Be a Lynn Valley LINK trail builder!

There’s an exciting new outdoor recreational project afoot in Lynn Valley, and you could be on the ground floor (literally). The Lynn Valley Community Association’s Annual Park Project takes place on Saturday, May 13 and is a key component of the new Lynn Valley LINK, a collaborative project between the LVCA and the District of North Vancouver.   The LINK will connect existing trails within and through Lynn Valley and will feature informational kiosks at key locations around the community.

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Meet the town planner, and join the LV Community Association!

The Lynn Valley Community Association annual general meeting is coming up on Thursday, May 18, at 7 p.m. Please consider getting involved as a member – or even a board member! – to help keep Lynn Valley a community that is vibrant, welcoming and supportive of citizens of all ages and stages. Here is the press release from the LVCA:

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Be a Lynn Valley trail blazer!

Thanks to the Lynn Valley Community Association for passing along this information about a Power Line trail party happening on May 13. Do you appreciate the ready access to nature that we enjoy  in this neighbourhood? Then please consider lending a hand to making our public parkland even better!

The Lynn Valley Community Association and the Lynn Valley Seniors Association are working together on the 2017 Lynn Valley Annual Park Project.

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Shred for a cure!

If you’ve been putting off your spring cleaning because you’re buried in six boxes of old tax returns and financial stubs dating from 1979, now’s your chance to get out from under.

The “Shredding for a Cure” event, in memory of Lynn Valley’s Ashley Brear, returns again this year to the St. Clement’s parking lot at 3400 Institute Road (east side of LV Park) on Saturday, April 22 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Your documents will be securely disposed of by 1-800-SHREDDING, and your financial donation will further cancer research through the BC Cancer Agency or the Callanish Society. Please come out and support this event! For more information, call 604-980-3177.

Lynn Valley featured in Hendry Hall production

If you’ve always loved the character of Lynn Valley, you’ll love watching Lynn Valley as a character.

_D3S9039More properly, Lynn Valley is the setting of a play opening up at Hendry Hall – but given the theme of 2000, it’s almost a character itself.

Playwright Joan MacLeod, who now teachers writing at the University of Victoria, was intrigued by life lived on the border between natural and human habitat. Producer and director Stephen Torrence says “The play examines how the natural and urban worlds are interwoven and how they each impact on the other; a topic  [so] germane to Lynn Valley, which exists in the midst of the rainforest.” He says that Joan MacLeod is delighted the play is finally being performed in North Vancouver.

As you’ll see in this good North Shore News overview, those who enjoy good laughs along with thought-provoking theatre entertainment will not be disappointed. Nor will those who love a bit of local history – there are still Lynn Valley residents among us who  remember the real-life “Nature Boy,” an interesting man of the woods who is immortalized in the play as one of the characters.

_D3S9202“We have a truly innovative and creative set that strives to illustrate the overlap between the natural and urban worlds, created by local artists and set designers,” says Stephen.

Tickets are only $10 on the preview night on Thursday, April 6; opening night is Friday, April 7 which features an opening night reception and goodies to boot.  The show runs Wednesdays through Saturdays after that, closing on on April 22. To learn more about the production and get your tickets, just go here. Why not call up a Lynn Valley friend and make a night of it?

2000 is North Van Community Player’s festival entry in the the Theatre BC North Shore Zone Festival of Plays, which runs at Presentation House from May 7 to 13. 2000 will be performed on May 11.  All shows in this year’s festival are by Canadian playwrights, in honour of Canada’s 150th birthday.  The show which is chosen as Best Production will go on to to Vernon in July to compete in the provincial festival.

(Photos: Actors Laura Burke and Karen Golden in the top photo; Kathryn Ferguson and Ryan Johnson are in the bottom.)

 

Emery Village development info session planned

LV Community Association president Gillian Konst asked us to pass along an invitation to learn more about the redevelopment proposed for Emery Village (the rental housing area that is currently east of Mountain Hwy and 24th Street, off Emery Place). Proposals for the layout of the property, the multifamily low- and high-rise building, and amenities are here

Lynn Valley Community Association is facilitating an information session on the new development plans for Emery Village.  Our role is to encourage everyone to help shape change in their community.

This is a second opportunity for you to learn more about the proposal, and consider such questions as:

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Tree-savers sought for Saturday!

It’s weed pull time again! Celebrate the first week of spring by getting your hands dirty with North Shore Streamkeepers.

IMG_0807The group is looking for volunteers to help remove invasive plant species and replant native species in Lynn Canyon Park on Saturday, March 25 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. Some trees in the area are being “girdled” by ivy vines that will ultimately choke off the vessels that supply oxygen throughout the tree, so cutting off those vines is just one of the priorities on the list.

All ages are welcome, and attendees are invited to meet at the bottom of the hill from the trailhead of the Baden Powell, across from End of the Line (4193 Lynn Valley Rd). Bring along your garden gloves, drinking water, a reusable mug and weather-appropriate clothing; snacks, tools and good company are provided!

North Shore Streamkeepers undertake all sorts of studies and activities that protect our local waterways and enhance fish populations. Learn more about their work, and how to get involved, right here.

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Benefit concerts coming to Lynn Valley

There are two musical fundraisers coming to our neighbourhood to promote two excellent causes!

On Saturday, March 11, acoustic guitarist Stephen King will be hosting an evening of good music and good company to raise funds for those affected by the recent Upper Lonsdale apartment fire. Non-perishable food donations to the Harvest Project are also welcome at the door, as the Harvest Project has been helping those rendered homeless with some immediate needs.

The concert will take place at St. Clement’s Anglican Church, 3400 Institute Road, starting at 7 p.m. Details are here.

And over at Lynn Valley United, a great evening of world music is being planned for Sunday, April 2 at 3 p.m. According to their post:

This concert is a fundraiser for North Shore United Refugee Response, a cooperative effort by the seven United Churches on the North Shore to sponsor two Syrian families fleeing their homeland and currently waiting in a refugee camp for entry into Canada. More than sponsorship, this endeavour will re-unify the refugees with families that have already settled in the Lower Mainland.

In celebration of diversity, fascination with all cultures, and building harmony through the language of music, you are invited to join us at Lynn Valley United Church on Sunday, April 2 at 3:00pm for an auditory and visual feast of music and song.   From Indian tanbur to a children’s choir and Syrian guitar, from didgeridoo to string quartet, come hear the many colors of instruments in our world.

So if you’re looking for a way to get out and enjoy a new musical experience without having to travel out of your neighbourhood – and like to know that you’re supporting a good cause at the same time – these concerts might be what the doctor ordered!

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Lynn Valley United invites all to grand opening of new church

For decades, Lynn Valley United’s red-brick church was a community landmark at the corner of Mountain Hwy and Harold Road, just across from Lynn Valley Elementary School. Even non-churchgoers enjoyed its annual fall fairs and encouraging notes on its message board near the street.

Now its members are ready to welcome the public again, this time into a brand-new building on the same location. For well over a year, the church has been using temporary locations in the neighbourhood for worship, administration and its Friday Night Live gigs while its property was redeveloped into residential units that curl around a bright new church.

Labyrinth on marbleMembers have been getting the feel of their new worship space since just before Christmas, and are looking forward to throwing open the doors to all on Saturday, Feb. 25, from 1 to 4 p.m. Everyone is invited for church tours, refreshments, a ribbon-cutting and more.

One feature of the new sanctuary is the incorporation of a labyrinth on the floor. “Walking the labyrinth” is an ancient Christian meditative practice that has enjoyed a resurgence in popularity over the past number of years. Those interested in learning more are invited to a free mini-workshop taking place on Sunday, Feb. 26 from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m.

Learn more about both events, and about its revamped Friday Night Live offerings, here.