Briefing RSM Thru Feb. 2: Events This Week

A look at local activities and opportunities that could be of interest to Rancho Santa Margarita-area residents.

By Martin Henderson

A look at what's going down and coming up for Rancho Santa Margarita and residents of the surrounding area. 

• Monday is designated by the United Nations as International Holocaust Remembrance Day. It is the anniversary of the liberation of the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp in 1945 and honors the victims of the Nazi era.

• Breakfast is part of the Mission Hills Preview on Thursday. You'll need to RSVP for this event to learn the difference between Mission Hills Christian School and some of the other options available. Click here for details.

• Tuesday is the meeting of the Saddleback Valley Toastmasters at Carrow's Restaurant in Laguna Hills. Click here for more details.

• If clutter plays too big a role in your life, you'll want to pay special attention to hear "clutterologist" Penny Lambright speak at the Rancho Santa Margarita Library on Wednesday, 7 p.m. Click here for details.

• The Rancho Santa Margarita Chamber of Commerce has enjoyed some outstanding growth over the past couple of years, and if you've ever been interested in knowing other business leaders in town, you should attend the member appreciation party and membership drive on Wednesday, 5:30-8 p.m., at RSM Honda. The event is free. 

• If you're a member of SAMLARC, you'll be interested in a meet the candidates forum on Thursday at the Bell Tower Regional Community Center from 6-9 p.m. The regular meeting of SAMLARC is Tuesday and the topic of discussion will be recommendations of the Water Safety committee.

• One of Rancho Santa Margarita's most engaging new businesses, UFC Gym, is celebrating its first birthday party on Saturday. Click here for more details.

• Hoping for a little help in getting a handle on being a good parent? A free parenting conference is Saturday presented by Kingdom Life Academy Elementary and Junior High at Calvary Chapel RSM. It's free but you should RSVP. Click here for more details

• A local fitness studio with a balletic twist, Pure Barre, will hold its ribbon cutting event on Saturday, 6:30 p.m., in Antonio Plaza, Suite C 150.

• The local area is quite the hotbed for local football activity, and the Santa Margarita Pop Warner is looking for head coaches for the upcoming season. Also, registration is currently under way

• Enrollment for the Saddleback Running Club is under way. Click here for more details.

• Orange County can be a very predictable place, but the Segerstrom Center for the Arts has an antidote in the annual Off-Center Festival. There’s a still a week left to sample innovative entertainment, DJs and food trucks.

• If you're looking for musical entertainment in South O.C., this week The Coach House features Eagles tribute band Desperado ($15) on Friday, Dokken ($30) on Saturday, and on Feb. 4 the O.C. Music Awards. 

• If you want to watch the Super Bowl and help some charities at the same time, give some consideration to Generation Give's fourth annual Super Celebration at the Mission Viejo Country Club. Click here for details

• Attention husbands, boyfriends and significant others: Valentine’s Day is just three weeks away. Now is a good time to think about gifts and make restaurant reservations. Don’t say you weren’t told!

Got an event? Place it in the Events Calendar on Patch, and use the Announcements to let everyone know about it. Please don't use all capital letters.
JTTPW January 27, 2014 at 02:16 PM
FROM TOLL ROADS WEBSITE: The New ExpressAccounts - New Ways to Pay Tolls Without Stopping With the new, transponder-free ExpressAccounts, images of a vehicle's license plate taken on The Toll Roads are linked to an account and the appropriate toll is collected. When customers sign up for an ExpressAccount, they may choose one of three payment options: * Prepaid - Customers open an account with a prepaid balance and tolls are deducted from the amountwhenever they use The Toll Roads. * Charge - At the end of each day, customers tolls are charged to the credit card on file for each trip on The Toll Roads. * Invoice - Customers are sent an invoice at the close of the month for tolls incurred that month; no need to use a credit card or link a bank account to your account. This account type includes an invoice fee.
JTTPW January 27, 2014 at 02:17 PM
CONTINUED: One-Time-Toll: For Visitors and Infrequent Users A payment option has been designed for infrequent toll road drivers and visitors. "One-Time-Toll" allows out-of-town guests and tourists to use The Toll Roads without establishing an ExpressAccount or a FasTrak account. These customers may use The Toll Roads at their convenience and pay their tolls within 48 hours after driving the roads in two convenient ways: 1) visit www.thetollroads.com to pay online or 2) download The Toll Roads mobile app and pay easily from their mobile device. The mobile app for One-Time-Toll will be available on Feb. 1, 2014.
Brainwashed_In_Church January 27, 2014 at 05:09 PM
The Toll Roads website STILL provides no means to calculate tolls. There's a toll card but there's no explanation on how to use it. There used to be a toll calculator but it was removed a long time ago.
Shanna Wexelblatt-Felix January 28, 2014 at 06:20 AM
Thanks everyone. But none of that addresses why they tore out the functional system for the transponders and put in this blinding flashing nonsense
Shanna Wexelblatt-Felix January 31, 2014 at 04:17 PM
I just got off the phone with the Toll Roads representative who tells me that the system at Tomato Springs Road is functioning properly. The flashing strobe lights in your eyes causing temporary night blindness is a NORMAL FUNCTIONING aspect of the new system that uses your transponder AND takes photos of the front and back of your vehicle. Because using your transponder and taking photos of those who don't beep was NOT good enough. This is RIDICULOUS.


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