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Valentine’s View

By Chris Murphy

There is always time for some romance. A quick date with your wife, partner or significant other is always possible. It doesn’t have to be a big deal, it can be a quick love note left on the nightstand or an extra hug and a smile. Don’t save your romance just for Valentine’s Day. There are little things you can do that have the look of love and be really romantic and set the tone for a great time.
What are your romantic places?
Is it a walk on the bike trail?
The corner booth at your fave restaurant ?
The back row of the movie theatre?
The garden at the McHenry Mansion?
Walking across the Knights Ferry Bridge?
You never know where your magic moment will be. But when it does, take the time to enjoy it, and everything around you so it stays with you the rest of your life.

Valentine’s Tea – February 9
This is a special annual event at the McHenry Mansion Visitors Center. Warm treats, tasty tea and great services. Depending on the weather, the Tea at the Gift Shop event will be held on the patio or inside the store. One seating at 11:30am. $30.00 per person. Reservations required at the Visitors Center/Gift Store. Limited seating.

Valentine View
Marriage at the Mansion
February 14 – 906 15th St 9 am – 4 pm
This will be a fantastic day of weddings at the McHenry Mansion. This is Modesto’s house and the setting is perfect for a spring wedding. Stanislaus County Clerk / Recorder / Commissioner of Civil Marriages, Lee Lundrigan and staff perform civil marriage ceremonies in English and Spanish on Valentine’s Day. “Marriage at the Mansion” offers each couple a romantic experience that will take them back in time. All ceremonies are individualized and the Mansion Gift Shop will be open with a Valentine theme; and local businesses are donating gifts. Wedding photos can be purchased. There is no flash photography in the Mansion to preserve the valuable antiques. Couples must sign up in advance through the Clerk Recorder’s Office at 209-525-5250 or call 209-525-5230 for assistance in Spanish.

Marriage licenses must be purchased and appointments made in advance at the Clerk Recorder’s Office located at 1021 “I” Street in downtown Modesto. Cost of the license and ceremony is $121 or $126 for confidential marriage licenses. Certified marriage certificates are an additional $15 and must be paid by check. No blood test is required. Guests are limited to 15 for each wedding, and children must be age 12 or older to attend in the Mansion.

While we are on the subject about affairs of the heart; to celebrate this year, the American Heart Association is hosting an inaugural Modesto Wear Red Day celebration at Vintage Faire Mall at on February 1 between 10am-2pm and at the Stockton Heat’s “Heat with Heart” Night at the Stockton Arena, 7pm. The Vintage Faire event will feature free health screenings from local Go Red For Women cause sponsor Sutter Heart & Vascular Institute, CPR training, lipstick matching from Macy’s, and more activities for the whole family. Most importantly, don’t forget to wear red! For more information, please call 209-598-8220. #GoRedModesto

Future Heart Dates:
Go Red for Women lunch – Friday, April 26, 2019, 10am-2pm, Modesto Center Plaza
Heart Walk – Saturday, September 28, 2019, 8am, Modesto Jr. College, East Campus
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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.