Artist Sandra Hayen of La Mesa on exhibit at La Mesa health library

June 17, 2024 – Our town took a magical trip down memory lane today. The Model T Ford Club of America rolled into town for their 2024 National Tour. 

Dozens of these magnificent Model T’s lined our streets. It felt like stepping back in time.

The visitors took a stroll through our town’s rich history, from the old Lakeside Inn, the Auto Speedway route, made famous by racing legend Barney Oldfield, to our charming historic buildings and homes.

The Lakeside Historical Society opened their doors, welcoming everyone to explore the chapel, museum, Gift Shop, and the Speedway monument. It was a little slice of the past brought back to life.

Their visit was short, but the memories will last a lifetime. A huge thank you to the Model T Ford Club of America for stopping by and making the day in our hometown so special.

The Dr. William C. Herrick Community Health Care Library, a consumer health library at 9001 Wakarusa St. in La Mesa, is now hosting its Fall Art Exhibit featuring an exclusive showing of 16 oil paintings by Sandra Hayen of La Mesa. The exhibit will run through the end of December.

LEAD Technologies Inc. V1.01Hayen’s paintings on display showcase landscape scenes featuring ocean, mountains and flowers. The settings vary from Taos, New Mexico and Sedona, Ariz. to a farmhouse, marsh, woodland and clusters of eucalyptus trees. Hayen’s style varies from traditional realism to impressionism.

“I strive to convey a sense of beauty, sensitivity and serenity in my interpretation of nature, being pleased when others sense these feelings in my paintings,” said Hayen. “Bringing happiness to others through my work and teaching is a source of joy to me.”

Her memberships include Oil Painters of America, California Art Club, San Diego Museum of Art Artists Guild and Foothills Art Association. Her website is

Admission to the Herrick Community Health Care Library is free. The Fall Art Exhibit is open to the public during regular library hours, which are from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. on Tuesdays, from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Wednesdays through Fridays, and from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturdays. For more information, phone (619) 825-5010 or visit