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This Week in Local Voices: Peaceful Backyards, Restaurant Nicholas and More

A weekly roundup of the best blog posts on Patch.

Each week Patch will be taking a look at the best Local Voices posts by our area bloggers.

Do you an opinion on the issues that impact your community? Do you have a skill or hobby you would like to share with your friends and neighbors? Patch has made our blogging platform easier to use. Read our blogger guidelines and click the "Write a New Blog Post" button in our blog section to get started.

Blogger Chase Malibashka offers tips on creating a tranquil yard. Malibashka suggests creating an inexpensive butterfly garden, crafting a fire pit, or adding a rounded patio to turn your backyard into you're own soothing hideaway.

Aerobics classes have come a long way since the days of your mother's step class. Lynn Mele gives you the rundown on Zumba, cardio kickboxing, spinning and bootcamps. Figure out which sounds the most appealing to you.

Laura Madsen chats with Restaurant Nicholas owners Nicholas Harary and his wife Melissa on everything from his love of the Giants to perfect food and wine pairings.

Thinking about renovating a bathroom? Realtor Len Deunikoski offers a few ideas you may not have considered, including installing an ADA-height toilet.

Temple Shalom Director of Schools Cindy Terebush says studies show limiting a child's time in front of television and computer screens helps with their early development and growth.

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