Category Archives: Relay For Life

Second Life Home and Garden Expo 2017 announced

Home and Garden Expo 2016

Home and Garden Expo 2016

The 2017 Second Life Home and Garden Expo  has been announced with the opening of registrations. The event will run from Friday, May 19th through to Sunday, June 4th 2017 inclusive.

As with past years, the Expo will span multiple regions and feature the very best in home and garden design, furnishing and decor, all to help raise money for Relay For Life of Second Life (RFL of SL).

Creators / merchants and artists interested in participating in the event can find full information on doing so via the following links:

Home and Garden Expo 2016 - the fun fair

Home and Garden Expo 2016 – the fun fair

Gacha machines will once again be a part of the event, and 50% of the proceeds from these will be paid to RFL. Machines will only be permitted within the central region for the Expo, and will be placed in a premium location there. One gacha machine is included in all exhibitor packs, and additional machines can be bought for L$500 each, also 50/50 split between merchant and RFL of SL.

Further details on the event can be obtained through the Home and Garden Expo 2017 website,  where blogger registrations will be opening in the near future. In the meantime, press enquiries can be made in-world to Kaerri Rae.


Sign-up for the Castle, Home and Garden Contest in Second Life

Poster courtesy of

Poster courtesy of

The fourth annual Castle, Home and Garden contest will take place in Second Life from June 3rd through June 24th inclusive, in aid of Relay for Life of Second Life. Registrations are open for both contestants and merchants – but spaces are filling up!

Using the building tools provided within Second Life, RFL Teams and individuals are invited to build a one-of-a-kind original build castle or home, with or without an associated garden, or design a garden setting, in one of 14 themed regions. The completed builds are then opened to the public to explore, and are voted upon by a both a panel of judges and the public at large.

Winning entries as decided by the judging panel can with up to L$200,000 (castle) or $100,000 (Home or Garden design), and L$100,000 for the popular vote competition, with all prizes being paid into the winning RFL Team’s RFL kiosk (and thus to RFL of SL) or to a general RFL kiosk in the case of individual entries. In addition, all of the houses and castles included in the event are then offered up for auction to the highest bidder, with all proceeds from the auction also going to RFL of SL.

Note that is order to be auctioned, all home / castle builds must be transferable. Also note that entrants will be required to run at least one event at their build when the regions are open to the public.

The 14 themed regions for the contest are:  Atlantis, the Sunken City; Beauty and the Beast; Bedrock (Flintstones-style theme);  Bikini Bottom (Spongebob Squarepants inspired); Christmas Town; Game of Thrones: King’s Landing; Game of Thrones: Winterfell; Halloween Town; Harry Potter: Hogsmead; Lord of the Rings: Rivendell; Labyrinth; Springfield (Simpsons inspired); Star Wars: The Death Star; 1984.

Rviendell from The Hobbit / The Lord of the Rings is one of the 14 themed regions in the Castle, Home and Garden Contest. Image: WingNutz Films / New line Cinema.

Rviendell from The Hobbit / The Lord of the Rings is one of the 14 themed regions in the Castle, Home and Garden Contest. Image: WingNutz Films / New Line Cinema.

Those wishing to sign up should refer to the Castle Home and Garden Contestants Sign-up Form for all requirements and rules of entry.

In addition, there is a region – It’s A Small World – dedicated to merchants and vendors, as well as merchant locations throughout the 14 theme regions. Shops are available for free, but merchants can also opt for one of a number of sponsorship packages, which offer both more space and additional benefits.

Full details on the Merchant requirements and sign-up information can be found on the Merchants Sign-up Form, and a full breakdown of the sponsorship packages can be found on the Sponsorship Levels Google document.

Finally, the Castle Home and Garden team are seeking help and volunteers. If you would like to assist in running the event, please check the description of roles available on the Volunteer Sign-up Form and – sign up!

You can keep up-to-date with the event, including information on events, entertainment, etc (as the latter are arranged in time),  through both the official website and the official blog.

RFL Christmas Expo 2016


The annual RFL Christmas Expo opened its gates on December 1st, and will run through until December 12th. I’m not sure if it is me, but RFL events PR seems to have been a little low-key in 2016, to the point that this event almost entirely slipped my mind!

However, if it had by chance escaped your attention as well, there’s still the weekend to make the most of it, and to hop over, explore the four regions, buy goodies, join in the fun and donate to RFL of SL.

You can find details of participating creators through the Expo shopping guide, together with a schedule of entertainment, which include live performers and DJs, and there are fun activities such as photos with Santa, Expo sleigh tours, raffles, auctions and Gotyas still to be enjoyed, and much more besides, with all the details on the Christmas Expo website.

A highlight of the Expo is the Holidays of Hope Ball, now in its 7th year, which will take place on Sunday, December 11th, from 15:00 through 18:00 SLT.   There will be special raffle baskets for which tickets can be purchased, together with random door prizes, which in 2015 totalled almost L$50,000 in value, while the 2015 raffle baskets were each worth more than L$35,000 each and included items such as homes, designer outfits and L$5000 gift certificates among their goodies.

Holiday formal attire is requested for the Ball, which will take place at the Polar Express Grand Station, high over the Expo regions.

SLurl Details

All regions rated Moderate.



Second Life says, “Happy Birthday Star Trek!” in Trek for a Cure

The iconic starship - and you can celebrate Star Trek's 50th anniversary at Trek for a Cure through to September 11th, 2016

The iconic starship – and you can celebrate Star Trek’s 50th anniversary at Trek For a Cure through to September 11th, 2016

Fifty years ago on September 8th, 1966, a new science-fiction show started airing on American television. Called simply Star Trek, it started as a humble weekly series which had already been through a difficult gestation period (1964-1966) and eventually lasted just three seasons – but went on to become a world-wide phenomenon, almost instantly recognisable in most countries and spawned a host of follow-on films and series, up to and including the re-imagining of the original under the guidance of J.J. Abrams and Justin Lin.

I’m an unbashed Star Trek fan. I wasn’t around when the Original Series first aired, but I did discover it in my teens, and was instantly attracted to the multi-cultural message aboard the Starship Enterprise and to Kirk’s buffness, Spock’s sexy-cool logic, and McCoy’s irascible nature and deeply human caring for others.

Trek For a Cure - celebrating 50 years of Star Trek

Trek For a Cure – celebrating 50 years of Star Trek

More than just science-fictiony drama (which at the time was pretty much summed up by The Monster Of The Week), Trek dared to challenged people to think. It offered commentary on events of the time – discrimination on the basis of race and / or colour, the dangers of military intervention, and so on. At the same time it offered a vision of the future where humanity really is a multi-cultural society driven by the ideals of tolerance, discovery and hope. Messages and ideals which are still very much relevant today as we see a world around us increasingly fragmented and divided.

Such is the show’s influence over the decades, that it is fitting to mark its anniversary – and for those of us who enjoy Trek and science fiction in-world – that the Second Life Sci-Fi Alliance is hosting a special Star Trek centric event for Relay for Life of Second Life. Trek For a Cure is taking place across three regions, each named for a famous planet from Trek lore: Vulcan, Qonos, and Risa, with the latter reflecting its role as a shore leave environment in The Next Generation by being the hub of Trek For a Cure’s entertainment.

A Galaxy class starship cruises by Trek For a Cure

A Galaxy class starship cruises by Trek For a Cure

Running through until Sunday, September 11th, the event is home to over 80 booths set up by residents to promote their Trek and sci-fi groups, content made in world  and services, with the added bonus of visitors being able to support RFL of Second Life.

The event schedule can be found at the SL Sci-Fi Alliance website, and the main teleport hub can be found at the centre of Risa – most of the facilities are on the ground, but the ballroom and the starships battle area are up in the sky.

So – if you’re a Trek fan, a sci-fi fan or simply want to support RFL of SL, why not head over the Trek For a Cure and celebrate Star Trek’s 50th anniversary?

SLurl Details

All regions rated moderate.