Halloween - pandemic style

Halloween – pandemic style

There has been much discussion in the daily updates for Covid-19 about Halloween. Dr. Bonnie Henry, at this point, is adamant it can go on. There have been guidelines written by the BC Centre for Disease Control and creative minds working throughout the community.   What will Halloween look like? We have been thinking about how we can help the community enjoy the annual tradition in the most safe and responsible way. First and foremost: If you are sick, do not trick or treat and do not hand out candy. Keep celebrations to those you live with or very, very small ...
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A little Local Love

A little Local Love

In a time of disconnection the United Way is trying to bring Lynn Valley together. The organization is offering residents a one-time grant to help build community with its Local Love campaign. Building community For the last few months Sarah Dugan has been working for the United Way as a Community Builder. Her territory includes various parts of the North Shore including Lynn Valley.  “We want to help bring a little bit of happiness to life,” said Dugan.  She has been working over the last several months with direct outreach to local community members as well as creating initiatives that ...
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A Covid kind of Halloween

A Covid kind of Halloween

Among the many changes of Covid-19 are the loss of community events. The big one for many families this fall will be the changes to Halloween. We have been thinking about how we can help the community enjoy the annual tradition in the most safe and responsible way.  What will Halloween look like? We are about seven weeks away from ghouls and goblins, creepers and princesses taking over the streets of Lynn Valley. The past few years celebration have centred on Wellington Drive and Dovercourt Road - where the Dovercourt Crypt has been stepping up its spookiness year after year ...
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Masked crusader

Masked crusader

When many young people are enjoying their last taste of summer, Lynn Valley’s Jake Musgrave is donning a mask and taking up a crusade across Canada raising money for Covid relief and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – all by bike. Doable August 28th 23-year-old Musgrave will clip into his pedals and hit the road, aiming to arrive in Halifax a month later. He hopes the ride will do more than take him across the country. Musgrave hopes to raise money as well. His dual causes – Covid-19 relief and the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society – hit close to home ...
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Living on the edge

Living on the edge

We live in a special place. Nestled between two mountains on the edge of one of the world’s best cities, it is a unique situation shared by few other places. Where else in the world can you live a 20 minute drive from downtown but also be a 20 minute bike ride from the backcountry. As summer comes full force we need to think about how to keep our special community, our homes and forest safe. Wildfire home protection Living on the edge of the forest there are some unique considerations to prepare your home to be in its best ...
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Isolation adventures in Upper Lynn

Isolation adventures in Upper Lynn

In the weeks prior to the covid-19 pandemic call to stay home and stay safe, Lynn Valley’s Paul Dixon was putting many kilometres on his car, traversing the Lower Mainland photographing whatever piqued his interest. That all stopped March 20.  Stay close to home Retired almost two decades from his main career in municipal government, Dixon is now a freelance writer and photographer. Choosing to focus on projects that suit his passions gives him adventures near and far.   “I was a professional wanderer,” he says. “I couldn't make myself stay home, why would I? If it’s a beautiful day and ...
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Finding HOPE in Lynn Valley

Finding HOPE in Lynn Valley

Walking down the street you might find some hope on Wellington Drive. Family tradition There is a house mid-way down the block that is always decked out for holidays.  For decades the Tindales have been celebrating Christmas and Halloween with home and yard displays, but in the last few years, daughter Jennifer has stepped up their holiday game in a big way.  “I have such great memories as a kid of how my family celebrated holidays. We keep adding and adding. In 2017 I started with all the plywood displays. Last year was the biggest but we are reaching a ...
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Feeling philosophical?

Feeling philosophical?

Sometimes there is nothing like a good discussion – peeling away the layers of ideas and learning something new. The Philosophers’ Cafe series does just that about once a  month at the Lynn Valley branch of the North Vancouver District Library. Next up Feb. 10. A new discourse tradition The idea of a public philosophical discussion was the brainchild of French philosopher Marc Sautet. In 1992 he wanted to offer deeper engagement and idea exchange. The goal was to have a place where people can have meaningful discussions on a range of topics - some they may have never considered ...
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