tours of Tucker Stilley's work every Wednesday in April and May from 5pm to 7pm PT.
Visit in Second Life  
Got a spot that you’d like listed in the Destination Guide? Make sure to drop us a note at editor@lindenlab.com or submit your spot via web form.
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On Wednesdays from 5:00-7:00pm SLT throughout April and May, there will be guided tours of the Tucker Stilley exhibit on Virtual Ability’s Cape Able Island.
Tucker Stilley is a multimedia artist who was diagnosed with ALS/MND (Lou Gehrig’s Disease) 20 years ago. Now fully paralyzed, he uses his eyes to control his computer and create art at a dizzying pace. Creativity runs in the family; his sister, Kate Stilley Steiner, is a documentary filmmaker and co-founder of Citizen Film. Kate and Tucker created a non-profit called the Cohort of Disembodied Artists as a way to help other artists who use assistive technologies to build a community to support their artwork.
The sibling duo has teamed up with Virtual Ability, an institution of the Second Life community, to present a virtual exhibit of Tucker’s work. Virtual Ability was founded by Gentle Heron in 2007 and has grown into a huge and vibrant community. They describe their vision as “to be the leading provider of services and information for people with disabilities in online virtual worlds.”
Tucker’s bio, available in full at the exhibit, describes him as “born in Santa Ana, California in 1961, and educated in an eclectic patchwork stretching across North America – Stilley is a child of the Space Age – with all the bizarre baggage that entails.” As a ‘distinguished alumni’ of the Massachusetts College of Art and Design, he has worked as a media artist, sound designer and film editor over the years as technology has impacted the way we create and experience art. His work has received numerous accolades, with the LA Times describing it as “breathtaking images of the frailty and strength of the human condition.”
Sign up today to attend a guided tour of ‘Palimpsessed,’ Tucker’s new exhibit, curated by Treasure Ballinger. It is available to the public and is sure to give all who attend a bit of much needed inspiration.
Cape Able Art Gallery
The Cape Able Art Gallery is a beautiful, eclectic gallery hosting art exhibits by deaf and/or disabled artists. Exhibits change quarterly. Artists can be contacted privately for the sale of their works. Cape Able is a nonprofit, Virtual Ability Inc. owned region. Join guided tours of Tucker Stilley's work every Wednesday in April and May from 5pm to 7pm PT.
Visit in Second Life  
Tara Linden
This week's featured musician is Al Hofmann, whose one-man band has treated us to a fusion of rock, jazz, and electronic elements for 14 years. With over 3,000 inworld shows under his belt, his style has no doubt evolved time and time again and each performance brings fresh interpretations.
Please check out his official website and YouTube channel to experience his music for yourself!
Q: When/how did you hear about Second Life?
A: I heard about Second Life in the summer of 2006 on a local tv program about new conceptual art tendencies.
 
Q: What instruments do you play, and at what age did you pick them up?
A: I play the guitar: electric, acoustic, classical and midi guitar. With the midi guitar, you can play any instrument sound with it. MIDI is an acronym that stands for Musical Instrument Digital Interface. It's a way to connect devices that make and control sounds (such as synthesizers, samplers, and computers) so that they can communicate with each other using MIDI messages. {I also play} bass guitar, percussion and charango, an ancient South American {stringed instrument}, kind of mandolin. I started to play the guitar at the age of 5.
 
Q: How would you describe your music?
A: The style I play is being defined as fusion. A mix of different styles, mainly jazz and rock.
 
Q: Tell us about some of the musicians who have been the most influential to you.
A: John Mclaughlin, Jeff Beck, Chick Corea, John Coltrane, Charles Mingus, Weather Report, etc.
 
Q: How has your relationship to music and creativity been affected by the pandemic, and what would you say to inspire other artists during this time?
A: The positive side of the pandemic is that you have time to fully embrace what you do. Whatever that might be, you can improve what you love to do the most. A wonderful opportunity to even discover the purpose of your life. I strongly believe there is art in every individual. Life and humans are an act of art.
 
Q: What is the most meaningful aspect of the SL music community to you?
A: The most meaningful aspect of the SL music community is planetary conscience. No more borders, languages, political implications, time frames. One love: Art on the planet. SL has given us all a terrific chance to connect with artists and people around the world.
 
Thank you, Al!
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Linden Lab
All marginalized communities who face oppression, harassment and violence have the support and solidarity of Linden Lab.  We stand with the Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) community and against hate, and condemn the violent and deadly acts occurring in our country. 
 
While the AAPI community has historically faced unique challenges such as microaggressions rooted in harmful stereotypes and the experience of being othered, over the last year they have been targeted by an unprecedented surge of harassment, intimidation, and attacks. The irresponsible language about COVID-19 used by public figures, online conspiracies, and a deep-seated bigotry towards Asian Americans have all contributed to what has been referred to as “pandemic racism.” Nearly 4,000 reports of anti-Asian discrimination in 47 states have been reported by Stop AAPI Hate. 
We acknowledge the added fear and anxiety in our AAPI communities, and the trauma of our colleagues, friends, neighbors and fellow residents. All of us deserve a safe space; a safe community free from fear. Although the amount of Anti-Asian crimes has risen the most in major cities like San Francisco, New York, Los Angeles, Boston and Seattle, we all can do our part to make our communities a place where every human being is treated with dignity and kindness.
Our mission at Second Life has always been to help build a better world, and in support of the AAPI community, we will be donating $10,000 to the Asian Women’s Shelter. 
How can you help?
Be An Ally: In the context of social justice and equality, being an ally involves using your privilege to advocate for someone who does not hold the same privilege. Allyship is an integral part of how we will dismantle systemic racism, sexism, and prejudice in general.
If You See Something, Say Something - Here is a great CNBC article that gives five in-the-moment actions you can take when witnessing discrimination. Further, Stop AAPI Hate has published some helpful safety tips for those experiencing or witnessing hate. You can also attend free online “bystander intervention virtual training” sessions offered by Asian Americans Advancing Justice (AAJC). Hollaback! is also offering bystander intervention training courses in partnership with the AAJC.  Educate Yourself - While many people may not intentionally say or do things that are deemed offensive, lack of intent is no excuse when dealing with racial insensitivity and/or microaggressions. Check out this list of common racial microaggressions and consider your own actions in how you interact with colleagues.The APA also has published an insightful academic article that further explores “Racial microaggressions and the Asian American experience.” Get Involved - Over the past weekend, many communities held National Day of Action and #StopAsianHate vigils and/or rallies to offer support and raise awareness for those impacted by recent events. Many future events are anticipated and you can stay involved by following news and event announcements from the AAJC website and Facebook page, as well as the #StopAsianHate microsite from the National Council of Asian Pacific Americans (NCAPA). Many people are also taking a public pledge to help end bullying and harassment and signing a petition to call on President Biden to provide emergency safety and relief for Asian-American and Pacific Islander communities. We are, all of us, living through a turbulent time. We are a year into a worldwide pandemic. Hateful rhetoric in politics, online and in the media. Let’s join together to show a commitment to #StopAsianHate, honor the victims of anti-Asian violence, and push back against racism, sexism, and anti-Asian violence.
 

Linden Lab

Second Life Destinations
This week we are visiting the stunning metropolis of Cravone City, inspired by the real life urban jungles of New York, Los Angeles, and Toronto.

Creator Bhad Craven has been an active Resident for several years, “making quirky home decor and accessories, detailed building components, and the occasional strange/unique/urban outfit under the Bad Unicorn brand.” 
Bhad joined SL when he was an art student and found that the platform was the perfect canvas for his burgeoning creative output. He tells us, “I eventually met Capone MacMoragh, who became a mentor to me after he discovered I was creating original 3D meshes for Bad Unicorn. He took me under his wing by giving me tips and tricks for learning 3D. I believe after many years of creating a wide range of items for Bad Unicorn, my photoshop and Maya skills have grown tremendously since I first joined SL. I have been lucky enough to work as a 3D artist in the real world as well as being able to fully support myself as a Second Life designer.”
Like Bad Unicorn, Capone’s brand, Scotch, is also informed by a modern, urban style. The two designers both found inspiration in the cultural megacenters of NYC, LA, and Toronto. In fact, Bhad came up with the idea for Cravone City in 2015. Given the enormity of his vision, “master builder Paradox Ivory was commissioned to design the place. Known for her work at The Apartments, Ms. Ivory breathed life into this unique city atmosphere that never skips a beat.”
Just like the real life places that inspired it, Cravone City is bustling with activity. Bhad says “whether users are looking for a new tattoo, a trip to the local bodega, a place to hang out, or just a ride on the subway, Cravone offers them a chance to flourish in this familiar, nostalgic virtual space -- a perfect backdrop for most.” Not to mention the shopping district: with stores like HEVO, Animosity Poses, Rossi, Shybird, and Radix, Cravone City has everything you need for a great adventure that you’ll be talking about for days.
Take a subway ride in Cravone City today and see the gorgeous city skyline for yourself!
 
Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres
Cravone City
Inspired by New York, Cravone City is an urban region that is great for photography, roleplaying, and hanging out. Come explore the shops, cafes, and parks. With numerous streets and alleys, Cravone provides plenty of ways to get lost and find yourself again.
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This week's featured musician is Joel Eilde (Joel Tamas irl), who plays rock interspersed with little doses of jazz, country, and blues both inworld and with his band Red Heaven. He has played over 3,000 shows in SL over the last decade and encourages newcomers to join the unique virtual music scene.
Please check out the official Red Heaven website.
 
Q: When/how did you hear about Second Life?
A: Back in early 2007, I was working as a tech journalist and I was doing a week-long series about Second Life, which I had only just heard of at that point. So I made an account to jump in and try it out and… I stayed. Simple as that. 
Q: What instruments do you play, and what made you pick them up?
A: I sing, I play guitar, and I play bass. Like a lot of young adolescent males with unrealistic dreams of stardom, I picked up bass as a young teen and got more into guitar later on. I didn’t get singing for real until I started performing in Second Life in 2011. I had dabbled before, but never felt confident about my voice until I was in my 40s. Now I actually think of myself as a singer first, so things have really changed.
Q: Tell us the origin story of your band Red Heaven.
A: Red Heaven is, unequivocally, a Second Life success story. I started performing in Second Life because I wanted an option to play music without going to bars and all that malarkey. And doing so built up my skills really fast: singing, playing, songwriting, all of it. I really credit Second Life for being the woodshed that got me to the point where I could really make Red Heaven a proper real-life band. I honestly couldn’t have gotten to this point with the albums and real world live shows if I hadn’t been grinding in Second Life for so many years. 
Q: Are your bandmates also SL Residents?
A: Only one: Olga Zoubkova, whose SL name is Loreen Aldrin. She lives in Russia so she’s not part of my performing band, but she’s all over every single Red Heaven album. The others, I don’t think they have any idea what Second Life is.
Q: How has your relationship to creativity been affected by the last year?
A: Well, since January 2020 I’ve released two albums (with another to come this summer), started streaming live Facebook shows, did the biggest livestreamed full-band show of my life, and have been pounding out Second Life shows on the regular. So I guess I’d say it’s been pretty good, but I’m also one of those very lucky people who’s had tons of free time during the pandemic so far, and therefore it’s been easy for me to put it to good use doing what I love.
Q: What is the most meaningful aspect of the SL music community to you?
A: What I love more than anything and with all my heart is the absence of “stardom.” An ordinary person can just turn on their mic for an hour and play their acoustic guitar and sing, and they can get a legit following and even make a little money. That’s a beautiful thing to me; the way Second Life audiences embrace amateur music without celebrity. I don’t know any other audience that’s so open to and supportive of amateur music. And I honestly wish the world was more like Second Life in that way.
 
Thank you, Joel!
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Second Life Destinations
This week Cyke Troglodite talks to us about the Global Football League, a fun and interactive way for fans of American Football to engage in virtual sports.

A longtime Resident, GFL owner Cyke Troglodite tells us he has "spent much of his 13 years in SL on the football field,” while in the physical world he is volunteering every Friday in his local Little League. 
For those curious about the mechanics of virtual sports, Cyke describes it as follows: “The experience is super realistic with football animations (throwing, catching, tackling, blocking), score-keeping, authentic field and outfits  that make the experience that much more realistic. The only significant difference is that nine players are used per team rather than 11 as in RL.”
GFL is currently in the middle of season two with four teams. If you’d like to join, please check out the GFL Offices & Welcome Center, as recruitment is active for more teams as the league grows.
GFL games stream live on YouTube, so feel free to check out some previous footage while it’s still up. Cyke assures us that the matches in SL can be played virtually without lag due to “descripting of all players beforehand. A viewing party for each game happens at a separate inworld location." Cyke and the GFL organizers are dedicated to making this a fun experience for both participants and spectators. 
There are even halftime parties and cheerleaders, so if you are missing the rush of a crowd going wild over fumbles and fakeouts, head over to catch a GFL game soon! Virtual sports are a great way for people of varying ages, physical abilities, and skill levels to get involved and play the game.
Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres
Global Football League
Global Football League (GFL) is a league dedicated to playing American Football in Second Life. If you want to pursue playing football competitively visit their League Headquarters to get information on how to play, watch, or work in the League. Opportunities exist to cheer, play, commentate, stream, and referee. Join them for the upcoming season; they look forward to seeing you on the field or in the stands!
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Strawberry Linden
Pictured: Totem Beach
Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Destination Guide! 
Totem Beach
Explore Totem Beach today! From its dense forests to the rocky coast, you're sure to find your favorite hangout along the rainy coast. Catch a wave, dive deep, or trek to the top of Mount Paige and ride the slopes back down.
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Soul Deep
At Soul Deep you can enjoy a walk in nature, explore all around the forest, meadows, and beaches. Perfect hangouts for you and your friends, or maybe even to enjoy a little romance? Picture perfect spots, funny quirky, and silly little areas to be discovered that will surely bring a smile to your face!
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La Garde-Aris
The well-known Provence village of La Garde-Aris will be delighted to host you. You will find pleasurable stops in the Fisherman's creek, on the hills near the old Sarrasin ruins, along the sandy beach, at the very lively market square, and in the beautiful Villa at the end of Rue Bel Aris. Join the group to rez poses and accessories.
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Midsummer Night at Moochie
Lazy hazy days and long summer nights have arrived. Find your favourite nook and curl up in the warm evening air, visit the market cafe, tread the worn grassy paths to peaceful hideaways, and make yourself at home.
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France Pittoresque
Enjoy this little grain of paradise, beach bathed in a warm light for a soothing atmosphere. All is designed to chill out, to read, to meditate, staying under the shade of palms, or soaking up the sunkissed sands, letting sounds of nature, tide crashing on the shore and sweet music fill your mind. Extracts from books about the history of France are scattered on the land, for a travel through time.
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Isme Fine Arts
Isme Fine Arts Galleries house the sensual real-life art of Lisisme Dubrovna and 7 more galleries featuring many others. Lisisme has shown in galleries all over SL and is one of the few in SL to show RL artwork that uses traditional media of sculpture and etching, lithograph, and pen and ink. 3D scans of her sculptures are mesh in SL.
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NEUBAU
NEUBAU is an Installation Art Project situated in an apartment complex in Bay City - Docklands. It is a collaboration of four completely different residents in Second Life. With each given the assignment to make an Installment in their own apartment.
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The Dream Hangover
We all wake up from time to time with the lingering elements of the dream we were just having. Sometimes it hangs around for hours leaving you with the flavor of something amazing, or...disturbing. Underwater where the tall blue beam is, through a turbine, into a large mountain. Provoke your imagination. Play with your nightmares. Dance inside an image, you may not have experienced before. The Dream Hangover, by JueL Resistance aka Suzen JueL, is open to the public at SLEA Region 1 from March to June 2021.
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My Surreal World Part 2
The strength of the unconscious prevails over the conscious, creating in total freedom a dream world that implements an extraordinary revolution of ideas and images, breaking with all kinds of retro-thought, rules, traditional canons. A varied collection of sculptures and dreams from which fragmentary glimpses of reality can emerge but which can still represent a moment of lightness and freedom, comfortable and hospitable. My Surreal World Part 2, by Marea2007 Praga, is open to the public at SLEA Region 4 until June 2021.
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Fantasy Faire 2021
The Fairelands have returned! From the 22nd of April to the 9th of May, 21 incredible regions of extraordinary beauty bring the magic of Fantasy Faire to life once more, all in support of Relay for Life and the American Cancer Society's goal of a world without cancer. For eighteen days become immersed in a world of enchantment where you can shop, enjoy fantasy art and performances, discover roleplay opportunities, and hear award-winning fantasy authors all to a soundtrack provided by Fantasy Faire Radio. Also don't forget to complete the epic story-based experience, The Fairelands Quest: The Language of Birds. Adventure awaits you at Fantasy Faire 2021! Come to the Faire, become part of the story, before the Fairelands once again recede into the mists for another year! Follow all the events at fantasyfairesl.wordpress.com
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Second Life Destinations
After The Fall is a mysterious urban wreckage great for group roleplay or a solo adventure.

Creator Tigerlily Hyun opened this region in 2013, so considerable evolution has taken place. For example, Tigerlily says that “while I started the sim with roleplay in mind, that has really fallen by the wayside, and it's more for exploring and hanging out now.”
The derelict storefronts and broken roads tell the narrative of a strange and catastrophic event. The amount of detail provided by the environment provides the opportunity for Residents to have a common starting point and then create their own story with the space. What happened here, and is there anyone left?
Tigerlily tells us “I decided to add solo quests to ATF, so even if you didn't have a group or were just exploring SL, you could come here and have a bit of gaming fun yourself.” The versatility of After The Fall makes it a great spot to check out any time of the day.
Tigerlily, having been inspired by the story potential of After The Fall, has actually created a digital graphic novel available on YouTube. Additionally, Tigerlily is developing a sci-fi novel series: “The story follows the perspectives of six characters from various walks of life as they struggle to overcome fear, separation, and loss during the aftermath of a meteor storm and subsequent alien invasion.”
Fun Fact: The green bug eyed monster avatar depicted in the video was custom made by request of Sci-Fi writer legend Joe Haldeman as seen on the Second Life Book Club. The avatar is available from The Silas Merlin Gallery on Marketplace.
Visit After The Fall today or plan a group outing. Don't forget to bring a flashlight!
Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres
After The Fall
On the verge of economic collapse, with the world in a very vulnerable place, astronomers predicted frequent and disastrous meteor showers. But they couldn’t predict what came next... Dark and gibbering creatures emerged from the impact craters, decimating everything in their sight. As a human, how will you survive? As an alien, what’s your next move? After the Fall has an elaborate interactive grungy urban city, with apocalyptic-themed role play.
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Strawberry Linden
Pictured: Summer of 42
Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Destination Guide!
Summer of 42
Summer of 42 is a coming-of-age film based on memoirs. During summer vacation on Nantucket Island in 1942, a youth eagerly awaiting his first sexual encounter finds himself developing an innocent love for a young woman awaiting news on her soldier husband's fate in WWII. In everyone's life, there's a summer of 42.
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Neverending - Sakura Tales
Explore Neverending - Sakura Tales By Jayden Mercury. The lost artist shares his journey and stumbles upon new stories. Explore with him and share the magic. Enjoy the calm, peace, and inspiration. Blogger, furry, child, and people-friendly. Learn more at neverendingsl.blogspot.com - Add your images to their Flickr group: flickr.com/groups/14802238@N22
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Cosmic Refuge
Enjoy a region full of random adventures, romance, and hidden finds. Photogenic views for everyone, a place to chill out and meet up. And don't forget the book club! Cosmic Refuge is LGBTQIA+ and furry-friendly!
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La Vallée
La Vallée is a small hilltop village in the center of an alpine valley. The village is past its glory days, but the tiny train station is still there and the few houses are still occupied, even though the pathways are slowly overgrowing with wildflowers. There are many spots to simply sit and enjoy, to wind down from a busy day, and talk to a good friend. Be welcome to enjoy!
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A Night to Remember
Travel back in time and experience the wonder and tragedy of the world's most famous ocean liner, Titanic. This immersive exhibit tells the dramatic and poignant story of the ship, crew, and passengers who embarked on the voyage of a lifetime, only to be part of one of the greatest disasters in history.
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The Redwood Grove
Discover fun and nature in the serene surroundings of The Redwood Grove. Take a leisurely log flume boat ride around the lush landscape, bungee jump from the height of a redwood tree, enjoy a water slide that twists and turns along the trunks of the majestic Sequoias, or simply hike the trails and traverse across rope bridges. Excellent photographic opportunities as well!
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Trip in Wonderland
4th Annual Presentation of the beloved story Alice in Wonderland. Many of last year’s crowd favorite scenes will make a comeback but will have a completely new look. The exhibition has sprung to life, complete with the unique displays of the story.
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La Croisette
Welcome to La Croisette! A hangout place where you can enjoy the beach in Mainland. There are activities like air balloons, driving, sailing, restaurant, hotel, shopping, game table, and more! You can meet people from all over the world and make new friends in this destination.
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SL Equestrian Federation
Welcome to SL Equestrian Federation, TeeglePet and TeegleAvatar Showgrounds. The SLEF offers a realistic horse show experience in Second Life using the TeeglePets. The show staff bring a wealth of real life horse show experience and offer weekly classes. If you ever dreamed of showing horses in real life, or have shown and are looking for a fun gaming outlet for your horse passion, you have found your home.
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Spring Spectaculum 2021
Spring Spectaculum is a shopping and treasure hunting event in a lovingly decorated region. The theme is a fun mixture of Spring, Circus, Karnival, and Steam Punk. There are also crazy swan bumper cars, a Ferris wheel, and other attractions to enjoy. The event runs from 15th to 30th April.
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Second Life Destinations
This week we are spotlighting Sylvania Square, a furry neighborhood inspired by the rainbow palette of the RL village of Boystown.

Safe spaces can mean many things; safety from violence is of course vital for all communities to grow. However, the ability to express one’s true self without judgment and connect with others who have similar interests and perspectives is also something to be treasured. Mayor Celeste Étoile is keenly aware of this, describing Sylvania Square as “a place to surround yourself with people who understand and accept you as you are. A comfort, a sanctuary, a home to those who need one. This place was created to help LGBT+ people find themselves, find friends, make memories, find love, and explore their identities in a safe environment.”
During the isolation of the COVID pandemic, Celeste says that "finding somewhere in a virtual world like this can be a lifesaver. Finding people who understand you can be life-changing."
Vice Mayor Aine Bunny also places immense value on finding community for marginalized people, adding "there's a strong sense of euphoria that comes about when you're able to breathe life into a dream like Sylvania's - one that is incredibly important to the target demographic which we can heavily relate to, especially given our current real-world circumstances... We want to make sure those who need a sense of respite, a place to call home, a change of pace, a spark of inspiration, kindred spirits to commune with, etc., have as much of it as we can provide."
RL neighborhoods by and for the LGBTQ+ community have popped up in countless cities around the world. You may recognize names like The Castro, Chelsea, and Zona Rosa. Second Life is home to many queer friendly regions, and all are encouraged to explore.
Celeste says of SL, "Second Life was a place that I could create myself how I wanted to be perceived and a place where I could find friends who understood sides of me [which] in real life [some people] may not have been able to grasp. There has always been something incredibly life changing about being in SL. It's a place that brought me closer to my partners, my friends, and myself, in ways I can never say thank you enough for."
Sylvania Square is free to enter and welcomes everyone, even non furries, although to enter Residents must have a payment method on file as a formality. Visit Sylvania Square today to breathe easily and let loose in a judgment free zone.
Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres
Sylvania Square
A casual furry city hangout on Second Life with a boystown vibe, welcoming anyone and everyone looking for a space to belong. Step off the train and into a city blooming with fun and relaxation, go shopping with friends, enjoy the sights, or party until the break of dawn!
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Calling all performers! Second Life is seeking talent for our upcoming 18th annual Second Life birthday celebration (SL18B) held from June 17th to July 1st, 2021. Get ready for fun-filled weeks of live music, performances, shopping, and amazing community exhibits! 
One of the things that makes Second Life so vibrant and exciting is the wide range of Performers who share their talent with our Residents. Are you a DJ who can spin up a great party set? You might be one of the grid’s amazing Dance companies, or perhaps you’re a Particle Performer! Whatever your medium, we would love to hear from you. 
Fill out the official performer application form by May 28th and tell us a little about how you roll, and one of our Event Staff Leaders will contact you soon.
CURRENT APPLICATIONS FOR SL18B:
Performer Application - Applications close on May 28th, 2021 Volunteer Application - Applications close on May 28th, 2021 (Blog Post) Exhibitors Application - Applications close on May 28th, 2021 (Blog Post) Music Fest Application - Applications close on March 28th, 2021 (Blog Post) Over the next few months, keep an eye on our blog for more opportunities to participate in the SL18B celebrations!
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Second Life Destinations
This week we are being whisked away to The Outer Garden, a resplendent winter garden that appears to be frozen in time.

Creator Bisou Dexler, a professional photographer from Japan, says that “Second Life is the one and only place where I can visualize and share the fantastic drawings overflowing from my brain and feel the beauty born from it.” (Check out their Flickr group for inspiration!)
The Outer Garden’s design, like countless other things, was influenced by the profound emotional impact that COVID had on all of our lives. Bisou, in a moment that is relatable to many, was struck by constant grief in the news and headlines. Bisou describes one particularly striking story: “A documentary was broadcast in which a young man, who was unable to go inside the hospital to see his mother, climbed up to the window of the mother's room on the second floor to look at her. I have never felt love and prayer so heartily, and that's when I found hope in my Second Life build…”
The Outer Garden feels like a sacred place conducive to experiencing the full spectrum of human emotions. It welcomes those who wish for a temporary escape as well as those seeking a cathartic reckoning. Bisou tells us that “my inspirations come from the beautiful creations made by my partner aki69, conversations with SL friends, and my emotions, which respond to happiness and sadness in my real life. Being able to express my imagination in Second Life, which is difficult to do in the real world, has had a profound healing effect on me!”
Everybody feels and expresses things in different ways. The virtual world of Second Life can be a great place to process emotions in a safe space. Bisou says “beauty comforts people, so does sharing sadness. I was healed by creating gardens in order to express myself in this virtual world. I hope my gardens also become a place to alleviate the visitors' sorrow.” 
Visit The Outer Garden today to experience your own unique interpretation of this surreal daydream.
Video Production Credits:
Draxtor Despres
The Outer Garden
The Outer Garden is a place where love is hiding. The landing point, "The White Garden", is filled with happiness where the romantic atmosphere and pale lights surround you, which would make your time with friends and lover special. Also, the mirror standing at the landing point will take you to some other gardens, where you can enjoy walking and taking pictures. You will have a sweet time in this brilliant season, the RoseGarden, and pale lights.
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Strawberry Linden
Pictured: The Hollow
Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Destination Guide!
Today we're sharing 5 photogenic locations and 5 fun events to explore in Second Life this weekend!
The Hollow
The Hollow is a peaceful woodland oasis. A place to wander and relax. It is open from March 20th to April 20th, 2021.
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London for Ara
Each footstep tread softly upon its worn and weathered streets, echoes in my thoughts of you. With every turn and corner, there is a story to be told, a depth to be discovered. Yet, the beauty can be found by the ebb and flow of dreams realized and shattered throughout the course of time. It's withstood so much yet it endures, still breathtaking and strong. This is my love letter to you. You remind me of London.
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Sylvania Square
A casual furry city hangout on Second Life with a boystown vibe, welcoming anyone and everyone looking for a space to belong. Step off the train and into a city blooming with fun and relaxation, go shopping with friends, enjoy the sights, or party until the break of dawn!
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Whimberly
Come and explore the spring-themed location called "Whimberly". Enjoy your stay, take lots of pictures, meet friends and above all have fun! To all the amazing Vloggers out there: you are allowed to take videos!
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Splashtown
Come cool off at the Splashtown water park in Aruana! From water slides to fun rides, there is plenty to do. You will find adventure in the park and outside of it. A great place to make memories!
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E-FEST
E-FEST is an experimental music festival for composers to show their talent and creativity. It will run from April 1st to April 3rd. 14 musicians will perform in a captivating environment.
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NEO-Japan SL Event
NEO-Japan Event is a bi-annual shopping event of a modern and bold unique fusion of international cultures with a distinctive Japanese root. A bold, creative, and individualistic style! The event runs from March 27th to April 18th. For more information, visit neo-japan.sl
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Cravone City Shop & Hop!
SPRING IS HERE! The Main Event is pairing up with Cravone City to bring you a special holiday shop & hop! From April 1st to 4th, visit Cravone City to check out the special Easter Sale, with over 30+ stores participating, this event is surely not one you want to miss! Follow the trail of eggs along the region to keep up with all of the special sale items. All items located on the region will be priced under L$100 for this special weekend!
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River's Easter Egg Hunt
The River is celebrating life with their Happy Easter Egg Trail in support of Relay for Life. Come look for easter eggs filled with prizes, and have the opportunity to help with the fight against Cancer. There are lots of places to take pictures and it's loads of fun!
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Easter In Wonderland Event
Easter in Wonderland is a shopping and treasure hunt event. Come explore the beautiful region, relax under the blooming trees, shop and find gifts in the Easter baskets. The region is general rated and family-friendly. The event runs from 8th March to 5th April 2021.
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In appreciation of our Anthro/Furry community in Second Life, we are releasing two new limited edition last names today, only available until April 8th: 
UwU
OwO
We will continue to make additional updates to the available last name pool, so if these options aren’t for you, stay tuned for future updates. 
For more information about the costs and how-tos involved in name changes, read the Changing your username FAQ. Click to change your name now!
 
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Do you love Second Life? Do you love to party? Do you love to help? Join the SL18B Volunteer staff and you can do all three! 
We’re looking for volunteers to help people celebrate at the upcoming 18th annual Second Life birthday celebration (SL18B), held June 17th to July 1st, 2021. We are seeking Residents with great people skills and a love and excitement for Second Life to help us make SL18B a huge success! If you like the idea of promoting Second Life in a positive way to thousands of people in a celebratory atmosphere, we welcome you to apply today! The application will remain open through May 28th.
CURRENT APPLICATIONS FOR SL18B:
Volunteer Application - Applications close on May 28th, 2021 Exhibitors Application - Applications close on May 28th, 2021 (Blog Post) Music Fest Application - Applications close on March 28th, 2021 (Blog Post) Over the next few months, keep an eye on our blog for more opportunities to participate in the SL18B celebrations as a Performer, Merchant, and more!
Strawberry Linden
Pictured: Bella's Glade at Shara
Each week, the Second Life Destination Guide editorial team reviews dozens of new locations and events worth exploring. With all those beautiful destinations to check out, we thought we’d highlight a few of the entries that stood out to the editorial team. Don't forget to check our Recently Added category to see all the latest additions to the Destination Guide!
April is around the corner and spring is in the air! We hope these nature-themed locations and innovative art galleries boost your creativity and sense of calm. 
Bella's Glade at Shara
Built for a butterfly, Bella's Glade is a little slice of paradise situated above Shara Lights of Amara. A winding creek surrounds a seasonal glade. The meadow is sprinkled with tulips, crocus, and daffodils. Venture into the thick of the woods for a secluded, quiet, romantic getaway to experience love or to find love. Open for a limited time, Shara offers Bella's Glade for a Spring escape!
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Love Valley Spring
Love Valley brings you now a new romantic environment in a spring setting. Find your spot to cuddle with your love or walk around, ride a horse, dance, and most of all enjoy!
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Frogmore
Frogmore is a fully immersive experience into the world of Second Life imagery which echoes Cornwall and Port Isaac England, Notting Hill of London, and The Shire. Everyone is welcome at Frogmore! Join the free group for rez rights.
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Ambiance Hideaway
Ambiance Hideaway is a Flickr photographer's dream, where darkness meets light and hope finds a way in the storm. Bring your friends and relax and discover grace in grey skies and beauty in true ambiance. Add your images to their Flickr group: flickr.com/groups/14757789@N23
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Laps de Reves
Welcome to the Laps de Reves. Will your dreams come true? Here you can relax, go for a horse ride, play pétanque, or be in harmony with nature.
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Charmed Bora
Charmed Bora is the perfect place for some romance with a loved one. Take a hot air balloon ride, go ballroom dancing, or find a private spot to spend some time in. There is lots to do at Charmed Bora.
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Suntory Time: Gallery Neu
Established by Lux Chiantelle in 2012, the gallery and hangout known as Suntory Time has an instant following among cult art worshipers and fine art followers alike. The space is fun and easy to relax in, whether you are alone or with a group. But most importantly the art is incredible. Lux has worked diligently contacting the artists for permission to use their work, and in most cases provide free copies to residents for their own collections. Alone or with friends, Suntory will always welcome you. Now located at the GBTH project region.
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DISTANCE by Mich Michabo
Over the course of 2020 and 2021, Mich's photography approaches a familiarity to a world emptied by COVID. The audience will explore how her Second Life relationships and connections began to mirror those of reality and the different ways she explored the self in a time of isolation and uncertainty. DISTANCE is being displayed at the 2D gallery located in the GBTH project's region.
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Rainbow Painters Art Gallery
A warm and friendly Art Gallery and Live Music Venue run by curators Timo Dumpling and Patience Roxley where artists, sculptors, and photographers of all abilities are able to show off their creations for free to the SL community.
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MadPea Mad Easter Egg Hunt
Join MadPea for a two-week, grid-wide mad eggstravaganza with hidden eggs, prizes, amazing locations, achievements, and much more! The event runs from March 23rd to April 5th.
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