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BRANDY CLARK

Working as recreation supervisor at ‘The Center’

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BRANDY CLARK

Brandy Clark, recreation supervisor for the City of Manteca’s Parks and Recreation Department, has a variety of duties, including overseeing the Senior Center.

VINCE REMBULAT/The Bulletin


POSTED January 28, 2012 1:33 a.m.

On some days, Brandy Clark might stop by one of the Zumba classes offered at the Manteca Senior Center and take part in the cardio workout.

It’s there she also teaches tap dancing.

“We have Baby Boomers in their 50s and 60s who don’t want be considered seniors,” said Clark, who is the City of Manteca’s recreation supervisor.

For that, she refers to the complex at 295 Cherry Lane as simply ‘The Center.’

Besides tap and always popular Zumba classes, ‘The Center’ has plenty to offer for people of all ages, including line dancing, Tai Chi, baton twirling, and other fitness classes.

She’s been in charge of the senior program for over a year, taking over from John Boore, who served as manager for the better part of 15 years.

“That was my biggest challenge early on,” said Clark, who worked closely with Boore during the transition. “I don’t know if my age had anything to do with it –but the change may have been difficult at first for some people.”

She’s a 1995 graduate of Manteca High.

Clark has been with the City of Manteca for over 10 years. She was initially hired as program coordinator for the Parks and Recreation Department and later moved up to recreation supervisor.

“I’ve always liked organizing events,” said Clark.

Her duties include overseeing the Senior Center along with the teen and preschool programs and the independent contractors. The latter consists of the instructors for Zumba, Tai Chi, and the cooking, art, and ballroom dancing classes.

She also works closely with the Youth Advisory Commission and the Senior Advisory Committee. For the past few years, the two groups have collaborated on the Senior /Teen Prom.

Clark is looking forward to her role as emcee, which she did at “Not-So Newlywed Game” held a few months ago.

“That was a lot of fun,” she said on Wednesday. “We’re doing it again but this time on Valentine’s Day.”

Coming soon is “The Family Feud” planned for April 17.

Clark envisions members of the Senior Advisory Committee going up against representatives of the Senior Center’s kitchen crew.

Her typical day is spent at the Senior Center, where she handles the programs there along with the daily personnel matters.

“I might have time to squeeze in some other stuff,” said Clark, who operates with staff of two part-timers and plenty of volunteers.

What does she like most about her job?

“I’m always busy,” said Clark. “No two days are the same – I’m not doing the same thing twice.”

She also enjoys showcasing the Senior Center.

“When people visit from out of town they’re always impressed with the large number of people we have here,” Clark said.

In fact, she welcomes everyone.

“I especially want the new people to feel welcome,” said Clark, who encourages them to mix and mingle by getting involved with the programs and activities ‘The Center’ has to offer.

For more information, call 209-8623 or log on to www.ci.manteca.ca.us/parks.



— Vince Rembulat
staff reporter

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