Brit-inspired boutique

Shoppers seeking to escape the hustle and bustle of mall shopping can hunt for holiday gifts and benefit a good cause. The Knightsbridge Boutique, a Brit-inspired shopping event, offers clothing, jewelry, spa-type pampering products, gourmet foods, household items and more. A portion of proceeds from the day’s sales benefit Benilde-St. Margaret’s scholarships and educational programs. 10 a.m.-3 p.m. Nov. 4, Benilde-St. Margaret’s Haben Center, 2501 Hwy. 100 S., St. Louis Park. Go to


Ramsey Hill gala

This community fundraiser expects to be “An Affair to Remember.” The Ramsey Hill Association gala features cocktails and music by Beasley’s Big Band. Guests can receive instruction from the Arthur Murray Dance Studio. Dine on cuisine from neighborhood eateries and bid on auction items donated by local businesses. Proceeds benefit the Ramsey Hill Association and neighborhood improvements. 5-8 p.m. Nov. 5, St. Paul Athletic Club, 340 Cedar St., St. Paul. Tickets are $40. Go to

Window-repair workshop

Learn how to keep out cold winter winds by repairing drafty windows in a course offered by the Preservation Alliance of Minnesota. Historic-window specialist Paul Schmidt demonstrates how fixing original wood windows can boost energy-efficiency and save money, while maintaining architectural integrity. 9 a.m.-1 p.m. Nov. 4. $50. Restoration Window Systems, 7839 Elm St., Fridley. Register at Click on “Services” and “Education.”


Entertaining ideas

The holidays are knocking on the door. Be prepared with Bachman’s “The Art of Entertaining” event from 4 to 8 p.m. Nov. 2, 6010 Lyndale Av. S., Mpls. Topics include seasonal tablescapes, decorating a mantel, wreath design, mixing cocktails, spruce-top planters and floral arrangements. Seated seminars on “The Art of Outdoor Holiday Decor” are at 4:30, 5:30 and 6:30 p.m. Wine and light bites will be served. Tickets are $10. Go to

Frankly modern

Covet Design has a new name — Frank Modern Furniture + Art. The home design store in Minneapolis stocks new modern furniture and accessories and a rotating selection of works by Twin Cities artists. It’s right next door to Covet Consign, a furniture/home decor consignment shop. Frank Modern Furniture + Art is holding a rebranding event with store discounts, artist appearances, coffee and treats from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Nov. 4, 3736 Chicago Av. S., Mpls. Call 612-825-4034 or go to