For the fifth consecutive year, Mesa Pride is sponsoring a Neighborhood Pride contest that seeks out the city's most attractive neighborhoods and dwellings.
Arlene Schafer, president of Mesa Pride, said there are three categories: neighborhood blocks, single-family houses, and condominiums or apartments. Applicants will be judged on appearance, landscaping and general upkeep, Schafer said.
The winners of each category will receive a commemorative hand-painted plaque and gifts from local merchants.
"People can nominate whoever they want, even their own home," said Schafer, who explained that the 76-member, nonprofit Mesa Pride organization began five years ago when arguments arose throughout the city because of rapidly increasing housing development.
The awards will be handed out on Sept. 14 at the Costa Mesa Country Club.
Applications for the Neighborhood Pride contest can be picked up at City Hall. For additional information, call (714) 548-7001.