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January 19th, 10:32 pm
Griffin Neighbors

LIVE MUSIC! This Friday Chris Aaron will be playing an acoustic set in the Tipsy Beer Garden to kick off a monthly music night here in Steamboat! Come enjoy some of Chris's originals and a tasty pint or two! Beer starts pouring at 3pm and Music starts at 7pm!tearsofvictory.bandcamp.com/album/1-2 ... See MoreSee Less

January 14th, 7:11 am
Griffin Neighbors

Bastard Pies is coming back to the Tipsy Whale.www.facebook.com/tipsywhalemercantile/posts/1118661845563120Pizza & Beer: It's a match made in heaven and both will be at Tipsy in January! Join us the 21st & the 28th to experience the joys of mixing and matching Bastard Pies with one of our 20+ taps. We also think wine pairs just fine with pizza, and we'll have that too! Taps open at 3pm and pizzas go in the oven at 4. Cheers! ... See MoreSee Less

Bastard Pies is coming back to the Tipsy Whale.
https://www.facebook.com/tipsywhalemercantile/posts/1118661845563120
January 14th, 7:07 am
Griffin Neighbors

The Quilted Heart ProjectSmall quilted hearts are being found around the globe. They brighten the day of anyone who finds or hides one. Join us to learn how to make an easy quilt-as-you-go heart. Instructions for both machine and hand sewing will be provided. We will provide a pattern but you are the boss of your own project. Learn the basics and create a heart. Those with less sewing skills will need an adult to help. This is a good beginner sewing project. This Zoom is appropriate for all 4-H and non-4-H families. When: Jan 23, 2022 11:00 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada) Register in advance for this meeting:wsu.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJ0td-6orjooGNz9ih2ZTrN9u9GVVliccipS After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the meeting. ... See MoreSee Less

January 13th, 6:37 am
Griffin Neighbors

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January 11th, 10:08 am
Griffin Neighbors

Want to get in on a raffle to win this beautiful Trex bench? Tickets are just $5 each and you will be supporting our very own Lions Low Vision Resource Center (LVRC) at the same time. Raffle tickets are available right now for a drawing March 1 - and each ticket is just $5. Winner will get this 48" Trex bench in the premium Rainforest Canopy color. This bench would cost you over $425.00 online but you could win it for just $5.00! And here's a bonus - we have already put this bench together for you - no assembly required.To enter, just send your check to Olympia Host Lions at PO Box 416, Olympia, WA 98507. There are just 1000 tickets for this raffle - GREAT odds! - and they are selling fast. Get your check in the mail right away to be sure you get all the tickets you want.Please include your name, phone number and an email address with your check - along with the number of tickets you want to buy. Andy Stepelton will email you your ticket numbers as soon as we get your check.All checks must be received by February 28 - Be sure your check gets in the mail by February 19 to ensure we get it in time for the drawing March 1.Steamboat Lions earned this bench through our Bags to Benches plastic recycling program and donated it for this raffle. Thanks to that generous donation, 100% of the proceeds from the raffle will go to support our LVRC to help people with low vision. Send your check to Olympia Host LionsPO Box 416Olympia WA 98507Questions? Call Karen at 360 561-5154.And THANK YOU!Karen Sel ... See MoreSee Less

January 10th, 6:46 am
Griffin Neighbors

Since when did "atmospheric river" become a thing? At any rate, there's another one headed our way this week.My fingers are crossed that things will dry out again, starting Friday. ... See MoreSee Less

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The term was coined in the early 90s. I think people are shocked at the seemingly “made up name” as a result of their more recent occurrence of late.

January 9th, 2:15 pm
Griffin Neighbors

Meanwhile, over on Summit Lake...Alert! There seems to be an increase in home burglaries. Thanks to Japhets for being vigilant and helping arrest a burglary in progress. We all need to be on alert and watching out for each other‘s homes when people are away. If you are going away for an extended stay make sure that you advise your neighbors of this so they can keep an eye on your house. We do not have an active police force out here so we need to be diligent and really start paying attention to vehicles that seem to be out of place. One of the thefts was of a propane tank, so they must be using a large vehicle. Stay safe, stay healthy, make sure to enjoy the sunshine🤗 ... See MoreSee Less

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Way to go Japhet’s!

January 8th, 7:56 am
Griffin Neighbors

2022 Workshops start January 29. Go to mgfmc.org to register ... See MoreSee Less

January 8th, 7:25 am
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Who is the Griffin Neighborhood Association?

The Griffin Neighborhood Association (GNA) is registered with the State of Washington as a non-profit organization. We are a nonpartisan group of neighbors living within the boundaries of the Griffin School District, Thurston County, Washington.

Any person owning property, a business, or residing in the Griffin area is eligible to become a member and participate fully in the Association. Membership is also open to community groups and students of the Griffin School District. If you live or work in the Griffin neighborhood or Steamboat Peninsula, the Griffin Neighborhood Association is you.

Originally organized as the Oyster Bay Neighborhood Association in 1990, we were registered with the State of Washington as the nonprofit Griffin Neighborhood Association in December, 1995.


Our Mission

The mission of the Griffin Neighborhood Association is to help build community consensus on major issues confronting the Griffin area, including growth, land issues, habitat, water quality, transportation and school planning. When appropriate, we research issues as honest brokers of information, provide forums for debate, attempt to arrive at community consensus and issue resolution, and present this consensus to appropriate decision makers.

The Griffin Neighborhood Association also undertakes and supports projects that benefit our community, help to build a sense of community, and educate the community on topics of interest.


Our Board and Officers

Our Board is comprised of current members of the Association, elected by members of the Association present at the Annual Meeting. Officers are elected from Board membership by members of the Board.

The Board typically sets an annual schedule of regular meetings. Tentative meeting dates, times and locations are posted on our Facebook Page and on Nextdoor.


Upcoming Events

Annual Community Meeting
Thursday, January 27
6 PM to 8:30 PM
Griffin Fire Department Headquarters

 

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Annual Community Meeting – January 27

Native Plant Salvage Foundation logoThe Griffin Neighborhood Association will host its Annual Community Meeting Thursday, January 27, 6 PM to 8:30 PM at the Griffin Fire Department Headquarters.

This year’s keynote speakers will be Laura Westrup and Marcia Justis from the Master Gardener Foundation of Thurston County and Joan Thomas from the Native Plant Salvage Foundation. The topic is ‘Gardening in the PNW‘ (or ‘What is that Growing in my Yard?’) and is sure to answer a lot of the questions we all have about the beautiful plants growing around us!

Thursday, January 27
6 PM to 8:30 PM
Griffin Fire Department Headquarters

The GNA will hold its annual election at 6:30 pm and the keynote will start at 7 pm.

Please Note: Due to Covid restrictions we will not be serving any refreshments and we do ask that everyone wear masks to the event.

Everyone is welcome!

Here are links to a variety of resources related to this year’s keynote speakers:
Washington State Native Plant Society
How to Determine Your Garden Microclimate
Thurston Conservation District soil testing
Great Plant Picks
Swanson Nursery
Territorial Seed Company
Mother Earth News
Insect Pests and Noxious Weeds
Gardening in Washington State

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GNA and Griffin PTO to Hold 2nd Trunk or Treat Event

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Join the Griffin Neighborhood Association and the Griffin PTO at this year’s Trunk or Treat!

Sunday, October 31
4 PM to 7 PM
Griffin Elementary School Parking Lot

Please remain in your vehicle.
Social distancing will be observed.
Best trunk prize.

Donations of bagged candy are needed by October 28th. Drop-off boxes are located at the Griffin School, Griffin Fire Station, and Companion Cove.

Trunks Wanted! If interested, contact Becky at furacres@gmail.com.

We’re Planning This September’s Community Picnic

Last summer’s annual community picnic was canceled. But we’re determined to safely hold a family-friendly picnic this September! Mark your calendars and, if you can, won’t you lend us a hand?

Annual Community Picnic
Sunday, September 12
12 noon to 4 PM
Prosperity Grange and Tin Cup Driving Range

Admission will be free to current members of the Griffin Neighborhood Association, $5 per adult for those of you who are not members. If you haven’t yet joined, or have allowed your membership to lapse, now is a great time to join us. It’s easy, and you can do that online with a secure credit card transaction. If you prefer, you can join by mail or at the picnic.

There’ll be food, activities for children and adults, and much more. What’s “much more”? Let me tell you.

Northwest Beerwerks will be setting up a beer and wine garden and offering beverages for sale.

Magician John London will be presenting his magic show. Afterward, he’ll be creating balloon animals for the kids.

This year’s musical guest will be the band The Possible Solutions. Plus, there will be an open mic! We’re already hearing from talented neighbors who are interested in performing. We have 15-minute slots still available. Contact Becky for available times and details. Then bring your instrument.

Local nonprofit organizations will be available to describe their programs and services. If you represent or work with a nonprofit servicing our area, contact Becky to learn how you can set up a table at our picnic.

In addition, there will be prizes from local businesses and our event sponsors. Many of these prizes are in the form of gift baskets that will be raffled off. For example, Chelsea Farms is assembling a shellfish picnic basket comprised of a blanket, two bottles of wine, and a gift certificate good for ten pounds of clams, 5 dozen oysters, and a geoduck. The entire basket is valued at $250!

Would you help us plan the picnic or can you help us the day of the event? We have another picnic organizing meeting scheduled for August 12. Contact us if you can help.

Many thanks to our current sponsors and we expect to be adding more to this list, in the coming weeks.

Bay Shore Construction

Loading Dock Supply, LLC

Steamboat Tennis & Athletic Club and Nicholson & Associates Insurance, LLC

Prosperity Grange

Do you operate a local business interested in a sponsorship at this year’s event? Contact us.

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