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December 2016

In this Issue:
City Manager's Message
ZeroTrash RSM
Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic
City Council Reorganization
Animal Services Information
Military Support Opportunities
New Year's Eve Celebrating Family & Friends
Crime Prevention
Chamber of Commerce News
Employee of the Year Nominees
December Recreation Highlights

Boys & Girls Club - Operation Holiday Homework

Senior Activities at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center

Season's Greetings message
Civic Center with holiday lighting
Jennifer Cervantez

City Manager's Message

The generous spirit of this wonderful City is evident in the contents of this month’s newsletter. With so many worthwhile community organizations providing programs and services, the opportunities to assist others during this season of giving are abundant. We’re collecting gifts for the members of the City’s adopted Marine Battalion, serving our seniors daily lunches at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center, supporting the Boys & Girls Club in their Operation Holiday Homework program. Working together with the Chamber of Commerce, we are excited to be co-hosting a holiday party in our festively decorated Civic Center. The RSM CARES/ Bell Tower Foundation’s legacy brick program will give families an opportunity to give back to the community and add their names to those whose contributions have shaped the community we know today.

I hope you’ll join us on New Year’s Eve for our 16th annual Celebrating Family and Friends event. This beloved community tradition continues to grow and is one of the family-friendly events that makes Rancho Santa Margarita such a unique and desirable place to call home. Best wishes to you and yours during this holiday season.


Jennifer Cervantez

ZeroTrash volunteers

ZeroTrash RSM

Saturday, December 3rd is the next ZeroTrash "First Saturday" event; volunteers meet in the courtyard in front of Cinepolis at 10:00 a.m. to help beautify our city! ZeroTrash RSM is an all volunteer community organization dedicated to ridding city streets and wilderness areas of trash, reducing waste, supporting local businesses, and taking personal responsibility for our community and the environment!

"Like" ZeroTrash RSM on Facebook for more information.

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Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic

Wednesday, December 7th
Bell Tower Regional Community Center
22232 El Paseo

6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (Cats only)
7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. (Dogs & Cats)

INFO: (714) 993-9193
Bring your cat or dog for their life-saving vaccinations provided by the Society for California Veterinary & Vaccine Care (SCVVC)'s low-cost clinic. OC Animal Care will provide pet licensing services, including AVID micro identification chips (price includes registration and continuous, 24/7 lifetime monitoring).
Cash or credit card ($3 processing fee) only; checks are not accepted.
Important Rabies Information
If you have a prior rabies vaccine certificate, license tag or license renewal notice for your pet, please bring it with you to the clinic.
Vaccines for dogs include:
Rabies - $7.00
DAP/DHPP - $19.00
Bordetella - $14.00
Lyme - $22.00
Microchip - $28.00
$2.00 hazardous materials disposal fee per pet
Vaccines for cats include:
FVRCP "3-in-1" - $18.00
FELV - $21.00
Purevax - $20.00
Microchip - $28.00
$2.00 hazardous materials disposal fee per pet
Prices are subject to change. Clinic will cancel in the event of rain.

City Council Chamber

Council Members to be sworn in at December 14th meeting


Included on the agenda of the December 14th, 2016  regular meeting of the Rancho Santa Margarita City Council is the certification of the results of the November 8th, 2016 election. Rancho Santa Margarita voters re-elected Tony Beall and Carol Gamble to 4-year posts, according to the “unofficial” results from the Registrar of Voters. Election results are available on the Registrar of Voters website at http://www.ocvote.com/results.

During the meeting, Council Members will take their oath of office, and the Council will then select a new Mayor and Mayor Pro Tem to serve in 2017. Current Mayor Tony Beall will be recognized for his year of leadership to the community.

The City Council meets at 7 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesday of the month. Meeting agendas are posted on the City's website.

For more information regarding agendas and minutes, or for municipal election information, contact Amy Diaz, City Clerk, at (949) 635-1806.


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Animal Services Transition Information

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is preparing for exciting changes in our commitment to enhancing the quality of life for our residents – and their pets! When the clock strikes 12:01 a.m. on January 1, 2017, our new partnership with the City of Mission Viejo to provide excellent, high-quality animal care and sheltering services will officially begin. Mission Viejo Animal Services provides a pro-humane animal shelter, 24-hour response to emergency calls, pet adoption and fostering, low-cost vaccination clinics, animal licensing, volunteer opportunities, community outreach and events, and many other essential animal care services. Read more...

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Help Support the City's Adopted 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines


The City of Rancho Santa Margarita, in partnership with Team 2/5 RSM, a local 501 (c) (3) non-profit organization, and Operation Help-a-Hero are joining forces to provide holiday cheer to the City’s adopted Second Battalion, Fifth Marines (2/5).  The 2/5 is comprised of over 1,000 brave Marines and Sailors who have recently departed for a six-month deployment leaving their family members behind this holiday season. Visit our 2nd Battalion, 5th Marine Regiment webpage to learn more about the City's military support programs.

With your kind donation, we can help make this year’s holiday time a memorable one!

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New Year's Eve Celebrating Family & Friends


Saturday, December 31
5 - 9 p.m.
Civic Plaza
22232 El Paseo

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is proud to present our 16th annual New Year’s Eve Celebrating Family and Friends event! This festive evening of celebration provides a safe and fun opportunity for the community to gather in celebration of the New Year in an alcohol-free setting. Read on...

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Crime Prevention - Holiday Shopping Safety


Shopping in Stores 

  • Do not buy more than you can carry.  Plan ahead by taking a friend with you or ask a store employee to help you carry your packages to the car.
  • Save all receipts.  Print and save all confirmations from your online purchases.   Start a file folder to keep all receipts together and to help you verify credit card or bank statements as they come in.
  • Consider alternate options to pay for your merchandise, such as onetime or multiuse disposable credit cards or money orders, at online stores and auction sites.
  • Wait until asked before taking out your credit card or checkbook.  An enterprising thief would love to shoulder surf to get your account information.
  • Tell a security guard or store employee if you see an unattended bag or package.  The same applies if you are using mass transit.
Walking to and From Your Car
  • Deter pickpockets.  Carry your purse close to your body or your wallet inside a coat or front trouser pocket.
  • Have your keys in hand when approaching your vehicle. Check the back seat and around the car before getting in.
  • Do not leave packages visible in your car windows. Lock them in the trunk or, if possible, take them directly home.
Shopping with Small Children
When shopping with children, make a plan in case you are separated from each other.   
  • Select a central meeting place.
  • Teach them to know they can ask mall personnel or store security employees if they need help.
Shopping Online
  • Before surfing the Internet, secure your personal computers by updating your security software. Everyone’s computer should have anti-virus, anti-spyware, and anti-spam software, as well as a good firewall,  installed.
  • Keep your personal information private, and your password secure. Do not respond to requests to “verify” your password or credit card information unless you initiated the contact. Legitimate businesses will not contact you in this manner.
  • Beware of “bargains” from companies with whom you are unfamiliar—if it sounds too good to be true, it probably is!
  • Use secure websites for purchases. Look for the icon of a locked padlock at the bottom of the screen or “https” in the URL address.
  • Shop with companies you know and trust. Check for background information if you plan to buy from a new or unfamiliar company.
Click here to read more about law enforcement services in Rancho Santa Margarita, or call Police Services at (949) 635-1830.
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Chamber of Commerce News

The RSM Chamber is committed to supporting business growth by providing trusted resources, networking opportunities and local connections. The RSM Chamber takes great pride in being a strength and support for the business community by organizing monthly mixers, educational forums and community events to promote commerce throughout Rancho Santa Margarita and the surrounding area.


December Events

Holiday Party/Evening Networking Mixer
December 06, 2016 5:30 PM
The Bell Tower Regional Community Center
22232 El Paseo

Modern Professionals Networking Mixer
December 13, 2016 5:30 PM
Cinepolis -  30632 Santa Margarita Pkwy

Guest & New RSM Chamber Member Orientation
December 20, 2016 5:45 PM
RSM Chamber Office 30162 Tomas, Suite 202 


December Ribbon Cuttings


Paul's Pizza and Grill
Monday December 5th 4:30 Event time, Official Ribbon Cutting at 5:00 pm
22411 Antonio Parkway C170   949-709-2927

Tutto Fresco
Thursday December 8th 4:30 Event time, Official Ribbon Cutting at 5:00 pm
22332 El Paseo   949-858-3360

For more information about RSM Chamber programs visit rsmchamber.com

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Employee of the Year Award

City associates voted on Election Day this week for the City’s Employee of the Year Award. Lisa Cookston, Linda Brown, Derek Bingham and Judi Russi are the candidates for this year’s recognition as they each earned the Employee of the Quarter Award during the 2015/16 fiscal year. The Employee of the Year will be revealed at our upcoming employee Holiday Fest, scheduled for Thursday, December 15th. Congratulations to these very deserving nominees!

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RSM CARES Gift-a-Brick Fundraiser

You are invited to become a special part of Rancho Santa Margarita's Civic Plaza and Regional Community Center by sponsoring a commemorative,engraved brick. Located in the heart of RSM, bricks will be placed in the East walkway with the original legacy bricks.
The RSM Cares/Bell Tower Foundation Gift-a-Brick fundraiser is a great way to highlight your business or organization, honor a loved one, celebrate a birthday, anniversary or graduation. Anticipated installation is spring 2017 to coincide with the completion of the Civic Center remodel project. Proceeds will support RSM Cares | Bell Tower Foundation programs. 

Bricks are available in 2 sizes:
4" x 8" brick with 3 lines of text $150.00
8" x 8" brick with 6 lines of text $300.00

Bell Tower Regional Community Center

December Recreation Highlights

ABCs with Tiny Tots
Come experience a fun way of preparing your child for kindergarten.  Using hands-on interactive learning with art, science, cooking, music and much more, your child will learn their numbers, letters and shapes and learn to write their name as well as develop social skills of patience, listening, cooperation and sharing. No parent participation needed. Children must be fully potty trained.  This is a year round program with month-to-month registration to meet the needs of your schedule.
Ages: 3-5 yrs. What to bring: Healthy snack & lunch.
Instructor:  SoCal Tiny Tots
$198/ per month
310761 04       M,W,F       Dec 5 - Dec 23     9 am - 1 pm
$131/ per month
310761 08       T,Th          Dec 6 - Dec 22     9 am - 1 pm

After School Sewing for Kids & Teens
$148/ 4 Classes
Learn sewing basics, fabric selection, how to follow a pattern and complete amazing projects in class.  No prior experience is needed.   All fabric, notions and sewing machines are supplied. Ages: 7.5-17 yrs.
Instructor:  Linda Rush
420501 01       T                Jan 10 - Jan 31     3:30 - 6 pm
American Doll Fashions
$148/ 4 Classes
$112/ 3 Classes*
Design, plan and create your very own doll fashions. Students will select fabrics and learn to follow a pattern while mastering basic sewing skills and will work on a complete outfit for an 18" doll (includes American Girl Dolls). Girls are encouraged to bring their doll to class for the fittings and fashion show. No experience is necessary. All fabric, notions and sewing machines supplied. Ages: 7.5-14 yrs. 
Instructor:  Linda Rush
420506 01       Th              Jan 12 - Feb 2      3:30 - 6 pm

AM Yoga with Roz
This class provides a safe, supportive environment to explore the practice of yoga.  You will build strength, flexibility and balance while exploring the various postures.  Connecting breath and movement brings calmness of mind, stress release and enables us to function better both on and off the mat. This is a great way to start your day; you will experience better clarity and ease. Ages: 18 yrs. & up.  No class on 1/16 & 2/20.
Instructor:  Roz Maissy
$145/ 13 Classes
440211 02       W               Jan 4 - Mar 29     9:15 - 10:15 am
440211 03       F                Jan 6 - Mar 31     9:15 - 10:15 am
$115/ 10 Classes
440211 01       M               Jan 9 - Mar 27     9:15 - 10:15 am

Do you love music? Do you love to dance? Then come check out the new Jazzercise! It’s a pulse-pounding, beat-pumping fitness program that gets you results while you dance to popular Top 40 hits. You’ll burn up to 800 calories in one fun and powerfully effective total body workout. Each class combines dance-based cardio with strength training to sculpt and tone muscles for a maximum fat burn. Everyone is welcome, no matter what your current fitness level is. So grab a water bottle, an exercise mat and some hand weights and let’s get dancing! Ages: 18 yrs. & up. 
Instructor:  Maureen Stewart
$95/ 10 Classes
340243 04       T,W,Th      Dec 1 - Dec 22     7:15 - 8:15 am
$120/ 13 Classes
440243 01       T,W,Th      Jan 3 - Jan 31       7:15 - 8:15 am
$87/ 7 Classes
340243 08       T,Th          Dec 1 - Dec 22     7:15 - 8:15 am
$111/ 9 Classes
440243 04       T,Th           Jan 3-Jan 31       7:15 - 8:15 am

Zumba with Tania
ZUMBA fitness is a fusion of Latin and international music-dance themes creating a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness system that is appropriate for any fitness level. Try the first class free before you register.  Ages: 18 yrs. & up.  No class 1/16 & 1/18.
$35/ 3 Classes
440206 01       M               Jan 9 - Jan 30       7 - 8 pm
440206 02       W               Jan 11 - Feb 1      7 - 8 pm
$75/ 8 Classes
440206 03       M,W          Jan 9 - Feb 1        7 - 8 pm

Click here to access our online registration system.


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Senior Activities at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center


The mission of Age Well Senior Services is to promote and improve the quality of life and independence of the senior community.


December Activities at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center

  • A Special Cookie & Carols Holiday Luncheon - Friday, December 9th
  • Afternoon Delight - Friday, December 16th - Christmas Luncheon
  • Art Club
  • Bingo

  • Blood Pressure Check (Free on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.- noon)
  • Bocce Ball
  • Medicare Made Simple Seminars 
  • Golden Age Yoga
  • Congregate Lunch - Weekdays - 11:45 a.m. (excluding holidays)
  • Meals on Wheels
  • Movie Days 
  • Music Exercise Class
  • Smartphone Tutorial
  • Tai Chi
  • Total Body Fitness

Visit our Senior Activities webpage for more information or contact Lindy Kehler at 949-216-9700, ext. 257.

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Senior congregate meal
Children in Boys & Girls Club shirts

Operation Holiday Homework Underway at the RSM Boys & Girls Club

Help make the holidays brighter for youth in our community by supporting the Rancho Santa Margarita Branch of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley’s Operation Holiday Homework program.

The annual program rewards club members for putting education first.  Children earn points by remaining productive during the club’s daily homework hour.  Points can then be used to “shop” for Christmas gifts for their families.   For some families, these gifts are the only presents under the tree.

Community members can help by dropping off a new, unwrapped gift or gift card for kids and adults at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center. Click here for a list of gift ideas and detailed program information, including ways to volunteer.
For more information, contact Rancho Santa Margarita Branch Director Christina Wolbert at cwolbert@bgccapo.com or 949-216-9700 x*1280.
RSM Boys & Girls Club

Rancho Santa Margarita

City Council


L. Anthony Beall, Mayor

Carol Gamble, Mayor Pro Tempore
Jerry Holloway, Council Member

Brad McGirr, Council Member

Mike Vaughn, Council Member

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