June 2018
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In this Issue:

City Manager's Message
ZeroTrash RSM
Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic
Rancho Family Fest
Flag Day Ceremony
Crime Prevention 
Senior Activities
Recreation Highlights
Military Support
Summer Concert Series
General Plan Update
RSM Cares Food Pantry

City Manager's Message

June marks the official beginning of summer, end of school year, and a time when many folks plan a vacation, or just look forward to just hanging out and relaxing with family and friends. I'd like to personally invite you to a series of special community gatherings that have become a tradition here in town, opportunities for friends and neighbors to come together and celebrate the close-knit sense of community here in Rancho Santa Margarita.

Rancho Family Fest returns to Central Park the weekend of June 9th and 10th under the enthusiastic leadership of the RSM Chamber of Commerce, who are dedicated to making this event better than ever. With lower-priced admission, craft beer and wines, a free unlimited kids' fun zone, and the addition of handmade craft shopping at the Lemon Grove Market, it is sure to be an outstanding weekend of live music and fun! We're proud to work in collaboration with Chamber members, SAMLARC, and the Rotary del Sol; make sure to stop by the City's booth and say hello to our volunteers who will have information available about the many activities and events offered throughout the summer, including our 6-week free concert series which kicks off on Sunday, July 8th.


Jennifer Cervantez

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ZeroTrash RSM

Saturday, June 2nd


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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Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic

Wednesday, June 6th
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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RSM Chamber of Commerce

Rancho Family Fest 2018

Central Park
30842 La Miranda

Saturday, June 9th  2:00 - 10:00 p.m.
Sunday, June 10th
  Noon - 8:00 p.m. 

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.


City of RSM Flags

Flag Day Ceremony

Thursday, June 14th
7:45 p.m.
Civic Center Plaza


The City's annual Flag Day event is a community tradition and features patriotic music and inspirational remarks. This year's event is on Thursday, June 14th at dusk on the lawn behind City Hall. We encourage you to bring lawn chairs and any worn or damaged US Flags in need of disposal. This is an opportunity to honor the American Flag in partnership with American Legion Post 862 and many local Boy and Girl Scout units.

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." Flags can be disposed of throughout the year in the flag box receptacle located in the lobby of the Bell Tower Regional Community Center to be included in the retirement ceremony.

For more information, call Community Services at (949) 216-9700.


Crime Prevention 


Orange County Crime Stoppers


The Orange County Crime Stoppers (OCCS)
uses a three part approach to preventing and solving crimes. In partnership with the OCSD, OCCS offers a safe and anonymous way to report criminal activity. Crime Stoppers partners with all forms of media to inform the community on how to anonymously report crimes. Law enforcement then follows up on tips from community members.

The Crime Stoppers program is funded by private donations and annual fundraising events. No tax dollars are used. The reward money is funded entirely from OCCS events and donations from concerned citizens and businesses. Visit occrimestoppers.org for more information.

Follow Rancho Santa Margarita Police Services on social media and register with AlertOC for the latest in crime prevention and safety news.


Twitter - @OCSDRanchoSM

Facebook - @OCSDRanchoSM

Instagram - ocsdranchosm


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.

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June 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 and experienced teachers participating alongside and guiding you as your child explores art, music, story time, play, and more in preparation for the next step with confidence.  Parent participation required. Ages: 2-3 yrs.
Instructor:  SoCal Tiny Tots
210772 01     T,Th      Jun 5 - Jun 28       9-9:45 am
210772 02     T,Th      Jul 3 - Jul 26          9-9:45 am
210772 03     T,Th      Jul 31 - Aug 23      9-9:45 am

Goldilocks & the Three Bears
$134/ 6 Classes 
Have fun being in a darling production of the classic tale "Goldilocks and the Three Bears."  Participants will love being taught improvisational skills, creating a story on stage and other music, movement and drama exercises. Musical Theatre helps children in so many ways - memorization skills, expressing themselves, working on a team, self-confidence, and more.  Most of all, it is FUN!  Your child will be proud to display what they’ve learned in a performance of "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" for family and friends.  All actors will receive a Tom Thumb Players t-shirt and rehearsal CD.  The final performance will be held June 27th at  6:00 pm. Ages: 3-7 yrs.  
Instructor:  Creative Kids Playhouse
210324 01     M,T,W      Jun 18 - Jun 27  10-11 am 
Little Brushes by Pinot’s Palette
$175/ 5 Classes 
Looking for a fun and creative outlet for your young artist this summer? Then the Little Brushes Summer Camp is exactly what you are looking for! At Little Brushes we offer a fun-filled, party atmosphere where artists will have a blast creating their own masterpieces. From painting to collage and everything in between, Little Brushes fosters a friendly and collaborative environment to bring out the creative spirit. Led by our instructors, participants will paint with acrylics on canvas and create a cute and whimsical painting each day - even of a beloved pet!  All supplies are included. Artists should dress to get a little messy! We'll have aprons for everyone, but accidents do happen. Please send a small snack for your child. Ages: 7-12 yrs.
Instructor:  Pinot's Palette
221124 01      M-F       Jul 9 - Jul 13      9 am-1 pm
Dog Obedience Training
$100/ 4 Classes 
This class is designed to teach pet owners how to train their dogs to perform basic obedience skills such as heel, sit, stay, down and come! Ages: 10 yrs. & up.
Instructor:  Doggie Do Obedience 
240733 04      M       Jun 4 - Jun 25      6:30-7:30 pm

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

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Military Support

Donations of Baby Blankets and Diapers needed!

Each time a baby is born into the 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines a baby care-package is assembled and delivered to the family. Currently, there is a need for new baby blankets for these special care packages. Over 1,000 military families live on base at Camp Pendleton, and we want them to know that the many sacrifices they make for our country are appreciated.

We are also collecting donations of diapers in all sizes to help pamper the mommies-to-be of the City’s adopted 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines. Diapers and baby wipes are expensive, costing up to $70 to $80 per month per baby.  On average, a baby needs 6 to 10 diapers a day to stay fresh and healthy.  As a community, we would like to show our support to the new and expectant mommies and thank them for the sacrifices they make as a military spouse.

Donations may be dropped off at the  Bell Tower Regional Community Center, 22232 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita through Friday, August 3rd.

For more information, please contact the Community Services Department at (949) 216-9700.

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Summer Concert Series


Sundays, July 8th - August 12th
6 - 8:00 p.m. 
Central Park 

30842 La Miranda

Join us for six consecutive Sunday evenings of free live music, food vendors, and a beer and wine garden with the sunset as your backdrop. Pack a picnic dinner and join neighbors, family and friends for a summer tradition in Rancho Santa Margarita. 

For more information, please contact the Community Services Department at (949) 216-9700. Click here for band details.

Please contact Community Services at (949) 216-9700 for more information.

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Community Development

General Plan Update

The City is commencing preparation of a Draft Environmental Impact Report (EIR) for the RSM General Plan Update and has released this Notice of Preparation (NOP) per the requirements of the California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA).  The City wants your views and specific concerns related to the Project’s potential environmental impacts. Click here for more information.

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RSM Food Pantry

Tuesday, June 5th
Thursday, June 21st

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  registered with 211OC.

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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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