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Michael Barnes

Party for Good, Prime Timers, Barton Creek Footbridge and more

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Earl Maxwell of the St. David's Foundation, winner of the Libby Malone Community Leader Award at Greenlights' Party for Good.

Earl Maxwell of the St. David’s Foundation, winner of the Libby Malone Community Leader Award at Greenlights’ Party for Good.

CHARITY: Greenlights is all revved up. The nonprofit that helps out nonprofits recently merged with Innovation+. Thus, Greenlights now acts more like a social venture with hundreds of social partners. Its annual Party for Good reflected an entrepreneurial change of tone, mission and energy. The Four Seasons Hotel banquet room was packed with noisy backers of the nonprofit community for a ceremony that culminated in highly anticipated awards. Mark Kiester, dynamic director of Boys & Girls Clubs of the Austin Area, won as Nonprofit Executive. Small, Medium and Large Nonprofits selected from finalists were Hays County Food Bank, Capital Area Dental Foundation and Communities in Schools Central Texas. Universally admired Earl Maxwell, head of the St. David’s Foundation, was named the Libby Malone Community Leader of the Year. I had a tremendous time catching up at our table with Regina Rogoff, captain of the soon-to-expand People’s Community Clinic.

NIGHTLIFE: Twenty-five years of good times. In 1989, Austin christened the just the third chapter of Prime Timers Worldwide. Now there are more than 75 global outlets of this social group that brings together mature gay and bisexual men. The founder, who prefers his name not appear in publication, lives here in Austin. The Silver Anniversary party at the Brass House played heavily on shared memories, but also included a lively series of solos and duets from the Capital City Men’s Chorus, whose holiday concert is Dec. 6-7 at St. Martin’s Lutheran Church. I deeply grateful to my table host Dallas Heenan for guiding me through the prime anniversary week and a warm visit with the founder, a former professor with a genius for organization.

TRANSIT: Barton Creek bridge delayed. From Ben Wear‘s story in the Statesman. “The city of Austin’s quest to span the Barton Creek greenbelt and nearby Loop 360 with bridges for cyclists and pedestrians, close to a decade in the planning, is six months behind schedule as the city and its state partner grapple with a geology problem. Construction on the almost $11 million, two-phase project began early this year with tree clearing south of the creek and construction of bike lanes on the MoPac Boulevard frontage roads abutting the greenbelt.But the project has been mostly put on hold as consulting engineers redesign underground structures that would support the 1,045-foot-long, 14-foot-wide bridge over the creek and greenbelt. The bridge’s concrete path will be 12 to 14 feet below the northbound highway bridge just to the west, officials said.” http://shar.es/10P7WW