125 Live and the Rochester Park and Recreation Department are teaming up to hold a Back to School Bash Free Family Day from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Saturday.

The open house will involve both 125 Live at 125 Elton Hills Dr. NW, and the adjoining Recreation Center at 21 Elton Hills Dr. NW. 

The event is free and open to the public. 

The purpose of the bash, set for the first Saturday after the start of school, is to do something for the community, said 125 Live executive director Sylwia Bujak Oliver. While both 125 Live and the Rec Center are membership-driven organizations, they are also community assets.

Oliver said the idea for the open house was suggested by Rochester Mayor Kim Norton during a visit to 125 Live, which is a successor to the Rochester Senior Center. 

"(Norton) said it would be a great idea to organize an open house and just allow people to experience both facilities," Oliver said. "It's a great opportunity. You don't have to join. You can come and see what it looks like."

A wide range of family-oriented activities is planned, including slime-making, cookie-decorating and arts and crafts. Rochester police and fire officials will be showing off their vehicles. Other activities include open ice skating with the Rochester Figure Skating Club, a dance party, a Megawatt video game trailer, a passport scavenger hut, and opportunities to meet the Orca swim team and play pickle ball with the Rochester Area Pickleball Association. 

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Matt, a graduate of Toledo University with a bachelor’s degree in English literature, got his start in journalism in the U.S. Army. For the last 16 years, he has worked at the PB and currently reports on politics and life.