August 2018
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In this Issue:

City Manager's Message
Connect with Us
Municipal Election Information
Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic
ZeroTrash RSM
Summer Concert Series
Crime Prevention 
Senior Activities
Recreation Highlights
Military Support
RSM Chamber of Commerce News
RSM Cares Food Pantry

City Manager's Message

Visits to our passport office have soared this summer, with many residents taking advantage of this convenient service that we've offered for just shy of an entire year now. If you're traveling during these last weeks of summer, I wish you the best of adventures. If you'll be in town during August, I hope you will join us for the remaining two concerts of the 2018 RSM Summer Concert Series. The crowds have been enthusiastic and the dance floor is full at every show. We're grateful to the generous sponsors who make this summer tradition possible, and thank the many volunteers from community organizations who spend their Sunday evenings with us at Central Park - thanks to SAMLARC for partnering with us to provide these musical evenings to our neighbors and friends.


Jennifer Cervantez

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Connect with the City of Rancho Santa Margarita

Planning Commission meetings take place on the first Wednesday of each month, and the City Council meets on the second and fourth Wednesdays, at 7:00 p.m. Meeting agendas are posted 72 hours in advance, and cancellations occur occasionally due to holidays. There are several options to comment and participate in City Council and Planning Commission meetings:

  • Written material may be submitted in hard copy to the City Clerk, who will copy it and provide the statement to the Council or Commissioners.
  • Comments may be submitted via the City's website The eComment will be emailed directly to the City Clerk. eComments are accepted up until 4:30 p.m. on the day of the meeting.
  • Comments may be submitted by e-mail message to the City Clerk who will provide them to the City Council or Commissioners.
  • Comments may be delivered orally at a meeting. There is a three-minute time limit per speaker. 
  • A statement can be submitted by proxy on a resident’s behalf at a meeting by reading it aloud. The three-minute time limit applies.  

For more information, please contact Amy Diaz, City Clerk, at (949) 635-1806.

Municipal Election Information

A General Municipal Election is scheduled to be held in the City of Rancho Santa Margarita on Tuesday, November 6, 2018 for three (3) members of the City Council for a full term of four (4) years.
The filing period to run for office began on July 16, 2018, and will end on Friday, August 10, 2018, at 5:00 p.m. If an incumbent does not file papers, the filing deadline will be extended to August 15, 2018 at 5:00 p.m.

Contact Amy Diaz, City Clerk, at (949) 635-1806 for additional election information.

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Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic

Wednesday, August 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

On the first Wednesday of each month, Healthcare & Emergency Animal Rescue Team (HEART) provides vaccinations, de-worming, microchipping, flea and tick control and, if time allows, nail trims for dogs and cats at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center. 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. Those who have a cat or have pre-paid for vaccines do not need to wait in line and may proceed directly 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, August 4th

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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Summer Concert Series

Sundays through 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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Crime Prevention 

Active Shooter Response & Impact of Workplace Violence

Monday, August 20th 
6:00 p.m. 
Bell Tower Regional Community Center

The Orange County Sheriff's Department has a sophisticated, integrated response plan to act quickly and protect citizens in the event of a local emergency such as an active shooter scenario.  The department offers rapid deployment training on a monthly basis to patrol deputies and presents their Active Shooter Response & Impact of Workplace Violence training to the public throughout the year.

Join Deputy Shane Millhollon of OCSD's Tactical Training Center for an evening of preparation strategies designed to prepare deputies and the public to respond quickly to neutralize threats and save lives.  This training was developed after the tragic events at Columbine High School in Colorado. Reserve your place here by using class code #560612-01.

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) 709-7592.

Save the date:

Wednesday, September 12thDriver Safety for Seniors
Thursday, September 13thStroke Seminar

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August Recreation Highlights

ABCs with Tiny Tots
$264/ month
Experience a fun way of preparing your child for kindergarten.  Using hands-on interactive learning with art, science, cooking, music and much more, your child will learn their numbers, letters and shapes, learn to write their name as well as develop social skills of patience, listening, cooperation and sharing. No parent participation needed. Children must be fully potty trained.  This is a year-round program with month-to-month registration to meet the needs of your schedule. Ages: 3-5 yrs.  

Instructor:  SoCal Tiny Tots

210761 03      M,W,F      Jul 30 - Aug 24      9 am - 1 pm

$98/ 8 Classes 

Youth Beginning Karate: 4:30-5:15 pm
This class will cover basic blocking and self-defense.  The class is conducted in a traditional manner with an emphasis on protocol and etiquette. Ages: 6-12 yrs. 

Youth Advanced Karate: 5:15-6 pm
This class will go more in-depth into the study of Karate and will include traditional Karate as well as preparation for National and International competition for the students who want to compete.  Placement in this class is at the discretion of Sensei McDonough.  Ages: 8-12 yrs. 

Adult Karate: 6-7 pm
This class will cover all aspects of Karate; the lecture portion of class is designed for individuals ages 13 yrs. & up. Placement in this class is at the discretion of Sensei McDonough.

Instructor:  Robert McDonough

220202 03      T,Th       Aug 2 - Aug 30

The Etiquette Factory
$135/ 4 Classes 
The Etiquette Factory is a unique learning experience designed to change the world, one child at a time. We define manners as helping those around you to feel valued. Our exclusive program helps children understand why integrity, respect, empathy, and charity help our lives both personally and professionally. Over 50 different etiquette skills are taught using games, activities, role play, props, music, stories, and kind discussion.  Some of the skills included are: Introductions, Dining Etiquette, Kindness, Tact, Conversation, Being a Guest, A Clean Mouth, Sincere Apologies and so much more! Who knew learning manners could be so much fun! (Campers gift set included with registration) Ages: 5-12 yrs. What to bring: $20 cash materials fee

Instructor:  Etiquette Factory Staff

221097 02      M-Th      Aug 6 - Aug 9      9 am -12 pm

Culinary Kids
$203/ 5 Classes 
Unleash the inner chef! Let’s cook, create and collaborate in the kitchen! With our flavorful healthy dishes, expert chefs and teachers, and fun-filled atmosphere, your young chef will develop lifelong essential cooking skills while sautéing their way around tasty menu masterpieces!  Young chefs will be working in small groups to be hands on the kitchen! Each week of camp will be different so come to one or come to all.  For food allergy information, please call 949.292.4720 Ages: 5-13 yrs.  What to bring: $50 cash materials fee

Instructor:  Culinary Kids

221049 05      M-F      Aug 6 - Aug 10        1:30-4:30 pm
221049 06      M-F      Aug 13 - Aug 17      1:30-4:30 pm

Summer of Art
$105/ 5 Classes 
This art camp is filled with creative and fun projects. Explore a variety of media such as acrylics on canvas, watercolors, pastels, clay sculptures and more! Participants will enjoy summertime through art as individuals draw and paint landscapes, still-life, animals and other themes. Clay projects are glazed and fired at the end of class.  All art supplies and aprons provided. Ages: 6-11 yrs. What to bring: $20 cash materials fee

Instructor:  Lucia Henry

221019 02     M-F      Aug 6 - Aug 10      9:30-11:30 am

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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RSM Chamber of Commerce

August Networking Mixer 

Tuesday, August 14th

The mission of the RSM Chamber of Commerce is to promote and enhance the business community of Rancho Santa Margarita by assisting members through Joining, Connecting, and Growing a vibrant local economy. Rancho Family Fest is the Chamber's signature event, along with monthly networking mixers, business seminars, grand openings and ribbon cuttings - there's a way for everyone to get involved! The RSM Chamber also hosts the annual Meet the Mayor event, and the upcoming State of the City event which is scheduled for Tuesday, September 18th at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center. Join Mayor Mike Vaughn for breakfast and an overview of the great things happening in the City!
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RSM Food Pantry

Tuesday, August 7th
Thursday, August 16th

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.

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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