Ever wanted to attend a big-time auction? At next month's Inaugural Gala and Charity Auction at the Blackhawk Museum, participants will have an opportunity to bid on eight different highly collectible vehicles to benefit the Museum Guild's Children's Education and Transportation Fund and museum outreach and programs.

The festivities begin Nov. 17, with a reception at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner provided by Scott's at 7 p.m. The main auction event and entertainment are slated to start at 8:30 p.m. In addition to the cars, rare automobilia, collector parts and fine jewelry will be featured.

Don Williams, the museum's president, owns the Blackhawk Collection, which specializes in the acquisition and sale of one-of-a-kind classic automobiles and sports and race cars. He arranged to have Malcolm Barber, the CEO of Bonham's, lead the benefit auction. Tickets are $150 per person.

The collectible cars up for auction include a 1936 Dodge Brothers Touring Convertible, a 1931 Ford Model A Roadster, a 1952 Jaguar Mark VII Deluxe Saloon (Sedan), a 1953 MG TD, a 1956 Austin Healey 100-4 BN2 Roadster, and a 1982 Rolls-Royce Silver Spirit. Also up for grabs are a 1941 Dodge Military Power Wagon and a 1964 Chevrolet Corvair 90 pickup.

For tickets and sponsor information, call 888-832-8919, or visit http://blackhawkmuseum.org/pbgala12/pbgala12.html.

The museum's 2013 docent training classes start today from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. in Classroom B at the museum, 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle. Recruitment will continue through the end of the year. For an information packet, contact Nora Wagner at 925-736-2277, ext. 238, or nwagner@blackhawkmuseum.org.

Ravel travel: My sister, Janice Gritz, of Clarksville, Tenn., visited me a couple of weeks ago and checked online for a top-quality knitting store in our area. She wanted to make a pair of hand-knit cashmere socks to replace the ones that Paul, her husband, had overzealously run through their washer and dryer. (Now they fit my one-year-old granddaughter.)

Her search revealed A Yarn Less Raveled, with some very nice comments on Yelp.com from customers, so off we went to the Rose Garden Shopping Center at 730 Camino Ramon in Danville. I entered the store prepared to look around for a couple of minutes, then walk around the center while she shopped. However, there was a lot to look at, even for a non-knitter like me. Tiny children's clothes, scarves, sweaters, hats and other items were whimsically displayed to inspire and learn from. Dozens of bins were chock-full of skeins of yarn. A windmill-like machine (I later learned it was called a swift) behind the counter was whirring away transferring a skein of yarn someone had just purchased to a ball-winder. Who knew you didn't just go buy yarn that was already in a ball?

About a dozen people were in the store on that Tuesday morning, some shopping and some seated, knitting or crocheting, at the store's 100-year-old oak table or on the comfortable couch and chairs near the front door. It wasn't an organized group, just individuals who'd come in to chat and help or get help from each other.

Mindy Owen, the shop's owner, said the store has been open for about a year. We were helped by two friendly, knowledgeable sales clerks, and my sister came away with a pair of new knitting needles and some beautiful yarn. For information about products and classes, visit the store's website at http://ayarnlessraveled.com/.

Contact Georgia Lambert at around- danville@yahoo.com.