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The new Blue Ridge Hospice thrift shop in Strasburg will hold its grand opening at 10 a.m. Thursday. The 5,000-square-foot store, previously the site of Shenandoah Video & Tan, is located at 390 E. King St.

Menchie’s Frozen Yogurt will host a 7-day grand opening celebration of its new Winchester location starting Saturday. The store will give out free 8-ounce cups of frozen yogurt between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. Saturday. The franchise is located at 150 Market St., Winchester.

Annie Kate Walsh, a student at W.W. Robinson Elementary, was recently honored at a regional awards ceremony sponsored by the John Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth. As a participant in the CTY Talent Search, Walsh was honored for her exceptional performance on a rigorous, above-the-level test given to academically talented students from second to eighth grade.

Shenandoah Valley Westminster-Canterbury, a continuing care retirement community located in Winchester, will break ground on a three-phase expansion on Friday. The expansion is estimated to take about three years to complete and includes renovations to its health care/memory support wing and vitality center.

Shenandoah University has named Timothy Ford as its new Dean of the School of Health Professions. Ford will oversee the divisions of athletic training, occupational therapy, physician assistant studies, physical therapy and respiratory care starting July 1. He previously served as interim dean for the Westbrook College of Health Professions at the University of New England.

Attorneys Marilyn Ann Solomon and Gerardo Delgado of the Solomon Law Group will be participating in the 2014 Northern Virginia Fine Arts Festival at the Reston Town Center from Friday to Sunday. The festival is a competitive, juried event showcasing contemporary fine art and crafts from around the U.S.

Skyline Team Real Estate has recognized Larry Turner, Barbara Bailey and Robin Gochenour as its top listers for April. Bailey was also named top selling agent and top producer for April.

Thrivent Financial has announced that its 2013 financial results led to a fifth consecutive year of growth. Assets under management grew to $90.4 billion, up 9.9 percent over 2012, while total revenue was up 2.4 percent, climbing to $8.5 billion from the previous year. Total surplus reached $6.9 billion, 12.7 percent higher than 2012, and now stands at an all-time high for the organization.

North Fork Middle School is selling bracelets for $3 each, which read “Never Lose Hope” and will benefit the school’s Project George campaign. The deadline for ordering wristbands is May 30. For more information, contact Andrea Zimmon at

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