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April 2016

In this issue:

City Manager's Message
Summer Camp Registration - April 1st
ZeroTrash RSM - April 2nd
Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic - April 6th
Street Sweeping Guide

Health & Wellness Expo - April 28th
Medication Disposal - April 30th
Neighborhood Watch Information
RSM Chamber of Commerce Meet the Mayor - May 10th
Relay for Life - Save the Date - May 14th
Water Awareness Festival - Save the Date - May 14th

City Manager's Message 

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita collaborates with the schools in our community, both private and public, to maximize and improve access to community resources that benefit the students, families and residents of the City. Through this partnership, the Rancho Santa Margarita City Council and Orange County Sheriff's Department  (OCSD) Deputies regularly recognize student achievement, expand positive youth development and build stronger neighborhoods. Stranger Danger, safety tips, how to use 9-1-1, Saying No to Drugs and equipment and vehicle demonstrations are just some of the programs recently conducted at campuses throughout the City.  School Threat Assessments of facilities located in the City are underway to formulate evacuation plans, identify evacuation sites and command post locations, as well as establish options to house Family Assistance Centers and determine helicopter landing zones in the event of an evacuation scenario. Each spring, the Mayor convenes a meeting of school principals, City staff and members of the Orange County Sheriff's Department to respond to any school concerns. This meeting serves to maintain the positive relationship and line of communication between the schools, OCSD, and City staff as we work together to support students and strengthen the community.

Finally, I am pleased to report that there has been an increase in newly formed Neighborhood Watch groups throughout Rancho Santa Margarita’s neighborhoods.  I urge you to meet your neighbors and take advantage of all the resources our City’s Police Services has to offer.


Jennifer M. Cervantez

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New Summer Camps Offered at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center 

Registration begins on Friday, April 1st

for weekly recreational camps offered throughout the Summer. Activities include adventure camps, computers, cooking, dance, film, sewing and gymnastics.  Camps fill quickly; click here to sign up today!


Beauty Spa Camp (New)
$145/ 5 Classes

Girls will be pampered and learn how to pamper themselves and others! They will learn, apply, and take home scrubs and homemade masks made from standard kitchen ingredients. They will learn how to create simple nails designs and how to apply eye shadow and do a friends waterfall or fishtail braid on a friend. Girls will be given small gifts throughout the duration of the camp. Bring a towel, a snack, and a water bottle daily. Ages: 7-11 yrs.


Instructor:  Edutainment Arts

221102 01       M-F           Jul 18 - Jul 22      9am - 12pm
California Summer Camp (New)
$145/ 5 Classes

This camp is pure summer fun! Playing fun games like soccer, dodge ball, and tug of war, singing songs, building crafts, performing skits, making friends, and just being silly. Enjoy California summer like it was meant to be.  Bring your sunscreen and get ready for a summer you'll always remember.

Ages: 6-12 yrs.
Instructor:  Edutainment Arts
221103 01       M-F           Aug 1-Aug 5      9 am-12 pm
Extreme Team Challenge (New)
$145/ 5 Classes
This camp is for those who like to play and compete.  Teams and individuals compete in survival challenges, treasure hunts, and classic games from shows like Minute to Win It, Survivor, and Amazing Race.  Work together to overcome obstacles and challenges that are impossible to do alone. Teams will compete for teamwork and sportsmanship and will enjoy a massive water fight. Ages: 6-12 yrs.
Instructor:  Edutainment Arts
221101 01       M-F           Jun 20 - Jun 24    9am - 12pm
Computer Coding & Design Camp (New)
$230/ 5 Classes

Learn to code computers while having fun creating games, making animations, and building websites. Students will learn computer programming and graphic design concepts using Scratch, Python and HTML/CSS. Ages: 7-13 yrs.
Instructor:  Savoy Academy
221107 01       M-F           Jul 25 - Jul 29      2 - 5pm
221107 02       M-F           Aug 8 - Aug 12    2 - 5pm
Jr. Robotics using LEGO®-WeDO (New)
$240/ 5 Classes
Build and program robots in this introductory Robotics class using the LEGO® WeDo system.  Learn basic programming skills, simple engineering concepts and the names of robot components.  Work in small groups to complete several projects using tilt and motion sensors.  This is a great way to prepare young Robotics enthusiasts for our more advanced Robotics programs.
Ages: 7-9 yrs.
Instructor:  Play-well TEKnologies
220768 01       M-F           Jul 18 - Jul 22      9am - 12pm
Live Action Flix (New)
$173 • 5 Classes
Do you want to have a blast making a movie? We will guide you from "Action" to "That’s a wrap" as you brainstorm, location scout, bring in props and costumes, act and direct in a collaborative movie that will be fun for the entire audience. *Flix downloadable a month after camp ends. Ages: 7-13 yrs.
What to bring: $30 cash production fee
Instructor:  IncrediFlix Crew
221106 01       M-F           Jun 20 - Jun 24    9am - 12 pm

Click here for the complete RSM Summer Camp Guide

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ZeroTrash RSM

Saturday, April 2nd
10:00 a.m. - noon

ZeroTrash RSM is an all volunteer community organization dedicated to ridding city streets of trash, reducing waste, supporting local business, supporting the Bell Tower Foundation and taking personal responsibility for the environment. ZeroTrash RSM meets the first Saturday of each month in the courtyard across from City Hall to beautify the community from 10:00 am to noon.
For more information, or to register as a volunteer or sponsor, please visit The Bell Tower Foundation's website at Individuals and groups are welcomed and encouraged to attend. For more information on Chip McDermott's ZeroTrash movement, visit

Dog and cat

Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic

Wednesday, April 6th

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 subject to change. Clinic will cancel in the event of rain.

Street Sweeping Service Guide

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita Public Works Department enhances the quality of life for city residents and businesses by overseeing and maintaining the city’s streets, trees, landscaping, wastewater, storm drain and refuse systems in an efficient and responsible manner.  This convenient guide is designed to assist residents in ensuring that streets are cleared to optimize the efficiency of the street sweeping program.

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2016 Health & Wellness Expo

Thursday, April 28th
Bell Tower Regional Community Center
22232 El Paseo
10 a.m. - 1 p.m.

Sponsored by Memorial Care Medical Group and Saddleback Memorial, the City of Rancho Santa Margarita is hosting a Health and Wellness Expo on Thursday, April 28, from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center, 22232 El Paseo.

The event is free and is designed to promote healthy lifestyles for people of all ages, and provide the public with information about local resources available to enhance their health and quality of life. The event will feature a variety of free health screenings along with vendors specializing in fitness, nutrition, mental health, therapeutic massage, financial health and more. Giveaways will be distributed while supplies last.

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

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What is the Neighborhood Watch Program?

A Neighborhood Watch Program is a collaboration between the police or sheriff’s department and the residents of the community to enhance neighborhood security, heighten awareness and to encourage mutual assistance and concern among neighbors.

The Need for the Program

In recent years, neighborhood environments have experienced dramatic change.  The well-established and socially interactive neighborhood has been replaced by a highly transient and continually growing community where people seek more and more privacy.  This lifestyle tends to create an unfamiliarity with neighbors and a corresponding lack of concern which, in turn, promotes the opportunity for crime and increases the community’s vulnerability. This creates the need for a crime prevention program that allows neighbors to work together to ensure a safe and secure neighborhood for their families.

Goals of the Neighborhood Watch Program

The main objective of Neighborhood Watch is to reduce the incidence of crime by:

  • Increasing citizen’s awareness of burglary and other neighborhood crime through a continuing information program.
  • Encouraging residents to watch each other’s property and to constantly be aware of the persons and activities in their neighborhood.
  • Providing practical tips and resources to assist citizens in reporting crime to their local law enforcement agencies.

Rancho Santa Margarita Police Services
22112 El Paseo
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA  92688
Deputy Calvin Silva
Neighborhood Watch

(949) 635-1830

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National Prescription Medication Take-Back Day

Saturday, April 30th
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
RSM Police Services
22112 El Paseo

Safely and conveniently dispose of your unwanted, unused, and expired prescription medications and patches at RSM Police Services in the City Hall parking lot located at 22112 El Paseo. This event is free and drop-off is anonymous. (The DEA cannot accept liquids, needles or sharps.)
For more information about this event, please call (949) 635-1819 or visit the DEA website.
RSM City Council

Rancho Santa Margarita

City Council


L. Anthony Beall, Mayor

Carol Gamble, Mayor Pro Tempore
Jerry Holloway, Council Member

Brad McGirr, Council Member

Mike Vaughn, Council Member

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