Upcoming Events

If you are a member of JASNA you are welcome to attend all of our meetings and special events.  If you are not a member, you may come to a few of our meetings before joining the Society. Information on how to join JASNA is available on the JASNA Membership Page.   

Check this page periodically for updated information about our Region's activities.  

Southern Arizona Region members will receive email notices of upcoming events as well as last minute changes or cancellations.  All meetings are held in Tucson unless otherwise specified. 

2019 Program Calendar

Meetings are held in Tucson unless otherwise specified.
Questions? Please contact Melita at janesmeetingmayhem@gmail.com.

January 13, 2019
2019 Planning Meeting
Join us as we plan our Region's programs for the coming year.
Time:  1:30 pm
Location:  Dusenberry-River Library, 5605 E River Rd, Tucson

February 17, 2019
Marriage Proposals in Austen's Novels:  the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
Join us in a lively discussion and comparison of the different types of proposals in Jane Austen's novels.
Time:  1:30 pm
Location:  Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. First Ave., Tucson (small meeting room) 

March 2 & 3, 2019
2019 Tucson Festival of Books
Visit our booth to "Talk Jane" and learn more about the Jane Austen Society of North America and our Region.
Time:  9:30 am to 5:30 pm
Location:  University of Arizona Mall, Booth #213

April 7, 2019
What's Important in Jane Austen's Novels
We'll explore several aspects of Jane Austen's writing through a series of short, informative and entertaining videos by Dr. John Mullan. Mullan is Professor of English at University College in London and was the keynote speaker at JASNA's 2018 Annual General Meeting.
Time:  1:30 pm
Location:  Dusenberry-River Library, 5605 E River Rd, Tucson

May 19, 2019
Jane Austen's Houses in Fact and Fiction
JASNA Past President Iris Lutz will present an illustrated talk on houses in Jane Austen’s real and imagined worlds.  The visual tour will feature houses she lived in and visited in Chawton, Bath, Winchester, and Kent and will examine what she may have had in mind when she created Barton Cottage, Pemberley, Sotherton, and Donwell Abbey.
Time:  1:30 pm
Location:  Dusenberry-River Library, 5605 E River Rd, Tucson

August 2-3, 2019
Jane Austen Weekend
Join us for a weekend of Janeite fun.  A fee of $10 is requested to help defray costs.
Location:  Homewood Suites by Hilton, St. Philip’s Plaza, 4250 N Campbell Ave, Tucson
Please reply by July 30 to janesmeetingmayhem@gmail.com or text Melita at 520-955-3394.

Weekend Schedule:
Friday, August 2
6:00 pm -- A movie (TBD) and Whist.  Light snacks provided, but please bring your own dinner. 
Saturday, August 3 
9:00 am -- Check-in and ice-breaker game of Regency "Guess Who”
10:00 am -- History of Dueling presentation
11:00 am -- Video presentation on Mansfield Park by Prof. John Mullan
Noon -- Lunch on your own
1:00 pm -- Ribbon Flower Workshop 
2:30 pm -- Regency Makeup presentation
3:30 pm -- Regency Games/Jane Austen Trivia/Whist
5:00 pm -- Group dinner at a nearby restaurant (pay our own way)
7:00 pm -- Group viewing of 2008 BBC adaptation of Northanger Abbey (this year’s AGM Book) and snacks

September 15, 2019
Book Discussion: Northanger Abbey
Join us for a lively discussion of Austen's entertaining parody of the Gothic Novel, published 200 years ago.
Time:  1:30 pm
  Woods Memorial Library, 3455 N. First Ave., Tucson (small meeting room)

October 20, 2019
Box Hill Picnic and Discussion of The Mysteries of Udolpho
We'll gather to share an Emma-inspired pot-luck picnic and our thoughts on Ann Radcliffe's Gothic novel The Mysteries of Udolpho.  The book is mentioned often in Northanger Abbey as the impressionable Catherine Morland's favorite novel.  Please bring a dish to share.
Time:  2:00 pm to 5:00 pm
Ft. Lowell Park, Ramada #2

November 9, 2019
Walking with a Purpose:  Walk to End Alzheimers with Our Team
Jane Austen once wrote that she and her friend Martha Lloyd were "desperate walkers."  Her heroines also enjoyed country walks --most notably, Elizabeth Bennet.  With that in mind, Region members and friends are invited to walk with a purpose in Tucson's "Walk to End Alzheimers."  To join our team, "Friend's of Jane," you will need to register online.  Go to www.alz.org and select "Find Your Walk."  The Team Captain is Rachel Dieken.  There is no cost to walk, but it is a fundraiser, so the organizers will ask for a self donation.  Anyone who cannot come to the walk but would like to donate through our team can do that on the "Walk for Alzheimers" website.
Time:  Check-in starts at 8:00 am.  Ceremony at 9:00 am.  Walk starts at 9:30 am.
Location:  Reid Park, Tucson

November 17, 2019
2020 Region Planning Meeting
Bring your ideas and help us plan next year's program calendar!
Time:  1:30 pm
Murphy-Wilmot Library, 530 N Wilmot Rd, Tucson (small meeting room)

December 15, 2019
Jane Austen's Birthday Tea
Join us as we celebrate Jane Austen's 244th birthday with High Tea.  We will also view a video presentation on "American Gothic: Architecture, Design, and Teenage Fangirls in Federal America," a breakout session recorded this fall at JASNA's 2019 Annual General Meeting.   
Advance Registration Required by December 9.  The registration fee is $30 per person, and reservations must be made in advance by December 9.  Please print and mail in this form with your payment.
Time:  1:00 to 3:00 pm
Location:  The Lodge at Ventana Canyon: Ventana Canyon Golf & Racquet Club, 6200 N. Clubhouse Lane, Tucson