Supporting the IKSDP Kenyan schools project in Second Life

Harambee Xmas Charity Market

Currently running through until January 6th, 2019 is the Harambee Xmas Charity Market, raising funds for the  IKSDP (Italian Kenyan Scout Development Project) Kenyan Schools project, operating in Gwassi region in south-western Kenya, around Lake Victoria.

Harambee is Swahili for “working together”, and can often be used as a cry when people are working in concert together. It has been chosen as the embodiment for the Harambee project Gwass-Kenya in recognition of the way the project is bringing together volunteers from beyond Kenya with local people working on a series of projects to benefit the people of the Gwassi region.

Operated by the IKSDP since 1983, the work is to promote community self-development among the local population through a range of practical self-help projects in an area covering some 200,000 square kilometres and encapsulating around 50,000 people, the majority of whom are Lou, relying on pastoral herding, farming and fishing. Specific work for the project has included water supply and irrigation facilities, medical field trials for disease treatment and medical dispensaries, and on improving education among the young. This latter work has involved the construction and development of a teacher training college and the development of new schools in the region.

The Harambee Xmas Charity Market in Second Life is aimed towards helping to raise money for the schools project, and features a cross-region venue, offering both the tropical warmth typical of Kenya and the snowy delights usually expected of a Christmas market.

Designers and creators participating in the event include: *AAP* Angel’s Art Pose; *ASIA* FASHION; [in] sanity; {.Gross Princess.} & *Tori-Tastic*; 3D Republic; Anastyle; Cassandra Couture & Gallery’s Happy; Celestial Designs; Dimi’s; EdizioniVolando; Droxene; Face Paint; Fantasy China; …:::: GIULIADESIGN made in italy:::…; Gundam Park; Hair Sale; ‘Harambee Gwassi-Kenay Charity shop’; Kastle Rock Couture and Mirage Treasure Co.; Lamu Fashion Exclusive Italian Style; Manna Benoir; Scarpenia; She_Avi; *Sour Pickles*; Style 4 Woman; Sweet Intoxication; TMT Texture Me True; and Verastyle.

Participating artists comprise: CioTToLiNa Xue; Desy Magic; Maddy (magda.schmidtzau) and Solkide Auer.

As well as the creators and artists, the event features hunts and entertainment (as detailed in the calendar below.

So, even if you are feeling a little shopped-out, why not hop over to the Harambee Xmas Charity Market and help out a good cause.

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Second Life 2018 Shop and Hop

Christmas 2018 Shop and Hop event – open through until January 4th, 2019

The end-of-year Shop and Hop event, organised by Linden Lab, has opened its doors to shoppers for 2018.

Following the success of recent in-world shopping events organised by the Lab, the Christmas 2018 event provides a similar – but expanded – setting that includes some lessons learned from previous events. It features around 100 merchants and creators, a full list of whom can be found in the opening announcement for the event.

The holidays are upon us, and for many that means baking, wrapping, peppermint lattes, and shopping! We’ve gathered 100 Merchants for a very exciting shopping event! … this shop-stravaganza spans 5 full Regions … All 100 Merchants have provided a free gift (and in some cases more than one per stop) and some generous discounts on some of their most popular products.

From Linden Lab’s Shop and Hop announcement

This 2018 Shop and Hop is located in five regions (two up from previous events). These are Aurelian, Gilded, Golden, Halycon, and Tinseled, all of which will be open through until the end of the event, on January 4th, 2019.

In addition, the five shopping regions are bordered north and south by two further regions apiece. These effectively act as overspill regions for each of the shopping regions. So, for example, if you try to teleport to Aurelian, but it is already loaded down with avatars, you may be redirected to the landing areas of Aurelian North or Aurelian South, where you’ll be greeted by the message:

Sorry, but you are in an overflow region. Feel free to cam around and window shop while you wait for a space to be available.

This is actually a nicer touch than simply finding your teleport fails with a Region is too full message.

Shop and Hop SLurls

All of the regions are rated General.

Survivors of Suicide Christmas Fair in Second Life

SOS Christmas Fair

Currently running through until the first of January 2019 is the Survivors of Suicide (SOS) Second Life group Christmas Fair, aimed at both celebrating the group’s tenth anniversary and to raise money for the group’s work.

For those unfamiliar with their work, Survivors of Suicide is a suicide prevention and peer support group for anyone affected by mental health issues. It comprises mentors and members who support one another, and those who reach out to them in their time of need through one on one chats, and via support meetings at the group’s in-world location and via group chat.

For the Christmas Fair, SOS have set-up a sky platform featuring stalls from creators and merchants, details of whom can be found on the Sponsors web page. There is also a raffle featuring a range of prizes (entry: L$100 per ticket, all proceeds to SOS). There is also a photography contest with the subject of Support – details for entry can be found via the info giver alongside the in-world display board featuring entries. The winner(s) to be decided by voting on entries.

SOS Christmas Fair

There is also daily entertainment – including visits by Santa! – however, I was unable to find details of performers / performances or times.

While the fair is already underway, the organisers are still taking Gacha item donations and DJs, musical acts and / or spoken word artist – the information card provided on arrival details how those interested can donate / apply.

The organisers additionally note:

If you or a friend or family member are feeling the holiday blues, or you are worried for yourself or someone else, we are here for you. Grab any information that would be helpful at our information booth and if you need to talk to someone, check our Holiday Cuddle Corner, where mentors and members will be standing by to help with those Holiday Blues. If no one is available on site, join our group, there is always someone in chat to talk to.

Support is always welcome – and given. So whether you would like to support SOS in their work or do have a need to talk to someone, do pop along to the SOS Christmas Fair.

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Lab invites merchants to sign-up for holiday shopping event

Linden Lab will once again be hosting an in-world shopping event over the holiday period, and are inviting applications from merchants

Since 2017’s SL14B celebrations, seasonal shopping events hosted by the Lab have become something of a popular thing in Second Life, with events being held over the winter holiday period in 2017, and earlier in 2018.

Popular among creators and shoppers alike, these events so no sign of stopping, and on Tuesday, November 6th, the Lab blogged about the winter / Christmas 2018 event, with a call to merchants who may wish to apply to be a part of it.

We realize many of us are still recovering from the Halloween holiday, but the truth is – the rest of the year will creep upon us like the creepiest of Halloween creatures. Winter is coming…and that means it’s time for cheerful greetings, the spirit of giving, and lots of festive music!

Like last year, we’re winding up for a winter in-world shopping event – and we’re now looking for Merchants who would like to participate!

– Xiola Linden, blogging on the winter shopping event

The shopping events take place across a multi-region environment, offering plenty of space for merchants and shoppers alike

The winter 2018 event will run from Monday, December 17th, 2018 through to Tuesday, January 4th, 2019, inclusive, with Xiola further noting:

This event … is an opportunity to bring a ton of new customers to your brand, offer some of you best items, and celebrate the holiday season in a huge shopping event across several Regions.

We are looking for merchants willing to offer a discount on some of their items (think after Thanksgiving and Cyber Monday deals!) and provide a small non-exclusive gift to holiday shoppers.

Those merchants and designers interested in participating in the event are invited to complete the application form (embedded below, and also available here, for those preferring the direct link).  Note that submissions must be made no later that Tuesday, November 27th, 2018, with the cut-off for applications at 00:01 SLT on Wednesday, November 28th.

Previewing Men in Focus in Second Life

Men In Focus

Men in Focus is a new gallery opening on Thursday, November 1st, 2018. Owned and sponsored by Men in Motion, a team of male choreographers and dancers promoting men’s mental and physical health in cooperation with the Movember Foundation. The gallery is curated by JMB Balogh, who invited me to preview the first exhibition at the gallery.

“The gallery features photography and 3D artworks of men at work or play in SL by male artists,” Jo informed me, adding, “There are hundreds of art galleries in Second Life but few, if any, that focus exclusively on the art of men.”

Men In Focus: Slayer Tanaka

The primary aim of the gallery is to showcase 2D art; however for the opening exhibition Jo has brought together both 2D and 3D artists, with works displayed across the multi-level gallery space that offers plenty of room for it to be appreciated. Those participating in this inaugural exhibition comprise:

Men In Focus: Jⓞhan Lionheart (Gemini sculpture) and Slayer Tanaka

The opening of the exhibition, set for 18:00 SLT on Thursday, November 1st, 2018, will be the kick-off event for the 2018 11-day Movember fund-raiser hosted by Men in Motion, and which will culminate in a spectacular dance show highlighting their choreography skills.

The schedule of events for the November fund-raiser comprises (at the time of writing and all time SLT):

  • Thursday, November 1st, 18:00: Men In Focus gallery opening, with music by DJ Ame
  • Friday, November 2nd: 20:00: Ladies Night with M@N
  • Saturday, November 3rd:
    • 09:00-11:00 – DJ Hanku
    • 12:00 noon-13:00 – Men In Motion dancer auction
    • 14:00-16:00 – DJ Chopper
    • 20:00-22:00 – DJ Aryanna Draken
  • Saturday, November 10th, 15:00-16:30 – Men In Motion Show
  • Sunday, November 11th, 13:00-15:00 – closing with DJ Cara.

All funds raised during the event will be donated to the Movember Foundation.

Men In Focus: Alex Avion and Kavika Lowgun

About the Movember Foundation

The Movember Foundation is a multinational charity raising awareness of, and money for, men’s health and welfare, with a focus on cancer, mental health and suicide prevention. Its titular and widely known campaign is Movember, which encourages men to grow moustaches during the month of November. The foundation partners annually with the Distinguished Gentleman’s Ride to also raise money for men’s health.

Founded in 2003, in Melbourne, Australia by Adam Garone, Travis Garone, Luke Slattery, and Justin Coghlan, the organisation attained registered charity status in 2006, and as of 2014, has raised over US $580m in charitable donations used to fund more than 800 programmes focusing on prostate cancer, testicular cancer, poor mental health, men’s health awareness and healthy lifestyles. It is active in 21 countries and has a global workforce of 130 people. In addition, Movember coincides with International Men’s Day (November 19th), which among its aims, shares the goal of promoting the health and well-being of men and boys.

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2018 Creepy Crawl in Second Life

Tagus Enchanted Forest; Inara Pey, September 2018, on FlickrTagus Enchanted Forest – one of the destinations for the 1028 Creepy Crawl (blog post)

Following their recent call for venues, Linden Lab announced the route for this year’s Halloween Creepy Crawl on Wednesday, October 31st, via a blog post by Xiola Linden.

The Creepy Crawl is a growing tradition whereby Lindens and Residents get dressed up in their best Halloween costumes and roam from spooky spot to spooky spot for music, dancing, and celebrating.

As Xiola has blogged, the event will take place between 10:00 and 14:00 SLT on Tuesday, October 31st, and will be moving through a number of selected venues:

So, if you fancy meeting some of those responsible for bringing us Second Life and having a little fun, conversation and maybe dancing along the way, keep this list of destinations handy on the 31st October, and drop in to any of the venues along the route!