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June 17th, 7:11 am
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June 15th, 7:02 am
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The South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust has proven to be a good partner in the support of farms in our region. This is an organization that deserves continued support.Please Join Us in our mission to promote:
🍓 Local Foods 🚜 Farming Systems
🌎 Preservation Work 🗣 Outreach
🇺🇸 Partnerships 🌈 Opportunities
Feel good about supporting farmland preservation by donating today at: www.communityfarmlandtrust.org/donate.html
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The South of the Sound Community Farm Land Trust has proven to be a good partner in the support of farms in our region. This is an organization that deserves continued support.
June 14th, 9:39 am
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Sovereign Cellars, our local winery on the Steamboat Peninsula, is offering a Father's Day Weekend Wine Tasting Event. The outdoor tasting venue is located at 7408 Manzanita Dr NW, Olympia 98502.

For more information, contact Dennis Gross, winemaker, at dwgrosswine@yahoo.com or (360) 866-7991.
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Sovereign Cellars, our local winery on the Steamboat Peninsula, is offering a Fathers Day Weekend Wine Tasting Event. The outdoor tasting venue is located at 7408 Manzanita Dr NW, Olympia 98502.

For more information, contact Dennis Gross, winemaker, at dwgrosswine@yahoo.com or (360) 866-7991.
June 14th, 6:25 am
Griffin Neighbors

Timeline PhotosRegister here for any of our COVID-19 vaccination clinics this week👉http://ow.ly/qfCC50F9h9w ... See MoreSee Less

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"The county saw a greater number of cases last week compared to the week before when the county reported 159 cases. Although masks are no longer required in many settings, health officer Dimyana Abdelmalek has previously asked all residents to continue masking in public indoor settings while less than 70% of the population remains unvaccinated." www.theolympian.com/news/coronavirus/article252116883.html We're not there yet.

June 10th, 8:07 am
Griffin Neighbors

Timeline PhotosIf you're looking for a way to connect with and support local farms check out The Farmer's Basket: A Buyer's Guide.

View updated 2021 listings from local farms and source fresh produce, locally-grown meats, farm-fresh dairy and eggs, and other exciting products like flowers, fibers, and honey!

Visit The Farmer's Basket here: www.thurstoncd.com/education/buyersguide/

#eatlocal #buylocal #farmfresh #thurstoncountyfarmer #thurstoncd
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June 10th, 7:51 am
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Here in Thurston county, almost 52% of residents age 16+ are now fully-vaccinated. That's good, but we can and must do better.

Vaccines are available at many local pharmacies, with no appointment necessary. And there are still vaccination clinics being offered by Thurston County. Today (Thursday) at the Capital Mall you can get the one-and-done Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Tomorrow, ages 12+ can get the Pfizer vaccine at SPSCC, where you don't even have to get out of your car. Through this weekend and in to next week there are more clinics at different locations. Appointments are recommended and you can get all the details online at www.thurstoncountywa.gov/phss/Coronavirus/Pages/coronavirus-vaccine-info.aspx

This Saturday, you can get the Pfizer vaccine right here at the Griffin School.

Let's get vaccinated, neighbors, for you, your family, and your community!
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Here in Thurston county, almost 52% of residents age 16+ are now fully-vaccinated. Thats good, but we can and must do better. 

Vaccines are available at many local pharmacies, with no appointment necessary. And there are still vaccination clinics being offered by Thurston County. Today (Thursday) at the Capital Mall you can get the one-and-done Johnson & Johnson vaccine. Tomorrow, ages 12+ can get the Pfizer vaccine at SPSCC, where you dont even have to get out of your car. Through this weekend and in to next week there are more clinics at different locations. Appointments are recommended and you can get all the details online at https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/phss/Coronavirus/Pages/coronavirus-vaccine-info.aspx

This Saturday, you can get the Pfizer vaccine right here at the Griffin School.

Lets get vaccinated, neighbors, for you, your family, and your community!

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I've heard this un-fun fact: Unvaccinated people are 21 times more likely to contract COVID, than those who are vaccinated. And the vast majority of those currently hospitalized with this disease haven't been vaccinated.

Should I mention that even though I've been fully-vaccinated for a couple of months, I remain unmagnetized?

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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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GNA Board Meeting

GNA Board Meeting

July 15, 2021, 7:00pm - July 15, 2021, 8:30pm+5August 19, 2021, 7:00pm - August 19, 2021, 8:30pmSeptember 16, 2021, 7:00pm - September 16, 2021, 8:30pmOctober 21, 2021, 7:00pm - October 21, 2021, 8:30pmNovember 18, 2021, 7:00pm - November 18, 2021, 8:30pmDecember 16, 2021, 7:00pm - December 16, 2021, 8:30pm

6341 41st Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98502-8832, United States Map

The public is invited to attend meetings of the Board of the Griffin Neighborhood Association.

Meetings are generally held the third Thursday of each month, from 7 PM to about 8:30 PM.

At the present time, these are hybrid meetings held both at a private residence at 6341 41st Ave. NW (socially-distanced, of course) and online. Please contact Becky at furacres@gmail.com for details to attend the meeting online.

For more information about the Board, see our website and especially the page at steamboatisland.org/contactus/
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“An Evening with Community Pediatricians” is Latest in a Series to Strengthen Our Community

The Griffin School District Presents “Strengthening Our Community,” the third in a monthly virtual series for parents, caregivers, community members, and anyone interested in attending.

This month’s topic is “An evening with Community Pediatricians.” Special guests are Dr. Beth Harvey and Dr.Maria Huang. The event, which takes place on Zoom, is Thursday, May 13, from 6 to 7 PM.

The Zoom meeting link is https://us02web.zoom.us/j/83416513461?pwd=V2VLbnNUbTdBZ0VrbGkyWHVtUWxSZz09

Please join us for an evening featuring our special guest speakers Dr. Harvey and Dr. Huang, both local pediatricians. They will speak about the impacts of the COVID pandemic on our youth, vaccines, mental health, ongoing preventive measures, and answer any questions you may have.

Here’s your chance to talk to the experts!

If you have questions for this event’s guests, you are invited to email them to ehagen@griffinschool.us

Save the date for next month’s event in the series, “Family Support During the Summer.” That event will be held on June 10th and will feature local service organizations speaking about programs offered in our community.

We thank the Griffin School District for making this series available to us.

May’s Plant Sale Events for Animal Rescue Announced

Feline Friends logoLocal resident Diane Jacob, of The Cameron Gardens, has announced this year’s schedule of plant sale events to benefit animal rescue groups in Thurston and Mason counties. The first is this Saturday, May 1st.

“Many gardeners and volunteers,” says Jacob, “contribute time and plants from their own gardens to help our furry friends.”

“Each sale will have different plants, great prices, and probably something you, the butterflies, and hummingbirds would love in your yard.”

Masks will be required, and the hosts ask that you practice social distancing at all times during the plant sales.

All plant sales will be held, rain or shine, and 100% of proceeds benefit homeless pets.

Saturday, May 1
9 AM to 2 PM
Feline Friends Plant Sale
Griffin School

This sale will feature many perennials at very good prices. The Feline Friends Cat House will be open for adoptions by appointment only during Covid. Call them at (360) 866-9300. Check out their website at www.Feline-Friends.net.

Saturday, May 8
9 AM to 3 PM
Plant and Garden Things Sale
Our Community Credit Union parking lot, 2948 Olympic Hwy N, Shelton

The very popular Plant and Garden Things sale for Adopt-A-Pet will be in Shelton on May 8th – just in time for Mother’s Day. There will be some hanging baskets as well as many greenhouse-raised annuals.

Saturday, May 29
9 AM to 2 PM
S.N.A.P. (Spay & Neuter All Pets) Plant Sale
Thurston Co. Animal Services, 3120 Martin Way, Olympia

S.N.A.P. (Spay & Neuter All Pets) will hold its annual Plant Sale at the Thurston County Animal Services on Martin Way on May 29th. There will be many plant choices to check out here including donations from Briggs Nursery as well as more local gardeners.

There will be no close-out plant and garage sale for Feline Friends this year.

Thanks to all the volunteers who came to help and donate lovely plants from their gardens.

Ellen King Rice Interviewed for First Episode of “Steamboat Spotlight”

“Steamboat Spotlight” is a new video series undertaken by members of the Griffin Neighborhood Association. In this series, we’ll host online interviews with different folks in our community.

For our first interview, we spoke with Ellen King Rice. Rice is a wildlife biologist, award-winning author, and musician.

During her interview, Rice answered the question, “Why mushrooming?” and describes some of the many joys of searching out mushrooms and related life in our region. In our interview, Rice also demonstrated the mountain dulcimer.

We hope you’ll enjoy this video interview and we look forward to bringing you another soon!

Ellen King Rice’s website is www.ellenkingrice.com and it’s well worth exploring.

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