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September 13th, 11:19 am

Griffin Neighbors

There is a General Election this November 5th.

October 9: Voters' Pamphlets mailed

October 16: Ballots mailed

October 28: Last day to register to vote or update your current registration by any means.

November 5: You may register to vote or update your current registration in person up to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

For information about registering to vote, see the Thurston County Elections web page at www.thurstoncountywa.gov/auditor/Pages/elections-voter-reg.aspx

As soon as it's available, we'll post information about any initiatives that will be on this November's ballot.
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There is a General Election this November 5th. 

October 9: Voters Pamphlets mailed

October 16: Ballots mailed

October 28: Last day to register to vote or update your current registration by any means.

November 5: You may register to vote or update your current registration in person up to 8:00 p.m. on Election Day.

For information about registering to vote, see the Thurston County Elections web page at https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/auditor/Pages/elections-voter-reg.aspx 

As soon as its available, well post information about any initiatives that will be on this Novembers ballot.

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One correction for Griffin School District positions: Joe Peters is not running. I, Dan Teuteberg, am running for that open position.

September 12th, 1:12 pm

Griffin Neighbors

Join the Griffin PTO using this link.Join the PTO now for another great year!

This year it is only $10/family to join PTO - we hope to have ALL of our Griffin families participating in the PTO events that help make our Griffin Community a strong and thriving school!

It’s so easy, just follow this link- griffinpto.membershiptoolkit.com/
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Join the Griffin PTO using this link.

September 12th, 5:15 am

Griffin Neighbors

The Tipsy Whale is still on its way to an opening.The first Tipsy Whale Mug Club Cabinet is installed. We still have availability in our Founders Club and Annual mug/wine club memberships. To join, send a request to: Olympia@thetipsywhalemercantile.com. Be sure and include your name and phone number where you can be reached.

Founder Club (lifetime membership): $500. 00 includes 20oz ceramic, engraved mug. 10% discount on all products & merchandise, 20 oz pour for the price of a pint. Annual dinner, founders events and first chance at all speciality bottles. Founders will also have a loaner mug at Northwest Beerwerks with same benefits.

Annual Mug or Wine Club $65.00 annually.
SPECIAL OFFER. If you have already pre-purchased or pre-purchase before October 31, the annual membership will be valid until December 2021.

Membership includes: Mug Club (beer), a 16 oz engraved ceramic pint, 10% discount all day, everyday on pours. In addition to 10% of on bottles of beer, wine, cider and swag.

Wine Club, an 8oz glass carafe engraved. Members will get an 8oz pour for the price of a 6oz pour, in addition, the 10% discount everyday, all day on pours as well as 10% on bottles of beer, wine, cider and swag.

Both the mugs and carafes will be engraved with your name or nick name and prominently displayed in one of our Club Cabinets.

We are looking forward to opening and meeting everyone. Stay tuned for more updates.
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The Tipsy Whale is still on its way to an opening.

September 6th, 9:17 pm

Griffin Neighbors

The folks from the Indigo Farms farmstand are selling an unexpected surplus of delicious heirloom and cherry tomatoes Saturday, Sept 7th, 11 AM to 3 PM. Their stand will be set up in the pull off area on Steamboat Island Rd NW at the US-101 overpass.

They will be selling 17 different varieties of organic tomatoes for $4/lb and below.

Don't miss the opportunity to get some of this bountiful harvest before it's all gone.
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The folks from the Indigo Farms farmstand are selling an unexpected surplus of delicious heirloom and cherry tomatoes Saturday, Sept 7th, 11 AM to 3 PM. Their stand will be set up in the pull off area on Steamboat Island Rd NW at the US-101 overpass.

They will be selling 17 different varieties of organic tomatoes for $4/lb and below. 

Dont miss the opportunity to get some of this bountiful harvest before its all gone.

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Do you need anything like paperwork or a permit to set up and sell there?

September 4th, 1:36 pm

Griffin Neighbors

The Friends of the Olympia Library's Giant Sale of Books and Media is scheduled for September 14 and 15. They tell is, "The donations are filling the closets and storage lockers with hundreds of boxes." ... See MoreSee Less

The Friends of the Olympia Librarys Giant Sale of Books and Media is scheduled for September 14 and 15. They tell is, The donations are filling the closets and storage lockers with hundreds of boxes.

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September 4th, 7:00 am

Griffin Neighbors

A new group, "Steamboat Java Jewels," has been formed in the Griffin area. "All the ladies from the area are welcome to join us for coffee and conversation." Java Jewels meet at Urraco Coffee Shop (at 6579 33rd Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98502, across from the Trading Post) the second Friday of the month at 9:30 AM. Their next get-together is Friday, September 13 at 9:30 AM. ... See MoreSee Less

A new group, Steamboat Java Jewels, has been formed in the Griffin area. All the ladies from the area are welcome to join us for coffee and conversation. Java Jewels meet at Urraco Coffee Shop (at 6579 33rd Ave NW, Olympia, WA 98502, across from the Trading Post) the second Friday of the month at 9:30 AM. Their next get-together is Friday, September 13 at 9:30 AM.
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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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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!

 

41st Annual Blueberry Bash is Sunday, August 18th

St. Christopher’s Community Church will host it’s 41st annual Blueberry Bash on Sunday, August 18, from 12 noon to 4 PM. Proceeds from this year’s Bash benefits Community Lifeline Social Services and Shelter. Bringing its “Bluegrass with an attitude” will be musical guest Runaway Train. Don’t miss this summertime Steamboat Peninsula tradition.

The Bash is famous for its homemade pies, blueberry (and chocolate!) milkshakes, brats, and more. Come join us under a cool canopy of pines for kids’ activities, games, bingo, raffle prizes, and good neighbors.

Blueberry Bash
Sunday, August 18
12 noon to 4 PM
St. Christopher’s Community Church

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