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August 2017
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In this Issue:

City Manager's Message
Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic
ZeroTrash RSM
Summer Concerts
Crime Prevention - Active Shooter Training
Public Works - Construction Alert
Senior Activities
Tip A Cop Fundraiser
RSM Cares - Food Pantry Information
August Recreation Highlights
Passport Acceptance Facility
Community Sponsorship Partners

City Manager's Message

Excellent customer service is a goal that my staff and I strive to achieve as we provide services, programs and activities to the residents and guests in Rancho Santa Margarita. From monitoring and responding to reports received on our graffiti hotline, to our new US Passport office, it is our mission to make quality customer service a priority.  
We are committed to service, innovation, and accountability in all that we do.

As summer winds down and we prepare for the start of another school year, I hope you'll attend our popular Summer Concert Series held on Sunday evenings in Central Park. We are hosting two more concerts this month, and I hope to see you there! It's a great way to end a summer weekend in beautiful  Rancho Santa Margarita.


Jennifer Cervantez

2017 Monsoon Sunrise over RSM Lake - Pam Conrad
Cat and dog preparing for vacation

Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic

Wednesday, August 2nd
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-worming, microchipping, flea and 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 - $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, August 5th

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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Summer Concerts

Sundays, through August 13
6 - 8 p.m.
Central Park
30842 La Miranda
Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688

Join the community of Rancho Santa Margarita for a Sunday evening of excellent musical performances. With the sunset as your backdrop family and friends can enjoy a different genre each week. Visit some of the City's restaurants before the concerts and bring a picnic dinner with you. Refreshments are also available onsite from food trucks and specialty vendors.   For more information, please contact the Community Services Department at (949) 216-9700.

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Summer Concert - photo by Anne Chung
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Crime Prevention 

Active Shooter Response & Impact of Workplace Violence Training

Monday, August 21st
6:00 p.m.

Bell Tower Regional Community Center

The Orange County Sheriff’s Department is offering a free training opportunity for Rancho Santa Margarita residents.

The Active Shooter Response and Impact of Workplace Violence training includes advice for workers on what to do in active shooter situations, along with statistics, law enforcement tactics and common responses to trauma following incidents.

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

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Public Works

Antonio Parkway and Santa Margarita Parkway Pavement Rehabilitation

As part of the City of Rancho Santa Margarita’s effort to proactively maintain the city streets, the City is performing pavement rehabilitation work on Antonio Parkway and Santa Margarita Parkway, as illustrated below. The scope of work for the project includes the removal and replacement of failed pavement areas, cold milling of existing pavement, and installation of a new layer of asphalt. Next, the removal and reconstruction of sidewalk, curb, and gutter will take place, followed by the replacement of traffic striping, markers, and markings, and finally, the replacement of traffic signal loops.

Construction is anticipated to take place from mid-August to late September. The contractor’s activities will be limited to the hours between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m. daily. Lane closures will be restricted to the hours of 9:00 a.m. and 3:30 p.m. A minimum of one through traffic travel lane and all turning lanes in each direction will be available during construction. 

Your patience and cooperation in observing all traffic controls, parking restrictions and traffic control workers is sincerely appreciated and will help to expedite this project. The City and contractor will make every effort to minimize any inconveniences to motorists and pedestrians.

Please contact Public Works for more information at (949) 635-1800.

Seniors in the summer

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.

August 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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RSM Deputies to Participate in Tip-A-Cop Fundraiser for Special Olympics

Law Enforcement give a whole new meaning to "protect and serve" at Tip-A-Cop fundraisers. OCSD Deputies serve as celebrity waiters at restaurants, and they donate all the tips they receive to Special Olympics. Tip-A-Cop has been a favorite way for officers to raise money, and the public loves to have the officers wait on them personally! 

Special Olympics Southern California enriches the lives of more than 30,700 athletes with intellectual disabilities and their communities in Southern California through sports, education, and athlete health. Special Olympics Southern California provides year-round sports training and athletic competition in a variety of Olympic-type sports for children and adults with intellectual disabilities, giving them continuing opportunities to develop physical fitness, demonstrate courage, experience joy and participate in a sharing of gifts, skills and friendship with their families, other Special Olympics athletes and the community.

We hope you'll join us at Wood Ranch BBQ and Grill on Monday, August 14th!

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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.

Summer archery class

August Recreation Highlights

Register  and classes and check out the Summer issue of the Community Living Magazine online for your convenience.

Tunes & Tales
$45/ 4 Classes 

Let’s get the wiggles out! Tunes & Tales is a Music and Movement class for children ages 2 to 5 years. Sing-a-longs and finger play songs start off this fun-filled class followed by musical activities using bean bags, rhythm sticks, instruments, a parachute and more. Children have a great time while developing their listening and social skills. Parent/adult participation required.  Ages: 2-5 yrs.

Instructor:  Vivian Stapleton

210913 02    Th    Aug 17 - Sep 7     9:45 - 10:40 am

Little Ninjas
$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 03    T      Aug 1 - Aug 29      4 - 4:30 pm

Jedi Engineering
$180/ 5 Classes
Young Jedi will explore worlds far, far away and engineering principles right in front of them.  Defeat the empire by designing LEGO® X-Wings, R2-units, and settlements on far-flung edges of the galaxy.  Imagination and engineering combine to create motorized and architectural projects such as energy catapults, shield generators, and defense turrets. Ages: 5-6 yrs.

Instructor:  Play-well TEKnologies

221050 01      M - F     Aug 14 - Aug 18     9 am - 12 pm

Jedi Master Engineering with LEGO®
$180/ 5 Classes 

The Force is strong in this class.  Build complex machines and structures based on the best designs from a galaxy far, far away.  Projects include X-Wings, AT-AT walkers, Pod Racers, Star Destroyers, Cloud Cities, settlements, and fortresses. Play-Well’s Jedi instructors reinforce key engineering concepts such as gear trains, worm drives, pneumatics, eccentric motion and more as students tap into the powerful forces of imagination and engineering.  Ages: 7-12 yrs.

Instructor:  Play-well TEKnologies

221080 01     M - F       Aug 14 - Aug 18      1-4 pm

Creating Your Retirement Paycheck
$23/ 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; Help make your savings last. Ages: 18 yrs. & up. 
Instructor:  Jeffrey Halbreich, CFP®

240771 03    W          Aug 30 6:30 - 7:30 pm

Click here to access our online class registration system.

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Passport Services available at City Hall 

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita City Hall is now designated as an authorized United States Passport Acceptance Facility. We accept your application for a passport and forward all forms and documents to the United States Department of State, where your passport will be processed.

 A current, valid passport is the most important travel document a United States citizen can possess. It is required to travel by air, land or sea to any foreign country. The wallet-size passport card is a travel document that can be used to re-enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry. The card cannot be used for international air travel. Hours are by appointment only through Monday, August 14th.

By Appointment
Monday & Wednesday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Walk-In Service
Tuesday & Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Please call (949) 635-1819 for information or to schedule an appointment.

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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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