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May 20th, 8:20 am

Very happy to receive this text. This morning's spraying is the last we'll see.

That is, for the year. My fingers are crossed. I guess we'll have to wait and see what traps find later this summer. ... See MoreSee Less

Very happy to receive this text. This mornings spraying is the last well see. 

That is, for the year. My fingers are crossed. I guess well have to wait and see what traps find later this summer.
May 20th, 6:43 am

Come support our friends at Hero Saver!

Answering the call; empowering firefighters globally.Friday, May 31st, 4pm๐Ÿป๐Ÿณ๐Ÿ”ฅ ... See MoreSee Less

May 17th, 7:22 am

The Olympia library is excited to join with other TRL branches and offer a seed library for the community! Please come by and see if there's anything you'd like - and feel free to donate! The seeds are in the atrium, close to the otter figurine. For more information about what TRL branches have seed libraries, and some gardening resources, check out: trl.org/seed-libraries/ ๐ŸŒฑ ... See MoreSee Less

May 17th, 7:22 am

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๐ŸพSpace is limited, so reserve your spot today! $20 per person. ๐—–๐—ฎ๐—น๐—น ๐˜‚๐˜€ ๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐Ÿ“ž (๐Ÿฏ๐Ÿฒ๐Ÿฌ) ๐Ÿด๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฌ-๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿญ๐Ÿฎ๐Ÿฒ#WineTastingNight #ExploreNewWines #FunSocialEvent #ShopLocal ... See MoreSee Less

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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.

Aerial Spraying to Eradicate Spongy Moths to Begin Soon Over a Limited Area

Local residents are likely aware that over the last year or more, the Washington Department of Agriculture has identified a portion of Steamboat Peninsula, along with other locations in Western Washington, as a home for a growing population of the invasive spongy moth (formerly known as the “gypsy moth”). You may have seen the traps attached to trees around the Peninsula as the Department of Agriculture worked to find where the moth populations were located. That work is now done and the Department is now taking steps to reduce the spongy moth population. One of the steps being taken is the aerial spraying of Bacillus thuringiensis kurstaki or “Btk”. We’ve now received notification from the Department of Agriculture that aerial spraying will be happening soon.

UPDATE: The third and final aerial spraying is scheduled for Monday, May 20. The previous spraying were the mornings of Thursday, May 16, and May 10. A low-flying aircraft will spray Btk beginning as early as 5 AM and once started it may take up to two hours to complete.ย 

The area identified for aerial spraying is relatively small; the entire Steamboat Peninsula is not being sprayed. The area centers on Steamboat Island Road and Sunrise Beach Road. The western boundary is a line running along Oyster Bay Road. The northern border is roughly the 4400 blocks of Oyster Bay Road and Steamboat Island Road. On the east is the Sunrise Heights Road, off Keating Road. The southern border is roughly the 2600 block of Madrona Beach Road. Click the image for a larger version.

If you live within this area you should consider signing up for alerts by email, a text message, or a phone call notifying you of when spraying will take place. Exact treatment dates are highly dependent on the weather. Click here to see the web page where you can set up the notification you prefer. Or call 800-443-6684.

“While Btk is not toxic to people or pets, it is sticky,” reads a recent postcard sent out by the Department of Agriculture. “When applied, it will leave a thin film on outdoor objects. You may want to cover outdoor vehicles or bring toys inside. If your belongings get Btk on them, it washes off with soap and water. Keep windows and doors closed during treatments and for 30 minutes afterward.”

A small airplane will apply the Btk treatments. These treatments usually start in the morning hours and continue until they are complete across the entire coverage area. There will be three treatments with three to 10 days between each one.

For more information about this aerial spraying and about the spongy moth, visit agr.wa.gov/moths. Email pest@agr.wa.gov. Call the Spongy Moth Hotline at 800-443-6684. And join the Spongy Moth Eradication Facebook Group.

HMS Off The Hook is the Griffin Area’s Deli and Specialty Grocery Store

HMS Off The Hook advertises itself as offering “premium meats and more.” Visit their location at 6541 Sexton Drive NW, in Steamboat Square, and you’ll find a lot more. True, they offer an excellent selection of prime beef, pork, and chicken. But they also offer cheeses, wine, crackers, and a variety of grab-and-go prepared meals. Pizza, soup, salads, sauces, desserts, and much, much more, means HMS Off The Hook is the neighborhood deli and specialty grocery store here on the Steamboat Peninsula.

“Looking for a quick and delicious meal on the go? Our fresh, grab-n-go options are designed to satisfy your cravings while keeping your schedule on track.” Follow HMS Off The Hook on Facebook, where you’ll find they often post specials and prepared meal items available for a limited time.

One surprising item they have on offer is Xinh’s cookbooks. Many of us remember her famous restaurant in Shelton. If you like to cook, you’ll want one of these cookbooks on your shelf.

Since 1960, Home Meat Service has been providing products in and around Shelton. HMS Off The Hook is their retail location here in northwest Thurston County.

HMS Off The Hook is among the local businesses whose generous contribution recently allowed the Griffin Neighborhood Association to purchase more of the Steamboat Neighborhood stickers for free distribution to area residents. We hope you will stop by HMS Off The Hook soon and shop. When you do, thank them for their support.

Yes, they have meats, but they offer much more.

Steamboat Square is a Growing Business Core in NW Thurston County

Steamboat Square has long provided a business core for the Steamboat Peninsula/Griffin area. In recent years, the Square has been on-the-grow, and it now offers an increasing variety of services and dining establishments. The Square has also hosted community events, including the Halloween Trunk or Treat and a Block Party.

Steamboat Square is a blossoming area with many great small businesses and local shops to attract locals, visitors, and people passing through! Steamboat Square has quite a variety to meet your various needs, from coffee to chiropractic, to salons and food – we offer it all! We are also currently leasing a few buildings and looking to add a family medical office, dentist, or physical therapist. We are so happy to host these wonderful businesses for such a special community!

Located just off US-101, Steamboat Square is the front door to the Peninsula. With space available to lease now and two more buildings available this summer, this may be the perfect fit for your business needs.

Steamboat Square is already home to Board & Brush Creative Studio, Elevate Hair & Skin, Steamboat Health & Wellness, Our Community Credit Union, Urraco Coffee, HMS Off-the-Hook, Tipsy Whale Mercantile, the newly-opened Red Velvet Bakery By the Sea, and more. Click here for a list of all the businesses currently located in the Square.

Steamboat Square is one of four local businesses whose recent contributions have enabled the Griffin Neighborhood Association to purchase the distinctive Steamboat Neighborhood stickers for free distribution. We hope you’ll visit a Steamboat Square business soon and pick up a sticker for your car, truck, or boat.

Board & Brush Creative Studio for Your Next Event

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Generous contributions from Board & Brush Creative Studio and three other local businesses have made it possible for the Griffin Neighborhood Association to purchase “Steamboat Neighborhood” stickers for distribution to local residents. Board & Brush is located in the Steamboat Square, 6541 Sexton Dr., Bldg H, Suite 101.

Are you looking for a night out with friends? Is your inner DIY itching for a fun new project without having to buy all your own supplies and make a mess at your house? Then BOOK A WORKSHOP for the ultimate paint and sip experience at Board & Brush Creative Studio in Olympia.

You may already know that Board & Brush is a terrific place to host a variety of events including birthday parties, bachelorette parties, and baby showers. But have you considered Board & Brush as a venue for your office’s next Team Building event?

Here at Board and Brush Creative Studio in Olympia, we specialize in bringing people together in the art of wood crafting. We have workshops that guests can register for where they pick from our large variety of wood designs to create something unique for their home or to give as a special gift. We host all types of events, Baby Showers, Birthdays, Bachelorette parties, and one of our more popular, Team Building. We have put many Team Building workshops together so your team can have a fun bonding experience. If this sounds like something you would be interested in putting on our calendar. Visit our website at boardandbrush.com/olympia/ from there go to Book a Workshop and select Book a Corporate Event to get started. We hope to work with your group soon.

The Griffin Neighborhood Association encourages residents to support local businesses like Board & Brush. We believe we all thrive when our local businesses thrive and we’re happy to have Board & Brush in our neighborhood! We hope you’ll stop by Board & Brush to pick up your own Steamboat Neighborhood sticker.

Enjoy a night out soon at Board & Brush.

For more information about Board & Brush Creative Studio or to book a workshop, visit their website. You can also email them at Olympia@boardandbrush.com. Follow Board & Brush on Instagram, too.

 


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