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Annual State of the City Breakfast
August 6, 2014  September 4, 2014  at 7:15am 
Save the Date!  The RSM Chamber of Commerce and South County Bank invite you to attend the State of the City Breakfast with Mayor Carol Gamble at the beautiful Dove Canyon Country Club.  Find out more about this wonderful annual event and learn about possible sponsorship opportunities here

Patriot Day Commemoration
August 5, 2014  September 7th, Civic Plaza and Central Park
22232 El Paseo, Rancho Santa Margarita
Join the City of Rancho Santa Margarita and their adopted United States Marine Corps unit, 2nd Battalion, 5th Marines as we pay tribute to those that have paid the ultimate sacrifice during the War on Terror.

10:00 a.m. Military Equipment Display
12:00 p.m. Crossfit Challenge with the Marines
1:30 p.m. Combat Fitness Test for Kids
3:00 p.m. Ceremony
4:00 p.m. Concert - wear your Red, White and Blue


A variety of activities are planned for this 5th annual event.  Our adopted 2/5 Marines will present a static display of military equipment and vehicles for the public to view, local scouts and veterans will present a special flag ceremony in commeration of 9/11.  Kids can participate in a combat fitness test, watch a Marine Corp Marshal Arts demonstration, adults can team up with a marine for the Crossfit Challenge and more! After the ceremony a special classic rock concert is scheduled.  Wear your red, white, and blue, and show your patriotism.  Click here for an event flyer.

City Urges Public to Take Precautions Related to West Nile virus
August 27, 2014  The Orange County Vector Control District needs your help. 2014 is on pace to be the worst year for West Nile virus on record in Orange County. West Nile virus is transmitted through the bite of an infected mosquito. In fact, about 80% of all mosquitoes recently tested in Orange County are infected with the virus. Right now, just one mosquito bite may infect you with the virus.

Juvenile mosquitos live only in stagnant water; without it, they will die. You can help reduce the number of mosquitoes in and around your home and community by: 

  • Dumping and draining all stagnant water.
  • Avoid runoff from overwatering.
  • Make sure all windows and screens are in good shape.
  • Try to stay indoors at dawn and dusk when biting mosquitoes are most active.
  • Wear mosquito repellent when outdoors.
  • Birds often dies from West Nile infection. Report dead birds to the Vector Control so they can test for the virus.
To report biting mosquitoes, stagnant waters, or recently-deceased birds, contact Orange County Vector Control District, at 714-971-2421 or visit ocvcd.org. To view the Public Advisory Notice, click here



GOT DRUGS?
August 13, 2014  National Prescription Medication Take Back Day
Saturday, September 27, 2014 from 10:00am to 2:00pm
Safely dispose of your unwanted, unused, and expired prescription medications conveniently at RSM Police Services in the City Hall parking lot located at 22112 El Paseo.  This event is free and drop off is anonymous.  For more information about this event, click here for a flyer or call (949) 635-1819.

Cyber Safety Class for Parents Only
August 29, 2014  Wednesday, October 1, 2014 (6:30-8:00pm)
At the  RSM Intermediate School Theater
RSM Police Services will be presenting a class to provide parents with the knowledge and tools needed to effectively supervise their children in the online world of social networks.  This class will be discussing graphic examples of bullying and the emotional impact that it has on young people.  It is not suitable for those under 18 years old. Click here for additional details about this free class.   


Median Landscape Renovation for Santa Margarita Pkwy and Ave Empresa
August 6, 2014  The Median Landscape Renovation Project for Santa Margarita Parkway and Avenida Empresa near the tollroad is scheduled to begin. The project will continue through early September.  Some traffic delays between the hours of 9:00am and 3:00pm are expected for the duration of the project.  The City's contractor will be installing landscape and irrigation, catch basin filters, and removing portions of the existing stamped concrete medians.  Click here for an exhibit illustrating the project location.

For more information contact the Public Works Department at 949-635-1800, extension 6507.


RoctoberFest at RSM Central Park
August 5, 2014  October 4th and 5th
Fun for the whole family! 
Featuring live music and entertainment, kids and adult fun zone, food booths galore, beer and wine, local business vendors to shop from, and performances by community schools and local groups.  Click here for additional information about this community event hosted by the RSM Chamber of Commerce in cooperation with the City of RSM. 

Governor Declares Drought Emergency
February 14, 2014  Water Experts Provide Conservation Tips
The drought emergency is expected to require a continued and extended effort to restrain water use.  Water experts have provided easy and convenient ways to conserve water including: shortening shower time to 5 minutes, using a broom to clean driveways instead of a hose and fixing leaking faucets.  For more water conservation tips, go to http://www.smwd.com.

Citywide Street Sweeping
July 21, 2014  Keep Your Streets Clean
One of the services provided in the City of Rancho Santa Margarita is street sweeping for the residents. The major streets (arterials) are swept on a weekly basis. The residential streets are swept every two weeks. Your street sweeping day can be verified by clicking here.

Streets could be more effectively swept if there were no parked vehicles on the street. This will help the sweepers do a better job, and will keep more trash and debris out of the storm drains and streams. The City would greatly appreciate your cooperation. If you have any questions please call the Public Works Department at 949-635-1800.

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