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May 2016

In this issue:

City Manager's Message
Summer Camp Registration Continues
Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic - May 4th
ZeroTrash RSM - May 7th
Electronic Waste/Document Shredding Event - May 7th

My RSM Mobile App
RSM Chamber of Commerce Meet the Mayor - May 10th
Relay for Life -  May 14th
Water Awareness Festival - May 14th

Mass Casualty Drill - May 24th

May Recreation Highlights

City Manager's Message 

This spring, the City Council, in an ongoing effort to improve the quality of life for the residents of Rancho Santa Margarita and their beloved pets, have taken steps to enhance several facets of our animal services programs. We’ll be transitioning from our current animal care and control services with the county to a partnership with our neighbors in Mission Viejo.  As we near the end of the calendar year, you’ll be apprised of the details and amenities that will be offered as we make these changes that will increase opportunities for volunteering, enable easier and more convenient access to the facility and improve the level of service to the community.

I am pleased to report that the City’s Finance Department has once again earned the prestigious Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting by the Government Finance Officers Association of the United States and Canada (GFOA) for its 2015 comprehensive annual financial report, also known as the CAFR.  Judged by an impartial panel, the CAFR is required to meet several criteria, including demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure."  This is the City’s 15th consecutive award since incorporating in 2000. The CAFR can be found in its entirety on our website;  it is a readable document that truly communicates  what GFOA calls the City’s “financial story.”

Finally, I hope you enjoy the many events offered this month throughout the community.


Jennifer M. Cervantez

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New Summer Camps Offered at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center 

Registration is open for weekly recreational camps offered throughout the Summer. 
Activities include adventure camps, computers, cooking, dance, film, sewing and gymnastics.  Camps fill quickly; click here to sign up today!


Beauty Spa Camp (New)
$145/ 5 Classes

Girls will be pampered and learn how to pamper themselves and others! They will learn, apply, and take home scrubs and homemade masks made from standard kitchen ingredients. They will learn how to create simple nails designs and how to apply eye shadow and do a friends waterfall or fishtail braid on a friend. Girls will be given small gifts throughout the duration of the camp. Bring a towel, a snack, and a water bottle daily. Ages: 7-11 yrs.


Instructor:  Edutainment Arts

221102 01       M-F           Jul 18 - Jul 22      9am - 12pm
California Summer Camp (New)
$145/ 5 Classes

This camp is pure summer fun! Playing fun games like soccer, dodge ball, and tug of war, singing songs, building crafts, performing skits, making friends, and just being silly. Enjoy California summer like it was meant to be.  Bring your sunscreen and get ready for a summer you'll always remember.

Ages: 6-12 yrs.
Instructor:  Edutainment Arts
221103 01       M-F           Aug 1-Aug 5      9 am-12 pm
Extreme Team Challenge (New)
$145/ 5 Classes
This camp is for those who like to play and compete.  Teams and individuals compete in survival challenges, treasure hunts, and classic games from shows like Minute to Win It, Survivor, and Amazing Race.  Work together to overcome obstacles and challenges that are impossible to do alone. Teams will compete for teamwork and sportsmanship and will enjoy a massive water fight. Ages: 6-12 yrs.
Instructor:  Edutainment Arts
221101 01       M-F           Jun 20 - Jun 24    9am - 12pm
Computer Coding & Design Camp (New)
$230/ 5 Classes
Learn to code computers while having fun creating games, making animations, and building websites. Students will learn computer programming and graphic design concepts using Scratch, Python and HTML/CSS. Ages: 7-13 yrs.
Instructor:  Savoy Academy
221107 01       M-F           Jul 25 - Jul 29      2 - 5pm
221107 02       M-F           Aug 8 - Aug 12    2 - 5pm
Jr. Robotics using LEGO®-WeDO (New)
$240/ 5 Classes
Build and program robots in this introductory Robotics class using the LEGO® WeDo system.  Learn basic programming skills, simple engineering concepts and the names of robot components.  Work in small groups to complete several projects using tilt and motion sensors.  This is a great way to prepare young Robotics enthusiasts for our more advanced Robotics programs.
Ages: 7-9 yrs.
Instructor:  Play-well TEKnologies
220768 01       M-F           Jul 18 - Jul 22      9am - 12pm
Live Action Flix (New)
$173 • 5 Classes
Do you want to have a blast making a movie? We will guide you from "Action" to "That’s a wrap" as you brainstorm, location scout, bring in props and costumes, act and direct in a collaborative movie that will be fun for the entire audience. *Flix downloadable a month after camp ends. Ages: 7-13 yrs.
What to bring: $30 cash production fee
Instructor:  IncrediFlix Crew
221106 01       M-F           Jun 20 - Jun 24    9am - 12 pm

Click here for the complete RSM Summer Camp Guide

Dog and cat

Low-Cost Pet Vaccination Clinic

Wednesday, May 4th

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 
Bring your cat or dog for their life-saving vaccinations provided by the Society for California Veterinary & Vaccine Care (SCVVC)'s low-cost clinic. OC Animal Care will provide pet licensing services, including AVID micro identification chips (price includes registration and continuous, 24/7 lifetime monitoring).
Cash or credit card ($3 processing fee) only; checks are not accepted.
Important Rabies Information
If you have a prior rabies vaccine certificate, license tag or license renewal notice for your pet, please bring it with you to the clinic.
Vaccines for dogs include:
Rabies - $7.00
DAP/DHPP - $19.00
Bordetella - $14.00
Lyme - $22.00
Microchip - $28.00
$2.00 hazardous materials disposal fee per pet
Vaccines for cats include:
FVRCP "3-in-1" - $18.00
FELV - $21.00
Purevax - $20.00
Microchip - $28.00
$2.00 hazardous materials disposal fee per pet
Prices are subject to change. Clinic will cancel in the event of rain.

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ZeroTrash RSM

Saturday, May 7th
10:00 a.m. - noon

ZeroTrash RSM is an all volunteer community organization dedicated to ridding city streets of trash, reducing waste, supporting local business, supporting the Bell Tower Foundation and taking personal responsibility for the environment. ZeroTrash RSM meets the first Saturday of each month in the courtyard across from City Hall to beautify the community from 10:00 am to noon.
For more information, or to register as a volunteer or sponsor, please visit The Bell Tower Foundation's website at Individuals and groups are welcomed and encouraged to attend. For more information on Chip McDermott's ZeroTrash movement, visit

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Electronic Waste & Document Shredding Event

Saturday, May 7th
Bell Tower Regional Community Center
22112 El Paseo
8 a.m. - 12 p.m.

The term "e-waste" is applied to consumer electronic equipment that is no longer wanted. Since electronics may contain lead, copper, and other heavy metals or potentially toxic substances, it is critical that any e-waste be disposed of properly.

Please note that no household/kitchen appliances or fluorescent tubes will be accepted.
For more information, call (949) 216-9700.

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City Launches Free Mobile App

Download My RSM free for Android devices through Google play and for iPhone devices through the Apple Online Store.

My RSM places the power of city government in the palm of your hands. Easily report issues such as potholes and graffiti to the City of Rancho Santa Margarita along with a photo and GPS location. Your request will automatically be routed to the correct department. Opt in to receive notifications and we will let you know when the issue has been resolved. Thank you for helping to take the time to keep RSM the safest and cleanest city in the OC!

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Mass Casualty Incident Response Exercise 

Tuesday May 24th

7:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

Bell Tower Regional Community Center

The Orange County Health Care Agency, in conjunction with the Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) and the Orange County Sheriff's Department (OCSD) will be conducting a Mass Casualty Incident response exercise to train first responders and evaluate the ability to provide emergency care to a large number of people during a crisis event such as an earthquake or other emergency.

Volunteers will assemble at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center where they will become "victims" via moulage (the art of applying mock injuries for the purpose of training) and then be transported by ambulance to a local hospital.

For more information, please contact Elizabeth Daoust at (714) 975-0612.

May Recreation Highlights

ABCs with Tiny Tots

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. What to bring: Healthy snack and lunch
Instructor:  SoCal Tiny Tots

$264/ 12 Classes
110761 03                M,W,F        May 2 - May 27     9am - 1pm

$176/ 8 Classes
110761 06                T,Th           May 3 - May 26     9am - 1pm

Princess Ballet

The princess ballet series is an introduction to the fundamentals of ballet and creative movement with an element of fun and fantasy. Participants learn age appropriate beginning ballet movements through creative imagery, hear their favorite princess stories, dress in princess tutus and make princess crafts. Performance for parents on last day of class. The session includes dance progression worksheets for dancers to see their accomplishments each week.  The optional recital will be held in June; participants must be enrolled in the March & April sessions to participate in the recital. (a nominal costume fee applies). 

Ages: 3-6 yrs. What to bring: $5 cash materials fee
Instructor:  OC Dance Productions

$99/ 8 Classes

110402 02              W             Apr 27 - Jun 15        3:30-4:15 pm

Summer of Art

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 they 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

$105/ 5 Classes
221019 01            M-F        Jun 27 - Jul 1           9:30 - 11:30 am
221019 02            M-F        Jul 18 - Jul 22          9:30 - 11:30 am
221019 03            M-F        Aug 8 - Aug 12        9:30 - 11:30 am


Do you love music? Do you love to dance? Then come check out the new Jazzercise! It’s a pulse-pounding, beat-pumping fitness program that gets you results while you dance to popular Top 40 hits. You will burn up to 600 calories in one fun and powerfully effective total body workout. Each class combines dance-based cardio with strength training to sculpt and tone muscles for a maximum fat burn. Everyone is welcome, no matter what your current fitness level is. So grab a water bottle, an exercise mat and some hand weights and let’s get dancing!

Ages: 18 yrs. & up.
Instructor:  Maureen Stewart

$99/ 8 Classes*
$149/ 12 Classes
240243 01*          T,Th        Jun 7 - Jun 30       7:15 - 8:15 am
240243 02            T,Th       Jul 12 - Aug 18      7:15 - 8:15 am
RSM City Council

Rancho Santa Margarita

City Council


L. Anthony Beall, Mayor

Carol Gamble, Mayor Pro Tempore
Jerry Holloway, Council Member

Brad McGirr, Council Member

Mike Vaughn, Council Member

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