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Happy New Year - Time To Renew GSMASA/Price Center Memberships

With its annual meeting just weeks away, the Greater San Marcos Area Seniors Association, Inc.,

the operators of the Price Center would like to remind you its time to renew your membership.

Since the early 2000s, the Greater San Marcos Area Seniors Association, Inc., has realized its mission through the Price Center by serving as a low cost, no cost inter-generational community events and activity center. We pride ourselves on meeting a variety of needs of an ever expanding audience of community members young and old, near and far.

From daily lunch service in our Tea Room to regular, weekly and monthly classes and activities, the Center provides a variety of venues and ways to enrich ones life in downtown San Marcos. As a non-profit, operations are funded through dues paying members of the GSMASA, private donations, grants and revenues generated from the rental of the various venues. Regrettably, these funds are not enough to cover our growing expenses.

Selfless gifts of time and money have been at the heart of the Price Center’s operation since the beginning. In fact, to date, individual donations and membership dues have provided the greatest share of our annual funding. From the initial donation of the building more than 15 years ago to nearly $1 million in donated services, goods and furnishings since, today’s Price Center only exists because of the kindness of others.

Since its inception, the Center has served as a vital downtown resource, venue and inter-generational gathering place for a variety of individuals, clubs, organizations and efforts that otherwise might not happen. With downtown’s growth, and the ongoing expansion of the arts and cultural scene, it only stands that the Price Center must continue to do so.

Your continued membership and patronage will help us meet the growing demand.

Over the past year, more than 12,000 visitors stopped in for a meal or signed-in at an event, performance or class. Many enjoyed several free events at the Center including the debut of the Heritage Association of San Marcos’ documentary “Memories of the Square,” 72 Degrees’ indoor showing of “Yakona” with live accompaniment, and several of the Mermaid Society SMTX inaugural events, including the Endangered Species Costume making event, Mermaid Crown making event, two documentary showings and a talk on Mermaid Myths and Legends.

Free and low cost performance recitals, concerts, dance classes, discussion groups, group games, artists’ workshops and now rotating art shows all provide regular opportunities for individuals to gather and grow through the Center. New engagement activities continue to be added, including a new Little Free Library on the front porch, that, due to its success, has already expanded to include a “branch location” in the Lobby. In addition, the new 4th Flea monthly community flea market provides a free eclectic shopping experience each month and a low-cost venue for individuals and small scale vendors.

We hope you are pleased with our progress and that you will gladly renew your membership and commitment to our mission using the attached form and encourage your friends and neighbors to do the same. If you’re inclined to make a larger donation than your dues, we’d happily accept it. Continued individual citizen investment at this crucial time in our lifespan is essential.

Feel free to mail in the form with a check or stop by the Center weekdays from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m., at 222 W. San Antonio St. for a cash, debit or credit card transaction.

For more information about ways to support the Price Center, call (512) 392-2900 or visit,

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