Wednesday, May 24, 2017

The Bay City Anniversary Celebration


A number of activities take place at Bay City every year. One of the most attended is the annual Bay City Anniversary Celebration. Since the first anniversary of the largest urban area in Second Life, the residents there have held a parade down "Route 66" followed by a party at the Fairgrounds. This year marked the ninth such event in Second Life history. Gemma Cleanslate was there, and took a few pictures.

See the pictures in Events.

Editor's note: Flickr albums and youtube added. 

Haley Salomon's Memorial Service


Earlier this month, there was a memorial service for Haley Saloman. Haley got a little attention earlier in Second Life's history, but for the past several years did not draw the attention of headline news. But she was a friend of many longtime personalities. Her service done in both voice and text, taking place at the Second Life Synagogue.

Read the story in People.

Press Release: Benefit Concert at Veterans Isle


Frets Nirvana and US Military Veterans Group announce the 2017 Memorial Weekend benefit for Homes For Our Troops in Second Life! 

Frets Nirvana, the premier guitar artist in the virtual world Second Life and the US Military Veterans Group announce the 2017 Memorial Weekend benefit on May 28, 2017 in Second Life for the Veterans Support Organization  Home For Our Troops . 

Frets Nirvana states:  “HFOT is a privately funded 501(c) (3) nonprofit organization building specially adapted, mortgage-free homes nationwide for the most severely injured Veterans from Iraq and Afghanistan. Most of these Veterans are multiple amputees, paraplegic, quadriplegic or suffered severe traumatic brain injury (TBI).  As of January 2017 they have built 229 homes for severly wounded Veterans and have another 85 projects underway.  Since its inception in 2004, over 90 cents of every dollar spent by Homes for Our Troop has gone to directly support Veterans. ”

Home for Our Troops benefit concerts feature premier Second Life talent monthly at Veteran’s Isle.  The concert on May 28, 2017 is scheduled from 4-9 PM PST.  Featured artists will be DJ Waya Snowpaw, Agatha Nowles, ReggieSunset Rookswood, Zachh Cale and Amforte Clarity .

ABOUT HOMES FOR OUR TROOPS  - HFOT builds homes as a departure point for Veterans to rebuild their lives, and once again become highly productive members of society. Despite their life-altering injuries, many Veterans have embarked on new careers, completed their college degrees, or started families. Empowered by the freedom a mortgage-free and specially adapted home brings, these Veterans can now focus on their recovery and return to their life’s work of serving others. Many have embraced their roles as motivational speakers, sharing their messages of persevering through tragedy with groups and classrooms around the country; others take to a national platform to promote awareness of veteran suicide, homelessness and PTSD. Their incredible stories are the driving force for the work for HFOT. To learn more about the Homes For Our Troops visit https://www.hfotusa.org

Tuesday, May 23, 2017

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Furry Fashion Clubs


It's a week full of events at the Sunweaver and Angel clubs and the Furry Fashion Lounge. This week, Club Cutlass and the Furry Fashion Lounge are doing tributes to the late Artistic Fimicloud. The Happy Vixen is also expanding it's schedule to include two events on Sundays.

Club Cutlass: Best In 'U' and 'V', Roller Skates, Memorial Day

Happy Vixen: Royal Ball, Pink Fox/Artistic Fimicloud Tribute, Hybrids and Oddities, Good vs Evil, Fishnets, Lingerie, CAYA

Xanadu: TBA, TBA, TBA

Furry Fashion Lounge: Fantasy, Pirates, Punk, Purple, Steampunk, Demos, Swing, Romance, Sci-fi

See the schedules in SL Clubbin'.

Updated 10AM

Reader Submitted: D.R.U.M. – Celebration and Remembrance


Any1 Gynoid, who describes herself as a "reader contributor" to the Second Life Newser has sent us another submission. She writes about a recent event at Creations for Parkinson's. They hosted an event by the Divine Rhythms of Universal Music, better known as D.R.U.M., of the Burn2 group. DRUM has been around. Part art and part musical performance, they certainly stand out.

Read Any1's article in Events.

SL14B Update: Map Art, More Openings For Applications



RaineBow Rose (RaineBowRose Resident) recently sent the Newser this map, showing what's been build so far in the sims of the region of the SL14B celebration, with a slight artistic touch.

Also there are a few more openings for performers and Auditorium speakers.

We have opened up the Performance and Auditorium applications as a few slots have opened up. If you missed your chance, now’s the time. Hit it here and here.

Applicants to be exhibitors of the event will be notified via email starting tomorrow May 24. June 10 is when emails are sent to accepted performers.

Monday, May 22, 2017

Return to Yosemite


Almost a year ago, Gemma Cleanslate wrote about Yosemite, a park area owned and built by Jadyn Firehawk with some artistic structures among the trees and trails. Since then, there have been a few changes at the place. She went back and had a look at them. So what are these changes?

Read Gemma's article in Places.

A Busy Weekend



Quite a lot happened this weekend in Second Life. Sunday May 21 was the Ninth Annual Bay City Anniversary Celebration with it's parade (above) and party. Among the other events going on, the Relay for Life Fourth Annual Farshore Field Air Show took place in Pacific Waters on Saturday May 20, the RFL Home and Garden Expo opened on Friday May 19, and more.

We'll report more on these and other happenings later, but we at the Newser need to rest a little first.

Press Release: Sixth Annual Mental Health Symposium


The Virtual Ability community in Second Life invites you to join us for our sixth annual Mental Health Symposium. It will be held on Saturday, May 27, beginning at 6am Pacific (9am Eastern), and continuing through 5:30pm Pacific (8:30pm Eastern). There is no charge to attend.

The theme of this year’s Symposium is “I can relate to that.” Our international group of presenters offers a wide interpretation of the theme, based on their interests and academic backgrounds. Attendees will learn ways to promote mental health for themselves and their families, how diet affects mental health, and how first responders and medical clinicians can improve their own mental health.

The Symposium takes place in Virtual Ability’s Sojourner Auditorium, on Virtual Ability island. The SLURL for the auditorium is: http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Virtual%20Ability/54/170/23

The Virtual Ability community hosts this annual Symposium to share information about mental health and mental disabilities with the general population. Within our cross-disability community we have members who deal with a variety of mental health issues. Not only is this an opportunity for our community members to learn more about topics related to mental health from experts they probably would not have a chance to meet otherwise, it is allows the general public to attend a professional conference for free.

The 2017 Mental Health Symposium schedule is as follows:

6am SLT         Tracy Burrows “Diet, Nutrition and Food Addiction”
7:30am SLT        Sarah Henderson and Kristin Klimley “First Responder Mental Health: The Importance of Training and Intervention”
9am SLT        Joel Edman “Nutritional and Holistic Approaches to Stomach and Intestinal Disorders: Practical guidelines that can also be helpful for chronic and/or complex health issues”
10:30am SLT        selection of tours of SL sites related to mental health in Second Life
noon SLT        Ian Colman “Mental health promotion - What can you do for you and your loved ones?”
1:30pm SLT        Karen Davison “Bridging the Divide: Exploring research in nutrition, mental health and food security”
3pm SLT        Diana Anderson “Virtual Windows: Design solutions to improve the mental health of clinical staff”
4:30pm SLT        Namaara MacMoragh "Mental Health Following Brain Injury"

Please contact info@virtualability.org for additional information.

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Lantern Release Ceremony At The RFL Home And Garden Expo



The Home and Garden Expo is taking place in Second Life. Among the events there is the Lantern Release Ceremony. It takes place every day at 4PM at the Hope 5 sim. At the start of the event virtual replicas of Asian lanterns are released into the air, in remembrance of friends and loved ones whom have been lost.


Saffia Widdershins, who invited me to the event, told me, "These lanterns were created especially for the Home and Garden Expo about seven years ago, by Alchemy Immortalis. We started the tradition of releasing them then, and ever since, every day at Expo, we have the lantern release ceremony."


The ceremony ends with a sunrise, a reminder that tomorrow is another day, and of new beginnings.

For more on the ceremony, check the RFL Home and Expo blog. To head to the Expo, head to http://maps.secondlife.com/secondlife/Hope%201/128/123/23 .

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: May's Aether Salon - Royal Ascot


Liz Wilmer and Oriella Charik join the Salonistas again to share the history and customs of England's most renowned horse race and social event, the Royal Ascot.  (You may fancy dressing appropriately to help set the mood.) 2 pm, Sunday, 21 May at the Aether Salon building.

New Babbage - Academy of Industry (0, 64, 106)

Friday, May 19, 2017

Reminder: Sunbeamer Air Show and Bay City Anniversary



There's two big events this weekend in Second Life. On Saturday is the Fourth Annual Farshore Field Air Show Fly-in at the Pacific Waters sim. This Relay event is a must for airplane fans. Among the attractions, a dunking booth in which instead of tennis balls, you fire a German 88 to knock volunteers into the water. Launch yourself, or your friends, out of an air cannon. Bring your own warplanes and duke it out in a dogfight. Or just use the plane rezzer (above) and use those. Jessicabelle Dayafter recently installed a new and improved one with two more planes.

The event takes place Saturday from 8AM to 4PM at Pacific Waters (51/86/31) For more information, contact Cynthia Farshore.


Sunday's big event is the Ninth Annual Bay City Anniversary. Starting off with a parade, the line of people heads to the North Channel sim where the party begins, with both DJs and live music. For questions, contact Marianne McCann.


Interview With Arizona Ballinger-Whiplash At The Relaystock


One of the top-ranked teams year after year in the Relay for Life is the Relay Rockers. This year, the captaincy of the team went to Arizona Ballinger-Whiplash (Arizona Ballinger). During the Relaystock last weekend, which Arizona organized, the Newser had a chance to interview. She had a few things to say about both her team, the event, and the Relay.

Read the interview in People

Back To The Future: The Ride


If you're a fan of "Back to the Future" and it's sequels, you'll be happy to hear about the "Back to the Future: The Ride." Based on the ride from Universal Studios Florida, this one was made in the ASD Studios sim by Alicia Stella. Taking on the role of a volunteer for Doc Brown's new time machine, can you stop Biff Tannen before he does who-knows-what to the space-time continuum?

Read the story in Places.

SL14B Update: More Exhibitior Openings



In the latest post on the SL14B blog, and an announcement by Doc Gascoigne, there will be slightly more exhibition openings for spots than originally anticipated.

Doc cannot count. Ok ok he needs reading glasses
his loss of vision is your gain
Pass the word we need some more exhibits


Consider joining in the fun by being an exhibitor at SL14B! We have reopened the applications as we have been granted a few more parcels due to popular demand and we want to fill them up!
Join the Carnivale and apply now!

http://www.slcommunitycelebration.info/last-minute-exhibitors/

Thursday, May 18, 2017

More On Ozimal's Closing



There's been a few developments following the closing of Ozimals. I found the real Ozimal store at the Magic of Oz sim (180/90/23), but sadly anything having to do with their breedable bunnies or any other products of theirs was gone. There are still other items one can buy at shops, and one can explore the sim, going down it's yellow brick road and seeing Emerald City. It is unclear how long the sim will remain. The Ozimal blog has also been shut down.

Contacting Malkavyn Eldritch, he told me he couldn't tell me any details at all related to the "cease and desist" order other than what he already stated. But he did say there was a group concerned fans of Ozimal bunnies could join: For The Love of Oz . Chatting with the people there, I was handed a package with an "Everlasting timepiece" and other items needed to keep a pet bunny active, even one that had gone into hibernation. So if someone gets the news late about Ozimal's closing, they can still save their bunnies. You can also get the items from IMing the group and getting them from someone, or from the box of them at the Newser office at HV Community (135/85/25)

Fans of Ozimal have also set up a gofundme page, not to help bring back the company (which is unlikely), but to help out Malkavyn. "The funds we raise here will go toward helping him rebuild things in his life beyond Second Life and hopefully ease his real life burdens," the page states, "Please help us give back to him for all the joy that he has brought us."

In group notices, people were still trading bunnies, and there was plenty of chat about their pets and happy moments. So while the company may be gone, many bunny owners will still be enjoying their pets.

Bixyl Shuftan

Announcement: The Medieval Faire by Relay For Life on May 19th to June 19th



In fitting that this year, Unmasking A Cure - Relay For Life Team presents Third Annual Medieval Faire, on May 19 to June 19, 2017 at Second Life. Imagine Medieval time once again at Second Life, as if like Ren - Faire in real time. It is a wholesome event where everybody are invited to enjoy on the sim and find live performances and dee jays sharing their time, talent and treasure to Relay For Life. You can also see fashion designers, furnitures, decor items on sale. All proceeds goes to raise fund to Relay For Life cause.

Never miss this month long action packed event in sports, contests, gatcha garden, tune-in to performances and songs, savor the moments of wearing new clothes on display, mesmerize on decors and furniture items. Let us all support the Medival Faire (http://www.uacmedievalfairerflofsl.com/) to contribute another legacy towards Unmasking A Cure - Relay for Life.

Magical Hears (128/190/22)

Reader Submitted: At The RelayStock



From Mia Quinote. Mia, Sunbeamer chief Rita Mariner, and one other girl have some fun with neon streamers at last weekend's Relaystock.