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1. Quick! Grab your armor

Time for a free medieval open house from 2:30 to 7 p.m. Saturday at the Bell Athletic Center on Erie Community College's North Campus, 6205 Main St., Williamsville.

Demonstrations and lessons will feature medieval dance, art, fencing and combat. Sneakers required. Presented by the Society for Creative Anachronism, a group of 30,000 people dedicated to researching the art and skills of pre-17th century Europe.

2. Check out Love Trivia from 12:30 to 4 p.m. Saturday at Picnic Place in the Boulevard Mall. Watch 20 couples try to answer obscure questions without fighting, then be serenaded by Terry "Elvis" Buchwald.

Find the mall at Niagara Falls Boulevard and Maple Road in Amherst.

3. Boats. Planes. Buildings. Bridges.

"Engineer It!" is taking the Buffalo Museum of Science by storm through April 30.

Test the earthquake simulator, walk-in wind tunnel, shake table and remember that engineers have fun, too. Hours: 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday, noon to 5 p.m. Sunday.

Admission: $7 adults, $5 children.

The museum is at 1020 Humboldt Parkway.

4. Closing in on Valentine's Day, here's a set of nature walks/talks at the Beaver Meadow Audubon Center at 1610 Welch Road in North Java that will focus on birds, bees and other matters of the animal world. Please call (585) 457-3228 to register, and get directions, too.

*3 p.m. Saturday -- Walk through the woods with a naturalist to seek natural wonders.

*3 p.m. Sunday -- "The Amorous Side of Wildlife" will explore the courtships of wild animals.

e-mail: jkwiatkowski@buffnews.com

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