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!

A local solution for mountain safety

A local solution for mountain safety

A Lynn Valley dad has launched a new business to keep adventurers safer in the mountains - across Canada.    National issue, local solution The recently launched All Adventure aims to make essential safety equipment for backcountry adventures just a click away.  “Living in Lynn Valley, when you  hear the ...
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Building youth business

Building youth business

Students at Lynn Valley Elementary have been exploring entrepreneurship and building businesses with an eye out to supporting BC Children's Hospital.    Young Entrepreneur Fair After months of research, planning and creating Grade 7 students at Lynn Valley Elementary will be holding a Young Entrepreneur Fair Monday, Nov. 18 from ...
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Early holiday happenings

Early holiday happenings

The days are shorter and colder as we change the seasons and more than a few holiday events are coming back! We are excited to bring you the details on some of Lynn Valley's favourite traditions.  Lynn Valley Christmas Market The Lynn Valley PAC once again presents The Lynn Valley ...
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Think Red for the Holidays

Think Red for the Holidays

With the busyness and frantic obligations of Christmas and the holidays, we are featuring some of Lynn Valley’s best options for holiday solutions. From finding that perfect something for that hard to buy relative to finding something small and sweet for someone small and sweet: we want you thinking red ...
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Growing a social conscience

Growing a social conscience

Argyle students harvested a bumper crop of Remembrance Day poppies from the most unlikely place - their metal work shop. Selling out in under two hours they have raised more than $100 for the Lynn Valley Legion. When an idea blooms “It started last year, when a student Ava Johnson ...
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Who is your good neighbour this year?

Who is your good neighbour this year?

It's one of our favorite times of year here at Lynn Valley Life: The Good Neighbor Award season.  Year after year this is a highlight for all of us. Our quiet contributors Day-to-day we try to gather interesting and Innovative stories about Lynn Valley but one thing that is often ...
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A chat with the mayor - and you can too!

A chat with the mayor – and you can too!

Once a month you can head down to the Lynn Valley Library and have a face-to-face chat with the mayor. The open invitation is a longstanding and unique North Vancouver tradition. Meet your mayor Following in the tradition of past elected officials North Vancouver District Mayor Mike Little visits the ...
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Election candidates

Election candidates

It’s election time! You can’t escape the political rhetoric and discussions dominating this month’s media. While you are getting a sense of the central issues crucial to each party’s campaign we wanted to make sure you have faces and a bit of background to put to the names we are ...
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Win a Frozen 2 Birthday Movie Party

Win a Frozen 2 Birthday Movie Party

We’re giving one lucky Frozen fan the gift of a birthday movie party on Dec.7th at Park& Tilford Theatres for the screening of Frozen 2.     Do you know a child with a Fall birthday? We’re giving one lucky Frozen fan the gift of a birthday movie party on ...
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Make Local Pumpkin Patches a Fall Tradition

Make Local Pumpkin Patches a Fall Tradition

Head to central Lynn Valley for pumpkin fun for all ages Oct. 19! Lynn Valley Elementary School and Lynn Valley Parent Participation Preschool will be hosting their pumpkin patches to kick off the fall season. Lynn Valley Elementary Pumpkin Patch The Lynn Valley Elementary Pumpkin Patch is back! Opening its ...
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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 running and continues 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 their inspirational stories ...
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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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