39th Blueberry Bash is Sunday, August 20

This Sunday, August 20th, is the 39th Blueberry Bash at St. Christopher’s Community Church!

The Oly Mountain Boys

This year’s Bash will benefit the Thurston County Food Bank. Bring a canned food donation and buy a pie to support the Food Bank.

Sunday, August 20
12 noon to 4 PM
St. Christopher’s Community Church
7902 Steamboat Island Rd. NW

Free, live entertainment by the Oly Mountain Boys, from 12 noon to 3:30 PM.

  • Silent Auction
  • Bingo Garden
  • Great Prizes

Summertime Family Fun!

  • Activities for the young at heart, from 12 noon to 4 PM
  • Bounce House
  • Giant Bubble Station
  • Face Painting
  • Many more kids activities

Information Booths

  • Thurston County Food Bank – St. Christopher’s Church is an official food bank satellite location
  • Open Hands Garden – Growing food and collecting donations from gardens in the Steamboat Island peninsula community
  • Griffin Fire Department – Blood pressure tests and CPR demonstrations

Many thanks to this year’s sponsors of the Blueberry Bash

Awesome Local Food

  • Famous homemade blueberry pies – plus other fruit fillings supplied by Spooner Berry Farms
  • Brats and 100% beef Polish sausages
  • Ice cream milkshakes – thanks to a generous donation by Olympic Mountain Ice Cream
  • Xinh’s eggrolls and geoduck chowder – courtesy of Taylor Shellfish Farms
  • Buy a homemade pie and support the Thurston County Food Bank

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You won’t want to miss this annual summertime event, celebrating its 39 years here on the Steamboat Peninsula!

St. Christopher’s Blueberry Bash Makes Its Annual Return August 21st

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This year’s Blueberry Bash is almost here! We may have lost count, but some of us think this will be the 39th year our neighbors at St. Christopher’s Community Church have hosted this not-to-be-missed, end-of-summer event. Entertainment will be from The Oly Mountain Boys, playing from 12:30 to 3:30 PM.

In addition to some of the best bluegrass you’ve heard, St. Christopher’s will lay out their fine blueberry pies and thick ice cream milkshakes, brats and 100% beef polish sausages, vegetarian burgers, Lew’s Famous Baked Beans, and hey! Xinh’s eggrolls.

Also returning this year are lots of activities for the young and young-at-heart, including a story time every 30 minutes and old-fashioned games. Egg toss, three-legged races, and balloon toss games will be held throughout the day.

The Oly Mountain Boys

The Oly Mountain Boys

The Blueberry Bash is a fundraiser for St. Christopher’s. There’s a bingo garden, silent auction, and a quilt raffle. A portion of this year’s proceeds will go to a local charity.

Blueberry Bash
Sunday, August 21
12 noon to 4 PM
St. Christopher’s Community Church
7902 Steamboat Island Rd. NW, Olympia, WA 98502

We hope to see you at the Blueberry Bash!

GNA Board Asks Local Residents to Give Generously to St. Christopher’s Basic Needs Fund

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Donate now to the St. Christopher’s Basic Needs Fund

A recent report by the United Way, published in The Olympian, found more than one-third of all households in Thurston County are living either below the poverty line (12%) or are earning above the poverty level but cannot afford necessities such as housing and childcare (23%). “1 in 3 Washington households struggle to afford basic life necessities,” read the headline. Here in the Griffin area, too, there are families either in poverty or unable to their meet basic needs. In many instances these are families where one or both parents are fully-employed, but where “incomes for these residents were low enough that a single incident — such as a broken-down vehicle or lengthy illness — could trigger a household crisis.” In 2015, nearly 120 children were participating in the free or reduced-price meal program at the Griffin School District.

On the Steamboat Peninsula, St. Christopher’s Community Church acts as a satellite location of the Thurston County Food Bank. But what started in 2007 as a Food Bank Satellite program has expanded into much more than just food for members of our community. Organizers at St. Christopher’s realized local residents in need required other kinds of assistance, too. Clothing, household items, cash donations, and gift cards for gasoline purchases are sometimes what’s required. Emergency power assistance has been provided in the form of aid to pay electric bills. St. Christopher’s program has even been able to obtain emergency supplies of firewood.

We have written about the activities of St. Christopher’s Community Church and their program’s coordinator, Lindy Vincent, in the past.

At their November meeting, the Board of the Griffin Neighborhood Association voted to make a $400 donation to the St. Christopher’s Basic Needs Fund. The Board challenges other local residents to make a donation now to St. Christopher’s. Click here to make a secure online donation in any amount. Specify the amount as a donation to “St. Christopher’s Food Bank”. If you prefer to make a donation by check, your donation should be payable to “St. Christopher’s Community Church Basic Needs Fund”.  The check can be mailed to St. Christopher’s Community Church, 7902 Steamboat Island Road NW, Olympia, WA 98502.

A monetary donation to the Basic Needs Fund will be put to work immediately, helping people right here in the Griffin area.

Thank you, from the members of the Board of the Griffin Neighborhood Association and from St. Christopher’s Community Church.

Get Ready for the Blueberry Bash – August 17

It’s almost time for an annual tradition: St. Christopher’s Blueberry Bash is Sunday, August 17, from 12 noon to 4 PM.

Blueberry Bash
Sunday, August 17
12 noon to 4 PM
St. Christopher’s Community Church
7902 Steamboat Island Rd. NW, Olympia, WA 98502

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This year’s musical guest is The Pine Hearts. They will be playing from 12 noon to 3:45 PM.

Come enjoy the food, the fun, the silent auction and bingo garden. There are games for folks of all ages.

A portion of this year’s proceeds will benefit a local charity. In 2012, 20% of the net proceeds were donated to the Olympia Free Clinic. In 2013, 20% went to SideWalk. See the St. Christopher’s web site soon for information regarding which organization has been selected to benefit this year.

More about St. Christopher’s Community Church: “St. Christopher’s is a community dedicated to living, sharing, celebrating, and growing in the transformative and inclusive love of God through Christ. We are a congregation of the Episcopal Church and the Lutheran Church (ELCA). All are welcome: That means you.”

Annual Blueberry Bash is This Sunday, August 25th

This Sunday, St. Christopher’s Community Church will host their popular annual Blueberry Bash. This is the 36th year of food, music, games and good neighbors. The weather forecast looks great and there’s a 100% chance of blueberries and fun!

St. Christopher’s Community Church
7902 Steamboat Island Rd. NW
Sunday, August 25
12 noon to 4 PM

This year’s live entertainment is provided by the Oly Mountain Boys. Based in Olympia, this bluegrass band will be performing from 12:30 to 3:30 PM.

The Oly Mountain Boys

Bring the kids! There’ll be a kids’ activity station, a bubble station, bounce house, and face painting.

Don’t miss out on their famous homemade blueberry pies (other fruit pies, too), either whole or by-the-slice. There’ll be 100% beef polish sausages, vegetarian burgers, hot dogs, corn-on-the-cob, chips, popcorn, sno-cones and much more to eat.

Bingo Garden: 12:30 to 3:45 PM.

Free, old-fashioned games such as an egg toss, 3-legged race, and balloon toss beginning at 1 PM.

The Griffin Fire Department will be on-hand to demonstrate CPR techniques.

We hope to see all of you at the Blueberry Bash!
 
 

Blueberry Bash Set for August 25th at St. Christopher’s Community Church

St. Christopher’s Blueberry Bash is Sunday, August 25, 12 noon to 4 PM. This year’s featured musical guests are the Oly Mountain Boys.

 
St. Christopher’s Community Church is located at 7902 Steamboat Island Road NW, Olympia, WA 98502.
 
The Blueberry Bash will celebrate its 36th year offering up food, games and entertainment for the entire family.

Watch this space and the web site for St. Christopher’s for more details closer to August 25th.
 
 

St. Christopher’s Hosts “Dessert in the Garden” Sunday, June 9th

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You’re invited to an evening of treats, music, and conversation with your neighbors at the Open Hands Food Bank Garden.

Sunday, June 9
5 to 7 PM
St. Christopher’s Community Church
7902 Steamboat Island Rd. NW

Open Hands is a community-wide effort to grow fresh food for the Thurston County Food Bank. The garden is located on the grounds of the St. Christopher’s Community Church.

Click here to read our prior piece on this community garden.

Blueberry Bash on August 19 at St. Christopher’s Community Church

St. Christopher’s Blueberry Bash is Sunday, August 19, 12 noon to 4 PM. St. Christopher’s Community Church is located at 7902 Steamboat Island Road NW, Olympia, WA 98502.

Cricket on the Hearth

Free Live Entertainment by Cricket on the Hearth, based in Olympia. They will be performing from 12:30 to 3:30 pm.

Bingo Garden: 12:30 to 3:45 pm
 
Silent Auction: Noon to 3:45 pm

Free Old Fashion Family Games: Egg toss, 3-legged race, balloon toss starting at 1pm

Activities for the Young at Heart: Noon till 4:00 pm

  • Craft Station
  • Bubble Station
  • Bounce House
  • Carnival Games
  • Face Painting

Come and sample our yummy food offerings:

  • Our Famous Homemade Blueberry Pies (other fruit pies too) whole and by-the-slice
  • Thick Ice Cream Milkshakes (Blueberry & Chocolate)
  • 100% Beef Polish Sausage
  • Vegetarian Burgers
  • Hot Dogs
  • Corn-on-the-Cob
  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
  • Chips
  • Water and Soda
  • Popcorn
  • Sno-Cones

We will have recycling and composting stations, and we are using compostable plates, cups and utensils.

Raffle for 4 Diamond Club Mariners Tickets – Mariners vs L.A. Angles – Saturday, September 1st
Game starts at 1:05 pm

This raffle prize includes:

  • 4 seats—6 rows behind home plate
  • Parking
  • Buffet meal & beverages in the lounge
  • Ballpark concessions delivered to your seat

Raffle tickets are for sale now. The winner will be drawn at the Blueberry Bash at 3:45 pm. The winner need not be present to win.

The Griffin Fire Department will be on hand to demonstrate CPR techniques.

A portion of this year’s proceeds will benefit the Olympia Free Clinic, an organization providing health care services free of charge to uninsured members of our community.

St. Christopher’s is an official satellite location for the Thurston County Food Bank.

We hope to see you at this year’s Blueberry Bash!

For more information about St. Christopher’s Community Church, see their web site at www.stchristopherolympia.org or call (360) 866-2111.
 
 

St. Christopher’s Satellite Food Program Much More Than Food Aid

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We were heartened recently to receive information from Lindy Vincent, Outreach Coordinator for the St. Christopher’s Satellite Food Program, regarding work to address need right here in the Steamboat area. “The year of 2011 was very busy and we found many families moving away, finding part-time jobs and more families taking their place in our outreach program,” Lindy writes.

“What started as a Food Bank Satellite program in 2007 has slowly expanded and evolved into much more than just food for our Steamboat Island community. As our church family, as well as others from the Griffin Neighborhood Association, heard about the needs of their neighbors on the Steamboat peninsula, they have generously opened up their hearts and their donations – and amazingly always at the times that needed that particular assistance – household items, cash donations or clothes.”

Residents can be forgiven for imagining St. Christopher’s Food Bank Satellite program is just about food. It is so much more.

The program distributes 3 to 5 gas cards a month of $40 each to people who are going to doctor’s appointments, hospital or job interviews. Lindy carefully monitors these and sometimes even meets her clients at the Island Market’s Chevron station to assure that the gas cards are being used appropriately.

Emergency power assistance has been provided in the form of aid to pay electric bills. Lindy’s program has even been able to obtain emergency supplies of firewood.

Grocery Outlet gift cards for items that aren’t covered by food stamps such as paper products, laundry soap, etc.

Household items including housewares, furniture, clothing, and even donated washer and drier sets.

“A clothes give-away tradition started by [Griffin Fire District Commissioner Meredith Hutchins] last year is being continued this month. Many bags of very nice clothes have been left at my food bank closet during the month of December.”

The Steamboat Animal Hospital has made donations to assist families to care for their pets. “A big round of applause to Steamboat Vet Hospital and to those companies that have assisted our community that we don’t even know about!”

Rental assistance to avoid eviction and scholarships to Camp Michael are among the services provided to local residents in 2011.

Lindy’s program provides important referral services to local assistance. Energy assistance agencies, referrals to the Housing Authority, help in dealing with the Social Security Administration – even driving residents to local offices to apply for assistance – are within the scope of activities.

In December, the St. Christopher’s congregation purchased and wrapped a record 81 gifts for 20 children and 7 adults.

Food remains an important need. 1,344 individuals were assisted with food in 2011. The program services about 26 adults and 30 children twice monthly. “The families change but the number seems to stay consistent.”

It is very gratifying to learn of the scope of the activities of the St. Christopher’s Satellite Food Program. If you can make a donation to assist families in need in the Steamboat Island area, please call the St. Christopher Church at 866-2111 to leave a message for Lindy Vincent.