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Take it outside

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Susan McBride
It's the season of long strolls, warm breezes, outdoor dining, lush surroundings and a little dirt under your fingernails. Here's a brief guide to life in the urban outdoors through community gardens, public parks and neighborhood gatherings. So find a friend, choose and adventure and take it outside!


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