Lend a hand at Lynn Valley Days

Lynn Valley Days is back on a new weekend to kick off the summer with the favourite festival of the year.


June 21 & 22


“The event wouldn’t run without volunteers,” said Jeanette Duey, director of communications for the Lynn Valley Lions. “The Lions, like everyone else, are all volunteers who get nothing out of it but helping Lynn Valley. It’s literally a community event, run by community.”

The annual event has moved back a weekend to June 21 and 22 for 2019.

“It’s no longer on Father’s Day weekend,” said Duey. “It’s a community event and we listened to the community and volunteers who want to spend time with their families during Father’s Day weekend. It’s a big commitment for the Lions and everyone who helps out.”


Volunteer success


Lynn Valley Days has some consistent partners who show up year after year.

“Argyle Secondary’s soccer clubs and the Pipers are always there helping with rides and in the cook shack,” said Duey. “It’s not just the kids, it’s the parents and teachers too. They show leadership in being involved in the community. It’s encouraging to see the difference between a Grade 8 and a Grade 12. The older players mentor the younger one. We see the same kids the next year and we see their growth.”

This year the Lions are asking for early volunteer commitments from 30-40 people to help with the parade and traffic.

“We are working with the District [of North Vancouver] to make everything safe and keep traffic moving throughout the day – not just at the parade,” said Duey. “We need people to cover two to three hour shifts from 8 a.m.-4 p.m.”

Traffic volunteers will have a training session to ensure their safety and to establish event procedures. The Lions are looking for people 15 years and up for this role, but can also partner younger volunteers with older to fill positions. Like all volunteers they are offered free food and drink at the event.

“It’s a great chance to get some service or volunteer hours,” said Duey.

There are also opportunities for volunteers 19+ to help out at the gala.

“It’s a great way to be a part of the bigger event without having to buy a ticket,” said Duey. The gala needs volunteers on Friday, June 21 from 5-7 p.m. to act as greeters checking people in and throughout the night selling drink tickets.

“We want a day to celebrate community,” said Duey. “That’s why we aim for interactive booths – not a marketplace selling. We have rides for the kids and we are having a bigger and better community stage this year.”

To learn more about Lynn Valley Days visit the Lion’s webpage and to volunteer email lynnvalleydays(at)gmail.com.


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There’s always something fun and exciting happening in Lynn Valley. Check out our Community Events Calendar or learn more about Local Activities, Mountain Biking or Hiking and Walking Trails.

Great Lynn Valley Neighbourhood Garage Sale

Mark your calendars for the Great Lynn Valley Neighbourhood Garage Sale. From mountain to mountain, valley wide homes will be selling their wares Saturday, May 25th, 9 a.m. to noon.


Save the date


LynnValleyLife is putting together the ultimate map for bargain hunters. If you are thinking spring garage sale this is the weekend to do it!

Below we have a form for you to submit your address for the big event. We will distribute the map on social media and email. We will even have some signs you can print off to direct buyers to your block.

We are really excited to have the community open its door. Chat with your neighbours, meet someone new and hopefully make a little cash. Maybe we will even help you spark some joy. Watch this page for updates, mark your calendar and tell your neighbours. Bonus, apparently May 25 is also national wine day – so raise a glass as you sell an old one.


Register Now for the Lynn Valley Neighbourhood Garage Sale!


 
 

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Fourth Annual Easter Egg Hunt!

LynnValleyLife Fourth Annual Easter Egg Hunt

Our favourite Lynn Valley Life event is just around the corner. We love our annual Easter Egg Hunt!  Between hiding the all the eggs, seeing the happy kids and getting a high five from the Easter Bunny it doesn’t get much better.

We are celebrating our fourth annual FREE Easter Egg hunt April 22nd at Viewlynn Park. from 10 a.m. to noon. Due to the popularity of the event, any child 10 and under is welcome and we kindly ask that parents participate with their children. We love that this tradition brings so many people out. It’s great to see the same families year after year.

Back will be our favourite face painters and balloon twisters, prizes, and our famous loot bags (while supplies last). 

Don’t forget your basket or bag! As in past years, we will stagger groups of kids with the youngest going first so they aren’t trampled by the older kids. Cross your fingers for sunshine and a whole bunch of bunny fun but the event will be happening rain or shine!

Other Easter Happenings

There are a few other events happening leading up to the long weekend.

North Van Recreation is hosting an Easter Swim at Karen Magnussen Pool April 14 from 1:30-3:30 p.m. There will be waves, snacks, crafts, games and prizes. Cost: regular admission.

The Lions are hosting an Easter Event at Heywood Park April 20, from 10:30 a.m. to noon. There will be crafts, face painting and entertainment.

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!

An Egg-citing Way to 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!

We are having our annual FREE family Easter Egg Hunt April 22 from 10 a.m.-noon at Viewlynn Park. There will be prizes, plenty of eggs to find and lots of family fun — think face painting and balloon twisting too.

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!

 

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?

Easter Egg 2017Easter 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!

Check out the North Shore Writers Festival

Celebrating its 20th year the North Shore Writers Festival comes to Lynn Valley April 5th and 6th.


Bringing writers together


The annual North Shore Writers Festival has both writers and libraries uniting for two days this April. Together North Vancouver District, North Vancouver City and West Vancouver Memorial Public Libraries are presenting the 20th anniversary edition of the festival.  All the events are FREE thanks to the generous support of the Friends of the North Shore Libraries and there is even three hours FREE parking at Lynn Valley Village.

This year favourite events return like the 7th Annual Literary Trivia Quiz hosted by CBC’s Grant Lawrence on Friday night. From panel discussions to practical workshops Saturday is packed with something for all writers and readers.


2019 Schedule


7th Annual Literary Trivia Quiz Night hosted by CBC’s Grant Lawrence

Friday, April 5 | 7:30pm–9:30pm

Test your mental mettle and compete for prizes and glory! Register teams of 3-6 at nswftrivia@gmail.com. Doors at 7pm. Cash bar. 19+. COMMUNITY ROOM

First Nations Welcoming Ceremony

Saturday, April 6 | 9:55am

Come early to get a seat, enjoy coffee, and attend the official festival opening. Doors open at 9:30am. COMMUNITY ROOM

Finding Your Audience: a North Shore Writers’ Association Workshop

Saturday, April 6 | 10:05am–11:30am

You’ve spent years honing your skills, months drafting, and weeks editing…all you need now is an audience! How do authors find their readers and how do readers find new authors? There are many paths to publication. Join Mahtab Narsimhan, Rod Baker and Wiley Ho as they share their successes and challenges getting their works out into the world. COMMUNITY ROOM

A Storyteller’s Journey with Monique Gray Smith

Saturday, April 6 | 11:45am–12:45pm

Award-winning Cree, Lakota and Scottish author Monique Gray Smith will share her personal journey as a celebrated YA and children’s storyteller. Monique will read from her latest release, Tilly and the Crazy Eights, an epic road trip with Indigenous Elders from Vancouver to Albuquerque for a Pow Wow.

COMMUNITY ROOM

Local Author Book Fair: A Showcase of Local Writers

Saturday, April 6 | 12:30pm–4:30pm

Explore local creativity and talent at the book fair! LYNN VALLEY VILLAGE HALL, outside the Community Room

Lunch Break Lounge & Writers Café

Saturday, April 6 | 12:45pm–1:45pm

Enjoy a free light lunch! Aspiring writers are invited to chat with Mahtab Narsimhan, Rod Baker and Wiley Ho to get the inside scoop on all things related to the writing life. Bring your questions and comments. LEARNING LAB

The Art of Narration with Erin Moon

Saturday, April 6 | 2:00pm–3:00pm

Award-winning Audiobook Narrator, Erin Moon, will discuss the art of becoming a narrator and the process involved in developing an audiobook. Erin will also explore the diverse ways that narrators capture the reader’s imagination and bring stories to life. Sponsored by Recorded Books. COMMUNITY ROOM

Writing the Personal: Lindsay Wong with JJ Lee

Saturday, April 6 | 3:15pm–4:15pm

In conversation with fellow memoirist JJ Lee, Vancouver-based Lindsay Wong chats about her darkly comedic memoir and Canada Reads finalist The Woo-Woo: How I Survived Ice Hockey, Drug Raids, Demons, and My Crazy Chinese Family. Lindsay outlines how she wrote this deeply personal, smart and funny book, while exploring themes of youth, parenting and mental illness. COMMUNITY ROOM

Strength and Resilience through Storytelling: Darrel McLeod with Alexander Dirksen

Saturday, April 6 | 4:30pm–5:30pm

Join Cree author Darrel McLeod in conversation with Program Director for Community Knowledge Exchange, Alexander Dirksen. Darrel discusses the powerful themes of love, family, resilience and identity within his 2018 Governor General award-winning memoir Mamaskatch: A Cree Coming of Age, as well as the impact his book has had on its readers to date.

COMMUNITY ROOM

Writers + Readers Reception with JJ Lee

Saturday, April 6 | 5:15pm–7:00pm

Join us for music and refreshments while mingling with fellow festival-goers as we close out the 20th festival! Hear the winners of the North Shore Writers’ Association writing contest and a very special announcement from the North Shore libraries. LIBRARY LOBBY

Local runner shares essential adventure in children’s book

Lynn Valley trail runner Julie Flynn has taken her experience in the forest and created a adventure story to help children be prepared for the outdoors.


First hand experience


“Every Monday morning as I was getting up I would hear about North Shore Rescue being out all weekend and how they had saved someone,” she said. “For weeks and weeks I thought ‘Why aren’t these people prepared when they go into the mountains?’  and I realized I could write about that.”

With a passion for writing, this idea was just the catalyst Flynn needed.

“I have always wanted to write a fairy tale,” she said. “I am trail runner and I thought it would be great to write about our beautiful mountains.”

In its 30 pages, Finn and the Magic Backpack tackles North Shore Rescue’s 10 Essentials in a fun and engaging way.

“There are a lot of kids who are doing way more stuff than I think I did when I was young,” she said. “Kids are out hiking now. It would good to drum it into them early that they need this stuff – even with their parents.”


Creating the story


“The trails and forest were so inspiring,” said Flynn. “I would know what kind of feeling I wanted to create and have in mind how the essential [item] would look in the illustration to appeal to children and I would write the story to share that.”

While Flynn hopes the book will have mass appeal for any child who embraces the outdoors, there are plenty of North Shore icons that local kids are familiar with.

“Mount Seymour is in there,” she said. “There is the General and the General’s Wife – two huge cedar trees who are the magic talking trees. There are the yellow gates that are all over the North Shore marking trails. There are even the triangle trail markers of the Baden Powell.”

Flynn took advantage of the rise of resources and online marketing for writers, using her own motivation to publish the book herself.

“I’ve done a few workshops on writing and publishing,” she said. “Traditional publishing and self-publishing have their pros and cons. I thought self-publishing would work for me.”

When the book was released last summer it was very warmly received with some early traction on Amazon – reaching number one on its children’s camping chart.

“It’s pretty exciting. It has done quite well,” said Flynn. “There have been people in the community that have really supported it. The launch at End of the Line was almost overwhelming. I sold out of all my books. Children really love the pictures and after each section when they turn the page they find it really exciting to have a cliffhanger where they don’t know what is going to happen.”

With one book under her belt, Flynn is already thinking of other stories.

“For the next one, maybe Finn will meet his granny and she will be really cool, love the outdoors and hike all over the place and they would go off on a big adventure together,” she said.

Finn and the Magic Backpack can be purchased at the End of the Line General Store or Amazon and a copy is available at the North Vancouver District Public Library.  


The 10 Essentials


  1. LightFlashlight or a headlamp with extra batteries (and light bulb if not LED). Green cyalume stick or small turtle lights as emergency backup. North Shore Rescue says the lack of light is the most common reason they respond to emergencies.
  2. Signalling Device – Whistle (NSR recommends the Fox 40 whistle with a lanyard), Bear Bangers, Pencil Flare.
  3. Fire StarterMatches (water proof or in plastic bag) or lighter. NSR also recommends a commercial firestarter and/or a candle. Commercial firestarters can be purchased at outdoor stores like Mountain Equipment Coop.
  4. Warm clothesHat or toque, gloves or mittens, puffy jacket, gore tex jacket, polypro underwear, good quality hiking socks and gore tex over pants.
  5. PocketknifeAlthough a multi tool is preferred, a good pocket knife with a quality blade will suffice. It may also be worth carrying a small pruning saw for cutting branches when building a shelter or fire.
  6. ShelterLarge orange plastic bag and thermal tarp.
  7. Water and foodGatorade crystals recommended and high energy food bars.
  8. First-aid kitShould include pocket mask; Sam Splint, bulk dressings, protective gloves, bandage, scissors and blister dressings.
  9. NavigationGood quality compass with built in declination adjustment and both topographical and interpretive maps. NSR also recommends a GPS unit but only as an adjunct to compass and map. Most team members carry a Garmin 60 series GPS unit that has terrific reception in the trees.
  10. Communications – Cell phoneNSR recommends you bring a cell phone with a fully charged battery. It is advisable to keep the phone turned off, and stored in a ziplock bag. This way, if you get into trouble your phone will be dry and have a full charge. Many people manage to call 911 initially but their phone dies before their location can be relayed, not a desirable situation.  If you have a smartphone, you should also know how to get GPS coordinates off of it to give to search and rescue if you become lost or injured (eg. MotionX or iphone compass app) . Depending on the terrain and difficulty of your excursion, it may also be worth considering satellite based communications devices like the Spot, Delorme InReach or a Personal Locator Beacon.

Looking for more?


There’s always something fun and exciting happening in Lynn Valley. Check out our Community Events Calendar or learn more about Local Activities, Mountain Biking or Hiking and Walking Trails.

Let March madness begin!

Spring Break is almost upon us. The weather is *supposed* to turn warmer. The kids will be out of school and the time change is upon us. Longer days, new beginnings and new challenges. If you are still looking for something to keep your children busy during the last part of March we have pulled some ideas offering new adventures.


Wildlife Weeks at the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre


Get inspired! Get educated! Get involved! Learn about the rich biodiversity of our planet from the experts who care for wildlife. Plan to arrive early as space is limited and admission is on a first come basis. Suggested donation: $2 per person or $5 per family. Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre

Sunday, March 17

Scales and Coils

Noon to 4 pm

Presented by: Westcoast Reptile Education Society

Come to Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre open house to meet reptiles from around the world and get a peak into their fascinating lives.

 

Monday, March 18

Wild About Mason Bees

1:30 pm

Presented by: Taren Urquart

Native bees are our most important pollinators. Attract friendly mason bees to your garden by making them a bee house.

 

Tuesday, March 19

HighFlyers – Birds of Prey

1 pm

Presented by: OWL Rescue

Owl is dedicated to the rescue, rehabilitation and release of raptors. Discover how OWL volunteers save the lives of over 700 raptors each year and meet an owl and a hawk.

Wednesday, March 20

Orangutan Rescue

1:30 pm

Presented by: Jacqueline Sunderland Groves

Learn how the Borneo Orangutan Survival Foundation gives hundreds of orphaned orangutans a second chance to survive in the wild.

Friday, March 22

Bear Aware

10:30 am

Presented by: North Shore Black Bear Society

Learn how to stay safe and get along with our black bear neighbours.

Tuesday, March 26

Leave it to Beavers

1:30 pm

Presented by: FurBearers

Discover why our national animal is also an ecological superhero.

Wednesday, March 28

Making a Splash

2:30 pm

Presented by: Wild Ocean Whale Society

Whales, dolphins, and sea lions, oh my! Discover who’s swimming in the waters around Vancouver. There will also be an optional marine wildlife field-trip associated with this presentation. Saturday, March 30. 10 am to 12 pm at Whytecliff Park.

 

Spring Break Mini-Camps

March 18-20

Nature Investigators

9:30 am-12:30 pm. For ages 5 to 8

Cost: $69.50. To register phone 604-990-3755

Come and be a nature detective in Lynn Canyon Park. Learn about tracking, uncover the hidden habitats of animals, play games, and create nature crafts as we ramble along the forest trails.

March 25-27

Animal Builders

9:30 am to 12:30 pm. For ages 5 to 8

Cost: $69.50. To register phone 604-990-3755

From caddisflies to crows, discover how animals construct their own temperate rainforest homes. Explore the forest looking for signs of animal homes, and learn how you can help our local wildlife get ready for the springtime building boom.


Bricks4kidz building and coding camps


March 18-22, 9 am-12 pm

Junior Robotics & Coding

Age 6-11 yrs

1277 Lynn Valley Road (Lynn Valley Village)

Robotics & Coding introduces kids to robotics and provides a hands-on learning experience that engages children’s creative thinking, teamwork, and problem-solving. Campers build Lego models featuring working motors and sensors and program their models with drag-and-drop software.

https://my.bricks4kidz.com/index.php?action=classdetail&record=213224

 

March 18-22, 2019, 1-4 pm

Everything is Awesome!

Age 5-10 yrs

1277 Lynn Valley Road (Lynn Valley Village)

This camp has a different theme every day, and campers will build Bricks 4 Kidz models using LEGO bricks. Join them for models ranging from bumper carts, battle tops and helicopters!

https://my.bricks4kidz.com/index.php?action=classdetail&record=213225

 

March 25-29, 9 am-12 pm

LEGO Mindstorms EV3

Age 9-15yrs

1277 Lynn Valley Road (Lynn Valley Village)

Campers will use the LEGO Mindstorms EV3 product to introduce and advance campers through robotics and coding. Program focuses on how robotics and technology can make life easier in a modern city. Build robots using Mindstorms EV3 electronic bricks and programming with different sensors and software.

https://my.bricks4kidz.com/index.php?action=classdetail&record=213226

 

March 25-29, 9 am-12 pm

Ticket to Ride

5-10yrs

3590 Mountain Highway (Lynn Valley Community Centre)

Get your ticket to ride at Bricks 4 Kidz’s very own Lego Amusement Park! Campers will build a new ride each day, learning how to make models spin, turn and rock’n roll. Motorized Lego models maximize the action and fun. Each camp day includes carnival-themed games, group challenges, model building and more!

All campers receive a themed Bricks 4 Kidz shirt and camp brag tag!

https://my.bricks4kidz.com/index.php?action=classdetail&record=213228

 

March 25- 29, 1-4 pm

Stop Motion Movie Making with LEGO

Age 7-14

1277 Lynn Valley Road (Lynn Valley Village)

Light, cameras, LEGO® action! Use LEGO® Bricks to tell YOUR story, complete with music, special effects and all your favorite LEGO® mini-figure characters! Students plan, script, stage, shoot, and produce their own mini-movie. Working as a team, students will use LEGO® components to build the set and props, then shoot their movie using a camera. Don’t miss your chance to be a movie producer! All campers receive a themed Bricks 4 Kidz shirt and wearable USB drive with all camp-produced movies!

https://my.bricks4kidz.com/index.php?action=classdetail&record=213227


Hit the trails


 

Last year we profiled all the great options offered by Escape Adventures that post will give you insight into all the action and adventure campers experience with Escape Adventures. Some of the programs may have changed so get all the latest details on 2019 programs here.


Looking for more?


There’s always something fun and exciting happening in Lynn Valley. Check out our Community Events Calendar or learn more about Local Activities, Mountain Biking or Hiking and Walking Trails.

Preserving local salmon habitat during the International Year of the Salmon

Signs have been popping up and down seasonally along local streams and creeks in a partnership between the North Shore Streamkeepers and the District of North Vancouver to raise awareness of sensitive salmon habitat.


Fragile baby salmon


For the past two fall/winter seasons the North Shore StreamKeepers have placed signs around sensitive fish habitat – like Hastings Creek in Hunter Park – asking owners to keep their dogs out of the water.

“There is a season when fish are vulnerable,” explained Janet Dysart, North Shore Streamkeeper overseeing Hastings Creek. “There are eggs present on the creek bed and when the alevin [juvenile salmon] are out swimming around.”

There are times when the creeks are low – August/September – when fish are less at risk and entering creeks presents little risk, she said. However, during the late fall and early winter the eggs and fish are especially vulnerable.

“Disturbing the gravel creekbed can destroy eggs,” said Dysart. “Mostly we are concerned about bacteria and fecal contamination putting the young fish at risk. I know we can’t do anything about wildlife but we should try and do what we can to limit our impact.”

Hastings Creek is home to Coho salmon. It is natural habitat as well as the recipient of alevin stocking from education programs at local schools.

“Think about where the salmon are coming from,” said Dysart. “It’s amazing the journey they have had to return to Hastings Creek. We can’t protect it all but the least we can do is try our best.”

In Hunter Park, Dysart draws attention to the wetland environments that border some of Hastings Creek calling the areas particularly sensitive to both human and animal feet.

“We want people to be aware – if we are not we might lose – it.


Streamkeepers keeping busy


Later this month the North Shore Streamkeepers are hosting a workshop in the honour of the International Year of the Salmon.

February 23rd they will be hosting a panel discussion with representatives from the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans and local experts. Workshop on the Wild Salmon Policy Implementation Plan: Moving from Policy to Action will be held in the Arbutus Room at the Delbrook Community Recreation Centre, Saturday February 23rd  from 1:30-4 p.m. They have also confirmed the attendance of a number of local politicians, members of the legislature and Federal Minister of Fisheries and Oceans Jonathan Wilkinson. The public is welcome to attend and participate, register in advance here.  

The North Shore Streamkeepers meet every second month at the District of North Vancouver Hall. The next meeting is March 13 at 7 p.m. For more information visit their website.