OWN board adding ‘Spirit’ to this summer’s Westside Neighbors Picnic

       The Organization of Westside Neighbors (OWN) plans format changes for two of its annual community events - the picnic and the Spirit Awards.
       How? By combining them.
       Previously, the summer Westside Neighbors Picnic consisted mainly of a free barbecue with socializing, games and live music. The Spirit Awards - in which OWN recognized people who had fixed up their properties - took place at a meeting in the fall (with the most recent last October).
       But this year OWN plans to present the Spirit Awards at the picnic (tentatively scheduled in late July). The idea is to have a larger audience to show appreciation for award recipients and possibly even to inspire other Westsiders to do the same, according to the discussion among OWN board members at a recent meeting.
       In preparation, the OWN board has begun seeking candidates for this year's Spirit Awards. Property owners who have made improvements can nominate themselves or be nominated by others. Categories are (residential or commercial) Landscap-ing/Curb Appeal, New Construction, Historic Preservation and Remodeling/Addition; and (commercial only) Signage.
       For more information, call 471-4023 or e-mail info@westsideneighbors.org.

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