The north shore is celebrating a lot of milestones this year.
West Vancouver has scheduled centennial parties throughout the year, Ridgeway elementary blew out 100 candles earlier this month, and now Lynn Valley Days, a cherished community event, will be celebrating its 100th birthday with festivities that are expected to draw record attendance. This year's event will start with a gala on Friday, May 25, followed by Lynn Valley Days on Saturday, May 26.
"It's really nice to see the whole community coming out and having a good time, especially the kids," says Eric Miura, who is president of the Lynn Valley Community Association and grew up in the neighbourhood. "I live across the street from (Lynn Canyon Park) so I've been attending my entire life, which is why I'm probably now so heavily involved."
Miura says this is the first year that the Lynn Valley Community Association and the Lynn Valley Lions Club are officially working together on the event, and so far their collaboration seems to be proving successful.
"The gala is sold out. We sold 400 seats in 48 hours, which is great, absolutely way beyond what we ever anticipated," says Miura.
The dinner and dance, which includes a silent auction, will be held in a 12,000-square-foot heated tent that will be converted the next day to host Lynn Valley Days. Partial proceeds from the event will be donated to North Shore Rescue.
A heritage-themed parade will kick off at 10 a.m. Saturday morning, with prizes being handed out for the best floats. Various games including Lynn Valley-based Jeopardy, and entertainment on the main stage will be taking place all day.
The District of North Vancouver will also be talking about the future of Lynn Valley through its community plan. Volunteers are still needed for the event. If you are interested, email lynnvalleyday@ telus.net. Info: www.lvca.ca.