North Van Museum wants YOU!

As you are probably already aware, the historic Lynn Valley Elementary School building was preserved and transformed into the North Vancouver Community History Centre, part of the North Vancouver Museum and Archives. The Community History Centre currently has a Canada 150 display, and its second-floor archives are open to the public from Thursday through Saturday (other times by appointment); it’s well worth a visit to look through our community’s collective “photo albums.”  

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New Lynn Valley Days events offered this year!

Lynn Valley Days are fast approaching, and fingers are crossed for a warm, sunny weekend. Even if it’s drizzly, however, the famous Big Tent will keep revellers dry and spirits high! We are as pleased as punch to be a main sponsor again this year, and we thank all the other citizens, businesses and organizations who have banded together to pull off this major event.

Friday frolics

On Friday, June 16 the Gala Dinner is back for the seventh year running (or is that dancing?) There’s a new twist this year, though – if you’re more of a dancing fiend than a dinner hound, there are late-entry tickets available that will have you grooving under the Big Top from 9 p.m. to midnight. For more details about the cocktails, dinner, Bosa lounge, silent auction, live band and limo service, click here. And get your tickets soon, they’ve been selling well!

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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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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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Lynn Valley donors warm hands and hearts

‘Twas the week before Christmas (or maybe a bit more)
When we asked you to keep your eyes peeled at the store
For gloves and hats, and protection from sleet
To help Cpl. Wong bring some warmth to the street.
You opened your hearts, and pulled out your purse
And here’s where we switch to narrative from verse…

It’s hard to switch into prose, however, because there was much that was poetic about our visit with Cpl. Randy Wong and his wife, Sahar Manochehri. The couple visited the LynnValleyLife editor’s home to pick up several large bags of items donated by readers to help stock the ziplocked care kits that Randy and Sahar assemble and distribute for the homeless in our local communities.

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Lynn Valley’s Good Neighbours for 2016 welcome the world

For those of us at LVLife HQ, a favourite holiday highlight is letting one of our local citizens know that they have been singled out for LynnValleyLife’s Good Neighbour Award. This year, we got double the pleasure, as this 2016’s Good Neighbours are a husband and wife. Wilna and Dave Parry were both surprised and delighted to receive the news, which was delivered along with a fresh Christmas wreath, donated Black Bear Pub gift certificate, and the promise of their engraved plaque in the new year.

Dave and Wilna have called Kirkstone Road their home for 26 years now, but these amazing Lynn Valley citizens took the scenic route to get here. Wilna was born in South Africa, and met Dave there as a young adult. Dave was an English speaker; at that time, Wilna only spoke Afrikaans. But a romance developed, and married life brought them to Canada.

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Warm the homeless with help from first responders

Looking for some good news to warm a cold day? LynnValleyLife recently received this lovely press release from the North Vancouver RCMP, about a neighbourly initiative launched by Cst. Randy Wong and his wife, Sahar. Using money donated by Randy’s RCMP colleagues, the couple have been creating care packages for the men and women the constable encounters over the course of his days and nights on the streets of North Vancouver. The ziplock bags contain warm mitts, toques, socks, disposable rain ponchos, energy bars and other essential supplies for those whose lives are spent largely without shelter.

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Decorate a Christmas tree in LV Village!

The Sixth Annual Lynn Valley Village Christmas Parade of trees is approaching, and we are already looking forward to seeing Lynn Valley Village transformed into a magical forest of decorated Christmas trees.

christmas tree carouselIf you want to get in on the fun, now is the time to sponsor a tree and start thinking about your decorating approaching! Says the Lynn Valley Community Association: “Sponsoring a tree is a great opportunity to promote your business or organization, while at the same time supporting families in need and helping build a strong community here in Lynn Valley.”

$50 from each $200 sponsorship supports local families with needed food and gifts and any other net proceeds support the work of LVCA in the community, including the speaker series, trail improvement projects and community events. Dry goods and canned products for the North Shore Harvest Project are also collected at the grand lighting ceremony, which takes place this year on Sunday, December 4.

The LVCA encourages sponsors to decorate their trees as creatively as they like: the public votes for their favourite and there are awards for the best trees! Trees will be decorated on Saturday, December 3.

For more information or to sponsor a tree please email lynnvalleyca@gmail.com. Cheques for sponsorship should be made payable to Lynn Valley Community Association and mailed to PO Box 16080, 1199 Lynn Valley Road, North Vancouver, V7J 3S9.

Lynn Valley a hotbed for Culture Days offerings

Discover a new hobby, explore a new interest, or just have some out-of-the-ordinary fun at this year’s Culture Days that run from Friday, Sept. 30 to Sunday, Oct. 2.

Culture Days 2016Culture Days kicked off in 2009 with the goal of making a broad variety of free pastimes available to the masses. People can sample all sorts of activities, and perhaps discover a pursuit they would like to explore further.

There are many events planned on the North Shore, as listed on the North Shore Arts Office website, and the following are being offered right in our own neighbourhood:

Friday, September 30

FAMILY RECORDS WORKSHOP – Get tips from the NVMA Archivist on how to organize family records, photos and treasures. Preregister: 604 990-3700 x.8016

WHERE: NVMA Community History Centre, 3203 Institute Rd

WHEN: Friday, 9:30 AM – 11:30 AM

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FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE – A magical blend of improvised music and comedy with special guest, singer, songwriter and storyteller Ross Douglas.

WHERE: Lynn Valley Library Community Room, 1277 Lynn Valley Rd.

WHEN: Friday, 7:30 PM – 9:00 PM

Saturday, October 1

 SHAKETOWN WALK – A guided walk with NVMA Curator Karen Dearlove with history and anecdotes about Lynn Valley formerly called Shaketown. Pre-Register 604 990-3700 x.8016

WHERE: NVMA Community History Centre, 3203 Institute Rd

WHEN: Saturday, 10:00 AM – 12:00 PM

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BEHIND THE SCENES AT THE ARCHIVES – A close-up look at how the NVMA archives cares for, and stores photographs, documents and precious items in the community’s collection.

WHERE: NVMA Community History Centre, 3203 Institute Rd.

WHEN: Saturday, 12:00 PM – 2:00 PM

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READING: DISTRICT OF NORTH VANCOUVER: A COMMUNITY OF COMMUNITIES – Noted author and historian Daniel Francis tells stories about North Van’s growth, unique neighbourhoods and the transformation from milltown to metropolis. Pre-Register 604 990-3700 x.8016

WHERE: NVMA Community History Centre, 3203 Institute Rd.

WHEN: Saturday, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

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Sunday, October 2

FAIRFIELD MUSIC DEMOS & LESSONS AT THE LIBRARY– Fairfield Music offers instruments demos, mini lessons and a fun instrument making workshop for all ages.

WHERE: Culture Cram, Lynn Valley Library, 1277 Lynn Valley Rd.

WHEN: Sunday, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

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PERSIAN CULTURE ZOROASTRIAN EXHIBIT – A display of Zoroastrian manuscripts, costumes, books, magazines, ritual items and more.

WHERE: Culture Cram, Lynn Valley Library, 1277 Lynn Valley Rd.

WHEN: Sunday, 1:00 PM – 3:00 PM

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RNB DANCE PERFORMANCE – come out to a high energy performance in Lynn Valley Village presented by the talented troupe of RNB dancers.

WHERE: Culture Cram, Lynn Valley Library, 1277 Lynn Valley Rd.

WHEN: Sunday, 1:30 PM – 2:00 PM

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SPIRIT OF THE SOUTH SEAS DANCE – E komo mai… experience Hawaiian, Tahitian, Maori dance & music at this interactive performance & workshop. All ages welcome.

WHERE: Culture Cram, Lynn Valley Library, 1277 Lynn Valley Rd.

WHEN: Sunday, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

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MULTI-LINGUAL STORYTIME – North Vancouver Librarians offer bi-lingual storytimes in English, Farsi, French and Cantonese for the whole family!

WHERE: Culture Cram, Lynn Valley Library, 1277 Lynn Valley Rd.

WHEN: Sunday, 1:00 PM – 4:00 PM