Heartland Recreation Commission


Just to let everyone know that Karla Gurke has broken her ankle and has had surgery is healing at home.  She will not be in the office for at least a couple of weeks; she does have access to her computer (email at and messages. Current programs and activities will continue in her absence, if you have any questions or would like to sign up for anything please feel free to message through facebook, email or text. We do ask for everyone patience for the upcoming weeks. Sorry for the inconvenience.

Gala Supper

Join the Austin & District Chamber of commerce in celebrating their business community in providing an interactive night to provide $5000 to a local community group. Gala held on Feb. 29, starting at 5:30 at the Austin Hall. Tickets are $30 each. Tickets available Sprucedale industries, Phil's corner-store, Ed Heppner 204 637-2621


The Winnipeg Symphony Orchestra "String Quartet” will be playing April 15 at the Austin Hall. Karl Stobbe has made a name for himself as one of Canada’s most accomplished and diverse violinists. In addition to appearing frequently as a concertmaster in Canada and the United States, Karl regularly performs concerti, recitals, and chamber music, where his concerts have been called "a clinic in the art of violin playing” (Winnipeg Free Press, 2013). He has performed in Carnegie Hall, Jordan Hall, Segerstrom Hall, Roy Thompson Hall, the Orpheum Theatre, and many other important concert venues in North America. In recital, Karl has performed of all of the Bach Unaccompanied Violin Sonatas and Partitas, all six Ysay¨e Unaccompanied Violin Sonatas, and will complete performances of all 16 Beethoven String Quartets in the next year. He released a Juno-nominated album, Ysay¨e’s Six Sonatas for Solo Violin, Op. 27 on the Avie label, in 2014. Tickets available at NN Municipal office, Bison Boutique, McKelvy’s Agency and Stride Credit Union Austin Branch. $20 adults and $15 for senior and students.

Spring barn dance tour

With Quinton Blair (4x Manitoba country music award winner) this is going to be an extraordinary night of 90’s country music. This is a community fundraiser for recreation in North Norfolk. March 21, doors and bar open at 6, a delish dinner at 6:30 and dance to follow at the Heartland Multiplex. Tickets are $30 and available online or the municipal office or MacGregor pharmacy. There are support tickets for $10 as well. Come for a great night out.

Public skating

Austin Stride center has public skating on Tues., Thurs. and Fridays at 7 till 9 p.m. Cost is $4 for 12 and over and $3 for 5 to 12, 4 and under are free. For ice rentals contact Ed Sattler.


The heartland multiplex committee is now accepting written quotes only for the painting of the Heartland multiplex inside. Tenders can be dropped off at the North Norfolk Municipal office or sent to

Annual meeting

The senior drop in centre will be hosing their annual meeting on March 2 at 7 p.m. at the drop in. Everyone welcome to come.

MacGregor Chase the ace

Get your tickets from 5:30 till 7 p.m. every Thursday at the MacGregor Golf Course. Win $50 and a chance to cut the deck. Draw the ace of hearts and win the jackpot. Jackpot is over $5500. So come for a drink and a chance to win some money. Food is available.

Annual General Meeting

The Manitoba agricultural museum will be held on March 21 at 1 p.m. in the Austin Hall. The new directors will be announced at the AGM.Members with any items to be added to the AGM agenda should send them to me by email at

Austin Chase the ace

Is running on Fridays at the Sidney Community Hall at 5:30 and draw is at 8 p.m. The jackpot is over $7800. Reminder there is $5 supper. Plan to stop in.

Senior Jammers

They are back Mar. 20 at 1:30 at the MacGregor Drop In Centre. Bring your love for music and your instrument (if you play) with you. Come enjoy the beautiful sounds. Everyone welcome to come.

Spring banquet

The Austin and area wild life association would like to invite everyone to their spring bouquet on March 20, at the Austin hall, doors open at 5 with supper at 6. Guest speaker is Jason Dyck. Advance tickets are $30 from Corey 204-871-4789.

Gentle exercise

MacGregor & Austin Senior Support Gentle Exercises with Nancy Nelson are setup at the following facilities: MacGregor Lions Manor every Wed. at 10, Victoria Place every Wed. at 11, Austin Leisure Centre every Thurs. at 11.

Meal program

MacGregor & Austin Senior support meal program at Resthaven on 359 Woodlawn Dr. - Mon. to Fri. at 5 p.m. Call the evening before the day you would like to attend 204-685-3158 and leave a message with the date you are attending as well as your name or names. The cost of the meal ticket is $7.00. Meal tickets may be purchased ahead of time or can be purchased as a special gift for someone.

Free public skating

The MacGregor & area Lions club sponsors public skating at the Stride Centre. Friday’s 5 till 6 p.m. and Sunday’s 12:30 till 1:45 p.m. each week. Everyone welcome to join in.

Senior & preschool skating

Free skating, March 3 and 5 from 10 till noon at the Stride Centre in MacGregor.


Badminton fun night at the MacGregor high school. Wednesdays from 7 till 8:30 p.m. till April 22 (except Feb.26). Indoor non-marking shoes are mandatory. Warm up and play. Everyone welcome.

Stitch night

Reminder there is Stitch night on March 3 and 17. Fire up those needles and hooks and dig out some yarn/ thread. At 6:30ish to 8:00 at the North Norfolk MacGregor library. Looking forward to seeing everyone.

Southend band auxiliary

Did you know that the Southend Band Auxiliary has a webpage? Serving the band and guitar programs at Austin and MacGregor Elementary, and MacGregor Collegiate in the south end of Pine Creek School Division #30 in south central Manitoba. We are pleased to highlight alumni from MCI band and choir programs who continue to make music. So check out the website and see who still making music.

Valley View tubing hill

The Valley View Tubing Hill (formerly known as Rodgers Hill) is a popular Manitoba winter attraction for all ages. Each year thousands of people from all across Manitoba visit the Tubing Hill for plenty of fun and many long lasting memories. If you’re looking for an affordable way to have fun and get active this winter we encourage you to come slide with us. Facilities include: fully groomed hill, tow rope system, outdoor warm-up area with fire pit, and chalet building with bathrooms, wood stove, tables, and canteen. We encourage you to check back regularly or ‘like’ us on Facebook.

Farmers of Manitoba

The Manitoba Agricultural Museum is excited to announce the Farmers of Manitoba - Collecting Stories project, supported by Manitoba 150. Farming holds a special place in Manitoba’s identity and heritage and the Manitoba Agricultural Museum is committed to tell the stories of our province’s agricultural heritage. Who better than a farmer to tell these stories? As Manitoba celebrates 150 years as a province, the Manitoba Agricultural Museum invites Manitobans to showcase a Manitoba farmer by sending a farmer’s portrait and their story. They can feature themselves, a farmer they know or even one of their ancestors or the future generation of farmers. The photos and stories will be added to the museum’s collection and preserved to tell the story of agriculture in Manitoba. The museum will use these materials for the Farmers of Manitoba exhibit, with a tentative opening date on May 16, 2020. Today, the Manitoba Agricultural Museum is launching its Call for Contributions to begin gathering these stories of the past, present and future of farming in our province. The project is inherently collaborative and relies on a wide participation of Manitobans to represent the diversity of farmer. The Call for Contributions will be open until April 15, 2020. This project is part of the Manitoba Agricultural Museum celebrations of 150 years of Manitoba becoming a province and is made possible by the support of the Celebrate 150 program. Feel free to contact the Museum Office for more information on this project. 204.637.2354

Ladies bonspiel

The Austin ladies curling bonspiel is March 20 to 22. This is a Vegas theme curling bonspiel, curling starts on Friday at 7 and done on Sunday. Cost per rink $140. To enter a team call Cheryl 204-466-2685 or Krysta at 204-526-7192. Prizes for best costumes.

Family fun

Everyone is invite to the Austin Stride arena on March 14 for evening of fun. 3:30 till 5:45 free skating and games, 5 till 6:30 chili, hot dogs and fries supper available for purchase, 6:30 Austin skating club skills program, 7:30 penny parade, 8 p.m. Austin eagles vs team Zach. All funds raised are going to improvements to the rink.  See you there.

Hockey provincials

MacGregor minor hockey is hosting bantam b hockey provincials on March 6, 7 and 8 at the Stride centre in MacGregor. On Friday there will be opening ceremonies around 2:30, Saturday there will be a community pancake breakfast starting at 7:30 till 10 a.m., cost is by donation. Everyone is invited to come out and see some great hockey and support our local hockey teams.

Paint night

Come join Olivia Leader, on March 3 at 6:30 pm at the Heartland multiplex. $35 per person includes a 16 x 20 canvas and all supplies. Register with

2020 Bull bash

Bull riding is coming to MacGregor on May 30, doors open at 5 and show starts 7 p.m. This is a Bull Riders Canada Inc. event, this is going to be an amazing bull riding event. There will be a cash canteen and bar. Money raised is going to the MacGregor fire department, MacGregor Kinettes and the North Norfolk Ag Society. There is lots of sponsorship opportunities for businesses, if you are interested please contact Tickets will be out soon.

Alcohol ink/resin

Kathleen Lagasses is coming back to town to do a resin class. April 22 at 7 pm at the Heartland multiplex. For $60 you can do either a 12x12 serving tray or 4 coasters. This includes all supplies. Register with hrc.

Trouble in Red River!

Looking for cast and crew for an upcoming Manitoba 150 play to be held in Austin on June 12. Join us as we take a look back at where we came from. Through the eyes of a young family coming of age, we will experience the coming of the trans-Canada railway, the taming of the Canadian West and the birth of Manitoba as we know it today. Our Manitoba. An original play that travels 150 years of history with a sense of humor, heart, and ultimately, hope. For more info or call Kelvin 204-385-3232.

Stay and play

A free morning of crafts, socializing and songs for preschoolers and their caregivers. Healthy snack is provided, preschool skating is available as well. March 3, 10, 17 and 24 from 10:30 till 11:45 at the Stride Centre in MacGregor. Come once or all four.

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The Recreation Director is also available to provide information about grants for various groups, be they service groups or non-profit groups or sport groups. The Director also acts as a liaison between local groups and the Provincial and Federal governments with regards to programs and grant administration.

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For more information , please call:
Karla Gurke
Recreation Director
Heartland Recreation Commission

North Norfolk Municipal office (side door)
Box 837 - 27 Hampton St E.
MacGregor, MB R0H 0R0

685-2202 or