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.

Kathy Rothnie at an Evelyn Park Canada 150 celebration last summer

“The goal is about connecting and engaging the community,” said Tricia Alsop, of the North Shore Neighbourhood House which oversees the program in North Vancouver. “Community doesn’t mean the same thing to everyone. It doesn’t need to be a project with your neighbours. Last year we gave out about 80 grants.”

Since 2011 the North Shore has been apart of the Vancouver Foundation’s Neighbourhood Small Grants program. The grants are given to projects that bring people together, share skills and knowledge, build a sense of belonging, responsibility, and respect and celebrate diversity, according to the Foundation.

“We had hosted a block party – a potluck kind of party the first year we moved here,” said Lynn Valley’s Shannon Samler, a recipient of a 2017 grant. “Someone told us about these grants so we thought – why not [apply]? It was very easy to do.”

Easy access

“The goal is to make it available to everyone,” said Tricia Alsop. “The application is online but we also have paper applications. If people need help, we can help them work through it. It is supposed to be easy.”

For most projects the most labour-intensive piece is creating a budget.

“It’s a simple process,” said Samler. “Putting together the budget help me think about what I wanted to do. We wanted to take on the responsibility of the main course part of the food and provide a few extras – like face painting.”

The Samlers’ block party was one of a handful in Lynn Valley last year funded by the grants and is a typical project that the Foundation funds.

Other projects on the North Shore included gardening, food, beekeeping, emergency preparedness and craft workshops, invasive weed pulls, intergenerational programs, Little Free Libraries and others.

“It was a great way to meet people,” said Samler. “We learned the names of people we see – not just families with kids that same age as ours. We were able to set up a neighbourhood email list to connect and share concerns.”

Lasting impacts

Samler says the – now annual – event has fostered a more open neighbourhood. Sometimes the grants are what give legs to an idea, said Alsop.

“The grants can help give people the initiative to get started on an idea they have always had,” she said. “We see lasting relationships grow out of the projects – sometimes they can be a help with conflict resolution by bringing people together.”

Organizers welcome more applicants

“We would like to see some new people with new ideas,” said Alsop. “If it fits, there is a good chance they will get the grant.”

The deadline for applications is April 9th. For more information or help with applications contact the North Shore Neighbourhood House at 604-987-8138.

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!

easterWe are having our annual FREE family Easter Egg Hunt April 2 from 10 a.m.-noon at Viewlynn Park. There will be prizes, plenty of eggs to find and lots of family fun — think face painting and balloon twisting too.

If it is rainy, there’s no better way to spend the time than in painting some Easter eggs to give out to family and friends. Here are few novel ideas to get you started – you probably have everything you need at home already!

Easter Egg 2017

Another tradition that will keep the kids busy is to bake hot cross buns on Good Friday, or to make an Easter bonnet for Sunday. And if you’re really having fun, why not make some homemade chocolate Easter eggs as well?

Easter Egg 2017Easter Sunday is the culmination of the Christian Holy Week, and is preceded by Good Friday and Holy Saturday. Special services are being held on all three days at many Lynn Valley churches, and all are welcome – should you want more information, contact info and church websites are listed on our Clubs and Associations page. Happy Easter, everyone!

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. 


Drop-in activities and a couple of mini-camps


March 17

12-4 p.m. Scales and Coils, Lynn Valley Ecology Centre

Presented by the Westcoast Society for the Protection of Reptiles. Visit with reptiles from around the world and get a peek into their fascinating lives. Suggested donation $2 per person or $5 per family.Plan to arrive early as space is limited and on a first come basis.

http://www.lynncanyonecologycentre.ca/Gen_public_children.html

March 18

1-2:30 p.m.  NatureKids – Stream Sleuth, Lynn Valley Ecology Centre

Register at eventbrite

What can streams and rivers tell us about the health of our local environment? Visit a small stream to search for aquatic insects and learn how to protect your local streams.

About NatureKids

Are your children inspired by nature? Take part in the NatureKids programs and soak up nature knowledge. To take part in the NatureKids programs you must become a member of NatureKids BC www.naturekidsbc.ca.

March 19-21,

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wildlife Week Mini Camp  — Nature Investigators, Lynn Valley Ecology Centre

Come and be a ‘nature detective’ as you spot the signs of spring in Lynn Canyon Park. Learn about tracking, uncover the hidden habitats of animals, play games, and create nature crafts as we ramble along the forest trails. For children ages 5 to 8. Cost: $68 Register at 604-990-3755

http://www.lynncanyonecologycentre.ca/Gen_public_children.html

March 20

beaver1:30 p.m. Leave It To Beavers! Lynn Valley Ecology Centre

Presented by the Association for the Protection of Fur-Bearing Animals. Discover why our national animal is also an ecological superhero. Suggested donation $2 per person or $5 per family. Plan to arrive early as space is limited and on a first come basis.

http://www.lynncanyonecologycentre.ca/Gen_public_children.html

3-4 p.m. Kids Knit Lynn Valley Library

Do you want to learn how to knit? Do you want to practice your knitting with others? This is your chance! Bring your favourite grown-up knitting buddy and join us for a cozy afternoon of knitting. Some supplies will be provided. Adults are asked to please stay and participate with their children. Ages 6 +.  

March 21

10:30 – 11:30 a.m. Spring Break Family Dance Party, Lynn Valley Library

Come shake your sillies out and wiggle your waggles away at our family dance party. Half an hour of music, dancing and fun! No registration required.

March 26-28

9:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m. Wildlife Week Mini Camp  — Buzz, Wriggle, and Crawl, Lynn Valley Ecology Centre

Creepy crawlies don’t need to be creepy! Watch worms and woodbugs, grow food for bees, and learn about the amazing superpowers of the tiny inhabitants of Lynn Canyon Park.For children ages 5 to 8. Cost: $68 Register at 604-990-3755

http://www.lynncanyonecologycentre.ca/Gen_public_children.html

March 22

10:30-11:30 a.m. Spring Break Baby Party, Lynn Valley Library

The library loves babies! Join us to sing along with songs and rhymes, visit our baby photo booth, and play fun games. This is a great chance to meet other families in the neighbourhood and get your baby their very first library card! Drop in. Recommended for ages 0-2

Shows at 10:30 & 11:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. Coyote – A Trickster’s Tale, Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre.

Presented by the Ecology Centre Black Light Puppeteers. The boastful coyote pays a price when he takes on the raven king. Suggested donation $2 per person or $5 per family. Plan to arrive early as space is limited and on a first come basis.

http://www.lynncanyonecologycentre.ca/Gen_public_children.html

2-4 p.m. Spring Break Lego Drop In, Lynn Valley Library

Do you love Lego? We do! Join us for an afternoon of Lego building and creativity. No registration required. Recommended for ages 4-12.

March 23

1:30 p.m. B.C.’s Incredible Wildlife, Lynn Valley Ecology Centre

Presented by the Northwest Wildlife Preservation Society. Learn about beautiful BC’s unique habitats and incredible wildlife. Suggested donation $2 per person or $5 per family. Plan to arrive early as space is limited and on a first come basis.

http://www.lynncanyonecologycentre.ca/Gen_public_children.html

March 26

1 p.m. Birds of Prey, Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre

Presented by OWL Rescue. Learn about OWL’s work saving injured raptors and meet an owl and a hawk. Suggested donation $2 per person or $5 per family. Plan to arrive early as space is limited and on a first come basis. http://www.lynncanyonecologycentre.ca/Gen_public_children.html

March 27

Mason Bee

10:30 a.m. Mason Bees, Lynn Valley Ecology Centre

Presented by Taren Urquhart. Attract friendly mason bees to your garden by making them a bee house. Suggested donation $2 per person or $5 per family. Plan to arrive early as space is limited and on a first come basis. http://www.lynncanyonecologycentre.ca/Gen_public_children.html

March 29

10-11 a.m. Spring Break Family Stories and Fun, Lynn Valley Library

A Spring Break session of Family Stories and Fun!  Children of all ages are invited to enjoy a Saturday morning of stories and fun at the library. There will be stories, rhymes and songs for the whole family. Drop in.

10:30 a.m. Bear Aware, Lynn Valley Ecology

Presented by the North Shore Black Bear Network. Learn how to stay safe and get along with our black bear neighbours. Suggested donation $2 per person or $5 per family. Plan to arrive early as space is limited and on a first come basis.

http://www.lynncanyonecologycentre.ca/Gen_public_children.html

2-4 p.m. Spring Break Lego Drop In, Lynn Valley Library

Do you love Lego? We do! Join us for an afternoon of Lego building and creativity. No registration required. Recommended for ages 4-12.

March 31

10-11 a.m. Spring Break Family Stories and Fun, Lynn Valley Library

Join us for a Spring Break session of Family Stories and Fun! Children of all ages are invited to enjoy a Saturday morning of stories and fun at the library. There will be stories, rhymes and songs for the whole family. Drop in.

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 Monday, Feb.12 from noon-3:15 p.m. and public swim from 9 a.m.-8 p.m. That means each family member gets in for $2 each.

There are two days of activities at Lynn Valley Centre – Family Day and Valentine’s Day from 1 p.m. to 4 p.m.  On Feb. 12 enjoy free family carnival games and crafts and Feb. 14 take part in games and take home a design from a glitter tattoo artist.


Quay to fun


Lonsdale Quay has a day of events On Feb. 12. It begins with the Lonsdale Artisan Farmer’s Market – complete with a petting zoo for the kids. There will also be some Valentine’s Card making and a puppet show. All the details of the Lonsdale Quay website.


Winter fun


All three of our ski hills are having special pricing, events or both. Highlights include family-friendly events at Grouse and 50% of ticket prices. Cypress has special kids pricing and some activities. Seymour is offering free skiing for kids with paying adults all weekend long.

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 time of gratitude at the end of the harvest season, and if you would like to express your gratitude in a tangible way – with garden produce or a bag of groceries –  your contribution would be much appreciated!

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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 Parent Participation Preschool and Lynn Valley Elementary.

See below for more details.

We are proud to once again be sponsoring these two family-friendly events!

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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 such as the Baden-Powell, Princess Park, Lynn Canyon, Inter-River and Kirkstone Park paths to create a pedestrian route that circumnavigates Lynn Valley. New Lynn Valley LINK information kiosks are up and running at the five trailheads that offer parking facilities – Lynn Canyon Park, Inter River Park, Kirkstone Park, Princess Park, and the Fromme Mountain lot at the top of Mountain Highway. Along with the LINK map, each kiosk features historical information and photos specific to the immediate area.

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Celebrate 150th plus local history at Heritage Fair!

Here’s a great community event coming your way! Canada Day celebrations continue on Saturday, July 15th- with lots of indoor and outdoor fun!


Celebrate Canada’s 150th with LVSS

The Lynn Valley Services Society (LVSS) and Lynn Valley Seniors Association (LVSA) will be hosting a Heritage Community Fair at Mollie Nye House, 940 Lynn Valley Rd., on Saturday July 15 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. This is a free event, held in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday, will feature many local community exhibitors and exciting activities, including:

  • Heritage Activities: Games for all ages, rag doll craft demonstration and a time capsule
  • A Museum Tour on the main floor of Mollie Nye House, featuring exhibits from North Vancouver Museum and Archives that showcase the lives of early Lynn Valley pioneers.
  • Shaketown display: Come by to see our early logging days exhibit.
  • Live Entertainment including a Barbershop Quartet, Puppet Show, North Shore Celtic Ensemble, the Strolling Barbs and more.
  • Food and Refreshments: Come enjoy hot dogs, popcorn, lemonade, tea, cookies, and a cake-cutting ceremony at noon.

 

 

The fun will take place rain or shine! Free parking will be available at the Church of Latter Day Saints, at 941 Lynn Valley Road off Mollie Nye Way.  Check out the flyer (below) for more details!


Event Flyer

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Don’t miss out on Canada Day fun!

There’s certainly no excuse for thumb-twiddling this Long Weekend, given the myriad events that have been organized to celebrate Canada 150+ in style.

Canada Day flagThe Canada Day Parade is extra-special this year, and will kick off with a Lions Pancake Breakfast in Grand Boulevard Park starting at 7:30 a.m. The parade will start at 10am, marching from the park along 13th Street, turning right on Lonsdale and left on West 17th Street, terminating at Jones (a route map is right here.) Don’t forget your hats, glasses and sunblock!

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