One Central Coast resident is helping her neighbors stay optimistic during the pandemic through her passion for playing piano.
Lee Ann Vermeulen moved to Morro Bay after spending 35 years of her life in Amsterdam.
When COVID-19 prompted stay-at-home orders, she started opening her garage doors and playing piano for one hour each Sunday.
Vermeulen says she wants to give people a chance to focus on something other than the pandemic.
"It's very powerful, it's very personal, but it's also something you can experience in a group," pianist and artist Lee Ann Vermeulen said. "It has a definite energy that people feel and recognize. it's not a logical process, it's an emotional and spiritual one."
She says her neighbors come out and watch her play from a safe distance and often invites other musicians to play with her.