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Xiola Linden

Spring has technically sprung, and while there is evidence of it in the cherry blossoms and greening of leaves, there are still some hints of winter lingering around - even in Second Life.

We have to take advantage of the snowball fight arena at the Winter Wonderlands region before the snow fully melts - and we want you to come have ice-hurling fun with us on Friday, March 25th, from 10 am - Noon SLT and 2 - 4 PM SLT.  If you missed the last snowball fight now is your chance to come pelt some friends and Lindens with soft, fluffy balls of frozen fun. Grab your snow-launching weapons from the kiosks, get some practice in, and be sure to make the trek to the top of the ice castle to take in the amazing view.

Mark the time and date in your calendars and don’t miss this last chance to enjoy the Snowball Fight Arena before the Winter Wonderland regions come down at the end of this month.

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One Final Snow Fight

Take advantage of the snowball fight arena at the Winter Wonderlands region before the snow fully melts! Have ice-hurling fun with the Lindens on Friday, March 25th from 10 a.m.- noon and 2 - 4 p.m. (Pacific).

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Xiola Linden

As we head into the middle of March,  and the green of St. Patrick’s Day fades the folks over at the Second Life Destination Guide have made sure that the good times roll on! They’ve spent all week finding some of the best events and places on the grid for you to visit so that you don’t have to! Of course, the guide is chock full of many wonderful places, so you may want to put together your own list of Destination Guide Highlights and share it with us @SecondLife on twitter!

If you’ve got politics on your mind and are looking for like-minded people to chat with, be sure to check out the politics category of the Destination Guide.

Wherever you go be sure to take lots of great pics and share them on our Official Second Life Flickr page!

Now on to the festivities.

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SL Science Fiction Convention

Don't miss the Second Life Science Fiction Convention, held March 18th thru 27th! Supporting the Relay For Life of Second Life, this event is held across six sims of imagination and ten days of adventure! Light a Star for Hope or attend the Milky Way Cabaret. Celebrate science fiction with over one hundred exhibitors and help fight cancer!

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Cosmetic Fair

The Cosmetic Fair is a place for all your cosmetic needs. You can find skins, hair, eyeshadow, lipstick, tattoos, accessories, nails, and so much more! Event ends March 31.

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Pose Fair 2016

It’s spring time and it's back! The biggest pose event of the year, the original Pose Fair! Come check it out through March 26th for a really incredible new batch of poses, props, and animations to make your SL come to life!

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Fair Play Emerald City Charity & Gacha

Check out Emerald City and the Jewel Gacha Hunt by Fair Play. Twenty-eight fantasy and gothic creators have come together for this special charity event.

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Fantasy Cream III

Select medieval fantasy creators show off their most juicy, tasty, creamy, deeeeelicious and exclusive creations at Fantasy Cream, held March 16 - April 16. More info at fantasycream.wordpress.com.

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Big Fun Exciting Easter Thing!

It's big, it's fun and it's exciting! This event features Easter and spring shopping, games, hunts, a tour, April Fool's prizes and The Strawberry Festival. Even held through April 8.

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Dystopia - Episode 1: Black Wall

“Black Wall” is a conceptual photography and audio performance created by visual artist Noke Yuitza and music composer Alexi Ayres. “Black Wall” aims to immerse the audience in an environment of utter abyss in hopes to spark insightful inspiration. Alexi Ayres will be performing a live soundtrack concert on March 19 at 2 p.m. (Pacific).

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St. Patrick's Day Treasure Hunt

Come get lucky at Aphrodisia Adult Resort with a St. Patrick's Day Celebration! All week long come join the themed events and games. Find the "Wee Pots O' Gold" hidden sim wide and WIN $1L, $2L or $5L! Visit on St. Patrick's Day on March 17th for a special dance party playing an Irish salute of bands from Ireland! Runs Events held through March 18th.

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Nusquam

Welcome to nowhere.

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Gravity is a Mistake

Explore Eupalinos Ugajin's latest art exhibition "Gravity is a Mistake" in Second Life.

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Ascension to the 10th Dimension

To begin your Ascension, walk directly through one of the five portals in the Seed Pod of Creation.

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InspirationSL

InspirationSL is a unique, luxurious shopping event that opens its doors quarterly. Every round is based on a different, well known celebrity that has a unique style. Our designers take inspiration from this person to offer you themed, exclusive designs that can be found nowhere else on the grid.

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Xiola Linden

From gachas to historic sites and everything in between - there’s an enjoyment  of all things Irish in every nook and cranny across the grid this week. This Thursday, in honor of Saint Patrick’s Day, we’ll be hanging out at some of the best spots inworld to grab a pint, kiss the Blarney Stone, and have a good time!

From the gorgeous Cliffs of Moher and the Blarney Castle’s virtual twin, to some full-tilt festivities and lively pub fun - the party is sure to be in full swing this holiday. Why not get a festive green ensemble and join us inworld from 10 am - Noon SLT and 2 pm - 4 pm SLT for the  sights, sounds, and spirit of Ireland at these destinations.

As luck would have it, we Lindens love some inworld fun too - so don’t be surprised if you run into a few at these St. Paddy’s Day celebrations. We hope to see you inworld!

 

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Blarney Stone Irish Bar

Come visit the lively, always-exciting Blarney Stone Irish Bar in Second Life. Social events and live DJ music occur daily. Live music concerts are also held three times a week.

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Blarney Castle

Visit this 3D replica of the real Blarney Castle main tower in Ireland. There's even a Blarney Stone kissing animation. Outside the castle entryway, you can even pick up your certificate indicating that you've "kissed the Blarney Stone."

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Cliffs of Moher

Lovingly replicated from the original in county Clare, Ireland, the Cliffs of Moher are part of a four-sim, 1939 Irish village called O'Hare's Gap. Come unwind and take in the views. You will find much to explore in this very Irish experience.

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2016 St. Patrick's Town

The all-out festive atmosphere of St. Patrick's Day Town will blow through your senses like a virtual Irish breeze. Ride on flying gold coins, dance a jig with Leprechauns, slide down the rainbow into a pot of gold and fill your basket with any and everything Irish. The most colorful party is waiting for you so follow the rainbow to St. Patrick's Day Town.

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Xiola Linden

The Second Life Destination Guide returns once more  with another round of spots you should be sure to visit. There are tons of events for you to explore and discover the unique and wonderful things that Second Life creators make. The Skin Fair is open, along with Fashion for Life and many of the recurring shopping events that you’ve come to know and love.

There’s also plenty of places you can go to take in a little scenery or hunt for gifts from creators all over the grid.

Here’s a list of just a few of the places our editors thought you might be interested in checking out.

Wherever you go be sure to take lots of great pics and share them on our Official Second Life Flickr page!
See you inworld!

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Skin Fair 2016

Skin Fair 2016 brings over 150 designers together on two sims. Featuring new releases of skins, mesh bodies, heads, tattoos, makeups, and appliers, Skin Fair 2016 is the perfect place to start your new makeover. Event begins March 11.

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2016 St. Patrick's Town

The all-out festive atmosphere of St. Patrick's Day Town will blow through your senses like a virtual Irish breeze. Ride on flying gold coins, dance a jig with Leprechauns, slide down the rainbow into a pot of gold and fill your basket with any and everything Irish. The most colorful party is waiting for you so follow the rainbow to St. Patrick's Day Town.

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Fashion For Life - Relay For Life

The Fashion For Life event began as a dream 10 years ago with 34 designers participating all with a special reason to fundraise for Relay For Life. Since that date, it has grown to over 100 designers covering 9 sims and has raised close to 20 million Linden Dollars for Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society. Learn more at fashionforlifesl.com.

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World Tour Hunt

Celebrate our world culture and travel across seven continents in the World Tour 2016 Gridwide Hunt, held through March 31. More info at kastlerockhunts.blogspot.com.

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Kikai Spring Market

Can you find all the hidden eggs at this event, held through April 1? Each egg has a free gift. Search for them all and have fun!

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Gacha Good March Shopping & Gacha Event

Gacha Good is a shopping and gacha event, held through March 31. There are 28 merchants with over 60 gachas, and each merchant offers an exclusive item that can only be found at the event. Happy shopping!

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Twisted Hunt: Odyssey

The gods have given you a Quest. You must travel the four corners of the world to seek out treasures beyond imagination, defeat mighty beasts, and win your place among the immortals. Odyssey will take you to worlds beyond measure; stories untold; and adventures unseen. Travel with us if you dare! More info at twistedhunt.com.

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Collabor88

Collabor88 is a fashion forward destination, where the most well-loved content creators get together to bring shoppers a superb selection of well-crafted merchandise at affordable prices. Collabor88's merchandise is changed the 8th of every month, come and see!

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Hairology

Bad Hair Day? Hairology is a monthly hair event that opens the 10th of every month and closes on the 30th. Some of the greatest hair designers feature their latest creations in this shopping event that features new styles every month. Come on down and try those cute demos!

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HERMOUPOLIS Village

HERMOUPOLIS Village is a quiet place to enjoy, relax and dream in the beauty of architecture.

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The Realm of Ozryn

Eighty years ago, a cataclysmic incident in the distant future caused timelines to merge; bringing people and things together that normally wouldn't be. Ozryn is now peppered with such artifacts, people, and even structures. Frightening creatures called "Auditors" systematically appear to snatch away any technology or those who try to create it, in this non-metered freeform roleplay.

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Dark Hive

Dark Hive is a relaxing lounge/club for darker electronic music styles such as dark ambient, TBM, EBM, deep house, witch house, noise, electro, tribal, psy, industrial, vaporwave, new wave and more.

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Linden Lab
As with any online service, Second Life Residents may from time to time be targeted with phishing attempts, which try to trick users into providing personal information and account credentials.
These attempts may include messages - including inworld IMs and emails trying to appear as if they were sent from Linden Lab - that prompt you to click on a link and/or provide personal information.
To help keep yourself safe from these tricks, remember: 
 
If you receive a suspicious email, forward it to phishing@secondlife.com and delete it. If you receive a suspicious IM, file an abuse report against the sender even if the sender looks like your friend. After stealing an account, a fraudster often tries to trick the victim's friends. If you feel your account has been compromised, contact Second Life Billing through the Support Portal right away. (Better yet, call us at the number provided on the Support Portal) Keep your antivirus software up-to-date and scan for viruses regularly. You can change your account password; do so frequently to keep your account secure. If you suspect you've already clicked a phishing link, change your password immediately. If you have multiple accounts, use a different password for each account. Never reuse your Second Life password for your email account or any other website. Your password should be easy for you to remember, but hard for others to guess. If you think you entered your credit card information into a fake email or website, contact your bank immediately! For more info, check out this page on the wiki.
Help your fellow Second Life Residents keep their accounts secure by sharing this post with them. Bookmark it, and the next time you see phishing attempts in group chat, share this post to help educate others. You can help put phishers out of business.
Xiola Linden
For the last thirteen years - long before the recent popularity of head-mounted displays -   Second Life Residents have constructed amazingly immersive experiences that impact people’s lives in ways they perhaps never would have imagined. Whether it’s visiting a national park or bygone era, or creating the perfect place to call home, it has been possible to virtually build and visit many locations - based on the physical world or completely imagined - in Second Life.
Thanks to the artistic eyes and talents of many creators, you don’t have to be a creator or builder to put together your own incredible spaces. Residents like Sominel Edelman support themselves by providing readymade landscapes for role-playing regions, privates spaces, land rentals, and more - making it possible for anyone to customize a beautiful space without having to understand terraforming.
 
Watch more about the impact of environment on experience and communities in this
of the Drax Files. 
 
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 1: Kriss Lehmann
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 2: Jo Yardley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 3: Eshi Otawara
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 4: Fantasy Faire / RFL
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 5: Engrama

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 7: Rod Humble
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 8: MadPea Games
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 9: Elie Spot
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 10: Robin Sojourner
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 11: Dwarfins
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 12: Ole Etzel
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 13: Creations for Parkinson's
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 14: Rose Borchovski
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 15: Scottius Polke
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 16: Feed a Smile
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 17: Zachh Barkley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 18: Paradise Lost
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 19: Virtual Chemistry at Texas A&M
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 20: Flockers
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 21: Editorial Clarity
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 22: Virtual Health Adventures

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 24: MadameThespian Underhill
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 25: Oblee
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 26: Absinthe
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 27: Nylon Pinkney
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 28: Whiskey Monday
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 29: Insilico
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 30: Maylee Oh
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 31:Tom Boellstorff
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 32: Jay Jay Zifanwe
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 33: Luxembourg 1867
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 34 : Cheeky Pea
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 35 : Project Bento
Xiola Linden
We are back once again with an all-new edition of Second Life Destination Guide! Each week, the editors look over tons of submissions, explore new spaces, and seek out some of the coolest things going on in this virtual world of ours. Sometimes there is so much good stuff — you end up with a super-sized list of amazing, must-see places. This week, our editors uncovered some epic levels of awesome. Of course — that Arcade is back with the gachas that everyone both loves and loathes. Try your luck at the rare items and be sure to carve out plenty of time to see everything — including the amazing build there. There’s also the return of the Jewelry & Accessory Expo, The Hipster Fair, and other long-standing shopping events. Spring is swinging in — so maybe it’s time to treat yourself to some new things.
Take a break from all the shopping to enjoy some truly awesome builds. From the serene to the surreal — Second Life creators know how to put together a nice looking region. Ghost towns, museums and more are on the itinerary this week — you can always spend some time exploring  while you wait for things to lighten up a bit at the Arcade.
Wherever you go — be sure to take lots of great pics and share them on our Official Second Life Flickr page!
Go on then — login — there are lots of new spots to get to!
  The Arcade Gacha Events
The Arcade Gacha Events presents the ultimate GACHA experience! Guaranteed to delight shoppers, The Arcade offers unique transferable items from 100 of the grid's top designers. Discover that perfect gift to surprise and delight everyone on your list this year!
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Womenstuff Hunt
One of the most popular female fashion hunts returns to SL with 150 top participating designers and numerous exclusive items. Running through March 31, the Womenstuff Hunt has everything a woman needs to look great. More info at http://womenstuff.stuff-sl.com.
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Couture Fair 5
Celebrate the 5th anniversary of this sexy fashion fair, which is sponsored by ALTER EGO along with Apple May Designs, Bossie, Kathaarian, Le Forme, MoDANNA, Muka, Empire, Spellbound and ViSion. Each participating store will have a new exclusive item available on the 1st of the month, while a second item will be released on the 15th.
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The Hipster Fair 2016 - 3rd Edition
The Hipster Fair is now open -- but only for a limited time. Shop trendy fashions from more than 80 participating stores. Don't miss the sales and exclusive items in this special event, held through March 7.
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Jewelry & Accessory Expo 2016
Jewelry & Accessory Expo 2016 In Cabaret, au Cabaret, to Cabaret Siren Productions invites you back to what is sure to be an amazing event full of fun wild times, pretty girls in shiny baubles, handsome men dashing top hats and brilliant surprises. The Jewelry & Accessory Expo is on now, held through March 5th.
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The Ghost Town
A darkness controls the soul. A darkness that drives a good man to unfathomable depths of depravity. No one is safe from the murky evil that lurks inside...not you….not me.
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Entropy III
Visit Entropy III, an odd assortment of art installations from NaTaS & "Fiends." Exhibitions include Flatland, Tlazolteotl's Grotto and the M.C. Escher Experience.
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5D
Welcome wanderer...you who take the path you want. Walk down the bent tube to begin your journey. At the ground level, there are over a hundred hexagonal rooms to explore. Just walk around through the walls...
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Bauhaus Museum
The Bauhaus Museum was specially built in LEA2 to showcase 2D and 3D works from the historical Bauhaus school. The start of a wonderful resource for artists, designers, educators and librarians... or simply a lovely place for art lovers to wander and step into a bit of art and history.
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Suomi-Finland
Welcome to Suomi-Finland, a land rich in history, folklore, and natural wonders. Explore vast forests, long waterways and pristine, frozen wilderness as you chance to stumble upon various interactive and immersive elements meant to educate and inspire.
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The Bizarre House
A haunted place, freaky and goulish. A subtle atmosphere full of unanswered questions and morbid moments
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Split Screen Installation Space: Chronophobia
Rebeca Bashly is well known for her pensive, sometimes disturbing installations, such as "Colour Key" and "When Life Brings You Apples ... Run!" After a year absence, she now returns with "Chronophobia," a meditation on the ravages of time.
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Surreal Tower
12 towers. 12 artists. Art for eternity.
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Wish You Were Here
"Wish You Were Here" is a collaborative exhibit about "first life" and Second Life locations and human connections in both worlds..
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Easter in London City
Celebrate the month of March in London City as they host Easter Events and Saint Patricks Day. Easter egg hunts, Irish bands, pub crawls and weekly concerts will make this a busy month to remember. Details at mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk
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LEA Presents RJ Kikuchiyo
Linden Endowment for the Arts has granted RJ Kikuchiyo a three-month residency in LEA2, where an “Open Studio” retrospective of work from 2006-2016 will be open to the public. Also on site is the Bauhaus Museum and collected works by Steadman Kondor, of 1920s Berlin.
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Linden Lab
The Second Life community likes to participate in many charitable organizations and fund-raising events - it's one of the many great things about this community!
Second Life Resident Blaze Teardrop is currently looking for designers who are willing to participate in an event this coming weekend to benefit the Homes For Our Troops organization. Any designers who are interested in participating should send a notecard to Blaze Teardrop or simplerosey resident inworld as soon as possible. Items do NOT need to be a new item. Performers and DJs who are interested should contact Crowe Blackheart.
The event runs February 21st through February 29th - so a quick response is encouraged. There is no theme - however all proceeds from items sold at the event go towards the organization.
The event region has been donated by Chung Real Estate.
 
 
 
 
Xiola Linden
In this age of modern love it’s important to stop and enjoy the finer things of your Second Life - smell the virtual flowers and dream a little. The Isle of View is the perfect place to discover that the truest hallmark of love is time spent with our loved ones. This year it’s bigger and better than before - with some rebooted classics and new festivities! Read on to find out everything we’ve got in our box of chocolates this year! We’re fairly sure you’ll fall in love with the fireworks, gaze deep into the waters of the Swan Boat ride, and tiptoe through fields of botanically beautiful landscapes! There isn’t an inch of Isle of View that you and your amor will want to miss.
Love for a Good Cause
What the world needs now is more love! Visit the Isle of View kiosks any time this month to send virtual roses and candy hearts to your Second Life friends and sweethearts. Nothing is better than giving, so the L$ proceeds from the sales of these gifts will go to The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Visit the Isle of View to select and send your Valentine’s gifts. We’ll match the final total and double the donation love! How’s that for a sweet pairing?

Mix It Up at Our Mixer
We understand that love is sometimes complicated. You have got to work hard to make it work - and we’re not afraid of a little tough love. On February 12 from 10am - 12pm and 2-4pm SLT we'll be mixing things up with the return of Dunk-a-Linden and Hug-a-Linden booths! You may just meet your virtual Valentine while waiting for a chance to dunk or hug a Linden - and if you don’t - hey you still got to dunk or hug a Linden! It’s a win-win situation.
With music, festivities and love in the air - solo or soulmates - The Isle of View Second Life Mixer is sure to be fun for everyone. This region is so scenic, you may want to snap some pics and enter our Leap into Love Snapshot Contest.
 

Xiola Linden
“You can build or do or create or be whatever you want. We want to support that in any way that we can.”
Project Bento extends the standard Second Life Avatar skeleton - enabling rigging, animation, and attachment points for dozens of new bones! That means more articulate, expressive and customizable avatars for Residents and a new runway of creativity for creators.
In this episode of the Drax Files take a backstage glimpse into the development process of Project Bento -  from mission statement to beta deploy - directly from the Lindens and Moles who are working closely with Resident advisors on this major avatar improvement.
To find out more about how Project Bento is supporting the endless possibilities in Second Life - watch the
below.

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 1: Kriss Lehmann
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 2: Jo Yardley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 3: Eshi Otawara
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 4: Fantasy Faire / RFL
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 5: Engrama

The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 7: Rod Humble
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 8: MadPea Games
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 9: Elie Spot
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 10: Robin Sojourner
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 11: Dwarfins
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 12: Ole Etzel
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 13: Creations for Parkinson's
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 14: Rose Borchovski
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 15: Scottius Polke
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 16: Feed a Smile
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 17: Zachh Barkley
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 18: Paradise Lost
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 19: Virtual Chemistry at Texas A&M
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 20: Flockers
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 21: Editorial Clarity
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 22: Virtual Health Adventures
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 24: MadameThespian Underhill
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 25: Oblee
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 26: Absinthe
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 27: Nylon Pinkney
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 28: Whiskey Monday
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 29: Insilico
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 30: Maylee Oh
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 31:Tom Boellstorff
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 32: Jay Jay Zifanwe
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 33: Luxembourg 1867
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 34 : Cheeky Pea
Linden Lab
A series filmed using Second Life is set to air its first of three 30-minute pilot episodes this coming Monday, February 1, 2016 at 6pm Pacific.
Breakout “Joyful Noise” is the first in the series that focuses on a young woman named Joy Jamison who works in a high-end boutique but struggles with her faith and self-image.

Those in the Midwest who are interested in watching may check their listings for Charter Cable channel 198. Everyone can view the broadcast on Dynasty Television via stream.

A trailer for the series is also  .

Tune in Monday!
Xiola Linden
The Second Life Destination Guide strives to highlight all types of events going on in Second Life. From the one off art exhibits to the seasonal events - we’ve got you covered. Now, we’ve added a special category highlighting those recurring shopping events you don’t want to miss! Take a look and see what’s out there and happening right now!
Once again, we’ve gathered a handful of some of the best spots to  investigate inworld right now. Have a look at the list below, but remember - as you explore the grid, share your inworld pics to the group pool at our Official Second Life Flickr.  Pic of the Day images are selected from there and featured on our blog and social media pages.
If your spot or event is missing from the Guide, drop us a line at the submission form.
Go on now - log in. You know you want to!
Timekiller II 2016 Festival
Join slGoth and Morphe, Inc. for the New Year celebrating the past, present, and future in the theme “Gothic Steampunk." Features 20 merchants, daily live DJ’s and SL voice story telling by Seanchai Library.
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MENstuff Fashion Hunt
The MENstuff Fashion Hunt consists of creations from great MENstuff designers, some of which have generously designed exclusives that will only be found in this limited-time hunt. Event ends Feb.29.
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Wayward Winter
This winter event, held Jan 18-31, is filled with activities and fun. Build a snowman or take a lift up to the tallest hill for skiing. Grab your ice skates for twirling among the snowflakes or pick up the fastest sled for gliding over those snow caps. Then, head back to our ski lodge to warm up beside the fire!
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20Twenty
20Twenty is a monthly instore event, beginning on the 20th of every month, spanning 20 days, and offering exclusive items from up to 20 curated designers at 20% off. More at differentialevents.weebly.com/20twenty.html.
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Santorini Club
Get lost in space at the Santorini International Space Club. Celebrate the spring surrounded by stars and planets somewhere in the universe.
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Emmalena Damour's Art Gallery and Photo
This art gallery hosts photographic art from real life, as well as digital art and prints of real life acrylic paintings and charcoal and chalk drawings (with permission of the artists).
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Split Screen Installation Space
Split Screen Installation Space hosts a variety of limited-time art exhibitions from well-established creators. Don't miss Jo Ellsmere's mesmerizing bot performance "Biomechanical," which is inspired by Russian theater director Vsevolod Meyerhold.
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Gates of Memories
We don't remember days. We remember moments.
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Linden Lab
The Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education conference aims primarily to strengthen the ties of the virtual worlds communities through networking opportunities and access to innovation. Whether you work in education, or support education, the VWBPE community embraces the work of all of those that work in this industry both directly and indirectly. VWBPE connects you with the people that share your interests in furthering the goals of education in an information age.
The deadline for proposals is fast approaching on January 17th.
Whether your passion involves, imagination of artists, innovation of coders and scripters, the vision of designers, the ingenuity of out of the box thinkers, or the aesthetic interpretation of performers, VWBPE has a great program on the horizon for March 9-12, and they're looking for your participation.
Important deadlines here: http://vwbpe.org/presenters.
Proposal Guidelines: http://vwbpe.org/presenters/guidelines
Call for Proposals: http://vwbpe.org/presenters/call-for-proposals
Steps to Submission: http://vwbpe.org/presenters/faq/how-to-submit
Get your prosals in this weekend and plan to attend!

 
Linden Lab
Project Bento is one of the biggest changes to the Second Life avatar ever! More than 90 new bones have been added to accommodate features like subtle facial expressions, articulating fingers, smoothly-flapping wings, waving tails, and much more that was previously impossible or required complex workarounds.
If you’re a creator who’s testing out Project Bento, or one who’s eager to give it a try - now is the perfect time! We’re looking for creators to show off some of the possibilities of Project Bento for an upcoming episode of
. There are detailed instructions on how to get started and how to get to the beta grid (aditi) on our wiki page. (TIP:Testing on Aditi does not cost you upload fees!)On January 19th at NOON SLT, there will be an open casting call for anyone who has built something with Bento to come show off their work. Selected creators may be filmed and/or interviewed to be featured in an upcoming episode of the Drax Files. You will need to login to Aditi in order to access the location (secondlife://Aditi/secondlife/Bento%20Island/128/128/23). The location will not be open until NOON SLT on January 10th Information about Aditi and how to access it is located on our wiki.
In addition to the open casting call, creators are encouraged to contact Draxtor Despres inworld with information about what they're making. Video, screenshots, descriptions - the more information the better, and the sooner you can share that - the better as well. Chosen creations and their creators will be contacted with information for a private filming on  January 20th, 2016, with Draxtor and Torley Linden.  
Machinimists are encouraged to come film during the open casting and get an early peek at the creative ways Project Bento is being utilised.

A sneak peek at the set and props being built for the filming project. 
There are no awards - everyone is encouraged to come show their Project Bento creations.
Here are a few examples of what some creators have already accomplished with Project Bento that will inspire you to try out Project Bento and come show off your work!
 


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We’re only about a week into the new year, and there’s already so many great new events and spots to check out inworld. The Second Life Destination Guide is fast filling up with new places to explore, events to shop and wander, and tons of other great ways to spend a little of your time logged in.

Here’s a small sample of great destinations you should make sure to visit. Art, opera, scenery are just a log in away!
Roots by Cica Ghost
The people have gone...the village remains, and time and nature now live here...
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Miyako Jima Exhibition
Explore this limited-time exhibition filled with Japanese-themed architecture and experiences. Visit the dojo or discover the Kimono Museum. Roleplay as a samurai, geisha or monk in one of the many relaxing and inspiring spots here.
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CyberPolis: The Oracle
Can you uncover the secrets of the urban planetary system CyberPolis? Discover an old oracle as you navigate a maze to solve a puzzle in this limited-time exhibition from Asmita Duranjaya.
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Royal Opera
Welcome to the Royal Opera of Second Life. It was formed to encourage, educate and support the best in classical arts including music, dance, art, opera and theater.
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Tether's End
Located in the forests of upstate New York, not far south from the Canadian border, the city began as a settlement founded in the mid-18th Century by a group of fae folk. It's purpose? A safe haven for supernatural beings who wished to remove themselves from the violence and war that plagued the human world.
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The Keys
In this picturesque photography region, you can wander and take in the harmonious views. Stop and rest in a furnished house full of character or get led astray by hidden areas filled with charm and attention to detail. All provided for photography -- both beginners and professionals are welcomed. Don't miss the free photo studio.
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Stranger Things Are Happening
Stranger Things Are Happening is an art installation filled with photo and machinima opportunities. Created by Krystali Rabeni, this sim invites you to ponder this strange land and take a minute to wonder if stranger things are happening all around us.
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Pomponne
Visit this quaint Japanese town and explore the train station, local shops, and shrine.
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Scenes @ MetaLES ..O.. Scene IV
Just one thing, remember, in all the scenes, she always was...alone.
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London City Early Spring
London City invites you to join them for an early spring time. If you are fed up with the cold weather, come and enjoy outdoor events and weekly concerts, bathed in balmy sunshine. More details at mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk
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Hollow Days @ Jasmine's Hollow
The 5th annual Hollow Days is here! Celebrate winter with love, peace, joy, and friendship in this acclaimed all-inclusive Adirondack Steampunk destination full of whimsy and magic.
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Heritage
Opening Jan. 7. Heritage is a two-part exhibition by creator Gem Preiz. It begins with "Vestiges," an evocation of these witnesses of Past. It is designed as a quest and is inspired by stories of fearless adventurers who explore archeological sites or forsaken strongholds to find there the treasures of disappeared civilisations.
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Le Bistro
Le Bistro is a newcomer-friendly meeting place for French speakers. Lieu de rencontres et de discussion francophone, face au Centre d'Accueil de France 3D. Respect de chacun et bonne humeur obligatoire !
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Lost Junction
On the corner of Never and Tomorrow, you'll find a tiny boutique full of knick knacks, paddy whacks and other assorted fancies including accessories and decor, statues and the occasional bit of jewelry.
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Nightfall Cities
Get on your hiking boots and put a camera around your neck so that you can explore one of the wildest locations in SL. Nightfall Cities: Into the Wilds is a picturesque sim full of personality and character. With a wintery theme, you'll want to bring thermal underwear!
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Silver Hawk
Explore the Silver Hawk community, where you'll find a Japanese gun shop. combat zone and other surprises both above and below the ground.
Visit in Second Life As you explore the grid, share your inworld pics to the group pool at our Official Second Life Flickr.  Pic of the Day images are selected from there and featured on our blog and social media pages.

If your spot is missing from the Guide, drop us a line at the submission form.
Linden Lab
The Virtual Worlds Best Practices in Education (or VWBPE) Conference returns this year in the theme of HORIZONS. This free-to-attend inworld conference   kicks off tomorrow - March 9th, 2016 with opening ceremonies and festivities starting at 11 AM SLT, and runs through March 12th, 2016.
Linden Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg has spoken at the VWBPE Conference since joining Linden Lab - with his
for the conference in 2014 only few weeks after starting with the company. He to continue an ongoing dialogue with the education community in Second Life.

This year, Ebbe will end Wednesday night’s events with a session of GridWatch - discussing Second Life and taking questions from Residents, so mark your calendars and join us in the VWBPE Main Auditorium at 6 PM SLT on Wednesday March 9th, 2016!
Linden Lab
The ability to redeem Linden dollars for real money on the LindeX is an incredible facet of Second Life. We believe that creators should be able to profit from their creativity, and we’re proud of the success that Second Life creators have achieved. Last year, users redeemed $60 million (USD) from the Second Life economy, and for many, the virtual world is a significant source of real income.
Enabling users around the world to buy and sell Linden Dollars for real currency is no small feat. This involves Linden Lab making sure that everything is compliant with applicable laws and regulations, as well as preventing fraud and money laundering.

We’ve been investing in improvements to these processes, and today we’re announcing improved speeds for credit processing, as well as some fee adjustments.
 
Faster Credit Processing
We’re happy to announce that we will significantly improve how quickly we’re able to process a majority of credit requests.
Based on current data, we estimate that the upgrades we’ve made will allow approximately 75% of process credit requests to be completed within 2 business days.
For a minority of requests, the process may still take 5 business days. Because we’re dealing with sending real money to users around the world, we may require additional information and perform other processes that could impact the time needed. A good rule of thumb is that the better we know you as a customer, the more likely it is we’ll be able to quickly process your credit requests.
 
Upcoming Changes to Fees
In addition to taking time, processing credit and paying real money to users’ PayPal and Skrill accounts incurs costs to Linden Lab. Each transaction actually costs us more than the $1 (USD) fee we have been charging. To address that and in light of the significant investments we’ve made to improve the related systems and processes, we will be making some adjustments to the fee structure, beginning next month.
As of April 5, 2016, instead of charging a flat fee of $1 (USD) per transaction, we will charge a fee of 1.5% of the transaction value, with a minimum fee of $3 (USD) and a maximum of $15 (USD). Additionally, the fee for purchasing L$ on the LindeX will increase 10¢, from $0.30 (USD) to $0.40 (USD) per transaction.
We hope that you’ll enjoy the improved speed of credit processing and understand that these upcoming fee updates help to support the complex work involved in enabling Second Life users to buy and sell Linden Dollars for real money at a massive scale, all while keeping the system reliable, safe, compliant with regulations - and now faster.
Xiola Linden
Cupid’s month is nearly at its end — but you can still head over to the Isle of View and visit the gifting kiosk — all proceeds will be matched and donated to The Michael J Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. You may have an extra day this month due to it being a Leap Year — but the gifting kiosk ends on Feb 29th — so head on over!
In the spirit of giving — the folks over at the  Second Life Destination Guide  keep busy exploring tons of submissions. They work hard to bring an assorted bevy of the best there is — and that’s a lot of good stuff. Why not take think of their hard work as your fortune? A pamphlet of places to visit that you can stick in your back pocket and  the grid with. A divining cheat sheet that will catapult you into your next inworld adventure? Try this — close your eyes, scroll through this blog and point — then go wherever your luck takes you!
Wherever you go — be sure to take lots of pics — maybe enter them in the Leap into Love Snapshot Contest before it ends on the 29th — for a chance to win and share them on our Official Second Life Flickr page!

Let’s go!
Home For Our Troops Event
Help raise money for Homes For Our Troops in this multi-day event in Second Life. Buy or bid on exclusive items and attend one of the many live music performances in this charity event, held through Feb. 29.
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Children of the World Charity Event
Residents of Second Life unite together for a good cause at this music and fashion event, held Feb. 25 through March 2. Help the children in Yemen and connect with others who care in this limited-time event in benefit of War Child (warchild.org.uk).
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Metroplex 17
Metroplex 17 is a sci-fi roleplay community based in the year 2086 where humans live among a complex society of cyborgs, androids, and genetic mutations.This totalitarian city is ruled by social class distortion, with a shift of balance given to the wealthy Mega-corporations, who preside over and influence major political movements that affect the lower-class. Which side will you choose?
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Bay City History Pavilion
Want to learn more about the Mainland community of Bay City? Get in deep and visit this display covering the city's history and featuring artifacts and images spanning it's existence from 2008 to today!
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Unexpected Error
Unexpected Error is a hangout for self-proclaimed geeks, nerds, gamer girls and guys Meet like-minded people, talk games and possibly get laid at this unconventional chat spot.
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Sorrow
Experience the isolated, icy beauty of Sorrow.
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The Outer Garden
The course of time stops at The Outer Garden. Listen to a lover's whisper...or take a walk and snap photos along the way. These gardens are filled with summer dreams, twinkling water and translucent pale lights.
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Funky Junk
Funky Junk is a world of the future. Humans and the subsequent dominant species (avatars) have long gone. All that remains of them are piles and piles of their trash. Learn more at funkyjunksl.weebly.com.
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The Ionic Spell Collective
The Ionic Spell is what remains of a little village devastated by a large solar storm, forcing the citizens to rethink day to day life. For 10 years the people have lived without electricity and looked for ways to restore the light. The community is close and must stick together to find the answer.
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Grace Island
Grace Island is a photography sim with regularly-changing designs and themes; from strands of romantic beaches and glistening seas to enchanted mountains tufted with forests, Grace Island offers much to discover and photograph. Each design has a story you can piece together as you explore. You'll also find many features perfect for friends and lovers to relax and spend time.
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Etinterra
Explore Etinterra, an adventurous space for the Spanish-speaking furry community in Second Life.
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Monumento Malvinas Argentinas
Honor those who have passed at this replica of the memorial to the Argentinian casualties in the Falklands War (April-June 1982).
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17th Century Pirates Haven of Rogues
Hide out in this secluded haven for 18th century pirates, rogues and outlaws. Nestled in the southern nether regions of an active and growing 12-region estate, here you'll find pirates, rum...and others of questionable character.
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Xiola Linden
The Second Life Destination Guide is feeling a little romantic these days —  with a blossoming bouquet of Valentine’s Day destinations to hit. Drop by the Isle of View and you could glean a chance to dunk or hug a Linden — or send Valentine’s Day gifts to your friends and loved ones with the proceeds going towards The Michael Fox Foundation for Parkinson's Research. If love and hugging booths aren’t your thing, then there are plenty of other things to explore in Second Life. Check out what the editors have hand selected for you this week! Come on in with your virtual Valentine and mingle a little!
Take lots of pics — maybe enter them in the Leap into Love Snapshot Contest for a chance to win or share them on our Official Second Life Flickr page!
If your spot or event is missing from the Guide, drop us a line at the submission form.

We’ll catch you inworld!
Isle of View
Looking for something romantic this Valentine's Day? The Isle of View brings together everything the discerning romantic looks for in romantic festivities: boat rides, fireworks, kissing booths, forested walks, tasteful fountains and more. So bring that special someone to the Isle of View and tell them how you really feel.
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Dunk-A-Linden & Hug-A-Linden Event
Party with us at the Isle of View on February 12th from 10 a.m. to noon and 2 to 4 p.m. (Pacific). Meet your Valentine, enjoy music, and don’t miss the Dunk-a-Linden and Hug-a-Linden booths!
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2016 Valentine Town
Valentine Town is a destination that is a visual panorama of all things that denote love and affection. From chocolate waterfalls to the sugary delight of giant gum balls, there is an endless feast for all the senses, with remarkable vistas and colors that bathe the visitor with affectionate delight. Incredible stores are featured with items for lovers and their beloved.
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Temporia Prime
Visit Temporia Prime, a world where you can explore an exotic, alien landscape in Second Life. Stroll the streets of the city levels and fly to the outer atmosphere. From the forests and rivers of the exotic surface to the depths of space, there's lots to explore!
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Valentine on Ice
Rebel Yell Concerts presents:"Valentine on Ice." Bring your special one and enjoy the many romantic spots, Plan a romantic dinner in one of the Valentine restaurants or meet your special one at the cozy winery. Have fun with awesome tribute concerts, swan tour, horse slade tour, paddleboats and the many winter activities.
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Gators MC
Gators MC celebrates its third birthday with three days of fun events in Second Life. Join the fun Feb. 12-14 as the community celebrates with music, competitions and more!
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8th Annual Home & Garden Expo
Explore nine regions filled with top home and garden designs at the 8th Annual Home & Garden Expo, held through March 6. More info at slhomeandgardenexpo.wordpress.com. Opens on Feb. 14.
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On the Boardwalk Gacha Fair
Bitter love is in the air at On the Boardwalk Gacha Fair! Over 45 designers have once again come together to bring you the best and worst of the most romantic day of the year. Join the celebration with over 75 gachas, rides, games and more! Whether you're in love, or you hate love - there's something here for you
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Valentine's Day at Foxxies
Celebrate Valentine's Day at Foxxies, a romantic ballroom and jazz club that features a large dance floor surrounded by gardens, horse and buggy rides, and even boat rides offering amazing offshore views of the region.
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The Convent
The Convent is a dark but stylish Goth club in Second Life. It gives guests the possibility to live out erotic fantasies on several levels. Roleplay is centered around the main club.where deejays perform.
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Fantomas
Chateaux des Fantomas is a secret restaurant, lounge and ballroom created for special moments. It is a dream spot for lovers, first date, proposals, engagements and any kind of events praising an elegance in romance.
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Deezul Raceway For Motorcycles
This new riding experience in SL features 12 different race tracks and a sim rally track that can make every motorcycle rider's dream come true.
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Just Damnn Strange World
Many have roamed here only to find that there was no returning to Earth. Now only their souls and bones walk about. Many have asked, what kind of place am I in? They have all at one time or another screamed, "Help me! Oh, somebody help me please!"
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The Spring Full Perm Fair
The Spring Full Perm Fair at Old Europe features many of the top full permissions creators in all categories of fashion, furniture, building components and just wonderfully creative objects. All are sold with full permissions for re-sell and many of the creators are offering big discounts and exclusives for this event (held through February 29th).
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If you’re looking to take a little jazz-drenched New Orleans stroll in celebration of Mardi Gras, or escape the brain-eating hordes of post-apocalyptic zombies, no one has got your back like the Second Life Destination Guide does. Feeling up for a little hunting? Looking for some Valentine’s Day gift inspiration? We’ve got that covered, too!
Take lots of pics — maybe enter them in the Leap into Love Snapshot Contest for a chance to win or share them on our Official Second Life Flickr page!
If your spot or event is missing from the Guide, drop us a line at the submission form.
We’ll catch you inworld!
Imesha
In Imesha, urban and sci-fi are carefully blended together to bring about a very unique looking landscape. Although very futuristic in appearance, many areas still contain aspects of nature and original art. Discover the endless scenic opportunities for photographers or simply explore this attractive environment and chill out with friends,
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Paris de t'aime
Explore the many shops, sights and attractions in this beautiful Parisian-themed sim.
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Apocalyptic Coast Zombies
Watch your back as you explore this apocalyptic city...where the zombies will come out to bite you.
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The Truth Or Dare Affair
Don't miss the Truth or Dare Affair, brought to you by Evil Bunny Productions. Over 80 of SL's best designers tease and please you with TRUTH (nice) and DARE (naughty) exclusive designs! Each designer also has a $10L gift for you! Opens Feb. 6.
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2016 Mardi Gras Town
The vibrant sounds of authentic, New Orleans jazz will fill your ears the moment you land on the cobble stoned streets of Mardi Gras Town. A holiday venue with incredible colors, ambiance and a festive spirit. Mardi Gras Town is the destination to let the good times roll.
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London City Love In
Celebrate the joy and passion of Love in London City. This month-long festival of the heart has nightly events, weekly concerts, and special attractions centered around Valentines Day. The event runs through February. For details, visit mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk
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The Stupid Cupid Hunt 4
That Cupid, he's so STUPID! Flying around, shooting arrows everywhere, flipping around making everyone dizzy, trailing little hearts wherever he goes. He's trying to make love matches all across SL! It's time to stop cupid before he gets any more stupid! Find the arrows he's left laying around SL for amazing gifts from talented designers.
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Isil Designs
Isil Designs (Delaunay Industries) provides the highest quality materials-enabled architecture, furniture, and vehicles with modern and futuristic themes. Experience the unique sights of the main store from the ground level island resort to the orbital space station.
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REVAMPED
REVAMPED is a monthly shopping event where designers take customer favorites and revamp them to either now be made in mesh, include appliers, include previously unavailable new appliers, or include new pieces that were not part of the set before. This monthly event runs from the 28th of the month to the 20th of the following month.
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Many a tune has been penned in its honor, mountains of prose labor over its intricate highs and lows. Love. The original muse. The inspiration of art across the world, and the culprit of many a great story. Why not continue the tradition of love and creativity by participating in the “Leap into Love” Snapshot Contest?
Share a Snapshot in the theme of Love on our Official Contest page, and you could win one of 4 amazing prizes:


Grand Prize – L$10,000 First Prize – L$5,000 Second Prize – L$3,000 Third Prize- L$1,000 Winners will be selected by a panel of judges made up of Residents and Lindens based on consistency with theme, originality, creativity, and overall impression.

The “Leap into Love” Snapshot Contest celebrates friends, family, loved ones - all of those who are beloved in our lives. While Cupid may be pointing arrows at this time of year, we know that love is much bigger than that. Love is kindness, friendship, balance, warmth, laughter, and so much more - so share it with us! Contest ends on February 29th.

Pic by Strawberry Singh
Xiola Linden
The Second Life Destination Guide returns with another edition of Destination Guide Highlights — a sample platter of some of the coolest spots you don’t want to miss inworld.
Music, art. romance and many more flavors of fun are all over the grid — why not springboard into your weekend fun with a tour starting now?
If your spot or event is missing from the Guide, drop us a line at the submission form.
We’ll catch you inworld!
Mole Day 2016
Once again, we celebrate those creatives minds and the great builds of the Linden Department of Public Works! Join us for a concert in the park featuring Maximillion Kleene and GoSpeed Racer as we toast the Moles! Event held Jan. 30 beginning at 11 a.m. (Pacific).
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Oi Oi Oi - Experiments Phase One
Created by real life multi-media artist "The London Paint Splatterer." Explore the volatile waters that lurk deeply in Oh! Noire's psychological landscape with many visual adventures. You can boat round the waters at Oi Oi Oi - Experiments Phase One. All welcome and nothing is usual.
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Betty Tureaud's The City
The City a art installation about trying escape from a life to another. Follow the footprints in the sand to begin your journey...
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Beginners by Cica Ghost
Every end is a new beginning.
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Surf Religion & Surf Love
Surf Religion and Surf Love is an ideal spot for surfers, photographers and lovers. They have the awesome JAWS wave, as well as beautiful grounds and romantic cuddles. Come and enjoy the positive flow of energy here among the ruins.
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Heavenly Groove
Heavenly Groove is a nice hangout space with beautiful picture perfect scenes. Come here to explore, spend time with friends and take lots of pictures!
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Forgotten at The Pulse
Forgotten at The Pulse is a beautiful, scenic and photogenic area that features beautiful, hidden areas to discover. Here you can dance or find blissful areas for solitude. There's a beautiful chapel and other impressive architecture. Enjoy taking photos, spending quality time with a loved one or just wandering and enjoying a quiet moment and serenity.
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Northern Forests of Shara
Explore the Northern Forests of Shara, a peaceful retreat filled with many areas to discover including a formal ballroom, large castle, dance pavilions and more.
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Evolving Images Romantic Park
Evolving Images is a romantic place for dancing, dining, cuddling, vistas and walks. There are two types of dining experiences, four dance floors, and a large menu of romantic dances to choose from. Take your sweetheart on a walk through the bird sanctuary, go ice skating on the ice rink, cuddle in the gazebo, buy flowers from the flower cart, mosey through the local shops or ride the carousel.
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Linden Lab
On January 7th, 2016, we put out a call for questions for the upcoming edition of Lab Chat -  a Q & A show where Lindens answer your questions in a 1 hour show that’s recorded with a live studio audience.
 
The next Lab Chat - with guest Ebbe Linden -  is scheduled for this Thursday, January 21st, at the Linden Endowment for the Arts Theatre. The show starts at 10:30am SLT, and if you have trouble getting there at the link above - you can try here and here. Seating is limited - but if you are unable to attend, we’ll have a recording available sometime after the show wraps.
 
If you missed the first episode, the show is available on our Official YouTube channel in three parts:



Catch up on the last episode and try to come out to be a part of the next show on January 21st!
Xiola Linden
We know you spend time inworld all week long, but sometimes there’s a little more time to relax and enjoy the finer things when the weekend comes around. The Second Life Destination Guide team spends a lot of time inworld curating fantastic spots for the community to check out. If you’re feeling lucky you can always just head over to the Destination Guide and take a shot in the dark, but if you want a short list of just a few places that have been hand selected by our editors — then this is the blog for you!
As you explore the grid, share your inworld pics to the group pool at our Official Second Life Flickr.  Pic of the Day images are selected from there and featured on our blog and social media pages.
If your spot is missing from the Guide, drop us a line at the submission form.

Now — on to the hot spots! Have fun, be kind to one another, and we’ll see you inworld!
Telrunya - Forest of Dreams
Enter a world straight out of a fairytale where you can find magical creatures around every corner. This is a haven for those who look for a tranquil environment, a home for fairies, fauns, elves and those who love to be lost in a dreamworld. Walk, fly or ride a boat to explore all the beauty this sim has to offer.
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Oi Oi Oi
Do you remember a guy that's been. In such an early song. I've heard a rumor from ground control. Oh, no! Don't say it's true...
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Forest of Zyn Love Tunnel Ride
Hop aboard this romantic boat ride, which takes you through various amorous scenes reminiscent of an old-fashioned love tunnel ride.
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Cedar Creek State Park
Cedar Creek State Park is a LGBT sim featuring outdoor activities all set in a mountainous state park setting. The sim offers inexpensive rental cottages, perfect for new comers to Second Life. There's also a night club and lots of weekly activities for residents and visitors. Come and visit the park and become part of the Cedar Creek experience.
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Le Cactus
A celebration of the extraordinary talents of cultural trailblazer Josephine Baker, queen of the trumpet Valaida Snow, the lampshade-hatted dancers of the Casino de Paris and the offbeat irony of Jacques Dutronc.Throw a banana on your head, dance on a cactus and tickle a tentacle. Everything's interactive, so click away!
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The Seasons Story
The Seasons Story is finally ready for a brand new chapter! Join all these amazing designers through Jan. 31 for wonderful winter exclusives.
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Gacha Good Events: Out With The Old
This January Gacha event has over 80 gachas and 40 merchants. Browse through both new and old gacha items at this Gacha Good event, held through Jan. 31.
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Berg by Nordan Art
Berg by Nordan Art is showing the installation Fading Mask by Haveit Neox and the exhibit Simply Samples of Her Repertoire by Mich Michabo. The teleport to the installation on the ground is located in the gallery. Don't miss these limited-time events, held through March.
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Japan - Hiroba
Visit Japan-HIROBA, a helpful place for Japanese-speaking residents of Second Life. Here you'll find assistance from a supportive community, as well as a dressing room, beginner tutorials and free sandbox.
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Breeze Cape Carnival
Fun awaits at the Breeze Cape Carnival, an amusement park filled with interactive rides, rollercoasters, a log flume and much more.
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Linden Lab
Valentine’s Day is just on the horizon and will be here before you can get through a handful of heart candies! We’re looking for some great Second Life pictures from the community to feature in upcoming email and banner campaigns - with credit to the photographer - of course!
In a snapshot, let us know what Valentine’s Day means to you in Second Life.
Share your story in a picture and on our Official Flickr Page with the tag “SLVday2016” so that we can see all of your amazing works. You may submit as many as you like between now and January 29, 2016.
We’ll showcase the chosen image(s) in an email to Residents, as well as in some banner campaigns. We’ll let the chosen image creators know via Flickr and ask for an avatar name for the credits.
Submission Requirements:
Images must be at least 2048x1207 Make sure that your submissions are appropriate for all audiences. Show your avatar or avatars in a scene inworld - an image that tells a story is going to make an impression. Keep your image free of additional text/logos Make sure your lighting is not too dark and that avatars can be seen well

As an example, here are last years selections:

 
Good luck and have fun!
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