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June 2016

In this issue:

City Manager's Message
Summer Camps 
Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic - June 1st
ZeroTrash RSM - June 4th
RanchoFest - June 3rd - 5th

Vanpool Programs offered by OCTA
Flag Day Ceremony - June 14th
General Plan Update

Crime Prevention - DUI Enforcement
Free Summer Concert Series Band Lineup

June Recreation Highlights

City Manager's Message

As another school year comes to a close, I want to take this opportunity to recognize and thank those who dedicate their time to ensuring the safety of our children.  From the Deputies who patrol our streets and roadways, our Child Safety Officer, who has provided countless assemblies to students, teachers, and parents, and the diligent crossing guards who assist students daily on their way to school no matter the weather. I hope everyone has a safe and restful summer and hope you’ll join us for some of the many quality programs and activities that are offered throughout the summer months.

I’d also like to remind you to register for AlertOC, the County’s emergency notification system that serves the residents and businesses in the City of Rancho Santa Margarita.  It only takes a moment to add your mobile and landline number and email address to ensure that you’ll be alerted to the latest updates in the event of an emergency.


Jennifer M. Cervantez

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Summer Camps for Kids at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center

Registration is open 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
$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
$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
$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
$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
$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
$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

Dog and cat

Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic

Wednesday, June 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 
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.

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ZeroTrash RSM

Saturday, June 4th
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

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RanchoFest 2016

Friday, June 3 through Sunday, June 5
Central Park
30842 La Miranda


Friday, June 3         6 - 10 pm
Saturday, June 4     2  - 10 pm
Sunday, June 5       2 - 9 pm

  • Adults (18 & Older) $15
  • Youth (13 – 17)       $10

  • Children (12 & Under)    FREE

  • Active Military Personnel and family members FREE with ID

For more information, call (949) 216-9700 or visit
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Vanpool Program Offered by the Orange County Transit Authority

As part of the OC Bus 360° initiative to improve bus service and better serve community needs, the Orange County Transportation Authority (OCTA) provides vanpools as viable transit alternatives to Orange County commuters

A vanpool is a group of five to 15 people who regularly travel to a workplace, school, or other destination in a shared van.  Vanpools offer direct, express-like service that provides many benefits, including saving time and money and helping to reduce traffic and pollution. Participants lease a van through one of our approved vanpool providers and share the costs of the lease, fuel, tolls, and parking. Through federal grant funding, OCTA provides a $400 contribution per month per van which covers approximately 30 to 50 percent of the monthly lease cost.
Since 2007, OCTA has been helping individuals and companies form vanpools. With a fleet of approximately 500 vans and 1.3 million annual passenger trips, the OCTA Seatfinder can locate an existing vanpool that meets your needs in a matter of minutes – or place you on a waitlist until the right one comes along.  OCTA’s soon-to-be-released app will improve the efficiency of the vanpool reporting process, a step that’s particularly important to vanpool coordinators. In addition, vanpool vehicles look and perform better than ever. OCTA works with two van providers that offer a variety of vehicles ranging from the traditional multi-seat van to luxury crossovers with leather seats.
If you commute more than 15 miles to work and are interested in saving money each month, the vanpool program might be a perfect fit and OCTA can help you get started by assisting both employers and individual commuters with their vanpool plans. Visit the OCTA website to learn more or contact Kristopher Hewkin at or (714) 560-5331.

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Flag Day Ceremony

Tuesday, June 14
7:45 - 8:45pm
Civic Center Plaza
22112 El Paseo

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is proud to offer an opportunity for residents and guests to honor the American Flag at the 11th annual Flag Day ceremony. In partnership with the  American Legion Post 862 and local Boy and Girl Scout Troops, this inspirational event is held outside the Bell Tower near Central Park. 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. "The Flag, when it is in such condition that it is no longer a fitting emblem of display, should be destroyed in a dignified way, preferably by burning."

The event includes patriotic music and remarks by City officials and community members. Light refreshments will be served. For more information, or to participate in the ceremony, contact Community Services at (949) 216-9700.

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City Begins General Plan Update


The City Council has authorized the updating of the Rancho Santa Margarita General Plan. A requirement of California law, the General Plan identifies the community’s priorities and vision for the future. The General Plan is our collective vision for how we want the community to improve during the next 10-20 years. It is a blueprint for the way Rancho Santa Margarita looks and feels, and how our community will meet future needs.

With the significant progress that has been made in implementing the previous iteration of the General Plan and the desire to enhance the quality of life and encourage economic development as the community continues to grow and mature, Rancho Santa Margarita has determined the need to provide a strategic “refresh” to several General Plan Elements. Residents overwhelmingly support existing Rancho Santa Margarita planning policies; therefore, the update provides an opportunity to reaffirm existing goals and policies, to remove or revise goals and policies that are no longer relevant or need updating to reflect changing regulatory requirements, and to consider new goals and policies that further support and maintain Rancho Santa Margarita as "A small city with the soul of a small village."

You can visit us at our Pop-Up Booth at the Summer Concert Series July 10, July 17, July 24, and July 31 to help us identify the community’s values and priorities for the General Plan Update and to learn more about the process. In mid-June, you'll find detailed information about the General Plan Update process and timeline by visiting a dedicated page on the City’s website.

Crime Prevention

City's Dedicated DUI Deputy Recognized for Record Number of Arrests

In an effort to reduce the number of DUI-related collisions, the Rancho Santa Margarita City Council several years ago added a dedicated DUI enforcement officer to the RSM Team of Orange County Sheriff’s Deputies. Deputy Mark Castro has been spearheading the anti-DUI program since its inception and has done some incredible work. He was recently recognized by Mothers Against Drunk Drivers (MADD) for the 107 DUI arrests he made last year, earning him one of the coveted "Century Awards." That achievement alone would be impressive, but this was his second Century Award in a row following the award he received last year. In addition, Deputy Castro was selected  "2015 Deputy of the Year" by his OCSD colleagues and was presented a Certificate of Commendation from the Mayor and City Council in honor of his achievements.  

There is no way to know exactly how many accidents he has prevented or lives he saved, but with several hundred arrests to his credit, Rancho Santa Margarita is undoubtedly a much safer place with Deputy Castro on patrol.

Chief of RSM Police Services Lieutenant Ron Kennedy reminds you to call 911 to report drunk drivers.

June Recreation Highlights

Clay Adventures

Have a blast learning how to turn clay into wonderful creatures and other fun projects. We will hand build the pieces as we learn techniques such as coiling, scoring, slab construction and more. We will decorate the pieces with under glazes (special paint for wet clay). Different projects each day. All pieces will be glazed and fired. Aprons will be provided. Ages: 6-12 yrs.

What to bring: $20 material fee (cash)

Instructor:  Lucia Henry
$81/ 5 Classes

220303 01           Th               Jun 30 - Jul 28      4 - 5:15 pm

Summer of Art

This art camp is filled with creative and fun projects. Explore a variety of media such as acrylics on canvas, watercolors, pastels, clay sculptures and more! Participants will enjoy summertime through art as individuals draw and paint landscapes, still-life, animals and other themes. Clay projects are glazed and fired at the end of class.  All art supplies and aprons provided. Ages: 6-11 yrs.
What to bring: $20 material fee (cash)
Instructor:  Lucia Henry

$105/ 5 Classes
221019 01           M - F          Jun 27 - Jul 1         9:30 - 11:30 am
221019 02           M - F          Jul 18  - Jul 22       9:30 - 11:30 am
221019 03           M - F          Aug 8 - Aug 12      9:30 - 11:30 am

Youth Beginning Karate: 4:15-5 pm
This class will cover basic blocking and self-defense.  The class is conducted in a traditional manner with an emphasis on protocol and etiquette. Ages: 6-12 yrs.
Youth Advanced Karate: 5-5:45 pm
This class will go more in-depth in the study of Karate and will include traditional Karate as well as preparation for National and International competition for the students who want to compete.  Placement in this class is at the discretion of Sensei McDonough. Ages: 8-12 yrs.
Adult Karate: 5:45-6:45 pm
This class will cover all aspects of Karate; the lecture portion of class is designed for individuals ages 13 yrs. & up. Placement in this class is at the discretion of Sensei McDonough.
Instructor:  Robert McDonough

$85/ month
220202 01           T,Th           Jun 2 - Jun 30        4:15 - 6:45 pm
220202 02           T,Th           Jul 5 - Jul 28          4:15 - 6:45 pm
220202 03           T,Th           Aug 2 - Aug 30       4:15 - 6:45 pm
Do you love music? Do you love to dance? Then come check out the new Jazzercise class at the Bell Tower Community Center! It’s a pulse-pounding, beat-pumping fitness program that gets you results while you dance to popular Top 40 hits. You will burn up to 600 calories in one fun and powerfully effective total body workout. Each class combines dance-based cardio with strength training to sculpt and tone muscles for a maximum fat burn. Everyone is welcome, no matter what your current fitness level is. So grab a water bottle, an exercise mat, and some hand weights and let’s get dancing! Ages: 18 yrs. & up.
Instructor:  Maureen Stewart

$99/ 8 Classes*
$149/ 12 Classes
240243 01*        T,Th           Jun 7 - Jun 30       7:15 - 8:15 am
240243 02         T,Th           Jul 12 - Aug 18      7:15 - 8:15 am
AM Yoga with Roz
This class provides a safe, supportive environment to explore the practice of yoga.  You will build strength, flexibility and balance while exploring the various postures.  Connecting breath and movement brings calmness of mind, stress release and enables us to function better both on and off the mat. This is a great way to start your day; you will experience better clarity and ease. Ages: 18 yrs. & up.
Instructor:  Roz Maissy

$105/ 10 Classes
240211 02           W             Jun 29 - Aug 31     8:30 - 9:30 am
240211 03           F              Jul 1 - Sep 2           8:30 - 9:30 am

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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