ANotefrom1The season that signifies new life and new beginnings is in full swing, and what a wonderful time of year it is in the Santa Clarita Valley. We hope you are enjoying this weather and all the many wonderful events our town has to offer.
We always look forward to the Child & Family Center’s popular Taste of the Town event and are pleased to be sponsors once again.

The event never disappoints, and each year it gets bigger and better, with more vendors, restaurants and participants.  And as you can see from the cover of this issue, we went sideways once again, just to accommodate all the people on the cover! We would like to thank the Valencia Marketplace for providing a beautiful location for our cover shot. We hope you join us as we celebrate the Taste of the Town on Sunday, May 3, at Mann Biomedical Park.  See opposite page for event details and turn to our Taste of the Town listing beginning on page 50. 
We are gearing up for the 12th Annual Summer Meltdown Festival on Saturday, April 25.  Spend an afternoon at the Santa Clarita Skate Park to support Autism Awareness.  There will be more than 30 professional music acts, food, trucks and more.  What is even more exciting is that the students with special needs from the Yes I Can program have been working hard all year to put this program together!  Come support our youth in this one-day festival, and see opposite page for more information.
We wanted to say congratulations to Deputy Josh Dubin and wish him the best of luck as he takes on a new role as Detective for the Sheriff’s Department.  Turn to page 18 and read about Deputy Dubin and how he has played an active role as the station’s Public Information Officer as well as what he is looking forward to as a detective.
It’s no surprise, everyone in Santa Clarita loves their pets and our pet contest always reminds us of that!  We asked our readers to participate in our pet photo contest and we received hundreds of adorable pet photos!  From puppies to cats, horses, rabbits, lizards and more, we couldn’t just pick one winner!  Turn to page 99 to see who our staff chose as their favorites! To see all our pet entries, visit our website at santaclaritamagazine.com.
Speaking of favorites, we are also asking our readers to vote as we kick off the 5th Annual elite Ultimate Dining Awards.  There are so many places to dine and we want to know who your favorites are.  Turn to page 17 to see how you can have the opportunity to win $200 in gift certificates just for voting! 
Tis’ the season for taxes.  Have you filed yours yet? The deadline to file a return is April 15. If you haven’t already filed, be sure and take advantage of our CPA Guide on page 56 when looking for the right professional for the job.
There are a multitude of beauty professionals here in the Santa Clarita Valley.  Beginning on page 106, we have provided you with Your Guide to Beauty to help you find the right professional so you feel beautiful on the inside and out. 
To celebrate the upcoming religious season we are pleased to focus on our local churches and synagogues in our Worship Directory beginning on page 25.
Have you picked up the latest copy of élite Magazine? In our April/May issue, we have featured Shane Vereen, our hometown Super Bowl Champ on our cover, along with many inspiring stories and profiles.

Until Next Time,
Linda, Moe and Alex Hafizi