Peaceful scene in Paramount Park Open Space

Thursday, May 28, 2020

Photo by Janet Way

Paramount Park Open Space 946 NE 147th St in Shoreline has trails that lead to open green spaces or wild wetlands.

Owls roost in the trees and bunnies sometime greet you on the trail.

A hot day is a perfect time to walk in the shadow of tall trees.


Case updates May 27, 2020

Another 225 coronavirus cases have been confirmed in Washington, bringing the total number of cases to 20,406, including 1,095 deaths.

The latest statewide modeling report shows COVID-19 transmission trending downwards in western Washington and upwards in eastern Washington.

The state department of health (DOH) has sent a team of ten infection specialists (eight DOH staff and two CDC staff) to support the Yakima Health District’s response to COVID-19.

Case updates

United States
  • 1,678,843 cases including 16,429 New Cases
  • 99,031 deaths, including 770 New Deaths 
Washington state
  • 20,406 cases
  • 3,394 hospitalizations
  • 1,095 deaths
King county
  • 7,931 cases, 35 new
  • 549 deaths, 5 new
  • 372 cases
  • 54 deaths
Lake Forest Park
  • 31 cases
  • 0 deaths


Techniques for making books Saturday on Zoom - register by Friday 2pm - age 8 and older

Online: Book Magic Workshop
Saturday, May 30, 2-4:00pm

Ages 8 and older.

Presented by Seattle ReCreative.
Sponsored by the Shoreline-Lake Forest Park Arts Council.

Learn techniques for making books with common household supplies in this live online class. 

Following a demonstration and time to create three different styles of books, prompts for journaling, sketching and making comics will be presented.

Please have these supplies ready to go in order for us to have fun as a group:
  • Cereal box or other thin cardboard box to use for book covers
  • Paper, 15 sheets (copy paper works great or use previously printed paper/junk mail by using the blank reverse side)
  • Rubber bands and/or string
  • Drawing and writing supplies (pens, pencils, markers)
  • Scissors (we recommend having an adult available to assist/supervise with the cutting)
  • Tape
Optional supplies:
  • Color paper / Construction paper
  • Ruler
  • Brass fasteners / Brads / Binder clips
  • Decorating supplies (stickers, stamps, glitter glue)

Questions? Email Miss Julie,

Please register and provide your email address before 2pm on May 29. You will receive an email with a Zoom link to the session by 10am the day of the program.


Kids Town Hall Friday

Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal is holding a kids town hall, this Friday, May 29th at 12:30pm via Facebook.

I’ll be joined by the Seattle Aquarium, Pacific Science Center and the Woodland Park Zoo so it’s going to be a fun time for kids, and people of all ages.


Washington ESD Tips on Unemployment Insurance

Rep. Pramila Jayapal shared these tips from the state Employment Security Department

Washington ESD’s new initiative is designed to help get benefits to everyone who is eligible and to get through their backlog of claims.

ESD has these tips for callers making unemployment insurance claims to make sure the process goes smoothly:
  • File your weekly claims. Many people who are eligible and qualified for benefits haven’t filed weekly claims. If you’ve already applied for unemployment benefits but have not yet filed a weekly claim, be sure to file your weekly claim and check out this useful information first before doing so. That will ensure you get through as smoothly as possible.
  • Apply for expanded benefits. If you applied for regular unemployment insurance and were deemed ineligible, you may be eligible for the new expanded unemployment benefit called Pandemic Unemployment Assistance (PUA). Check out this guide before you apply.
  • Answer the phone: The Employment Security Department (ESD) team members are reaching out and calling people to resolve their cases.
  • Check your spam filter for emails and check your e-services account for notes from ESD asking for information. In some cases, they’ve reached out and haven’t heard back.
  • If you’re new to making a claim — be prepared and use their materials — which have been downloaded more than a quarter million times. The checklist and the guide will help. And, before you hit submit on your application, make sure that the information is correct.

Reporting Fraud

Washington ESD has seen a spike in fraudulent Unemployment Benefits claims, where bad actors are stealing identifying information and using it to apply for UI. Visit their website for more information on how to submit a complaint of fraud.

Remember that the federal government will never ask you to confirm your personal information via email or telephone. Do not open emails or give any personal information to anyone claiming to be able to process any CARES Act related benefits, including your direct cash payments.


Hundreds maintain physical distancing on Edmonds Beach

Photo by Lee Lageschulte

Hot weather and an extremely low tide brought out hundreds to the long expanse of beach along the Edmonds Bowl.

Waders, swimmers, dog walkers, hikers, and sunbathers, dressed in everything from swim trunks to backpacks and hiking boots lined the beach.

Everyone maintained appropriate physical space. Views included a snowcapped mountain, ferries, possibly some marine life under the dock, and lots of people.


Updated guide for Horizon View tree walk

European beech on Tree Walk #3
Looking for a new walk to take? Want to learn more about the trees in your neighborhood? 

Tree Walks, which start at four different parks in the City of Lake Forest Park, were originally put together in 2008 by the Urban Forest Task Force and David Hepp.

Recently, two members of the Lake Forest Park Tree Board, Richard Olmstead and Julia Bent, have put together an updated Tree Walk with pictures for Tree Walk #3 which starts at Horizon View Park.

Loop through the Horizon View neighborhood, enjoying views of Mt. Rainier, Mt. Baker, the
Cascades, and the Olympics from the highest point in the City. 

The walk features the native woodlands adjacent to the park and an interesting variety of trees planted in the surrounding neighborhood. 

Distance: 1.3 miles.

The guide includes the route, photos and locations specific trees to look for.


Bestselling author Michael Connelly in virtual event June 4 - tickets required

The hero of The Poet and The Scarecrow is back in the new thriller from #1 New York Times bestselling author Michael Connelly.
Jack McEvoy, the journalist who never backs down, tracks a serial killer who has been operating completely under the radar—until now.

Veteran reporter Jack McEvoy has taken down killers before, but when a woman he had a one-night stand with is murdered in a particularly brutal way, McEvoy realizes he might be facing a criminal mind unlike any he's ever encountered. Jack investigates—against the warnings of the police and his own editor—and makes a shocking discovery that connects the crime to other mysterious deaths across the country. 
Undetected by law enforcement, a vicious killer has been hunting women, using genetic data to select and stalk his targets. Uncovering the murkiest corners of the dark web, Jack races to find and protect the last source who can lead him to his quarry. But the killer has already chosen his next target, and he's ready to strike.

Join Michael Connelly for a live conversation with Andrea Dunlop, author of We Came Here To Forget, on Thursday, June 4 at 7pm!

Tickets Are Required! 


Lake Forest Park cancels summer events

LFP Summer events like the Pet Pawrade
will not be held this year
Photo by John Wright

The City of Lake Forest Park regrets to announce the annual array of citywide summer celebrations and neighborhood events for the current 2020 summer will be cancelled this year in response to the current COVID-19 pandemic and health precautions regarding COVID-19 to assure the safety of the community.

This was not an easy decision. Residents, the Mayor, City Council, and staff all look forward to these events. Keep your eyes open for other special opportunities with our partner organizations around LFP later this summer.


Save the orcas? Save the bees

Native bee in rhododendron
Photo by Mike Remarcke

Did you know that 600+ bee species call Washington State home? Did you know that the majority of them are native bee species?

While none of our native bees make honey, or live in hives, native bees are the most important pollinators of wild plants, helping to maintain ecosystem diversity.

In addition, bees are essential to feed the world’s growing human population: On average, one out of every three bites of food people eat needs a pollinator to reproduce!

Bees also pollinate most of the plants growing next to streams that provide shade to keep our creeks, streams and rivers cool – no bees, no salmon!!

Want to save orcas? Save the bees!

--From Demarus Tevuk Sandlin for a presentation at Northwest Stream Center in Snohomish county.

She produces and writes educational content for Crown Bees, a mason and leafcutter bee company in Woodinville.


Outdoor religious ceremonies approved for Phase 1 counties

Beginning now, religious and faith-based organizations in Phase 1 counties (King) may host up to 100 people for outdoor services.

In Phase 2, (see previous article) they can host up to 25% of their capacity or 50 individuals, whichever is less, as well as conduct in-home services of five people. The guidance, which includes weddings and funerals, is available here.

The religious services covered include all worship services, religious study classes, religious ceremonies, religious holiday celebrations, weddings, and funerals. 

Choirs are not allowed, but singing may be done with face coverings. This is because the virus is transmitted through breathing: The louder voices are projected, the farther germs travel.

Organizations will be expected to meet requirements to protect employees, members, visitors and volunteers. These requirements include protections such as social distancing and face coverings, environmental cleaning, providing PPE, and educating employees about COVID-19 and how to prevent transmission.

“We, the Catholic Bishops of the State of Washington, are encouraged by the governor’s directives today allowing people of faith to resume public worship. 
"These directives are evidence of the good fruits which are born from patient dialogue and commitment to the public health and the common good,” said the Catholic Bishops of the State of Washington in a joint statement.


Cartoon by Whitney Potter: Aging electrician

Previously published cartoons can be seen here


Three new counties approved to move to Phase 2

Washington State Secretary of Health John Wiesman approved variance applications for Kittitas, Thurston, and Walla Walla counties to move into Phase 2 of Gov. Jay Inslee’s Safe Start plan.

Kittitas County was previously on pause due to an outbreak investigation. Over the past three weeks, the Kittitas County Public Health Department demonstrated their ability to quickly and thoughtfully respond to an outbreak in their community.

A total of 24 counties have now been approved to move to Phase 2: Adams, Asotin, Columbia, Cowlitz, Ferry, Garfield, Grant, Grays Harbor, Island, Jefferson, Kittitas, Lewis, Lincoln, Mason, Pacific, Pend Oreille, San Juan, Skamania, Spokane, Stevens, Thurston, Wahkiakum, Walla Walla, and Whitman.

Clallam, Kitsap, and Klickitat counties are eligible to apply for a variance to move to Phase 2. The application from Clark County remains on pause due to an outbreak investigation.


Agenda for June 1 Shoreline Council meeting

By Pam Cross

The June 1, 2020, 7pm Council Meeting will be held virtually. Instructions on how to access the meeting are HERE

The agenda includes the following:

Action Items

Public Hearing

8(a) Public Hearing and Adoption of Resolution No. 458 - Adopting the 2021-2026 Transportation Improvement Plan (TIP)

The draft was presented to the City Council at the April 6, 2020 meeting. As a result of the Council discussion, there were no modifications to the draft. The purpose of this Public Hearing is to receive comments on the 2021-2026 Transportation Improvement Plan.

8(b) Adoption of Resolution No. 459 – Temporarily Authorizing Meetings and Public Hearings to be Held Remotely Due to the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency.

This allows the public to attend and watch or listen electronically or "virtually" in real time, as wells to provide public comment and testimony by electronic means.

There will be Public Comment following the staff report. Instructions for submitting comments to the virtual meeting are HERE

8(c) Adoption of Ordinance No. 889 - Amending Chapter 10.05 SMC, the Model Traffic Ordinance, for Clarity and to Establish a City Monetary Penalty for Parking Violations

This will set a minimum monetary penalty for parking violations at $50, and establish a $25 delinquency penalty.

Study Item

9(a) Discussion of the Project Status and Progress for the N 148th Street Non-Motorized Bridge Project


Local Shorecrest high school student rallies community to raise $235 and 3,125 pounds of food for Hopelink

Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Sorted and boxed for delivery to Hopelink's Kirkland distribution center

Concerned about the rising number of local families struggling to put food on the table, Ian Prosser, a sophomore at Shorecrest High School and 17-year resident of Shoreline, decided he should step up.

“I just felt compelled. Food insecurity may seem like an invisible problem to a lot of people, but it’s not. I don’t have to look too far or too close to see my school friends and neighbors are hurting right now,” said Prosser.
Volunteers unload the bags of donated food

As the coronavirus slows business and thousands of Seattle workers lose jobs, emergency support services are being stretched thin.

Seeing an opportunity to help, Prosser organized a five-hour rally on May 16, 2020 where local residents could drop off food donations at the Shoreline School District’s office parking lot and save a trip to Hopelink’s distribution center in Kirkland.

The event raised $235 and 3,125 pounds of food to support the community’s housing insecure and low-income families.

Bruce, Julia, Ian, and Michael Prosser

He recruited his mother, Julia Prosser, to help coordinate the event. 

“I am amazed at the amount of support we received,” said Mrs. Prosser. “Our high school students were up and ready to go at 7:00am on a Saturday. Can’t say that normally happens in my household!” 

PTA Council co-president, Silje Sodal, played a key role securing the location and providing a contact list of community groups willing to help. Sodal also served as the primary liaison between the food drive committee and the school district.

Volunteers pose for a group shot

Special thanks go to the more than 35 volunteers from the Shoreline PTA Council, Shoreline School District, Shoreline Rotary, Shoreline Community Church and students from Shorecrest, Shorewood, and Sammamish high schools.

“I’m so thankful to everyone who volunteered and donated,” added Prosser. “It just goes to show anyone can make a difference if they want.”


Tuesday's sunset

Photo by Brian Dunphy

A peaceful evening view over the waters of Puget Sound.


13 foot tide swing brings out the beachcombers

Aerial photography copyright Marc Weinberg

Another minus low tide of (-1.77) for a total tide swing of nearly 13 feet brought out fun seekers and treasure hunters at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park and further north and south along the shoreline tide pools.

Aerial photography copyright Marc Weinberg

Looking south along the beach at Richmond Beach Saltwater Park in Shoreline.


Shoreline Social Justice book group meets on Zoom June 7

Shoreline Social Justice Book Group - The Best We Could Do by Thi Bui
Sunday. June 7, 2pm-3:30pm
Zoom Meeting

Session will discuss The Best We Could Do by Thi BuiRegister online to participate and a Zoom link will be sent to you a few days prior to the session.

The author describes her experiences as a young Vietnamese immigrant, highlighting her family's move from their war-torn home to the United States in graphic novel format.
"Exploring the anguish of immigration and the lasting effects that displacement has on a child and her family, Bui documents the story of her family's daring escape after the fall of South Vietnam in the 1970s, and the difficulties they faced building new lives for themselves."--Publisher description.

The Shoreline Social Justice Book (SSJB) group is a rich opportunity to meet neighbors and build community by reading and discussing books written from diverse perspectives.


Progress on the new Einstein Middle School

Aerial photography copyright Marc Weinberg

The remaining old Einstein can be seen in the upper left with the blue panels. The new school was constructed behind the old school.

Classes were still be held in the old buildings until the COVID-19 shutdown. It was originally planned that students would be moved into the new building at the beginning of the fall 2020 school year.

Aerial photography copyright Marc Weinberg

The new school will house 6th -7th- 8th graders. There will be a protected central courtyard. Note the arrays of solar panels on the roof.

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

The buildings are being finished inside but the landscaping will be completed after the buildings are done. At this point it is estimated that everything, including landscaping will be done by December 2020.

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

From the front parking lot, the new buildings rise above the old walkway and building.

Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools

The new gym at Einstein Middle School.

Photo courtesy Shoreline Schools


Lake Forest Park police report

Lake Forest Park Police report the following:

Possible domestic assault
Police Department Officers and Northshore Fire responded to what was initially described as a heart attack victim. This victim was found semi-conscious with extensive bruising/head injuries and indications this may be a domestic assault. The victim was taken to the hospital and listed in critical condition. The scene was processed by the major crime task force and LFP detectives. After a search warrant was obtained, the victim was contacted at the hospital by our detectives.The victim’s extensive head injury left her unable to respond to questions at that time. The detectives continue to work this case.

Identify theft / unemployment fraud
Officers have taken over 75 identity theft reports regarding unemployment fraud. All of these victims reported their information was used to apply for unemployment benefits through the state. Most of these victims are currently still employed and not eligible for benefits. Several claims were paid prior to their respective HR departments being aware of/or approving the claim. The city was notified and several employees of Lake Forest Park discovered they were also victims of identity theft.

Mail theft
Mail thefts are on the rise all over the city. Residents are being reminded through social media to pick up their mail as soon as possible. 

No child abduction occurred
Officers were contacted at the PD by citizens who had located a young child who told them he had been abducted from Shoreline by two subjects in a van. The child said he was able to escape the van as it drove into LFP by jumping from the moving vehicle. Shoreline and LFP investigated, located the parents, and returned the child home. Officers quickly determined that no abduction occurred, and it appears to have been a story fabricated by the child when he left home without his parents’ knowledge. This caused a flurry of anger on social media that the PD had not notified the residents regarding a child abduction. Eventually we posted to our social media regarding this incident. This caused additional issues and was later removed after it was determined the community had been appropriately notified that no threat existed.

No teenage abduction occurred
A recent Registered Sex Offender (RSO) notification is causing some neighborhood issues. It was reported on Nextdoor that a teenage victim was held against his will at a local park. The victim also provided a picture of the back of the “suspect” who was sitting in a chair at the time. The victim’s father indicated on Nextdoor that this crime had been reported to the police. A few residents of the new RSO’s neighborhood are stating on Nextdoor that this RSO is in fact the perpetrator. It appears at this time that no report of the park incident has been reported to any police agency in the area. Detectives and patrol are working to keep incident/accusations from getting out of control. Detectives contacted the RSO and spoke with him regarding this alleged incident. It is not believed that this incident occurred or that it did not occur as described on social media. As of this date, no formal report has been made.


LFP Mayor's proposal would allow banners and sandwich boards for Town Center businesses without street frontage

Parking lot striping completed at City Hall and parks
Photos courtesy City of Lake Forest Park

To help Town Center business without visibility from the street, Lake Forest Park Mayor Jeff Johnson has proposed a temporary variance to allow those business to install a banner on an exterior wall and put out two sandwich boards to let the public know they are open for business.

This resolution will be on the agenda for confirmation at the Lake Forest Park city council virtual meeting on Thursday, May 28, 2020 at 7pm

  1. Resolution 1773 Affirming Mayor’s Emergency Order on Town Center Signage
  2. Resolution 1774 Authorizing Mayor to Sign the Joint Letter of Commitment: Climate Change Actions in King County, as part of the King County Cities Climate Collaboration (K4C)
  3. Ordinance 1207 Granting a Five-Year Nonexclusive Master Use Permit Agreement to McLeodUSA Telecommunications Services, LLC


Case updates May 26

Cases, hospitalizations, deaths by county
Washington state Dept of Health

Gov. Jay Inslee issued guidance further clarifying outdoor recreation requirements in Phase 1 and Phase 2. King county is in Phase 1.

Through the Washington "Safe Start" plan, more businesses and activities will re-open in phases, with adequate safety and health standards in place. Each phase will be at least three weeks.

Additionally, counties with less than 10 new cases of COVID-19 per 100,000 residents over a 14-day span can apply for a variance to move to Phase 2 of “Safe Start” before other parts of the state. County variance applications will be approved or denied by the secretary of the Department of Health. Twenty-one counties have received the variance.

Guidance documents:

Case updates as of May 26, 2020

United States
  • 1,662,414 cases
  • 98,261 deaths
Washington state
  • 20,181 cases
  • 3,338 hospitalizations
  • 1,078 deaths
King county
  • 7,896 cases
  • 544 deaths
  • 372 cases
  • 54 deaths
Lake Forest Park
  • 31 cases
  • 0 deaths


KCLS’ annual Summer Reading Program moves online

The King County Library System (KCLS) is pleased to offer their annual Summer Reading Program online this year while KCLS Libraries continue to remain closed to help slow the spread of COVID-19. For those up to the challenge, KCLS encourages residents of all ages to read 1,000 minutes from June 1 to August 31.

Residents can participate in hundreds of fun and educational online activities throughout the summer with arts and crafts, music and magic programs, Story Times, STEM learning opportunities and a variety of literary events. Visit for the most up-to-date information on events and activities.

“KCLS’ Summer Reading Program may look different this year, but we are committed to keeping children’s minds active and engaged while school is out to help prevent the “summer slide,” said KCLS Executive Director Lisa Rosenblum. 
“KCLS staff have worked hard to redesign this multifaceted program into a fully virtual experience. We hope residents enjoy the programming, and have fun reading this summer. ”

This year’s theme is “Imagine Your Story,” and participants are invited to unlock their imaginations, and embark on a reading adventure of their choosing. Reading to someone or listening to an audiobook also counts towards their minutes. Everyone who reads for 500 minutes or more can enter a raffle for a prize package of books, and one winner will be chosen from each Library location after August 31.

Past participants will recognize the online app, Beanstack, from previous years’ reading challenges. Patrons may use Beanstack to log their reading hours, or they can choose to print a downloadable reading log to track hours instead.

With KCLS investing more funds in its digital collection during the closure, there are more eBooks and audiobooks to choose from, and a variety of titles to help patrons reach their reading goals. Participants looking for inspiration can browse through a selection of book recommendations curated by KCLS staff to find great titles and get started.

“In this difficult time, the need for connection and community is even more acute,” added KCLS Youth and Family Services Manager Rekha Kuver. 
“Although we are physically distant from one another, we will continue to provide meaningful ways for people to come together online as a community of readers and learners.”


Boeing Creek

Tuesday, May 26, 2020

Photo by Jo Simmons

Boeing Creek flows west to Puget Sound. On its way it runs through Boeing Creek Park and Shoreview Park. There are hiking and biking trails near the stream.

Information about Shoreline Parks HERE


Jumpin' Jays...

Photo by Gloria Z Nagler

(No jays were harmed in this encounter:) They repeatedly squared off against one another, never touched, and ultimately chose their treats and headed out. Would that humans resolved their differences as effectively)
--Gloria Z Nagler


Reminder: Gypsy moth treatment Tuesday

Photo by Wayne Pridemore
Reminder that the state department of Agriculture will be spraying Woodway on Tuesday for gypsy moth caterpillers.

The plane will be flying, probably quite low, over west Shoreline to set up its runs over Woodway.

They plan to start at 8am but the previous two dates were delayed by weather to around 10am.

It takes about 40 minutes to complete the run...


Book review by Aarene Storms: Fence - Vol 1

Fence - volume 1 by C.S. Pacat and Johanna the Mad

Nicholas is a scrapper, an underfed, under-educated kid who loves fencing and needs to make the school fencing team to assure his scholarship. He's determined to win, but he has a lot to learn.

Though these characters in this book echo the athletic drive seen in Check Please (Ngozi Ukazu, 2018), the story lacks the good-natured comradeship between team members, leaving a lot more narrative tension.

Readers looking for a realistic sport story in graphic novel format will be pleased, and those who know nothing about epee fencing will find themselves drawn into examining the drawings for small details that make big differences in a fast match.

Bullying, some cussing, some off-page sexual situations. Recommended for sport fans, ages 12 to adult.

The events may not have happened; still, the story is true. --R. Silvern

Aarene Storms, youth services librarian
Richmond Beach and Lake Forest Park Libraries, KCLS


Demolition at Einstein Middle School

Photo by Mary Kate Horwood

Construction on the new Einstein Middle School began in June 2018 with an anticipated completion date of August 2020. The new 150,888 square foot school will have the capacity for 1,071 students. The architect for this project is Integrus Architects and contractor is Hoffman Construction. The total estimated cost for the project is $104,725,000.

Photo copyright Marc Weinberg

This is dramatic part, visible to the public on 3rd NW, as the front pods of the old school are demolished.

Aerial photography copyright Marc Weinberg

The building in the foreground will also be demolished.


A quiet Memorial Day

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

No cannons, rifle shots, marching bands, or speakers this Memorial Day at Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery on Aurora.

Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Volunteers decorated the graves of the war dead with flags, as usual. And a few came to decorate individual graves and just walk quietly.

Young visitors at Evergreen-Washelli
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

At the Shoreline Veterans' Recognition Plaza the flags flew for all the branches of service.

Shoreline Veterans' Recognition Plaza
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

Flags fly for each branch of the armed forces at the Shoreline Veterans' Recognition Plaza.

Memorial bricks on the Plaza
Photo by Steven H. Robinson

A memorial was left for a family member at the Shoreline Veterans' Recognition Plaza. Individual bricks can be engraved to memorialize service members from any branch, any time.

Sunset Ave N in Edmonds
Photo by Lee Lageschulte

On Sunset Ave N in Edmonds, small flags with the name of a service member were placed all along the pathway.


Shoreline Watercolor and Sketchers have no trouble adapting to physical distancing

Members of Shoreline Watercolor and Sketchers
are not deterred by chilly, overcast weather
Photo by Marty Happy Behnke

Shoreline Watercolor and Sketchers is a Plein Air Watercolor group that can be found painting in the Shoreline area most Mondays, with proper distancing, masks and wipes on hand. 

Watercolor by Linda Marie
The French term en plein air refers to outdoor painting, which allows artists to capture landscapes and views in natural light.

Watercolor by Marty

Recently the group was painting at the corner of 165th St and 5th Ave in the business district of the Ridgecrest neighborhood where the Crest, 7/11, and Cafe Aroma are.

Watercolor by Diana

It's a good location, with interesting buildings as well as local businesses with food, coffee, and customer restrooms. The parking lot provides plenty of space to sit at least 6 feet apart, often more.

Watercolor by Sue T

And the results speak for themselves!

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