Friday, February 23, 2024

Linden Lab Spotlights Creations Park

Earlier this month, Linden Lab highlighted Creations Park, run by Barbie Alchemi with the help of Carlyle Chaparral, and the home of the Creations for Parkinsons group.

Dive into the heart of creativity and connection in Second Life with the latest addition to our Made in SL series, "Creations Park Made in Second Life." 

In this two-part feature, we highlight the inspiring stories of Barbie Alchemi and Carlyle Chaparral, two remarkable Residents who have transformed their virtual experiences into avenues of real-world impact and cultural enrichment. 

 In the first video made by Draxtor Despres about Creations, he talked to Barnie Alchemi, who described how her mother Fran Serenade was the inspiration to create the place. In Drax's second video, he talked to Carlyle, who talked about the Savoy Ballroom, and the history of it's real-life counterpart.

To check out Creations Park for yourself, Click Here -


This Saturday at The Science Circle

 Saturday February 24

    At 10 AM PST   

    Mass Immigration: Part Two
    Presenter: Chantal Jager
    The Science Circle (225,230,28)
    NOTE: Non-members required to register once
    IM Jes Cobalt or Nymf Hathaway

╚══════════════════════════════ The Science Circle (72,129,30) ═╝

Thursday, February 22, 2024

RFL Sunbeamer Weekly Moon Dance Starts Tonight


The weekly event of Relay for Life in SL's Team Sunbeamers is once again starting: the Moon Dance. "Be shot from the Moon Cannon to a dance on the moon in support of Relay for Life in Second Life." This is a multi-team event, and all Relayers, and others in Second Life from newcomers to long-timers, from tiny to huge (large dragons please watch where you step when you dance) are welcome.

Every Thursday, starting February 22 from 6 to 8 PM

Goes on to Thursday June 6

DJ Competition For Relay For Life


On Sunday February 18, there was a DJ competition hosted by Relay for Life's Team Sugar Skols. the event took place Sunday afternoon and early evening, starting at 4PM SL time.

 The Sugar Skols RFL season kicks off on Sunday, February 18th at 4SLT with an EPIC DJ Battle to raise money for the ACS! Please join us to support the battle cries of our incredible DJs as they face off head to head with surprise theme and twist to kick off the season in style and raise money to kick cancer’s ass! Every warrior goes to Valhalla! Skol! 

Among the several DJs were two from Team Sunweavers, DJ Snowbuns and DJ Shockwave. While most competitions had the performers playing one hour at a time, in this one they would play two or three tunes, then another DJ would. Each was on a small stage with a kiosk next to it, with fans sending money to them. The winner was the one who raised the most.

DJ Snowbuns would later tell me she won second place at the DJ battle. She had gotten a trophy for her efforts. 

Go Relay!

Bixyl Shuftan

RFL Sunbeamers Starting Off At Over A Half Million Lindens

 With the start of the Relay for Life fundraising season last Saturday, the various teams started raising Lindens. Some had spent the time between seasons quietly collecting cash. Among them was team Sunbeamers. Between seasons, they had raised funds in an off-season jar. When the Relay kiosks were ready to receive the money, the "Sunnies" had over half a million Linden dollars, as of now over 545,000 Lindens. 
Assuming fundraising levels haven't changed since last year, this puts the team in Jade level fundraising. And this is just the beginning. Can the team match last year's Ruby level?
Go Sunbeamers! Go Relay!

Wednesday, February 21, 2024

The Bellisseria Commissary

Gemma Cleanslate stopped by Bellisseria the other day to check out a location that has been around for a little while but hasn't been written about yet: the Commissary at Hartsmere. You can get (virtual) food there. But you can also get some information and a chance to relax a little and maybe some conversation. So what did Gemma think?
Read Gemma's article in Places

Correction: The link previously led to an older article, it's been fixed

Black History Exhibit at Learning Virtualē

 In August 2009, I established LV, a learning center, in Second Life. The Black History Exhibit has been a permanent, evolving exhibit since 2013 while Black History Month has been observed at LV since 2010. The 2024 theme for Black History Month, as determined by the Association for the Study of African American Life and History (ASALH), is “African Americans and the Arts.” Below are some pictures of the Black History Month section of the Black History Exhibit at LV which tie into the annual theme.
(LV Black History exhibit )
A presentation about the development and purpose of Black History Month.

Scenes from the 2024 Black History Month section:

This section includes summaries of major African American arts movements: Coming to America, the Harlem Renaissance, the Black Arts Movement, Hip Hop, and Afrofuturism.

This section includes presentations with biographies and summaries of honors/recognition for 5 featured artists in each category: Performing Arts (Alvin Ailey, Aretha Franklin, Jimi Hendrix, Billie Holiday, and Prince), Visual Arts (William Artis, Margaret Burroughs, Edmonia Lewis, Henry Tanner, and James Van Der Zee), and Literature (James Baldwin, Gwendolyn Brooks, Octavia Butler, Phillis Wheatley, and August Wilson).

This section has the first few paragraphs of the annual Presidential Proclamation for Black History Month plus a visitor can touch the object for a notecard of the full proclamation from President Biden. A visitor can touch the other board to access the 2024 ASALH Black History Month Theme brochure (an online PDF file).

In this section, visitors can touch the image for a notecard with a list of African American artists that have been inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame by year.

The rest of the Black History Exhibit covers Slavery and Emancipation, the Civil War, Why We March (Jim Crow Laws) and the March on Washington (the Civil Rights Movement), Civil Rights and Voting Rights, and a general reference room with a timeline 1600s-present of major events and other information. Historical documents, images, and notecards share the stories of black history, an integral part of U.S. history. The permanent exhibit will continue to be available and the 2024 Black History Month section will be available until at least the end of 2024 when preparations are made for the 2025 theme.

Thanks for your consideration.

Addison Loxely

Tuesday, February 20, 2024

Events This Week at the Sunweaver and Montecito Bay Clubs, and Furry Fashion Lounge

Here's what's going on at the Sunweaver and Montecito Bay clubs, and the Furry Fashion Lounge.

Club Cutlass: TBA

Happy Vixen: TBA, DJ Arooo, DJ Snowy, DJ Mattie, DJ Malit, DJ Khyra

Club Zero Gravity: TBA

Bouncing Bunny Beach Club: DJ Snowy

Xanadu: DJ Jesse 

Club Squeaks: DJ Squeaks
Montecito Bay:  CAYA, After Dark

Furry Fashion Lounge: Retro, Wings, Neon, Katturday Nite CAYA, Fantasy
Read the schedules in SL Clubbin'

Advertisement: Club Scorn Looking For DJs

How would you like to play music for a rockin' club?  The Scorn Rock Club is currently looking for DJs to expand our events throughout the week. If interested in joining our staff contact one of our managers Charlee Shuftan (Charlee Snowfox) or Aldaris (Bawnty Resident) for more information.

Monday, February 19, 2024

Valentine's Day - Love in the Air at Love & Harmony Jazz Romantic

Much happened in Second Life on Valentines Day. There was the Love Train and Hug A Linden (which none of the Newser reporters were able to attend, maybe next year). But there were also many other events across the various venues of Second Life. Among them was Love and Harmony Jazz Romantic.  Dancerina Starlight stopped by there, where owner and manager Orchide Delmar held a special Valentines Day party.

Read Dancerina's story in Events.

The 2024 Relay Season Kickoff

 Saturday February 17 at 10 AM was the official start of the Relay For Life 2024 fundraising season - The Kickoff. This event was the beginning of this year's season of the most successful annual charity event in Second Life. The place was packed, with almost 200 residents in the two sims the event took place in, American Cancer Society 2 and 3.

 The event was streamed live, and later a recording of the event posted on Youtube

There were avatars of all shapes and sizes there. 

 Wildstar and Oldesoul (tiny) were with Team ACTS' captain Liz Wilner.

Cynthia Farshore was there, flying the flag of the Sunbeamer team.

 Some of the team "Roos With a Dream" were there as well (sorry to say with all the lag not all the avatars rezzed for my camera. 

I was there for almost an hour. Despite the lag, the enthusiasm was very contagious. Almost two hundred humans, furs, ferals, tinies, and other avies all united for the purpose of defeating cancer.

Be sure to check the Newser for more Relay articles, and announcements. 

Bixyl Shuftan

Sunday, February 18, 2024

Cartoon of The Day: Bee Costume

 Taken at the SL Living Expo

By Bixyl Shuftan

SL Living Expo Announces 4 Million Lindens Raised At Event

 Yesterday February 17, it was announced by Cody and Roxy Chronotis of the SL Living Expo that the event had "surpassed all expectations" and raised over over four million Linden dollars. Details were in a press release on the bottom of the front page of the event blog.
Thanks to the overwhelming support of the Relay for Life community and beyond, we are thrilled to announce that this year's event has surpassed all expectations. Not only did we exceed our fundraising goals, but we also kickstarted the Relay For Life season with enthusiasm and momentum.

We are deeply grateful to everyone who contributed to the success of the event. From our sponsors and participants to the talented performers, this event truly exemplified the power of teamwork and community spirit.

Together we are making a difference in the fight against cancer by raising over $4 million Lindens at the SL Living Expo and that number is still growing. That is over $16,000 USD!
While the Expo events are official over, the sims will be up for another day or two. The fundraising for the Living Expo is about over. But now the official fundraising season is underway, and the various teams are now raising cash. For the Relay this year, things have gotten off to a good start, and it's only the beginning. 

Bixyl Shuftan