After-school art starts again in January

After-school art programs are once again coming to Lynn Valley schools in the new year! Have a look-see at this schedule and you’ll find everything from watercolours to digital storytelling. Then in January watch for our story about the new Gordon Smith Gallery of Canadian art, and how some Lynn Valley neighbours are involved in this exciting Artists For Kids venture!

Girls offered free yoga

Who wants to get stretchy?

Christina Kinch, the new youth ministry leader at Lynn Valley United, is also a certified Hatha yoga teacher. She’s leading free, drop-in yoga classes for girls in Grades 5 through 12 on Tuesdays from 5 to 6:15pm. Last one before the Christmas break is Tuesday the 13th, so why not pass along this info to a girl in your life and give them a stress-busting tool to help them manage the holiday frenzy? Classes will resume week of Jan. 9. Info: christina.lvuc@gmail.com.

P.S. Adult classes are also offered, until Dec. 19th and then starting again after the holidays! Christina says:

Relax, breathe and connect to your body.  Join together to experience embodied spiritual practice.  Learn to honor your body, no matter how stiff, flexible, weak or strong you feel it is.  No experience necessary.  Please wear comfortable clothing and bring a mat if you have one. Classes by donation.
Mondays: 11:00am-12:15pm
Thursdays: 6:00pm-7:15pm

Buskers add a new element to village life

FROM THE DESK OF LYNN O’MALLEY:

We’ve been treated to all sorts of musical offerings in our village square, from the summertime concert series to occasional performances by community groups such as the Lynn Valley Black Bear Band and the North Shore Celtic Ensemble.

Now even more lovely, lilting, lyrical life is coming our way with the addition of the Lynn Valley Busking Program, which gives performers the opportunity to put out their hat in exchange for gifting us with their unique talent – whatever that may be.

Barb McLean of the North Vancouver Arts Office (located on the third floor of the Library Building) says that it’s not just musicians who can apply for the permit. If you’re a juggler, a dancer, an actor or a fire-eater, you’re also eligible (though we might need to check with the Lynn Valley fire department about that last one).

While applying for a permit sounds very bureaucracy-bound, I can testify to the fact that people such as Barb, John and Ian at the Arts Office are truly a great resource for local artists and do everything they can to make things easy and do-able. The permits are free, and auditions aren’t required.

Right now, the Arts Office reports that students from Ross Road Elementary are ‘busking up a storm’ to help pay for an upcoming school trip to Quebec.

For more information and the permit application, visit the Arts Office site. For tap-dancing lessons, click here!

 

Christmas Crawl happens on Dec. 18!

Members of The North Shore Celtic Ensemble and guest musicians will perform in 3 different locations on the afternoon of Sunday Dec. 18th.
The group will be raising money for North Shore Harvest, so it is hoped that the audience will enjoy the toe-tapping tunes and donate accordingly.
The Christmas Crawl will start at “The End Of The Line”  General Store at 2 p.m., then move to The Lynn Valley Legion at 3:30, then finish at Waves Coffee House, Lynn Valley at 4:40.

Moms get a boost from Spectrum founder

FROM THE DESK OF LYNN O’MALLEY:

Here at LynnValleyLife, we are grateful to the North Shore News for running our editor’s story about the amazing mission of Lynn Valley resident Sally Livingstone.

When you meet someone like Sally, you tend to want to do everything you can to spread the word about the work done by Spectrum, a charity she founded to match up struggling moms with caregivers and volunteer mentors.

As you can see in the story, the support the moms receive (whether it is a ride to a doctor’s appointment, a listening ear, or hands-on childcare help) has in many cases made the difference between the mom being able to successfully care for her child herself, or having to surrender her infant to foster care. In fact, two of Spectrum’s former clients are now mentors themselves!

Sally may already be familiar to some of you as she was the founding manager of the Lynn Valley Medical Clinic and worked there for ten years before becoming a full-time instructor at Capilano University.

Donations of time, money, and hampers at Christmas are always needed to help further Spectrum’s fine work amongst mothers who have few other resources. For more information, visit Spectrum Mothers Support Society.

 

Local author to speak Dec. 14

We’re delighted to hear that Lynn Valley author Andrea Winterbottom will be speaking Wednesday night at North Vancouver CITY Library (that’s the one at 14th and Lonsdale) at 7 p.m. Andrea will be there with Ed Griffin; together they have led inmate writing groups at Matsqui prison. Learn more about Andrea’s experience, and the anthology she and Ed published with the members of the inmates’ writing group! No registration req’d.

Spring sees surge in sellers

The traditional springtime surge in the housing market is well under way in Lynn Valley, where there has been a nearly 40% upswing in listings compared to the last quarter of 2011.

Although average house sale prices tipped the $1 million mark last month, there are still many options for those wanting to get into the market in the $800K range.  Read on to learn more about what sold in our community in the first quarter of 2012.

Tell us to take a hike!

We know Lynn Valley is filled with walkers and hikers of all description – so why don’t you describe your favourite trail for us?

Over the next weeks we want to expand our outdoor recreation section to include even more featured walks. So if you have one you’d like to share, tell us to take a hike and we’ll check it out for ourselves! Your photos are welcome, too!

New fall programs stretch mind & body

There are opportunities for all ages on offer in central Lynn Valley this fall, thanks to robust programming from North Van Rec Commission and Lynn Valley United Church. Click here for the latest workouts and workshops planned for the Community Room in Lynn Valley Village, and hit ‘more’ to hear what’s on tap at LV United – from yoga to youth groups to walking clubs and discussion groups, there’s something new to try!

LynnValleyLife turns one!

We’re cutting the cake this month as we celebrate the first anniversary of LynnValleyLife.com going live!

Since we started publishing in mid-October, 2011, we’ve had a great time learning more about our neighbourhood and its hard-working, community-spirited residents. To all of you who support us in a variety of ways, we thank you!

If you’d like a walk down Memory Lane, click ‘more’ and read our first-ever LynnValleyLife blog post!