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WHITE BEAR CENTER FOR THE ARTS CELEBRATING 50 YEARS! We are a place for everyone – ensuring the joys and opportunities of the arts are accessible to, and inclusive of, all people in the community who wish to participate! VLAWMO - PARTNERING WITH THE COMMUNITY TO PROTECT OUR WATERSHED • Over 900 high-quality art classes offered throughout the year, available for all experience levels and ages. • Free onsite lectures bring in experts from the Minneapolis Institute of Art, University of Minnesota, internationally-renowned artists, poets and authors. • Free performances and seven gallery exhibitions in the beautiful Ford Family Gallery. Stop by today and discover a welcoming community that encourages artistic expression, cultivates friendships, is engaging and accepting, enriches lives and celebrates the human spirit. Visit the website for a full listing of classes and events. Vadnais Lake Area Water Management Organization is a local government agency that uses science and partnerships to protect and enhance water resources within our 25 square mile watershed district. A recent example of this collaboration between private business, local government and contractors is the new Vadnais Heights Goodwill, completed fall 2017 at Centerville Road, south of Hwy 96. The project goal was to develop the land parcel, which had a long history of failed development attempts and unlawful filling of a wetland on the site, to meet the needs and requirements of both the business and the Wetland Conservation Act. Custom underground storage basins, tree trenches, raingardens, and redesigned wetlands were utilized to collect and treat stormwater on-site, which eventually drains to Vadnais Lake and impacts the community’s drinking water. The collaborative development process coordinated six different agencies and thirteen draft plans. Ultimately, the project was deemed a win-win for all constituents involved, turning a former problem site into an asset for the commu nity and the watershed. VLAWMO also adds value to our community by funding cost- share grants for smaller projects impacting our local water quality. Businesses, organizations and residents can apply for grants that can pay up to 75 percent of labor and materials when native plantings are used to improve water infiltration, lessen runoff and provide wildlife habitat through shoreline restorations, raingardens and prairie landscapes. Visit for more information about upcoming classes and community events, volunteer opportunities, cost-share grants, and to learn about other exciting VLAWMO projects in the works. 4971 Long Avenue White Bear Lake, MN 55110 651-407-0597 53