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February 2018
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In this Issue:

City Manager's Message
ZeroTrash RSM
Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic

Crime Prevention 
Senior Activities
Recreation Highlights

RSM Food Pantry

Military Support

Blood Drive
Income Tax Preparation Assistance
Relay for Life


City Manager's Message

The Spring issue of the Rancho Santa Margarita Community Living Magazine will arrive in your mailbox soon. In it, you'll find city news features and information about upcoming events, classes, workshops, and activities. We've gotten word that the RSM Chamber of Commerce is in the planning process for RanchoFest. We look forward to supporting our community partners and volunteers in their efforts to continue this much anticipated annual event.  


Jennifer Cervantez

RSM Lake
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ZeroTrash RSM

Saturday, February 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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Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic

Wednesday, February 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
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 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.

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
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

"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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Crime Prevention 

Parenting in a Digital World

Monday, February 12, 2018
6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
Mission Hills Christian School
29582 Aventura, Rancho Santa Margarita

Rancho Santa Margarita parents are invited to attend  Parenting in a Digital World presented by former School Resource Officer Clay Cranford, one of the nation’s leading law enforcement educators on social media and child safety.  This is a FREE 2-hour cyber safety seminar that will prepare parents to effectively supervise their child on social media sites and protect them from online threats. Due to the very sensitive subject matter, children are not permitted.

Due to limited seating, reservations are required by February 7th. Please click here to register.

Follow Rancho Santa Margarita Police Services on Facebook and Instagram and Twitter:

Twitter - @OCSDRanchoSM

Facebook - @OCSDRanchoSM

Instagram - ocsdranchosm


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

OCSD staff
Lt. Luke South, Chief of Police Services, and his staff address child safety programs in Rancho Santa Margarita schools.
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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.


Visit our Senior Activities webpage for more information, follow Age Well RSM on Facebook or contact Lindy Kehler at (949)216-9700, ext. 257.


UC Irvine and Age Well Senior Services invite you to attend

Where did I put my keys? Tales
from the hippocampus for
anyone over the age of 30

Monday, March 19, 2018
9:30 a.m.
Bell Tower Regional Community Center


February Recreation Highlights

ABCs with Toddlers
$100/ per 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 experienced teachers participating alongside and guiding you as your child explores with art, music, story time, play and much more in preparation for the next step with confidence.  Parent participation required. Ages: 2-3 yrs. 
Instructor:  SoCal Tiny Tots
410772 03 T,Th       Feb 6 - Mar 1          9 - 9:45 am
Tunes & Tales
$53/ 5 Classes
Let’s get the wiggles out! Tunes & Tales is a Music and Movement class for children ages 2 to 4 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: 2-4 yrs.
Instructor:  Vivian Stapleton
410913 02 Th          Feb 22 - Mar 22      9:45-10:30 am
After School Sewing for Kids & Teens
$148/ 4 Classes
Learn sewing basics, fabric selection, how to follow a pattern and complete amazing projects in class.  No prior experience is needed.   All fabric, notions, and sewing machines are supplied. Ages: 7.5-17 yrs.
What to Bring: $35 cash materials fee
Instructor:  Linda Rush
420501 02 T            Feb 6 - Feb 27         3:30-6 pm
Zumba with Tania
ZUMBA Fitness is a fusion of Latin and International music-dance themes creating a dynamic, exciting, effective fitness system. Appropriate for any fitness level. Try the first class of a session before you register. Ages: 18 yrs. & up.
Instructor:  Tania Villalbazo
$46/ 6 Classes
440206 06 M,W      Feb 5 - Feb 28         7-8 pm
$25/ 3 Classes
440206 04 M          Feb 5 - Feb 26         7-8 pm
440206 05 W          Feb 7 - Feb 28         7-8 pm

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

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RSM Food Pantry

Tuesday, February 6th
Thursday, February 15th

The RSM Food Pantry is every first Tuesday and third Thursday of the month from 2 to 5 pm. There are no minimum or financial qualification required. Come by and get a box for your family, or for a neighbor in need. 

The RSM Food Pantry is located in the parking lot behind The Bridge Church.  30162 Tomas, Rancho Santa Margarita. Contact RSM Cares to learn about how you can volunteer time or donate to this great program. The RSM Food Bank is now registered with 211OC.

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Military Support

Donations needed for Adopted Marine Battalion's Family Easter Celebration

Donations of candy, Easter items, plastic eggs, and gift cards are being collected through the month of March at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center during regular business hours. Your donations will assist the Family Readiness Officer in making the celebration extra special for the members of the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines. Suggested gift card amounts are $5 to $50 increments for groceries, gasoline, and other daily essentials. Letters and handwritten notes of appreciation are also encouraged.

For more information, call or email Wendi Redington at (949) 216-9700.

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Blood Drive 

Friday, February 2nd
Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church

30605 Avenida de Las Flores 

Shepherd of the Hills United Methodist Church invites the community's participation in their upcoming blood drive in partnership with the American Red Cross. The event will be held in the sanctuary at 30605 Avenida de Las Flores on Friday, February 2nd from 1:00- 7:00 p.m. (Childcare is available from 3:00- 5:00 p.m.)

To schedule your appointment, or for more information, contact Avis French or Mary Beth McGowan.  Appointments may also be made online at RedCrossBlood.org using sponsor code: shepherdhills.

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Income Tax Preparation Assistance

The VITA (Volunteer Income Tax Assistance) program is now into its 4th year in the City of Rancho Santa Margarita. Tax preparation is done for lower-income individuals (threshold $60,000) under the auspices of the United Way of Orange County and the Internal Revenue Service (IRS). While the primary sponsor is San Francisco Solano Catholic Church and the majority of trained volunteer tax preparers are members of the parish, the services being provided serve all members of the community, regardless of religious affiliation, at no cost to the individuals. The program is periodically audited by the IRS as well as the United Way.

Tax preparation will continue on Saturdays (9 a.m. - 3 p.m.) and on Tuesdays (6 -9 p.m.) from January 27 to approximately the first week of April.

Please call (949) 589-7767 for more information.

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Relay for Life

Save the Date!
June 9-10
Oso Viejo Community Park

Join the kick-off celebration on February 11th 

Five South County communities (Rancho Santa Margarita, Mission Viejo, Ladera Ranch, Lake Forest, and San Juan Capistrano) have teamed up to host Relay For Life of South Orange County June 9-10 at Oso Viejo Community Park in neighboring Mission Viejo.

The American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is a fun-filled overnight event that celebrates survivorship and raises money for research and programs. The event offers something for everyone – from the newly diagnosed and caregivers to friends and long-term cancer survivors.

The Relay For Life of South Orange County "Kick-off Celebration" will take place on Sunday, February 11. The celebration is from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at Audi Mission Viejo, 28451 Marguerite Pkwy.

To RSVP for the kick-off celebration, contact socrelayforlife@gmail.com. For more information about Relay or to register a team, visit http:/socrfl.org.

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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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