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November 2018
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In this Issue:

City Manager's Message
ZeroTrash RSM
E-Waste and Document Shredding Event
Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic
Veterans Day Recognition
Crime Prevention 
Senior Activities
Recreation Highlights
Economic Development
RSM Chamber of Commerce
New Year's Eve "Celebrating Family & Friends"
RSM Food Pantry
Donations for Homebound Seniors Sought

Military Support

City Manager's Message

Happy November Rancho Santa Margarita! This month’s e-news includes all the latest information needed as we begin the transition to the holiday season! We have a wide range of events the entire family can enjoy during this time of year, including the City’s Veterans Day Recognition Ceremony on Wednesday, November 14th. Our E-waste and Document Shredding event,  Small Business Saturday and the OCSD Tip A Cop fundraiser are just a few of the many activities available this month. Although the year is coming to an end, we’re not slowing down as we prepare for our 18th annual Celebrating Family & Friends New Year’s Eve celebration. Please join us for this fun-filled family-friendly community gathering from 5 to 9 p.m. on the very last day of 2018!


Jennifer Cervantez

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ZeroTrash RSM

Saturday, November 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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Electronic Waste and Document Shredding Event

Saturday, November 3rd
8:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
RSM City Hall
22112 El Paseo

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is proud to offer a twice-yearly free electronic waste disposal and document shredding event in partnership with CR&R. Drive up service is available on Saturday, November 3rd from 8:00 a.m. to  noon in the parking lot of City Hall.

Call (949) 635-1800 for more information.

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Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic

Wednesday, November 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


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. Those who have a cat or have pre-paid for vaccines do not need to wait in line and may proceed directly 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).

 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

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.

"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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Veterans Day Recognition

Wednesday, November 14th 
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 4th Annual Veterans Day recognition  on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.
The public is invited to join us at 6:30 p.m. in the Quiet Lounge of the Bell Tower Community Center for a reception to honor veterans for their service to our country.  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, and we invite the public to join us in honoring the men and women of our community for their noble sacrifice. Veterans are asked to please complete a Veterans Information Form and send photos to wredington@cityofrsm.org or deliver them in person to the Bell Tower Regional Community Center. 

For more information, call Community Services at (949) 216-9700.

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Crime Prevention 

Follow Rancho Santa Margarita Police Services on social media for the latest in crime prevention and safety news. Register with AlertOC to receive emergency notifications and alerts.

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.


Thanksgiving Celebration Luncheon
Wednesday, November 21st  -  Noon

Bell Tower Regional Community Center
featuring live entertainment by Greg Wideen
performing standards from the 30's, 40's & 50's

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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November Recreation Highlights

Little Ninjas
$43/ 4 Classes*
This class covers basic development of skills, structure and coordination of Karate. Ages: 4-5 yrs.
Instructor:  Robert McDonough
310235 03*       T         Nov 6 - Nov 27    4 - 4:30 pm
NEW! Junior Magicians
$91/ 8 Classes
This Strategic Kids curriculum was written by a professional magician and has been a huge success. Children learn card tricks, coin tricks, ball tricks and more! The last week of the program includes a show where the children get to demonstrate their new skills for parents and friends! Ages: 8-14 yrs.   No Class: 11/21, 12/26 & 1/2
Instructor:  Strategic Kids
320840 02 W          Nov 7 - Jan 16           3:30 - 4:30 pm
$98/ per month
Youth Beginning Karate 4:30 - 5:15 pm
This class covers basic blocking and self-defense.  Class is conducted in a traditional manner with emphasis on protocol and etiquette. Ages: 6-12 yrs.
Youth Advanced Karate 5:15 - 6 pm
This class will go more in-depth in the study of Karate and includes traditional Karate as well as preparation for National/International competition for those students who want to compete.  Placement for this class at the discretion of Sensei McDonough.  Ages: 8-12 yrs.
Adult Karate 6-7 pm
This class covers all aspects of Karate; the lecture portion of class is designed for individuals ages 13 yrs. & up. Placement for this class is at the discretion of Sensei McDonough.   No Class: 11/22
Instructor:  Robert McDonough           320202 03      T,Th       Nov 1 - Nov 29         
Creating Your Retirement Paycheck
$20/ 1 Class

In this class you will learn ways to determine how much income you will need in retirement, identify income sources that you can combine to create your retirement paycheck and help make your savings last. Ages: 18 yrs. & up.
Instructor:  Jeffrey Halbreich, CFP®     340771 03       W       Nov 14 6:30 - 7:30 pm
Healthy Fit
$93/ 6 Classes

This class is 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 yrs. & up.  No Class: 11/1, 11/20 & 11/22
Instructor:  Patti Bracey       340205 03     T,Th      Nov 6 - Nov 29          5:45 - 7 pm
Knit Chunky Décor Throws
$53/ 3 Classes

Learn to knit a gorgeous chunky, jumbo decorator throw.  Give as a holiday gift or treasure for years.  A beginner can complete a small blanket or throw in 4 to 6 hours. Merino wool and jumbo wooden circular needle and pattern are included in materials.  Ages 18 yrs & up.  $90 cash materials fee
Instructor:  Kathy Luellwitz     340518-01 W          Nov 28 - Dec 12          6:30 - 8:00 pm

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

Shop and dine local

Economic Development

Shop and Dine in RSM!

We've received several inquiries recently from concerned residents asking what the City is doing to support local businesses as well as bring new businesses to Rancho Santa Margarita. Support for local businesses is often called Economic Development. The following is a brief overview of  our Economic Development program.

What is Economic Development?  Economic Development consists of policies and programs to support local businesses in the community.  It is important to support local businesses because they are a source of economic growth in the community.  Goods and services purchased in the community provide jobs for residents within the community and sales tax which supports local government.  Examples of Business Development programs in RSM include expedited permitting and business liaison services.

What does the City do to support Economic Development?  The City currently focuses on making it as easy as possible to open or expand a business within the City.  We do this by ensuring that our permit processes are clear and efficient.  The City partners with the RSM Chamber of Commerce to provide programs that support local businesses -  such as the popular Rancho Family Fest.  Additionally, City staff maintains a good working relationship with local shopping center representatives to provide information and assistance in filling shopping center vacancies.

What can residents do to support Economic Development?  Simply put, shop and dine local!  Shopping and dining at small local businesses and chain stores alike provides for local economic growth.  It also provides local sales tax, which is the largest source of operating revenue for the City.  Every time you purchase something in the City, a portion of the sales tax you pay is returned to local government to support public safety, infrastructure, and local programs.  The food, goods, or services you pay for also supports a local business to provide jobs within the community.

For more information, contact the Development Services Department at (949) 635-1800.

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New Year's Eve Celebrating Family & Friends

Monday, December 31st
5 - 9:00 p.m.
Rancho Santa Margarita Civic Plaza
22232 El Paseo

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is proud to present our 18th 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.

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Military Support

At the October 24th regular meeting of the Rancho Santa Margarita City Council,  a proclamation was issued in honor of Rotary Awareness Month in recognition of the contributions of the Rotary Club of Rancho Santa Margarita/Coto de Caza. The Rotary Club supports numerous projects in and around the City, greatly enhancing the quality of life in and around RSM. It was at this meeting that the Rotary Club announced a donation of $5,000 to support the City's  Adopted 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines. This donation will be used to offset costs for Marines who might otherwise be unable to attend the upcoming annual Marine Corps Ball.

It is through generous donations like these that we as a community demonstrate our patriotism and generosity. For those interested, the Rotary Club is seeking donations for the Families Left Behind U.S. Marines Relief Fundraiser which will assist the Rotarians to provide fully cooked hams and commissary gift certificates for Camp Pendleton based Marines. Donations may be sent to the Rotary Foundation of Coto de Caza/Rancho Santa Margarita del Sol at P.O. Box 81072 RSM, CA 92688.


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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