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June 2017
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In this Issue:

City Manager's Message

ZeroTrash RSM
Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic
Flag Day Ceremony
DAWG Walk and Pet Faire
Bulky Item Pickup

Musical Performance at RSM Library
Summer Concert Lineup

Mosquito Prevention
Dog Park Update
Crime Prevention 
Street Sweeping
Chamber of Commerce News
RSM Cares - The Belltower Foundation
Senior Activities at the Belltower Regional Community Center
June Recreation Highlights

City Manager's Message

I am pleased to report that a balanced and fiscally prudent budget was presented to the City Council for their consideration last month. City Staff has been working diligently to align the priorities and projects for Fiscal Year (FY) 2017-18; under the direction of the City Council, my staff and I will continue to focus efforts on solidifying our community’s fiscal foundation while providing quality services to our residents.  We are committed to continuing the superior standard of public safety in the City, and to not only maintaining, but also improving, the aesthetic standards that make Rancho Santa Margarita one of the most beautiful communities in the state.  It is anticipated that the FY 2017-18 Budget will be adopted at the June 14th regular meeting of the City Council. 


Jennifer M. Cervantez

Sunset view of Belltower
ZeroTrash volunteers

ZeroTrash RSM

Saturday, June 3rd

ZeroTrash Rancho Santa Margarita is a volunteer group that meets on the "Zero T First Saturday" of each month to rally together to rid the community of litter. All are welcome; parents, children, students, friends, neighbors  – anyone interested in keeping RSM clean! 

Volunteers meet in front of Cinepolis/ Panera at 10:00 a.m. and fan out from there. ZeroTrash provides the pickers and bags; volunteers are asked to closely supervise young children at all times, stay on trails and to keep a look out for snakes!  Return pickers and trash at noon behind the Bell Tower Community Center and obtain sign-offs for certification of community service hours or badge requirements.

Follow ZeroTrash RSM on Facebook for more information.

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Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic

Wednesday, June 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
Healthcare & Emergency Animal Rescue Team (HEART) provides vaccinations, de-worming, microchipping, flea and tick control and if time allows, mail trims. Please visit their website for detailed information. Cash or credit card ($3 processing fee) only; checks are not accepted.

If you have a cat or have pre-paid for your vaccines, you do not need to wait in line and can go immediately to the cashier table. All others will be taken on a first-come, first-served basis (with the exception of those who are physically unable to stand in line).
Important Rabies Information
Please bring a prior Rabies Certificate and other vaccination records with you. A 3-year Rabies Certificate can only be issued if you provide a prior Rabies Certificate. Otherwise, you will receive a 1-year Rabies Certificate.
Vaccines for dogs include:
Rabies - $7.00
DAP/DHPP - $20.00
Bordetella - $15.00
Lyme - $22.00
Microchip - $30.00
$2.00 hazardous materials disposal fee per pet
Vaccines for cats include:
Rabies - (killed virus) Purevax - $20.00 (1 yr) $48.00 (3 yr)
FVRCP "3-in-1" - $20.00
FELV - $22.00
Microchip - $30.00
$2.00 hazardous materials disposal fee per pet

"HEART" (aka "SCVVC") is a Non-Profit 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to saving lives and improving pet and wild animal health, safety, and welfare.
Prices are subject to change; clinic will cancel in the event of rain.

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Flag Day Ceremony

Wednesday, June 14th
6:15 p.m.
Civic Center Plaza

The City's annual Flag Day event is a community tradition and features patriotic music and inspirational remarks. This year's event is on Wednesday, June 14th at 6:15 p.m. on the lawn behind City Hall. We encourage you to bring lawn chairs and any worn or damaged US Flags in need of disposal. This is an opportunity to honor the American Flag in partnership with American Legion Post 862 and many local Boy and Girl Scout units.

The ceremony is held to destroy properly – by burning – worn, damaged or otherwise unserviceable American Flags in a dignified manner in accordance with The United States Flag Code which reads: "As a revered symbol of freedom and justice, the flag of the United States of America needs to be treated with the utmost respect. This respect extends to the flag's eventual retirement and destruction." Flags can be disposed of throughout the year in the flag box receptacle located in the lobby of the Bell Tower Regional Community Center to be included in the retirement ceremony.Click here to view the event flyer.

Flag burning ceremony
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DAWG Walk & Pet Faire

Saturday, June 17th
Norman P. Murray Center
Mission Viejo

Enjoy a walk with your dog along the gorgeous Oso Creek Trail and help support the sick, neglected and needy animals that arrive at the Mission Viejo Shelter, which serves the City of Rancho Santa Margarita. The event will feature pet contests, animals for adoption, vendors, raffles, food and more! For more information and to register today, check out our the DAWG Walk page below.

Bulky trash items

Public Works - Bulky Item Pickup

Household items that cannot fit into your automated waste carts are considered bulky items. Bulky items must weigh less than 50 lbs and be manageable by a two-person crew.

Common bulky items include:

Excess Green Waste

Items that are not accepted include (but are not limited to) car batteries, tires, automotive parts, and construction and demolition debris.

To arrange pickup of bulky items, contact CR&R customer service (714) 372-8272 or visit crrwasteservices.com.
Chazz Ross

Save the Date!

Clarence “Chazz” Ross
Musical Performance

in Partnership with the Friends of the Library
Thursday, July 27th
7:00 p.m.
Bell Tower Community Center

Join Clarence “Chazz” Ross for an exciting performance of African drums and rhythms. Chazz builds a circle of sound by guiding the audience to create jungle noises and play simple rhythms together and a few lucky audience members will have a chance to play djembe drums with Chazz. This performance is sure to delight music fans of all ages.

For more information, visit the RSM Library website.

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Eliminate Standing Water to Prevent Mosquitoes

Mosquitoes only need ¼ inch of water to breed and they can develop into adults in a container as small as a bottle cap.Mosquitoes are the world's deadliest animals, and warm weather enables them to replicate faster. More mosquitoes mean higher likelihood for disease transmission. To protect yourself and your community, tip all containers containing water, and toss out containers that you no longer need (and are simply taking up space). For larger containers or areas found with mosquito breeding, call Vector Control to help at (714) 971-2421, or fill out a service request online  at ocvector.org.

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Dog Park Improvements Continue

The Rancho Santa Margarita Dog Park  at Canada Vista Park will be closed to the public through June to allow the grass to take root and to place the finishing touches on the newly installed features for our four-legged friends. Improvements include natural grass with irrigation, relocated and additional drinking fountains, new dog agility equipment, shade structures, and new fencing with snake deterrent mesh. Thank you for your patience during this project. Please contact Public Works for more information at (949) 635-1800.

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Crime Prevention 

Home and Vehicle Security: Preventing Crimes of Opportunity

The majority of crimes that occur in Rancho Santa Margarita are property crimes. Criminals are looking for an easy opportunity with the lowest risk; if you provide it, they will take it! In a safe community like ours, it’s easy to forget to lock your car, lower your garage, or protect your valuables. These simple preventative steps can go a long way toward eliminating those opportunities and reducing the frequency of burglaries and thefts in our city.

Home Security

•    Make sure the locks are working on your home’s doors and windows, and you have strong locks on all entrances.

•    Never leave doors or windows open or unlocked while away from home, including second story entries.

•    Keep front and side garage doors closed when you’re not present in and around the garage area.

•    Lock your side garage door and garage door leading to your house at night and when you are away from home.

•    Do not leave valuable items outside your home. Thieves may take items from your porch, patio or yard.

•    Do not leave valuables in plain view of windows or doors - adjust window coverings for optimal privacy while maintaining good visibility of surrounding areas.

•    Install motion sensor lighting around the perimeter of your house. Keep front and back porch lights on during hours of darkness.

•    Never open your door for strangers. Talk through the door if you do not recognize the person.

•    Be aware of people posing as service personnel attempting to gain access into your home. Ask for identification and verify by calling the company.

Vehicle Security

•    Always lock your car doors, roll up the windows and take your keys with you.

•    Remove valuables and all items visible when you leave your vehicle. If you need to, lock your valuables in the trunk before arriving at your destination.

•    Park in open, well-lit, populated areas. In neighborhoods, park in the garage or off the street.

•    Install a locking fuel cap.

•    Never leave your vehicle running while unattended.

Orange County Sheriff’s Department Non-Emergency (949) 770-6011
Emergency 911

Always call 911 in the event of an emergency. For more information on crime prevention, call Rancho Santa Margarita Police Services non-emergency number at (949) 770-6011. Join Nextdoor.com for crime updates from Lt. Luke South, Chief of Police Services.

Public Works - Street Sweeping 

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita sweeps public  streets free of charge every two weeks to keep our community clean and attractive, to enhance public health and safety, and to prevent debris from entering the storm drain and polluting creeks, beaches, and the ocean.

Please park your car off the street during street sweeping days. By moving your car, the street sweepers will be able to sweep the entire pavement, from curb to curb, and collect all the pockets of debris, oil and grease that collect underneath the cars. Remember, the street sweeper is a large vehicle. When it maneuvers away from the curb to avoid a parked vehicle, it can take two car lengths before the street sweeper can reach the curb again. If several cars are parked along a block, the street sweeper may not be able to sweep the entire block.

Use a broom and dustpan to clean the sidewalk or driveway in front of your home, and dispose of the debris in a garbage can. If you use a hose, the water will carry the debris down the street and into the storm drain where it is carried out to local creeks and then the beaches and ocean. Use a doggie litter bag to pick up after your dog during neighborhood walks. Animal waste can breed bacteria that is harmful to people and animals. Please deposit waste bags in proper receptacles.

If you have questions about street sweeping, please contact the Public Works Department at (949) 635-1800.

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Chamber of Commerce News

The RSM Chamber is joining forces with the Ladera Rancho Chamber of Commerce effective June 1st. Monthly networking events and the much anticipated RanchoFest will occur as planned. visit laderaranchochamber.org for more activities and membership details.

June Events

June 6th -  Evening Mixer Ball Park Pizza 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
June 9th - 11th  RanchoFest
June 13th  - Modern Professionals at Cineoplis 5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
June 20th  -  Lunch Mixer at Caliber Collision Center
June 22nd -  Multi Chamber Social 5:30 - 8:00 pm Outlets at San Clemente

For more information about Chamber of Commerce membership and events, please contact Suzanne Singh at info@rsmchamber.com or (949) 242-3660 or visit the Ladera Rancho Chamber of Commerce website.

RanchoFest Information
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RSM Cares 

RSM Cares seeks to enrich the quality of life for residents of Rancho Santa Margarita by inspiring local philanthropy, engaging stakeholders in community service and embracing the local nonprofit network through collaborative partnerships. Visit their website for more information on events and volunteer opportunities.

RSM Cares information
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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.


June Activities at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center

  • Afternoon Delight - Father's Day Luncheon - Friday, June 16th -  Featuring "Bob the Entertainer" 
  • Art Club
  • Bingo

  • Blood Pressure Check (Free on Tuesdays from 10 a.m.- noon)
  • Bocce Ball 
  • Chat with Jenn (Health Insurance Specialist)
  • Congregate Lunch - Weekdays - 11:45 a.m. (excluding holidays) Menu
  • Golden Age Yoga
  • Meals on Wheels - Menu
  • Movie Days - June 7th & 23rd
  • 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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June Recreation Highlights

Register now for Summer Camps and classes and check out the Summer issue of the Community Living Magazine online for your convenience.


ABCs with Toddlers
$100/ month
Is your child ready for more social interaction but not ready for preschool?  ABCs with Toddlers will introduce you and your child to a taste of ABCs with Tiny Tots with loving experienced teachers participating alongside and guiding you as your child explores with art, music, story time, play and much more in preparation for the next step with confidence.  Parent participation required.  Ages: 2-3 yrs.

Instructor:  SoCal Tiny Tots

210772 01           T,Th                  Jun 6 - Jun 29          10-10:45 am
210772 02           T,Th                  Jun 6 - Jun 29          11-11:45 am

Stone Soup
$134/ 6 Classes 

Musical Theater for young children! Join Miss Jennifer weekly to learn and rehearse an age-appropriate musical. Then perform it with costumes and sets for your friends and family! Kids come away from our programs having had a fun, accomplishment filled experience. Costume and cast t-shirt are included in the price. Ages: 3-6 yrs.

Instructor:  Creative Kid Playhouse

210325 01    T-Th    Jun 20 - Jun 29    10-11 am

Beginning Guitar
$100/ 5 Classes 

Playing the guitar is an enjoyable and relaxing way to enrich your life with music. Experience interaction with other beginning guitarists in a supportive small group environment. The aim of the class is to transform the novice into a self-reliant musician. Learn to play easy chords, fun melodies, strum styles and many popular songs. Instructor Ron Gorman has enjoyed teaching this class for the city of RSM for twelve years. Have a blast and bring your own guitar to class. Ages: 10 yrs. & up.  No Class: 7/4

Instructor:  Ron Gorman

220901 01    T    Jun 20 - Jul 25    7-8 pm

Beginning Guitar – Level 2
$100/ 5 Classes

Continue the learning experience with new songs.  This class is designed to take the beginner to the next level.  Song requests are always welcome.  Please bring your own guitar to class. No class: 7/4

Instructor:  Ron Gorman

220901 02    T    Jun 20 - Jul 25    8-9 pm

Essential Oil Hand/Foot Massage 
$13/ 1 Class 

Experience the profound effect of aroma touch massage!  The aroma touch technique is a step by step method of applying therapeutic grade essential oils to produce an overall wellness experience.  Participants will learn the techniques of a hand/foot massage and practice giving/receiving hand massages for the benefit of improved relaxation, decreased joint swelling and pain, and improved circulation.  Ages: 18 yrs. & up.

What to bring: $5 cash materials fee for your choice of one essential oil.

Instructor:  Maureen Amirault

240826 01    W    Jun 21    6:30-8:30 pm

Essential Oils for Your Health 
$13/ 1 Class 

Are you looking for something to soothe your allergy symptoms or aid you when you are sick?  Are you open to more natural forms of health care?  In this class, participants will learn how different essential oils may help with common health issues.

What to bring: $5 cash materials fee for your choice of one essential oil.

 Ages: 18 yrs. & up.

Instructor:  Maureen Amirault

240827 01    Th    Jun 15    6:30-8 pm

Essential Oils for Emotions and Moods
$13/ 1 Class 

Discover how essential oils may help you bring your mind body and spirit into balance. Research shows how some aromas may have an effect on reducing stress levels, depression and anxiety while others may increase energy, improve sleep and elevate mood.
Ages: 18 yrs. & up.

What to bring: $5 cash materials fee for your choice of one essential oil.

Instructor:  Maureen Amirault

240828 01    W    Jun 7    6:30-8 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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