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Put on your armor and live history

Experience what it was like way, way back when at the Medieval Living History event from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday in Largo Central Park, at East Bay and Seminole Boulevard.

The bay area kingdoms of the Society for Creative Anachronism invite you to pull together a medieval costume and join them in the revelry of medieval music, dancing, fighting, fencing and arts.

Watch as a knight teaches a squire a few of the many martial arts skills required for him to advance to knighthood. Meet the king and explore medieval arts. Don't miss the tour of museum quality armor. Musicians will display instruments of the time and invite you to join them for medieval dances.

Food and drink will not be served, so bring a picnic lunch.

Parking and admission are free. Call (727) 346-0074.

Xperience the X Trials

More than 250 athletes of a different kind will compete in the ESPN X Trials from 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. today through Sunday at Spa Beach Park and the Pier approach, 800 Second Ave. NE, St. Petersburg.

Area professional alternative-sport athletes compete in vert and street skateboarding; aggressive vert and street in-line skating; and vert, street and flatland bicycle stunts.

Spectators can get in on the action with the interactive dimension called the Xperience. They can "do" what they "view" at the X Trials through Xperience. Xperience allows spectators to climb a six-sided wall; in-line skate or skateboard through an interactive street course; bungee jump; or take your chances on the interactive bicycle course.

Admission to spectators and use of Xperience is free. Call (727) 893-7777.

Eat for a good cause

Have fun while you help feed the homeless and the hungry at Share Our Strength's Taste of the Nation dinner beginning at 6 p.m. Thursday in the Waterside Marriott, 700 S Florida Ave., Tampa.

Susan Goss, chef/owner of Zinfandel in Chicago, will prepare a five-course menu from her upcoming book on ethnic American cuisine. Menu includes chilled roasted tomato soup, arugula salad, pan-seared sunburst trout, hickory-glazed duckling breast and strawberry rhubarb tart.

The event also includes silent and live auctions featuring items such as a California wine country tour, a large variety of wines and dinners at local fine restaurants.

Tickets are $150 per person or $1,500 for tables of ten. Proceeds benefit area anti-hunger initiatives. Call (813) 254-1190.

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