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!

Green thumbs and others needed to help local seniors

Green thumbs and others needed to help local seniors

There was a curious post circulating a North Shore Facebook group: someone was searching for people who love to garden. Calling green thumbs “We have people who in the past have enjoyed gardening, and would still love to do it,” said Eunice Kruse, volunteer coordinator of the Lynn Valley Care ...
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Lynn Valley Live and Local concert series

Lynn Valley Live and Local concert series

The twice-weekly concert series is returning to Lynn Valley Village again this summer. Wednesday and Friday nights local artists will hit the stage for free evenings of entertainment. Mark you calendars for the special family days and dance workshops all put on by North Van Recreation.  July dates Wednesday July ...
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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 ‘Late night’ ...
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New recruits to battle north shore wildfires

New recruits to battle north shore wildfires

Ready for the summer forest fire season, 35 special recruits recently wrapped their initial wildfire training to form the District of North Vancouver Fire and Rescue Service's new extended operations unit. Along with forest planning, public awareness and inter-agency support, Lynn Valley’s wildland-urban interface is better positioned than ever before ...
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Community update for the Mountain Village Fire

Community update for the Mountain Village Fire

The community is continuing to show its ongoing generosity and support following the June 11 fire at Mountain Village apartments. We want to ensure the most accurate information is distributed from North Shore Emergency Management.  What we know now The North Shore Emergency Management Office is working hard. They have ...
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Mountain Village Garden Apartment Fire

Mountain Village Garden Apartment Fire

This is a tough day, the morning after tragedy. We are buoyed up by all of the outpouring and offering of help.  We will keep this page update with information as we get it.  What we know Two dead, 70 “permanently displaced” aka homeless An early morning fire in the ...
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Packed day of family fun at Lynn Valley Day 2018

Packed day of family fun at Lynn Valley Day 2018

There is plenty of action instore for this Lynn Valley Day. It starts bright and early and we have all the details on the parade, detours, food – beer garden!! – and the fun! Lynn Valley Day Schedule* 8:15-9:45 a.m. Pancake breakfast at Lions’ Cook Shack at Lynn Valley Park 9:15 a.m. Traffic ...
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Eye (heart) Lynn Valley

Eye (heart) Lynn Valley

We love Lynn Valley - our unique mountain-side home, our convenient doorstep with easy access to the city and the forest even closer. We love the people that make our neighbourhood unique. We love the businesses that make it thrive. Contest time! LynnValleyLife.com is launching a community-wide contest. Do you ...
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More than 100 years of Lynn Valley Days

More than 100 years of Lynn Valley Days

Lynn Valley is a neighbourhood rich with history; the tales of our long-age neighbours are interwoven through our very forests, steams and streets. For a primer on our past, visit the LynnValleyLife History page … or, even better, pop into the Community History Centre, located in the former Lynn Valley elementary school heritage ...
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Lynn Valley man saddles up for Cops for Cancer

Lynn Valley man saddles up for Cops for Cancer

North Vancouver RCMP Staff Sergeant Philip Yong is fulfilling a dream nearly two decades in the making. The father of four has decided that this is his year to take part in the annual Cops for Cancer fundraiser - and as the only North Vancouver RCMP Member to be saddling ...
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Support local refugees at upcoming concert, auction

Support local refugees at upcoming concert, auction

Over the past number of years, the plight of refugees has become increasingly real to those of us in North Vancouver, as news photos have brought home the desperate circumstances of men, women and children trying to find safety... and those who perish trying. Lynn Valley folk are among the ...
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Summer camp ready in Lynn Valley

Summer camp ready 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. Watch out for registration dates! North Van Rec - Register May 16 Camp ...
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Keeping the hills alive with the sound of music

Keeping the hills alive with the sound of music

For decades parents have been supporting their children's dreams and keeping Lynn Valley’s hills alive with the sound of music. The 36th Annual Argyle Music Association fundraiser Cabaret is taking place this weekend. Annual Cabaret funds scholarships “It’s for students graduating from the Argyle music program, “ said Sheila Balzar, ...
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Diving into the garbage problem

Diving into the garbage problem

Imagine suiting up with all your scuba gear and diving into tranquil, picturesque Buntzen Lake. Instead of pristine lake waters you find garbage - piles and pile and piles of garbage.  A November 2013 dive and its astonishing outcome inspired Lynn Valley’s Henry Wang to start the organization Divers For ...
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The Evolution of Emery Village

The Evolution of Emery Village

NEWS The Evolution of Emery Village : the Developer, the Displaced and the Doer The defining issue of Greater Vancouver is housing affordability - Lynn Valley is no exception. With the official community plan (OCP) calling for densification near town centres, our community is changing. Slowly two-story multi-family developments are ...
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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 LV Lions & exciting changes to Lynn Valley Days

Little-known secrets about the LV 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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