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!

Local forests inspire author

Local forests inspire author

A love of art and local forests - including Kirkstone Park and the beaches of the North Shore - have inspired author Darren Lebeuf to create his first book. The project so successful two more Vancouver-inspired books are in the works.  It's all in the details Photographer and artist Darren ...
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How $5 can jumpstart two dreams

How $5 can jumpstart two dreams

Lynn Valley’s North Shore Disability Resource Centre is back with its 5 for 5 Raffle. With proceeds going to a new mobile sensory van and ongoing advocacy work - you have until Sept. 17, 2019 to purchase tickets. Adding Resources The (almost) annual raffle is a key fundraiser supporting resources ...
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One world

One world

A new speaker series at the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre  is kicking off this month and continuing through February. One Earth.   Our special planet The One Earth series celebrates this special planet we call home. Explore its incredible diversity! See it through the eyes of scientists, naturalists, and photographers as they share ...
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Celebrating North Vancouver - Culture Days 2019

Celebrating North Vancouver – Culture Days 2019

Lynn Valley will be celebrating the 10th annual Culture Days September 27-29th. Events and activities will be happening throughout Canada, North Vancouver and in our very own neighbourhood.  Culture Days Culture Days is an opportunity for people of all ages and abilities to try something new, experience something totally different, ...
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Life Learning

Life Learning

We have an idea. There are great partners in Lynn Valley - we have a wealth of experience and knowledge between our hills and we want to share it with our community. Starting this Fall, we will be leveraging the knowledge of our neighbours and sharing it around with a ...
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We are here

We are here

The North Vancouver Community Arts Council is combining art and technology in an innovative project and you can support it. Twelve artists have been selected for the calendar and have their works on display at the North Vancouver District Public Library at the Lynn Valley main branch until September 30.  ...
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The August everything changed for Walter Draycott

The August everything changed for Walter Draycott

A 105 years ago one of Lynn Valley’s most well known citizen’s life change forever. On Aug. 4, 1914. A pioneer to Lynn Valley, North Vancouver, Walter Draycott answered the call for men at the start of World War I and was thrust into combat on the Western Front. He ...
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The ultimate summer bucket list for Lynn Valley

The ultimate summer bucket list for Lynn Valley

You don't need to look far for summer fun, adventure and a few ideas to fill up all those summer hours. We have some pretty fantastic options to beat the heat, spray up some fun and just try something new in the neighbourhood.   Some family bucket list ideas 1‘Late night’ ...
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Highway Interchange Update

Highway Interchange Update

Some big progress is taking shape on the Highway and Mountain Highway/ Keith Road intersections. We’re excited to see some of these new improvements in use soon. For example, the new bridge connecting the Seymour area to Lynn Valley, removing the need to get on and off the Highway heading ...
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Here’s to the dog days of summer

Here’s to the dog days of summer

Lynn Valley is a place where some days it seems like the trails are filled with just as many dogs as people. With the luxury of green space and yards there are many, many furry members of the community. With more families welcoming canines into their homes Lynn Valley dog ...
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Live and local 2019

Live and local 2019

The popular neighbourhood Live and Local concert series is returning again to Lynn Valley Village. Each week there are two events hosted by the North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission.  Events take place Wednesdays 6 - 8 p.m. and Fridays  7 - 9 p.m. July 5 Terminal Station Blues Rock ...
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Year three of rockbreaking on Seymour River

Year three of rockbreaking on Seymour River

The Seymour Salmonid Society is marking a "mile-stone" of sorts July 10th. The organization is inviting the public and other guests to join them in society’s Rockslide Opening Ceremony.  Rockbreaking Opening Ceremony “We are hoping this is our last summer of the rockslide mitigation project,” said Reese Fowler, volunteer coordinator ...
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Loving Zambia from Lynn Valley

Loving Zambia from Lynn Valley

Argyle student Hope Pearmain and her mom Debbie are returning to Zambia at the end of June. It’s a story of fate, coincidence or a divine plan depending on your point of view. Project Samuel Today, the Lynn Valley family is supporting the education of 24 orphans in Africa, after ...
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Summer camps in Lynn Valley

Summer camps in Lynn Valley

The summer season is almost upon us. Parental planning is just about hitting its peak as families coordinate childcare, vacations and summer camps. Living where we are you don’t need to go far for some local solutions. Here are some ideas! North Vancouver Recreation & Culture Check out some options ...
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Father's Day 2019

Father’s Day 2019

June is here and it’s been a fantastic spring. With what little rain we have had sticking to the weekdays, the weekends have been perfect for fun. Cross your fingers Father’s Day weekend will be just the same. Go fish The weekend to celebrate Dads also marks BC Family Fishing ...
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Lynn Valley Days 2019

Lynn Valley Days 2019

Lynn Valley Days is just a couple of weeks away! If you haven’t jotted it down already, it’s a touch later than it has been in the past. The Gala dances the night away on the summer solstice June 21. While the parade and festival take over Lynn Valley June ...
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Celebrating mom in 2019

Celebrating mom in 2019

Spring is bursting and the sun is shining. There is no better time to celebrate mom. We have put together our picks for Lynn Valley's best celebrations for Mother's Day.  Celebrating Moms at Lynn Valley Centre There will be live music and tea at Lynn Valley Centre celebrating Mother’s Day ...
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Gardening victory for 75 years

Gardening victory for 75 years

With 75 years under their boots the Lynn Valley Garden Club has taken their plants from Victory Gardens to trendy succulents. The club is expanding its popular annual plant sale to celebrate its diamond anniversary May 18th from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at St. Stephens Church on Mountain Highway ...
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Lend a hand at Lynn Valley Days

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 ...
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Great Lynn Valley Neighbourhood Garage Sale

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. The details We are proud to have 25 families on board for our first Great Neighbourhood Garage Sale! Join them ...
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An Egg-citing Way to Celebrate Easter in Lynn Valley!

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 ...
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Check out the North Shore Writers Festival

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 ...
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Local runner shares essential adventure in children’s book

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 ...
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Let March madness begin!

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 ...
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Preserving local salmon habitat during the International Year of the Salmon

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 ...
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Good Neighbour 2018 - Linda Munro

Good Neighbour 2018 – Linda Munro

Late last year we put out the call for nominations for our 2018 Good Neighbour. We had some favourites like Alec and Betty Moorhouse - definitely beloved by their neighbours, and Kirsten Engel and Areina Bartok who quickly leapt into action to support numerous families affected by last June's fire. This ...
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Healthy teachers - happy classrooms

Healthy teachers – happy classrooms

A health-focused Lynn Valley couple has written the book on keeping teachers healthy. With more than 20 years practicing occupational therapy focusing on the education sector Wade Repta put much of his expertise down on paper in The Well Teacher with the help of his wife Andrée. Keeping teachers well ...
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From farm to forest

From farm to forest

Two Lower Mainland farms are growing their food and delivering it to Lynn Valley giving true farm to table options for local families. One Argyle grad is working the soil near Pemberton, while a lawyer-turned-farmer is guiding three generations on a farm on the Sumas Prairie. What's a CSA? Both ...
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The best of LynnValleyLife archives

The best of LynnValleyLife archives

Over the years we have met some interesting characters that make Lynn Valley a pretty neat place to be. We have trails, rivers and sights that attract people from all over the world. The people who came before us were adventurers cut off from much of Vancouver and created a ...
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