Local Business Funds Purchase of “Steamboat Neighborhood” Stickers

 

Bay Shore logo art

Those popular “Steamboat Neighborhood” stickers are once again available, thanks to a generous donation by Bay Shore Construction. Stickers are now being distributed at several business locations around the Steamboat Peninsula.

We are grateful a supply of the Steamboat Neighborhood stickers could be produced, because of the support of a local business.

Bay Shore Construction has provided septic, water, and sewer excavating services since 1989. Find out why they say, “Modern technologies. Exceeding expectations.” Call them at (360) 866-9200 for an estimate. Bay Shore’s project manager and estimator, Brandon Thompson, is also available at brandon@bayshoreconstructionoly.com  Bay Shore is one of the local businesses in our online business directory.

These stickers can be seen on cars, trucks, and boats. And they’ve not only been seen locally, but out of state, too.

Click here to read more about the unique Steamboat Neighborhood artwork.

You can pick up your sticker at Companion Cove, Island Market, Steamboat Trading Post, Urraco Coffee, Steamboat Health & Wellness, Sunrise Hair Design, Steamboat Animal Hospital, Subway, the Steamboat Coffee Shop, Steamboat General Store, Character’s Corner, or Flowers By Kristil.

Thanks, again, to Brandon Thompson and Bay Shore Construction, for making available a new supply of these stickers.

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.Read More

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.

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

Annual Community Picnic to Feature Food, Live Music, Local Businesses, a Beer & Wine Garden, and More

Please come join us for the 2019 GNA Community Picnic on July 20! This year’s event has it all: great food, live music, children’s activities, local businesses and farms, and much more. Brand new this year – drum roll please – a beer and wine garden provided by NW Beerwerks!

The picnic is held to foster community in the Griffin area. All community members are invited to attend.

Annual Community Picnic
Saturday, July 20
3 PM to 7 PM
Prosperity Grange and Tin Cup Golf Range

Current or newly joining Griffin Neighborhood Association members will receive a wristband for unlimited food and drinks. Non-members are asked to pay $5 per adult for wristbands while all children are free. Any new members joining the day of the picnic will be entered into a raffle for a $40 gift certificate donated by Character’s Corner.

Food offerings include hamburgers and hot dogs from your neighborhood grill masters, yummy seafood provided by Taylor Shellfish Farms, and assorted desserts. For $6 you can enjoy a refreshing adult beverage from NW Beerwerks. 10% of the profits from the tent sales of beer and wine will go to support the Prosperity Grange.

There are lots of great things for the kids to enjoy including a bouncy house, games, alpacas, and one of the Griffin Fire Department’s trucks!

Live music provided by Deb and Roger Hamilton.

Local businesses and farms use this event as a showcase. If your local business isn’t represented, but you would like more information about attending, click here to see our prior article. Sales of merchandise will be permitted.

Some of the businesses and local organizations we expect to be present are:

Capstar Solar
Cyndi Purvis Headband Scrunchies
Dogwoods Canine Play & Stay
Dreamscapes Landscape & Design
Feline Friends
Griffin Fire Department (complete with a DUNK Tank!)
Home Meat Service
Lighthouse Alpaca Ranch
Our Community Credit Union
Saint Christopher’s Community Church
Steamboat Island Cooperative Preschool
Steamboat Animal Hospital
Thurston County Master Gardeners
Thurston County Sheriff’s Office

Click on the business’ name, above, and sponsor logos below for more information.

An on-site food drive for the local St. Christopher’s Food Bank will be held. Bring two or more items from the list below and you will be entered into a gift drawing.

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 – the kinds of item sizes you pick up from hotels

Gift cards for gas or to the Grocery Outlet

Won’t you please help us to provide this event to our community? No big committments, just an hour of your time, then stay to enjoy the food and fun. Click here to volunteer for a job and a time slot. Tasks include set-up, tear-down, and lending a hand along the food line. Thanks to you, we’ll have a terrific community picnic this year! 

Many thanks to the sponsors and donors who are making this year’s Community Picnic possible.