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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.
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.
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Local 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
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.
“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.
Local residents Rob Helms and Laura, and Warren Westrup are part of a group known as the “Steamboat Alliance.” The Alliance has recently announced a series of roadside litter cleanup events for 2021. You may have seen this group picking up litter along Steamboat Island Road and elsewhere.
The events are fun, providing a nice opportunity to enjoy the outdoors and do some good at the same time. All litter pickup equipment is provided; you should dress according to the weather, bring some gloves, sturdy footwear, something to drink, and a snack.
The events typically begin at 9 AM and end at 12 noon, and you’re welcome to leave any time before noon if you need to.
With some exceptions, the group generally meets up at 9 AM in the gravel lot across Steamboat Island Road from the Steamboat Tennis & Athletic Club. They then carpool to the cleanup location, if necessary.
All dates are subject to change, but here are the planned dates as of this time:
Saturday, April 10th
Sunday, April 25 (call Laura Westrup at (360) 915-6662 for the meetup location)
Saturday, May 8th
Sunday, May 23 (call Laura Westrup at (360) 915-6662 for the meetup location)
Saturday, June 12th
Sunday, June 27 (call Laura Westrup at (360) 915-6662 for the meetup location)
Saturday, August 7th
Saturday, October 9th
Saturday, November 13th
Saturday, December 11th
On April 10th, you will have a choice of two cleanup locations.
- One group will meet at 9 AM in the gravel lot on Steamboat Island Road, across from the Steamboat Tennis & Athletic Club.
- Another group will meet at 9 AM at the corner of Steamboat Island Road and 69th Ave. NW. That’s where Steamboat Island Road, 69th, and Gallagher Cove Rd intersect.
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