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, Robin, at [email protected].  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!

Mental wellness resources

Mental wellness resources

We want to make the community aware of resources available to support mental health. There are services online, on the phone and locally - some are FREE, low-barrier options to support your mental health. If you are thinking of suicide or self-harm call 911 or 1-833-456-4566 toll free, 24/7, text ...
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Looking for our Good Neighbour 2022

Looking for our Good Neighbour 2022

It is our favourite time of year: for a decade we have been shining a light on those that make Lynn Valley better! We want to celebrate the community members that share their time and skills to make our neighbourhood better. We are once again looking for nominations for our ...
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History never recorded

History never recorded

There is no need to travel abroad for archaeological wonders, instead taking a walk through the Lower Seymour Conservation Reserve with a careful eye can reveal a phenomenal past - one Capilano University professor and writer Bob Muckle shares in his latest book Forgotten Things: The Story of the Seymour ...
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Garden delights

Garden delights

There is a fanciful garden blooming upstairs at the Lynn Valley Branch of the North Vancouver District Public Library. Fabric artist Kirsten Chursinoff’s exhibit Garden Escape is now on until Dec. 6, 2022. From craft to art The fabric and thread creations are a colourful burst of energy in the ...
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Lynn Valley leads local elections

Lynn Valley leads local elections

As British Columbians consider their choices for local government this fall, LynnValleyLife wants to amplify our local voice on municipal government. Voting on October 15 is a chance to have your say.  Lynn Valley leads candidates There are 13 residents hoping to get a seat on council for the next ...
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CBC broadcaster shares joy of Lynn Valley

CBC broadcaster shares joy of Lynn Valley

A childhood dream was realized when a pandemic move brought CBC’s Johanna Wagstaffe to Lynn Valley. The well-known face of Canadian weather has been showing off our neighbourhood ever since.  Early roots Over the last year and a half, Lynn Valley has been playing a background role in some CBC ...
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Events ahead of local elections

Events ahead of local elections

It’s that time again - four years have passed - and we have October municipal and school board elections. There are a number of opportunities to get to know our candidates. The year of Lynn Valley There are 13 North Vancouver residents vying for spots on District Council with six ...
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New neighbours buzzing about Argyle

New neighbours buzzing about Argyle

If you live near Argyle Secondary you may have noticed a bit of buzz around the school this summer. More than 20,000 new neighbours have moved onto the campus - and they are bringing a sweet educational opportunity for students.  Pollinator power A new bee hive was established at Argyle ...
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LVCA Family Fun Fair

LVCA Family Fun Fair

Kirkstone Park will be buzzing with free family fun this weekend. The Lynn Valley Community Association is launching their Family Fun Fair Saturday, September 10 from 10 am - 2 pm.  Celebrating community The Lynn Valley Community Association is bringing together local businesses and community groups for what it hopes ...
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Women helping women

Women helping women

A new counselling group in Lynn Valley hopes to support women and combat isolation. Come together Registered clinical counsellor Marion Gargiulo is hoping to launch a new group Thursday evenings at Mollie Nye House. Group therapy can be both more affordable than one-on-one therapy and can be less intimidating for ...
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Trees to be cleared at Rice Lake

Trees to be cleared at Rice Lake

Dam maintenance on Rice Lake will clear 200 trees and significantly change the shoreline of the lake. Metro Vancouver is currently engaging in public consultation about the project. In 2023 the north and south dams on the lake will undergo significant maintenance. The public has a chance to review and ...
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From big bands to Bollywood

From big bands to Bollywood

The return of music and family fun to Lynn Valley Village is going strong. On the schedule are games, bands and Bollywood.  Wednesdays: celebrating community diversity Evenings at Lynn Valley Village have a lot to offer this month. From classics to dance lessons. There will be a variety of sounds ...
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Getting wild about art

Getting wild about art

Later this month local artist Caroline Liggett will host a night of brushes and brews at Wildeye Brewing. It’s a chance to have some fun, try something new and take home a piece of art at the end of the evening. Painting with pints Lynn Valley’s Liggett is heading down ...
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Getting outside and learning something too

Getting outside and learning something too

We chose to live close to nature when we all made homes in Lynn Valley. As summer ticks along and we try to take advantage of dry(er), sunny(-ier) days by embracing our outdoor neighbourhood, there are a number of chances to learn something while we are at. The Wild Bird ...
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Party on: Concerts coming back to LVV

Party on: Concerts coming back to LVV

It looks like programming and events might be returning to Lynn Valley Village this summer! There are dates scheduled for both music and family games on the calendar. The sound of music A little piece of the Vancouver International Jazz Fest is hitting Lynn Valley Village plaza on June 26 ...
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Party on: Lynn Valley Days

Party on: Lynn Valley Days

One of Lynn Valley’s most missed traditions is returning for the first time since 2019: Lynn Valley Days. Block off your calendar for July 15 & 16 for the gala, parade and festival. 108 years old It has been a quiet couple of years. As the world slowly opens again ...
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Great Lynn Valley Neighbourhood Garage Sale - The Map!

Great Lynn Valley Neighbourhood Garage Sale – The Map!

We are excited to be hitting the streets this weekend, May 28th & 29th, to find some bargains! The Great Neighbourhood Garage Sale has more than 40 participants with several multi-family sales and a new parking lot sale at St. Clement's Anglican Church. The Map The suggested hours for the ...
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Spring maintenance and heat dome preparation

Spring maintenance and heat dome preparation

What a spring - we had snow on the local mountains this past week and temperatures overnight are still hovering around 4° C. It's hard to believe that it was about five weeks from now, last year, we saw backyard temperatures of 43° C. We have put together some tips ...
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Community events return: helicopters, North Shore Rescue & food trucks this weekend

Community events return: helicopters, North Shore Rescue & food trucks this weekend

Saturday, May 7, marks the return of community events to Lynn Valley as the Outdoor Safety and Emergency Preparedness Open House comes to Argyle Secondary School and Lynn Valley Park from 11 am-2 pm. From helicopters to search and rescue dogs, from food trucks to instructional workshops, the family event ...
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Easter Creativity

Easter Creativity

We are back with our annual Easter colouring contest to celebrate spring!  Getting creative We were a bunny's whisker away from our Easter Egg Hunt. We love the event - it was a highlight of the year that brought together the community and an occasion to wear a costume is ...
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Check out some community caring

Check out some community caring

Two organizations have teamed up to make Lynn Valley a little bit stronger. The North Vancouver District Public Library and St. Clement’s Anglican Church have launched Caring Community Kits to help build community. Building on existing resilience The congregation at St. Clement’s has spent much of the last decade reflecting ...
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Music and events returning to the plaza

Music and events returning to the plaza

There is hope that music and events will return to Lynn Valley Plaza this summer and the North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission has opened auditions for a return to its seasonal events.  Looking ahead The NVRC is in the thick of planning and preparing for a summer that looks ...
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Spring Break in the Wild

Spring Break in the Wild

As things slowly return to normal there are a handful of activities to check out during Spring Break and we are pleased to expect more to be offered as we head toward summer. Wildlife Weeks The Lynn Canyon Ecology Centre is offering both mini-camps and its wonderful Wildlife Weeks during ...
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Where local government meets wildlife

Where local government meets wildlife

There has been a lot of planning and future thought put into the development of Lynn Valley and the District of North Vancouver as a whole. Lynn Valley’s unique mountainside location has more than just human neighbours. We reached out to the DNV to learn more about the policy and ...
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Speculation tax for 2022

Speculation tax for 2022

We are in year four of the province's Speculation and Vacancy Tax. Has the annual declaration form become routine for you? By now you should have had the form delivered. All homeowners must declare their status by March 31. If you have declared in previous years, you still have to ...
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Great Lynn Valley Neighbourhood Garage Sale

Great Lynn Valley Neighbourhood Garage Sale

Registration has closed for the Great Lynn Valley Neighbourhood Garage Sale - returning on May 28 & 29 - and a garage is not necessary to participate! The details We are proud that in 2019 25 families joined us for our first Great Neighbourhood Garage Sale - in torrential rain! ...
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More options to take care of your home

More options to take care of your home

There have been a few changes at LynnValleyLife HQ. We are thrilled to have brought together some industry leaders to co-work with us. We are now your one-stop shop for buying, selling, financing and insuring your home. We have mortgage broker Tim Hill and insurance broker David Fiteni bringing their ...
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Taking care of your two wheels

Taking care of your two wheels

First there is confusion, then anger and then a deep sense of loss. To bike riders of all kinds, theft is more than losing a possession - it’s like losing your best friend. In this neighbourhood there is sometimes more value in bikes in a garage than cars in the ...
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A day at the museum

A day at the museum

With two months of open doors the new MONOVA Museum of North Vancouver is a great place to spend an afternoon learning about Lynn Valley and North Vancouver’s diverse history. More than 20 years in the making the new facility highlights the connection, passion for place, and the industry and ...
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Valentine's & Family days in LV

Valentine’s & Family days in LV

There is a whole lot of love to celebrate this month as families and loved ones mark both Valentine’s Day and Family Day. Just seven days apart there is a chance to show those you care in many ways. We have our picks to celebrate this bright spot in the ...
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