SPORTS: Runner, coach and altruist saluted at white-hot eatery. I’d met Gilbert Tuhabonye only once before. He made, however, an impression, as he does everywhere. The distance runner — a survivor of genocide in his homeland and counselor to atheletes of all ages through Gilbert’s Gazelles and other outlets — marked his 20th year in this country during a private dinner at Qui, chef Paul Qui’s super-buzzy eatery on Far East Sixth Street. I lucked into sitting right next to this gentle, funny, smart humanitarian, whose charity has channeled clean water to more than 20,000 villagers back in Burundi. The meal — lots of grilled vegetables and healthy dips for this fit group of 50 or so — was out of this world. Also spent precious time with Val and Beau Armstrong (Stratus Properties) as well as Leigh and JD Torian (Austin’s Pizza). (What a life!)

HEALTH: Breast Care Center celebrated during park party. It was a clean, clear — and yet heartfelt — campaign. In just three years, Marcia Levy, Susan Lubin and friends raised $6.6 million to build the Seton Breast Care Center. Their original goal was $6.5 million. Last week at a celebratory party blessed by heavenly weather in Bailey Park, the dynamic duo told me they want Austin’s combined care center to rival those of New York, Los Angeles, Boston and St. Louis. Before the pink balloons fell, Sister Gertrude offered a gentle prayer and Seton chief Jesus Garza praised the crusade for "putting people at the center of care." (And who prayed for the weather?)

CITY: The secrets of Buford Tower. My story in Sunday’s Statesman: "The Buford Tower conceals three secrets. The graceful, six-story Italianate structure poised above Lady Bird Lake is a fire tower without any fires to fight, a bell tower without real bells. It bears plaques honoring two people, one a firefighter, the other a builder. Yet their names don’t trip off the tongues of most Austinites. Drivers along West Cesar Chavez Street — and even walkers or bikers who skirt its ornamental gates, designed by architect Wayne Bell, by veering south of the tower — are clueless as to its function and history." http://shar.es/EVfdo(Such fun to report this story.)

SCHOOL: Seton VP of finance backs Pakistani learning. My story in Monday’s Statesman: "Most Americans are bilingual at best. Faraz Khan’s family speaks a dazzling array of Hindi, Pashto, Urdu, Arabic, Punjabi, Farsi and, of course, English. A native of Dhaka, Pakistan — now vice president for finance at the Seton Healthcare Family — Khan is fluent in English, Urdu and Hindi and holds onto a smattering of Punjabi and Pashto. An MBA graduate of Arizona State University, Khan, 53, comes from a line of lawyers, politicians, professors and civil servants. No wonder she bets on learning as the key for her troubled homeland." http://shar.es/EVf3E(She just makes sense.)

MUSIC: The beat goes on for Kathy Valentine. Reported by Michael Corcoran in Tuesday’s Statesman: "The wild child who grew up in Austin and would probably be a member of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame if not for the Runaways and runaway egos. The woman, the mother, who takes college English and history classes at St. Edward’s University and who recently got her real estate license. They are both Kathy Valentine, who left Austin for L.A. when she was 18, moved back as a 47-year-old in 2006 and has never stopped playing the electric guitar." http://shar.es/EVWM3(Michael makes this story sing.)