SLO County Roundup

San Luis Obispo

Veterans and nonveterans alike are invited to attend the second Veterans Entrepreneur Opportunity Conference on Wednesday from 1 to 5 p.m. at the San Luis Obispo Veterans Memorial building at 801 Grand Ave.

The conference is “for all who are interested in establishing or expanding their own business,” said event coordinator Milt Batson, a veterans workforce specialist with the state Employment Development Department.

“The purpose is to make military transition easier for our veterans by offering a single event that includes presentations from all the major agencies that a prospective entrepreneur would need to contact,” along with follow-up mentoring, Batson said.

He described the conference as “a way to acknowledge local veterans, their families and those currently serving on active duty for their significant contributions while maintaining freedom for the United States of America.”

For more information, contact Batson at 788-2687 or e-mail milt.batson@edd.ca.gov.

— Bob Cuddy

A free community seminar titled “Managing Loss and Grief During the Holidays” will take place Nov. 11 from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at French Hospital Medical Center, 1911 Johnson Ave., San Luis Obispo. Oncology counselor and patient advocate Jenni Davis will present practical ways to help minimize negative feelings and emotions. She’ll also identify triggers of grief’s emotional or psychological reactions.

Reservations are recommended at 542-6234.

— Julia Hickey

Paso Robles

Piano music will once again take center stage in Paso Robles with the 2010 Paderewski Festival planned for Wednesday to Nov. 14.

This year’s festival — which coincides with what would be pianist Ignacy Jan Paderewski’s 150th birthday — will feature five days of free concerts for the first time in event history.

Highlights include performances by internationally renowned performers, wine tasting and a lecture, according to organizers.

Winners of this year’s Paderewski Youth Piano Competition, in which youth from San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara and Monterey counties vie for a spot on a future exchange trip to Poland, will take part in a recital Nov. 13 at the Paso Robles Inn Ballroom.

The festival will be held in several venues throughout Paso Robles.

For more information, visit www.paderewskifest.com, e-mail info@paderewskifest.com or call 239-0873.

— Tonya Strickland

Arroyo Grande

The 33rd annual Turkey Trot Fun Run takes place Nov. 14 in Arroyo Grande.

The event is sponsored by the Arroyo Grande Recreation and Maintenance Services Department and the Arroyo Grande Lions Club. It will be held at the Arroyo Grande High School track at 495 Valley Road.

Registration for the free event will take place from 1 to 1:45 p.m.; the first run starts at 2 p.m. The first-place runner will receive a turkey, second place a chicken and third place a Cornish game hen.

Raffle prizes will also be donated by local businesses.

There will be separate divisions and distances for different ages.

For more information, call 473-5474.

— Cynthia Lambert