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 robin@lynnvalleylife.com.  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!

Bob Rasmus takes pride in the Lions

Bob Rasmus takes pride in the Lions

FROM THE EDITOR: If you’ve attended a Lynn Valley community event any time in the past two decades, chances are you’ve crossed paths with a Lion – a certain Lynn Valley Lion, that is. Bob Rasmus is known to many as the former owner of RJR Contruction Management, a company ...
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Start weekend with Easter breakfast

Start weekend with Easter breakfast

Planning your Easter weekend? It looks like we'll have a mixed bag, weather-wise, but either way we're encouraging you to get out and support some of our local events. Start your Saturday with a pancake breakfast put on by the Lynn Valley Lions as part of the festivities being offered ...
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New programs starting in LV Community Room

New programs starting in LV Community Room

Spring has sprung, along with a new round of rec commission programs in the Lynn Valley Community Room in Lynn Valley Village. Whether it's walking, dancing, martial arts, skipping or talks on street sense and nutrition, there's something for all interest groups. First classes in some programs start April 11, ...
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LV realtor featured in fractional real estate story

LV realtor featured in fractional real estate story

We were delighted here at LynnValleyLife when local writer Gail Johnson asked our sponsoring realtor Jim Lanctot to share his experience in fractional real estate ownership. Her article was recently published in Yahoo! Canada's Finance section, and gives insight into the possibilities - and pitfalls - presented by the shared ownership of recreational ...
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Finn's friends have formed landmark charity

Finn’s friends have formed landmark charity

From Lynn O'Malley: There aren't many of us who can claim our lives have had the same immediate impact as that of a little boy named Finn. Finn Sullivan was a Lynn Valley lad - brother to Sarah and Baird, son of Patrick and Samantha - who was diagnosed with ...
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Lego-lovers invited to 'camp'

Lego-lovers invited to ‘camp’

If you have a Lego enthusiast at home, they'll want to know about a special Lego Camp happening at Upper Lynn Elementary this spring. Starting April 5 and running every Thursday afternoon until May 10, the camp will have intermediate Lego crafters building new skills in construction and robotics. Details ...
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New yoga and arts program for families

New yoga and arts program for families

Families wanting to experience movement, creativity, music and yoga with their children will have the opportunity to try a new class offered in the program room adjacent to the kids' section in Lynn Valley Library. Megan Johnson of One Soul Yoga is offering a six-week Yoga and Arts programs for ...
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Tuesdays with Morrie: live-theatre treat comes to Lynn Valley!

Tuesdays with Morrie: live-theatre treat comes to Lynn Valley!

Lynn Valley United Church is thrilled to announce a special one-night performance of the critically acclaimed play by Mitch Albom and Jeffrey Hatcher, “Tuesdays with Morrie,”  on Tuesday, April 3, at 7 p.m. Featuring the multi award-winning actor Antony Holland and local rising talent Joel Grinke, this story speaks of connection, loss and ...
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LV artist exhibits work at district hall

LV artist exhibits work at district hall

Local artist lives a colourful life Lynn Valley artist Ishrat Khan has experienced a rich life, including immigrating to Canada from his native India in 1965. Yet another highlight will be the exhibition of his work in the District Foyer of North Vancouver District Hall, beginning with a reception on ...
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Quiz: Who's the patron saint of real estate?

Quiz: Who’s the patron saint of real estate?

If you answered Joseph, father of Jesus and husband to Mary, you're right. Here at LynnValleyLife, we discovered that today (March 19) is the traditional feast day of Joseph so thought we should mark the occasion with some interesting information (which may even help you sell your home!) Though it ...
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Seniors to munch and mingle at Mollie Nye

Seniors to munch and mingle at Mollie Nye

BY ANDREA WINTERBOTTOM, Vancouver Coastal Health: For over 20 years the Congregate Meals Program, or “The Diners’ Club,” has been serving nutritious, affordable evening meals to seniors at four North Vancouver locations. Starting on Wednesday, April 11, this Vancouver Coastal Health program is expanding by offering lunches at Mollie Nye ...
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Food scrap collection? Let's lead the way!

Food scrap collection? Let’s lead the way!

FROM LYNN O'MALLEY: As of the first week of May, we Lynn Valleyites have the chance to step up and really prove ourselves. That’s when the North Shore Recycling Program is extending its weekly yard waste pick-up service to include food scraps. This is exciting news for the majority of ...
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LV-TV brings tea to our desktops!

You've probably seen the sign up every year - "Heritage Tea at Mollie Nye House this weekend, 2 pm". How many of you have gone and checked it out? We know, life is busy; kids need driving and groceries need buying. But events like the tea are respite from the ...
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How's your thyroid these days?

How’s your thyroid these days?

You may already have met our local naturopathic physician, Dr. Sacha Elliot of Canopy Health, in our Merchant Profile section. Dr. Elliot has kindly sent us an article she's written for LynnValleyLife readers who may have questions about their thyroid, and what it does, and why you may want to ...
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Argyle Cabaret Night turns 30

Argyle Cabaret Night turns 30

April 19 UPDATE from the organizers: Don't delay in getting your tickets for the 30th Annual Argyle Cabaret, 30 and Counting!  This exciting event, happening on Friday, May 11th from 7 pm to midnight, is a major fundraiser for the Argyle Music Association.    Tickets are available this Saturday, April 21st in ...
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Farmers Market, Lynn Valley

Doctor gives Lynn Valley clean bill of health

BY ANDREA WINTERBOTTOM, Contributing Writer: A recent talk by Dr. O’Connor, Medical Health Officer for the North Shore, helped a group of Lynn Valley residents gauge the health of their neighbourhood. The talk and slide show (depicting the transformation from Esso Station to Community Square with library, coffee shops and ...
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Play poker for points, not cash, at LV Legion

Play poker for points, not cash, at LV Legion

Are you interested in playing poker, but not so keen on losing your shirt? The Texas Hold-Em Poker League is a free club that organizes games in which people (age 21 and over) play for points, not money. They meet in Lynn Valley on Tuesday nights at the Lynn Valley ...
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LV church hosts World Day of Prayer event

LV church hosts World Day of Prayer event

For 125 years, people from all faith backgrounds have gathered on the first Saturday in March to pray together in unity for the world and its people. This year, Lynn Valley United Church will play host to members from any of 60 faith communities from across the North Shore. They ...
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Lynn Valley merchants amongst cream of the crop

Lynn Valley merchants amongst cream of the crop

The North Shore News recently published the results of its annual Readers’ Choice survey, and once again Lynn Valley merchants were well-represented. It’s been great to see the congratulations showing up on our Facebook wall, as local people give each other a virtual pat on the back. We’ve been looking ...
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House sold - and it wasn't for sale!

House sold – and it wasn’t for sale!

It’s always good news when someone buys a home they’ll love. It’s even more exciting when the house wasn’t on the market to start with! Jim and Kelly had clients who couldn’t find anything in Lynn Valley that seemed just right for their growing family. So these realtors rolled up ...
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Bring your treasures for appraisal

Bring your treasures for appraisal

Here's a heads-up for those of you starting to do your spring-cleaning: take a closer look at some of those family hand-me-downs that belonged to your mother or grandfather. Later this spring you'll have the chance to see if those items you've taken for granted might have value beyond the ...
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Win tickets to see LV actress in soccer mom saga

Win tickets to see LV actress in soccer mom saga

Jenny Mitchell is a Lynn Valley mom like many others – she loves heading out on the trails, hitting the library, and socializing at Browns. Her kids, Dylan and Evan, go to Lynn Valley Elementary and play baseball and soccer. Not many local moms, however, get to play a maternal ...
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Thirteen Lynn Valley home sales in January

Thirteen Lynn Valley home sales in January

These are the latest figures on the Lynn Valley housing market. If you’d like monthly market updates and neighbourhood highlights sent directly to your inbox, please sign up to become a member of the LynnValleyLife Network to enjoy these and other benefits. Single Family Homes: There were 9 detached homes sold in January ...
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LV locals make recovery in VGH Burn Unit a little easier

LV locals make recovery in VGH Burn Unit a little easier

COMING TO YOU FROM LYNN O’MALLEY: Greetings, neighbours! I was really looking forward to telling you the story of how a generous donation from the Lee family (owners of the Mountain Market corner store at Mountain Highway and Frederick) resulted in a domino effect that benefitted people not just in Lynn Valley, ...
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Bob McCormack spends his life making shade for others

Bob McCormack spends his life making shade for others

FROM THE EDITOR: The Greeks said it best: "A society grows great when old men plant trees whose shade they know they shall never sit in." They must have been thinking ahead to people like Bob McCormack, who – now 70 years old – has spent most of his life ...
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You love Lynn Valley! (And so do we.)

You love Lynn Valley! (And so do we.)

FROM LYNN O’MALLEY: “'Home' is a name, a word -  it is a strong one; stronger than magician ever spoke, or spirit ever answered to, in the strongest conjuration.” So spake Charles Dickens about the power of home, and we do not disagree with him (especially since we do not ...
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February contests on now

February contests on now

We currently have two contests running here at LynnValleyLife, so in case you missed hearing about them, here's what you need to know. In honour of Valentine's Day, we're asking people to share the love this week. Find our contest post on our Facebook wall, or email us at info@LynnValleyLife.com, ...
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Recycling depots close at hand

Recycling depots close at hand

Lynn Valley is an excellent place to live if you’re an environmentalist. Sure, we have lots of trees. But did you know we’re also particularly well-situated when it comes to recycling drop-off depots? We’re a hop, skip and a jump from North Van District’s recycling depot located across from the ...
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LynnValleyLife: your resource for 100th Lynn Valley Day!

LynnValleyLife: your resource for 100th Lynn Valley Day!

LIFE WITH LYNN O'MALLEY: Have I ever missed a Lynn Valley Day? Well, perhaps for a year or two in my turbulent twenties. Otherwise, I’ve been there every year – dancing the may pole, playing in the band, marching in the parade, or staffing an info booth (not usually all ...
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New minister seeks to engage the neighbourhood

New minister seeks to engage the neighbourhood

LIFE WITH LYNN O'MALLEY: If it seems like our website has been publishing a lot of news coming out of Lynn Valley United Church lately, there’s a good reason for it – there IS a lot of news coming out of Lynn Valley United Church lately! That’s thanks in large ...
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