RelayStock 2021 and Bid a Linden Bald (there be Linden Bears!) in Second Life

RelayStock 2021 event stage

It’s a weekend of Peace Love and Hope and great music as the 8th annual RelayStock takes place between Friday, May 14th and Sunday, May 16th inclusive, once again raising funds for Relay For Life of Second Life and the world-wide work of the American Cancer Society (ACS).

Paying homage to Woodstock, and hosted by the Relay Rockers, RelayStock brings together Relay teams from diverse communities across Second Life for a celebration of the Relay season. Teams raise their banners above makeshift tents and old VW campers as they gather for three days of Peace Love Music and Hope.

A long-time staple of the annual Relay for Life season in Second Life, Relay Stock is also the venue to two special events – Bid a Linden Bald and the Celebrate Remember Fight-Back Top DJ Fund-raising Competition.

Bid A Linden Bald and Obtain a Limited Edition Linden Bear

2021 marks the 5th year that the Lindens have joined in the fun at RelayStock through Bid a Linden Bald – and this year the event has a couple of extra for folk to appreciate: the Moles of the LDPW are joining the fun, and those making donations via the special Bid a Linden Bald kiosks can receive a Limited Edition Linden Bear!

As the name suggests, Bid A linden Bald sees a number of teams from Linden Lab challenge one another to see who can raise the most in Linden Dollar donations for RFL of SL. At the end of the event, the team raising the least amount of money see their avatars get their hair shorn by the team raising the most. Or as the event advertising puts it:

Top team gets the scissors – lowest team gets the haircut!

RelayStock 2021: Bid a Linden Bald

The six teams from the Lab participating this year comprise:

  • Team 1: Alexa, Dottie, Izzy, Mint, Rhea, TJ, Wendi
  • Team 2: Cammy, Ellie, Kit, Oberwolf, Rocko, Tommy, Whitney
  • Team 3: Dakota, Evie, Kreide, Obi, Simon, Vanessa
  • Team 4: Darcy, Grumpity, Kristin, Patch, Spots, Vix
  • Team 5: Derrick, Hobbes, Maggie, Patsy, Theresa, Volo
  • Team 6 (Moles): Abnor, Alotta, Chronos, Dion, Hazel, Itsa, Maximus, Milli, Notta, Spirit.

For those who have been asking about the Lab’s new Board members and their interest in Second Life, it’s worth pointing out that Team 2’s Oberwolf Linden is in fact Board member and Executive Chairman Brad Oberwager, who is getting fully into the swing of the event and showing further support for activities in Second Life, along with the Lab’s new Chief of Staff, Cammy Bergren (Cammy Linden), who is also a member of Team 2!

Linden Lab’s Chief of Staff, Cammy Bergren (centre left) and Board member / Executive Chairman, Brad Oberwager (centre right) are Participating in Team 2 for Bid A Linden Bald through their respective avatars, Cammy Linden and Oberwolf Linden, seen flanking them

Since its inauguration in 2017 (at the Second Life Birthday event) Bid A Linden Bald has helped to raise L$3,000,000 (approx. US $12,000) for Relay For Life and the ACS.

Every year, I look forward to the Rockers’ Bid Me Bald fundraiser. This is one of the longest running team fundraisers in our Relay’s history and it has become a touchstone moment for so many of us. I have enjoyed watching the event grow and evolve over the years and am grateful to the Lindens for getting into the spirit of this time-tested fundraising challenge.

– Stingray Raymaker, ACS representative in Second Life

Biding is now open at the RelayStock event space, and will remain so through until Wednesday May 19th, when, at 12:00 SLT, the team to lose their hair will be announced and the Official Haircutting will take place (and all are invited!).

Bid A Linden Bald Linden Bears

The Limited Edition Bid a Linden Bald Bear

This year, people can bid by making a donation directly to each team’s kiosk, or by making a L$250 donation to the accompanying Limited Edition Bid A Linden Bald Linden Bear kiosk and receive a pair of Limited Edition Linden Bears.

Designed by Chronos Mole, these comprise a wearable Animesh Bear and a seated static bear for home décor. It would have perhaps been nice if the wearable bear was a little smaller and rigged to sit, say, on your shoulder rather than just a simple “carry” pose that is easily overridden by any walking animation, but they are nevertheless a cute pair, and already proving to be very popular.

Bid a Linden Bald can be found at the large barn immediately adjacent to the RelayStock landing point.

Celebrate Remember Fight-Back Top DJ Fund-raising Competition Grand Final

The CRFB event features Club and Radio DJs from all over Second Life as they try to see who among them can raise the most Linden Dollars in support of the Relay For Life, with RelayStock hosting the Grand Final between the two top fund-raisers.

In 2020, DJ Baggie and DJ Kayla went head-to-head in their sets at RelayStock, raising more than L$330,000 in the process, with DJ Kayla taking home top honours. This year will see finalists DJ Tanis and DJ Stormy compete in back-to-back sets on Sunday, May 17th.

RelayStock 2021: Relay Team camp sites

Stage Schedule

The event’s activities line up as follows (all times SLT – check the official event page for any late updates):

Friday May 14th Saturday May 15th Sunday May 16th
13:00:  DJ Zen Greywolf

14:30:  DJ Melinia Firehawk

16:00:  Keeba & Maniacs – LIVE

17:00 : Quartz – LIVE

18:00:  DJ Sasha Fairywren

19:30: DJ Kewl

09:00: Shay Dezno-Gary Jonstone-LIVE

10:30 Noon: DJ Kayla

Noon: DJ Corruptor

13:30: DJ Selene Jashan

15:00-16:00: Todd Rumsford – LIVE

16:00-17:30: DJ Jennylynn Capalini

17:30-19:00: DJCynthia Farshore

19:00-20:30: DJ Toocool

20:30-22:00: DJ Stephanie

09:00-10:30: DJ Caesey Sawson

10:30-12:00 Noon: DJ Rora

Noon-13:30: Brisas Ar – LIVE

1:30PM – Max Kleene – LIVE

2:00PM – CRFB FINALIST – DJ Tanis

3:30PM – CRFB FINALIST-DJ Stormy

5:00PM – Trader Whiplash – Time Machine

7:30PM  – DJ Mattie Carlson

So, let the spirit of the Age of Aquarius enter your life this weekend, don your kaftan (and galoshes!), put flowers in your hair and head on over to RelayStock for great music, great dancing, great fun – all in a good cause!

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RFL Christmas Expo 2020 in Second Life

via Christmas Expo

The annual RFL Christmas Expo opened its gates on December 4th, 2020, and will run through until December 13th in support of The American Cancer Society and RFL of SL.

Located on fourteen regions (including the Linden Homes preview region (to the north of The American Cancer Society region) and the Linden Lights of Hope region adjacent to the main Lights of Hope region, this year’s expo once again offers a wide range of shopping opportunities, entertainment and more, all presented around the theme Christmas Memories. As with 2019, all funds raised during the event will go towards supporting The American Cancer Society’s Childhood Cancer initiatives,where they will be used in support, research and palliative efforts to help children with cancer.,

Over 200 merchants from all fields are participating in this year’s event, which includes daily entertainment at the Holly Jolly Café featuring a mix of live performances and DJs. The schedule of entertainment provides a day-by-day breakdown of the 100 hours of live entertainers, DJs and dance performances. which include live performers and DJs, all of which culminates in the Holidays of Hope Gala Ball. However, some of the highlights of the event are listed below.

SL Christmas Expo 2020

Special Events and Activities

This year’s Expo includes a number of special events and activities, including:

The Christmas Expo Holiday Market: Back for its 6th year, this outdoor shopping event features 80 merchants for 2020,all offering a variety of shopping options, and you can take a look at the special items that are available.

This year the Market includes a Kids Holiday Market section in Christmas Morning, the the special kids region, and there is also a home décor market for all your needs, indoor and out.

Holiday Raffles: this year sees the Expo offer two raffles:

  • The Big Holiday Shopping Raffle presents two lucky winner the opportunity to gain a super goodie bag of gift certificates and prizes. Tickets can be purchased through the raffle kiosks at L$100 each or three for L$200. The prize draw will take place at 18:30 SLT on Sunday, December 13th, 2020 at the Holly Jolly Café.
  • The Daily Holiday Shopping Raffle can be found at the Holly Jolly Café, with prizes valued at between L$250 and L$1,000. Tickets are L$50 each or three for L$100, with daily draws at 19:00 SLT at the Holly Jolly Café.

Note that all certificates are transferable, and so make great Christmas Gifts, and all proceeds go directly to the American Cancer Society Childhood Cancer Initiative.

Auctions:

  • The Silent Auction: opening on Saturday December 4th, the prizes this year include gift cards with values between L$500 and L$5,000, a home with a pool, merchant mega gift boxes, a winter gown fatpack, an Animesh fatpack. Bidding runs through until 17:00 SLT on Sunday, December 13th, 2020, with winners announced at the Holly Jolly Café, starting at 17:15 SLT on  Sunday, December 15th.
  • Linden Auction items: The chance to bid on three special Linden prizes:
    • An exclusive Linden Home Package, including a 6 Month Premium Membership; a Private Bellisseria lot with their choice of a Linden Home.
    • The ability to create a New Linden Last Name to be added to the list of choices for new members.
    • To Name a Future Bellisseria Region (3 Available).
  • Breedable Auctions: There will be a number of Breedable auctions throughout the Expo, including a One of a Kind auction.

Lights of Hope: once again Second Life’s premier builders are joining the SL Christmas Expo to present the 3rd Annual Lights of Hope Home Decoration Contest. Each of the builders has decorated the outside of one of their stunning houses in holiday style and brought it to the Expo.  Stroll the Holiday Road neighbourhood at the Expo and vote for your favourites by donation to the American Cancer Society kiosk in front of each home! 100% of all donations go directly to the American Cancer Society.

Also be sure to pop over to the Real Estate Office in the neighbourhood where some of the builders have graciously placed out their entry home for sale in an American Cancer Society Christmas Expo vendor.

The 11th Annual Holidays of Hope Ball: will take place between 13:00 and 18:00 SLT on Sunday, December 13th, focused on the event theme of Christmas Memories. Sponsored by T1Radio, this formal ball is open to all Second Life residents, and will feature live entertainment by FlyQueen, together with the sounds of the season with Madelyn Majestic and Trader Whiplash.

New Linden Homes preview: catch the new Linden Homes theme that in a special preview (read more here).

SL Christmas Expo 2020

As well as the above, the Expo this year includes: a gacha, a snowman building contest, Santa’s sleigh ride, and photos with Santa – which this year includes the chance to pose with the Lab’s Vice President of Product Operations, Patch Linden, on Wednesday, December 9th between 13:00 and 15:00 SLT.

Thus, there is a huge amount to see and do at the Expo, so be sure to check out the official website for more information.

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RelayStock 2020 in Second Life

RelayStock 2020

It’s a weekend of Peace Love and Hope and great music as the 7th annual RelayStock takes place between Friday, May 15th and Sunday, May 17th inclusive.

Paying homage to Woodstock and hosted by the Relay Rockers, the event features live and DJ entertainment, dancing, vendors and the opportunity to help raise money for RFL of SL.

Activities are focused on RFL team camp sites set out around a 60s style festival stage. The camp sites, mixed between iconic VW camper wagons and tents, are occupied by RFL Relay teams who present kiosks and fund-raising vendors, while the event stage plays hosts to the performers and the ever-popular Celebrate Remember Fight Back (CRFB) Top DJ Competition.

The event is open to all residents of Second Life to enjoy and In addition, when visiting you’ll also be able to Bid a Linden Bald, which this year see four teams for Linden Lab participating – see 2020 Bid a Linden Bald for RFL of SL for more.

RelayStock 2020

The event’s activities line up as follows (all times SLT – check the official event page for any late updates):

Friday May 15th:

  • 13:30 – 15:00: DJ Stephanie – Bellisseria For Relay For Life.
  • 15:00 – 16:30 DJ DollEyes Barbosa – Too Tough To Die.
  • 16:30 – 18:00: DJ Evee – Spirit Of The Dragon.
  • 18:00 – 19:30: DJ Dredd Rocktatansky  – The River Rock Club.
  • 19:30 – 21:00: DJ Melina Firehawk –  Heroes Helping Heroes.

Saturday May 16th:

  • 12:00 – 13:30: DJ Angel Blossom – Seekers Of Hope.
  • 13:30 – 15:00: DJ Gem Sunkiller – Team Shadow.
  • 15:00 – 16:00: Max Kleene – Live Singer – Relay Rockers.
  • 16:00 – 17:00: Todd Rumsford – Life Singer – Cure Chasers.
  • 17:00 – 18:30: DJ Scott – Harmony Of Hope.
  • 18:30 – 20:00: The A Team – Friends For A Cure.

Sunday May 17th:

  • 09:00 – 10:30: Tommy James & The Shondells – Tribute Band – Rocking Sands.
  • 10:30 – Noon: DJ Holocluck Henley – Aether Chrononauts Tiny Steps.
  • Noon – 13:00: Turner Harborough – Live Singer – Relay Rockers.
  • 13:00 – 14:00: DJ Nuala Maracas – Relay Rockers.
  • 14:00 – 15:00: CRFB Top DJ Finalist – DJ Baggie.
  • 15:00 – 16:00: CRFB Top DJ Finalist – DJ Kayla.
  • 16:00 – 17:00: DJ’s Nikki, Sting, MamaP, Trader – Cancer Gets Stung.
  • 17:00 – 19:30: DJ Trader Whiplash – The Time Machine Show – Relay Rockers.
  • 19:30 – 21:00: DJ Kayla – Roos With A Dream.

So, let the age of Aquarius enter your life this weekend, don your kaftan (and galoshes!), put flowers in your hair and head on over to RelayStock for get music, great dancing, great fun – and all in a good cause!

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Fantasy Faire 2020: nominations for king, queen and chancellor

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One of the fun elements introduced to Fantasy Faire in 2015 was the opportunity to nominate and then vote for the King and Queen of the Fairelands and their (strictly non-human) Chancellor. Nominations came from across all realms of fantasy, with the top five for the positions of king and queen (human or human-looking nominations only) and chancellor, went forward for a public vote-off during the course of the Faire.

The event has since become a staple of the Faire, and it is once again back for 2020, with nominations now open. It’s important to note that this has nothing to do with avatars or people per se, but is a fun election purely for characters from works of fantasy, with the “winners” announced at the end of the Faire.

Nominees can be from written fantasy, graphical novels, cartoons, films, television or radio series, and from genres such as fairy tales, high fantasy, magical stories, urban fantasy, vampire sagas or steampunk, etc. The only major requirements are that nominations for king and queen must be human (or human-type) characters, whilst nominations for chancellor are restricted to non-human (or non-human type) characters, and that the winners from the previous year are no eligible for re-election.

How It Works

  • Nominations are made between now and the end of Saturday, April 25th, 2020(23:59 SLT), using the form below.
  • The top five nominees for each role – king, queen and chancellor – will be selected for a final vote-off.
  • During the Faire, people will have the opportunity to vote for their favourites.
    • There is a fee payable for voting, but all money raised will go to Relay for Life.
  • The winners will be announced at the Fantasy Faire Live Auction on Sunday, May 3rd.

Past Winners

  • 2019: king: the Goblin King (Labyrinth – 2nd time); queen: Ser Brienne of Tarth (Game of Thrones); co-chancellors: Falkor, the Good Luck Dragon (Neverending Story and Kalessin of Earthsea (Earthsea novels). Not these are not eligible for nomination again in 2020
  • 2018: king: Gandalf; queen: Galadriel; chancellor: Totoro.
  • 2017: king: Serverus Snape (Harry Potter); queen: Leia Organa (Star Wars); chancellor: Rhiow (Book of Night With Moon).
  • 2016: king: The Goblin King; queen: October Daye; chancellor: The Last Unicorn.
  • 2015: king: Havelock Vetinari; queen: Granny Weatherwax; chancellor: Greebo the Cat.

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RFL Christmas Expo 2019 in Second Life

via slchristmasexpo.com

The annual RFL Christmas Expo opened its gates on December 5th, 2019, and will run through until December 15th. Located on eleven regions (plus 2 Linden regions) adjoining the American Cancer Society’s in-world headquarters, this year’s expo offers a wide range of shopping opportunities, entertainment and more, all presented around the theme Believe in The Magic of Christmas.

Over 170 merchants from all fields are participating in this year’s event, while the schedule of entertainment provides a day-by-day breakdown of the 100 hours of live entertainers, DJs and dance performances. which include live performers and DJs, all of which culminates in the Holidays of Hope Gala Ball.

2019 Christmas Expo

Special Events and Activities

This year’s Expo includes a number of special events and activities, including:

The Gift of Hope Mega Raffles: new for 2019 are the Gift Of Hope Mega Raffles for both Christmas Expo and Non-Expo Merchants.   These are high end, high-value raffles, located at the SL Christmas Expo Welcome Region. Winners will be drawn Sunday, December 15 starting at 18:30 SLT.

The Gift of Hope Mega Raffles

The Holiday Shopping Spree Raffle: several Expo merchants graciously donated to the Holiday Shopping Spree Raffle offering one lucky winner the opportunity to walk away with more than L$150,000 in gift certificates and prizes. Tickets are L$250 each or three for L$500, and all certificates are Transferable, so they can make great Christmas Gifts. The draw will be held on Sunday, December 15th, 2019, at 19:00 SLT at the Holly Jolly Café.

Lights of Hope: now in its second years, Lights of Hope features a number of Second Life’s home builders (and Lindens!) who have decorated the outside of one of their houses in holiday style and brought it to the Expo. Stroll the Lights of Hope neighbourhoods – the Linden region features Premium Linden homes decorated by staff and members of the LDPW – and vote for your favourites by donation to the Relay For Life kiosk in front of each home! 100% of all “votes” goes directly to the American Cancer Society.

The ACS Ebbe Linden bear, designed by Magic Mole, in a golfing pose and available through the special Ebbe Linden Bear ACS kiosks (shown inset) for L$250 – all proceeds to RFL of SL / ACS

The ACS Ebbe Linden Bear: designed by Magic Mole and presented playing one of Lab CEO Ebbe Altberg’s favourite pastimes and complete with his ACS Gold Together cap, is the ACS Ebbe Linden bear. Available from kiosks at L$250 (all proceeds to ACS), you can also find the little fellow about to tee-off at a snow-covered ninth hole at the Bear Creek golf course at the Expo, so you can see him up close!

Breedable Auctions: There will be a number of Breedable auctions throughout the Expo, including a One of a Kind auction and a Limited Edition auction.

Linden Homes 4th Theme Reveal: an opportunity to preview the Victorian Theme of Premium Linden Homes that will be available in the Linden Homes continent of Bellisseria in the near future  – and have the chance to win one and a 6-month Premium subscription / extension to your existing Premium subscription. You can read more about the theme and the styles of houses it offers in The “Victorian” Linden homes theme and a chance to win one.

Linden Reveal and the 4th new Linden Home theme at the SL Christmas Expo

By taking part in these events, and in the Expo as a whole, Second Life users can help provide funding for VR Headsets for childhood cancer patients.  Along with Linden Lab, the ACS partner for the event, and the Expo’s sponsors and participants, ACS and RFL of SL are working to reach a goal of US $20,000 to help fund the Society’s Virtual Reality Programme for Paediatric Cancer Patients undergoing cancer treatment. You can read more on this work here, or by watching the video below.

There is a huge amount to see and do at the Expo, so be sure to check out the official website for more information.

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RFL of SL: Strides campaigns raise over USD 13K in Second Life

via ACS / Making Strides

The American Cancer Society (ACS) has announced that the 2019 Strides Campaigns raised US $13,633 to help those dealing with breast cancer and in the search for a cure.

The total marks an impressive US $5,000 increase over the total raised in 2018. This year, ACS ran two flagship events for Making Strides, the Out Shop Cancer campaign that ran right throughout the month of October and involved stores and creators right across the grid, and the Pink Power Fest, which was kicked-off by the Strides Walk-a-thon on Saturday, October 19th and ran through until Saturday October 26th, 2019.

In addition, individuals and groups across Second Life were encouraged to organise their own events in support of Making Strides, with the top Strides Campaigns raising over $2,500 including Camping for A Cure & Bikers for BOObies.

The official announcement provides a further breakdown of campaigns and amounts raised, with the organisers offering warmth thanks to all who took part, either in the events themselves or in helping to organise them.

via the American Cancer Society

Commenting on the success of the season, an overjoyed Stingray Raymaker, Director of ACS in SL, said:

We were confident that this would inspire people who wanted to fight breast cancer in their own way, and the community certainly stepped up. We appreciate everyone who took part in this year’s campaign, and after looking at the data, we are really excited about what the future holds.

All funds raised through Strides Campaigns in Second Life are used by the American Cancer Society to contribute to our life-saving breast cancer research and breast cancer patient services.

Congratulations to all involved on achieving such a worthwhile result!

Are you interested in becoming a volunteer for the American Cancer Society in Second Life, and help their global efforts in helping cancer patients, their families and in seeking cures for cancer? Then please contact Stingray9798 Raymaker in-world or e-mail jeffrey.montegut-at-cancer.org.