La Mesa health library presents artwork of 10-year-old Alpine girl

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 presenting its Winter Art Exhibit featuring 15 paintings by 10-year-old Mia Bruso of  Alpine. The exhibit runs through the end of March. Kathy Quinn, Herrick Library director, said it is the first time since the library opened in 2002 that the featured artist for the quarterly art exhibit is a child.

Mia was born to Keith and Michelle Bruso at Sharp Grossmont Hospital in 2008. Mia attends Riverview International Academy in Lakeside and speaks both English and Mandarin, as well as a little Spanish. According to her parents and grandmother Joanne Bruso, Mia started to draw as soon as she could hold a crayon. She has been taking art classes since second grade. Mia’s dream is to become an artist as well as a veterinarian because she loves art and loves animals, especially cats. She also recently received her Karate master brown belt.

“Mia’s proud grandmother suggested that we exhibit Mia’s art and we agreed that it was a wonderful idea,” said Quinn.

Admission to the Herrick Community Health Care Library is free. The Winter 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 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturdays. For more information, phone (619) 825-5010 or visit