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January 2017

In this Issue:


City Manager's Message
Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic

ZeroTrash RSM
Animal Services Information
Crime Prevention
RSM CARES - The Belltower Foundation

Chamber of Commerce News
Senior Activities
January Recreation Highlights

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Jennifer Cervantez

City Manager's Message


Welcome to another new year in Rancho Santa Margarita. The dedicated City staff and I are excited to embark on the various community improvement projects that the City Council has worked diligently to bring to the residents and businesses throughout the City. We'll be renovating the fountain at the Civic Plaza as well as refreshing the landscaping around the freshly painted building; we also look forward to planning enhancements to the City's Dog Park. We'll continue to keep you informed throughout the year of the many events, classes, resources and activities by way of our website, this newsletter, and of course our social media platforms. I wish you and yours a healthy and safe 2017.


Jennifer Cervantez

Group Photo of City Council Members with Art Contest winners
Some of the winning entrants in the Children's Art Contest pose with Mayor Gamble, Council Members McGirr and  Holloway at the 2016 Celebrating Family & Friends New Year's event.
Cats and dogs

Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic

Wednesday, January 4th
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 scheduled to increase in February and are subject to change.

Clinic will cancel in the event of rain.

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ZeroTrash RSM


Saturday, January 7th 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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Animal Services Information


The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is excited to move forward in our commitment to enhancing the quality of life for our residents – and their pets! Now effective as of January 1, 2017, our new partnership with the City of Mission Viejo is in effect and will 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...

Mission Viejo Animal Services Center
28095 Hillcrest
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
(949) 470-3045

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Crime Prevention - Stay Informed at

The Orange County Sheriff's Department uses to keep residents informed about crime trends and law enforcement activity in the City of Rancho Santa Margarita. Each week, Chief of Police Services, Lieutenant South posts details and information regarding calls for service and recent arrests. In his most recent update, Lieutenant South warns of 'Car Phishing' activity in several areas throughout the City. Car Phishing is when subjects go around to multiple vehicles in an area pulling on the door handles until one opens. They then enter and steal items of value – especially electronics and cash. Please secure your vehicles, and be sure to register at for weekly updates and crime prevention information.

Click here to read more about law enforcement services in Rancho Santa Margarita, or call Police Services at (949) 635-1830.

RSM CARES Gift-a-Bricks available through January 20th

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. Installation is anticipated in Spring 2017 to coincide with the completion of the Civic Center remodel project. Proceeds will support RSM Cares/Bell Tower Foundation programs. 
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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.

Upcoming Events

For more information about Chamber of Commerce membership and events, please contact Suzanne Singh via email at or phone at (949) 242-3660.

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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.


January Activities at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center

  • Afternoon Delight - Friday, January 17th -  featuring entertainment by Wayne Pulcini singing favorites from Sinatra to Elvis
  • 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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January Recreation Highlights

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
$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 class registration system.

Rancho Santa Margarita

City Council


Carol Gamble, Mayor

Michael Vaughn, Mayor Pro Tempore
L. Anthony Beall, Council Member
Jerry Holloway, Council Member

Brad McGirr, Council Member

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