Greetings Modesto Friends – Happy September

Greetings Modesto Friends,

Walking home after the brilliant Valley Talent Project Finals had me thinking about how many talented people there are here in Modesto USA. As the cool breeze followed me to my car, it had me thinking how nice it is to be in this geographic place where we get the delta breezes that refresh our city daily. It was flat out chilly this morning when I picked up my morning newspapers and I knew today was going to be a good day. I love this time of year and it makes me happy thinking about the amazing friends and family we have. This is truly a wonderful community.

This month is flat out packed with things to do. I know what you are thinking, “Chris, you say this every month”. You are right, I do, and every month I mean it. You can’t say you are bored and live in this town. Between all of the Pokemon Go players exploring all over town to the incredible new line up at the Gallo Center, the cool indie films at the State, the all ages music at our local venues, museums like the Great Valley Museum, the McHenry Museum and Mansion there is truly something for everyone.

This month we are getting our fashion and our architecture on. The week of Sept 11 will see the intersection and collision of our design community. Let’s embrace this friends, go out and take the walking tours, dress up and enjoy being all about town. There are cool films, exhibits, tours and parties and even a couture fashion show. This is just a flat out fun way to celebrate the creativity in our community. ModestoView is there supporting both Modesto Fashion Week and Modesto Architecture Festival.

It is wonderful how our community supports our area charities in really creative ways. First off we have the amazing culinary festival that is the Edible Extravaganza that benefits the Center for Human Services, we have the Community Brunch that brings our community together for a tasty event that benefits Salvation Army, Stan Education Foundation, Society for Disabilities, the Police Action League on Sept 11. There is a Walk for Alzheimer’s on Sept 10 and the Power of the Purse on Sept 14 and Unspoken fall benefit for the Modesto Gospel Mission on the 29th, just to name a few. We really have a giving and creative community.

It is MAMA season. Since 2000, we have been celebrating our annual Modesto Area Music talent at the MAMA Awards on Oct 11. Nominations are now in, voting is live and I challenge each and every one of you to take time, check these bands out, go see them play in our local venues and make live music a priority in our community. The cool thing is about Valley Talent Project is we always find new musicians in our community that may not be on the regular local venue scene and I love those discoveries. Friends, go listen to our local bands, it will fill your soul with goodness.

And finally, doing local business is what we are all about. Our family is in the process of moving and remodeling (always sounds more fun than it is) and of course we went to Direct Appliance for my needs. Great ideas, products and design. This is one of the ways we make Modesto better, stronger and more vibrant is by keeping our dollars local. Please take time to support the awesome businesses that are showcased here in ModestoView. They care about our community and we should reward those companies that give back to our local charities and to Modesto.

Thank you so much for reading all these years and if this is your first Modesto View read, welcome to this place of positivity.

Chris Murphy
Publisher and Founder, ModestoView>

Sierra Pacific Honored
By Chris Murphy
Thank you Modesto Bee for honoring Sierra Pacific Warehouse Group for Excellence in Business for 2016. Our company truly believes that operational excellence and community involvement go hand in hand. We truly appreciate all of our team members who are so dedicated. Sierra Pacific supports ModestoView and the mission of creating civic pride, as well as a great place to work and grow.



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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.