October 2018
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In this Issue:

City Manager's Message
Municipal Election Information
Homeowner Fire Safety & Prevention
Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic
Parenting in a Digital World
Wildfire Mitigation Program
ZeroTrash RSM
DAWG Adoption Extravaganza
Crime Prevention 
Senior Activities
Recreation Highlights
Military Support
Halloween Family Festival
RSM Chamber of Commerce News
RSM Cares Food Pantry
Veterans Day
E-Waste and Document Shredding

Connect with Us

City Manager's Message

Welcome to fall in Rancho Santa Margarita! I hope you were able to catch a glimpse of the harvest moon over Saddleback Mountain, officially marking  the beginning of autumn. There are a myriad of activities and informational community meetings this month, details for which you’ll find in this newsletter. From wildfire planning and preparedness to the second annual Halloween Family Festival, the calendar is full and the opportunities for fun and learning are endless. City staff and I are in the midst of planning this year’s Fall Family Festival booth – we hope to see you at Central Park on October 31st! I hope you’ll take a moment to read about what is happening throughout the community and that you and your family enjoy a safe and happy Halloween.


Jennifer Cervantez

Fall in Rancho Santa Margarita

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 deadline to register to vote is October 22nd. The last day to request a vote by mail ballot is October 30th.

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

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Homeowner Fire Safety & Prevention

Tuesday, October 2nd
6:30 - 8:00 p.m.
Bell Tower Regional Community Center

The Community Associations of Rancho (CAR) invites you to learn how to keep your home and loved ones safe during a fire event  and how to reduce the risks of fire in and around your home. RSVP to community.associations.rancho@gmail.com.

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Back to school pets

Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic

Wednesday, October 3rd
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.

Deputy Clayton Cranford

Parenting In a Digital World

Thursday, October 4th
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.
RSM Intermediate School Theater

Clayton Cranford, cyber safety expert, law enforcement professional, and former RSM Child Safety Deputy presents Parenting In a Digital World. Digital technology is an excellent tool to make and enhance social relationships, however, it can also expose our children to risk.

"Kids are back in school. Maybe your child, or their classmates, have a brand new phone. At the beginning of every school year, there tends to be a lot of bullying and other problematic behavior happening online. For this reason, at the beginning of every school year, I suggest parents do a cyber safety tune-up of their child's digital safety. Whether you have already done some of the suggestions here, or you are new to your child's digital world, cyber safety is an on-going conversation and these issues deserve our attention. As parents, we need to stay engaged in our children's lives and the digital world is a big part of it." - Clay Cranford


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Wildfire Mitigation Program 

Community Meeting
Thursday, October 4th
Bell Tower Regional Community Center
6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Southern California Edison (SCE) will be hosting a community meeting to discuss their wildfire mitigation program and the potential for Public Safety Power Shutoff (PSPS) in our area. 

The meeting will take place at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center, 22232 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita, CA 92688,  on Tuesday, October 4, 2018 from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. All customers on a circuit potentially impacted by PSPS have been sent a postcard in the mail inviting them to the informational meeting, and customers should have also received a “Dear Neighbor” letter informing them about the the program. Additional information can be found on the PSPS Fact Sheet or by visiting sce.com.

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ZeroTrash RSM

Saturday, October 6th

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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Animal Services

DAWG Adoption Extravaganza
Saturday, October 6th
7:00 a.m. - Noon
Oso Viejo Community Park
24932 Veterans Way, Mission Viejo

Our partners at the City of Mission Viejo Animal Services Center and Dedicated Animal Welfare Group (DAWG) are hosting the fun-filled DAWG Adoption Extravaganza, (formerly the DAWG Walk) on October 6, 2018 on the Village Green at Oso Viejo Community Park. This is a family event that includes a Howl-A-Ween pet costume contest and pet and wildlife exhibits.

The event also includes a pristine walk along the Oso Creek Trail and a Pet Faire, featuring local businesses, animal rescues, pet product booths, entertainment, music, raffle prizes, refreshments and much more. Dogs needing loving, new homes will be available for adoption. 

The faire is free and runs until noon. The DAWG Walk is $30 to participate. Proceeds benefit the orphaned animals at the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center at 28095 Hillcrest.

For more information, visit cmvas.org or dawg.org.          

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Crime Prevention 

National Prescription Medication
Take Back Day

Saturday, October 27th 
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
City Hall Parking Lot - 22112 El Paseo

The Orange County Sheriff's Department is offering a safe and convenient way to dispose of unwanted, unused, or expired medication. National Prescription Medication Take Back Day is Saturday, October 27, 2018. Simply bring your medication(s) to Rancho Santa Margarita City Hall, 22112 El Paseo, between 10:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m. and rest assured that they will be disposed of safely. No questions asked, no hassle! Sorry, sharps not accepted.

Follow Rancho Santa Margarita Police Services on social media for the latest in crime prevention and safety news. Register with AlertOC to receive emergency notifications and alerts.

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.

October Special Event

Halloween Party

Wednesday, October 31st

Lunch and Illusions with Anthony the Magic
*Prizes for the most festive attire*

Save the Date

Wednesday,  November 14th

Free Flu Shots

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October Recreation Highlights

Princess Ballet
$69/ 5 Classes
Your little ballerina will enter a world of magic and imagination by dancing to their favorite tunes from fairy tales new and old. This class teaches the basics of ballet and dance through terminology and imagery. Dancers will create their own princess props to take home, hear stories and dress up in princess tutus. Tutus and props provided. Ballet shoes required.  Optional dance recital available for those enrolled in both Fall sessions. Nominal costume fee applies. Ages: 3-6 yrs.
No Class: 10/31 & 11/21
Instructor:  OC Dance Productions
310402 02             W                Oct 24 - Dec 5        3:30-4:15 pm
Tap, Jazz, Ballet Combo
$69/ 5 Classes
In this introduction to dance class participants will learn beginning tap, jazz, and ballet moves and terminology. Class also improves musicality, rhythm, balance and listening skills. Performance of routine on last day of class for parents and friends. Session includes dance progression worksheets for dancers to see their accomplishments each week.  Optional recital will be held in December, if participating in recital, participants must be enrolled in both Fall sessions of Tap, Jazz & Ballet. A nominal costume fee applies. Ages: 3-6 yrs.
No Class: 10/31 & 11/21
Instructor:  OC Dance Productions
310403 02             W                Oct 24 - Dec 5       4:20-5:05 pm
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: 3/15
Instructor:  Vivian Stapleton
310913 02*           W                Oct 24 - Nov 14        9:45-10:40 am
*NEW* Junior Magicians 
$91/ 8 Classes
This fantastic class has the goal of using magic as a way to teach the children public speaking skills and confidence! Each week students will learn up to 3 new tricks and get to practice doing them in front of the class. This Strategic Kids curriculum was written by a professional magician and has been a huge success. Children learn card tricks, coin tricks, ball tricks and more!! The last week of this program includes a show case for the children to demonstrate their new skills to their parents and friends! Ages: 8-14 yrs.   No Class: 11/21, 12/26 & 1/2
Instructor:  Strategic Kids
320840 02             W                Nov 7 - Jan 16      3:30-4:30 pm
*NEWChallenge Island - Amusement Park 
$240/ 8 Classes
Challenge Island is an internationally acclaimed educational enrichment program that offers a wide array of exhilarating, collaborative STEAMtastic programming for children.  Get your ticket for our action-packed Amusement Park Island! You and a tribe of friends will create thrill rides galore at exciting destinations like Roller Coaster Cliff, Zipline Zone, and Spinning Waters. Amusement Park Island promises to be the hottest ticket around, so reserve your spot now! Ages: 6-10 yrs.
Instructor:  Tiffney Beckloff
320777 01             T                 Oct 30 - Dec 18       3-4 pm

Creating Your Retirement Paycheck
$20/ 1 Class

In this class you will learn ways to determine how much income you will need in retirement. Identify income sources that you can combine to create your retirement paycheck and help make your savings last. Ages: 18 yrs. & up.
Instructor:  Jeffrey Halbreich, CFP®
340771 03             W                Nov 14                  6:30 - 7:30 pm

*NEW*  World Tea Tasting with Mindfulness 
$92/ 4 Classes *Price Reduction*
Embark on a journey into tea tasting, tea history & culture of some of the finest teas from Japan, China, India & Taiwan.  Receive a tea goodie gift bag ($45 value) Ages 18 yrs. & up.
Instructor: Purnamm Staff
340842-02     Th                   Oct 4th-25th                6:00-7:00pm
Click here to access the City's online registration system.

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Military Support

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is proud to support our adopted Marines  - and their families. We're collecting Halloween candy for the festivities on base this year, and invite you to help! Treats may be dropped off at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center until Wednesday, October 17th.

Halloween Family Festival

Halloween Family Festival

Tuesday, October 31st
2 - 5:00 p.m.
Central Park

Enjoy spooktacular fun at the Halloween Family Festival, hosted in partnership by SAMLARC, the City of RSM and the RSM Chamber of Commerce! This festive and safe Halloween event offers families an afternoon to trick-or-treat at community booths, play in a variety of inflatables, join in the child and pet costume parade, costume contests and photo opportunities as well as purchase refreshments from local vendors. Entrance is complimentary!

For those wishing to participate in the child and pet costume parade, the parade will begin by the DJ Booth at 4:00 PM! Families and pets will be ushered in a line throughout Central Park in festive and fun costumes. Be sure to bring your trick-or-treat bags to fill at the booths around the park!

Please visit the SAMLARC website for more information.

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RSM Chamber of Commerce

Networking Event
Tuesday, October 9th

11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
Tutto Fresco

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.

To register, or for more information, visit rsmchamber.org.
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RSM Food Pantry

Tuesday, October 2nd
Thursday, October 18th

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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Veterans Day Recognition

Wednesday, November 14th 
6:30 p.m. Reception
7:00 p.m. City Council Meeting and Recognition Ceremony
Rancho Santa Margarita City Hall

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita invites veterans and their families to the 4th Annual Veterans Day recognition at City Hall on Wednesday, November 14, 2018.
Veterans Day is the day set aside to thank and honor all those who served honorably in the military - wartime or peacetime. The City of Rancho Santa Margarita would like to thank local veterans for their service, to acknowledge that their contributions to our national security are appreciated, and to underscore the fact that all those who have served in the military have sacrificed and performed a noble duty.  Following the reception, a recognition ceremony will be conducted at the City Council meeting which begins at 7:00 p.m.
All veterans are invited to participate in this important recognition, and we invite the public to join us in honoring the men and women of our community for their service. Please complete a Veterans Information Form and send photos to wredington@cityofrsm.org or deliver them in person to the Bell Tower Regional Community Center. 

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

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Free E-Waste & Document Shredding Event

Saturday, November 3rd

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, November 3rd, from 8:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. in the City Hall parking lot. Safely and responsibly dispose of obsolete electronic waste and prevent identity theft during this semi-annual event sponsored by the City of Rancho Santa Margarita and CR&R Environmental Services. For more information, call Public Works at (949) 635-1800.

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Connect with the City of Rancho Santa Margarita

There are several convenient ways for citizens to engage and participate in public meetings. The Planning Commission meetings take place on the first Wednesday of each month at 6:30 p.m. and the City Council meets on the second and fourth Wednesday of each month at 7:00 p.m. Meeting agendas are posted 72 hours in advance, and cancellations occur occasionally due to holidays. The following options are available for those who wish to comment on agenda items or present a matter to the City Council and/or Planning Commission:

  • 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.

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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