By January 30, 2011 Read More →

Get out and do something!

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Modestoview is Back!

This is one the things that always crosses my mind. I was entertaining one of my customers that was visiting from St. Louis at Jax on H (then Claytons) at the Blue Monday Jam. They said to me, “I can’t believe this is a Monday night, I especially can’t believe it is Modesto!” I looked around the room, and a thought to myself, “no kidding, this is really awesome!” I travel a lot, visit lots of other interesting cities, my customers for my warehouse business visit from everywhere and the feeling is always the same.

Visitors leave Modesto, pleasantly surprised about that we have here, our downtown, the things to do, the festivals, our way of life, our American Graffiti heritage. I read other publications like ModestoView in other cities and am proud of all we have to offer. The trick is, we all have to get out and do something to really enjoy it. Sure you can sit at home and watch TV and play video games. Just like the movie “If you build it, they will come” So, it goes to say that if you go out and do something, there will be more to do. Trust me. You will be pleased to know how quickly you can cure your boredom. The first thing to do is check out daily event calendar for some ideas or sign up for our Twitter feed at or some ideas texted to you.

Grab some friends, spread the word and get out and check out the galleries, hit happy hour for appetizers at a local restaurant before heading home for the evening, check out a local band and buy their CD, show your kids the McHenry Museum or the Mansion or get all dressed up to see a vintage film at the State Theatre. There is really no limit to the number of things to do. If you are completely bored, you can sit and browse our gallery of Modesto pictures all sorted in on of the biggest Modesto photo galleries anywhere!

In ModestoView each month we will cover nightlife, locally owned restaurants, local music, give you local cocktail and food recipes, give you peace and green ideas, hook you up for some local theatre culture, lay some cool poetry on you, introduce you to people in the Greater Modesto Area that are

making things happen and shaking it up. So much to read and learn. If you have ideas on things we should be covering, please let me know at

So, don’t wake up on Monday morning and find out you missed all the fun things to do. Be a part of the active local scene that has something for every age group. You don’t have to be 22 years old to enjoy the downtown nightlife and you don’t have to be 50 to enjoy the history of Modesto and our American Graffiti heritage. If you are under 21, there are man things to explore and do with your friends. Modesto will surprise you if you take a look at what is here.

We love Modesto and hope you do to.

by Chris Murphy

Photo Courtesy of Sandy Redding



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About the Author:

Chris Murphy is the President and CEO of Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group and Publisher and Founder of ModestoView Inc. Chris worked globally in the cycling industry returning to Modesto in 1996. He is also the founder of the Modesto Historic Graffiti Cruise Route, Legends of the Cruise Walk of Fame, Modesto Rockin’ Holiday, the Modesto Music History Organization and co-founder of the Modesto Area Music Association. Chris is married to his artist wife Rebecca since 1985 and has two daughters Madison and Abigail, both graduating from Modesto High and UC Berkeley. He is lead singer and guitarist for his band, Third Party that donates their performances to non-profits.