Recreation & Community Activities

Macdonald Headingley Recreation District

Macdonald-Headingley Recreation District offers a wide variety of sports, recreation, fitness, arts, crafts, and special interest classes to keep you on your toes all year round. We strive to offer you fun, exciting and quality activities through trained and certified instructors. The Program & Community Resource Guide is the perfect resource for events, activities, and celebrations going on in your community. Stay connected with this easy read that has something in it for everybody!       

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Book Club

Our Book Club meets in Starbuck once a month. This is a great program for those who love to read! It gives readers an opportunity to read a common book and then discuss the book with others. This has resulted in some very interesting and lively discussions!

Due to covid 19, we have not been meeting for book club. Please call Leanne at 204-735-3052 for the next start up date.




Stepping Up with Confidence... a peer led exercise program that trains volunteers at no charge and supports them in offering free classes for older adults within their communities. Steppin’ Up with Confidence is a program of Active Aging in Manitoba and was developed in partnership with the Manitoba Fitness Council.

Steppin’ Up with Confidence is a weekly group fitness class. A trained peer leader teaches each usually hour-long session, demonstrating how to do various exercises and activities. The classes focus on performing safe physical activity by improving multiple areas, including cardiovascular fitness, muscle strength and endurance, balance, and flexibility. The program is accessible for all; activities can be performed sitting or standing and are adaptable to all ability levels. Participants are also taught exercises that can be done at home to encourage daily physical activity. Throughout the program, participants’ balance and confidence are increased so they can perform activities of daily living without a fear of falling.

Starbuck on Thursday mornings at 10 a.m. at Riverdale Apartments beginning Sept 15, 2022 Join exercise leader Liza Rasmussen for these gentle exercises that can help you maintain muscle, strength and improve mobility.

Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear.


Older Adults and Physical Activity

GEMS Congregate Meal Program

“Greet, Eat & Meet” (GEMS) is a community meal program for older adults held each week, beginning at 11:45 in La Salle (3 Mondays per month), Brunkild (one Monday per month), Starbuck (Wednesdays) and Sanford (Thursdays).


Brunkild Community Hall or Caisse Community Centre in La Salle

Starbuck Hall

Sanford Legion

$10.00 / person

Please call ahead to reserve your spot! If you would like to receive a copy of the GEMS meal calendar, please call Leanne.

We are eating in again in Brunkild (once per month on Mondays) and La Salle (3 times per month on Mondays), Starbuck (Wednesdays), and  Sanford (Thursdays).  For anyone not comfortable with eating in yet, we will still deliver meals through our Meals on Wheels home delivery program on Mondays, Wednesdays and Thursdays for the communities of Starbuck, Sanford, Oak Bluff, La Salle and Brunkild, and Domain. Please call for more information on when we deliver to your community.

If you would like a meal delivered to you, or you would like to join us for lunch,  please call 204-735-3052 by the Friday before each Monday meal or by Monday before the Wednesday or Thursday lunch delivery.



Let No One Be Alone

Let No One Be Alone  May 2022

Being socially isolated can lead to other "negative health behaviours" such as drinking, smoking, less active lifestyles and poor eating habits, according to Canada's National Seniors Council. Socially-isolated seniors are also four to five times more likely to be hospitalized.

These health factors often lead to further isolation, a vicious cycle.

Everyone knows someone who lives alone.  While we know that experiencing simple acts of kindness can have a huge impact on someone's life, we sometimes get so caught up in the busy-ness of things that we lose sight of what life might be for someone who is alone.  A little bit of caring can go a long way towards improving someone’s health.    

Here are a few simple things you can do in the spirit of Letting no One be Alone:

  • Call a friend or family member to catch up and encourage others to do the same thing
  • Ask people you know to reach out to those that are alone by visiting or doing something kind for them
  • Host an event that reaches out to people who are alone such as a BBQ, a tea or a games night, encouraging all to bring a friend
  • Take someone out for lunch, coffee, a drive or a movie
  • Offer to run an errand, bake a goodie basket or clean yard for neighbor in need
  • The list can go on…

Life’s too short: Let No One be Alone by joining us mark this Awareness Month through various acts of kindness.


Holiday Luncheon

Held on the first Friday in December at the Oak Bluff Rec. Centre. Tickets include the food, fun and fellowship. Tickets are available mid October. Call MSS for more information.

2022 update: The annual Holiday Luncheon will be held Friday, December 2. 

We are very pleased to be able to offer lower tickets prices due to donations from Access Credit Union and the Government of Manitoba's Arts, Culture and Sport in Community grant.

Excess contributions to the Holiday Luncheon will be used for community programming in 2023. Thank you to all our supporters!

  • MB Arts Culture and Sport in Community Grant
  • Access Credit Union
  • Domain Legion
  • Domain Co-op
  • Bayview Construction
  • Hubert & Bernice Kleysen
  • Helene Arbez
  • Avonlea Farms
  • Sanford Legion
  • Judy & Neil Shirtliff
  • Roy & Shirley Switzer
  • Pitura Seeds
  • Tom and Barb Kleysen
  • Caisse Financial Group