SLO County Roundup

SLO County

Free flu shots are being offered Sunday by county public health officials in Pismo Beach and Atascadero clinics.

Those getting shots need to be at least 6 months old. The vaccinations will be given from 1 to 4 p.m. in clinics set up at the Pismo Beach Veterans Memorial Building, and in the gym at Atascadero High School.

Public health officials hope to administer shots to 2,000 people. The day will be the largest one-day clinic ever conducted by the county, officials said.

As such, it will be a mass vaccination exercise that will allow county officials to give vaccinations rapidly and thus train for possible public health threats.

— Tad Weber

SLO County

More than 600 cyclists, including numerous professional riders, will participate in the inaugural SLO GranFondo on Saturday.

The ride will benefit San Luis Obispo A.L.P.H.A. Inc. — Alpha Pregnancy Counseling and Support — a nonprofit pregnancy and parenting support center that has served Central Coast families for 30 years.

The ride, formerly called Pedal to Pier, was changed to a gran fondo this year, which means “big ride” in Italian.

In San Luis Obispo County, the GranFondo organizers have moved the Pedal to Pier ride to the fall and will allow cyclists of all abilities to join members of Team HTC-High Road.

The 100-mile ride — a gran fondo is not a race — will start in San Luis Obispo and head up the coast to San Simeon and back.

Shorter distances are also offered: a half-century MedioFondo course goes from San Luis Obispo to Cayucos and back; the PiccoloFondo is a 25-mile route from San Luis Obispo, through the Morro Bay estuary and back.

The professional riders include those on Team HTC-High Road: Kim Anderson of Santa Barbara, Tejay Van Garderen, German Road Champion Ina-Yoko Teutenberg, and U.S. Champion Evelyn Stevens. Three riders who have signed on with HTC’s 2011 team will ride Saturday: Danny Pate, formerly of Garmin-Transitions, Amber Neben, a former world time trial champion, and South Africa’s Carla Swart. Team Spidertech’s Lucas Euser, a former Cal Poly student, Jessica Phillips, a former national time trial champion, and Bob Stapleton, HTC-High Road owner will also ride.

For information, go to www.slogranfondo.com.

— Cynthia Lambert

San Luis Obispo

Policy makers, educators, health professionals and others are set to gather in San Luis Obispo today for a daylong obesity summit.

The free public event is expected to draw nearly 300 people from government and nonprofit, educational, medical, agricultural and business organizations. It’s designed to address local solutions to the national issue of obesity.

The summit will take place from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Embassy Suites Hotel, 333 Madonna Road, in San Luis Obispo.

— Julia Hickey

San Luis Obispo

United Way of San Luis Obispo County is offering a six-week Introduction to Nonviolent Communication workshop for schoolteachers and parents of preschool through ninth-grade students.

The course emphasizes skills and language tools that support positive, compassionate outcomes.

Classes will be from 5 to 7 p.m. nearly every Wednesday from Nov. 3 through Dec. 15 at the San Luis Coastal Unified School District Adult School.

Cost is $150, with a $90 scholarship available for teachers. Class size is limited, and participants are encouraged to sign up by Monday at 541.1234 or visit www.unitedwayslo.org.

— Julia Hickey