De Pere Minimart, which reopened at 821 George St. in downtown De Pere under new ownership late last year after a lengthy closure, will have a grand opening from Friday, Feb. 1, to Thursday, Feb. 7. Customers who visit the Mobil gas station and convenience store at the corner of George and Erie streets can enjoy complimentary coffee, water, soda and cookies during the celebration
Transit system offers tracking app for riders
Green Bay Metro recently launched a new free online service that allows bus riders to check the location of their bus in real time.
Officials say the "Where Is My Bus?" app is especially handy for commuters who want to avoid standing at a bus stop outside in the bitter cold or other nasty weather.
Riders can access the app on their laptops or smartphones.
Green Bay Metro serves about 1.5 million riders annually with a variety of services, including 14 bus routes that extend throughout Green Bay, De Pere, Ashwaubenon and other area communities.
Riders already standing at a bus stop can email the system - using a coded number posted on their bus stop sign - to see if their bus is on time.
For more information about the new app, go to www.greenbaymetro.org.
Deadline Monday for farmers' census forms
The Department of Agriculture, Trade and Consumer Protection is reminding Wisconsin farmers to complete their 2012 Census of Agriculture forms by the Monday, Feb. 4, deadline.
The census is done every five years. It looks at land use and ownership, operator characteristics, production practices, income and expenditures.
Farms of all sizes and types are required to complete the census. A farm is considered any place from which $1,000 or more of agricultural products were produced and sold or normally would have been sold during the census year.
The census forms were mailed in late December. Farmers also can complete the census online at www.agcensus.usda.gov.
For more information, call toll free at (888) 424-7828.
Family open house at St. Matthew tonight
St. Matthew School in Allouez will hold a Family Fun Night on Thursday, Jan. 31, for area parents/guardians who are exploring early childhood and K-8 school options for the 2013-14 school year.
The Family Fun Night will run from 6 to 8 at the school, 2575 S. Webster Ave.
School tours and registration materials will be available. The program also will include an ice-cream social, board games, and a DJ and dancing.
Reservations are appreciated but not required by calling the school office at (920) 432-5223.
For more information or to schedule a school visit at a different time, call the school office.
Wrightstown Relay For Life kickoff Monday
A kickoff program for American Cancer Society's 2013 Relay For Life of Wrightstown will be held from 6 to 8 p.m. Monday, Feb. 4, at Wrightstown Village Hall, 352 High St.
Those interested can stop in anytime during the kickoff event. Volunteers will assist with registration and answer questions.
Organizers are looking to boost attendance by moving Relay For Life of Wrightstown from an overnight to a daytime event this year. It will run from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Saturday, May 18, at Walt Maki Memorial Football Field at Wrightstown Middle School.
Any teams that register for the event until Monday, Feb. 11, will receive a $50 discount on the $150 registration fee. Teams that recruit a new team will receive half-priced registration.
For more information about this year's event, go to the Facebook page "Wrightstown Relay For Life" or the website www.relayforlife.org/wrightstownwi.
St. Norbert fundraiser for Literacy Green Bay
The Sigma-Iota chapter of Kappa Sigma fraternity and the Iota-Lambda chapter of Alpha Xi Delta sorority at St. Norbert College in De Pere are selling wristbands to help Literacy Green Bay.
The silicone wristbands, which are inscribed with "Knights Unite - 2013," are $1 each.
The Greek groups are selling the wristbands at St. Norbert basketball and hockey games and during lunch/dinner rushes in Michels Commons on campus until Friday, Feb. 15.
Proceeds will go to Literacy Green Bay and its Children First Family Literacy Program.
Workshop on Somali culture Feb. 9
St. Norbert College's Language Services will present the "Understanding Somali Culture" workshop from 9 a.m. to noon Saturday, Feb. 9, at F.K. Bemis International Conference Center on the De Pere campus.
Somali native Hamida Ismael will lead the workshop.
Cost for the public workshop is $30 per person. Registration and payment must be received by Monday, Feb. 4.
To register or for more information, go to www.snc.edu/languageservices or call (920) 676-3195.
Scrabble Bee on Feb. 21 at Swan Club
Registration is being taken for the 11th annual Scrabble Bee, a fundraiser for Literacy Green Bay that will be held from 6 to 9 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 21, at Swan Club at Legends Brewhouse & Eatery of De Pere, 875 Heritage Road.
The Scrabble Bee is an informal tournament played among teams that compete against each other using 100 tiles and a Scrabble board. The team with the most points after two rounds will be declared the 2013 Scrabble Bee champion.
Players don't have to be Scrabble experts to play.
The event also includes a family-style dinner, silent and live auctions, raffles, a cash bar and prizes.
The cost to sponsor a table or for individual teams of up to eight players is $400.
To register or for more information, contact Lynda by phone at (920) 655-7655 or email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or register online at www.literacygreenbay.org.