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Citywide Street Sweeping
July 15, 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.

Abbit the Average Show Comes to Town
July 15, 2014  Enjoyed by parents and children of all ages, Abbit the Average will perform his famous show on Thursday, July 31 from 7:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center, 22232 El Paseo. Presented in partnership with the Friends of the Rancho Santa Margarita Library, this wonderful program is free and geared for all ages.

With a wit faster than a cheetah, Abbit the Average will outfox the audience with his hare-raising magic and wow families with his catchy juggling. Plenty of audience participation and non-stop laughs make this one hilarious variety show.

Patriotism Essay Contest for Students K-12
June 3, 2014  Project for the Kids to do this summer!
Entries due August 10, 2014.

The City of Rancho Santa Margarita is holding an essay contest for local students to encourage them to learn about the events of September 11, 2001, and to consider what patriotism means to them. 

Click here for contest rules and information.

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

2014 Safest Cities in America
February 18, 2014  RSM is 5th Safest City in America
Neighborhood Scout, a neighborhood research site has recognized RSM as the, "5th Safest City in America" based on their latest research.  Neighborhood Scout has guided millions of prospective homebuyers in making location decisions based on real estate data, crime statistics, school quality and more.  To learn more about Neighborhood Scout, please visit www.neighborhoodscout.com.

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.

Drowning Prevention Summer
June 23, 2014  Did you know that drowning is the leading cause of accidental death in Orange County for children under the age of five? Drowning is a silent event that can occur in any body of water as little as two inches of deep. To raise awareness and help prevent accidental drowning, the City of RSM in collaboration with the Orange County Fire Authority has proclaimed May 26 through September 1, 2014 as Drowning Prevention Summer.

To help you and your child learn how to prevent needless and tragic drowning, the OCFA promotes the ABC's of pool safety.

A - Adult Supervision - Assign an adult "water watcher" who can swim. Never leave children in or around a pool unattended, not even for one second.

B - Barriers - Maintain proper fencing around the pool. Make sure gates are self-closing, self-latching, and open outward away from pool. Inspect fencing and gates monthly.

C - Classes - Learn CPR, first aid, and rescue techniques. Take swimming classes wiht your children.

The Community Services Department is offering classes in CPR & AED training through the American Heat Association. Click on the Class Registration link on the left of this page to sign up for the Heartsaver CPR class on Tuesday, July 15 or Tuesday, August 19 from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m.

For more information about drowning prevention and water safety, visit the Orange County Fire Authority's website at www.ocfa.org.

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