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GreetingsView – Ready for a Local Rockin’ Holiday

Greetings Friends,

Going for a walk on these fall days is just about the best thing going as these last few days when the rain fell and cleared the air and brightened our sky. It has been a long time since rain made such a difference and those big rainbows were a welcome sight. There is normally a sense of calm when the leaves change, we get through Thanksgiving and then all of a sudden, everything speeds up again as we race toward the end of the year. It seems like yesterday Rockin’ Santa was in the Rockin’ North Pole but here we are, ready for opening night.

But November was not calm as California rallied to support those who lost everything in Paradise and so many of our local people, companies and non-profits made amazing contributions. It will be really important that after the TV cameras leave in a few weeks, that we don’t forget and are still ready to support those who have lost everything as we get close to the holidays. We need to lend a hand here at home and we will need to lend extra hands this winter. We will keep you posted as opportunities to help are announced. If you have a donation program, please let us know so we can help you spread the word to events@modestoview.com<mailto:events@modestoview.com> or message us @modestoview

One of the reasons I love Modesto is that there is a good group of “doers” here in our community. Many of these doers are the writers here at ModestoView, constantly creating events and activities and we are proud to support the others in town that are doers. Great to see the success of ModShop and Ruhi Sheikh, Kate Trompetter and Trisha Rosenow are making an amazing difference. Andrea and Jerome Murray are doers and have created Modesto on Ice that has changed our downtown. We here at ModestoView and Sierra Pacific wanted to bring the classic Christmas holidays back to downtown so we created Rockin’ Holidays five years ago in 10th St Plaza and it gets bigger every year. Best of all, the people of our community have responded by supporting and attending these events. This is where it all works and becomes part of our community. We can’t back off. We have to keep innovating and creating and most of all, make these current events even better and make sure we support the new doers that are going to make a difference with new events and ideas. We hope to see you out at Rockin’ Holiday this year and we would love to hear what you think about all of these events so they can get even better.

As December unfolds, we turn to our family and friends and make sure that we are all looking out for each other. I am so happy both of my girls are back living in Modesto and so excited for their futures. As kids grow up, get new jobs or start new families, these times when we are all together mean even more. As we plan on giving, we hope you will keep it local and make sure that we keep our dollars here in town. Many of our locally owned companies make some of the biggest contributions to our city. This is how it works and I hope that you will check out the local companies that are featured and advertise in ModestoView and know that these are the ones that give back and invest in us, so we should support them back. Let’s finish our year strong Modesto. Let’s show that we care, have the talent, the creativity and the will to make this year better and begin our planning to make 2019 even better.

I and my family wish all of you the Happiest of Holidays, a very Merry Christmas and a Happy Hanukkah and wish Peace and Friendship to all, as this is the foundation of everything. You are all part of our ModestoView family and we will keep working hard to be a positive force in our community and continue to “Serve Civic Pride Daily”.

Best to you all,
Chris Murphy
Founder and Publisher, ModestoView

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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.