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July 2017

In this Issue:

City Manager's Message
Crime Prevention - Fireworks
Dog Park Update
Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic

Summer Concerts
Crime Prevention - Active Shooter Training

Musical Performance at RSM Library
Senior Activities
Master Fee Schedule News 
July Recreation Highlights

July is Park & Rec Month Calendar

RSM Cares - Food Pantry Information

OC Fair Discount Coupons

Intergenerational Volunteer Program

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City Manager's Message

As the city manager, my job is to ensure that the city maintains services, programs, and facilities that meet the needs of the community in a fiscally responsible manner. All of us who work for the City of Rancho Santa Margarita are proud of the work that we do to serve our community and to keep RSM the special place it is. If you have traveled down El Paseo within the last couple of weeks, you may have noticed the recently completed fountain improvements.  Landscaping upgrades will follow, and then our Civic Center renovation will be nearly complete.

During the summer months, while school is out for our children, I hope you will take advantage of the many programs offered through our Community Services Department. From athletics to camp, to special activity programs, there is much to offer for the children to keep them active, engaged and occupied during the summer break.  Don’t forget our Summer Concert Series which kicks of on Sunday, July 9th; it is one of our most popular family activities, and I hope to see you there!


Jennifer M. Cervantez
RSM Civic Plaza
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Crime Prevention

Fireworks Prohibited in
Rancho Santa Margarita

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita and the Orange County Sheriff’s Department would like to remind residents and visitors alike that fireworks are not allowed in the City of Rancho Santa Margarita.

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita appreciates our community partnership with SAMLARC and is looking forward to celebrating the 4th of July at their annual fireworks display at the lake. With the hot days of summer upon us,  Rancho Santa Margarita  Police Services would like to take this opportunity to remind the public of the ban on all types of fireworks in the City, including “safe and sane” fireworks. There is a good reason for this ban, as fireworks are the primary cause of thousands of fires and injuries each 4th of July. The good news is that these fires and injuries are preventable if people comply with local laws prohibiting the use of fireworks.

Rancho Santa Margarita Police Services urges you to obey the law and leave fireworks to professionals to ensure a safe Independence Day holiday. Report non-emergency violations to (949) 770-6011.

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Dog Park Improvement Update

Improvements to the Rancho Santa Margarita Dog Park continue; the park was closed last month to allow the grass to take root and to place the finishing touches on the newly installed features for our four-legged friends.

July construction will include the installation of a necessary water connection in cooperation with SMWD which will originate at Antonio Parkway. Again, appreciate your patience during the extensive renovation process which includes natural grass with irrigation, relocated and additional drinking fountains, new dog agility equipment, shade structures, and new fencing with snake deterrent mesh. We will continue to post updates on our website and social media pages for your convenience.

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

Patriotic pets

Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic

Wednesday, July 5th
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, mail 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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Summer Concerts

Sundays, July 9 - 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.   For more information, please contact the Community Services Department at (949) 216-9700.

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Crime Prevention 

Active Shooter Response & Impact of Workplace Violence Training

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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Clarence “Chazz” Ross
Musical Performance

Thursday, July 27th
7:00 p.m.
Bell Tower Community Center

Presented by the Friends of the Library

Join Clarence “Chazz” Ross for an exciting performance of African drums and rhythms. Chazz builds a circle of sound by guiding the audience to create jungle noises and play simple rhythms together and a few lucky audience members will have a chance to play djembe drums with Chazz. This performance is sure to delight music fans of all ages.

For more information, visit the RSM Library website.

Patriotic seniors

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.

July 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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Master Fee Schedule Updates effective July 10, 2017

The Rancho Santa Margarita City Council adopted an updated Master Fee Schedule on May 10, 2017, which goes into effect on July 10, 2017.  The revised Master Fee Schedule is the product of a comprehensive analysis of City fees and services.  The resulting Master Fee Schedule shows an adjustment to many of the City’s fees for Building and Safety, Planning, and Engineering services.  Some fees have been reduced, while others have bee increased.

California law allows Cities to adopt and implement fees for municipal services.  Fees may not exceed the estimated reasonable cost of providing the service or facility for which the fee is charged.  The City’s goal is to ensure that fees cover, but do not exceed, our costs to conduct business.

View the City's Master Fee Schedule here.

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July Recreation Highlights

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

ABCs with Toddlers
$100/ 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 you and guiding you as your child explores with art, music, story time, play and much more as you prepare for the next step with confidence.  Parent participation required.  Ages: 2-3 yrs.

Instructor:  SoCal Tiny Tots

210772 03 T,Th Jul 6 - Jul 27    10 - 10:45 am
210772 04 T,Th Jul 6 - Jul 27    11 - 11:45 am

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 01 Th Jul 13 - Aug 3     9:45 - 10:30 am

Duct Tape Dynasty
$145/ 5 Classes 

You may have seen the bags, the wallets, the prom dresses, and all the other unbelievable things that are made with duct tape. Would you like to know how to make those kinds of cool things? In Duct Tape Camp campers will learn the fundamentals of and get experience in making some of the cool duct tape objects, and effects that may have astounded you before, along with new things that you probably haven’t seen yet that will amaze you. Ages: 7-12 yrs.

221109 01 M-F Jul 10 - Jul 14     9 am - 12 pm

Culinary Kids
$178/ 5 Classes 

From the oven to your tummy, you will be inspired to cook, create and experiment in the kitchen.  Come mix, mash and mingle in the kitchen and make new friends in the process.  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: 5-12 yrs.

What to bring: $40 cash materials fee

Instructor:  Culinary Kids

221049 01 M-F Jul 24 - Jul 28        1:30 - 4:30 pm
221049 02 M-F Jul 31 - Aug 4        1:30 - 4:30 pm

Sew Cool Summer Sewing Camp
$188/ 4 Classes 

"Fashionistas" will design and create their own fashions using a sewing machine.  Sewing basics are taught, and students will become comfortable working with a sewing machine while learning about fabric selection and how to follow a variety of patterns. No experience needed.  Sewing machines, patterns, notions and all fabrics are provided. Ages: 7.5-17 yrs.

What to bring: $35 cash materials fee

Instructor:  Linda Rush

221026 01 M-Th Jul 10 - Jul 13      2 - 6 pm
221026 02 M-Th Jul 17 - Jul 20      2 - 6 pm
221026 03 M-Th Jul 24 - Jul 27      2 - 6 pm

Click here to access our online class registration system.


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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.

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OC Fair Discount Coupons available at City Hall and the Bell Tower Regional Community Center

The 2017 OC Fair runs July 14 - August 13 (Wednesday-Sunday). Fair Hours are:
Wednesday-Friday: Noon – Midnight
Saturday-Sunday: 11 a.m. – Midnight
Monday-Tuesday: Closed

Discount coupons are available while supplies last.

For more information, visit

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Intergenerational Volunteer Program 

AARP Foundation Experience Corps OC set to launch at RSM Boys & Girls Club in  Fall 2017

Parentis Health Foundation is the newest host agency of Experience Corps, AARP Foundation’s intergenerational volunteer-based tutoring program in Orange County. The Foundation will work in partnership with the Boys & Girls Clubs of Capistrano Valley to bring three Experience Corps sites to San Juan Capistrano, Aliso Viejo, and Rancho Santa Margarita. The Experience Corps is a national program and has been shown to improve the literacy rates of children, enrich the lives of older adult volunteers and strengthen schools in communities.

Individuals and businesses wishing to generate enduring positive outcomes for students, volunteers age 50 and older, and schools and communities are encouraged to get involved with Experience Corps OC.

To learn more about becoming a tutor/mentor or volunteer, contact Karen Banse, Volunteer Recruitment Specialist at (949) 244-1560 or email

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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