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Congratulations to élite Magazine’s Ultimate Dining Professionals! These are the best of the best in their field voted on by thousands of community members and our readers. Be sure if you go see them to say you saw it in élite Magazine. Ultimate Italian Food Piccola...

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Creating Beauty From Devastation!

Originally from the United Kingdom, Glen Farrelly and his family had relocated to the United States and settled in their in Sand Canyon. Shortly after their move in date, the Farrelly’s were forced to evacuate their new home as the Santa Clarita Valley underwent a...

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On the Field with Michelle Hogan

 Stepping out on the soccer field for her tryout with the San Antonio Athenians in 2017, Michelle Hogan was beyond nervous. The women’s semi-professional team was making its inaugural debut and Michelle wanted to be part of it. “The girls were all really competitive...

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Mexican Style Red Silk Beans

Blue Zone is a term coined in 2005 to describe areas around the world with unusually high concentrations of people who live noticeably longer than others. While researchers found many commonalities between these areas, the one common food these folks ate were legumes....

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Chicken Salad Cups

I’m coming up on my 10-year wedding anniversary in September, just in time for this Bridal issue! When I think of my wedding planning season, I remember wanting to look my absolute best but simultaneously being under more stress and overall busyness than any other...

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Golden Valley High School’s PAWS Center

For many, high school is the best time of your life. It’s the place that you meet lifelong friends, you learn how to drive, and experience a lot more independence than your days on the playground. However, there are students who struggle through these formative years...

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Love, Music and a Rebel Heart

 Love and music are two of the most powerful forces on Earth. They influence the way we think, speak, and ultimately live our lives. So, when a couple like Darren and Millena Hicks collide to create a band based on their love for music and each other, magic...

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20 Years of Magic at The Gentle Barn

To rebuild yourself from being broken, beaten, and torn down is not an easy feat, one might say it takes a bit of magic to accomplish this, but through the aide of an unlikely friend, magic is always possible. For 20 years Ellie Laks and Jay Weiner have been at the...

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Oakmont Senior Living GRAND OPENING

 Oakmont Senior Living is the epitome of luxury and class for the retired seniors in the Santa Clarita Valley. Recently, they have expanded to a second location and hosted the grand opening of Oakmont Valencia. Dignitaries, community leaders, and future residents came...

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Lights, Camera, Santa Clarita!

The glitz and glamour of Hollywood is coming to Santa Clarita for this year’s State of the City Luncheon. Each year, the event has a different theme, celebrating an aspect of our community that adds up to the high quality of life we all enjoy in Santa Clarita. This...

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Post Ranch Inn – Big Sur

High atop the cliffs of Big Sur, 1200 feet above the Pacific Ocean, sits Post Ranch Inn, a sanctuary for the soul. Located along California’s Highway One, known as one of the world’s most scenic drives, Post Ranch is set amongst majestic state parks, beaches and...

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Robinson Ranch Estate Gated Community Charmer

15013 Live Oak Springs Canyon Road, Canyon Country 5 Beds | 5.5 Baths | 4,681 square feet This premier Robinson Ranch Estate executive gated home is 4,681 square-feet, adjacent to the exclusive, highly desired Sand Canyon Country Club and features 5 bedrooms and 5.5...

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A Message from Associate Publisher Alexander Hafizi

Alexander Hafizi

Alexander Hafizi

Associate Publisher

Can you believe summer is coming to an end? Before you know it, kids will be back in school. It’s crazy how fast times goes when you are having fun. I just wanted to take a minute to thank all you for reading our magazine. You guys inspire us to do what we do. This issue of élite is super exciting. On our cover we had the pleasure of featuring a wonderful young lady who was a finalist on MasterChef Junior. She cooked her way almost to the top. It was so great watching our Santa Clarita star do so well in this competition. Read her story on page 8. Our cover tied into our élite Ultimate Awards this month as we announce our dining award winners. Go to page 10 to see all the winners. Continuing with the food theme we have a new contributing writer with a great recipe, thank you Larry McClements and welcome. It just makes me so hungry.
Have you every heard at Big Sur? Well we got an up close and personal look at Post Ranch Inn. It looks like such a lovely weekend get away. We have a few closeups in this issue to get to know some of the very talented people that live in Santa Clarita like Glen Farrelly. He is an artist that made art out of pieces from the Sand Fire disaster, Judith Wolfe who has made community service her mission and Michelle Hogan who is a soccer athlete. All are truly amazing stories. Have you heard of the PAWS Center? It was created by Golden Valley High School. PAWS stands for Parent Awareness Workshop and Support. I’m going to let you read more about it yourself. Rebel Heart Band is a band of eight people that come together for love and music, they are such a cool band. I hope you all get to see them perform soon.


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Kathy Allie

Cobblestone Cottage




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Clay Friedman

N Style Salon

26111 Bouquet Canyon Rd Ste A3

Saugus, CA 91350




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Lawn Kings Inc




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Good afternoon and thank you, thank you, thank you!!!
We had the pleasure of receiving our personal issues of the August/September 2016 Elite Magazine today in the mail and we are so excited. There has always been something special about Elite Magazine, and we can't believe that Cruise Planners is part of such an amazing issue. Kirsten's write-up, "Cruising Through Your Honeymoon," and your collaboration with her resulted in a perfect opportunity we are so glad we didn't miss. The supplement, the article, and the entire issue resonates and defines who we are as a company and what our business is built on, we call Cruisitude! We are so very pleased and look forward to future opportunities of advertising with your publication. Did we mention...we are also huge hockey fans!
Thank you, again!
Helene and Lisa of Cruise Planners




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