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March 2017
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In this Issue:


City Manager's Message
Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic

ZeroTrash RSM
Crime Prevention - "Porch Pirates"
Report Found Pets to MV Animal Services
Chamber of Commerce News - RanchoFest!
RSM Cares - The Belltower Foundation

Senior Activities at the Belltower Regional Community Center
March Recreation Highlights
South Orange County Senior Day
Veterans Resource Fair

Relay for Life RSM - Save the Date - Saturday, May 20th

Jennifer Cervantez

City Manager's Message

As the days become longer and we head into spring, staff at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center are eager to assist with class registration for new and unique classes and, believe it or not, Early Bird registration for Summer Camps. I hope you’ve had a chance to peruse the variety of classes and workshops in the latest issue of our Community Living Magazine. In it, you’ll find our new Kids and Tween Yoga, teaching participants lifelong skills such as relaxation, stress management, socialization, and confidence. Archery has gained popularity in recent months; we will be offering an instructional skills class starting this month for children ages 8-13. Ageless Ballet, ABCs with Tiny Tots, Hula Dancing, Princess Ballet, Tap, Jazz & Ballet, Hip Hop Tumble, Jedi Hip Hop, Karate, Little Ninjas and Toddler & Parent Yoga also begin this month.  We hope to see you at one of the many programs for all ages offered here by the City of Rancho Santa Margarita.


Jennifer M. Cervantez

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Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic

Wednesday, March 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-WORMINGS, MICROCHIPPING, FLEA & 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
DAP/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 - $21.00
Purevax - $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, March 4th is the next ZeroTrash "First Saturday" event; volunteers meet in the courtyard in front of Cinepolis at 10:00 a.m. to help beautify our city! ZeroTrash RSM is an all volunteer community organization dedicated to ridding city streets and wilderness areas of trash, reducing waste, supporting local businesses, and taking personal responsibility for our community and the environment!

"Like" ZeroTrash RSM on Facebook for more information.

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Drone Safety


With the use of drones in the region on the rise, the City of Rancho Santa Margarita is encouraging drone enthusiasts to know the rules before they fly their unmanned aircraft over the City.

As part of an effort to educate the public, the City of Rancho Santa Margarita has posted detailed information here about the Federal Aviation Administration’s “Know Before You Fly” campaign. The campaign is designed to inform recreational and commercial users of safe and responsible use of drones.The information includes safety guidelines such as ensuring your aircraft stays below 400 feet and does not intentionally fly over vulnerable people or moving vehicles.

The FAA also requires owners of model aircraft, small unmanned aircraft or drones weighing between 0.55 and 55 pounds to register the aircraft online before taking it to the sky. Other information regarding drone operation, best practices, and safety regulations is available here.

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Crime Prevention - Outsmarting "Porch Pirates"

There are no statistics on the prevalence of porch piracy, but mail and law enforcement officials say parcel thefts commonly occur during normal working hours and virtually every community in our country.

To avoid becoming a victim of package theft:
  • If your employer allows it, have packages delivered to your office.
  • Request that the shipper hold your package at its pick-up facility so you can pick it up in person at your convenience.
  • Have packages delivered to a place where they can be received in person, such as the home of a trusted neighbor, who stays home during the day, or a retired relative.
  • If purchasing something from a large retailer, request your package be delivered to a local branch of the store so you can pick it up in person.
  • Request a specific delivery date and time from the shipper when you know you will be home.
  • Provide delivery instructions to the shipper so that packages can be left at a safe location at your home that is out of sight from the street.
  • Sign up for delivery alerts (text messages or e-mails) from the shipper, then call a trusted neighbor when the packages are delivered, and ask them to take the packages inside for safekeeping until you get home.
  • Request that the shipper require a signature confirmation upon delivery. This will prevent your package from being left at an unattended home.
  • Take advantage of secure delivery options offered by vendors such as Amazon Lockers, UPS Access Point, and Package Guard.

If you are the victim of a package theft, call Rancho Santa Margarita Police Services non-emergency number at (949) 770-6011. 
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Animal Care Services

One of the primary factors that the City Council considered when contracting with Mission Viejo Animal Services Center is their proven success in reuniting lost and stray animals with their owners.  However, the center has noticed a recent trend where “Good Samaritans” are finding and holding on to animals rather than turning them over to the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center.  To their credit, these Good Samaritans often post photos and information on social media, but pet owners may never visit those sites or even think of locating their lost pet this way. All animal stray or lost animals should be reported to: 

Mission Viejo Animal Services Center
28095 Hillcrest
Mission Viejo, CA 92692
(949) 470-3045


While keeping the lost animal and relying on social media sites may seem like the best bet for a found pet, the truth is doing so makes the chances of reuniting the animal with its family much more difficult.  When a frantic pet owner is looking for his or her lost family pet, the first thing that person often does is call or visit the shelter.
To avoid private parties from holding on to a beloved pet, local ordinance requires that “no person shall, without consent of the owner, hold or retain possession of any animal for more than 24 hours without first reporting the possession of such animal to the director, giving his name and address and true description of the animal, and then surrendering such animal to the shelter upon demand.”  Animals are also considered personal property by the state of California - and it can be considered theft if a Good Samaritan holds on to a lost pet and does not do whatever is necessary to find and return the pet to its owner.
When a stray animal arrives at the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center, the animal is immediately checked for a dog license, scanned for a microchip, and its general overall health is assessed in case the animal is injured.   The facility is a no-kill/pro-humane animal shelter, which means if animals are not reunited with their owners, they become available for adoption.  Animals are only euthanized if they have a history of aggression and are a threat to public safety or irredeemably suffering from a medical condition that is not treatable.  Staff and volunteers ensure each animal that enters the shelter receives everything it needs to remain healthy and happy during its short stay.

Please help lost pets in the best way possible by placing them in the care of the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center.   For more information, call (949) 470-3045.
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Chamber of Commerce News

The RSM Chamber is committed to supporting business growth by providing trusted resources, networking opportunities and local connections. The RSM Chamber takes great pride in being a strength and support for the business community by organizing monthly mixers, educational forums and community events to promote commerce throughout Rancho Santa Margarita and the surrounding area.

For more information about Chamber of Commerce membership and events, please contact Suzanne Singh at info@ramchamber.com or (949) 242-3660.
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RSM Cares 

RSM Cares seeks to enrich the quality of life for residents of Rancho Santa Margarita by inspiring local philanthropy, engaging stakeholders in community service and embracing the local nonprofit network through collaborative partnerships. Visit their website for more information on events and volunteer opportunities.

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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.


March Activities at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center

Visit our Senior Activities webpage for more information, or contact Lindy Kehler at (949)216-9700, ext. 257.

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March Recreation Highlights


Spring class registration is now open! Check out our  Summer Camp Preview online and in the Spring edition of the Community Living Magazine.

Summer Camp registration starts Monday, April 3rd.
ABCs with Toddlers
$100/ month
Is your child ready for more social interaction but not ready for preschool?  ABCs with Toddlers will introduce you and your child to a taste of ABCs with Tiny Tots with loving and experienced teachers participating alongside and guiding you as your child explores art, music, story time, play and much more in preparation for the next step with confidence.  Parent participation required. Older siblings who are not enrolled in ABCs with Tiny Tots may attend for an additional $5 to be paid per class cash only, adult supervision provided by staff in adjoining room.  Older siblings who are enrolled in ABCs with Tiny Tots may attend toddler class no charge.  Ages: 2-3 yrs.  No Class: 4/11 & 4/13
Instructor:  SoCal Tiny Tots
110772 01     T,Th       Mar 28 - Apr 27      10 - 10:45 am
110772 02     T,Th       Mar 28 - Apr 27      11 - 11:45 am
110772 03     T,Th       May 2 - May 25      10 - 10:45 am
110772 04     T,Th       May 2 - May 25      11 - 11:45 am
Hip Hop Tumble
$99/ 7 Classes
In this fun, energetic class, dancers learn beginning jazz, hip hop and basic tumbling that are incorporated into dance combinations. A small performance is held at last class. Suitable for boys and girls. Sneakers or dance shoes required. Optional dance recital in June available to those signed up in both sessions of Hip Hop Tumble. Nominal costume fee applies. Ages: 3-6 yrs.  No Class: 4/12
Instructor:  OC Dance Productions
120419 01     W          Mar 1 - Apr 19        5:10 - 5:55 pm
120419 02     W          Apr 26 - Jun 7         5:10 - 5:55 pm
Archery Champs
$150/ 8 Classes
Archery Champs provides a fun and exciting opportunity to try a unique sport under the supervision of qualified and talented instructors.  Each week you will learn a new archery skill and play a fun game that will challenge and test your archery skills! Ages: 8-13 yrs.
No Class: 4/11
Instructor:  Archery Champs
120827 01     T             Mar 21 - May 16                 4 - 5:30 pm
Ageless Ballet
$63/ 6 Classes
Ageless Ballet is a dance program developed with the mature adult in mind. We believe that we never outgrow our love for movement and joy that brings the mind, body, and soul. Our approach reduces the impact on the joints & helps participants increase strength, flexibility, and mobility in a judgment-free class. Ages: 50 yrs. & up.
Instructor:  West Coast Movement
140244 02     M          Mar 6 - Apr 10        8:45 - 9:45 am
140244 03     M          Apr 17 - May 22     8:45 - 9:45 am

Click here to access our online class registration system.

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Relay for Life RSM

Saturday, May 20, 2017


The American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life - Rancho Santa Margarita, will be held on Saturday, May 20, 2017, in Central Park from 11:00 a.m. to 9:00 p.m.

Contact Community Manager Danielle Ruiz at danielle.ruiz@cancer.org or (949) 567-0610 to  find out how you can make a difference in the fight against cancer. Whether you want to start a team, volunteer, donate or sponsor, there are many ways the entire community can join the fight. Visit the official webpage for more information.

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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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