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April 2018
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In this Issue:

City Manager's Message
Register for Summer Camps
Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic ZeroTrashRSM
ZeroTrash RSM
Meet the Mayor
City Hall Open House
Legacy Brick Unveiling
Crime Prevention 
Senior Activities
Recreation Highlights
RSM Food Pantry
Rancho Family Fest
Passport Service Fee Increase
Electronic Waste Recycling/Document Shredding


City Manager's Message

Spring cleaning is underway at City Hall and the Bell Tower Regional Community Center as we make preparations for our Open House on Wednesday, April 18th. I’d like to personally extend an invitation to the public to drop by at 5:30 for an informal tour of City Hall, which will be held immediately preceding the RSM Chamber of Commerce Meet the Mayor event. We’ve made some repairs and renovations to our now 14-year-old facility, and we’re very pleased with the results! The evening promises to be a festive and informational gathering, with refreshments, socializing, and a presentation by Mayor Mike Vaughn. City staff, myself, and local dignitaries and leaders look forward to the opportunity to meet those of you who are new to Rancho Santa Margarita and say hello friends, neighbors, and business colleagues who work hard to make this City so unique.

Jennifer Cervantez

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Summer Camp Registration begins Tuesday, April 3rd

Mark your calendars, summer camp registration starts on Tuesday, April 3rd at 8:00 a.m! This summer there will be a wide variety of camps for campers ages 3.5 years to 17 years at the Bell Tower Community Center.  From Acting, Adventure, Art, Chess, Cooking, Dance, Etiquette, Film, LEGO® and Sewing camps, there is something for everyone! Register early, camps will fill up quickly. 

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

Summer Camp flyer
Cats, rabbit, bird and dogs

Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic

Wednesday, April 4th
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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ZeroTrash RSM

Saturday, April 7th

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  or visit their website for more information.

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RSM Chamber of Commerce

Meet the Mayor

Wednesday, April 18th
5:30 - 7:30 p.m.
City Hall and Bell Tower Regional Community Center

The community is invited to tour City Hall and the Bell Tower Regional Community Center on Wednesday, April 18, 2018, from 5:30 to 6:30 p.m.  City Hall will open its doors to the public during the first hour of the RSM Chamber of Commerce’s annual Meet the Mayor event which will be held this year in the grand ballroom at the City’s iconic landmark.
The Open House will offer residents and business owners an opportunity to meet City Council members, our City Manager and Department Directors and John McCulloch, our  new Chief of Police Services, learn about City projects and programs, and view recently completed renovations to landscaping and civic center facilities, including newly installed legacy bricks, which support the not-for-profit RSM Cares/Bell Tower Foundation. RSM Cares will be giving a brief presentation of its activities.
Meet the Mayor is a free event sponsored by the RSM Chamber of Commerce and will include light hors-d'oeuvres and no-host beer and wine. Mayor Vaughn will present an overview of his goals for the year, and provide an update on City programs and services. 

For more information, call the RSM Chamber of Commerce at (949) 667-3776 or visit rsmchamber.org.

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RSM Cares Legacy Brick unveiling announcement
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Crime Prevention 

National Prescription Medication Take Back Day

Saturday, April 28th
10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
City Hall parking lot
22112 El Paseo

Safely dispose of your unwanted, unused, and expired prescription medication pills or patches conveniently at RSM Police Services. This event is free, and drop-off is anonymous. (Sharps not accepted).

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Facebook - @OCSDRanchoSM

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

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

Save the Date!

Mother's Day Luncheon
featuring Tom Horvath
"The Young Man of Broadway"

Friday, May 11th 

Children frolicking

April Recreation Highlights

Tunes & Tales
$50/ 4 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

110913 01            Th               Apr 5 - Apr 26            9:45 - 10:30 am

"Under the Sea" Princess Ballet
$97/ 7 Classes 

Dive into the life of a Mermaid Princess! Your little ballerina will enter a world of magic and imagination by dancing to their favorite tunes for fairytales new and old. This class teaches the basics of ballet and dance through terminology and imagery. Dancers will create their own mermaid props to take home and dress up in princess tutus. Tutus and props provided. Ballet shoes required. Ages: 3-6 yrs.  

What to bring: $5 cash materials fee

Instructor:  OC Dance Productions

110402 02            W              Apr 25 - Jun 6             3:30 - 4:15 pm

Art Exploration
$82/ 5 Classes

In this beginning art class, students will combine fun drawing exercises and creative painting projects to build skills in young artists. The different elements of art will be introduced through a variety of media such as acrylics on canvas, pastels, charcoal, watercolors, and more. Emphasis is placed on techniques as students explore the work of famous artists and create our own. All materials and aprons will be provided. Ages: 6-12 yrs.  

What to bring: $20 cash materials fee

Instructor:  Lucia Henry

120311 01          W               May 9 - Jun 6                3:30 - 4:45 pm

Beginning Guitar
$99/ 5 Classes 

Playing the guitar is an enjoyable and relaxing way to enrich your life with music. Experience interaction with other beginning guitarists in a supportive, small group environment. The aim of the class is to transform the novice into a self-reliant musician. Learn to play easy chords, fun melodies, strum styles and many popular songs. Instructor Ron Gorman has enjoyed teaching this class for the City of RSM for 12 years. Have a blast and bring your own guitar to class. Ages: 10 yrs. & up.

Instructor:  Ron Gorman

120901 01           T               Apr 24 - May 22              6 - 7 pm

Positive Parenting Tools
$99/ 6 Classes
Are you exhausted and overwhelmed by daily power struggles with your children? Are your days full of yelling due to lack of cooperation? Are you finding that punishments and rewards aren't working? If so, this fun, engaging and supportive six-week class will empower you to be the successful parent you want to be and help you build a more peaceful home. You will walk away equipped with non-punitive and respectful positive discipline parenting tools that are both kind and firm. Learn what is driving your children’s misbehavior and how to respond in ways that build a connection, while at the same time teaching them important skills such as problem-solving, communication and emotional regulation. Ages: 18 yrs. & up.  
Instructor:  Janell Bitton, CPC, CPDPE
140773 02             Th              Apr 12 - May 17               9:30 - 11:30 am
Click here to access the City's online registration system.
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RSM Food Pantry

Tuesday, April 3rd
Thursday, April 19th

The RSM Food Pantry is every first Tuesday and third Thursday of the month from 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. There are no minimum or financial qualifications required. Stop in 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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Save the Date!
RSM Chamber of Commerce

Rancho Family Fest 2018

Saturday, June 9  2:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 10
  Noon - 8:00 p.m. 
Central Park
30842 La Miranda

Rancho Family Fest is a fun-filled weekend for the entire family featuring live music and entertainment, a kids’ fun zone, beer & wine garden, a variety of food booths, local business vendors and performances by local school groups and organizations. This much-anticipated community event is brought to you by the RSM Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Rotary Del Sol, the Rancho Santa Margarita Landscape and Recreation Corporation (SAMLARC), and the City of Rancho Santa Margarita and is a great way to kick-off the summer!

Pre-sale "Skip the Line" tickets can be purchased here. Please visit the RSM Chamber of Commerce website for more information or call (949) 667-3776.
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Passport Acceptance Facility Update

As of Monday, April 2, 2018, the passport acceptance fee (also known as the execution fee) will increase to $35

Passport fees for first-time applicants and those who reapply after reporting their previous passports lost or stolen will increase from $25 to $35. The change affects those using the DS-11 form. Customers applying with the DS-11 form pay two separate fees: an application fee to the State Department and the execution fee to the Passport Acceptance Facility. Passport Acceptance Facilities such as Rancho Santa Margarita City Hall are designated to accept passport applications on behalf of the department.

The $10 fee increase does not apply to adults eligible to renew their passports by mail using the DS-82 form. Renewal customers must mail their applications and supporting documents to the State Department and should not apply at a Passport Acceptance Facility or pay an execution fee.

Visit travel.state.gov/renew for more information on renewing a passport. Historically, U.S. passport demand is highest from February to August. It is recommended customers apply for passports at least 10 weeks prior to international travel in the release. If travelers have fewer than six weeks, the State Department recommends expediting applications. Expedited service costs an additional $60 per application.
Passport applications are processed at City Hall Monday through Thursday from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. by appointment only. Please call (949) 635-1819 to schedule an appointment or for more information.

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Public Works

Save the Date
Electronic Waste and Document Shredding  

Saturday, May 19th
8:00 a.m. - noon

City Hall Parking Lot
22112 El Paseo

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is offering a free electronic waste disposal service and document shredding event on Saturday, May 19, 2018, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the RSM City Hall parking lot.  Safely and responsibly dispose of obsolete electronic waste and prevent identity theft during this "spring cleaning" opportunity.

Rancho Santa Margarita City Hall and Bell Tower

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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