The BANG! lamp switches off when you "shoot" it.

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Close to home: Out with a bang

  • Article by: KIM PALMER
  • Star Tribune
  • November 10, 2012 - 2:15 PM

"Skyfall," the latest James Bond movie, debuted Friday. If there's a 007 fan on your holiday gift list, here's a pistol-packing gift: BANG!, a remote-controlled, interactive lighting accessory from Dynamism. Point the pistol at the lamp, "shoot," and the light turns off. To turn it back on, just point the pistol and "shoot" the lamp again. To see a video demonstration, visit Prices start at $299.

'Royal' shopping event

Knightsbridge, one of London's more famous shopping districts, is the inspiration for a holiday shopping boutique hosted by the Parent Association of Benilde-St. Margaret's. The school's Haben Center will be transformed "Brit-style" into a collection of 60 small boutique shops and market stalls, featuring Union Jack signing, Beatles music, English Breakfast tea and goods including home accessories, fashion, jewelry, cosmetics and food.

Knightsbidge will be held 10 a.m.-4 p.m. Saturday at the Benilde-St. Margaret's Haben Center, 2501 Hwy. 100 S., St. Louis Park. Admission is free.

Holiday home tour

Looking for holiday decorating ideas? The North Oaks Guild is hosting its annual "Home for the Holidays" tour and boutique next weekend. Guests will tour three North Oaks homes, each professionally decorated by local designers and florists.

The homes will be open for touring 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Guests will be transferred to the homes from the North Oaks Golf Club, 54 E. Oaks Road, North Oaks. Upon returning to the club, visitors can explore the holiday boutique featuring unique items from local artisans.

Tickets are $30, and all proceeds benefit Children's Hospital and Clinics of Minnesota. Vendors at the boutique also will donate 20 percent of their proceeds to Children's. To buy tickets, call 651-481-6729 or visit


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