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August 5, 2014 at 7:42am

5 Things To Do Today: National Night Out, outdoor movie, West Olympia Farmers Market, John Denver ...

Strangely Alright will take a bite out of crime with their guitars during National Night Out.

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TUESDAY, AUG. 5 2014 >>>

1. As the last month of summer begins, it's time to step outside your air-conditioned oasis and take some time to appreciate your neighborhood. Or as this practice is referred to around the country, National Night Out, the one evening a year in which law enforcement, citizens, business owners and local officials come together to heighten crime awareness and build community morale. But more than that, NNO is a time when neighbors can come together and celebrate while enjoying free bitchin' entertainment. The Bridge, the new cooperative parish of the United Methodist Church at 56th and South Puget Sound, will host a street party, food, games and the musical stylings of Jason Kertson, Strangely Alright, Sleepy Pilot and Antihero from 6-10 p.m. Crime prevention and live music? It's a win-win situation!

2. Feed your brain at 1:40 and 7 p.m. when The Grand Cinema screens Decoding Annie Parker, an educational film about the proactive choices some women are making regarding breast cancer.

3. Pack your snacks, blankets and lawn chairs and head to Peoples Center for a free outdoor screening of Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 at 5 p.m. Movie sponsor Click! Network in partnership with Metro Parks Tacoma are also bringing in jazz musician Michael Powers. So really expect clear skies with a good chance of awesome jazz.

4. Ever since the Westside Tavern won the Tournament of Burgers and Hana Klimek was named Server of the Week, the real estate agents representing Olympia's Westside have been inundated with inquiries. The Westside is happening, but that's not news to those who live up on the hill. If you want proof, drop by the Tuesday West Olympia Farmers Market from 4-7 p.m. In addition to an awesome selection of local vendors, this season features live music, raffles and special events. Drop by for fresh produce, baked goods, pastured poultry and meats, flowers, veggie starts and crafts.

5. Folksy, folk-writing folk hero John Denver - born Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. - died Oct. 12, 1997, when the experimental plane he was flying crashed into Monterey Bay off the coast of California. Tonight at 6:30 p.m. in the Red Wind Casino fans both casual (which way to the slots?) and rabid (dude, "Rocky Mountain High"!) will cheer on Ted Vigil - born Ted Vigil - as he pays tribute to Denver - both visually and musically.

LINK: Tuesday, Aug. 5 arts and entertainment events in the greater Tacoma and Olympia area

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