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

 

Donate (and buy!) jewellery for a good cause

So, when’s the last time you wore that Aztek-style necklace hanging in your jewellery box?  Or the green earrings that turned out to clash with everything in your wardrobe? Or the kindly meant birthday bracelet that just isn’t “you”? Hayley Kelly is hoping you’ll realize it might be time to let some of those pieces go.

LV Jewelry Drive

Hayley Kelly and Robin Delany display some of the jewellery donated for an upcoming autism fundraiser.

Hayley has put together the first-ever North Vancouver  Jewelry Drive in support of Autism BC. All you have to do is box and drop your offerings at the Lynn Valley Delany’s (or the Delany’s on Denman, if you’ve got friends overtown who would like to participate).

The collected jewellery will be displayed and sold on Saturday, August 27 in Lynn Valley Village from noon to 4 p.m., with all proceeds going to the Autism Society of B.C. Livening up the day even further will be live music, a BBQ, raffle prizes, and auctioned jewellery pieces donated from local designers.

Keep up to date with the project on Facebook or Instagram:

Facebook.com/northvancouverjewelrydrive

Instagram.com/northvancouverjewelrydrive

Start September in style with a few new additions to brighten up your wardrobe! Hayley writes: “With your community support, we can make the North Vancouver Jewelry Drive an amazing event!”

Lynn Valley Day – what’s new for 2016!

It wasn’t easy, but LynnValleyLife finally caught up with Lynn Valley Day organizer Eric Miura on Friday – a rare chance to spend some time with this uber-busy volunteer who juggles his day job with executive roles in the Lynn Valley Lions and Lynn Valley Community Association.

At this time of year, that means Eric and the rest of the Lynn Valley Day team are living and breathing plans for the huge community event, which in 2016 has grown from two days into three.

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LV United seeks summer research student

Looking for a summer job in accounting and marketing research? A close-to-home opportunity is available that might be just right for you.

The Lynn Valley United Church office is operating out of temporary lodgings while they await completion of their new church building a block north of the Mountain Hwy and Lynn Valley Rd intersection. For now, staff  are bunking in with the North Shore Disability Resource Centre across the street, and Sunday morning services are held in the Lynn Valley recreation centre at the corner of Frederick and Mountain Highway.

Friday Night LiveThrough a 2016 Summer Job Grant, the team is looking for a student (age 15 to 30) who can provide research and support to the church’s community programs, which include the weekly Friday Night Live musical improv and arts presentation, a community choir and drum circle, and participation in local events such as Lynn Valley Day.

If you, or someone you know, might enjoy being part of this high-energy neighbourhood network, have a look at the job posting here. Deadline for application is May 2, so don’t delay! For further information, please contact Shari Gardiner at lvuc@telus.net.

Lynn Valley Day weekend moves to June

Mark your calendars! After decades in its last-weekend-of-May slot, Lynn Valley Days is moving to the weekend of June 17 to 19, 2016. And along with the move comes a great new event – a Father’s Day breakfast on the Sunday morning!

Guests at the Friday night Gala will enjoy catering by Louis Gervais and dancing to the tunes of Angela Kelman. Tickets are $150, which includes two drinks.

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LV Services Society seeking board members

Update March 20, 2016: please scroll to bottom if you have an aptitude for numbers – a treasurer is needed!

Lynn Valley is fortunate in many ways – and having a dedicated non-profit group adding to the programming and life of our community is one of them.

Mollie Nye House, North Vancouver

Mollie Nye House

The Lynn Valley Services Society (LVSS) is responsible for managing Mollie Nye House, the heritage home on Lynn Valley Road that was built by Jack and Olive Nye in 1913 and donated to North Vancouver District upon the death of his daughter Mollie.

As you can see from this video, Mollie Nye House has become a welcoming, active hub for a wide range of programs and activities. Over 60 groups use the house on an annual basis, and events and workshops  are regularly offered for all ages. And its surrounding garden provides a lovely respite for many passers-by to enjoy in the midst of a busy day.

The LVSS is looking for enthusiastic local residents who would like to ensure the house continues to thrive well into the future, and continues to evolve to meet the needs of the community. Here’s their appeal for new board members – please be in touch as soon as possible!

Volunteer Board Members Wanted

The LYNN VALLEY SERVICES SOCIETY (LVSS) is a not-for-profit charitable organization providing social and recreational programming to the community in, and around, the Lynn Valley area. LVSS provides facility management in Lynn Valley, with Mollie Nye House serving as our primary facility. Mollie Nye House is a heritage community building, which is managed by LVSS under a Partnership Agreement with the District of North Vancouver. See the Mollie Nye Website for more information: mollienyehouse.com

We are currently looking for new board members with the following preferable characteristics:

• Enthusiastic and collaborative nature with experience in the non-profit sector.

• Experience in Financial Management, Bookkeeping, or Community Connections.

• Reside in or around the Lynn Valley area.

We encourage participation from minority groups who are seeking, or interested in, expanding services in Lynn Valley.

Time Commitment: LVSS is in the process of transitioning from a working board to a governance board, so time commitment varies depending upon your area of interest. All potential board members should be prepared to be available for monthly board meeting of 2-3 hours per month, plus a willingness to be an active member of at least one sub-committee (approx. 3 hours per month) and participation in event planning and implementation.

Position Term: Two years with a preferred commitment of 2 consecutive terms.

Application Deadline: For more information, or to apply, please send an email briefly summarising your interest to HRpartner@telus.net. Please include your phone number and a Board Member will call you directly.

Update: Treasurer sought!

CALL FOR APPLICATION: Board of Directors (Volunteer Treasurer Position)

The LYNN VALLEY SERVICES SOCIETY (LVSS) is a charitable organization providing social and recreational programming to the community in, and around, the Lynn Valley area. LVSS provides facility management in Lynn Valley, with Mollie Nye House serving as our primary facility. Mollie Nye House is a heritage community building, which is managed by LVSS under a Partnership Agreement with the District of North Vancouver.  See the Mollie Nye Website for more information: mollienyehouse.com

We are currently looking for a Treasurer with the following skills and characteristics:   

  • Enthusiastic and collaborative nature
  • Experience in Financial Management or Bookkeeping
  • Reside in or around the Lynn Valley area
  • Experience in the not-for-profit sector preferred

Time Commitment:

The role of Treasurer for LVSS is a volunteer working position with the responsibility for budgets and financial management including bookkeeping, maintenance and audit of financial records and ensuring all investments, expenditures and revenues are filed without discrepancies. The time commitment will vary depending upon the individual’s experience with not-for-profit financial management and monthly LVSS bookkeeping requirements. All members are asked to attend the monthly Board meeting which runs approximately 2 hours.

Position Term:  Two years with an optional commitment of an additional term.

Application: For more information, or to apply, please send an email briefly summarising your interest to HRpartner@telus.net. Ideally we would like to invite those who are interested to a tour of our facility in late March, 2016. Please include your phone number and a Board Member will call you directly.

No need to let loneliness take root in Lynn Valley

It’s no secret that social isolation is a huge problem in Metro Vancouver, especially since the Vancouver Foundation published its June 2012 “Connections and Engagement” report quantifying the extent of the issue. And although Vancouver has a reputation for being a place in which it can be difficult to make new friends, the problem isn’t just local. British coppers made headlines last year for having a cup of tea with a senior who had been driven by loneliness to make a call to the 999 emergency line.

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Lynn Valley churches welcome refugee family

After weeks of waiting and planning, a group of North Vancouver residents celebrated the arrival of their sponsored refugee family at Vancouver International Airport on Friday, January 15.

The Syrian family of five was met by representatives of their large sponsorship group. REST (the Regional Ecumenical Sponsorship Team) is composed of people from North Vancouver Anglican and Lutheran Churches (including St. Clement’s Anglican and Mt. Olivet Lutheran in Lynn Valley) and from the Sutherland Secondary School community.

IMG_6532As you can see from the faces in the photo, the first meeting was a joyous one despite the hardships the family has endured in recent months. “They are lovely people who are extremely grateful to be here,” said Shannon Muir, one of REST’s coordinators. “They even asked to talk to the media today so they could say how grateful they are to Canada.”

Arrangements have been made for the family to live in the Blueridge area, at a rent generously reduced by the homeowner. Under the terms of the blended sponsorship agreement, REST will pay the family’s living expenses for one year, with the federal government contributing six months’ of social assistance-level funding.

REST is also awaiting the arrival of a vision-impaired young adult from Somalia, who will live with one of the team members in the Grand Boulevard area, and a 20-year-old Iraqui man who will be rejoining his family here. Anyone wishing to donate to the REST refugee efforts is invited to make a donation to the refugee fund of any of the sponsoring churches: St. Clement’s, St. Agnes, St. Catherine’s, St. Martin’s, or St. John’s Anglican Churches, or Mt. Olivet and Gloria Dei Lutheran Churches.

Gifts for shelter residents welcome indeed

Whatever “the Christmas spirit” is, it is decidedly not embodied by the horrible task of spending time and money searching out gifts you’re pretty sure the recipient doesn’t need and may not even want.

It’s a wonderful feeling to find something you know is just right for a friend or loved one. But when you’re stuck trying to find something for the “person who has everything,” why not consider gifting someone else in their name instead?

You’ve heard of buying goats, chickens, or school books for families in developing countries. But one close-to-home opportunity that warms the heart of giver and givee alike is offered by the seasonal Homeless Partners website.

The organization has collected stories and gift requests from residents of shelters in North Vancouver and other areas around metro Vancouver. Here’s a typical story, from Morris:

Morris is in his sixties. He was born in Courtenay, B.C., but has been in the Vancouver area since 1972 for work. Morris worked in sheet metal. His biggest challenge right now is maintaining personal security. It is his family that helps him feel most encouraged.

Morris’s request is for running shoes or jeans. A donor can pledge one or both of these gifts, and drop them off at the housing shelter with a card for Morris (drop-off instructions are provided). There are dozens of other stories on the site, with more added as the month progresses.

So, rather than struggling to find gifts for the “have it all” people in your lives, bring some peace and cheer to your shopping by pledging a gift that you know will be well-used, and much appreciated.

Here’s what one shelter resident said about the experience of receiving a gift through this initiative:

The most encouraging thing is knowing that people care. I find it really encouraging that total strangers could care so much about someone they don’t even know.

If that sounds like the kind of Christmas spirit you’d like to share, visit the Homeless Partners website soon!

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