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Griffin Neighborhood Association
PMB Box 501
3403 Steamboat Island Rd NW
Olympia, WA 98502-4876
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Join the Griffin Neighborhood Association and the Griffin PTO at this year’s Trunk or Treat!
Sunday, October 31
4 PM to 7 PM
Griffin Elementary School Parking Lot
Please remain in your vehicle.
Social distancing will be observed.
Best trunk prize.
Donations of bagged candy are needed by October 28th. Drop-off boxes are located at the Griffin School, Griffin Fire Station, and Companion Cove.
Trunks Wanted! If interested, contact Becky at email@example.com.
Last summer’s annual community picnic was canceled. But we’re determined to safely hold a family-friendly picnic this September! Mark your calendars and, if you can, won’t you lend us a hand?
Annual Community Picnic
Sunday, September 12
12 noon to 4 PM
Prosperity Grange and Tin Cup Driving Range
Admission will be free to current members of the Griffin Neighborhood Association, $5 per adult for those of you who are not members. If you haven’t yet joined, or have allowed your membership to lapse, now is a great time to join us. It’s easy, and you can do that online with a secure credit card transaction. If you prefer, you can join by mail or at the picnic.
There’ll be food, activities for children and adults, and much more. What’s “much more”? Let me tell you.
Northwest Beerwerks will be setting up a beer and wine garden and offering beverages for sale.
Magician John London will be presenting his magic show. Afterward, he’ll be creating balloon animals for the kids.
This year’s musical guest will be the band The Possible Solutions. Plus, there will be an open mic! We’re already hearing from talented neighbors who are interested in performing. We have 15-minute slots still available. Contact Becky for available times and details. Then bring your instrument.
Local nonprofit organizations will be available to describe their programs and services. If you represent or work with a nonprofit servicing our area, contact Becky to learn how you can set up a table at our picnic.
In addition, there will be prizes from local businesses and our event sponsors. Many of these prizes are in the form of gift baskets that will be raffled off. For example, Chelsea Farms is assembling a shellfish picnic basket comprised of a blanket, two bottles of wine, and a gift certificate good for ten pounds of clams, 5 dozen oysters, and a geoduck. The entire basket is valued at $250!
Would you help us plan the picnic or can you help us the day of the event? We have another picnic organizing meeting scheduled for August 12. Contact us if you can help.
Many thanks to our current sponsors and we expect to be adding more to this list, in the coming weeks.
Do you operate a local business interested in a sponsorship at this year’s event? Contact us.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
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.