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Rec hockey beginning in MacGregor

Karla Gurke, Heartland Recreation director and facility manager.

By Karla Gurke Special to The Graphic

Karla Gurke, Heartland Recreation director and facility manager.

Karla Gurke, Heartland Recreation director and facility manager.

Kids Rec hockey is the game played for the sake of fun, exercise, and healthy competition.  For many hockey players, rec hockey is the perfect way to enjoy the game without getting serious about it or making a significant time commitment. Kids Rec Hockey is on Monday night at the Normac community Center.  For more information please phone Roxie at 204-685-2351 or email toews1@mymts.net. This is a great way for your children to play hockey for fun.

Golfing Special
Golf all day weekday for $10 plus at the MacGregor Golf Course. Come enjoy the great weather on a beautiful course.   The club house will be open weekdays 10 – 5 p.m. and weekends 10 - 7 p.m.

First Annual Curiosities & Collectibles
Sunday, September 25 at the Manitoba Agricultural Museum in Austin will be hosting the 1st Annual Curiosities & Collectibles Flea Market. More information to follow.

Need Help
On July 20, a massive storm tore through the Bittersweet Cross Country Ski area. Over 400 trees fell across our trails. In preparation for the ski season, we are asking for volunteers to help clear logs and branches as our chainsaw crew makes progress in the cleanup. If you can lift, drag, or pull wood of any weight, we can use your help! No skill or experience required. Lunch will be provided. Volunteers should bring:-water bottles (we provide water), appropriate clothing (long pants, long sleeves, sturdy footwear) and gloves.

Please let us know when you plan to come, so we can have enough equipment and food for you, and we can be in touch if the plans change. The following dates are planned: Sept. 24-25  (Come on the 24th and enjoy the Lavenham fall supper when the work is done!), Oct. 1-2, Oct. 8-10 Rendezvous at the Nordic Centre at 9 a.m. each day. We are grateful for any and all assistance! The McMaster Family

Get in line
Learn to Line Dance, Wednesday evening at the Heartland Multiplex. Starting Sept. 21 for 10 weeks. Cost is $70 for 10 weeks or $10 drop in. Call HRC at register.

Introduction to Mindfulness
Mindfulness is purposely paying attention to the present moment. It can help you be less judgmental and kinder to yourself and others. The exercises and awareness techniques can teach you how to slow down, set priorities and stay calm, help you be focused and relaxed in the midst of a busy life. These practices will enhance your body’s natural adaptive healing ability and will cultivate the mind’s clarity, and insight. Mindfulness has been scientifically research and found to have positive health benefits. This session will introduce you to the topic and give you an idea if it would be useful in your life. Topics will include, Why is being mindful helpful, Learning how to become aware of body sensations, thoughts & feelings, Breathing techniques, Gentle stretching exercise.  Tuesday, October 11 at 7:15 p.m. Bernice Parent will lead us all in to being more mindfulness.  There is no cost to attend but must be signed up with HRC.

MacGregor Senior Hockey Team
We are hoping to bring a senior hockey team back to MacGregor this year. If you are interested in playing, or helping out with the team, please contact Tanner Nicoll at (204)871-6615. Tryouts will begin sometime mid-September. We are also looking for someone to manage or to help manage the team. If this sounds like something you are interested in, please contact Tanner.

The senior hockey team will be hosting a fundraising night October 14th. We will begin the night with a Steak, Spud and Bud at the MacGregor Hall from 5-7 p.m. Please come before 7 as we will be following the supper with comedian Dean Jenkinson at 7:15 and a second show at 8:45 (if needed). The night will wrap up with a social at the Normac Centre from 9 p.m. until 2 a.m. Tickets can be purchased from any of the players, or at McKelvy Agencies. Phone Tanner Nicoll at 204-871-6615 if you would like tickets. If tickets are purchased individually: Steak, Spud and Bud: $25 Comedian: $30 Social: $10.  A bundle of all 3 event tickets can be purchased for $55. The 3 ticket bundle and one adult season ticket can be purchased for $100.
Our team is also looking for sponsors. If your business is interested in sponsoring please contact us. We would love to work with you to promote your business.

Power Skating
Bruce McCallum is coming back again this season to teach power skating for all ages.  All participants must be in full hockey equipment. Cost is $50 (Minor hockey players) and $80 for non-members. For minor hockey players please contact Derek Penner and everyone else contact Karla at HRC. Tuesday and Thursday starting Oct. 11 for 3 weeks.

Interested in Becoming a Hockey Official? 
We are looking for people interested in becoming referees. There is a clinic on Sat. Oct. 22 at the Normac Center. Officials must be 13 years old by December 31st of the current season.

Visit Hockey Manitoba website or contact Blake Swedlo  RRC Central Plains PMHA Assignor 204-871-9202 swedlob@myumanitoba.ca.
Ski Club

The North Norfolk Ski Club is taking registrations for:
Bunny Rabbit Program – (ages 3 to 5 years old) is the first level of the Active Start stage of the development. The objective of this Parent/child program is to introduce cross country skiing and the healthy lifestyle associated with it through organized activity and active play.
Jackrabbit Program –(ages 6 – 12 years old) is designed for the “FUNdamentals” stage of development. The objective is for children to learn basic cross country ski skills (both classic and skating) and to install a lifelong interest in the sport, thereby enhancing their quality of life and health.
*Programs will be offered Monday (4 – 5pm) and Saturday (10:30-12:00).
*Monday at MacGregor Ski Trails and Saturday at Bittersweet.
*December through February (10 weeks tentative depending on weather).
*All equipment will be provided at no additional cost.
*Fee- $60 (one day program) $100 (two day program).
For more information please contact Pam May 204-685-3081 or Kim Young 204-637-2404.

 (Set Time Aside to Read   Together) Family Literacy program will:
Provide Children with developmentally appropriate learning opportunities to support school readiness Stimulate an interest in books at an early age and promote a lifelong love of books and reading Encourage families to spend time together in reading and writing activities to strengthen family relationships. Provide participants with information about recourses, programs, and services available to them in the community.  Enhance the ability of adults to support their literacy development. Encourage the reading and writing connection by modeling activities that integrate the two skills. Role model good reading strategies for parents. Who is Eligible?  Preschool 3-5 year olds and their care givers. Parent- child interactive play- groups that focus on rhymes, songs, bookmaking crafts and more.
Program Schedule:   Sept. 19 – Oct. 24, 2016, Monday Mornings 10:00 - 12:00. At the North Norfolk- MacGregor Library There is no cost to participating families! To Register Please Call the Library: 204-685-2796 or email: maclib@mts.net.

PD Day
Madison Wright and Rachael Street will be in charge of PD Day’s this year at the rink. Sept. 30 is the first day.  $10 per child.  9 a.m. till 4 p.m.  Theme TBA.
Babysitter Course
Saturday, October 21 from 9 am till 4 pm in Austin. 
Freezer Meal Workshop
You pick which Freezer meal you would like to make, register and prepay with HRC before Sept 22.  Meal workshop will take place at the Heartland multiplex on Sat, Oct 15 at 11 a.m.

Steve Nash Youth Basketball
Starting in November for 8 weeks at the Austin School on Wednesday’s open to grade 1 – 6 kids. Steve Nash youth basketball is a national youth basketball program designed to develop fundamental skills, sportsmanship and a love for the game of basketball. Cost $45 per student.  Contact HRC to register.

Drama Club
We are looking at starting a Drama club in MacGregor for kids ages 7–18. Drama club will met on Thursday at the MES Music Room. Cost will be $50.  For more info or to sign up contact HRC.

November is CPR Month
A training course will be held on Nov 5 from 9 till 5 at the Heartland Multiplex.  Cost $70 per person.  Contact HRC.
Mighty Blades
Skating Lesson for all ages.  First timers (3 – 4yr old), Just Learning (5 – 6) Skill builders (7 and up). $35 per child (family rates available).  Lessons are on Fridays starting in November till March. At 4pm. Contact HRC.
Pickle ball is BACK
Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 7 p.m. at the Normac Centre Curling Rink, Free Learn to play Pickle ball. Pickle ball is a combination of table tennis, badminton and tennis. It is a low impact/low risk activity that is fun for all ages.  Equipment is provided.
CRC in MacGregor
The Community Resource Centre continues to offer emergency food and other assistance to everyone in our Municipality.  Open Tue and Fri 9-4 at 24 Hampton St. E in MacGregor.  Director David Kruse says “Contributions and conversations welcome!”  The CRC are looking for food donations.
Sept 29, 9:30-4:30  Bring your financial donations by and enjoy free .  Coffee & Donuts!  (donated, homemade) Bonus:  A local anonymous donor will match every dollar donated that day, up to a maximum of $5000. That means every $1 the community gives turns into $2 for the CRC!

Gentle Exercise Class
Will be starting Wed. Oct 5th in MacGregor at 10 am at the Drop-in Centre and in Austin at 1 pm at the Leisure centre.  There is a $1 drop in fee.  Classes last about 30 minutes.

BBQ Pork on the Bun & Auction
The Annual MacGregor & Austin Senior Support fundraiser is on Sunday, Sept 25 at 11:30 -2 pm at the Austin hall.  Cost is by donation.  There is a live auction by Dave Nickel.  Come out and support a great program.  Everyone welcome.

Austin Adult Volleyball
There is a community volleyball group that plays volleyball at the Austin Elementary school gym on Tuesday nights.  This is a free program; all you need to bring is a clean pair of indoor shoes.  Please note that this event is for adults only.  Play starts at 7:00 pm. Stop by and get more information from the group on Tuesday night, starting September 27th at the Austin Elementary Gym.

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