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It’s nearly time for another session of Lab Chat - an opportunity to have Lindens answer your questions during a recording session taped in front of a live studio audience.

This will be the third Lab Chat - and we have some special guests lined up for you. Joining Ebbe, we will have Oz Linden and Troy Linden available to take your questions about Project Bento and other Second Life development topics!

As Director of Second Life Engineering, and Senior Producer of Second Life respectively, Oz and Troy are two of the best people to ask about the development process, Second Life roadmap, and features for Second Life.

Residents from the Lab Chat production team will select questions to ask Ebbe, Oz, and Troy from this forum thread - so be sure to get your questions into the thread no later than Friday April 29th, 2016.

This time, the Lab Chat recording will be an hour-long audio-only session, but you’re invited to join the studio audience at the Linden Endowment for the Arts Theatre where additional audience questions will be answered.

An audio recording of the show will be available shortly after Lab Chat wraps - so stay tuned!
We’ll see you on Friday May 6th at 10:30am SLT. Don’t forget to add your questions to the forum thread and mark your calendars to join us!

Hey there, Residents! We have a lot going on inworld these days our Second Life Destination Guide editorial team have been busy going through the submissions and finding a sample of things you should check out as soon as possible.

We’ll be meeting up to celebrate Earth Day at 10 am SLT today come on by! The Fantasy Faire is back and bustling with merriment to benefit the Relay for Life of Second Life and the American Cancer Society.

Wherever you go be sure to take lots of great pics and 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 see you inworld!

Earth Day Nature Walk

Join us inworld for a walk that captures nature in some of her prettiest colours. On Earth Day - April 22, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. (Pacific) - we’ll take a stroll through Calas Galadhon in Second Life. No need for sunscreen, allergy medication or a long drive out of the city - just teleport in and join Lindens and other Residents for a little virtual sunshine!

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Fantasy Faire 2016

Visit the eighth annual Fantasy Faire, held April 21 through May 1. Step through a magical doorway to experience the 2016 Fairelands. Fourteen sims beautifully brought to life to host the largest celebration of fantasy creators, performers and enthusiasts in the virtual world. From the sandy dunes of The Golden Delta to villainous alleys of Dangarnon, get ready for a fantastical experience of unimaginable proportions! A Relay for Life of Second Life event benefiting the American Cancer Society.

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9th Annual Earth Day Celebration At Etopia

Let’s celebrate all that we do in those moments this Earth Day. Join friends and family at Etopia Sustainable Living Community for three days of workshops, discussions, events, music, and more. Event held April 21 through 23. Schedule at etopiaisland.org/earth-day-2016.

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Moonlight by Cica Ghost

And if you're ever feeling lonely just look at the moon, Someone, somewhere is looking right at it too.

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Lost Unicorn

This dreamy forest is full of beauty, magic and childhood faerie tales that come to life! Visit a unicorn sanctuary where many woodland animals and fantasy creatures can roam safe and free. High above on a mountaintop stands The Lost Unicorn Gallery, which is filled with fantasy art.

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Spangle Town

Explore this unique urban town located at the SLRR station and atoll roads and railroads.Hangout here and roleplay, ride vehicles or just have fun at the bar.. All hobos and explorers are welcome!

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The Art of Milly Sharple

View original digital art by Milly Sharple in Second Life. The exhibit is always changing and never stagnant as you discover creations that include fractals, abstract art, digital art and photography.

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Corte di Carbagnano

Corte di Carbognano is a female led Royal Court roleplay experience set in the early Renaissance Italy. Governed by the Principessa Giulia Farnese, Carbognano consists of 12 families and regions each with their own Duchessa.

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Lafourche Crossing

Lafourche Crossing is a paragraph roleplay community within Second Life. The stories that players write together take place in the fictional Lafourche Crossing Louisiana, a small town nestled within the swamps of the southeastern United States. Let the mystery of the Louisiana Bayou draw you in and immerse yourself in this evolving story. More at lafourchecrossing-rp.com.

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Peacehaven

From the creator of Forgotten comes Peacehaven, a wonderful, beautifully landscaped region for capturing fantastic photographs, hanging out with friends, exploring or dancing with that special someone. Come and enjoy the peace, beauty and serenity of Peacehaven.

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ALUZ Island

ALUZ is a diverse, eclectic island ideal for wanderers and photographers to explore. You'll find plenty of photo poses, farmlands, derelict buildings and beachfront with a full wedding venue. Bring your camera and your love.

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Branagh's Jazz

Branagh's is a multi-venue jazz club that features live music on weekends. The main venues are in an elegant penthouse overlooking midtown Manhattan where you find two stages and the Stardust Restaurant. An outdoor music venue is located in a romantic seaside park with an old mansion on the main level of the sim, a somewhat fanciful recreation of West Egg and East Egg in the Great Gatsby.

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Your ticket to adventure has arrived! The Fantasy Faire in Second Life opens its 8th year today and runs through May 1st.  The Fantasy Faire supports the American Cancer Society through Relay for Life of Second Life - which organizes inworld fundraising events each year.   

Step onto the fairgrounds and find yourself immersed in the sensory delights and details of beautifully crafted regions dreamt into (virtual) reality by some of Second Life’s most talented builders. Move through the sights, sounds, and vendors peddling their wares for a good cause - there is no shortage of adventures to be had!

Choose your own adventure with this complete calendar of Fantasy Faire events. No matter which way you travel, you’ll want to be sure you’ve equipped your ‘bag of holding’ to carry all the treasures you’ll uncover along the way.

In addition to the music, merriment, fantasy-themed wares, and the return of the Literary Festival, there’s a new quest - The Tale of the Exiles - a hunt and challenge with incredible prizes for the truest of adventurers!

Gather your adventuring party and prepare to fall under the spell of Fantasy Faire.

 

Fantasy Faire 2016

Visit the eighth annual Fantasy Faire, held April 21 through May 1. Step through a magical doorway to experience the 2016 Fairelands. Fourteen sims beautifully brought to life to host the largest celebration of fantasy creators, performers and enthusiasts in the virtual world. From the sandy dunes of The Golden Delta to villainous alleys of Dangarnon, get ready for a fantastical experience of unimaginable proportions! A Relay for Life of Second Life event benefiting the American Cancer Society.

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The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 37 : Nonprofit Commons

by Community Manager ‎04-21-2016 11:21 AM - edited ‎04-21-2016 04:02 PM

For the last decade, Nonprofit Commons has used Second Life to foster a community of practice to help nonprofit organizations network, fund-raise, educate, and reach global audiences with their missions. With more than 60 international nonprofit organizations with missions ranging from LGBTQ activism to AIDS awareness and education, support groups around substance abuse, anger management, and domestic violence, Nonprofit Commons facilitates those groups by helping them explore and learn the unique ways in which Second Life can amplify their messages. Second Life provides ease of access to those seeking weekly meetings and a community of peers - regardless of their abilities - connecting Residents to groups and support they may not otherwise have access to.

"We have an ongoing community and that is key: technology in and of itself is not the answer and the reason why Second Life is so successful is because it brings people together," says Susan Tenby, founder of Nonprofit Commons in Second Life and Director of Social Community & Strategic Partnerships at Caravan Studios, a division of TechSoup - which sponsors Nonprofit Commons.

Watch the latest episode of the Drax Files for more about Nonprofit Commons and how many of the organizations are using Second Life in creative and unique ways that would otherwise be impossible. You can also visit Nonprofit Commons inworld as well as online and check out a variety of nonprofit organizations already operating in Second Life on our Destination Guide.

Want to see more Second Life stories? Find all the previous episodes of The Drax Files: World Makers at Draxtor’s Website, at the links below, or subscribe to our YouTube channel:

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 6: Abramelin Wolfe
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 23: Meshworx - Ioz Hyde
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
The Drax Files: World Makers - Episode 36 : Sominel Edelman

Last month’s epic Snowball Fight at the Winter Wonderland was our way of bidding adieu to the chill of Winter  - and now - suddenly Spring has sprung upon us with all that gorgeous greenery and snow-melting sunshine. What better day to celebrate the beauty of Mother Nature than on Earth Day!

Join us inworld for a walk that captures nature in some of her prettiest colours. On Earth Day - April 22, 2016, from 10 am to 12 pm SLT - we’ll take a stroll through Calas Galadhon in Second Life. No need for sunscreen, allergy medication or a long drive out of the city - just teleport in and join Lindens and other Residents for a little virtual sunshine!

Calas Galadhon

Escape to the vast estate and nature park of Calas Galadhon, a peaceful, romantic place to enjoy the beauty of the natural world brought into Second Life. Explore by horse, buggy, boat or balloon.

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In addition to our meetup - there are some great events happening and several beautiful nature spots to explore for Earth Day - just visit the Earth Day category of the Destination Guide.

Our Second Life Destination Guide editorial team has once again pulled together a short list of some of the coolest spots you should seek out in the next few days. From highlighting the art of the use of windlights in Second Life photography to touring the gritty streets of London during the terror of Jack the Ripper you’re in store for some unique experiences! Grab a few friends and explore a little!

Wherever you go be sure to take lots of great pics and 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 see you inworld!

Pets For Life: A Relay For Life Event

Pets For Life is a Relay For Life event in honor of our four-legged fur babies (who get cancer, too). This weekend, there will be games and contests with pets and some pretty great prizes. There's also live music and entertainment. Bring your pets and join the fight against cancer. All proceeds go directly to the American Cancer Society. Held April 16-17 from noon-6 p.m. (Pacific).

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Windlight Magazine Spring 2016 Art Show

Windlight Magazine presents the Spring 2016 Art Show, which features over 50 2D and 3D artists in Second Life! This week-long celebration of the arts features storytelling, live performers, poetry, tribute concerts, and more! For more information, visit windlightmagazine.com/spring-2016-art-show. Event held April 11-17.

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Queen's Gambit Declined by Rebeca Bashly

Rebeca Bashly's latest art installation "Queen's Gambit Declined" can be viewed through June 8th at MetaLES. More info at modemworld.me/2016/04/10/a-queens-gambit-declined-in-second-life/

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The Gridberts

The Gridberts is a fun shooting game in Second Life. Play alone or compete with your friends. Make points by shooting the Gridberts, other players or by collecting diamonds and coins. Solve riddles and quests and check out the huge 64x64m maze. The best three players win money every day!

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Jack the Ripper East of London

Travel back to 1888 and visit east of London in this recreation of the original Jack the Ripper crime scene, including at least three murder scenes. There's also a museum to explore and learn more.

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METAMORPHOSE by Solkide & Snipi

Experience the inspired and passionate art of Escher Solkide and Snipy. Metamorphose is a three-dimensional installation in which no detail has been left to chance.Immerse yourself in a place where objects and animals give life.

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Cosmos Master

Use your BX-Z 42 interstellar class starship to harvest resources. Refine them and make fuel for things like combat, cloaking, repairing and more in this interactive multiplayer space game in Second Life. More at cosmosmaster.com.

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Family Fun Fair

The Relay For Life Family Fun Fair, hosted by the Purple Tears Team, is held through April 17th. Come explore for daily events, games, rides, food, contests, prizes, performances, concerts, and more! More info at slfamilyfunfair.wordpress.com.

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Berg by Nordan Art

Berg by Nordan Art is showing the installation MECHANISMUS by Igor Ballyhoo and the exhibit Black & White Photographs by Imani Nayar. Teleport to the installation on the ground from the gallery. Current exhibits run April through June 2016

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Epicene

Epicene is here! This is a monthly fashion shopping event all about unisex appeal. At Epicene, designers offer both a male and a female exclusive for every round, or one or more unisex exclusives. 100% original high quality items. You can bring your opposite sex friend or date to this sale, and you can both come away from it very happy.

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The Evil Bunny Hunt 6

The evil bunny is back for the 6th year and has been very busy spreading chaos, stealing eggs and being, well, evil. Follow his devious trail of nice and naughty eggs but beware of that carrot! Is it ink or blood? We don't know as he's very tricky and quick. That fluffy tail isn't as cute as you might think. More at evilbunnyhunt.blogspot.com.

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Formanails Hunt

Can you find the 10 hidden items in the Formanails Hunt? To begin your quest, pick up the free HUD at the hunt base. For rules and infomation, visit formanails.com/hunt.html

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Gacha Good April Shopping & Gacha Event

Gacha Good is having its April Gacha Round with over 90 gachas and a fun "Alice In Wonderland" theme. Follow down the rabbit hole for an adventure through April 30th.

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For a limited time, get 50% off your first payment on a new quarterly Premium Membership subscription.* Premium members get a L$1000 sign-up bonus, a weekly L$ stipend, your own home, exclusive gifts like the ones below, and many other benefits. Subscribers also have special access to Premium Sandboxes inworld, where you can build objects, unpack your purchased items, and meet other Premium members. Upgrade to Premium and start enjoying the benefits now!

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Special Edition Spring Gifts Are Now Available!

Spruce up your outdoors of your abode with these bright additions. Enjoy breakfast and coffee in the yard with a shabby chic patio set - complete with blooming trellis - or cozy up on the matching bench with some adorable plushy pets. These gifts are available only for Premium members for the duration of this promo.

Premium members can stop by one of the Premium Gift kiosks to claim their gifts. If you’re not yet Premium, take advantage of this 50% off sale to easily upgrade and grab your gifts immediately.

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*TERMS & CONDITIONS This offer begins on  April 14, 2016, at 8AM Pacific Daylight Time (PDT) and expires on April 25, 2016, at 8AM PDT. To qualify for this promotion, you must 1) have an existing Second Life (“SL”) basic account or create a new account, and 2) select quarterly (every three months) billing for your SL account. The fifty percent (50%) discount will be applied to your first quarter’s bill and future quarters will be billed at the standard Premium Membership price (currently US$22.50 per quarter). Any Linden Dollar (L$) sign-up bonus will be applied to new accounts or accounts not previously upgraded to Premium Membership after the account has been active for forty-five (45) consecutive days.

The weekend has landed and you just might be looking for some new spots to explore in Second Life. Enter the Second Life Destination Guide editors your crack team of destination experts. They’re always on the lookout for new events and great places for you to enjoy inworld.

With Spring in full swing and Summer just a wink away gather your tribe and consider starting a drum circle Thunk! Virtual Instruments has some cool looped and animated instruments to help make that happen.

Drop into virtual Casablanca and play it once, for Sam at the re-imagined Rick’s cafe. Dress the part and have a little old fashioned fun.

Wherever you go be sure to take lots of great pics and 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.

Now login! We’ll see you inworld!

Thunk! Virtual Instruments

Thunk! Instruments are interactive, working instruments that play looped sounds in sync with each other to create music in the virtual world of Second Life.

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Casablanca

The classic Casablanca comes to life in SL. Visit the many famous sites, including Rick’s Café Américain, Casablanca Aerogare and more.

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Tatakai Tochi

As one of Second Life's most peaceful and serene sims, this detailed Japanese landscape is enough to relax you and help you enjoy yourself without the hustle and bustle of most sims. Photographers and explorers alike are welcome.

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Studio Moya

Explore this creative, messy and chaotic art space by Patrick Moya.

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Saul's HyperLounge

Saul's HyperLounge is an exclusively designed, cyberpunk//future-themed chat location created by Saul Goodie.

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Discordia @ Timesville

Everypony is welcome at Discordia in Timesville. Happy! Happy!

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Virtual University of Edinburgh (Vue)

Vue is a virtual educational and research institute bringing together all those interested in the use of virtual worlds for teaching, research and outreach related to the University of Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. Learn more at vue.ed.ac.uk.

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Aii - The Ugly & Beautiful

Located on a giant floating island and surrounded in pink, Aii sells fun fantasy items mixed with a Japanese style and sensibility.

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In November, we lowered the set-up fees for land purchases by 40%. Today, we’re introducing a limited-time offer that will make land even cheaper by allowing you to lower your monthly tier payments (aka land maintenance fees).

From today until October 4th, 2016, you can “buy-down” your Full Islands and/or Homesteads to the grandfathered maintenance rates. By paying a one-time fee up front, you’ll be entitled to lower tier rates on your land for as long as you hold it (and remember, we now also allow transferring grandfathered land).

The pricing for this offer is as follows:

 

  • Full Island:
    • One-time buy-down fee: $600
    • Grandfathered maintenance fee: $195/month (regularly $295/month)
  • Homestead:
    • One-time buy-down fee: $180
    • Grandfathered maintenance fee: $95/month (regularly $125/month)

 Note: This offer cannot be combined with our Education and Non-Profit discount program, and cannot be applied to Skill Gaming Regions.

If you plan to hold onto your land for longer than 6 months, this is a great deal for you!

To take advantage of this offer, you’ll need to submit a Support Case using the Land & Region -> Region Buy Down case type. In that case you can provide us with the names of the regions you would like to buy down, and we will assess the appropriate buy-down fee per region.

The Second Life Destination Guide editors have been as busy as springtime bees scribing a fresh list of places for you to explore in Second Life.

While it can be any time of year in Second Life - it’s nice to see the snow melt and the green of Spring to push its way up through the ground. While there is no shortage of picnic-perfect places to visit, there is also an abundance of other events and activities. MadPea’s latest immersive and interactive game has hit the grid, along with some new gacha and shopping events to enjoy.

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

Now login and get started with the fun - don’t forget to drop by Town Hall Island for a special message to our Residents!

 

Town Hall Island

Drop in on Friday, April 1st after 10 am SLT for an exclusive message for Second Life Residents.

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The Interview

The race for the job that everyone wants is underway.Take part in the ultimate assessment day. Find clues, solve mysterious and puzzles…can you pass The Interview? This immersive and interactive game from MadPea leads the players through a number of trials and challenges to get to the final goal. Opens April 3.

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Burnal Equinox - Picnic on the Playa

Don't miss the BURN2 Burnal Equinox event "Picnic On The Playa," held April 2-3. Come enjoy the first community celebration of the year, featuring live performers and music on stage both days. See many individual, cooperative, interactive and creative builds capturing the varied ideas of picnics in Second Life. Lamplighter processions to open 10 a.m. Saturday and close 8:00 p.m. Sunday (Pacific).

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London City Springtime

Celebrate all the promise of the Summer to come, with London City Springtime. Concerts are held each weekend in the Amphitheatre. There are also fairground rides and stalls with prizes to collect throughout the month of April. For details see mainlandlondon.blogspot.co.uk

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The Gathering

The Gathering presents to you a fantastical gacha experience, featuring a selection of Second Life's most original and imaginative 3d content artists. Discover uniquely handcrafted items for an extraordinary gacha experience. Ends April 10.

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Noelia Island

Explore Noelia, a beautiful Mediterranean island. Explore the many romantic spots, take a fun boat ride, relax on the beach, take photos, meditate or simply wander through the enchanting gardens. Don't miss the the villa and mystic cliff caves. You will find the Magic Stone of Wisdom near the Buddha. Click the rotating diamond for a personal quote to reflect on...

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Alethia Island

Alethia Island is a tropical sandbox resort offering a peaceful and scenic experience for everybody. Discover the overgrown pathways, secluded chillout spots and many fun photo opportunities that gives the island unique charm and character.

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PAL Park

PAL Park is a picturesque park created with Zooby families in mind, but it caters to families of all kinds. Come visit this beautifully landscaped, serene and fun environment.

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Spring Is Here Gacha Fair & Event

Shop from 19 merchants in this valentine/love-themed setting. Browse gachas, shopping and gifts as you discover exclusives and discounts. Event held April 1-19.

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Helping Haven Gateway

New Second Life Residents can find a helpful hand at Helping Haven, a spot filled with experts who can share tips and tricks to getting started in SL. Visit this newcomer-friendly community for freebies, landmarks and other useful items. More at http://helpinghaven.weebly.com.

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