Blueberry Bash Set for August 25th at St. Christopher’s Community Church

St. Christopher’s Blueberry Bash is Sunday, August 25, 12 noon to 4 PM. This year’s featured musical guests are the Oly Mountain Boys.

St. Christopher’s Community Church is located at 7902 Steamboat Island Road NW, Olympia, WA 98502.
The Blueberry Bash will celebrate its 36th year offering up food, games and entertainment for the entire family.

Watch this space and the web site for St. Christopher’s for more details closer to August 25th.

St. Christopher’s Hosts “Dessert in the Garden” Sunday, June 9th

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You’re invited to an evening of treats, music, and conversation with your neighbors at the Open Hands Food Bank Garden.

Sunday, June 9
5 to 7 PM
St. Christopher’s Community Church
7902 Steamboat Island Rd. NW

Open Hands is a community-wide effort to grow fresh food for the Thurston County Food Bank. The garden is located on the grounds of the St. Christopher’s Community Church.

Click here to read our prior piece on this community garden.

Blueberry Bash on August 19 at St. Christopher’s Community Church

St. Christopher’s Blueberry Bash is Sunday, August 19, 12 noon to 4 PM. St. Christopher’s Community Church is located at 7902 Steamboat Island Road NW, Olympia, WA 98502.

Cricket on the Hearth

Free Live Entertainment by Cricket on the Hearth, based in Olympia. They will be performing from 12:30 to 3:30 pm.

Bingo Garden: 12:30 to 3:45 pm
Silent Auction: Noon to 3:45 pm

Free Old Fashion Family Games: Egg toss, 3-legged race, balloon toss starting at 1pm

Activities for the Young at Heart: Noon till 4:00 pm

  • Craft Station
  • Bubble Station
  • Bounce House
  • Carnival Games
  • Face Painting

Come and sample our yummy food offerings:

  • Our Famous Homemade Blueberry Pies (other fruit pies too) whole and by-the-slice
  • Thick Ice Cream Milkshakes (Blueberry & Chocolate)
  • 100% Beef Polish Sausage
  • Vegetarian Burgers
  • Hot Dogs
  • Corn-on-the-Cob
  • Fresh Fruit and Vegetables
  • Chips
  • Water and Soda
  • Popcorn
  • Sno-Cones

We will have recycling and composting stations, and we are using compostable plates, cups and utensils.

Raffle for 4 Diamond Club Mariners Tickets – Mariners vs L.A. Angles – Saturday, September 1st
Game starts at 1:05 pm

This raffle prize includes:

  • 4 seats—6 rows behind home plate
  • Parking
  • Buffet meal & beverages in the lounge
  • Ballpark concessions delivered to your seat

Raffle tickets are for sale now. The winner will be drawn at the Blueberry Bash at 3:45 pm. The winner need not be present to win.

The Griffin Fire Department will be on hand to demonstrate CPR techniques.

A portion of this year’s proceeds will benefit the Olympia Free Clinic, an organization providing health care services free of charge to uninsured members of our community.

St. Christopher’s is an official satellite location for the Thurston County Food Bank.

We hope to see you at this year’s Blueberry Bash!

For more information about St. Christopher’s Community Church, see their web site at or call (360) 866-2111.

St. Christopher’s Satellite Food Program Much More Than Food Aid

St. Christopher’s Community Church

We were heartened recently to receive information from Lindy Vincent, Outreach Coordinator for the St. Christopher’s Satellite Food Program, regarding work to address need right here in the Steamboat area. “The year of 2011 was very busy and we found many families moving away, finding part-time jobs and more families taking their place in our outreach program,” Lindy writes.

“What started as a Food Bank Satellite program in 2007 has slowly expanded and evolved into much more than just food for our Steamboat Island community. As our church family, as well as others from the Griffin Neighborhood Association, heard about the needs of their neighbors on the Steamboat peninsula, they have generously opened up their hearts and their donations – and amazingly always at the times that needed that particular assistance – household items, cash donations or clothes.”

Residents can be forgiven for imagining St. Christopher’s Food Bank Satellite program is just about food. It is so much more.

The program distributes 3 to 5 gas cards a month of $40 each to people who are going to doctor’s appointments, hospital or job interviews. Lindy carefully monitors these and sometimes even meets her clients at the Island Market’s Chevron station to assure that the gas cards are being used appropriately.

Emergency power assistance has been provided in the form of aid to pay electric bills. Lindy’s program has even been able to obtain emergency supplies of firewood.

Grocery Outlet gift cards for items that aren’t covered by food stamps such as paper products, laundry soap, etc.

Household items including housewares, furniture, clothing, and even donated washer and drier sets.

“A clothes give-away tradition started by [Griffin Fire District Commissioner Meredith Hutchins] last year is being continued this month. Many bags of very nice clothes have been left at my food bank closet during the month of December.”

The Steamboat Animal Hospital has made donations to assist families to care for their pets. “A big round of applause to Steamboat Vet Hospital and to those companies that have assisted our community that we don’t even know about!”

Rental assistance to avoid eviction and scholarships to Camp Michael are among the services provided to local residents in 2011.

Lindy’s program provides important referral services to local assistance. Energy assistance agencies, referrals to the Housing Authority, help in dealing with the Social Security Administration – even driving residents to local offices to apply for assistance – are within the scope of activities.

In December, the St. Christopher’s congregation purchased and wrapped a record 81 gifts for 20 children and 7 adults.

Food remains an important need. 1,344 individuals were assisted with food in 2011. The program services about 26 adults and 30 children twice monthly. “The families change but the number seems to stay consistent.”

It is very gratifying to learn of the scope of the activities of the St. Christopher’s Satellite Food Program. If you can make a donation to assist families in need in the Steamboat Island area, please call the St. Christopher Church at 866-2111 to leave a message for Lindy Vincent.

This Year’s Blueberry Bash – Bigger and Better Than Ever

The annual St. Christopher’s Community Church Blueberry Bash is Sunday, August 21, from 12 noon to 4 PM.

St. Christopher’s Community Church Blueberry Bash
Sunday, August 21
12 noon to 4 PM
7902 Steamboat Island Road NW, Olympia, WA 98502

This year’s free musical entertainment will be provided by The Straw Hat String Band.

The Straw Hat String Band

This year there will be a silent auction, bingo tent and a raffle for 4 Diamond Club Mariner’s tickets. Those tickets include free parking, a gourmet dinner, seat-side food service during the game, and seats only 6 rows behind home plate! Raffle tickets will be $2.00 each.

This year the Bash is bigger than ever. They will have a bounce house for the kids, an expanded carnival games section and a Circus Acts area where people can try out a unicycle, walk a slack line/tight rope and more.

For food, St. Christopher’s will be offering polish sausage, hotdogs, corn-on-the-cob, fresh fruits and vegetables, chips, nachos, homemade pies (blueberry and other fruit pies depending on what type of fruit they can get!), homemade blueberry and chocolate shakes, pop, water, sno-cones and popcorn.

St. Christopher’s will also be recycling/composting all of the days waste.

Come and enjoy an annual family tradition on the peninsula: the Blueberry Bash!

Sellers and Browsers Invited to St. Christopher’s Yard Sale on July 23rd

All types of vendors and crafters are welcome to sell at the St. Christopher’s Yard Sale. Whether you are selling or browsing for items to purchase, mark your calendar for Saturday, July 23rd.

St. Christopher’s Community Church’s Yard Sale
7902 Steamboat Island Road NW

Saturday, July 23rd, 2011, rain or shine
9 am to 3 pm (spaces must be cleared by 4 pm)

Sellers pay $15 for booth space before July 15th, after July 15th prices increase $5. Booths will be set up outdoors, on the grass. The event is being held rain or shine, so plan accordingly and bring a canopy. Set-up will begin at 7:30 am Saturday morning.

Click here to download a copy of the flyer, which includes details and a form to be used to reserve space for a booth.

Questions? Call: 866-2111 or e-mail

Local Food Bank Coordinator Needs Your Help, Donations of Food and Toiletries

Lindy Vincent, at St. Christopher’s Community Church, has been helping 14 families right here on our peninsula and Lindy could use regular help. She picks-up and delivers food from the Thurston County Food Bank, and also helps families with other necessities like gas to get to work or a job interview, clothing, furniture, moving them to new housing and so much more. She if often using her own funds to pay for these items – without reimbursement!

If you can help, especially on a regular basis, please give Lindy a call at 866- 6781.

Please also remember that our food bank families are supplemented with additional food and other donations made by your friends and neighbors right here in the Griffin area. Families can especially use items like toilet paper, paper towels, laundry soap and dish soap. Call St. Christopher’s at 866-2111 or drop your donations of non-perishable food and toiletries to the Griffin Fire Department’s main station.

Thank you for your generosity!

33rd Annual Blueberry Bash, August 15 at St. Christopher’s

Come enjoy a neighborhood tradition at St. Christopher’s 33rd Annual Blueberry Bash!

Sunday, August 15
Noon to 4:00 pm

Located at 7902 Steamboat Island Road NW, Olympia

Celtic Irish music provided by Cricket on the Hearth and Snake Oil in our beautiful park-like setting.

Food: brats, corn on the cob, beans, hot dogs, nachos, homemade blueberry and other fruit pies (whole or by the slice).

Activities: bingo garden, silent auction, carnival games, face painting, family games (egg toss, 3-legged race).

Donations of canned food or fresh produce for the Thurston County Food Bank appreciated!

Sign your kids up for Sunday School too! Sunday School starts September 12.

Questions? Call 360-866-2111 or e-mail

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St. Christopher’s Provides Assistance to Local Families in Need

Area residents may be surprised to find out that St. Christopher’s Community Church provides a satellite for the Thurston County Food Bank. Presently, St. Christopher’s is supporting 14 local families. These are families in need, right here in our neighborhood.

The coordinator for St. Christopher’s efforts, Lindy Vincent, picks-up and delivers food from the Food Bank and also helps families with other necessities. This includes providing vouchers to purchase gas, so family members can get to work or to a job interview. St. Christopher’s provides assistance with clothing, furniture, moving families to new housing, and much more.

Summer is when donations are down and kids are home all day with no access to free or reduced-cost school lunches. Food donations are particularly welcome, right now.

Donations may be conveniently dropped at the main station of the Griffin Fire Department at 3707 Steamboat Loop NW.

Home gardeners with plentiful crops, please consider donating your excess to our local families. Fresh produce delivered directly to St. Christopher’s on Wednesdays, in particular, can be distributed to families on Thursdays. Please contact Lindy Vincent directly, at 866-6781, if you have fresh vegetables or other perishables to donate.

Local families in need can always use toilet paper, paper towels, laundry soap, shampoo, bar soap and dish soap too!

Coats, particularly as cold weather approaches, are welcome.

Donations of cash are used for gasoline and other purchases.

Right now, Lindy is looking for pots and pans, for a family receiving services.

If you can help, especially on a regular basis, please give Lindy a call at 866-6781.

Blueberry Bash – August 16

Mark your calendars for this year’s Blueberry Bash, Sunday, August 16, 12 noon to 4 PM. This is an annual event, not to be missed, at St. Christopher’s Community Church, 7902 Steamboat Island Road NW.

In fact, this is the 32nd Annual Blueberry Bash!

Celtic/Irish music by “Cricket on the Hearth.”

Enjoy lunch – hot dogs, brats, corn-on-the-cob, real ice cream milkshakes, nachos, and their famous blueberry pies. In addition to lunch and lots of yummy treats, there will be a raffle and silent auction. This year you will see more free activities with the addition of Family Games such as a 3-legged race and an egg/balloon toss. There will also be children’s activities, including face-painting, a lollipop tree, duck pond and frog launch. Did we forget to mention music? Come and join us for a very pleasant afternoon at St. Christopher’s Blueberry Bash.

If you would like to donate items or services to the raffle or silent auction, please contact Lisa Andrew (866-4062) or Meredith Hutchins (491-3365). Local businesses are invited to contribute, too.

St. Christopher’s Community Church
August 16
12 noon to 4 PM

Please bring non-perishable food to donate to the Thurston County Food Bank.

Sign your kids up for Sunday School, too. Sunday School starts September 13.

Questions? Call 866-2111 or email

Click here for more information about St. Christopher’s Community Church.