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December 6th, 12:42 pm

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Some highlights: Local Chelsea Farms Oyster will be among those in a panel discussing Climate Change Impacts on Local Agriculture, Native plant pre-orders are open through January 31, 2020, and the TCD is putting together a high school team for the regional Envirothon. Read more in their newsletter.Thurston Conservation District December Newsletter - mailchi.mp/ec70fc3f1927/thurstoncddecembernewsletter-3079829 ... See MoreSee Less

Some highlights: Local Chelsea Farms Oyster will be among those in a panel discussing Climate Change Impacts on Local Agriculture, Native plant pre-orders are open through January 31, 2020, and the TCD is putting together a high school team for the regional Envirothon. Read more in their newsletter.

December 6th, 12:32 pm

Griffin Neighbors

#FlashbackFriday - On Monday, April 9, 2018 the first photo of our Thurston 2040 photo contest was announced! People submitted photos centered on the themes of the county’s comprehensive plan update for 11 weeks. This photo was submitted by Matt Ackerman for our History and Heritage theme. Read more from the photographer 👇 👇

Submitted by Matt Ackerman: On a very foggy morning I was on my way into work when I noticed the fog breaking just over the blueberry bog on Steam Boat Island. I pulled over and spent some time capturing this image. I shared the photo with the area Nextdoor community later that day. That’s when I got a real education in the history and heritage of the bog. I heard from folks that fondly remembered picking out here all the way back to the 50s and 60s. I have picked berries here with my children and only know it as I have seen it the last couple years, but this photo opened the door to a conversation about how, what I used to only know as a flooded bog, is a quietly kept secret and favorite tradition of an entire community. (Edited for brevity).
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December 5th, 2:09 pm

Griffin Neighbors

Whether we're hosting a town hall with officials from Thurston County, organizing a fun event like the summer picnic or game night at the Prosperity Grange, or helping to promote local businesses, the Griffin Neighborhood Association is about making connections. We help to connect local organizations with residents here in the Griffin area. We also foster connections among our neighbors about issues of importance. And we've been making connections here on the Steamboat Peninsula for almost 30 years.

You can help support the GNA by becoming a member at steamboatisland.org/joinus/ It's easy! You can become a member online and make a secure contribution using a credit card. Or you can download a membership form and mail it and a check to us. Either way, we thank you for your support because we couldn't do it without you.
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Whether were hosting a town hall with officials from Thurston County, organizing a fun event like the summer picnic or game night at the Prosperity Grange, or helping to promote local businesses, the Griffin Neighborhood Association is about making connections. We help to connect local organizations with residents here in the Griffin area. We also foster connections among our neighbors about issues of importance. And weve been making connections here on the Steamboat Peninsula for almost 30 years.

You can help support the GNA by becoming a member at http://steamboatisland.org/joinus/  Its easy! You can become a member online and make a secure contribution using a credit card. Or you can download a membership form and mail it and a check to us. Either way, we thank you for your support because we couldnt do it without you.

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Here's another example: About a dozen years back, then-GNA Board Member Velma Rogers put together a supply of new neighbor welcome baskets. These were filled with samples, little gifts, and discount coupons from local businesses. Several of these were distributed to new residents in the Griffin area.

December 4th, 11:16 am

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December 3rd, 9:20 pm

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6:30 PM, Tuesday, December 17th @ Tipsy Whale Mercantile.

Time for the guys to gather and drink beer (like we need an excuse).

This shall be a regular monthly gathering on the 3rd Tuesday.

We have reserved the room upstairs at the Tipsy Whale.

Depending on turnout, we may expand to the full upstairs.

Feel free to bring snacks, Michael Reavis will bring some good sharp cheddar and crackers.

All are welcome.
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6:30 PM, Tuesday, December 17th @ Tipsy Whale Mercantile. 

Time for the guys to gather and drink beer (like we need an excuse). 

This shall be a regular monthly gathering on the 3rd Tuesday. 

We have reserved the room upstairs at the Tipsy Whale. 

Depending on turnout, we may expand to the full upstairs.  

Feel free to bring snacks, Michael Reavis will bring some good sharp cheddar and crackers.

All are welcome.

December 2nd, 12:54 pm

Griffin Neighbors

Santa is coming to town...🎶Here comes Santa Claus...🎶🎅🏼🤶🏼🦌❤️☕️
Catch Santa & Mrs. Claus at their favorite coffee shop on Saturday December 14th!
Shelton 11-2pm, Steamboat 3-5pm!
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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

Local residents: Join Nextdoor to see GNA events, plus many more goings-on here in our neighborhood!

Mason Transit Proposal Will Increase Stops Available to Steamboat Area Riders

As some of you may be aware, Mason Transit Authority operates bus service between Shelton and Olympia. Service runs Monday through Saturday. This is Mason Transit’s Route #6. On this route, a “call-requested” stop is available on the Steamboat Peninsula. This means riders can contact Mason Transit at 360-427-5033 and request that a bus pull off US-101, either heading to Olympia or to Shelton.

When you are heading from Olympia to the Steamboat Peninsula, you can simply ask your driver to make the stop at Steamboat Peninsula.

The bus will stop at different locations, depending on whether you are heading to Olympia or heading toward Shelton.

If you are heading to Olympia, the bus will stop at the corner of Whittaker Rd. NW/Steamboat Island Rd. and Old Highway 101 NW. In the illustration below, you can see the little blue bus symbol marking that location.

If you are heading to Shelton, the bus will stop on Sexton Dr. NW, in front of the Island Market.

At the current time, the schedule for this service along US-101 starts weekday mornings with the earliest call-requested stop on the Steamboat Peninsula at about 9 AM. Saturday service begins at about 8 AM.

To estimate the Steamboat Peninsula arrival times when heading to Olympia, just add about 5 minutes to the time at the Kamilche Transit Center, on the chart below.

Click on the image, to see Mason Transit’s web page for Route 6 from Shelton to Olympia.

Click here to see the timetable for Route 6, heading from Olympia to the Steamboat Peninsula. For this trip, subtract about 10 minutes from the Kamilche Transit Center arrival time, just to be on the safe side.

Mason Transit is now proposing to expand their service in our area.

If the proposal is accepted, the number of times you can take a bus will expand dramatically. See the proposed timetables below.

A series of two public hearings is scheduled to receive comments on the proposed service changes. A hearing will take place in Shelton on Tuesday, December 10. Click here for details, if you would like to attend the hearing.

If you do not want to attend the hearing, but have questions or wish to file a comment about the schedule change, you may do so until 4 PM on Friday, December 13. These can be sent to Trina Gwerder, Mason Transit Operations Assistant Manager, at 360-432-5725 (Fax: 360-426-0899) or email at tgwerder@masontransit.org.

Proposed Route 6 timetable. Click the image for a larger version.

If the changes are approved, the new schedule will begin on Monday, February 3, 2020.

As you can see, the proposed schedule will allow riders to take a bus to Olympia, where they can transfer to another bus and arrive at business locations in time for typical morning start times. Where can such a transfer take you? Common destinations include Capital Mall, South Puget Sound Community College, The Evergreen State College, and many other points in Olympia, Tumwater, and Lacey. The chart below depicts just some of the destinations available with transfers through the Olympia Transit Center (OTC).

Click the image for a larger version of this table depicting transfers through the Olympia Transit Center.

If you are a state employee, you have access to the STAR Pass program. The State Agency Rider (STAR) Pass entitles you to unlimited fare-free rides on any Intercity Transit, Mason Transit, and Grays Harbor Transit bus, including dial-a-lift service. Click here for more details.

We applaud Mason Transit for their proposed improvements to bus service to and from the Steamboat Peninsula. We hope that local residents will make their opinions known, before the deadline on December 13.

Join Us for Bunco, November 12

Last month’s game night was such fun, we’re going to do it this month, too!

Join us on Tuesday, November 12, at Prosperity Grange, where we’ll be playing bunco again.

We will have some snacks and water available but feel free to bring your favorites to share.

The games go from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm.

Bunco Night
Tuesday, November 12
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Prosperity Grange
3701 Steamboat Island Rd. NW

Are you unfamiliar with the game of Bunco? Here’s a link to one of the many web pages that describe Bunco game play.

 

Food Drive at Steamboat Animal Hospital and Steamboat Tennis & Athletic Club

Thurston County Food Bank logoThe entire month of November, two local businesses – Steamboat Animal Hospital and Steamboat Tennis and Athletic Club – will be available to take your donations of food and winter supplies. These donations go far to help families living right here in the Griffin area. These are distributed by St. Christopher’s Community Church. As many of you already know, St. Christophers is our local satellite for the Thurston County Food Bank.

Each location will have two boxes for your donation. One is for people and pet food and the other for warm, winter weather gear (hats, gloves, scarves, stocking caps, socks, etc.).

Here is a list of the most sought-after items:

  • Canned protein (tuna, chicken, beef stew, salmon, ravioli, spam)
  • Peanut butter
  • Canned fruit in natural juice
  • Canned soups (meat and vegetarian)
  • Boxed cereals
  • Macaroni and cheese, ramen soup
  • Canned chili (meat and vegetarian)
  • Canned vegetables
  • Oatmeal packets
  • Single-serving snacks (chips, cookies, crackers, and fruit snacks)
  • Granola bars
  • Laundry soap
  • Dish soap
  • Baby wipes
  • Baby diapers (all sizes)
  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrushes
  • Toilet paper
  • Deodorant
  • Winter weather gear (warm hats, gloves, scarves, stocking caps, socks, etc.)
  • Dog and cat food (both dry and wet)

You are invited to drop your donations during regular business hours at:

Steamboat Animal Hospital
6531 Sexton Dr NW

Steamboat Tennis and Athletic Club
3505 Steamboat Island Road NW

The Griffin Neighborhood Associations thanks these two local businesses for their continued support of our community and for sponsoring the November food drive.

You are Invited to Bunco Night Tuesday, October 15th

The days are shorter and the skies are cloudier. What better time for an evening of fun, indoor activity? The Griffin Neighborhood Association invites you to do just that!

On Tuesday, October 15th, we will be hosting our first community game night. It will be held from 6:30 pm to 8:30 pm at the Prosperity Grange Hall, 3701 Steamboat Island Rd NW. We will be playing a rousing game of Bunco!

Light snacks and water will be available but feel free to bring a snack of your own to share and the beverage of your choice.

We are hoping to make this a monthly event throughout the fall and winter months, having a different choice of games each time. This is a great way to meet your neighbors and have some fun!

Bunco Night
Tuesday, October 15
6:30 PM to 8:30 PM

Prosperity Grange
3701 Steamboat Island Rd. NW

Are you unfamiliar with the game of Bunco? Here’s a link to one of the many web pages that describe Bunco game play.

We hope to see you at Bunco Night.

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