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November 2017
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In this Issue:

City Manager's Message
Veterans Day Recognition
Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic
ZeroTrash RSM
Dog Park Renovations Completed
E-Waste and Document Shredding Event
Crime Prevention - Police Services Social Media
Senior Activities
Recreation Highlights
Military Support
Pet Bedding Donations Sought
Report Abandoned Shopping Carts
Passport Acceptance Services

New Year's Eve "Celebrating Family & Friends"
Children's Art Contest

City Manager's Message

Gratitude is the theme this month in Rancho Santa Margarita as we head into the holiday season and celebrate Thanksgiving with family and friends. On Wednesday, November 8th, the City Council will recognize and thank veterans and their families for the many sacrifices they have made in service to our country. All are welcome; I hope you will join us for the reception at 6:30 pm and the ceremony immediately following at the City Council meeting.

We’ll also be expressing our gratitude to the members of the City’s adopted 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines and their families by collecting gift cards for our Marines and Sailors to use for gas, grocery purchases, clothing, and household items.  New toys are also being collected for the units’ holiday party. Donations can be dropped off at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center through December 15th. As we give thanks for the abundant spirit of giving that defines Rancho Santa Margarita, I wish you and your family a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.


Jennifer Cervantez

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Veterans Day Recognition

Wednesday, November 8th 
6:30 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. City Council Meeting and Recognition Ceremony
Rancho Santa Margarita City Hall

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita invites veterans and their families to the 3rd Annual Veterans Day recognition at City Hall on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.
Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military - wartime or peacetime. The City of Rancho Santa Margarita would like to thank local veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who have served in the military have sacrificed and performed a noble duty.  Following the reception, a recognition ceremony will be conducted at the City Council meeting which begins at 7:00 p.m.
All veterans are invited to participate in this important recognition. We hope you will join us to honor the men and women of our community for their service.
Please fill out the Veterans Information Form so that we may include you in the ceremony.  Also, we are seeking photos of veterans to be included in our presentation. If you have a photo of a veteran that you would like to add to the City's collection of veterans' photos, please drop off a copy at the Bell Tower Community Center or email photos to wredington@cityofrsm.org.  For more information, call Community Services at (949) 216-9700.

Veterans Day information
Veterans Day 2016
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Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic

Wednesday, November 1st
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, nail 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
DHP/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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ZeroTrash RSM

Saturday, November 4th

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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Electronic Waste and Document Shredding Event

Saturday, November 4th
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
RSM City Hall
22112 El Paseo

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is offering a free electronic waste disposal service and document shredding event on Saturday, November 4, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the RSM City Hall parking lot. The event coincides with SAMLARC's "Haul in the Fall" community-wide clean up event.

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RSM Dog Park  

Rancho Santa Margarita Dog Park
24328 Antonio Parkway

Open dawn to dusk

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita was proud to welcome the community - and their canines -  to the grand opening of the City’s newly renovated off-leash facility at Cañada Vista Park on Saturday, October 14.

Thank you to all who came out to help celebrate! Improvements to the park include two separate natural turf areas for large and small dogs as well as new signage, seating and shade structures, agility equipment and reinforced snake fencing.

For more information call (949) 635-1800.

Mayor and City Council at the RSM Dog Park
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Crime Prevention 

Follow Rancho Santa Margarita Police Services on Facebook and Instagram and Twitter

The Orange County Sheriff's Department, Rancho Santa Margarita Police Services has increased their social media presence to further communicate information to residents regarding programs and services. Choose your favorite app - or follow OCSD - Rancho Santa Margarita  - on each platform to see what local deputies and police staff are working on and responding to daily. The pages are designated for non-emergency communication - in an emergency call 911.

Twitter - @OCSDRanchoSM

Facebook - @OCSDRanchoSM

Instagram - ocsdranchosm

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

RSM Police Services
Senior Lunch

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.


Visit our Senior Activities webpage for more information, follow Age Well RSM on Facebook or contact Lindy Kehler at (949)216-9700, ext. 257.

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November Recreation Highlights

Budding Ballerinas 
$108/ 7 Classes 

Combining a perfect blend of technical steps and gentle corrections, Budding Ballerinas introduces your young dancer to the magic of classical ballet. Classes include introduction to ballet positions, stretching and basic terminology while your little ones learn to work together as a group. Ages: 3-5 yrs. 

Instructor:  West Coast Movement Project

310419 03 T                   Nov 7 - Dec 19                  9 - 9:45 am

Tunes & Tales
$43/ 4 Classes 

Let’s get the wiggles out! Tunes & Tales is a Music and Movement class for children ages 2 to 4 years. Sing-a-longs and finger play songs start off this fun-filled class followed by musical activities using bean bags, rhythm sticks, instruments, a parachute and more. Children have a great time while developing their listening and social skills. Parent/adult participation required. Ages: 2-4 yrs.  No Class: 11/23

Instructor:  Vivian Stapleton

310913 02 Th               Nov 16 - Dec 14                9:45 - 10:40 am

Spanish Immersion Time for Preschoolers
$58/ 4 Classes 

This class is designed to provide a Spanish immersion experience for young children and incorporates dance, music, art, games, crafts and story time to provide a fun, educational experience in Spanish. Ages: 3-6 yrs

Instructor:  Ursula Rubina

310767 03 M               Nov 6 - Nov 27                      10 - 11 am

Adult Beginning Tap 1
$63/ 5 Classes 

Enjoy a beginner level tap class catering to adults that explore this original American Dance form in a non-competitive environment.  Tap shoes recommended by the second class meeting. Ages: 18 yrs. & up.  

Instructor:  Mia Alicea

340421 03 F               Nov 17 -  Dec 22                     9:30 - 10:30 am

Healthy Fit
$147/ 12 Classes 

Designed for women who want to develop and maintain flexibility, cardio, endurance, and strong bones with gentle stretching, low impact aerobics, plyometrics, and strength training. Resistance bands, balance balls, and light weights will be used to incorporate yoga, Pilates, low impact aerobics, and strength training techniques. Ages: 40-60 yrs.
No Class:  11/2, 11/21 & 11/23

Instructor:  Patti Bracey

340205 03                     T,Th Nov 2 - Dec 21               5:45 – 7 pm

Click here to access the City's online registration system.

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Spread Holiday Cheer to Marine Families

Please join the City of Rancho Santa Margarita in assisting the City’s adopted 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines and their families this holiday season.  Gift cards for our Marines and Sailors to use for gas, grocery purchases, clothing, and household items are most appreciated and assist in brightening the holidays – and allows families to shop for themselves and find the perfect gift. 

New toys are also being collected for the units’ holiday party. Donations can be dropped off at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center through Friday, December 15, 2017.

For more information contact Wendi Redington at (949) 216-9700 or email  wredington@cityofrsm.org.

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Pet Bedding Drive

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is partnering with HEART (Healthcare & Emergency Animal Rescue Team) to gather donations of gently used blankets, towels and pet bedding which can be distributed to pet owners upon the discharge of their pets from the spay/neuter clinic.

Spaying or neutering pets prevents animals from being born accidentally, and is the most effective and humane way to save animals lives as well as protecting the health of pets; donations will be used to comfort animals following the procedure.

Donations can be dropped off at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center, 22232 El Paseo.

For more information call (949) 216-9700 or visit the Healthcare & Emergency Animal Rescue Team website.

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Report Abandoned Shopping Carts

Abandoned shopping carts in the public right-of-ways constitute a nuisance, create safety hazards, cause blight, and interfere with pedestrian and vehicular traffic within the City of Rancho Santa Margarita.

You can help reduce these hazards by reporting abandoned shopping carts in the public right-of-way. 

To report abandoned carts:

  1. Website reporting:  Click on the following link to report shopping carts http://www.cartretrieval.net/index.asp.
  2. Via your Smartphone: Use your My RSM smart phone app and click on the “Shopping Cart Pickup” icon that will direct you to the RSM website.
  3. Toll-free phone line:  Call the toll free number at  (800) 252-4613.

Thank you for helping keep Rancho Santa Margarita safe and beautiful!

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Passport Services Available at City Hall

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita City Hall is an authorized United States Passport Acceptance Facility. We accept your application for a passport and forward all forms and documents to the United States Department of State, where your passport will be processed.

 A current, valid passport is the most important travel document a United States citizen can possess. It is required to travel by air, land or sea to any foreign country. The wallet-size passport card is a travel document that can be used to re-enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry. The card cannot be used for international air travel. Due to unanticipated demand, hours are by appointment only until further notice.

By Appointment

Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Please visit the City's Passport Acceptance Facility webpage or call (949) 635-1819 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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New Year's Eve Celebrating Family & Friends

Sunday, 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. The children's art contest, generously sponsored by Applied Medical, is the centerpiece of the evening and has become a beloved community tradition. Art contest entries are displayed throughout the halls of the Bell Tower Regional Community Center as part of the celebration.

We hope to see you there! For more information, call Community Services at (949) 216-9700.

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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