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October 22nd, 12:06 pm

Griffin Neighbors

Want to show case your creative carving? Drop off your carved pumpkin at Griffin school on Friday or Saturday and you might win a $25 gift card!The pumpkin carving contest is back at Fall Festival! Drop off your carved or decorated pumpkin to the school Friday or Saturday at the festival. The people’s choice winner takes home a $25 gift card!!! 🎃 ... See MoreSee Less

Want to show case your creative carving? Drop off your carved pumpkin at Griffin school on Friday or Saturday and you might win a $25 gift card!

October 20th, 4:31 am

Griffin Neighbors

So sorry to be sharing this late. The deadline for applying is today, Sunday. ... See MoreSee Less

October 18th, 4:44 pm

Griffin Neighbors

Important information about upcoming training that will impact SBI Rd.*IMPORTANT INFORMATION* on Saturday October 19th the Thurston County Fire Academy will be training at station-2 this means that between the hours of 7am to 6pm there will be training signs posted with recruits and instructors actively crossing steamboat island rd between 81st and Urquhart, please be cautious and reduce your speed when in this area. Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less

Important information about upcoming training that will impact SBI Rd.

October 18th, 11:46 am

Griffin Neighbors

*IMPORTANT INFORMATION* on Saturday October 19th the Thurston County Fire Academy will be training at station-2 this means that between the hours of 7am to 6pm there will be training signs posted with recruits and instructors actively crossing steamboat island rd between 81st and Urquhart, please be cautious and reduce your speed when in this area. Thank you! ... See MoreSee Less

October 12th, 7:59 am

Griffin Neighbors

Have you all checked out the #NEW Mortgage and Home Advice blog with our one and only Renee West?! Stay tuned each month for articles and tips on home buying, refinancing and home safety! #HomeisWheretheHeartIs #ShutTheFrontDoor 🏠 Visit www.ourcu.com/home-mortgage-advice-blog/ to read October's tips on Appraisals vs Home Inspections! ... See MoreSee Less

October 9th, 10:30 pm

Griffin Neighbors

Prosperity Grange on Steamboat Island Rd is now accepting table rental for their December Craft sale. $15 for the day. The craft fair will be December 7th from 9-4. If you are interested call Marie at 360-878-9216 ... See MoreSee Less

Prosperity Grange on Steamboat Island Rd is now accepting table rental for their December Craft sale. $15 for the day. The craft fair will be December 7th from 9-4. If you are interested call Marie at 360-878-9216

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October 9th, 8:21 pm

Griffin Neighbors

Do you like baking? Consider making a treat to support the Griffin PTO!It’s time to get baking! The bake sale & cake walk is such a fun part of Fall Festival, please help out if you can! ... See MoreSee Less

Do you like baking? Consider making a treat to support the Griffin PTO!

October 8th, 4:08 pm

Griffin Neighbors

Thurston Conservation District Annual Native Plant Sale is Now Taking Orders

Thurston CD is very pleased to be bringing back their Annual Native Plant Festival and Sale in 2020, and pre-orders for bulk bundles of native plants are open now through January 2020!

Pre-orders are an excellent way to ensure you get the variety you want, especially if you're looking for 10 or more of a plant.

Here's how to order:

• Visit our online store at store.thurstoncd.com/

• Look through available plants on the 'Products' page - plants are sorted into multiple categories, depending on what you're looking for.

• Use the online planting guidelines and resources if you're not sure what would thrive in your yard or planting area. That web page is at store.thurstoncd.com/shop/conservation-landscaping-tips-tools/

• Make an online payment via our PayPal portal - please note you do not need to have a PayPal account to do this and you can check out as a 'guest'.

• Pick up your plants March 5th - 7th! You will receive detailed information about pick up and care prior to March 5th.

If you have any questions about this event, pre-orders, having a booth at the event, or volunteering please contact Nora White - nwhite@thurstoncd.com or 360-754-3588 ext.136
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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!

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.

St. Christopher’s Asks for Community Support to Create a “Home Sweet Home” for a Local Family

As many of you are aware, St. Christopher’s Community Church provides support for local families in need. This support comes chiefly through the church’s satellite location for the Thurston County Food Bank. Through the efforts of especially one parishioner, Lindy Vincent, local families also receive support that extends far beyond food. The church’s Steamboat Island Outreach & Basic Needs Program provides gas cards, clothing, household items, and even furniture to families in need right here in the Griffin area. St. Christopher’s Community Church is now seeking to assist a local family of four in urgent need of a permanent home of their own.

Mom is disabled. Dad continues his steady employment of the last 8 years. They have two children attending local schools. And St. Christopher’s has known this family for a number of years.

Rising housing costs and the instability of renting repeatedly interfere with this family’s hard work to get ahead and with the education of the children. We want your help in giving them a leg up.

St. Christopher’s is asking the community at large to help fund the purchase or down payment on a used mobile home.

A GoFundMe campaign has been arranged to collect funds to help provide this family a home of their own. Your contribution of any amount will really help. All donations are 100% tax deductible.

Click here to make a secure online contribution.

After you make your gift, please share the campaign with others.

Fr. Thibodeaux of St. Christopher’s, has written of this campaign, “Together with this family we can create a stable home and the family can focus attention on health, career, and education. You can, right here, right now, make a concrete difference in the life of a neighbor and be a blessing.”

Thank you for your support in this community effort.

Companion Cove to Host September Food Drive

Our very good neighbor, Companion Cove, will host a month-long food drive in September. From September 3rd through 30th, the folks at Companion Cove will accept your donations of food, supplies, and pet food. Your donations will be distributed by the St. Christopher’s Community Church food bank, which is a satellite for the Thurston County Food Bank. Anything extra goes to the main food bank warehouse to be distributed throughout Thurston County.

The most needed items are:

  • Canned food, especially protein type food
  • Paper towels
  • Toilet paper
  • Laundry soap
  • Dish soap
  • Personal items, such as shampoo and hand soap
  • Travel shampoo, conditioners, soap – items like those you pick up when you are in hotels
  • Gift cards for gas or for groceries at Olympia’s Grocery Outlet
  • Both dry and canned pet food is needed for cats and dogs

Cash donations can be made directly to the St. Christopher’s Community Church Food Bank. Click this link to make a secure online donation. If you would prefer to mail a check, please make it out to “St. Christopher’s Community Church.” Your check’s memo line should say “Basic Needs Program.” Checks can be mailed to St. Christopher’s Community Church, 7902 Steamboat Island Road NW, Olympia, WA 98502.

Neighborhood Food Drive
September 3 through 30
Companion Cove

The St. Christopher’s food bank provides support to families and individuals right here in the Griffin area.

Thank you, Companion Cove, for hosting this food drive! This past June, we wrote about the Griffin Neighborhood Association’s call to local businesses to host a series of food drives for the benefit of area residents. You can read that article here if you missed it.

Companion Cove is your pet, feed, and garden shop, conveniently located at 6644 Sexton Dr. NW, Olympia WA 98502. They are on Facebook and online at companioncove.org. Contact them at (360)-915-7394 and companioncovellc@gmail.com.

Here at Companion Cove, we aim to satisfy all your pet, feed & garden needs. From cats and dogs to chickens and horses we provide a full selection of items. For the gardeners out there we have a large selection of bedding plants, deck baskets and hanging flower baskets. In addition to plants and baskets, we also carry potting soil, bark mulch, compost, peat moss, hand tools , fertilizers, garden gloves and much more. All of this in one locally owned store.

We thank Companion Cove and we thank you for your support of this local business and for your contributions to September’s food drive.

Thanks to You: Our Community Picnic

Thanks to the support of valued event sponsors, members of the Griffin Neighborhood Association, local businesses and organizations, and volunteers, this year’s community picnic provided a fine mid-summer event for friends and neighbors in the Griffin area.

This year’s picnic featured a wine and beer garden provided by NW Beerwerks. Local musicians Deb and Roger Hamilton provided live music. And area residents made donations to the St. Christopher’s Food Bank.

Special thanks to event organizers Becky Reavis, Mike Reavis, Joanie Zelasko, Dee Tropp, and Michelle O’Dell.

Many thanks, too, to the sponsors and donors who made this year’s Community Picnic possible. For a list of sponsors and links to their websites, see our prior piece about this event.

We hope to see you next year!

 

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