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!

Remembering 25 years ago: Lynn Valley Little League at the World Series

Remembering 25 years ago: Lynn Valley Little League at the World Series

In 1993 a team of 14 boys from Lynn Valley - just ages 12 and 13 - made their way to Williamsport, Pennsylvania to represent Canada at the Little League World Championship. A milestone 25 years later This is was a first for a North Shore team and has not ...
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Little-known secrets about the Lynn Valley Lions & exciting changes to Lynn Valley Days

Little-known secrets about the Lynn Valley Lions & exciting changes to Lynn Valley Days

Many events around Lynn Valley have certain things in common: hearty neighbourhood attendance, the likelihood of rain, and someone running around in the background with a yellow vest.The Lynn Valley Lions have been a part of our community for over 45 years. Many of those years have been spent being ...
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Helping hands sought for Princess Park project

Helping hands sought for Princess Park project

Can you help revitalize part of Princess Park on April 28? Many hands make light work. Here is the press release sent to us with all the news you need to know: The Lynn Valley Community Association and the Lynn Valley Seniors Association are working together on the 2018 Lynn ...
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Field Trip! Check out the (old) museum and (new) gallery!

Field Trip! Check out the (old) museum and (new) gallery!

The North Vancouver Museum - the one tucked away quietly at Chesterfield and West Fourth Street for decades - is shutting up shop at the end of April. That’s good news – it’s all in preparation for the exciting new museum to be built adjacent to Lonsdale Quay – but ...
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Got a great idea for your neighbourhood? Funds available to make it real

Got a great idea for your neighbourhood? Funds available to make it real

The deadline for the Vancouver Foundation’s Neighbourhood Small Grants is fast approaching. You have until April 9 to take advantage of this growing program. Each year many locals take advantage of the $50 - $500 grants given to fund community initiatives. “The goal is about connecting and engaging the community,” ...
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Out of the school yard and up to 'Big House'

Out of the school yard and up to ‘Big House’

Suddenly there is quiet - 50 formerly noisy, energetic Grade 3 students have just stepped into the forest. Since they started school, the students have been told they would go to the Big House, now known as the longhouse. For months, they have been working with their teachers and special ...
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Hatching a new bylaw means more backyard hens in LV

Hatching a new bylaw means more backyard hens in LV

Last September the District of North Vancouver adopted a bylaw allowing for the raising of chickens in single residential homes (RS) zone. You or your neighbours can raised between four to six chickens, given the right enclosure, an electric fence and a animal permit from the district. While the bylaw ...
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easter

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 2 from 10 a.m.-noon at Viewlynn Park. There will be ...
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Spring Break Fun!

Spring Break Fun!

Spring Break is a great time to get active and have fun in Lynn Valley. There are lots of drop-in activities to have some spur of the moment fun. Check out our picks from the Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre and the Lynn Valley Branch of the North Vancouver District Library.  ...
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How a local playground fell victim to class size and composition

How a local playground fell victim to class size and composition

Lynn Valley Playground Looking for Donations and Sponsors When the courts reversed the province’s right to impose class sizes without negotiating with teachers, many parents let out a sigh of relief. More teachers, smaller classes — it seems win-win. As the North Vancouver School District struggled to conform to the ...
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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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