GreetingsView – Mom, Bikes, Porches, Parks and the Force!


Happy May Friends!
Mom, Bikes, Porches, Parks and the Force!
First things first; some thank yous are in order. I want to tell all of my friends and colleagues thank you for taking my calls, answering my emails when I repeatedly ask you to donate to the causes and organizations that need our help. I truly thank you and appreciate your generosity. We walked a mile in high heel shoes for Haven Women’s Center and raised nearly $3,000. Thank you. Thanks also to all that donated to the Gallo Center for Arts Madness. Just when you thought it was over, this month I will be calling to help raise funds for the East LaLoma Park Playground and for the 100th Season of MoBand and something really big coming up. Thank you in advance for taking my calls and supporting these efforts. We are really trying to do some good things for our community that really make a difference and your help is so valuable. It is great to live in a place like Modesto where we can really get involved and make a difference.

Every month seems to have a special theme, but May is really about the variety. The weather is nice, it’s not so warm yet and that means that it is really nice for everything. If you haven’t dusted off your bicycle, you need to do it as there are bike paths to ride, Sunday Funday brunches, Bike to Work days, family cycling festivals and you can get your spandex on for Ride for Mom so you can enjoy a Mother’s Day Brunch. We even have Modesto’s first bicycle show too. If you miss the Amgen races in Modesto like I do, you can take in the Modesto Criterium on May 19 and get your fill of high-speed excitement downtown. Our house will be hosting 5 bands for Porchfest on May 19, so hope you ride by and enjoy, we will have lots of bike parking. But no matter what you do, get up, get going and enjoy this nice flat terrain that we call home. You will feel so much better.

But what really gets me going are the things make Modesto and our area better and different. How do we improve the places, things and processes that make us great, not just good? One of our Hall of Fame events is MoBand Concerts in the Park that brings thousands together each week and the many events that happen in our parks, from Gala in Graceada to a weekend family birthday party. These things are why we are taking a look at our area parks, the places we gather, recreate, relax, play and meet our neighbors. There are some really good parks and there are some that need our help. Whether you are 5, 50 or 90, good parks are a sign of a healthy community and connection. There are so many issues, and there are some big park projects on deck in Graceada and East LaLoma, but there is much more we can do. Check out our BigView to get an overview and please let’s have a conversation how we make things better. I would love to hear from you to keep this on the front burner.

Thank you to all of our friends, family, public servants and local business that make Modesto a vibrant and good place to live. Every city has it’s issues, but it is how we stand tall on the future direction that makes us different. We are, the Home of Star Wars so celebrate on May 4th, we are the Home of American Graffiti so get ready for Graffiti Summer. Hope to see you out and about.
#modestousa #gloriousmodesto #modestoGOAT

With gratitude and wishing my mom a happy Mother’s day,
Chris Murphy
Publisher and Founder, ModestoView
chrism@modestoview.com<mailto:chrism@modestoview.com>

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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.