Local News – Front Porch Blog

Our Neighbourhood News: From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife

Hi there neighbours, and a very warm welcome to our blog, From the Front Porch of LynnValleyLife.

Why do we call it ‘From the Front Porch’? Because that’s where the real news of a community is shared – on front porches and sidewalks, and in coffee shops and playgrounds. So sit down and stay awhile…. and check back regularly, so we can keep you in the Lynn Valley loop.

Visit here for musings on local life from our neighbourhood observer, Lynn O’Malley, and stories from our editor Peggy Trendell-Jensen. Publisher Jim Lanctot weighs in with news from the world of Lynn Valley real estate, and we look forward to bringing you a range of guest voices from your valley neighbours.

If you have any tidbits of interest, please send them along to our neighbourhood news-gatherer, Peggy Trendell-Jensen, at peggy@lynnvalleylife.com. We can’t guarantee we’ll be able to post them all, but we’ll do our best to spread the word on this blog page or on our Facebook site!

The Provincial Budget and Lynn Valley Real Estate

The Provincial Budget and Lynn Valley Real Estate

This week’s provincial budget had a focus on housing and real estate. Some policies are tax measures geared at the wider-province but could have impacts here in Lynn Valley. If you are planning to buy or sell in the next few months here are some issues you might want to ...
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Family Day fun for 2018

Family Day fun for 2018

As we head closer to B.C.’s newest holiday, Family Day LynnValleyLife has put together some great North Shore events. Lynn Valley family fun There are a number of Family Day events organised by North Van Rec. In Lynn Valley Karen Magnussen will be offering its family rate for skating on ...
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Lynn Valley-made Spring Break Solutions: Nature

Lynn Valley-made Spring Break Solutions: Nature

With March Break fast approaching there is always a bit of panic: how will the kids keep busy when you are at work? LynnValleyLife is looking at three made-in-LV solutions to engage and challenge children and provide some experiences far different than the classroom.  Nature School For nine years Soaring ...
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Lynn Valley-made Spring Break Solutions: Art

Lynn Valley-made Spring Break Solutions: Art

With March Break fast approaching there is always a bit of panic: how will the kids keep busy when you are at work? LynnValleyLife is looking at three made-in-LV solutions to engage and challenge children and provide some experiences far different than the classroom. Growth through art From textiles to ...
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Lynn Valley-made Spring Break Solutions: Adventure

Lynn Valley-made Spring Break Solutions: Adventure

With March Break fast approaching there is always a bit of panic: how will the kids keep busy when you are at work? LynnValleyLife is looking at three made-in-LV solutions to engage and challenge children and provide some experiences far different than the classroom. Confidence on two wheels When you ...
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Lynn Valley United Church FI

An ancient antidote to the modern rush

Looking to be an antidote for the rushed, the busy and the overwhelmed Lynn Valley United Church has turned to the ancient labyrinth to offer locals a space to look inward, reflect and spiritually connect. New building, historic idea On the floor of the new contemporary church building is a ...
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The Remnants

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 ...
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Hopes and Reflections: NSMBA

Hopes and Reflections: NSMBA

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 ...
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Dogs offer audience to young readers at LV Library

Dogs offer audience to young readers at LV Library

An interesting news release from the Lynn Valley Library, especially for young readers who are dog lovers! North Vancouver District Public Library is thrilled to announce a new program aimed at encouraging children to further develop their literacy skills by reading aloud…to a dog! On Wednesday evenings from January 17—March ...
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Hopes and Reflections: North Vancouver District Library

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 ...
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Hopes and Reflections: Seymour Salmonid Society

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 ...
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Groundbreaking Program Sets Argyle Kids On Fire For Art

Groundbreaking Program Sets Argyle Kids On Fire For Art

By Robin Thorneycroft, contributing writer Students at Argyle Secondary are beating the cold tucked in a small corner working oxygen and flame to mould glass into art. For the past six years students have been working under teacher Bryan Taylor at Argyle’s pioneering glass art program. Budding artists have taken ...
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Tim Green receives this year's LynnValleyLife Good Neighbour Award!

Tim Green receives this year’s LynnValleyLife Good Neighbour Award!

The annual Lynn Valley Walk of Trees lighting ceremony is always a festive event, and this year was no exception as a sunny afternoon and snow-capped mountains brought the crowds out to Lynn Valley Village on December 3. New this year was a candlelit lantern parade that wound through the ...
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Lynn Valley Holiday Events

Lynn Valley Holiday Events

Holiday cheer in Lynn Valley kicks off this weekend. The season will bring, concerts, teas, Christmas trees and family activities. Check out our picks for local fun, and visit our online Events Calendar as we keep updating it through the holiday season! If you have an activity you would like ...
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New look at Lynn Valley Centre debuts Saturday

New look at Lynn Valley Centre debuts Saturday

Months of work have come to fruition, and this Saturday Lynn Valley Centre will be unveiling its new look. “The theme of the renovation is ‘Bringing the outside in’,” said Lynn Valley Centre Manager Lorelei Guthrie. “We have a lot of elements like wood, and series of photographs of mountain ...
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Deck the doors with homemade wreaths!

Deck the doors with homemade wreaths!

Christmas is coming! Will your front door be ready? Enjoy this creative wreath-making workshop on December 7 at Mollie Nye House (940 Lynn Valley Rd). Register soon! ...
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Argyle student represents Canada at world championship dance competition

Argyle student represents Canada at world championship dance competition

By Robin Thorneycroft, contributing writer For most students, balancing high school involves choosing classes, finding your friends during breaks and perhaps practicing a sport a couple of times a week. That’s not the case for Samantha Olivier, a Grade 12 Argyle Secondary student, who has taken on a full course ...
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LV Legion helps community remember the fallen

LV Legion helps community remember the fallen

After a tough couple of years the Lynn Valley Legion is returning to its roots and focusing on remembering Canada’s veterans this Nov. 11 with poppy tagging and a ceremony at Lynn Valley’s Veterans’ Plaza followed by a community open house. “We are a service organization,” says Royal Canadian Legion ...
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Too many leaves for your bin? Here's what to do

Too many leaves for your bin? Here’s what to do

You either love this time of year: cool days, golden light, leaves to scuffle in, or you hate it: frost to scrape, short days and mounds and mounds of leaves to deal with. This fall’s yard clean up is looking a little different. This is the first year there will ...
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Time to sponsor your LV Village Christmas tree!

Time to sponsor your LV Village Christmas tree!

Lynn Valley’s recent snowflakes make this announcement from the Lynn Valley Community Association timely indeed. The festive Lynn Valley Village Christmas Parade of Trees is celebrating its seventh year lighting up the village square with colours, lights, and greenery. Sponsoring a tree is a great opportunity to promote your business ...
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Bikers love Fromme, sweet Fromme

Bikers love Fromme, sweet Fromme

By Robin Thorneycroft, contributing writer Twenty years ago, in the clatter and din of Lynn Valley’s Black Bear pub, like-minded locals gathered to chat about some community concerns. Now, two decades later many of those same people – along with many others – are celebrating the grassroots success of the ...
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Help free Lynn Canyon trees!

Help free Lynn Canyon trees!

By Robin Thorneycroft, contributing writer Lynn Valley residents will have a chance to wrestle with nature and leave one of our most beloved parks a little healthier on the weekend. The District of North Vancouver is hosting a Free The Tree ivy-pulling event in Lynn Canyon on October 28th from ...
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All Souls event remembers Lynn Valley loved ones

All Souls event remembers Lynn Valley loved ones

At this time of the year, there are a multitude of traditional and non-traditional ways to explore the Great Beyond. From candelit ceremonies in municipal cemeteries to zombie apocalypse Hallowe’en parties, a wide variety of perspectives and celebrations are on offer. As evidenced by popular Death Cafes, regularly held in ...
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Lynn Valley Pumpkin Patch brings the community together

Lynn Valley Pumpkin Patch brings the community together

By Robin Thorneycroft, Contributing Writer Mid-October sees Lynn Valley come alive. The maple trees near Argyle Secondary flame and delight. Locals take over the trails once again, and the Lynn Canyon suspension bridge isn’t packed quite as tightly with nervous tourists. And the community shows up to support our local ...
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LynnValleyLife is looking for this year's Good Neighbour!

LynnValleyLife is looking for this year’s Good Neighbour!

If you've been following LynnValleyLife for a while, you'll know that one of our favourite times of the year is the lead up to our annual Good Neighbour Award. All year 'through we keep our ears to the ground for people who represent Lynn Valley at its finest - whether ...
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Love the neighbourhood? Write for LynnValleyLife!

Love the neighbourhood? Write for LynnValleyLife!

We know how many of our followers love stories on local recreation, neighbourhood history, interesting Lynn Valley personalities from past or present, or the scoop on new municipal initiatives or retail options. So we're looking for a few Lynn Valleyites who want to help populate our pages with the local ...
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Give thanks, and give food!

Give thanks, and give food!

It's almost Thanksgiving, and LynnValleyLife is hoping everyone can have a share in the harvest. This year we are teaming up with St. Clement's Anglican Church to help people with enough food on their table make sure the same goes for their neighbours. Thanksgiving has long been celebrated as a ...
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Pumpkin patches to spring up in Lynn Valley!

Pumpkin patches to spring up in Lynn Valley!

It's almost that time of year for the Great Pumpkin to descend once again (whether Linus sees him or not!) to transform a Lynn Valley field into a magical pumpkin patch. On October 14th starting at 11am, there will be Halloweeny fun for all ages, hosted by the Lynn Valley ...
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Lynn Valley LINK trail becomes a reality

Lynn Valley LINK trail becomes a reality

The hard work of Lynn Valley Community Association volunteers and district parks staff - and the leadership of local residents Suzanne and Gabriel Mazoret - was celebrated at Lynn Canyon on September 16 with the grand opening of the Lynn Valley LINK trail. The trail links previously existing trail networks ...
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LVSS logo

LV Services Society looking for your help

The Lynn Valley Services Society is one of the community hubs that keeps this neighbourhood thriving. Please have a read of their latest press release and consider offering your time and talent. Volunteer Board Members Wanted  The Lynn Valley Services Society (LVSS) is a not-for-profit charitable organization providing social and ...
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