Heartland Recreation Commission

Spring break 2019

Heartland Rec is offering 3 days of activities during spring break. March 26 for ages 10 plus a trip to the Brandon winter fair, March 27 for ages 12 plus a trip to the golf dome in Wpg and March 28 for ages 6 plus a trip to a great big adventure indoor playground. To sign up or more info contact hrc.


The Seniors Drop in Center board of directors are encouraging all seniors to buy a membership for only $15 annually. This entitles you to participate in all of the activities and helps us to meet all our expenses. We need our building for the whole community to use for gatherings. Drop in on Monday’s at 1 and Wed. at 1:30 to play cards, games and much more.

Book sale

The North Norfolk MacGregor Library is hosting their annual book sale, stop by daily for great deals, everyone welcome.

Hunter safety course

Has been rescheduled till April 13 there will be a hunter safety course at the MacGregor rink. It is $60 per students and must be over the age of 10. Limited space available, please register and pay with hrc.

Pal course

The next non restricted or possession and acquisition license course is on April 27 at the MacGregor rink. Contact hrc to register.

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. So come for a drink and a chance to win some money. Last Thursday of each month the MacGregor Kinettes will be having a meat draw.

Austin Chase the ace

Is running on Fridays at the Sidney Community Hall at 5:30 and draw is at 8 p.m. The second Friday of the month there is a Community 50/50 and the last Friday of the month there is a meat draw. Reminder there is $5 supper. Plan to stop in.

Austin Lions club

The Austin Lion club is having their annual supper at the Austin hall on April 13 at 6 and the tickets are $25 each. Guest speaker is Gordon Goldsborough. To purchase tickets or more info contact Chad at 761-5240

Free public skating

Next week will be our last week of sticks and pucks and public skating at the Stride centre in MacGregor. So plan to come for one last skate before spring is here. March 15 from 4 till 6, 16 from 9 till 10 a.m., 17 from noon till 1:15 and March 22 from 3:30 till 6 p.m.

Austin preschool connections

There are lots of great activities planned for preschool children and their parents/caregivers this spring. Whether it be shake, rattle and roll or child program, pottery painting, story box, book bag lending library, dvd lending library or the toy lending library. For more info. on any of these programs, please contact Erika Pugh at (204) 385-2629 or email

Senior Jammers

Is on April19 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.

Exercise program

Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9 a.m. at the Stride centre. Cost is by donation. This is open to all ages. Stop and see what we are doing.


The MacGregor and Austin senior support group is looking for volunteers that would be interested in knitting or crocheting items for the Christmas hampers throughout the year. For more info contact Karen at 685-2083.

Seniors exercise program

The MacGregor & Austin Senior support program have exercise classes at the Austin leisure centre on Tuesdays at 11 a.m. and Victoria Place on Wednesdays at 11 a.m.

His image productions

If the Good Lord's Willing and the Creek Don't Rise. A comedy in two-acts. Special Guest: George Constant. At the Austin Community Center on March 20 and 22, 7:30 p.m. More info and tickets at: www.hiproductions.webs.comor call 385-3232.

Adult only skating

Free adult only skating, March 19 from 10 till 12 and March 21 from noon till 2 at the Stride Centre in MacGregor. This will be the last week of skating.

Stitch night

Reminder there is Stitch night on March 19 and April 2. 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.

CPR and first aid

Everyone should know how to do CPR and first aid. We are having a training session on April 13 at the Heartland Multiplex. Cost $80 includes book. Register with hrc.

Boots, jeans and Manitoba dreams

The theme for this year’s MacGregor Fair on June 22 is boots, jeans and Manitoba dreams. We have over 30 classes for this year’s home craft classes, so get busy during these winter days and get your entries ready. Would you like to see something new at the fair this year? Contact us for more info email macgregorfair@hotmail.comor visit their website at

Junior rifle and archery

The Austin and area wildlife club is taking registration for junior rifle $100 and Archery $50. Program runs Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m. from April till June. Email aawildlife@outlook.comfor more info.


MacGregor skate and play will be Thursdays starting Feb. 7 till March 21 (5 sessions) from 10:30 till 11:45 a.m. at the Stride centre. This is a casual morning of creativity, physical activity and socializing for pre-schoolers and a parent/caregiver. Healthy snack is provided. More info contact Shanna Hapko at

Senior golf trip

The handivan will be traveling to the Golf Dome in Wpg. On April 1 leaving at noon and returning at 6. Cost is $30 per person includes transportation, 45 minutes on the driving range, one round of mini golf; optional to add virtual golf for extra $24. Register with hrc.

MacGregor soccer

Forms for MacGregor soccer are available at the municipal office or by email. Season starts April 29.

Rec baseball

Stuart Lambert has agreed to couch the little kids MacGregor Rec Baseball again starting the beginning of May for 6 weeks on Thursday’s at 6pm. Sign up with hrc.

Maple syrup and mushrooms

March 18, this is a two-for-one class, with the first session devoted to tapping Manitoba maple syrup, and the second focused on growing your own shiitake mushrooms! Your instructor Ken Fosty is very well known for his insights on both of these topics. Maple syrup component: The sap is flowing! Do you have a maple or birch tree on your property? Learn how to make your own syrup from local Manitoba maple and birch trees. Hands-on demonstration will include tree identification and selection, tapping the tree, boiling off the sap, bottling, storing the syrup and how-to instructions. Enjoy making your own sweet treat. Mushroom component: Learn to grow specialty mushrooms in your backyard.  Do you have access to oak branches? Learn how to ‘plant’ the mushroom spawn and grow your own Shiitake mushrooms on oak logs. Hands-on demonstration will show how to inoculate the logs with mushroom spawn. A biological process you’ll love. Cost is $10/person.  If you have questions feel free to give Don a call at 204-637-2533.

Summer jobs

Heartland recreation commission is now taking resumes for our summer day camp coordinator and assistant. All applications must have a cover letter, references, a valid driver’s license and indicate which job you are apply for. Email or drop off at the municipal office.

Spring banquet

The Austin and area wildlife association would like to invite everyone to join them on March 23 for their spring banquet doors open at 5 and supper is at 6:30 at the Austin hall. Featuring Jason Dyck from Jason Dyck’s guide life, Wild TV. Advance tickets are $30 from Corey at 204-871-4789. This is an event for all ages.

Start program

Set time aside to read together a family literacy program, this 6 week parent-child interactive play group program has fun with rhymes, song books, bookmaking crafts and much more. At the North Norfolk MacGregor Library starting Monday, April 8 till May 13. For more info or to register please stop in at the library or 204-685-2796.

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The Heartland Recreation Commission is a partnership formed between the communities of MacGregor and North Norfolk. The Commission has a full-time Recreation Director, Monday to Friday. The mission of Heartland Recreation is to encourage the development of social, recreational, artistic and cultural opportunities in order to enhance the wellness of our communities.



 Heartland Recreation Director ensures that there are recreational opportunities for all members of the communities, no matter your age or ability. These opportunities include aerobic classes, evening sport events, children's programming and  regular popular sport nights. Other programming includes art, such as dance classes, and many children's programs, especially throughout the summer months.

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
Box 837
MacGregor, MB R0H 0R0
685-2202 or