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June 21st, 1:29 pm

School is out for summer! ๐Ÿซ๐ŸšŒ๐Ÿ–

The #SteamboatOURCU branch is celebrating Griffin School's last day of school. #gogrizzlies ... See MoreSee Less

June 21st, 9:06 am

TOMORROW IS THE DAY!!!! ๐ŸŽ‰ Steamboat Island Community Picnic ๐ŸŽ‰ An extra special THANK YOU to Brandon Thompson and Bayshore Construction for their sponsorship! ... See MoreSee Less

TOMORROW IS THE DAY!!!! ๐ŸŽ‰ Steamboat Island Community Picnic ๐ŸŽ‰ An extra special THANK YOU to Brandon Thompson and Bayshore Construction for their sponsorship!
June 20th, 8:44 am

Win a $100 gift certificate to Character's Corner at the Steamboat Island Community Picnic!!!! Join or renew your membership to the Griffin Neighborhood Association for a chance to win.

PLUS - your household eats for free at the picnic with membership!All kids eat for free! ... See MoreSee Less

Win a $100 gift certificate to Characters Corner at the Steamboat Island Community Picnic!!!! Join or renew your membership to the Griffin Neighborhood Association for a chance to win.
PLUS - your household eats for free at the picnic with membership!
All kids eat for free!
June 20th, 6:28 am

๐Ÿ– Dig into delicious Painted Hills ribs in three amazing varieties:

๐Ÿฝ๏ธ ๐—™๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ป-๐˜€๐˜๐˜†๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐˜€: These thin-cut ribs are perfect for grilling or braising, offering a tender and flavorful bite.๐Ÿ‡ฐ๐Ÿ‡ท ๐—™๐—น๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ธ๐—ฒ๐—ป-๐˜€๐˜๐˜†๐—น๐—ฒ ๐—ž๐—ฎ๐—น๐—ฏ๐—ถ ๐—บ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ป๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐˜€: Marinated in a sweet and savory Korean BBQ sauce, these ribs are packed with Asian-inspired flavors.๐Ÿ– ๐—™๐—น๐—ถ๐—ป๐˜๐˜€๐˜๐—ผ๐—ป๐—ฒ ๐—ฅ๐—ถ๐—ฏ๐˜€: These crowd-pleasing bone-in ribs are perfect for slow cooking or grilling, delivering fall-off-the-bone goodness.๐Ÿ”ฅ Stock up on your favorites and make this week a BBQ bonanza! ๐ŸŽ‰#Ribs #PaintedHills #GrillingSeason #shoplocal ... See MoreSee Less

June 20th, 6:27 am

Steamboat Island Preschool's cover photo ... See MoreSee Less

June 19th, 6:35 pm

The John Deere brigade (aka GNA crew) getting the yard in perfect shape for Saturday's community picnic!! ... See MoreSee Less

The John Deere brigade (aka GNA crew) getting the yard in perfect shape for Saturdays community picnic!!Image attachmentImage attachment+2Image attachment

5 CommentsComment on Facebook

I saw this work being done. Thank you! Looking forward to the annual picnic. Your hard work is much appreciated!

What a group of dedicated folks! We are all lucky to have you and your work for the Griffin community.

Looking good GNA crew๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿผ๐Ÿ’—

You all are amazing!!!!

Thanks for the hard work team!

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June 18th, 10:08 am

The Steamboat Island Community picnic is this Saturday, June 22nd, from 12 - 4 pm.

We will be hosting over 20 vendors!Board & BrushBoho BeautyCaring Hearts 4 PawsConcerns for AnimalsDaughters of the American RevolutionDogwoodsEGW Guitars and EffectsAuthor Ellen RiceFeline FriendsMaster GardenersNanaโ€™s ClosetNerdy NanaOur Community Credit Union (OURCO)Prosperity GrangeRed Velvet BakerySeatown Threads and Suds and Bonds Farms Sons of the American RevolutionSouth Sound Parent 2 ParentSt. Christopherโ€™s Community ChurchSteamboat Tennis & Athletic Club (STAC)Steamboat Island PreschoolThurston County FairThurston County Food BankAuthor Toni Ghazal ... See MoreSee Less

The Steamboat Island Community picnic is this Saturday, June 22nd, from 12 - 4 pm.

We will be hosting over 20 vendors!

Board & Brush
Boho Beauty
Caring Hearts 4 Paws
Concerns for Animals
Daughters of the American Revolution
EGW Guitars and Effects
Author Ellen Rice
Feline Friends
Master Gardeners
Nanaโ€™s Closet
Nerdy Nana
Our Community Credit Union (OURCO)
Prosperity Grange
Red Velvet Bakery
Seatown Threads and Suds and Bonds Farms 
Sons of the American Revolution
South Sound Parent 2 Parent
St. Christopherโ€™s Community Church
Steamboat Tennis & Athletic Club (STAC)
Steamboat Island Preschool
Thurston County Fair
Thurston County Food Bank
Author Toni Ghazal

2 CommentsComment on Facebook

We will miss you for sure.

Deborah Hill were younot able to be a vendor this year

June 18th, 6:20 am

Check out our calendar in July we have many Kids Camp workshops up that your Kids will want to participate in this summer. Keep the creative juices flowing while they are out on summer break!!โœจโœจโœจ ... See MoreSee Less

June 17th, 3:31 pm

4 days until the Steamboat Island Community Picnic!!!

EGW Guitars and Effects is hosting a FREE String Change Event with a donation of two non-perishable food items for the Olympia Food Bank (some restrictions apply). ... See MoreSee Less

4 days until the Steamboat Island Community Picnic!!!

EGW Guitars and Effects is hosting a FREE String Change Event with a donation of two non-perishable food items for the Olympia Food Bank (some restrictions apply).

1 CommentComment on Facebook

EGW Guitars is vey excited to be able to take part!

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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 three aerial sprayings have now been completed. They were conducted on the mornings of May 16, May 19, and May 20. No other sprayings are scheduled this year. The Washington Department of Agriculture will evaluate the effectiveness and may schedule additional sprayings at a later date, possibly next year.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 Email 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 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 Follow Board & Brush on Instagram, too.


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