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The Bigelow Highlands Neighborhood Association is hosting our annual block party on August 3rd at 5:30 p.m., in conjunction with the National Night Out Against Crime!  Come one, come all to enjoy the food, fellowship and music beginning at 5:30 p.m. on Mitchell Avenue NE next to Bigelow Park (between Tullis and Bethel.)

Neighbor Stephanie and her band Little Blue will be performing again.  They were a huge hit at the last block party two years ago.

We will be providing individual bagged meals this year - a Panera Bread sandwich, bag of chips, and a pickle (limited to the first 100 neighbors.) Bottled water will also be available.

Masks will not be required for those who are vaccinated, but we ask that you use your good judgment if you are not. 

This will be an opportunity to donate to the Food Bank.  Look for the green donation bags to drop off your items. Also, 

And as always, we will be collecting voluntary dues of $10.00 per household.  This money helps fund the event.

See you there!


The Olympia City Council Election has a large number of candidates for its five open seats, many of whom may not be well known to residents. The primary election is Tuesday, August 3 and the two top candidates for the five (out of seven) Council seats will be on the ballot for the general election on November 2nd, 2021. Please vote!!

Here are three great sources of information for the candidates:

  1. The League of Women Voters sponsors candidate forums.  Check out their website at
  2. The Council of Neighborhood Associations (CNA) sent questionnaires to all candidates asking their views on city issues related to neighborhoods.  View a PDF of the question and answers here.
  3. The Olympian’s interviews with City Council candidates are available here.

Thanks for voting,

Melissa Allen, BHNA President.


When we say that Cobb’s treats are local, we mean it: Stephen and Rebecca Cobb live right in our neighborhood.  You probably recognize the name. Cobb’s has been fashioning sweet chocolate cups for over 7 years.  You’ll find them in the cooler section of not only local stores like the Olympia Food Co-op, but also 125 different stores up and down the West Coast. 

Stephen and Rebecca relocated to Olympia several years ago from Southern California.  Food – made from natural and local ingredients – was initially a hobby as they adapted to their Northwest surroundings.  Stephen glimpsed an exit from his desk job and the business was born. (Actually, he calls Cobb’s Peanut Butter Cup their “first born.”).  Other cups feature ground sunflower seeds, pistachios, and pecans. Full descriptions are at

Now that making chocolate cups is his livelihood, Stephen has found other hobbies.  He’s taught himself to play the ukulele and enjoys native flutes. He serenades his dog on daily visits to the dog park on Yew Avenue.  Stephen relishes creativity.  An artist lurks within him.  Yet he admits the artistic swirl you see on Cobb’s cups is all Rebecca. 

If you’d like to be featured in a Neighbor Spotlight or know someone we should interview, please email Cindy at


We hope you have noticed the new Little Free Libraries in the neighborhood.  The Bigelow Highlands Neighborhood Association, using grant funding from the City of Olympia, purchased supplies to build four Little Free Libraries.  Neighbors Bob Peller and Marj Shomshor put them together.

You can find the BHNA Little Free Libraries on the 1600 block of Prospect Ave NE, 800 block of  Bethel St NE, on Thurston between Fir & Turner and on the 1200 block of Glass Ave NE (all links to Google Maps.)

The Glass Avenue Little Library needs kids’ books!  If you have children’s books you would like to donate, just put them in the Little Free Library!  It’s that easy!


Looking ahead to October, our next general meeting is October 12.  Board elections will be taking place!

Many board positions will be up for election, including president, vice-president, treasurer and board-member-at-large.  Come get involved and help us keep the block party and CiderDay and other neighborhood events going!

Welcome to the Bigelow Highlands Neighborhood Association Website

The Bigelow Highlands Neighborhood Association strengthens ties among the people in our neighborhood, and between our neighborhood and the city of Olympia. We welcome all residents and business owners in our area as members of this non-profit organization; renters and property owners are welcome.

BHNA does not and shall not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion (creed), gender, gender expression, age, national origin (ancestry), disability, marital status, sexual orientation, or military status, in any of its activities or operations. These activities include, but are not limited to, election of board members and accepting of volunteers. We are committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all BHNA Neighbors.