The Home Share Program Seeks to Offer a Flexible and Affordable Housing Arrangement

The Home Share Program brings together those who have available housing with those seeking affordable housing in exchange for assistance with household chores, transportation, and increased quality of life. It’s a way for elderly residents to maintain some independence and remain in their homes. If you are an elderly resident who has an extra room or a guest house available, and you could benefit from someone to assist you in your home, the Home Share Program could match you with someone seeking an affordable living arrangement.

The Home Share Program is offered by Senior Services for South Sound. Both home providers – those who have a home – and home seekers are interviewed for compatibility of lifestyles. References and a thorough criminal background check is conducted. Program Managers will then match Home Providers with Home Seekers. Providers and Seekers who have been matched will spend time getting to know each other and confirm or deny their compatibility.

The Home Share Program web page has more information and downloadable applications. Contact Rebecca Hutchinson, Home Share Program Manager at (360) 586-6181 ext. 111 or Emme Williamson, Home Share Program Assistant at ext. 136. Their email address is homeshare@southsoundseniors.org. Also, click here to view a two-page flyer with more information.

The Home Share Program is funded by the City of Lacey, the City of Olympia, the City of Tumwater, and The Regional Housing Council.

Trunk or Treat is this Sunday, October 30 at Steamboat Square

This Sunday evening, much of Steamboat Square will be turned into a Trunk or Treat Village as local residents turn out to offer a family-friendly Halloween event. This Sunday is looking to be a bit wet but that won’t deter us! This will be a walk-through event for the kids. You can park behind the Square, by the Urraco Coffee Company, or across 33rd Ave NW in the Griffin School parking lot. Much of Steamboat Square will be blocked off from cars (the yellow lines on the map below indicate barricades).

More than 20 trunks are expected and there is a prize for the best display.

Candy donations can be dropped off at the Griffin Fire Department Headquarters through Friday morning. We are planning a fun time and hope you all will join us!

Trunk or Treat
Sunday, October 30, 4 PM to 7 PM
Steamboat Square, 6541 Sexton Dr. NW

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Nominate Your Hometown Hero

We recognize the challenges that have been faced by all of us over the past few years. Part of the mission of the Griffin Neighborhood Association (GNA) is to help remind us that we are a community and what a wonderful place this is to live. During Covid we all did our best to help each other, recognizing the first responders, and all the others that were out on the front lines working.

We would like to keep that going and this year the GNA is starting a Hometown Hero program. In the month of November, while many of us are getting ready to give thanks, the GNA will be selecting the top nominees to appear at an award ceremony, held at the Prosperity Grange on November 12th to receive their awards and a token of our appreciation.

Through November 5th, 2022, Griffin Neighborhood Association will be accepting Hero nominations. To qualify, the person should be a resident of the area or work in the area, and have demonstrated the qualities below:

  • An inspiring example to others by helping make the Steamboat Area a better place to live through volunteerism, extra-curricular activities, special projects, giving back, etc.
  • Going above and beyond to aid a friend, family member, stranger, or community in a time of need.
  • Love of profession and desire, determination, and diligence to help outside of normal job responsibilities.

Nominate your Hometown Hero today by filling out the form below. Please let us know why this person should be a Hometown Hero and list the qualities that make this person stand out in our community.

Nominations for Hometown Heroes are now closed. Join us for our recognition event Saturday, November 12th, at Prosperity Grange, from 2:00 PM to 4:00 PM.

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.

Griffin School Invites Parents and Children to the Kindergarten Round Up

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The Griffin School invites parents and their soon-to-be-in-kindergarten children to a special event on May 11th and May 12th. Also, kindergarten registration is now open on the school’s website.

Wednesday, May 11
2:45 to 3:45 PM

Thursday, May 12
5:30 to 6:30 PM

Griffin School reminds parents to “register your child for kindergarten as soon as you can.” Registration is online at www.griffinschool.us.

If you have questions, email the school at kindergarten@griffinschool.us.

Upcoming Plant Sales to Benefit Feline Friends

Feline Friends logoIn a welcome sign of the return to some semblance of normalcy, local resident Diane Jacob of Cameron Gardens has announced an upcoming series of plant sales for the benefit of Feline Friends.

These sales feature perennials, a few dahlias, herbs, some vegetables, and a large variety of unusual plants at great prices. Your support will be helping dedicated organizations in Thurston and Mason Counties in the never-ending quest to find homes for and spay and neuter all pets to save hundreds of lives every year. Please pass the word about these events.

Feline Friends Plant Sale
Saturday, April 30th
9 AM to 2 PM
Griffin School
6530 33rd Ave, Olympia, just off Hwy 101 at Steamboat Island Road exit

Adopt-A-Pet Plant Sale
Saturday, May 7th
9 AM to 3 PM
Our Community Credit Union parking lot, 2948 Olympic Hwy N, Shelton

These plants are supplied by Cameron Gardens and many other local gardeners. Many thanks to Diane Jacob and all the volunteers who make these plant sales so successful, year after year!

“Steamboat Neighborhood” Stickers Available Again

Thanks to generous contributions from three local businesses, the Griffin Neighborhood Association is once again able to distribute the iconic, oval “Steamboat Neighborhood” stickers free to area residents. Soon you will be able to pick up your sticker at businesses such as Companion Cove, the Island Market, Steamboat Island Coffee Shop, Urraco Coffee Company, Tipsy Whale, Our Community Credit Union (Steamboat Peninsula branch), the Griffin Fire Department Headquarters, and more.

These stickers are provided at no cost to the Association because of the support from these local businesses:

Our Community Credit Union

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At OCCU you’ll find a variety of financial services including checking and savings accounts, personal loans, auto and RV loans, home improvement and land loans, financial education, online banking services, and more. Find out why OCCU says, “We’re community strong since 1941.”

Missy Watts, Realtor®, of Watts Property Group

When it comes to your real estate needs, the most important decision you will make is which broker to choose. Local resident Missy Watts has received the prestigious “Certified Residential Specialist (CRS)” designation, which only 5% of all Realtors have obtained. She has a deep familiarity with this region and she heads up an experienced and aggressive team of real estate experts.

“Having a broker in your corner who understands the area ensures that you will love where you live.”

Steamboat Tennis and Athletic Club

With the recent announcement that they’ll be opening a new fitness facility, STAC truly has become “your one-stop health and fitness solution.” They already offer a wide range of adult and junior tennis classes, private and group tennis lessons, and tennis events. Their new fitness facility will feature a training floor with strength and aerobic equipment, an indoor saltwater pool with 3 lanes for lap swimming, group fitness classes including yoga and spin, personal training, and much more.

Our Steamboat Neighborhood stickers have been seen on cars, trucks, boats, laptops. . . you name it. We’ve heard of area residents “finding” one another by spotting these stickers while traveling out of state.

Over the next week or so, GNA volunteers will be working to deliver supplies of these stickers to local businesses. Get your sticker while you support the businesses operating here in our neighborhood.

Read more about the history of the distinctive Steamboat Neighborhood sticker on our website.