A blog to share news, events and happenings for adults 55+ who live and play in the beautiful Lynn Valley area of North Vancouver BC

LVSA has, since 1999, provided recreational and social programs and events to seniors in our community. We are proud of our members who participate in a wide variety of programs. Many also volunteer in many ways to help keep everything on track.

Sunday, September 26, 2010

Saying Farewell

Last Friday, we all got together to wish Jaimie well in her new job which starts the first of October.  There were lots of friends, old and new, on hand to make sure she knows how special she has become to us.

Some of us stood and talked...

and some sat and talked - and nibbled.

Jaimie was presented with a gift from members of her communities:  LVSA, LVCA and NVRC.  These two gorgeous orchids represent the h-u-g-e decorative container planted full of colorful flowers ready to go in her garden at home.  It was so big and heavy that no one wanted to carry it in and then back out again!  And, there's more.  Next spring, there'll be a magnolia ready to plant in her home garden, too.  This will always remind her of Mollie Nye House where the lovely pink magnolias bloom each spring. 

Thank you, Jaimie!  Come and visit any time.

Thursday, September 23, 2010

What a night!

Our September Sizzle was a great success. This was a major fundraiser for LVSA and a new way of partnering with a community business.  Many thanks to Cedar Grove Restaurant for sharing their venue.

Lots of good food, conversation and a fun.

The 50/50 draws were very popular.

And so was the silent auction.  It takes a while to warm up but by the end of the evening, there were bidders lurking by their prize just daring someone else to outbid them.  We are very grateful for the Lynn Valley businesses, individuals and agencies who contributed items for the auction.

So many choices for dinner.

And, don't forget those Mountain Mojitos!  Can you tell I'm having fun?  Thanks to all who came out to support seniors' programs and activities  in Lynn Valley.

Friday, September 17, 2010

Our Face

These are the folks who greet you at Mollie Nye House - volunteers, every one.

They answer phones, sell tickets, register you for programs and are just generally the most helpful people.

To give each person the very best service, the reception volunteers get together every few months to review and renew.  And practice their smiles.

It's also a wonderful time for catching up with those who have been away for the summer.  And, mostly, their paths don't cross except at a shift change. 

If you're interested in sharing this fun job, just let Jaimie know.  If you can't find a shift that suits, put yourself on-call.  This is a most important list of volunteers!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Yesterday's Lunch

LVSA  has been presenting  a Hearty Lunch on a semi-regular basis.  It might be soup and bun, chili or sandwiches.  And there's usually a dessert.  Beginning in January, this will be a regular happening on every third Monday.  All you have to do is buy a ticket and show up.  The price is $5 for members and non-members.  This sounds like the perfect opportunity to bring a friend along.

Yesterday's offering was lasagna - two kinds!  A delicious vegetable and a traditional meat recipe.  Mmmm...yum!  My job was to get a photo of this lunchtime dish but I was sidetracked.  All that was left when I finally found my camera was some salad. We had good reviews on this, too.

Before, during and after the meal, everyone had an opportunity to participate in a trivia quiz.  And win prizes.  This time we learned a lot about Italy   You'll know who was there - they'll be dropping little facts about Italy into their conversations.

The next Hearty Lunch this fall is on November 16.  Be sure and mark your calendar.

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

First Day

It's the first day of school.  The holidays are over and  Mollie Nye House is open.

We're all ready to start the fall activities.  Look at the calendar on our web site - link in the sidebar - for a schedule or click on the link for the September/October newsletter for even more details. 

All aboard for fall fun!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Rice Lake

Walking is good exercise.  And it feels so good to walk when the air is fresh and clean after the rain. 

Yesterday, we visited Rice Lake.  This is an easy walk along a smooth path.  We can always see the lake even if it's through the trees. 

There is such a variety of things to see.  Families fishing for their dinner on a sunny afternoon could inspire bringing a rod next time we come.

The slugs are out in full force after a heavy rainfall.  A spotted banana slug seems to enjoy a dropped piece of popcorn.

Right now, the Himalayan jewel weed is blooming.  Such a delicate flower but a very tough plant.  It also has the most fascinating pop-it seed pods.  When ripe, they just explode to scatter seed everywhere. 

Why not take a walk on the wild side as the days become cooler and more walkable?