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San Luis Obispo

Friday Night Live, which was launched in San Luis Obispo County in 1991, will celebrate its 20th anniversary Friday at the San Luis Obispo Veterans Memorial Building.

Friday Night Live was founded statewide in 1984 and started in San Luis Obispo County as a partnership between the county’s drug and alcohol services and the nonprofit SLO County Friday Night Live.

The organization coordinates clubs on school campuses and provides support and opportunities for students while addressing alcohol, tobacco and other drug and violence issues at schools and in the community.

The event will run from 5 to 10 p.m. at 801 Grand Ave. and features a silent auction, entertainment, guest speakers and a barbecue dinner. Tickets are $30 a person or $240 for a table of eight.

Purchase tickets online at www.slofnl.com; call 781-4289 for more information.

— Cynthia Lambert

Paso Robles

A 5K run and walk in Paso Robles Friday morning will help raise money for the newly built George Flamson Middle School.

Members of the public are encouraged to participate in the walk, which costs $20 per person. Funds raised from the event will help furnish the new school building and raise money for field trips, assemblies and classroom grants.

Registration for the run — which will emphasize healthy habits and school pride — begins at 9 a.m. behind Flamson Middle School, 2405 Spring Street. The run will begin at 9:45.

For information, call the school’s principal, Gene Miller, at 237-3427 or Paso Robles schools spokeswoman Anne Quinn at 835-8705.

— Pat Pemberton

North County

An organized walk through wine country to raise awareness about heart disease is planned for Saturday. Check-in begins at 9 a.m., with opening ceremonies at 9:30. The walk begins at 10.

The Wine Country Heart Walk, hosted by the Union Road Wine Trail, already has more than 200 participants signed up, organizers said.

Participants collect pledges to walk the 5K route through Pear Valley Vineyards, 4900 Union Road. Wine tasting, refreshments and a health expo with educational booths will follow the walk.

Registration is free, but walkers are encouraged to collect fundraising pledges for their participation. For more information, visit www.winecountryheartwalk.com.

— Tonya Strickland

San Luis Obispo

The San Luis Coastal Teachers Association will screen the documentary “Race to Nowhere” in an effort to raise awareness about the stress students face, as well as to raise money for student scholarships.

The event will take place at 7 p.m. April 1 at Laguna Middle School, 11050 Los Osos Valley Road in San Luis Obispo.

“Race to Nowhere” was created by mother and first-time filmmaker Vicki Abeles and features “stories of young people in all types of communities who have been pushed to the brink, educators who are burned out and worried that students aren’t developing the skills they need, and parents who are trying to do what’s best for their kids,” according to a news release.

Tickets are $10 at www.racetonowhere.com or $15 at the door. For details, call 925-310-4242.

— Julia Hickey

Central Coast

Central Coast retirees between 55 and 64 and those who employ them might be eligible to receive health insurance under a new federal program, Rep. Lois Capps, D-Santa Barbara, has announced.

Capps said California received nearly $65 million in funding from the Early Retiree Reinsurance Program in 2010. The program was designed to reduce costs for both health plan sponsors and retirees.

It covers people who have retired but are too young to be eligible for Medicare.

“Too often,” Capps wrote in a news release, “increasing costs force employers to drop retiree coverage.” The Early Retiree Reinsurance program, she said, will reimburse employment-based plans for up to 80 percent of claim costs for each early retiree and dependents.

As of December 31, 518 health plan sponsors in California had been approved for participation in ERRP and had collectively received nearly $65 million in funding, Capps wrote.

Businesses, other employers and unions that are accepted into the program will receive reimbursement for medical claims for early retirees and their spouses, surviving spouses and dependents, according to HealthCare.gov, a federal government health website.

Savings, according to the site, can be used to reduce employer health care costs, provide premium relief to workers and families, or both.

Applicants who are approved into the program receive reinsurance for the claims of high-cost retirees and their families (80 percent of the costs from $15,000 to $90,000). The program ends January 1, 2014, when state health insurance exchanges are in place.

— Bob Cuddy

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