WEEKEND GUIDE: Gaming to benefit veterans and Festival of Inclusion

ROCHESTER, N.Y. — Here’s your guide to events happening this weekend in the Rochester area. You can learn more about what’s happening around town on our Community Calendar.

Gaming to benefit the Veterans Outreach Center (Saturday)

Great Lakes Gaming on South Avenue is holding a video game tournament on Saturday, Feb. 24 to benefit the Veterans Outreach Center.

Gamers will play “Call of Duty” and spectators are encouraged to attend. There will be food, drinks, and prizes. The cost is $30 per player. You can sign up here or call (585) 604-9626. The tournament’s doors open at noon and the gaming begins at 1 p.m.

The Veterans Outreach Center offers a fitness center, hydromassage therapy, a barbershop, and more for veterans. It also helps veterans with job seeking and provides shelter to homeless veterans.

Festival of Inclusion (Saturday)

The third annual Festival of Inclusion takes places on Saturday at the Golisano Training Center at Nazareth University. It’s hosted by the Special Olympics, The Golisano Foundation which supports people intellectual and developmental disabilities, and Best Buddies which gives people with special abilities the opportunity to make friends.

The free festival includes over 80 interactive community stations, sports activities, food trucks, sensory friendly activities, a photo both, virtual reality, therapeutic animals, and information on college programs. It runs from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. You can learn more here.