Early holiday happenings

The days are shorter and colder as we change the seasons and more than a few holiday events are coming back! We are excited to bring you the details on some of Lynn Valley’s favourite traditions. 


Lynn Valley Christmas Market


The Lynn Valley PAC once again presents The Lynn Valley Christmas Market Nov. 17 from 11 a.m. – 3 p.m. 

The now annual market will feature 40 professional artisans selling amazing hand-crafted goods including soaps, jams, artwork, jewellery, gourmet food, children’s items, knitting, and much more. Our junior vendor tables will showcase a small number of students selling their own items. There will also be raffle baskets and a delicious Bake Shop where you can purchase your holiday baking.


Waldorf Children’s Winter Fair


The neighbourhood favourite Waldorf Children’s Winter Fair is back – for its 49th year! The students and parents open the doors to the school Nov. 23 from 10 a.m.- 3 p.m. with curated vendors, activities and interactive experiences for children to welcome the coming of winter and the holiday season. 

“Our fair is a treasured gift from our wonderfully talented parents and guardians to our students, friends and neighbours,” said Mary Henley, community and resource development manager for The Vancouver Waldorf School. “Because Waldorf education nurtures a deep connection with the natural world, creative and practical arts and reverence for childhood, guests at the fair can expect a lovely variety of activities to participate in and an incredibly beautiful assortment of hand-crafted goods to browse in our marketplace”

The night before a the school will host its Winter Fair Night Market, Nov. 22 from 6:30-9 p.m. This evening is for adults offering a  a chance to socialize and shop away from the gaze of children’s eyes. None of the classroom activities are open during the Night Market and some classes may still be setting up their activities while the Night Market is running. The focus of the Night Market really is for adults to come together and enjoy the beauty of the Fair at a slightly more relaxed pace. The school’s shop the Red Door Store will also be open during the evening event and fair. The school is located at 2725 St Christophers Road and more details can be found on its website.


The Parade of Trees


A fantastic community tradition is back for this year. The Lynn Valley Community Association is busy planning its 2019 Annual Parade of Trees.

For the past nine years, the LVCA has worked to bring people, families, businesses and schools, places of worship, associations and organizations together at the LVCA Christmas Parade of Trees. During the month of December, this tradition sees Lynn Valley Village transformed into a magical forest of creatively decorated Christmas trees. 

Sponsoring a tree is a perfect opportunity to promote your business and/or organization, and at the same time, support families in need and help to build a stronger community here in Lynn Valley. Past sponsors of this event understand the value of participating. We would love to include you in the festivities and have you become a tree sponsor in 2019. Did you know $50 from each sponsored tree will be donated to North Shore Disability Resource Centre’s Mobile Multi Sensory therapeutic van; the first in Canada; with remaining net proceeds going to support the continuing work of LVCA; such as the Speaker Series, trail improvement projects and community events. It’s all about community! Registration details can be found here.

Tree decorating is Friday, Nov. 29th or Saturday, Nov. 30th with the Grand Lighting Ceremony on Dec. 1st. 


Looking for more?


There’s always something fun and exciting happening in Lynn Valley. Check out our Community Events Calendar or learn more about Local Activities, Mountain Biking or Hiking and Walking Trails.

Win a Frozen 2 Birthday Movie Party

We’re giving one lucky Frozen fan the gift of a birthday movie party on Dec.7th at Park& Tilford Theatres for the screening of Frozen 2.

 

 

Do you know a child with a Fall birthday?

We’re giving one lucky Frozen fan the gift of a birthday movie party on Dec.7th at Park& Tilford Theatres for the screening of Frozen 2.  View the trailer here. Includes up to 10 VIP guests and birthday treats.

TO ENTER: Send your contact info along with child’s age and birth date to info@lynnvalleylife.com by Nov.1st, 2019 and you’ll be entered to win our random draw in early November.

Contest Rules:

  1. Child must be under age 12
  2. There is no substitution, transfer, or cash equivalent for prizes
  3. Winner will be notified via email

How $5 can jumpstart two dreams

Lynn Valley’s North Shore Disability Resource Centre is back with its 5 for 5 Raffle. With proceeds going to a new mobile sensory van and ongoing advocacy work – you have until Sept. 17, 2019 to purchase tickets.


Adding Resources


The (almost) annual raffle is a key fundraiser supporting resources and advocacy work undertaken by the NSDRC. This year it is looking to expand its community resources by adding another multi sensory room available for community use and this time making it mobile to serve even more people. 

An example of a Snoezelen room.

Multi-sensory environments are safe spaces designed to stimulate senses, explained Kathleen Jessop, interim executive director for the North Shore Disability Resource Centre. They can soothe and calm the agitated, as well as engage the withdrawn, she said.

“We are purchasing sensory equipment and putting into a van to make it mobile,” said Jessop. “There is  one multi sensory Snoezelen room on the North Shore and it’s booked all the time. Our plan is to make it mobile so we can take it to a person or to a school or to a seniors’ centre or even to a community event.”

With ambient and active visual, touch, sound and smell stimulation, the existing Snoezelen room is already an important resource for local families.  

“We will be able to serve the people we already do with the room but we can also expand and serve others and it will raise awareness of us in the community as well as what multi sensory spaces are and what they are used for,” said Jessop.

The goal is to be up and running by April 2020 or when all the funds needed have been raised. The project has gotten a big boost being the beneficiary of  this year’s North Shore Community Foundation’s Mayors’ Golf Tournament. That $50,000 is a huge step forward, said Jessop.

“We have some families whose children are so anxious they don’t want to leave their houses. If we can bring the room to their doorstep, we can get them from their threshold to the van it will be a huge step for them,” she said. 

“You can imagine these families seeing the van pull up and having their children able to participate in something, to smiling and enjoying something – it could change lives,” added Bob McCormack, NSDRC past-president and board member. 


Get Tickets


Where else for the price of $5 can you support a dream project and possibly win a dream trip? Tickets are available for $5 at the NSDRC office at 3158 Mountain Hwy or by calling 604-985-5371. More information can found on its webpage. Tax receiptable donations (does not apply to raffle tickets) to the Snoezelen van or any of their projects can be made in person or online

Prizes include: 

1st prize: Trip for two, anywhere WestJet flies*

2nd prize: $180 BC Ferries voucher; two night stay Ocean Village Beach Resort in Tofino; $50 gift card to Shed Restaurant Tofino*

3rd prize: Harbour Air Panorama Tour & $150 gift card Pacific Centre

4th prize: Harrison Hot Springs Resort one night stay & breakfast for two*

5th prize: $250 gift card The Bay

*Some conditions apply, details on the NSDRC website. 


Five Facts You May Not Know About the NSDRC


  • The organization began in 1976 by a group of parents with physically disabled children.
  • They have 11 group homes.
  • They employ over 200 people making them one of the larger employers on the North Shore.
  • One of the largest roles NSDRC plays is supporting and helping individuals advocate for their disability and housing benefits. 
  • NSDRC is pretty much always hiring – they typically have both volunteer and paid positions available. Check them out

Looking for more?


There’s always something fun and exciting happening in Lynn Valley. Check out our Community Events Calendar or learn more about Local Activities, Mountain Biking or Hiking and Walking Trails.

Life Learning

We have an idea. There are great partners in Lynn Valley – we have a wealth of experience and knowledge between our hills and we want to share it with our community. Starting this Fall, we will be leveraging the knowledge of our neighbours and sharing it around with a series of workshops at the Legion.

 

Who

We want to share and discuss topics that are relevant to you. We know our community is diverse. We have families just starting out. We have couples working and playing hard. We have parents supporting their children and taking care of their own aging parents. We have seniors who have called this place home for decades. We have immigrants diversifying Lynn Valley’s future. While every topic might not be for you, our aim is to have a topic for everyone.

What

There is a lot going on in Lynn Valley and we will try to offer something for everyone. Our goal is to provide these workshops and experiences for free or very low cost.

When

We are going to start slow and do this smart. Our goal is to have Life Learning sessions that will take place throughout the Fall and Winter.

Where

We are partnering with the Lynn Valley Legion to use their well appointed facilities, with space, audiovisual equipment, free parking and fantastic walkable location it is the perfect place to launch a community program.

How

We’d like to tailor these workshops to you so feel free to share your ideas with us HERE as we get started in this process.

 

Live and local 2019

The popular neighbourhood Live and Local concert series is returning again to Lynn Valley Village. Each week there are two events hosted by the North Vancouver Recreation and Culture Commission. 

Events take place Wednesdays 6 – 8 p.m. and Fridays  7 – 9 p.m.


July


5 Terminal Station Blues Rock 7 – 9 p.m. 

10 Fell the Beat – Move to the smooth and beautiful sounds of Rosewood’s Marimba ensemble. 6 – 8 p.m.

12 Cayla Brooke  Jazz/Blues 7 – 9 p.m. 

17 Music & Magic – An evening of cheer with interactive crafts, magic and youth band Sm:)e. 6 – 8 p.m.

19 R&B Conspiracy Classic Rhythm & Blues 7 – 9 p.m. 

24 Starry Night – Enjoy the Mojo Stars, an R&B tinged blues-rock that is guaranteed to get everyone out of their seats. 6 – 8 p.m.

26 Wooden Horsemen Folk & Blues 7 – 9 p.m. 

31 SHINE Young Artists Music Showcase – Join a showcase of the North Shore’s up and coming talent from Creativ Music Centre, backed up by a live band. 6 – 8 p.m.


August


2 Smith & Jones Country Rock 7 – 9 p.m. 

7 Jazzy Tunes – Join East Vancouver’s unique carnival band, Tiny Islands, to learn about brass instruments through their upbeat, can’t-sit-still jazz tunes. 6 – 8 p.m.

9 Trésor Otshudi World Music 7 – 9 p.m. 

14 Roots and Rhythm – Create community with an African drum circle and learn new instruments with JOJY Music 6 – 8 p.m.

16 Big Easy Funk Ensemble New Orleans Funk  7 – 9 p.m. 

21 Hands on Fun – Creative clay play, active circus arts and make your own bouncy ball.  An Interactive event for everyone! 6 – 8 p.m.

23 Platform Soul Disco Funk 7 – 9 p.m. 

For more information visit Lynn Valley Village’s FACEBOOK or check out this video.