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Michael Barnes

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SPORTS: Subject to infinite changes, this is my Formula One social schedule for this weekend.

Thursday: 11 a.m. Pick up media credentials at Airport Hilton. 1 p.m. Check out prep for Fan Fest in west downtown. 3 p.m. Write Friday column. 6 p.m. Around the World reception at Russell Collection. 7 p.m. Austin Night Live at Jones Center. 8 p.m. House of Johnny Walker at 1614 Lavaca. 9 p.m. Blu Pre-Party at W Austin Hotel.

Friday: 11 a.m. Report from the COTA track 3 p.m. Write Saturday column 6 p.m. Best of Great Britain at ACL Live. 7 p.m. Velvet Casino at the Belmont. 8 p.m. Best of Texas at ACL Live. 9 p.m. Mostalgia Gala at Convention Center. 10 p.m. My Yacht Club reception at Ballet Austin.

Saturday: 11 a.m. Tailgating vs. Fan Fest downtown. 3 p.m. Write Sunday column. 6 p.m. Full Tilt Fashion Show at the W. 7 p.m. Blu at the W. 8 p.m. Fan Fest. 10 p.m. Amber Lounge at Coppertank 11 p.m. My Yacht Club.

Sunday: 10 a.m. Report from the COTA track. 3 p.m. Write Monday column. 5 p.m Write Thursday column. 7 p.m. Infinity Red Bull after-party at ACL Live. 8 p.m. More Fan Fest.

(Although it feels like September-November is just one long festival in Austin, the United States Grand Prix ends the fall season with a big bang.)

CHARITY: Party for Good is actually good. Greenlights, the invaluable coach for Austin nonprofits, staged its first gala Tuesday at the Four Seasons Hotel. Despite a few freshman fumbles, it was a big hit.

Among the nuggets picked up: Austin now hosts 5,600 nonprofits, the highest per capita for any large city. Of those, 600 are members of Greenlights, which qualifies as a sort of "nonprofit chamber of commerce."

The group, headed by the estimable Matt Kouri, also gave out much deserved honors: Ellen Jefferson of Austin Pets Alive for Best Executive, I Live Here I Give Here for Small Nonprofit, Big Brothers Big Sisters for Medium Nonprofit and Meals on Wheels and More for Big Nonprofit.

Also lauded was advocate Libby Malone. Earlier, Tommy and Lynn Meredith spoke stirringly about the value of Greenlights and Melba Whatley told the dramatic, behind-the-scenes story about how Greenlights helped lubricate the brilliant merger between Arthouse and AMOA, now known as the Contemporary Austin.

(Given her additional work with St. Edward's University and Waller Creek Conservancy, Whatley is long past overdue for a major profile.)

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