LV United seeks summer research student

Looking for a summer job in accounting and marketing research? A close-to-home opportunity is available that might be just right for you.

The Lynn Valley United Church office is operating out of temporary lodgings while they await completion of their new church building a block north of the Mountain Hwy and Lynn Valley Rd intersection. For now, staff  are bunking in with the North Shore Disability Resource Centre across the street, and Sunday morning services are held in the Lynn Valley recreation centre at the corner of Frederick and Mountain Highway.

Friday Night LiveThrough a 2016 Summer Job Grant, the team is looking for a student (age 15 to 30) who can provide research and support to the church’s community programs, which include the weekly Friday Night Live musical improv and arts presentation, a community choir and drum circle, and participation in local events such as Lynn Valley Day.

If you, or someone you know, might enjoy being part of this high-energy neighbourhood network, have a look at the job posting here. Deadline for application is May 2, so don’t delay! For further information, please contact Shari Gardiner at lvuc@telus.net.

Take a “Jane’s Walk” and hear Lynn Valley history

Jane’s Walks are coming to Lynn Valley,  just in time to celebrate the 100th birthday of the person after whom they were named.

Writer and activist Jane Jacobs had a significant influence on urban planning in the 1960s, when she introduced concepts such as “social capital” in designing communities that better served the overall needs of their residents.

LV Rd by Ross Rd c 1920s NVMA

Lynn Valley Road by Ross Road, circa 1920s. Courtesy of NV Museum & Archives.

Today, Jane’s Walks are free, citizen-led walking tours, in which people get together to explore, talk about, and celebrate their neighbourhoods. On Saturday, May 7, North Vancouver Museum and Archives Curator Karen Dearlove will lead a tour of Lynn Valley, which will be illustrated by historical facts, anecdotes, and historical images, many pertaining to the neighbourhood’s history as a logging and shingle-building community.

The tour will begin at the Community History Centre located in the former Lynn Valley school building at 3203 Institute Road. The tour will begin at 10:30 a.m. and last approximately one hour.

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Gardening season is here, and LV plant sale, too!

With the recent (on and off!) spate of sunny weather, Lynn Valley green thumbs are itchy to get out into their gardens.

gardenIt’s too early to get annuals out, but we have a great list of gardening tasks that can (and should!) be tackled right now, thanks to our friends at Endless Summer Landscaping. Have a look, then roll up your sleeves!

With  flowering spring bulbs cheering the gardens and roadways, inspiration is everywhere you look – and who doesn’t love cherry blossom season? You can learn more about our many local cultivars and where to see them, and the Vancouver Cherry Blossom Festival, by reading this super article by Michael McCarthy over at our sister site, LonsdaleLife.

After your garden is in shape for the spring and summer, you can reward yourself with a trip to a local plant sale. The Lynn Valley Garden Club annual plant sale is always a popular pick, and takes place this year on Saturday May 7, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Clement’s Church, 3400 Institute Road, on the east side of Lynn Valley Park.

You will be able to choose plants for sun, shade, and container gardening, as well as herbs and veggies. Plants are grown by members in their own gardens, so are proven to be “tried and true” for the North Shore! Proceeds go to local community and charitable gardening projects. The club will only be equipped for cash-only sales, so please arrive prepared! For more information, email lvgcplantsale@gmail.com or visit the club website. (And p.s. – did you know the Lynn Valley Garden Club has been part of our community since 1943? In fact it’s been such a popular group that at times there is a waiting list for membership!)

We hope Mother Nature cooperates with local gardeners this year! If your hard work pays off and you would like to share some photos of your garden, please send them our way! We’d love to use them on our site or put them out on our Facebook page!

 

 

 

Lynn Valley Day weekend moves to June

Mark your calendars! After decades in its last-weekend-of-May slot, Lynn Valley Days is moving to the weekend of June 17 to 19, 2016. And along with the move comes a great new event – a Father’s Day breakfast on the Sunday morning!

Guests at the Friday night Gala will enjoy catering by Louis Gervais and dancing to the tunes of Angela Kelman. Tickets are $150, which includes two drinks.

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Celebrate Easter in Lynn Valley!

It sounds like there will be a mix of sun and clouds in Lynn Valley’s future, but whatever the weather we hope the Easter weekend is joyful for all!

If it is rainy, there’s no better way to spend the time than in painting some Easter eggs to give out to family and friends. Here are few novel ideas to get you started – you probably have everything you need at home already!

easter bunny

Another tradition that will keep the kids busy is to bake hot cross buns on Good Friday, or to make an Easter bonnet for Sunday. And if you’re really having fun, why not make some homemade chocolate Easter eggs as well?

A free Easter party is being held at Lynn Valley Village on Saturday, March 26, from 1 to 3 p.m. Families are invited to come and enjoy an Easter-themed Treasure Hunt, as well as arts, crafts and prizes. The Easter Bunny may even stop by for a visit!

Easter Sunday is the culmination of the Christian Holy Week, and is preceded by Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Special services are being held on all three days at many Lynn Valley churches, and all are welcome – should you want more information, contact info and church websites are listed on our Clubs and Associations page. Happy Easter, everyone!

Over the Fence: Mike Danks

With today’s post we begin an occasional feature called Over the Fence – a mini-profile of some of the interesting people who live or work in Lynn Valley. Have a suggestion of someone you’d like to see profiled? Let us know at info@LynnValleyLife.com!

Today we’re chatting over the fence with Mike Danks, team lead of North Shore Rescue, City of North Vancouver firefighter, and married father of three.

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Lynn Valley realtors address sellers’ “fear factor”

There was a good article written by Barbara Yaffe in the Vancouver Sun, outlining one of the reasons behind the current shortage in home listings.

She writes “Observers agree that the fear of selling one’s home and not being able to find another property is part of the story behind a low inventory of real estate listings, both in Vancouver and Toronto. The situation is handicapping buyers and sending prices skyward.”

And, later in the article, “if they want to buy something else in their neighbourhood, they are likely to face that scourge of the real estate industry, the bidding war.”

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LV Services Society seeking board members

Update March 20, 2016: please scroll to bottom if you have an aptitude for numbers – a treasurer is needed!

Lynn Valley is fortunate in many ways – and having a dedicated non-profit group adding to the programming and life of our community is one of them.

Mollie Nye House, North Vancouver

Mollie Nye House

The Lynn Valley Services Society (LVSS) is responsible for managing Mollie Nye House, the heritage home on Lynn Valley Road that was built by Jack and Olive Nye in 1913 and donated to North Vancouver District upon the death of his daughter Mollie.

As you can see from this video, Mollie Nye House has become a welcoming, active hub for a wide range of programs and activities. Over 60 groups use the house on an annual basis, and events and workshops  are regularly offered for all ages. And its surrounding garden provides a lovely respite for many passers-by to enjoy in the midst of a busy day.

The LVSS is looking for enthusiastic local residents who would like to ensure the house continues to thrive well into the future, and continues to evolve to meet the needs of the community. Here’s their appeal for new board members – please be in touch as soon as possible!

Volunteer Board Members Wanted

The LYNN VALLEY SERVICES SOCIETY (LVSS) is a not-for-profit charitable organization providing social and recreational programming to the community in, and around, the Lynn Valley area. LVSS provides facility management in Lynn Valley, with Mollie Nye House serving as our primary facility. Mollie Nye House is a heritage community building, which is managed by LVSS under a Partnership Agreement with the District of North Vancouver. See the Mollie Nye Website for more information: mollienyehouse.com

We are currently looking for new board members with the following preferable characteristics:

• Enthusiastic and collaborative nature with experience in the non-profit sector.

• Experience in Financial Management, Bookkeeping, or Community Connections.

• Reside in or around the Lynn Valley area.

We encourage participation from minority groups who are seeking, or interested in, expanding services in Lynn Valley.

Time Commitment: LVSS is in the process of transitioning from a working board to a governance board, so time commitment varies depending upon your area of interest. All potential board members should be prepared to be available for monthly board meeting of 2-3 hours per month, plus a willingness to be an active member of at least one sub-committee (approx. 3 hours per month) and participation in event planning and implementation.

Position Term: Two years with a preferred commitment of 2 consecutive terms.

Application Deadline: For more information, or to apply, please send an email briefly summarising your interest to HRpartner@telus.net. Please include your phone number and a Board Member will call you directly.

Update: Treasurer sought!

CALL FOR APPLICATION: Board of Directors (Volunteer Treasurer Position)

The LYNN VALLEY SERVICES SOCIETY (LVSS) is a charitable organization providing social and recreational programming to the community in, and around, the Lynn Valley area. LVSS provides facility management in Lynn Valley, with Mollie Nye House serving as our primary facility. Mollie Nye House is a heritage community building, which is managed by LVSS under a Partnership Agreement with the District of North Vancouver.  See the Mollie Nye Website for more information: mollienyehouse.com

We are currently looking for a Treasurer with the following skills and characteristics:   

  • Enthusiastic and collaborative nature
  • Experience in Financial Management or Bookkeeping
  • Reside in or around the Lynn Valley area
  • Experience in the not-for-profit sector preferred

Time Commitment:

The role of Treasurer for LVSS is a volunteer working position with the responsibility for budgets and financial management including bookkeeping, maintenance and audit of financial records and ensuring all investments, expenditures and revenues are filed without discrepancies. The time commitment will vary depending upon the individual’s experience with not-for-profit financial management and monthly LVSS bookkeeping requirements. All members are asked to attend the monthly Board meeting which runs approximately 2 hours.

Position Term:  Two years with an optional commitment of an additional term.

Application: For more information, or to apply, please send an email briefly summarising your interest to HRpartner@telus.net. Ideally we would like to invite those who are interested to a tour of our facility in late March, 2016. Please include your phone number and a Board Member will call you directly.

DNV sets library land sale record straight

Mairi Welman, communications manager with North Vancouver District, contacted LynnValleyLife with concerns regarding the circulation of an email containing false allegations of North Vancouver District wrongdoing in the sale of the former library property at 27th and Mountain Highway to the Bosa Development Corporation.

Marie emphasizes that these claims (including, we note from reading the email in question, that council “decided to give away a prime piece of real estate for free”) are “absolutely not true,” and that “all relevant policies, laws and regulations were followed.” She asks us to pass along the following information to Lynn Valley residents:

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Valentine’s contest entries heartwarming to read

Our 2016 Valentine’s Day Contest was the cause of passionate conversation during a LynnValleyLife meeting in January. We’d had a great response in the past to our “What Do You Love About Lynn Valley?” and “What’s Your Nickname for Your Loved One?” contests and we wanted to tap into our community heart yet again.

We know that Valentine’s Day isn’t just for the dreamy-eyed, star-struck lovers amongst us.  As any parent who has helped a child painstakingly craft 30 Valentine’s cards for their school chums knows, there are all sorts of friendships and affections to be celebrated on February 14.

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