July 2018
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In this Issue:

City Manager's Message
ZeroTrash RSM
Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic
Summer Concert Series
Crime Prevention 
Senior Activities
Recreation Highlights
Military Support
RSM Cares Food Pantry
Sarah DeMille 5K Run

City Manager's Message

Summer is a wonderful time of year in Rancho Santa Margarita - in addition to our already bustling daily activities at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center, we’re offering new camps and classes to keep the kids “off-screen” and active while school is out. Age Well Senior Services is also adding events, including more free movie days, to the calendar. Our recently refurbished community center is a great place for people of all ages to gather – it’s always cool and you can learn a new skill, meet neighbors, play a game of cards, take an exercise class, or have lunch and enjoy a movie. On Sundays, starting July 8th, the always popular free summer concert series returns to Central Park through August 12th. The music starts at 6:00 p.m. and concessions, including a beer and wine garden, are available.

Summer also brings with it the opportunity to complete various community improvement and public works projects with less impact to those traveling our streets and roadways. We’ll continue to provide construction alerts via our website and social media platforms to keep you informed.

I hope that you all enjoy the summer and spend some well-deserved time off with family, friends, and neighbors.


Jennifer Cervantez
City Hall and the BTRCC at night
ZeroTrash child

ZeroTrash RSM

Saturday, July 7th

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  or visit their website for more information

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Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic

Wednesday, July 11th  (one week later due to Independence Day Holiday)

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

On the first Wednesday of each month, Healthcare & Emergency Animal Rescue Team (HEART) provides vaccinations, de-worming, microchipping, flea and tick control and, if time allows, nail trims for dogs and cats at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center. Please visit their website or click here to view a detailed flyer for more information. Cash or credit card ($3 additional processing fee per pet) 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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Summer Concert Series

Sundays, July 8th - August 12th
6 - 8:00 p.m. 
Central Park 

30842 La Miranda

Join us for six consecutive Sunday evenings of free live music, food vendors, and a beer and wine garden with the sunset as your backdrop. Pack a picnic dinner and join neighbors, family and friends for a summer tradition in Rancho Santa Margarita. 

For more information, please contact the Community Services Department at (949) 216-9700. Click here for band details.

Please contact Community Services at (949) 216-9700 for more information.

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Crime Prevention 

Stay Informed

The Orange County Sheriff's Department is offering a new platform to view real-time crime data using CrimeMapping.comThe data reflected on the mobile-friendly program is pulled directly from crimes reported to OCSD and is updated every 24 hours. Although the information shared is preliminary, this resource provides the public with
important and timely information to increase awareness and foster safe

Follow Rancho Santa Margarita Police Services on social media and register with AlertOC for the latest in crime prevention and safety news.

Twitter - @OCSDRanchoSM

Facebook - @OCSDRanchoSM

Instagram - ocsdranchosm


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

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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.


Visit the Senior Activities webpage for more information, follow Age Well RSM on Facebook or contact Lindy Kehler at (949) 709-7592.

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July Recreation Highlights

ABCs with Tiny Tots
$264/ per month

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, 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.  No Class:  7/4

Instructor:  SoCal Tiny Tots

210761 02      M,W,F      Jul 2 - Jul 27          9 am - 1 pm
210761 03      M,W,F      Jul 30 - Aug 24      9 am - 1 pm

Little Ninjas
$43/ 4 Classes 
$53/ 5 Classes*

This class will cover the basic development of skills, structure, and coordination of a Karate class. Ages: 4-5 yrs.

Instructor:  Robert McDonough

210235 02*     T             Jul 3 - Jul 31       4 - 4:30 pm

Beginning Ukulele
$99/ 5 Classes

Just one strum of the ukulele brings on a smile. Enjoy learning how to play the world's easiest string instrument in a supportive, small group setting. This class will provide all the fundamentals to be able to play songs on your own. Learn simple chords, easy melodies, strum styles, fingerpicking and a wide assortment of great songs. Instructor Ron Gorman has enjoyed teaching music classes for the city of RSM for twelve years. Bring your own ukulele to class and let's have some fun! Ages: 10 yrs. & up.  

Instructor:  Ron Gorman

220916 01     T            Jul 31 - Aug 28         7 - 8 pm

The Etiquette Factory
$135/ 4 Classes 

The Etiquette Factory is a unique learning experience designed to change the world, one child at a time. We define manners as helping those around you to feel valued. Our exclusive program helps children understand why integrity, respect, empathy, and charity help our lives both personally and professionally. Over 50 different etiquette skills are taught using games, activities, role play, props, music, stories, and kind discussion.  Some of the skills included are: Introductions, Dining Etiquette, Kindness, Tact, Conversation, Being a Guest, A Clean Mouth, Sincere Apologies and so much more! Who knew learning manners could be so much fun! (Campers gift set included with registration) Ages: 5-12 yrs.

Instructor:  Etiquette Factory Staff

221097 02 M - Th Aug 6 - Aug 9        9 am -12 pm

Zumba with Tania
$35/ 3 Classes
$45/ 4 Classes* 

Zumba fitness is a fusion of Latin and International music-dance themes creating a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness system. Appropriate for any fitness level. Try the first class of a session before you register. Ages: 18 yrs. & up.

Instructor:  Tania Villalbazo

240206 02* M Jul 9-Jul 30 7-8 pm

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

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Military Support

Donations of Baby Blankets and Diapers needed!

Each time a baby is born into the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines a baby care-package is assembled and delivered to the family. Currently, there is a need for new baby blankets for these special care packages. Over 1,000 military families live on base at Camp Pendleton, and we want them to know that the many sacrifices they make for our country are appreciated.

We are also collecting donations of diapers in all sizes to help pamper the mommies-to-be of the City’s adopted 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines. Diapers and baby wipes are expensive, costing up to $70 to $80 per month per baby.  On average, a baby needs 6 to 10 diapers a day to stay fresh and healthy.  As a community, we would like to show our support to the new and expectant mommies and thank them for the sacrifices they make as a military spouse.

Donations may be dropped off at the  Bell Tower Regional Community Center, 22232 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita through Friday, August 3rd.

For more information, please contact the Community Services Department at (949) 216-9700.

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RSM Food Pantry

Tuesday, July 3rd
Thursday, July 19th

The RSM Food Pantry is every first Tuesday and third Thursday of the month from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. There are no minimum or financial qualifications required. Stop in and get a box for your family, or for a neighbor in need. 

The RSM Food Pantry is located in the parking lot behind The Bridge Church, 30162 Tomas, Rancho Santa Margarita. Contact RSM Cares to learn about how you can volunteer time or donate to this great program. The RSM Food Bank is  registered with 211OC.

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Sarah DeMille 5K Memorial Run 

Saturday, July 14th

The tenth annual Sarah DeMille 5K Memorial Run will take place on Saturday, July 14, 2018. The memorial run is held in memory of Sarah DeMille (SMCHS Class of 2005). Sarah was a four year cross country and track athlete at SMCHS who had a deep love for her sport and her teammates.

The goal of this event is to bring Eagle Alumni, family, friends, and the community to the campus and raise funds to sustain the Sarah DeMille '05 Memorial Scholarship. A morning full of fun and activities are planned around the main event - the 5K Memorial Run.  The 5K is a family-friendly trail run and organizers promise music, vendors and lots of pancakes!

For more information visit the Sarah DeMille Memorial 5K Run Facebook page.

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Rancho Santa Margarita

City Council

Michael Vaughn, Mayor

Jerry Holloway, Mayor Pro Tempore
L. Anthony Beall, Council Member
Carol Gamble, Council Member

Brad McGirr, Council Member

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