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October 2nd, 9:43 am
Griffin Neighbors

Taco Tuesdays begins at Character's Corner. But don't worry, there are still fish tacos on Fridays!Let's dive into something delicious! Starting Tuesday October 4th it's going to be the start of our Taco Tuesday's ๐ŸŒฎ ๐Ÿ˜‹ ๐Ÿ™Œ 3 Tacos ๐ŸŒฎ for $10.00 come check it out!!! Chicken, Beef, or Pork! Or try all 3 ๐Ÿ˜ ... See MoreSee Less

Taco Tuesdays begins at Characters Corner. But dont worry, there are still fish tacos on Fridays!
October 2nd, 9:33 am
Griffin Neighbors

PSE has a variety of ways you can "go green" with your electrical power. For many of us, this can be simply adding PSE's Green Power option to our energy bill. But this web page will provide you with a good summary for all of PSE's options.Installing solar panels at home can significantly reduce your carbon footprint and lower your electric bills. But, it may not be an option for everyone.Thatโ€™s why PSE offers a host of renewable energy programs to help you reach your sustainability goals โ€“ starting as low as $3 per month and with no equipment to install or maintain.Learn more: ms.spr.ly/6183jLIIJ ... See MoreSee Less

PSE has a variety of ways you can go green with your electrical power. For many of us, this can be simply adding PSEs Green Power option to our energy bill. But this web page will provide you with a good summary for all of PSEs options.
October 2nd, 9:25 am
Griffin Neighbors

Pre-orders for our 2023 Native Plant Festival & Sale are open now through January 2023! This is a great opportunity for you to begin planning your spring planting projects. Order now to ensure you get the number and variety of plants you desire. We encourage the use of native plants because they benefit our ecosystem by providing food and shelter for wildlife, helping stabilize soil and filter water, and because they are adapted to thrive in our area - requiring less watering and fertilizer application than non-native plants. Incorporating native plants in your yard is always a great idea, whether you are adding a few species to your backyard or restoring large spaces on your property!Here's how to order:โ€ข Visit our online store at store.thurstoncd.com โ€ข Look through available plants on the 'Products' page (store.thurstoncd.com/products/) - plants can be sorted into multiple categories or viewed alphabetically by common name.โ€ข Use the online planting guidelines and resources if you're not sure what would thrive in your yard or planting area.โ€ข 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'. โ€ข Pick up your plants March 1st - 4th! You will receive detailed information about pick-up and care prior to March 4th. We do not ship plants.Pre-order here: store.thurstoncd.com/Questions? Contact Kiana Sinner, ksinner@thurstoncd.com or 360-972-0407 ... See MoreSee Less

October 2nd, 9:21 am
Griffin Neighbors

As you probably know, this General Election we'll see on our ballot a measure to increase the sizes of both the Board of County Commissioners and the Port of Olympia Commission from three to five commissioners.Here's a link to a video by the League of Women Voters that explores the reasons both for and against the ballot measure: youtu.be/uCJE0Ok5vSY I'll also drop here an image of Option C, which I understand may be emerging as the preferred district map for a 5-commissioner arrangement. ... See MoreSee Less

As you probably know, this General Election well see on our ballot a measure to increase the sizes of both the Board of County Commissioners and the Port of Olympia Commission from three to five commissioners.

Heres a link to a video by the League of Women Voters that explores the reasons both for and against the ballot measure: https://youtu.be/uCJE0Ok5vSY 

Ill also drop here an image of Option C, which I understand may be emerging as the preferred district map for a 5-commissioner arrangement.Image attachment
September 30th, 6:31 am
Griffin Neighbors

What's cooking this Sunday morning at Character's Corner?Looking forward to seeing all of you for our Seahawks breakfast this Sunday! Seahawks scramble it's delicious! Go Hawk's!! ๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™๐Ÿ’š๐Ÿ’™ ... See MoreSee Less

Whats cooking this Sunday morning at Characters Corner?
September 30th, 6:30 am
Griffin Neighbors

To order apples you can message the Steamboat Peninsula Lions at m.me/SteamboatPeninsulaLionsAnnual Apple Sale Ends October 10th!!Order Your Apples Soon!!Contact Steamboat Peninsula LionsTo get yours Now!!40lbs for $45Either Message us here on Facebook, or call President Keith Clark @ 360-280-5613 ... See MoreSee Less

To order apples you can message the Steamboat Peninsula Lions at http://m.me/SteamboatPeninsulaLions
September 28th, 2:42 pm
Griffin Neighbors

Exciting News from Sweetlee's Ice Cream!First off, in October the Sweetlee's Ice Cream Truck will be at Companion Cove on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 PM to 7:30 PM. Except for Tuesday, October 11.But here's the big news: Sometime in October Sweetlee's will open up the Sweetlee's Pint Stop in front of Companion Cove. Once it opens, the Pint Stop will be serving ice cream from 3 PM to 7 PM every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.Watch for progress toward opening day for the Pint Stop in what's now just an old, red shed (remember the wood-fired pizza stand that was in that location, a few years ago?). ... See MoreSee Less

Exciting News from Sweetlees Ice Cream!

First off, in October the Sweetlees Ice Cream Truck will be at Companion Cove on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 3 PM to 7:30 PM. Except for Tuesday, October 11.

But heres the big news: Sometime in October Sweetlees will open up the Sweetlees Pint Stop in front of Companion Cove. Once it opens, the Pint Stop will be serving ice cream from 3 PM to 7 PM every Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday.

Watch for progress toward opening day for the Pint Stop in whats now just an old, red shed (remember the wood-fired pizza stand that was in that location, a few years ago?).

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We are so excited!!

Steve Deford your dreams are coming true.

This is SO exciting!!

I just had my first taste of sweet Lee's a couple of days ago and it was absolutely yummy.

That's great news!

Stacy Lynn ๐Ÿ˜

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Such exciting news!!!

How exciting!!!

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September 28th, 2:33 pm
Griffin Neighbors

What's cooking today at Character's Corner? ... See MoreSee Less

Whats cooking today at Characters Corner?
September 27th, 7:21 am
Griffin Neighbors

Have you seen the sample ballot for November's General Election? A copy is available at www.thurstoncountywa.gov/auditor/electionarchivedocuments/Sample%20Ballot_Nov%202022.pdfThe sample is for all of Thurston County, so it includes some races we won't see on our actual ballots. Here in the Griffin area, we vote in the 10th Congressional District (our Federal House candidates) and 35th Legislative District (our candidates for the State Legislature). We will vote, too, on the countywide measures to increase the size of the County's Board of Commissioners and the Port's Board of Commissioners. To check your voter registration or to become registered to vote, visit voter.votewa.gov ... See MoreSee Less

Have you seen the sample ballot for Novembers General Election? A copy is available at https://www.thurstoncountywa.gov/auditor/electionarchivedocuments/Sample%20Ballot_Nov%202022.pdf

The sample is for all of Thurston County, so it includes some races we wont see on our actual ballots. Here in the Griffin area, we vote in the 10th Congressional District (our Federal House candidates) and 35th Legislative District (our candidates for the State Legislature). We will vote, too, on the countywide measures to increase the size of the Countys Board of Commissioners and the Ports Board of Commissioners. 

To check your voter registration or to become registered to vote, visit https://voter.votewa.gov

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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 aย 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.

Thanks to All of You, Neighbors, for This Year’s Community Picnic

Thanks to the many volunteers, businesses, and local organizations that helped to make this year’s Community Picnic a success! Enjoy this photo essay of the afternoon and we hope you see you next year.

In addition to the supporters we named in our prior post, we want to especially thank these other businesses and individuals who also made donations that helped to make this year’s picnic possible:

B & K Emergency Services
Character’s Corner
Chelsea Farms
Christy Sterling
Companion Cove
Dianne Bradford, Scentsy
Jan Hopwood
Jonelle Adams


All Are Invited to this Year’s Community Picnic, June 25th

This year’s Griffin Community Picnic is Saturday, June 25th, 12 noon to 4 PM, at the Prosperity Grange and in front of the Steamboat Driving Range. There will be games and family-friendly activities, vendor and non-profit booths, live music, a raffle, food, a fire truck from the Griffin Fire Department, and more.

The year’s musical guest is The Possible Solutions. Local artists Cliff and Ellen Rice will also perform. There will be a balloon artist and a glitter tattooist, too.

Our grill masters will provide hamburgers and hotdogs. Our special guest will be Xinh Dwelley. We’ll have soft drinks and there will be cookies and lemonade from the Griffin PTO. Don’t miss the dessert table!

A large selection of raffle items donated by many of our local businesses. The highest value gift baskets, including those donated by B&K Emergency Services and Chelsea Farms, are part of a silent auction.

Nearly 20 local vendors and non-profit organizations will be on-hand.

Griffin/Steamboat Peninsula Community Picnic
Saturday, June 25
12 noon to 4 PM
Prosperity Grange and the Steamboat Driving Range

1 to 3 – Balloon artist and glitter tattooist
1 to 2:15 – The Possible Solutions
2:15 to 2:45 – Cliff and Ellen Rice perform
2:45 to 4 – The Possible Solutions
All day – Games and activities

Admission is $5 for adults. Children and members of the Griffin Neighborhood Association are free. You can join the GNA at the picnic or join online before the event.

Come and enjoy the day with neighbors and friends!

Thank you to our sponsors!

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A special thanks, too, to Carolyn Jones, whose donation to fund the purchase of food for this event is greatly appreciated.

Farmer’s Market Returns to Companion Cove, June through September

We’re very excited to see Companion Cove will once again host a farmer’s market. The first market day is Saturday, June 11, 10 AM to 3 PM. The market will be open on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month through September and each day will feature new and changing vendors. Organizers hope to have live music, too. The Sweetlee’s Ice Cream truck will be there on July 9 and 23.

Farmer’s Market
Kickoff Saturday, June 11
10 AM to 3 PM
Market day is the 2nd and 4th Saturday, June through September
Companion Cove
6644 Sexton Dr NW, Olympia, WA 98502

Are you interested in selling at the farmer’s market? Contact Juliet Walker for details or sign up at Companion Cove.

A portion of vendor fees will go back to the community to benefit organizations such as 4-H groups in Thurston and Mason counties.

Garage Sale on June 4 to Benefit Griffin Neighborhood Association

Fundraising Sale imageOn Saturday, June 4 the Griffin Neighborhood Association will hold a garage sale at Companion Cove. All proceeds will go towards this year’s GNA events.

Saturday, June 4
10 AM to 3 PM
Companion Cove
6644 Sexton Dr NW, Olympia, WA 98502

Each year the GNA organizes or works with other organizations to organize a variety of events here on the Steamboat Peninsula. Among these are community meetings, holiday events, a summer picnic, and more. Come and see what treasures you might find at our garage sale and your purchase will help us to host upcoming events.


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