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 Toby and Devin showing off the generous contributions to the Vadnais Heights Lions Toy Drive
Celebrating Community and the Joy of the Season

PAI Commerce always looks to participate in the rich life of our community. 
 
This year we are again contributing to a food and toy drive sponsored by the Vadnais Heights Lions Club, providing an opportunity for participants and staff to give back and give thanks for this great community.  We certainly believe that life is enriched by taking the time to step into the joy and spirit of giving that surrounds us this time of the year. 
 
Donations of toys and food were collected from November 12 through December 11, 2018.

Amy enjoying the art class at PAI Commerce
Learning to Express our Inner Creativity with Art

Art has the power to bring out the creativity in people even when some say, "I can't paint." 

 

Sue from the White Bear Center for the Arts (WBCA) came to Commerce for an art class in November.  Using acrylic paint, individuals painted a fall/winter- themed picture on canvas.  Sue taught painting techniques such as how to create "snow" on canvas and how to mix paint to create our desired colors.  By the end of class, even those who had said, "I can't paint," painted and created their own one-of-a-kind masterpiece. 

 

The class was such an enjoyment, WBCA came back to Commerce in December for another round of creative painting. 

Ivy and Neil showing off their tricks
Pet Therapy at Commerce

We are thrilled to introduce pet therapy dog, Ivy!  Ivy is a certified therapy dog who visits us here at Commerce weekly with her owner and handler Neil. Ivy has been certified for just about a year, and has been coming to see us since summer 2018.
She is a beautiful Golden Retriever that was rescued from Istanbul, Turkey. Because she is from Turkey, Ivy is bilingual, and can understand commands in both English and Turkish! She loves to interact with her friends at PAI Commerce and show off her many tricks! She leaves everyone with a smile, and we all look forward to seeing Ivy and getting to spend some time with her each week.
 Thank you Neil and Ivy for making PAI Commerce a better place.

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