April 2022

Market Update

2022 is shaping up to be just as active for real estate in Kayenta as last year was. We’ve seen sustained high interest in Kayenta homes and lots during the first quarter. In March, our office placed 3 homes and 2 lots under contract, with the homes listed at between $760k and $2,700k. In addition, during the month, we closed on two homes originally listed at $920k and $1,495k. We have buyers actively looking in Kayenta, with our office getting between 20-30 new inquiries per week. It is definitely a seller’s market.

The Nerve Center of Kayenta

One of the rewards of working as a realtor at Kayenta Homes & Properties is feeling that our office serves as the unofficial “nerve center” of Kayenta. Here’s a sampling of the requests we might get from the community on any given day:

When is “Beauty and the Beast” scheduled at Tuacahn and how much do tickets cost?
Is Xetava open today? What’s the best thing to order on the menu?
Has anyone found and turned in my keys? phone? wallet? etc.
Hey, the village bathrooms are out of toilet paper again!
My water has been shut off. When will it be turned back on?
Can I pay my HOA and KRA dues here?

Though happy to help with these and other such pressing matters, our true strength and expertise is in assisting you with the listing, marketing, and selling of your Kayenta home or lot.

We pride ourselves on being the only “home-grown” and operated real estate brokerage in Kayenta. We live here; we work here; we’re your neighbors, and we have a deep understanding of the intricacies of the CC&Rs and the various Kayenta HOAs. We continually stay abreast of future development plans and building, soil, and water-related issues across the community.

We strive to foster positive relationships with our preferred builders and designers and, through years of experience, can recommend community services (e.g., roofers; plumbers; landscapers; electricians; window replacement; flooring specialists) to new and existing homeowners. And we engage regularly with the ACC; KRA; landscaping committee; local galleries; and the center for the arts, among others. In short, we know Kayenta.

A recent report from Realtor.com claims that the best time of the year to list a home for sale is during the week of April 6-10.  It’s April!  Are you curious as to what your home might be worth?  Give us a call and we would be happy to prepare a personalized and complimentary market evaluation of your home. Let us put our expertise and passion for the neighborhood we serve to work for you.

Kayenta HOmes & Properties

Our office is open 7 days a week.
We enjoy seeing our Kayenta community of friends and always welcome your visits.

Your Kayenta Sales Team,

Jeff Sproul, Principal Broker
Naomi Doyle & Steve McAllister, Sale Agents
435-628-7234   www.kayentahomes.com

Kayenta Deseret Arboretum

The Kayenta Desert Arboretum’s
Annual Plant Sale

Each year we sell the plants approved by the Landscaping Committee and the most likely to survive in the Kayenta desert environment.

Over 400 water-wise plants will be available.

Where: Kayenta Art Village

When: March 31 – April 3,  9 am-5 pm

Why: All proceeds benefit Kayenta Arboretum.

Maintenance and improvements to the Arboretum are funded primarily from the plant sale so please consider visiting us at the Arboretum for your annual plant purchases.

This year we are looking to complete major improvements to the arboretum. We hope to complete an underground electrification project.  With this in place, we will be able to add low voltage pathway lighting so the arboretum will continue to offer enjoyment after dark.  The improvement will also allow us to add to the holiday lighting display we provide to the community each winter. Completing this system and holiday lighting improvements is projected to cost $3500.  Please consider supporting our annual plant sale or donating.  We plan to have a donation box specifically for these improvements at the plant sale. We are a 501(c)3 foundation so all donations are tax-deductible.

Native and water-wise plants at low price!
*** cash and checks accepted – no credit cards ***

Your Kayenta volunteers working to make Kayenta more beautiful!

Festival of the Americas

Center for the Arts at Kayenta


March 2022

St George Dance Company

St. George Dance Company

March 31 - April 2

“Perseverance: The Mother Of Good Luck”

This show aims to embody the movement, culture, and history of Ireland through a physical retelling of major historical events intermingled with folklore and fable. St. George Dance Company invites you to join us as we celebrate the resiliency of the Irish people, and do our best to honor both the hardship and joy found in their stories. There is much to be learned by emulating their perseverance when faced with difficulty in our own lives.

Voyager Lecture Series

Voyager Lecture Series, Presented By Rick Miller

April 5

How Geology Made America Great

By the middle of the 20th century, the United States had become a leading industrialized nation. Amazingly enough, it only took about 2 billion years of geologic time, and a bit of luck, for this historic event to have come to fruition. Clearly there is a story here.

A combination of political, social and economic events is used to explain the rise of the United States into an industrial power. However, there is another factor that played a major role in this development. That factor is the geological history of North America, which provided a vast array of natural resources to support industrial development.

Looking Over the Presidents Shoulder

Looking Over the President's Shoulder

April 21 - 24

Based on a true story.

When Alonzo Fields accepted a job as a butler at the White House in 1931, his plan was to work there for the winter. That winter lasted 21 years. Based on the real-life story of the grandson of a freed slave who grew up in an all-black town in southern Indiana, Fields is forced by the Depression to give up his dreams of becoming an opera singer and accept the job at the White House where he quickly was appointed Chief Butler and served four U.S. presidents and their families: Culled from Fields’ private papers, diaries, and interviews, Looking Over the President’s Shoulder has played at major theaters across the country.

Carpenter Tribute Band

April 30

Close To You

A Carpenters Tribute Band highlights the timeless hits of Karen and Richard Carpenter. These Icons of the 70’s and early 80’s created some of the most memorable songs of all time.

This show highlights the combined talents of some of Utah’s finest musicians. LynnDee Mueller, Jon Heitkamp, Rod Strong, Terry Smith, Tony Herrman and David Halliday. Come and spend a magical evening enjoying the Carpenter’s Greatest Hits!

CFAK Art Exhibit

Art Exhibit

May 4 - June 1

“Fantasy, Imagination & Dreams: 2D And 3D Open”

Kayenta Arts Foundation believes art in all forms enhances our lives, nurtures our spirits, and builds community bonds. The KAF Art Exhibits in the Center for the Arts at Kayenta enliven the community spaces in the Center, promote local artists, and broaden our support from the wider community in southern Utah.

There will be an opening reception on Wednesday, May 4th, 2022 from 6:30 – 8:00 PM at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta.

Art will be on display to the public during regular staff business hours
(Monday – Friday 12:00 – 4:00 PM), and during scheduled performances.

Ririe Woodbury Dance Company

Ririe Woodbury Dance Company

May 6 - 7

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company is Utah’s most established institution for contemporary dance.

The Company actively embraces and commissions the work of contemporary choreographers, tours worldwide, and develops dynamic education and community outreach programming. Through performance and educational undertakings, the Company pursues its mission to make dance a viable part of everyone’s life– whether it be as creators, performers, dance educators, critics, or as participating audience members. Over the 58 years of its history, Ririe-Woodbury has toured nationally and internationally, always advocating the philosophy that “dance is for everybody.”

Festival of the Americas

Festival of the Americas

May 13 - 15

Native American Activities, Music & Dance, Demonstrations, 40 Artisans, Native Food

The Kayenta Arts Foundation (KAF) is honored to present the Festival of the Americas May 13-15, 2022. This three-day festival will feature an array of cultural art forms and customs. Artisan booths will include native American jewelry, weavings, metalwork and wood, sculpture, rugs, beading, carving, pottery, paintings, and native foods. Some of the featured activities and demonstrations will include traditional drumming, dancing, flute, storytelling, weaving, flint knapping, and traditional weapons among other demonstrations.

Anita Lehmann

5 Day Artist Workshop with Anita Lehmann

May 16- 20

Workshop is limited so don’t wait to book tickets.

This 5 day workshop is great for artists of ALL LEVELS. Anita will begin by observing the environment of an arts-oriented desert community set in the beautiful Red Rock area and its surrounding context of Southern Utah, a few miles outside of St. George.

A small group of 12 participants provides opportunities for plenty of one-on-one learning, lessons, critiques, and demos: Fields trips in the surrounding area for gathering evidence and experiencing the incredible landscape together with a home base studio classroom at Center for the Arts at Kayenta located in the heart of the Kayenta Arts Village.


Left; Desert Moonrise, Right; Barry Cohen Construction

Fantasy Imagination and DreamsMay 4 – June 1, 2022


Wednesday, May 4th, 2022

6:30 – 8:00 PM

Center for the Arts at Kayenta

The Center for the Arts at Kayenta is delighted to announce the next open art show.  The theme is “Fantasy, Imagination, Dreams: 2-D and 3-D Open”.  All 2-D and 3-D mediums are open except photography.  Examples include mixed media, collage, sculpture, paint, fabric and others. Let your imagination go wild!

Entries for this show will be accepted at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta on Wednesday, April 27th from 3 – 6 p.m.  Artists’ Opening Reception is Wednesday, May 4th from 6:30 – 8:00 p.m.  The show will end Wednesday, June 1 and may be viewed by the public during regular staff business hours, Monday – Friday 12:00 – 4:00 p.m. and during all scheduled performances.

For entry instructions, entry form and email, click button below:

Juror Bios

Cindy MackenzieCindy MacKenzie -My art is an expression of the inner story within myself and the community around us.  The process of my art involves reflecting, questioning, and wondering that often leads to transformation.  This inner process comes through in my clay creation.  Often my pieces have personal, spiritual, and whimsical notes.  I am also inspired and changed by the beauty of nature of southern Utah. My retirement here after 30 years of teaching has been enhanced by being an artist and creating things in clay.  The artist community here has promoted my growth as an artist.

Ginny Ginny NorthcottNorthcott –My canvas is my playground.  Acrylic paintings and silverpoint drawings are my focus.  While these two mediums vary greatly, they serve me well in my appreciation for vivid color and abstraction as well as delicate detail.

The acrylic paintings I do are somewhat peculiar in perspective, playful, and mostly about shape and color.  I am drawn to the works of Avery, Thiebaud, and Sultan, using flattened planes, simplified objects and minimalist shapes.  Exaggerating and distorting scale, color and shape is something that continually occurs when I paint.  As my paintings develop they take on layered effects with unexpected colors and textures.  When a painting has reached a level of harmony and balance, I always look forward to something new.

Silverpoint drawings are done with silver wire and are small in scale.  References for my silverpoint drawings include nature and still life objects such as glassware, pottery and antique pieces.  Silverpoint drawings oxidize over time and become sepia-toned.  Studying imagery done in silverpoint by some of the Old Masters of the 14th and 15th Century has increased my appreciation for this ancient technique and inspires me to continue my experimentation with it.


January 5 – February 23, 2022

Nancy Forman

“Raindrop Sunset”

Thank you to all participating artists.

Raindrop Sunset by Nancy Forman

MakeSpace Kayenta

Many new classes are now live at


Make Space Art Class

Soulful Mixed Media Workshop - Print, collage, and stitch personal works of art from the heart

April 29 & 30

Instructor: Linda Tay’nahza

Two-day workshop April 29th & 30th, 10 am – 4 pm each day

Linda Tay’nahza taught at  Sundance for 20 years and is teaching Monotype, at MakeSpace, It’s a method of printmaking that offers the artist a unique opportunity to draw, paint, collage and print all at once and is prized for its unique textural qualities. Linda will be providing students with inspiration to mix and match varied applications. No previous art experience is necessary.

make Space Art Class

Watercolor Impressionism

May 25 - 27

Instructor: Kristi Gussendorf

May 25-27 – 3 day workshop 9-4 daily

In this workshop you will learn how to trust the medium and put water, gravity and paper to work for you. We will practice the “french bead” technique and let the color mix on the paper or develop our color by “charging” or “glazing”. It’s time to have a relationship with watercolor instead of trying to control it.

Make Space Art Class

Silverpoint Drawing Workshop

June 1

Instructor: Ginny Northcott

June 1st from 9am – 1pm

This class will be taught by Ginny Northcott who introduces you to the art of Silverpoint drawing. This medium involves drawing with a silver wire which is inserted into a mechanical pencil. The drawing surface is on a board that has been treated with a Silverpoint ground and sanded to a smooth finish. One wonderful class on June 1st

Make Space

Spotlight on Instructor Kathy Johnson

Since 2012 Kathy Johnson has been experimenting with encaustic (beeswax mixed with pigment and resin). With encaustic, there is less control over details and edges–surfaces are altered by heat, which makes the process somewhat unpredictable. That has encouraged her to play with layers and surface texture, and move into abstraction—and even sculpture.

Kathy will be teaching two Beginning Encaustics – weekend workshops “Yearn to Burn” April 23 & 24 or May 21 & 22, 10-5 each day (with a lunch break) limited to 6 students per class.

Encaustics, the art of painting with hot wax, and has been one of our most popular classes. Many of you asked for a weekend workshop and so we are offering; two different 2 day workshops.

Kathy Johnson

Make Space



Little Free LIbrary

Kayenta’s Little Free Library

Kayenta Art Village’s Outdoor Theater, Next to the Pink Door

9 am – 4 pm the first Friday of each month

Bring a book, take a book or simply bring a book to share.

Connie Gates Glass Artist

Kayenta Art Village

Unique Experiences,
Local Perspective,
Exceptional Art.


Gallery 873, Connie Gates, Glass Artist 

Kayenta Community

Our businesses and resident sponsored events and news

A Call to Action  •  Fighting Tamarisk the Terrorist

Full Article published in the March, 2022 Kayenta Connection

Removing tamarisk is difficult, as it grows in dense, nearly impenetrable thickets. Yet doing so will also benefit trail maintenance, which is important in Kayenta as hiking is a favored activity of residents and their guests.

The primary target for removal is a mile-long collection of tamarisk stands in the Kayenta Wash, which Chuck Warren, head of the Kayenta Trail Builders group, calls “an absolute jungle.” Preparing for this project requires defining jobs and safety procedures to dispose of cuttings and stumps treated with herbicide, gathering volunteers and tools, forecasting costs, and requesting permission from homeowners whose property extends into the wash. However, moving forward in a timely manner is imperative. The longer we wait, the stronger the terrorists become. Now is the time to banish the invaders, before it’s too late.

Questions? Contact: Chuck Warren chuckwarren222@gmail.com
Want to join the fight? Contact: Dan Beck, volunteer coordinator danbeck2@me.com

Ivins City Council March Update

Mike Scott, Council Member

Zeroing in on Water Conservation

The Washington County Water Conservancy District (WCWCD) has a proposed water conservation ordinance for new construction. Santa Clara recently passed a modified version of it. At our last City Council meeting, the Mayor gave me notes from St George on changes they are considering.

I’ve compared all three and made recommendations in a 9-page memo discussing 58 potential changes (see http://www.mikescott4ivins.com/?p=839). More than half the changes are minor, but the rest need a lot of thoughtful discussion. I would appreciate your ideas on all the changes, or whichever ones grab your attention.

Ivins City Council Update image 

Some of the major issues include grass, pools, water features, types of plants, quantity of trees, and landscaping. These are critical issues that deserves a lot of public involvement and input as soon as possible. 

The City Council will discuss these issues at its March 24th meeting and is also planning to have a Work meeting on a proposed ordinance the following week. You are reading this after both meetings are over. But discussions will continue into April and beyond along with public meetings. I will provide updates on Nextdoor and my website as things progress. And you can watch past meetings on the City’s YouTube channel.

Please email me and the rest of the Ivins City Council your suggestions for dealing with grass, trees, and landscaping for new construction, and any other issues that jump out at you (email addresses at https://www.ivins.com/2020-government/). I posted an article, Water & Grass, on my website at http://www.mikescott4ivins.com/?p=839 that compares WCWCDs recommendations with Santa Clara’s ordinance and options St George is considering.

Some of us would probably recommend no grass, no pools, no water features because we are in a severe drought. But it’s unlikely that would be approved. Some of us would probably say that since we pay for the water we use we should be able to do what we want. Given our water situation, that’s also unlikely to be approved.

Please help us navigate between these two extremes. Also, keep in mind that this new ordinance will only apply to new construction. WCWCD is working on other actions to encourage water conservation in existing development.

Land Use & General Plan Update

Ivins is working on updating our General Plan and Land Use map. The Planning Commission decided at their March 15th meeting to hold at least a couple community meetings to get input on land use throughout the city. As of this writing, dates have not been set, but they should happen soon. 

Ivins City Council Update image 

Based on recent comments from residents on issues, here are a few things I would like your input on. Email me at Mike@MikeScott4Ivins.com with your comments on these and other issues that matter to you.

Affordable housing. Generally, the denser the housing the more affordable it will be, with lower land cost per unit and less construction cost with common walls between units. Smaller units help too. So that usually gives us townhomes or apartments. There has been resistance from neighbors to both townhomes and apartments. But the State requires us to find a solution to our affordable housing problem. What types of housing can we encourage to add affordability, how do we make them more acceptable to neighbors, and where should they be built?

Commercial development. Sales tax helps fund community improvements and keeps our taxes lower. Do you favor or oppose encouraging commercial growth within the City? What types of commercial uses (retail, dining, office, services, etc.) should be encouraged, and where should we encourage them to be built?

Transportation. With growth comes more traffic. Not only that, but traffic speed seems to be increasing. Share your thoughts about traffic management ideas, bike lanes, our trail system, speed limit changes, road improvements, and other related issues.

Exterior Building Colors

Ivins, like other desert communities in the Southwest, has required building exteriors to be warmer muted earth tones for years so that, as the City’s ordinance states, “buildings compliment and be in harmony with the natural environment.” 

This fits with the vision in our General Plan to, “Encourage architecture, lighting, landscaping and the use of colors that blend with the natural surroundings and encourage residential design that complements the natural beauty and character of the area.” 

A significant percentage of the homes and commercial buildings in Ivins are painted in colors that match the General Plan’s vision. But last year the State took away the ability for cities to regulate building colors on one- and two-family homes. 

Ivins can still regulate building colors for townhomes, multifamily, and commercial development. And, if a developer of a subdivision enters into a development agreement with the City, that agreement can include requirements for building colors.

Some in our community like this vision and want these requirements to continue. Others don’t like being told what color their house can or can’t be. 

At its March 15th meeting, the Planning Commission made a recommendation to the City Council to loosen these color requirements. The City Council will most likely deal with the Planning Commission’s recommendation in early April. I will post more information on my website and Nextdoor at the beginning of April.

Know More in Less Time

We’re dealing with big issues this year. It pays to be as informed as possible when they come up to public hearings. Here’s a simple way to do that without spending a lot of time. The audio of each meeting is on the City’s website the day after the meeting. Maybe late in the day. 

Go to www.ivins.com and near the upper right of the home page under “upcoming meetings” click on Planning Commission or City Council under “Sections on this page.” That takes you to links for every meeting. For yesterday’s meeting, click on the “audio” link. Now, instead of having to listen to the entire meeting, just click on the topic you are interested in. 

Ivins City Council Update imageYou can also watch the meetings live on the City’s YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCfX1N0kbibzQ9M76_k37c1g. It’s new this year and has been frustrating with so many problems. But it looks like the problems have been solved.

More information

Email me at Mike@MikeScott4Ivins.com for more information about these and other Ivins issues. Also, please tell me what issues in Ivins matter to you and what you think should be done. Visit my website at www.MikeScott4Ivins.com for regular updates.

Kayenta Garden TourAttention Kayenta Plant Lovers: You are in for a treat! Six homeowners are generously opening their private courtyards to residents to view their plant and hardscape creations. This FREE opportunity is for Kayenta residents only, it’s limited to 50 participants* and promises to be an incredible feast for the eyes and dare we say, souls.

Kayenta Private Courtyard Tour
Thursday, May 5, 2022
Begins in Kayenta Art Village
More details will be provided privately to those registering below:

*While the 50-person limit has been met,  if you wish to be placed on the waitlist,  contact Trish Olson. pason17@icloud.com

Be Inspired – by desert plant selection and placement~
Be Dazzled – by desert color and texture~
Be Informed – by homeowners’ knowledge of plant names and needs~

Kayenta Garden Tour

Kayenta Garden Tour

Petite Feast
Petite Feast

Petite Feast

Reserve Your Seat at the Table

June’s Petite Feast Dinner has just been posted!

This event is sure to sell out quickly, so please reserve your seat at the table today.


SUNDAY, JUNE 26th, 2022










 To reserve your seat at the table please click on the link below.

For the health and safety of all our guests, we request that all guests be fully vaccinated.

About Petite Feast Dinner Club: after 35 years as a restaurateur, caterer, chef, and Food and Wine best new chef nominee, Victoria Topham is opening her kitchen to share her unique culinary skills and healthy cooking style with guests just like you. PF Dinner Club offers guests the opportunity to socialize with new friends around a shared table while enjoying deliciously upscale meals. Monthly dinners will feature an hors d’oeuvre hour followed by a multi-course dinner where mingling with the chef in the kitchen is encouraged. ** Think – mash-up of a restaurant, dinner party and cooking class.  And, she always has a few unplanned courses and surprises for her guests!  Events are announced monthly through the website and pricing for each event varies. Victoria is happy to accommodate your special celebration requests and dietary preferences whenever possible. I hope to see you soon – Victoria

“Your dinners are a magnet for interesting people. Thanks for including us in your circle of friends. The people are the reason we love it here. We can’t wait for your next dinner.” -Michelle


A few weeks ago we had some friends over for our first legit post-covid dinner party. I’m not gonna lie, it was a thrill to see the smiling, unmasked faces of our friends around our less than six feet across dinner table. It was a wonderful first step toward normalcy.

We had invited a small group of guests: men and women, meat eaters and vegetarians, and those who adore tongue-burning spices and those who shun them. Woohoo! Planning the menu would involve just the kind of ‘what to serve for dinner’ labyrinth that the caterer in me loves to navigate. I definitely wanted to go straight-up vegetarian for the entrée, so whatever I served also had to be something that would be hearty enough to satisfy the meat eaters and hungry men in our group. The spice issue was a no-brainer. Going Mexican would provide a great work around for guests who are not into super spicy. Serving jalapeno laced pico de gallo, soothing sour cream and creamy guacamole on the side would allow each guest to customize the dish to their liking tableside.

Joel and Christy’s tart margaritas were the ultimate party starter. They were bright and puckery – just the way a margarita should be. Once we were seated, Trish and Tennis served a classy, perfectly dressed salad spiked with tangy, crumbled blue cheese that was a fitting prelude to the rest of the meal. And for the entrée, I decided to go with baked vegetable chimichangas.

The recipe checks a wide range of dietary preference boxes and it is an easy dish to prepare when entertaining. All of the components can be made ahead of time leaving you free to sip margaritas and participate in party conversation instead of stressing out over a hot stove. I used zucchini, yellow squash, and sweet potato in my filling, but almost any vegetables can be used. While the recipe can stand up to almost any ingredient substitution, I highly recommend using the butternut squash for the sauce. It’s easy to prepare and provides an unexpectedly beautiful burst full-blown instagram color on the plate. *Chef’s tip: Any leftover can be thinned with water or vegetable stock and eaten as a soup for a light lunch the following day.

All in all, the meal was a success and we were so happy to share such a memorable evening with good friends, great food, and lots and lots of laughter. And even though my husband and our guests creamed me at bananagrams, I’m still smiling remembering the fun we had.

If you have not joined the Virtual Dinner Party but would like to dine with us, please prepare this recipe – or any other – and share it with your family, friends and neighbors. It is our group’s firm belief that by preparing something good to eat and sharing it with those we love, we are participating in one of life’s greatest joys. The connection, community and good will that come from it fills us with joy, hope and gratitude. I hope you all enjoy it as much as I do.

Thanks for coming to the party and Cook On! – Victoria

Petite Feast

2 T olive oil
1 small butternut squash (about 1 #), peeled, seeded and cut into cubes
1 C onion, chopped
Pinch of granulated sugar
¼ t cinnamon
¼ t nutmeg
¼ t cayenne (or more to taste)
vegetable stock as needed
salt and pepper to taste
1 small onion, cut into ¼” dice
2 cloves garlic, minced fine
1 large zucchini, cut into ¼” dice
1 large yellow squash, cut into ¼” dice
1 red bell pepper, seeded and cut into ¼” dice
1 orange fleshed sweet potato, peeled and cut into ¼” dice
2 t dried oregano
1 T ground cumin
¼ t cayenne (or more to taste)
½ C water
¼ C cilantro, chopped
Olive oil or pan spray
6 10” flour tortillas
FOR SERVING: cooked rice, pico de gallo, guacamole, cilantro, scallion, shredded cabbage, cheddar cheese, toasted pepitas
METHOD: Serves 6
Prepare the sauce:  Place the butternut squash in a medium saucepan and add just enough vegetable stock to barely cover the squash.  Add the remaining ingredients and bring up to a boil.  Reduce heat to low, and simmer until the squash is very tender and can easily be pieced with the tip of a knife (about 15 minutes.) Take care not to boil away all of the stock. Remove from heat and drain, reserving the cooking liquid. Transfer squash to the blender and puree adding just enough of the cooking liquid to form a silky, smooth sauce. You may need to add a bit of extra stock to reach sauce consistency. Set aside.
Prepare the filling: In a large skillet over medium high heat, heat olive oil and sauté the onion, garlic, oregano, cumin and cayenne until just beginning to soften.  Add sweet potato, salt and pepper and ½ C water and cook until potato is tender.  Depending on how quickly your water is cooking off, you may need to add a bit more to cook potatoes through.  Take care not to add too much though – you don’t want the filling to be too watery. Add remaining vegetables and cook an additional 5 -7 minutes until cooked through.  Remove from heat and stir in cilantro. Set aside.
Prepare the chimichangas:  Preheat oven to 425.  Using pan spray or olive oil, grease a rimmed baking sheet and set aside.
Place tortillas on counter top and fill each with 1 C of vegetable filling and a light sprinkling of cheese (if using.) Roll up like a burrito, tucking in the sides of the tortilla first and then rolling from bottom to top. Place seam side down on the prepared baking sheet and brush with olive oil or spray liberally with pan spray.  Bake for 7-10 minutes or until lightly browned. Flip the chimichangas over and bake for an additional 5 or so minutes.
To serve: Slice chimichanga in half on the diagonal. Spoon warmed sauce on plate and top with cooked rice and chimichanga decoratively placed on top. Garnish with toasted pepitas, scallions, and shredded cabbage if desired.  Serve passing pico de gallo, guacamole and sour cream separately.

Trips and Trails April 2022

Trips and Trails

Monday, April 11, 2022

We will be going to the Coral Pink Sand Dunes State Park

Meet and the Kayenta Design Center at 9 am.

Bring a lunch • Some dirt road • Day trip.

For details call Charles Dilllier at 435-656-1956

Coyote Tales



Get your story heard.
FREE live storytelling event under the stars at Ivins City Park.

Coyote Tales

Theme for the evening’s stories:

Poignant, thought provoking, vivid and entertaining as all get out, Coyote Tales Storytelling Events are a hit for all the right reasons! Coyote Tales are true stories told live, onstage without notes, props or accompaniments. Stories told must be based on the evening’s theme and be told within five minutes. Storytellers may interpret the theme in any way they choose.

Do you have an interesting story about optimism? Has a gloomy situation revealed a rosy interior? Has a bit of Pollyannaism comforted you in a time of disappointment? Perhaps a set-back contained the potential for beneficial outcome? We want to hear your tale. But even if you just want to listen to the stories, come and enjoy a night of live storytelling and great bluegrass music under the stars at Ivins City Park.

Please join us in welcoming Brady Udall to the stage. Mr. Udall is the New York Times bestselling author of Letting Loose the Hounds, The Miracle Life of Edgar Mint and The Lonely Polygamist. He will be joined on stage by sixth-generation local Utah storyteller, Lyman Hafen, Professor of English and author, Todd Robert Petersen and storytelling newcomer and soon to be published author, Jeffrey Owens

This free event begins with bluegrass music provided by Stillhouse Road and a bring-your-own-picnic party, where potential storytellers put their names in the hat in hopes of being one of the ten people chosen to share their tale of finding the bright side. Kayenta Homes and Properties will be on hand hosting a free gourmet water ‘trough’ for thirsty story lovers.

If you’re interested in getting on stage, or to find out more about us,
Please contact Victoria at https://coyotetalesstories.com/
While there you can hear previous live and virtual events and get tips and tricks
for crafting your own great tale.

Copies of many of the evening’s invited storyteller’s books will be available for sale at the event and at The Book Bungalow. The Book Bungalow is an independent bookstore located in downtown St. George at the corner of 100 West and Tabernacle Street.

Everyone has a story – Vic

Coyote Tales events are sponsored by Petite Feast, Utah Humanities, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Kayenta Homes and Properties & Desert Dweller Realty. All proceeds from previous live events have been donated to local nonprofits.

Xetava Gardens Cafe

Hours of Operation

Monday 11:30am – 5pm


Thursday 11:30 – 5pm

Friday and Saturday 11:30 – 8pm

Sun 9am – 8pm (Brunch served 9-12)


Thank you very much for your continued support.

Blue Raven Bike RentalSpend an entire day in our beautiful environment.

With Blue Raven, there is no need to load the bikes onto your vehicle and drive to the trails. From our front doors, you can access any kind of riding you want, from paved trails through Snow Canyon to mountain bike adventures that can last from sunrise to sunset, and everything in between. With e-bikes, you can make the ride as easy or as challenging as you like.

We also have some pretty ingenious bikes to bring your kids along.

Check our website for pricing and hours.

(435) 225-0295 • blueravenbikes@gmail.com

Health, Fitness & Wellness

Kayenta’s locally run gyms, fitness classes, spas,  group workouts, wellness activities and mindful experiences.

“The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be.¨ – Ralph Waldo Emerson

Kayenta Pickleball Group (KPG) 

Pickleball is one of the fast-growing sports in the US.

It helps us stay fit; allows us to meet and make friends in our community and – most importantly – have fun!

Organized drop-in play occurs 4 mornings a week. Start time is currently 10:00, but changes with the seasons.

Mondays-Women’s League,
Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays – Mixed drop-in play.
Currently, there are 30 active players in this thriving group of Kayenta residents.

Players are welcome to set up their own matches, do drills and use the courts freely outside of those designated times.

Plans for 2022 include spring and fall skill sessions with a guest instructor, a KPG- member tournament in April and possible ‘field trips’ for social play in a new location. If you would like more information, please contact Trish Olson: otrish54@gmail.com or Barbara Vaughn: bvaughn@montana.com.

Kayenta PIckleball Group Members

Yoga Class

About Me

I’ve been practicing yoga for 20 years and instructing yoga classes for 15 years in Massachusetts and New Hampshire.  I have certifications in Slow-Flow Vinyasa, Alignment-based Vinyasa, Yin, and Restorative Yoga.

I look forward to seeing you on your mat!

Karen Kushner

Mindful Vinyasa Flow and Yin/Stretch

Beginning March 15th I will be offering 2 weekly yoga classes
from my small home studio in Kayenta

Your first class is free!  Thereafter, each class is $15.

Limit is 6 students per class on a first-come, first-served basis due to the small size of my studio.

Mindful Vinyasa Flow Tuesdays  9:30 – 10:30am

While this class is slower-paced, it is sequenced around a peak pose and is not a beginner class.  Expect lots of up and down movement as we flow through chaturangas (yoga pushups), balance work, and core strengthening. This class is designed to cultivate more mindfulness, which in turn calms the nervous system and opens the body.

Yin/Deep Stretch Thursdays  9:30 – 10:30am

Yin/Stretch is an all-levels, floor-based class that holds many different stretches with the aim of increasing or maintaining our range of motion, enabling us to move through life with grace and ease.  Yin class balances the Yang, or muscular, activity in our lives (such as running, biking, hiking, tennis), and helps counter our habitual postural tendencies. This class also cultivates an inner awareness and mindfulness.

How to Sign Up:
To sign up for class, please reply to karenkushneryoga@gmail.com with the date(s) you would like to attend.

A confirmation email will be sent to you prior to class.
(If class size of 6 is full, you will receive an email placing your name on a waitlist.)

What to know before you come:

• Please bring a yoga mat, a yoga strap (a necktie or long belt can substitute), and a yoga blanket (or a thick towel).   Yoga blocks are useful if you have them!

• Enter the studio through the garage.  The studio will be open 10 minutes prior to class.  Classes begin promptly at 9:30am

• Payment:  $15 cash or Venmo @yogakaren  (your first class is free)

Elevate Fitness

Elevate Fitness

Elevate is a boutique fitness studio located in Kayenta offering group fitness classes, and private, semi-private, and group training workouts.

Class sizes are limited due to the Covid-19 Omicron variant. Participants MUST be vaccinated. Pre-registration is required as these classes remain popular. For more information please visit our website.

Elevate Studio’s Class offerings!

ElevateFIT is offered M, W, & F at 9:30 am. This class is taught inside and outside. A fun, invigorating challenging class for the intermediate to advanced exerciser. 

ElevateYoga class is offered Saturday at 10:00 am and Tuesdays & Thursdays at 4:00 pm.  This class is for yogis & yoginis with some experience.

Be happy. Be healthy. Have a blast!  ELEVATE!

Inquiries can be directed to John Yohman, Owner
Elevate Studio • 435-632-1381 • jyfitness@me.com

Sacred Space Spa

Sacred Space Spa

Body, Skin, and Energy Work

Check out these exciting new add-ons to enhance your treatment! 

$15~ Peppermint Foot Reflexology 

$15~Wild Child hair and scalp treatment

$15~CBD infused spot treatment

$20~Age Defying facial mask

Please call or text to schedule or with any questions! Please remember that I am usually booked at least 2 weeks out.

Namaste, Aly Hansen


For a full list of Spa Treatments visit:

Tel: 435-862-7743 • Sacredspacespa@gmail.com

Village Fitness Center

Village Fitenss Center

We are open

The Village Fitness Center is open but with limited class sizes. Following social distancing protocols for the safety of everyone, we are only allowing 4 participants for each class.

The Village Fitness Center located near the theater and next to the room for thought has circuit training classes M/W/F at 8 am and Tu/Th/Sat at 9 am. ($4 per session). Other options to use the facility are also available. Come join your neighbors to strengthen your muscles, improve your heart rate and have some fun.

Please contact Gloria Prahl for more information and to check on class availability.


435-674-2824    435-669-0430

Find Your Joy Yoga

Find your joy yoga

Find Your Joy Yoga Classes
resume February 3rd 2022.

Class will be held in The Room for Thought in Kayenta Art Village (next to Kayenta Art Center) at 9:30 am on Thursdays.

Vaccination cards are required to attend in-person classes.



Javier’s Massage

Javier Massage

Javier Guzman LMT/LMMT

(Kayenta Resident)

Massage is medicine for the body and mind

Call or text for an appointment:

“I think he is a neighborhood treasure. He has a very nice casita where he works. I love his massage and he is a really nice, thoughtful, considerate, good guy.” ~ Christy Lueders

Community Advocates

Are you a Kayenta resident? Do you have a cause or passion that you are personally involved with in the St. George area?
If so, let your neighbors know right here.

Inkas no kill Animal Supporters

INKAS – Ivins No Kill Animal Supporters
Advocate: Lois Hewitt 

Spring has arrived and that means it is time for outdoor events!

If you are thinking of adding a new pet to your home you will want to come to the Red Cliffs Mall parking lot on Saturday, April 23rd for Mutts at the Mall. Animal shelters and rescue groups from across southern Utah will come together that day from 10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to find homes for their adoptable animals. With so many organizations in one place, you will find a wide variety of cats and dogs to choose from. INKAS will be there to offer our low-cost microchipping clinic. Microchipping is the most effective way to ensure that your pet is returned to you should it become lost. The $25 fee includes registration for life. We also will have our booth set up to sell our popular, locally-created microwave cozies, cross-body bags, painted rocks, sun catchers and more! All funds raised go toward our continued support of animals at the Santa Clara–Ivins Animal Shelter and local rescue groups.

Spring also brings the arrival of kitten season, a good time for us to remind everyone that you can help decrease the population of unwanted dogs and cats entering shelters by spaying and neutering your pets. Your veterinarian can perform the procedure or for a low-cost option contact The Humane Society of Utah Clinic in St George. Together we can make a difference!

The Ivins Animal Shelter

Bailee Sleppy, Manager
HOURS: Monday – Saturday: 8AM – 3PM
Sunday: CLOSED

Lois Hewitt: President. 435-414-4802
Sara Dupre: Secretary. 206-724-5902
Please visit our website to read INKAS accomplishments!
Remember the pets waiting for adoptions or fostering at the Ivins City Animal Shelter.
INKAS is a 501(c) 3 organization and is a Registered Utah Charity.
Inkas4pets@gmail.com.  You can also check us out on Facebook.

Dogs and Cats

Friends of Snow Canyon State Park
Advocates: Isabelle Kalantzes


In-person events have returned! Friends of Snow Canyon will offer outdoor events in 2022! See the volunteer opportunities below as well as outdoor hike/lecture presentations. At this point, we are not planning indoor events due to the COVID situation. Zoom presentations remain available for your enjoyment at home. They are posted below the Event listings on this page.

We’d like to invite all Kayenta residents to join us in supporting Snow Canyon State Park. Our mission is to provide support to Snow Canyon State Park through various means. For more information and to join Friends please visit our web site.

E-mail us at friendsofsnowcanyon@gmail.com. “Like” us on www.facebook.com/ FriendsofSnowCanyon.

Nextdoor Kayenta

Nextdoor Kayenta
Nathan Dupre & Kathi Fox

Nextdoor is a completely private on-line web-site environment and we now have ONE Kayenta Nextdoor neighborhood with two leaders Nathan Dupre and Kathi Fox.

Three Corners Women’s Giving Circle
Advocates: Emily Evans

Three Corners Woman's Giving CircleWe invite women and men residents of Kayenta to join us in our mission to fund local nonprofits that support women and girls of all ages in the southern Utah area. Through the strength of collective giving we make high impact grants to improve lives in our community. Please Join Us.

Email: 3cornerswgc@gmail.com

Facebook: www.facebook.com/threecornerswgc

Ivins Night Sky Initiative
Advocate: Kai Reed

Ivins Night SkyPlease visit the Initiative’s website for more information at IvinsNightSky.org or email them at info@IvinsNightSky.org.

The mission of the Ivins Night Sky Initiative is to improve, preserve, and protect the night sky over Ivins and our heritage of dark skies through education and information about environmentally responsible outdoor lighting, and to serve as a resource for City officials, residents, and businesses.

Let us know if this Initiative is important to you, if you are willing to get involved, and what else you think we should be doing to improve, preserve, and protect the night skies in Ivins.

Community and City Resources

Resident support services, businesses, and education and enrichment programs

Infinity Rehab at Home

Infinity Rehab at Home


Marijke Onsrud, Physical Therapist

What is Infinity Rehab at Home?

Take advantage of Infinity Rehab at Home and receive outpatient physical therapy services right where you live. Physical therapy sessions are one-on-one and personalized just for you. Take the hassle out of driving to an appointment or scheduling transportation by having therapy right in the comfort of your own home. Physical therapy can help you improve your strength and balance so you can do the activities you love, like hiking, biking, tennis, walking, and pickleball, to name a few. Additionally, it can help with chronic issues, like arthritis and pain. 

How does it work?

Infinity Rehab at Home therapists come to you and work directly with your physician and care team to ensure a collaborative approach. We work with Medicare and most HMO plans, and we always verify insurance prior to treatment. 

About Marijke

Marijke Onsrud is a physical therapist with Infinity Rehab at Home. She has over 35 years of experience with physical therapy. Marijke lives with her husband in the Kayenta community and has provided several of her neighbors with physical therapy services. She is based with Infinity Rehab at Home at Ovation Sienna Hills and their independent living community. You can reach her at MOnsrud@infinityrehab.com or 435-538-3401, extension 1075 to find out more and schedule an appointment.

Located in the desert community of Kayenta Utah, the Crescent Moon Inn is the perfect place to get away from it all.  The Inn is just a short walk or bike ride from the Kayenta Art Village, where locally-owned art galleries, the Sacred Space Day Spa and the Xetava Garden Cafe add to your unique experience.

For Reservations or Pricing call:

Staying Put in Kayenta is a member-driven organization for Kayenta residents, proactively providing programs and services so members can lead vibrant, active and healthy lives while living in their own homes.

For information contact
Ellen Nathan
Secretary for Staying Put in Kayenta


Looking for a Hair Artist right here in Kayenta?….JENN Hair Artist embodies the artistic creativity and passion of the beauty industry. She thrives in creating natural, sexy cuts and color styles for men and women. She looks forward to pampering you.

924A Art Village Way, Ivins, UT 83455
801 637-0884 (call or text)

Happy2Help is an in home personal concierge service.

Services Include:

• Personal Shopping
• Health Recovery Assistance
• Meal Prep
• Snowbird Service
• Home Organization
• Event Assistance

Call or email Andrea, your trustworthy neighbor at
401-258-9772 or Happy2help.Andrea@gmail.com

Located in the desert community of Kayenta Utah, the Crescent Moon Inn is the perfect place to get away from it all.  The Inn is just a short walk or bike ride from the Kayenta Art Village, where locally-owned art galleries, the Sacred Space Day Spa and the Xetava Garden Cafe add to your unique experience.

For Reservations or Pricing call:

Staying Put in Kayenta is a member-driven organization for Kayenta residents, proactively providing programs and services so members can lead vibrant, active and healthy lives while living in their own homes.

For information contact
Ellen Nathan
Secretary for Staying Put in Kayenta


Art Classes

“Art is a series of trial and error, of discovery and hope, and determination”

Artwork by Sher

Classes Run for Six Weeks.
You will be able to sign up for another six weeks if you choose to continue.

PLACE • New Studio
Fire and Maintenance building in the Art Village
TIME • Mon. or Tues. from 10 AM to 1PM
PRICE • $210 per 6 week session (Six classes)
INSTRUCTOR • Sherrie Warren
BACKGROUND • Bachelor Fine Arts. Taught for 10 years. Worked in acrylics, oils, and pastels.

HOME • 435-656-9199 CELL • 801-680-9616

Kayenta Committees

Board opportunities, landscaping, and ACC & HOA contact information.

Kayenta Deseret ArboretumKayenta Desert Arboretum

Interested in volunteering in the arboretum?  Or just looking for information about the arboretum or our lecture series.  Please contact Roger Head, rbhkayenta@gmail.com or 435-632-1814.

kayenta landscape committeeKayenta Landscaping Committee

Please visit the Kayenta HOA website ACC tab for Landscaping documentation. Select Landscaping Regulations Rev 2017 and Landscaping Review Steps 2017.

Kayenta HOAACC & HOA Information

The Kayenta ACC meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month, 2:00 pm in the Kayenta Community Room. A hard copy of the agenda is posted in the Kayenta Homes & Properties office the Thursday before the meeting.

Questions? Ellen Nathan

Phone: 435-652-8333, email: arneen@infowest.com

The Kayenta Concept

The Kayenta Concept is a philosophy that has steered the development of our exceptional community since its inception. The standards that underlie that concept are enforced by the Architectural Control Committee (ACC), which serves both the Shonto Point and Taviawk HOAs. The pre-amble to the 2021 ACC Handbook lays out the basics of the architectural rules that have been followed to create the homes and land-scape we live in.

When your home was designed the Kayenta Concept was front and center. The ACC reviewed your design to evaluate whether it followed the rules, and the ACC monitored construction of your home through landscaping and occupation, again, reviewing adherence to design and construction standards. When you received your occupancy permit and construction deposit refund from the ACC, on-going compliance with the Kayenta Con-cept became the responsibility of your HOA Board of Directors. Your Board has the authority to perpetuate the Kayenta Concept into the future and gladly accepts that role.

The Kayenta Concept is worth reviewing to remind us that what we have here has only happened because of the rules Kayenta developer Terry Marten set up to own, build and live in Kayenta. His vision and the governing documents he developed to achieve and maintain that vision established the Kayenta HOAs and gave them the responsibility and authority to enforce the CC&Rs that underlie the beauty and value we all enjoy

Blue Can Recycling

Blue Can Recycling

April 11 & 25

Dumpster Dates

April 9

Ivins City

Ivins City Offices are open.

For Appointments with a specific department call:
Administration: 435-628-0606   
: 435-634-9753
Parks or Cemetery: 435-634-7719
Public Works: 435-634-0689
Dispatch: 435-634-5730 or Animal Control: 435-628-1049

Ongoing Events and Activities

Weekly and monthly gatherings

Kayenta Book Lovers

Meetings the 2nd Monday of every month. For more details contact our bookclub

Kayenta Weavers

The Kayenta Weavers groups meets weekly to enjoy the limitless creativity of off-loom weaving.

For information contact Katie at: kayentakatie@gmail.com.

Spirit of the Desert Episcopal Church

Spirit of the Desert Episcopal church meets every Sunday at 3 pm at 272 E Center Street, Suite 203, in Ivins for worship, music, and fellowship. The building is located across the street from Rocky Vista University College of Osteopathic Medicine on the second floor, west end. We welcome everyone to join us whether you are a visitor, a newcomer, an inquirer, or a member of another church or faith tradition. We are a Christian community that cares for one another, and we’d like to care for you, too. For additional information or questions, email Father Lee Montgomery at fatherly.montgomery@gmail.com.

*Tahri Marpo Ling Tibetan Buddhist Sangha

Weekly Meditation Practices:  OPEN TO ALL

Friday, 10-11 am, Green Tara Practice

Green Tara is known as the Mother of All Buddhas.  We engage in this practice to awaken our capacity for enlightened activity, present in the form of the feminine dimension of the primordial nature of mind.  Green Tara is known for her ability to dispel fear, anxiety and suffering.

Tuesday, 10-11 am, Awakened Mornings

This practice begins with three guided meditations to focus the mind, open the heart, and generate compassion for all sentient beings.  Then, a short form of the Chenrezig practice is led, in English.  Chenrezig is known as the Buddha of Compassion.

Contact Lhamo Khandro by calling or texting 801-671-8758 or emailing choshin4@gmail.com

for Zoom instructions for entering this virtual Buddhist sangha.

For more information on classes, weekly meditation practices and retreats, please go to our website:  tahrimarpoling.org

Tahri Marpo Ling was founded by Lhamo Thupten Dawa Khandro on May 21st of 2017 with the blessing and guidance of Lama Thupten Rinpoche.  Lhamo Khandro has been ordained in both the Zen and Tibetan Buddhist traditions. 



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