Music scene booming at local Legion

The growing local music scene has the Lynn Valley Legion doubling its popular Sunday Jam Sessions.

Part open-mic, part jam, all good music

“There aren’t many places where you can show up, sign up and play what you feel,” says Matina Spiropoulos, a volunteer event coordinator for the Legion. “Or show up, sign up and decide, ‘Hey, I am not feeling this today.’ There is a lot of great local talent existing and spread out in the community. We are trying to bring them together.”

For 10 years the Legion has been hosting a jam session in one form or another off and on. Recent success has the Legion adding a second monthly session; they now occur on the second and last Sunday of the month. However, the busy Legion schedule may result in some sessions being shifted, so keep up with the Jam and its schedule on Facebook.  

“It began when members of the Legion connected, picked up some instruments started playing together,” said Spiropoulos. “It was an avenue for the members to jam, which led to some bands being put together and now it’s open to all.”

Just jammin’

The sessions run from 3 to 6 p.m. and are led by the house band The Remnants. At any given session 100-125 musicians come together to listen and play. If the popularity continues to grow, Legion members will be given priority – and joining is one way to support veterans and access the great music community, says Spiropoulos.

The Remnants“Getting people isn’t hard but we want to get the word out so new musicians will come – there is a big community here in Lynn Valley. This is a place where people can come hang out and make new musical connections. And jam!”

A typical session will have classic pop and rock, blues and more. Spiropoulos says the positive vibe offers a great way for musicians to work through new songs or sets to see how they play to a crowd. While it is not geared to beginners, it is a flexible and open venue, she says. Plus, there is fresh pub food available and the occasional guest band.

“I like music, I like being a part of my community, I like listening to music, I like the causal venue,” says Spiropoulos. “It’s relaxed and positive.”

Upcoming Sunday Jams

Jan. 28, 3-6 p.m. The Remnants coming up!

Feb. 11,  3-6 p.m. with Miss Behave and guests

Feb. 25, 3-6 p.m. The Remnants (house band) and guests

Follow the Legion and Jam to stay connected to the local music scene and more!

Hopes and Reflections: North Vancouver District Library

It has been a busy year – for us all. We don’t always get a chance to keep up with all the goings on in our community or to know what happens behind the scenes. LynnValleyLife reached out to pretty much every local group we could track down and ask them to share their how the year went, what their hopes are for 2018 and how the Lynn Valley community can help them succeed. A few shared their thoughts. We have three posts coming up featuring the diversity of our community. We hope you enjoy this series of hopes and reflections.

 

A 10th Anniversary for the North Vancouver District Library Lynn Valley Branch

 

2017 Highlights 

The 2017 NVDPL board

2017 was a year of many great accomplishments for the North Vancouver District Public Library system. This year, the Library completed a beautiful renovation to the main lobby of the Lynn Valley Library, hosted over 2,100 programs, loaned over 1.1M items across our three locations, and celebrated the 10 year anniversary of Lynn Valley Library’s ‘new’ location.

2017 Challenges

The Library is a safe, neutral hub for lifelong learning and community connection. As such, an ongoing challenge is to find a balance and adapt to the varying needs of our community for study space, increased technology capability, and a robust collection.

2018 Goals

Our hope is to continue to demonstrate our commitment to the community, the wonderful programs and services we offer, and to welcome more residents.

Hopes for Lynn Valley

We hope that Lynn Valley retains its warm community feeling while embracing and welcoming new residents.

How can Lynn Valley help the Library?

North Vancouver residents have always been very supportive of library services and we appreciate that continued support. We encourage everyone to stop by and say “hello”!

To keep up with the NVDPL all year round follow their TwitterInstagram or Facebook.

Hopes and Reflections: Seymour Salmonid Society

It has been a busy year – for us all. We don’t always get a chance to keep up with all the goings on in our community or to know what happens behind the scenes. LynnValleyLife reached out to pretty much every local group we could track down and ask them to share their how the year went, what their hopes are for 2018 and how the Lynn Valley community can help them succeed. A few shared their thoughts. We have three posts coming up featuring the diversity of our community. We hope you enjoy this series of hopes and reflections.

 

Our local Seymour Salmonid Society marked its 30th year working to protect our salmon

 

2017 Highlights

  • 14 weeks of drilling and rock breaking that was completed on the Seymour River Rockslide Mitigation Project. This was a big move toward re-establishing migration for species on the river currently blocked by slide debris.
  • The monitoring program of outgoing coho smolts that showed a high survival rate for out-migrating juveniles salmon past the rock slide debris.
  • We had a very successful spring education program (Gently Down the Seymour) that ran 50 full-day field trips between March and June.
  • Due to the success of the spring we extended the program in a Fall pilot, providing 20 additional spaces for Grade 2 – 6 students.
  • We hosted three community events: Family Fishing Day, Open House and Rivers Day Estuary Clean Up. All three were well attended.
  • We spawned more Seymour pink salmon than ever before (100 pair)
  • We spawned more Seymour chum salmon than ever before (32 pair)

2017 Challenges

The challenge we faced was fundraising for major projects and education programs. Although we were successful it took a lot of time from limited staff that have many other duties. Another challenge was that our fish fence was washed out in high flows in a storm this past fall. We are looking to repair it in the early part of next year.

2018 Goals

In the year  our goals are to continue to make progress on the Seymour River rockslide, we have fundraised over $300,000 for the work in 2018.

We would like to offer 70 field trip days to elementary-aged children next spring and fall, educating youth on the importance of salmon and a healthy watershed.

Finally, our main goal is to continue to enhance coho, pink and chum salmon and steelhead trout on the Seymour River to ensure they’re long term survival.

Hopes for Lynn Valley

We would like to see Lynn Valley stay the pristine natural place that is wonderful to hike and spend time outdoors.  

How can Lynn Valley help the Seymour Salmonid Society?

The community has been an incredible support in the past and we hope that they would continue to support the Society. A couple important way to help are by becoming a volunteer or by becoming a paid member (only $10 annually). Another great way the community can show its support is by coming and participating in our annual events like, Family Fishing Day on June 17th, Seymour Hatchery Open House on September 16th and Rivers Day on September 30th.

To keep up with the Society all year round follow their Instagram or Facebook.