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November 14th, 9:30 am

Griffin Neighbors

We read recently that St. Christopher's Community Church is starting a clothing bank. We'll try to keep you up to date with their plans. In the meantime, here's the text from their recent announcement:

"We're Starting Clothing Bank at St. Christopher's! Thanks to Teresa Rodini, Maggie Rydman, and Linda Karamatic, we're starting up a clothing bank. Teresa will handle children's clothes, Maggie handles women's, and Linda will take care of men's clothing. Each one will showcase the clothing we've received in those categories once a quarter during our Foodbank Distribution. We'll start collecting clothing soon, so keep your eyes and ears pealed."
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We read recently that St. Christophers Community Church is starting a clothing bank. Well try to keep you up to date with their plans. In the meantime, heres the text from their recent announcement:

Were Starting Clothing Bank at St. Christophers! Thanks to Teresa Rodini, Maggie Rydman, and Linda Karamatic, were starting up a clothing bank. Teresa will handle childrens clothes, Maggie handles womens, and Linda will take care of mens clothing. Each one will showcase the clothing weve received in those categories once a quarter during our Foodbank Distribution. Well start collecting clothing soon, so keep your eyes and ears pealed.

November 12th, 10:22 am

Griffin Neighbors

The Olympia Youth Sailing Teams are selling u-cut Christmas trees on Saturday, November 30, from 10 AM to 4 PM.

Come to 6300 Sunrise Beach Rd. to pick out your beautiful noble fir. "Our friendly, eager sailors will assist in cutting and loading your trees on your own vehicle if you desire."

For more information about the Olympia Youth Sailing Teams, see their webpage at www.oychighschoolsailingteam.com/
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The Olympia Youth Sailing Teams are selling u-cut Christmas trees on Saturday, November 30, from 10 AM to 4 PM. 

Come to 6300 Sunrise Beach Rd. to pick out your beautiful noble fir. Our friendly, eager sailors will assist in cutting and loading your trees on your own vehicle if you desire.

For more information about the Olympia Youth Sailing Teams, see their webpage at https://www.oychighschoolsailingteam.com/Image attachment

November 12th, 6:00 am

Griffin Neighbors

Stop by Companion Cove check out the selection of sweaters, coats and rain coats for your furry family member ... See MoreSee Less

November 9th, 8:09 am

Griffin Neighbors

Learn more about Thurston County's 5-Year Homeless Crisis Response Plan for 2019-2024 at: bit.ly/2Cs8byQ ... See MoreSee Less

November 9th, 8:04 am

Griffin Neighbors

The Tipsy Whale is officially open. Can’t wait to meet everyone. Open Friday and Saturday 2:00 - 10:00. Starting Sunday, we will start our regular hours 12:00 noon to 10:00. ... See MoreSee Less

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A great addition to the neighborhood!

A great message to send to all of our children across the street at the school. I can not believe this location was approved. Normalized alcohol consumption, sad. Would you be so supportive if this was a cannabis store? Oh wait this location wouldn't qualify as its too close to a school. Pshaw I say pshaw!

Love the atmosphere! Great job y’all!!!! Welcome to the hood 💗

Oh my gosh I had a crush on Sue as I was best friends with the Family. Not sure. But , would like to visit the new Hangout and learn from the pros.

What a great extension to the Griffin Community, Congratulations!

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November 6th, 7:28 am

Griffin Neighbors

Yahoo, the Tipsy Whale is opening!Are you ready? Soft opening this weekend, Friday - Sunday 2:00 - 10:00 pm. Marv’s Marvlous BBQ will be there each day from 4:00 - 8:00.
We are looking forward to meeting everyone who has been following us through this long journey.
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Yahoo, the Tipsy Whale is opening!

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Doug Kramer

I’m ready! That place is going to be awfully convenient, Lance.

November 5th, 6:02 am

Griffin Neighbors

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November 4th, 5:34 am

Griffin Neighbors

Tomorrow is Election Day. Remember to get your ballot to a local dropbox or in to the mail (no postage required). Voting is neighborly! ... See MoreSee Less

Tomorrow is Election Day. Remember to get your ballot to a local dropbox or in to the mail (no postage required). Voting is neighborly!
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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

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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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