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May 2018

In this Issue:

City Manager's Message
Register for Summer Camps
Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic
ZeroTrash RSM
E-Waste Recycling/Document Shredding
Rancho Family Fest
Crime Prevention 
Senior Activities
Recreation Highlights
Military Support
SMWD Water Festival
RSM Cares Food Pantry

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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. Our commitment to the community includes ongoing communication with our residents and businesses  - whether to address a concern or issue or share information regarding a program or event – I urge you to reach out to us if we can be of assistance to you through our website at www.cityofrsm.org or by phone at (949) 635-1800.


Jennifer Cervantez

Dog and cat with vet

Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic

Wednesday, May 2nd
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.

Distemper Alert

Distemper is a viral infection that can infect dogs, raccoons, skunks, foxes, and large cats such as lions and tigers.  The virus does not cause disease in cats or humans. Dogs can become infected with the distemper virus from direct contact with a sick animal or being near an infected animal when it is coughing or sneezing.  The virus can also be transmitted through shared food and water bowls, or other objects that were contaminated by an infected animal.  Puppies and un-vaccinated dogs are at highest risk of catching distemper.

Common clinical signs of distemper in dogs include discharge from the eyes and/or nose, fever, coughing, lethargy, disorientation, tremors, and seizures.  The clinical signs are similar in raccoons and other wildlife.  Currently there is no treatment for distemper so preventing the disease in dogs is crucial. Los Angeles County has recently experienced an alarming rise in infections; our close proximity to wildlife in Rancho Santa Margarita increases the risk of this deadly disease. Please take advantage of the opportunity to vaccinate pets at these affordable and convenient monthly clinics!

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ZeroTrash RSM

Saturday, May 5th

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

ZeroTrash volunteers
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Public Works

Free Electronic Waste and Document Shredding  Event

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.

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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.

*Click here for vendor opportunities.
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Crime Prevention 

What types of supplies should I keep on hand for emergency situations?

The Orange County Sheriff's Department Emergency Management Bureau recommends that citizens keep enough supplies at home to meet family needs for at least 72 hours, since it may take that long before outside assistance is available from the state or federal government. Home disaster supply kits should be made up from sturdy and easy to carry containers such as backpacks, duffel bags or large trash containers in the event that you may have to evacuate and take your emergency supplies with you. These emergency supply kits should contain a number of things including the following:

  • Three day supply of water (1 gallon per person, per day)
  • A three day supply of non-perishable packaged or canned food.
  • One change of clothing for each member of the family.
  • Rain gear or coats depending on the time of year.
  • Blankets or sleeping bags for each member of the family.
  • A battery powered radio with extra batteries.
  • Two flashlights with batteries.
  • Emergency candles and matches.
  • Sanitary supplies (toilet paper, handy wipes, etc.).
  • A first aid kit and any prescription medications needed.
  • Extra pair of prescription glasses.
  • Special care items for infants, elderly or disabled family members.
  • Small writing tablet with two or three pencils.
  • Manual can and bottle opener.
  • Pocket knife or multi-purpose type tool.
  • Recommend $50. to $100 money in cash, since automated teller machines may not be working due to power outages.
  • Reading materials or games to help pass the time.

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

Man and woman riding bikes

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.

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

Friday, May 11th 

Children playing in Central Park

May 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.  No Class: 5/18

Instructor:  Vivian Stapleton

110913 02      Th      May 10 - May 31      9:45 - 10:30 am

ABCs with Toddlers
$122/ 10 Classes 

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

110772 03      T,Th      May 1 - May 31      9 - 9:45 am

$98/ 8 Classes 

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

Youth Advanced Karate: 5:15 - 6 pm
This class will go more in-depth in 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. 

What to bring: $40 cash materials fee for uniform

Instructor:  Robert McDonough

120202 03      T,Th      May 1 - May 31      4:30 - 7 pm

My Life in a Box - NEW
$38/ 1 Class

The foundation of My Life in a Box asks these four questions...
- Can you leave home within minutes with everything needed to relocate?
- In case of an accident, does anyone know where your personal, legal and financial documents are located in one place?
- Does anyone know your final wishes?
- If the power goes off in your community for a week, do you have enough food, water and supplies to survive? Class fee includes workbook.

Ages: 18 yrs. & up.

Instructor:  Carolyn Schrader

140774 03      T      May 22      6:30 - 8:00 pm

Healthy Fit
$99/ 8 Classes 

Designed for women who want to develop and maintain flexibility, cardio, endurance, and strong bones with gentle stretching, low impact aerobics, plyometrics, and strength training. Resistance bands, balance balls, and light weights will be used to incorporate yoga, Pilates, low impact aerobics, and strength training techniques. Ages: 40-60 yrs. 

Instructor:  Patti Bracey

140205 03      T,Th      May 1 - May 24      5:45 - 7 pm

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

Military Support

Donations of new Baby Blankets sought!

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.

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

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

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SMWD Water Festival

Saturday, May 19th
10 a.m.  - 2 p.m. 
SMWD Headquarters: 26111 Antonio Parkway

Each year, Santa Margarita Water District hosts its Water Awareness Festival, a family-friendly event where adults and children are able to learn more about water use efficiency and local supply reliability. SMWD customers are invited to enjoy a day of fun and learning with a hands-on tide pool exhibit, water efficient irrigation and native plant displays, water presentations, games and crafts, and music and face painting.  Tours of the Chiquita Wastewater Treatment Plant are also offered.The event is held in the spring to celebrate the state of California’s recognition of May as “Water Awareness Month.”

Please contact Nicole Stanfield at (949) 459-6548 or nicoless@smwd.com for more information.
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RSM Food Pantry

Tuesday, May 1st
Thursday, May 17th

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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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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