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October 2017
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In this Issue:

City Manager's Message
Crime Prevention
Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic
ZeroTrash RSM
Dog Park Grand Reopening
Relay for Life
Prescription Medication Take Back Day
Fall Family Festival
Senior Activities
Veterans Day participants sought
Recreation Highlights
Report Abandoned Shopping Carts
Passport Acceptance Services

Trauma Intervention Program (TIP)

City Manager's Message

October is shaping up to be a busy month in Rancho Santa Margarita. A common theme this month in the community is the care of our beloved pets. Our newly renovated Dog Park will re-open on Saturday, October 14th. I am so pleased with the results of this project and would like to thank those of you who took the time to respond to our community survey early this year. We took your ideas and suggestions and incorporated them into a gathering place for people and pets to enjoy year-round. Speaking of pets, SAMLARC has included a category for our four-legged friends in the costume contest at the upcoming  Fall Family Fair which will take place on October 31st from 2 – 5 pm in Central Park. This is a collaboration between SAMLARC and the City, and I hope to see you there!

Also included in this newsletter is information about our monthly low-cost pet care and vaccination clinic held every first Wednesday at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center. We’re also quickly approaching the anniversary of our contract with the City of Mission Viejo for animal care and control – I hope you’ll agree that the Mission Viejo Animal Services Center provides Rancho Santa Margarita with exemplary customer service and excellent care for the pets that are such an important part of our families.


Jennifer Cervantez

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Crime Prevention 

Coffee With A Cop

Wednesday, October 4th
7:30 - 9:30 a.m.

30465 Avenida De Las Flores

Residents will have the chance to meet and interact with the city’s Police Services employees over their morning coffee on Wednesday, October 4th when the city hosts its first Coffee with a Cop event. The event gives residents a chance to ask questions of their local deputies and police staff In a casual setting as well as giving the employees a chance to build relationships with the residents they serve.

Orange County Sheriff’s Department Non-Emergency (949) 770-6011
Emergency 911

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Low-Cost Pet Care Clinic

Wednesday, October 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
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 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
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, October 7th

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 for more information.

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Dog Park Grand Reopening

Saturday, October 14th
8:00 a.m.
24328 Antonio Parkway

The community - and their canines -  are invited to the grand opening of the City’s newly renovated dog park at Cañada Vista Park on Saturday, October 14, 2017, located at 24328 Antonio Parkway.

The park opens at 8:00 a.m. with vendors and giveaways, followed by a 9:00 a.m. ribbon-cutting ceremony with City officials.The grand opening is a celebration of the renovation of the dog park, which includes two separate natural turf areas for large and small dogs as well as new signage, seating and shade structures, agility equipment and reinforced snake fencing.

For more information call (949) 635-1800

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Relay for Life

Saturday, October 14th
10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m.
Central Park

Relay For Life is a grass roots, community-based team event. The event kicks off by celebrating everyone who's been affected by cancer.   Relay For Life is the signature fundraiser for the American Cancer Society. Relay is staffed and coordinated by volunteers in more than 5,200 communities and 27 countries. Volunteers give of their time and effort because they believe it's time to take action against the disease.

Join us at this community event to remember loved ones lost, honor survivors of all cancers, and raise money to help the American Cancer Society make a global impact on cancer.

Click here for more information, to make a donation, join a team, or volunteer.

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National Prescription Medication Take Back Day

Saturday, October 28th
10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
RSM City Hall
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 28, 2017. 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.

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Fall Family Festival

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

Enjoy Spooktacular fun for the entire family at the Fall Family Festival, sponsored in partnership with SAMLARC and the City of Rancho Santa Margarita. Trick-or-Treat in a fun and safe environment, enjoy multiple inflatables and bounce houses, partake in the costume contest and join the child and pet costume parade while you listen to music and play games. Capture memories at our festive photo backdrop and purchase refreshments throughout the event from local vendors.

Please visit the SAMLARC website for more information.

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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 our Senior Activities webpage for more information, follow Age Well RSM on Facebook or contact Lindy Kehler at (949)216-9700, ext. 257.

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Veterans Day Recognition

Wednesday, November 8th 
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 3rd Annual Veterans Day recognition at City Hall on Wednesday, November 8, 2017.
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. We hope you will join us to honor the men and women of our community for their service.
Please fill out the Veterans Information Form so that we may include you in the ceremony.  Also, we are seeking photos of veterans to be included in our presentation. If you have a photo of a veteran that you would like to add to the City's collection of veterans' photos, please drop off a copy at the Bell Tower Community Center or email photos to wredington@cityofrsm.org.  For more information, call Community Services at (949) 216-9700.

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October Recreation Highlights

Budding Ballerinas
$108/ 7 Classes
Combining a perfect blend of technical steps and gentle corrections, Budding Ballerinas introduces your young dancer to the magic of classical ballet. Classes include introduction to ballet positions, stretching and basic terminology while your little ones learn to work together as a group. Ages: 3-5 yrs.
Instructor:  West Coast Movement Project
310419 03             T                 Nov 7 - Dec 19                   9 - 9:45 am

Preschool Combo Dance
$108/ 7 Classes
Preschool Dance Combo celebrates the joy of movement while building confidence and self-esteem in our young students.  A variety of styles are introduced including Tap, Jazz & Ballet with themes that support early learning and enhance your child’s feeling of success.  Ages: 3-5 yrs.  No Class:  11/23
Instructor:  West Coast Movement Project
310420 03             Th               Nov 2 - Dec 21                   9 - 9:45 am

Beginning Guitar
$98/ 5 Classes
Playing the guitar is an enjoyable and relaxing way to enrich your life with music. Experience interaction with fellow beginning guitarists in a supportive and small group environment. The class aims to transform the novice into a self-reliant musician. Learn to play easy chords, fun melodies, strum styles and many popular songs. Instructor Ron Gorman has enjoyed teaching this class for the city of RSM for twelve years. Have a blast and bring your own guitar to class. Ages: 10 yrs. & up. No Class: 10/31
Instructor:  Ron Gorman
320901 01             T                 Oct 17 - Nov 21                  6 - 7 pm
Positive Parenting Tools
$79/ 4 Classes
Are you exhausted and overwhelmed by daily power struggles with your children? Are your days full of yelling due to lack of cooperation? Are you finding that punishments and rewards don’t work? If so, this fun and engaging four-week class will empower you to be the successful parent you want to be and help you build a more peaceful home. You will walk away equipped with non-punitive and respectful Positive Discipline parenting tools that are both kind and firm. Learn what is driving your children’s misbehavior and how to respond in ways that build a connection with your children while at the same time teaching them important skills such as problem-solving, communication and emotional regulation. Ages: 18 yrs. & up.
Instructor:  Janell Bitton, CPC, CPDPE
340773 01             T                 Oct 3 - Oct 24                      6:30 - 8:30 pm
340773 02             Th               Oct 26 - Nov 16                  9:30 - 11:30 am

Adult Beginning Tap 1
$63/ 5 Classes
Enjoy a beginner level tap class catering to adults that explore this original American Dance form in a non-competitive environment.  Tap shoes recommended by the second class meeting. Ages: 18 yrs. & up. 
Instructor:  Mia Alicea
340421 02             F                 Oct 6-Nov 3     9:30 - 10:30 am
Click here to access the City's online registration system.

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Report Abandoned Shopping Carts

Abandoned shopping carts in the public right-of-ways constitute a nuisance, create safety hazards, cause blight, and interfere with pedestrian and vehicular traffic within the City of Rancho Santa Margarita.

You can help reduce these hazards by reporting abandoned shopping carts in the public right-of-way. 

To report abandoned carts:

  1. Website reporting:  Click on the following link to report shopping carts http://www.cartretrieval.net/index.asp.
  2. Via your Smartphone: Use your My RSM smart phone app and click on the “Shopping Cart Pickup” icon that will direct you to the RSM website.
  3. Toll-free phone line:  Call the toll free number at  (800) 252-4613.

Thank you for helping keep Rancho Santa Margarita safe and beautiful!

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Passport Services Available at City Hall

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita City Hall is an authorized United States Passport Acceptance Facility. We accept your application for a passport and forward all forms and documents to the United States Department of State, where your passport will be processed.

 A current, valid passport is the most important travel document a United States citizen can possess. It is required to travel by air, land or sea to any foreign country. The wallet-size passport card is a travel document that can be used to re-enter the United States from Canada, Mexico, the Caribbean, and Bermuda at land border crossings or sea ports-of-entry. The card cannot be used for international air travel. Due to unanticipated demand, hours are by appointment only until further notice.

By Appointment

Monday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.

Please visit the City's Passport Acceptance Facility webpage or call (949) 635-1819 for more information or to schedule an appointment.

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TIP of Orange County

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is proud to support TIP. TIP (Trauma Intervention Program) is a group of specially trained volunteers who provide emotional aid and practical support to victims of traumatic events and their families in the first few hours following a tragedy.

TIP Volunteers are available 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. They are called by police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and hospital personnel to assist family members and friends following a natural or unexpected death; victims of violent crime including rape, assault, robbery, or burglary; victims of fire; disoriented or lonely elderly persons; people involved in motor vehicle accidents; people who are distraught and seeking immediate support; and survivors of suicide.Click here to view a list of the 2017 Heroes with Heart honorees, and learn about the TIP volunteer program by clicking on the image below.

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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