It's time for The Sale.

Blackhawk Museum Guild members, led by Joyce Tucker and Pat Behring, have been collecting gently-used and antique items all year for this three-day event. The Sale is from 10 a.m. till 3 p.m. Sept. 10 with a luncheon break from noon until 1:30 in the lower level of the Blackhawk Museum and continues from 10 a.m. to noon Sept. 11-12.

"We have some lovely china, crystal and silver," said Pat, "and just a lot of other nice things."

Joyce said other items include his-and-hers bicycles, a pair of French side tables, a blue-and-white set of china for eight, dishes, pots and pans, costume jewelry, clothing, purses and children's things such as high chairs, bouncy chairs, toys, books and games. Everything will be priced to sell, with any leftover items to be donated to the Oakland Museum for their annual White Elephant Sale.

Proceeds will benefit the Museum's Education & Transportation Fund, to present family programs and also defray busing expenses for field trips to the museum for schools in Contra Costa and Alameda counties. The museum is located at 3700 Blackhawk Plaza Circle in Danville.

Joyce said guild members Linda Swofford and Honey Pettigrew have been extremely helpful in taking charge of organizing the gently-used clothes, shoes and purses and picking up donated items. Donations for The Sale are still welcome (no large furniture or electronics can be accepted). To arrange a pickup or make a reservation for the luncheon, prepared by Scott's, call Joyce at 925-736-9393. David Behring, the museum's former president, will introduce the latest museum exhibit at the luncheon.


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THE ALS ICE BUCKET CHALLENGE is all over Facebook and YouTube, and on Aug. 16 it came to Monte Vista High School in Danville.

Monica Mazzocco Zucker, of Danville, told me that Jennifer Miller, a junior varsity football mom, challenged Coach Jon Revells and the JV football team to do it at their scrimmage game, with the winners dumping ice water on the losers. It was all to raise money for ALS, or Lou Gehrig's Disease, a progressive neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. Monica's husband, Pete Zucker, a triathlete and Monte Vista parent, fell ill in 2009 and was diagnosed with ALS a year later. During his illness, Monica said he participated in a drug trial that had some positive results, but he was told they needed additional funding for the next phase of the trial. Pete passed away on March 18, 2013.

It's hoped that with all the donations that are pouring in, more research will make a cure possible.

"This Ice Bucket Challenge is an international phenomenon," Monica said. "It's been eye-opening for me how big it is. A friend of ours did it in Italy in front of the Coliseum and dedicated it to Pete. I watched his video on Facebook. It's very heartwarming."

The Monte Vista JV football team has, in turn, challenged the varsity football team and the girls' volleyball team, as well as the San Ramon Valley High School JV football team, to take the plunge. To make a donation to the Pete Zucker Foundation to raise awareness and find a cure for ALS, visit the website at petezuckerfoundation.org or call Monica at 925-640-8099.

CONGRATULATIONS TO VINCENT BURGOS, who received the 2014 Blackhawk Outstanding Citizen and Humanitarian Award at the Blackhawk Homeowners Association annual meeting Aug. 11. Criteria used for selecting honorees include exceptional service to the Blackhawk community, longevity of service and contributions that have enhanced the quality of life for Blackhawk residents.

"Prior recipients have set a standard for service and commitment to the community that raised the bar on the meaning of the word 'volunteer,' " said Mark Goldberg, HOA community manager, in an email to me.

Vincent lived in Blackhawk from 1996 to 2004 and returned in 2007. He is the longest-standing member of the community's Architectural Review Committee, serving since 2008, attending meetings twice monthly and spending untold hours outside of meetings inspecting properties, reviewing applications and working closely with staff. He also works with numerous cities, counties and local governments writing building codes and developing best practices and works with developers to build responsible communities.

THE PUBLIC IS INVITED to attend the opening reception of "The Art of the Escape," a show presented by the Alamo Danville Artists Society and the Town of Danville. It features the works of 26 artists from around the Bay Area who were influenced by the theme of the 15th annual Eugene O'Neill Festival.

The reception is from 5 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 29 at the Village Theatre Art Gallery, 233 Front St. in Danville. The show opens Thursday and lasts until Sept. 28. The reception, the kickoff event for the O'Neill Festival, will have music by the jazz group "Soulified."

Contact Georgia Lambert at arounddanville@yahoo.com.