Recreation & Community Activities
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...
...is 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 11 a.m. at Riverdale Apartments beginning Jan 13, 2021 Join exercise leader Liza Rasmussen for these gentle exercises that can help you maintain muscle, strength and improve mobility.
Sanford on Thursdays at 10 am at the Sanford Legion. Join Cathie for gentle exercises that can help you maintain muscle, strength and improve mobility. Exercises will be done from chair and sometimes from standing position. Equipment, such as stretchy bands and balls, may be incorporated. Call Leanne if you would like more information. January 13-March 17 2022
Please wear comfortable clothing and footwear.
COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols (EFFECTIVE DECEMBER 6, 2021)
- 12+ years of age – Full Vaccination: Registered participants will be required to show proof of full immunization against COVID-19. A government issued immunization card that contains a QR code, as well as government-issued identification.
- Participants must wear a mask while inside this facility. Masks may be removed during physical activity, while in your designated space (i.e., yoga mat, exercise space, chair, etc).
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
$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.
Come play pickleball with us! This court sport combines the rules of ping pong, tennis and badminton and is played with 2 or four players. Its easy for beginners to learn but can develop into a fast-paced competitive game for more experienced players. Equipment is available for beginners who would like to try the game. Please bring clean indoor shoes.
Please Note: days and times may vary without notice and most programs do not run throughout the summer. Please register with the local contact person to receive program updates as they arise.
Come and play pickleball with us! This court sport combines the rules of ping pong, tennis and badminton. Pickleball can be played with 2 or 4 players using a paddle similar to a ping pong paddle and a plastic whiffle ball. Easy for beginners to learn, but can develop into a fast-paced competitive game for experienced players. Equipment available for beginners to try. Please bring clean indoor shoes. Please register at any point to receive program updates as they arise.
There is a drop in fee or monthly fee for this program. Please register online at Macdonald Headingley Recreation District • Program Information • Pickleball, Winter 2022 session (mhrd.ca)
COVID-19 Health & Safety Protocols
- As per Public Health orders, registered participants will be required to show proof of full immunization against COVID-19.
- As per Public Health orders, participants must wear a mask while inside this facility. Masks may be removed during physical activity, while in your designated space (i.e., yoga mat, exercise space, chair, etc.).
- La Salle – Tuesdays and Thursdays from 1-3pm, in Caisse Community Centre. Call Bernice Valcourt for more information (204.479.0514) Starts Jan 4
- Oak Bluff – Wednesday Evenings from 6:30-8:30pm (time subject to change), in the Oak Bluff Rec Centre. Call Shawnda Muir for more information (204.479.6791) Starts Jan 12
- Starbuck – Thursdays starting October 7thfrom 6-8pm in Starbuck Hall – Call Brenda Shirtliff for more information (204.735.2880) Starts Jan 6
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.
Let No One Be Alone Family Pancake Breakfast
A wonderful opportunity to take someone who lives alone out for breakfast!
Held annually late April/early May to raise awareness of people living alone in your community. All-You-Can-Eat Pancakes & Sausages. Tickets sold in advance or at the door. Call MSS for more information.
Look for posters for the 2023 Pancake Breakfast coming in the New Year!
Held on the first Friday in December at the Oak Bluff Rec. Centre. Tickets include the meal, entertainment and door prizes. Tickets are available mid October. Call MSS for more information.
2021 update: there will be no Christmas luncheon this year. Hope to have it again in 2022.