Author Archive: Chris Murphy

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.

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AllAgesView

AllAgesView

By Grace McNamera Happy April, Modesto! Spring is here, and it looks more beautiful than ever. I love driving through Modesto and seeing the pretty almond blossoms everywhere. I love living in a place that brings out so much beauty. It is important to keep our city loved, and what better way to do that […]

FoodView – Casa Maestros

FoodView – Casa Maestros

FoodView By Chris Murphy This is a moment we have all been waiting for. Civilization has finally reached the end of 10th Street. Night after night, we have walked out of the Gallo Center after a show and wondered what we should do. 10th Street has been less than inviting in the evening, and now […]

InterView – Bryan Justin Marks

InterView – Bryan Justin Marks

By Chris Murphy We are at a very strange point in time. There are big tech companies creating alternate worlds and the world is very divided, but where we are all one is how we can make our own community better. We are better when we work together, we are educated, we learn about each […]

BigView- Love Modesto

BigView- Love Modesto

The BigView By Chris Murphy For many of you long time readers, one of things that I find so amazing about the Modesto area is that we are big enough to have the big city things we like, but we are small enough were one person or a small group can make a difference. You […]

KidView – 21  Things to Do

KidView – 21 Things to Do

21 things to do with Kids by the View Crew There are so many things to do this spring now that it has sprung. Most of these are free and the rest are really affordable. Time together is the best thing you can do, but there are fun ways to explore our community. Please share […]

PerformingView

PerformingView

PerformingView By Chris Murphy The landscape for performing arts has been changing a lot over the last few months. It looks like, dare I say it, we are starting to have normal events again. To be able to be in a crowd is so fun. BUT, you know how this goes, stay safe, get vaxxed […]

Go Modesto – BunnyCon

Go Modesto – BunnyCon

Hey Bunnies! Are you ready to get your ears on? Don’t miss the FREE Bunny Bar Crawl in downtown Modesto on April 15. Get your cottontail, your ears and whatever makes you feel like a bunny and meet up with your bunny friends in a brand new location. Bring cash for bartender tips and there […]

GraffitiView – Museum Store is Open

GraffitiView – Museum Store is Open

GraffitiView By Chris Murphy The Graffiti Museum is Open! Are you ready to take a peek? The Museum store is open on Friday and Saturdays from 10 – 4 pm and during the week by appointment. You can find r some cool Graffiti USA apparel and find some peachy-keen gifts, coffee mugs, shot glasses and […]

DowneyView – 70 Years of History

DowneyView – 70 Years of History

By Steve Perry A few weeks ago, I ran into some folks planning a gala. It was for Downey High School (my alma matter and soon to be my kids) to celebrate the 70th graduating class. What an interesting celebration, we thought, so what has happened with Downey, since its opening? Thomas Downey was an […]

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Comes to Graffiti USA

Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Comes to Graffiti USA

“Chitty Chitty Bang Bang” Comes to the Graffiti Museum on April 2nd MODESTO, CA (March 28 2022) – We all know and love the classic 1968 film Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, but we cannot wait to see it performed LIVE by Modesto Christian Performing Arts at the Gallo Center on April 8th. The Modesto Graffiti USA Museum is […]

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GreetingsView – March is One of My Favorites

GreetingsView – March is One of My Favorites

Greetings Friends, As a Murphy, March is one of my favorite months. The hills are green, we have just come off of a beautiful Almond Blossom season and we start counting down the days to the St. Patrick’s Day, that just may pick up where we left off exactly 2 years ago when the door […]

Graffiti Text – Lets’ Do This!

Graffiti Text – Lets’ Do This!

GraffitiView By Chris Murphy Big things are going to happen at the Graffiti USA Museum over the next few months. Thanks so much to all of the local builders and contractors that have helped us get to this point. The hard stuff, the renovation, the seismic, the plumbing and sewer have all been upgraded. We […]

NursingView

NursingView

By Susan Powers, RN & Lisa Martinez, RN Working as a nurse during this deadly pandemic has been a humbling experience. These difficult challenging times have taught all of us in the healthcare field so much, as we started this pandemic we were hailed as heroes, however we quickly became overwhelmed by the constantly evolving […]

PoetryView – Little Free Libraries

PoetryView – Little Free Libraries

Salvatore Salerno Some are like miniature houses Complete with windows and peaked roofs; Others are simpler, but can be elegant With painted or decorative whimsy, But all have two features in common— Theirs owners must be neighborly folks Because they plant for others to share, And when you open those tiny doors, Surprising journeys of […]

FoodView – Ralston’s Goat is Back

FoodView – Ralston’s Goat is Back

By Chris Murphy The Goat is Back There are places in town that have become an institution. One of my favorite places in Modesto is the intersection of 10th and J Street. To me, that is the epicenter of downtown. The people, the place, the plaza, the food, the drink and most of all, the […]