Kayenta Connection March 2023

Kayenta Deseret Arboretum

Kayenta Desert Arboretum’s Annual Plant Sale

Each year we sell the plants most likely to survive in the Kayenta desert environment.

Over 400 water-wise plants will be available.

Where: Kayenta Art Village

When: March 16th, 1-5 pm & 17th, 18th, 19th,  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.

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

Your Kayenta volunteers working to make Kayenta more beautiful!


Kayenta Arts FoundationPRESENTS KAYENTA’S

Street Painting Festival


April 15 & 16 • 2023


A Full Weekend of Family Fun

with Street painting, Art Galleries, Food, and Entertainment

Kayenta Art Village

7 Miles West of St. George

Kayenta Art Foundations Street Painting Festival


(the stars)

March 9 – 19

This new, one-of-a-kind, immersive experience comes from the mind of New York-based theater/technology pioneer Andrew Schneider. N O W I S W H E N W E A R E (the stars) draws on inspirations as broad as seeing the Milky Way for the first time to installations such as Yayoi Kusama’s Infinity Mirror Room and Random International’s Rain Room.

nowiswhereweare (the stars)

Moving beyond an immersive gallery experience, the stars’ unseen narrator guides each visitor through a theatrical cosmos of their own individual journey. Nearly 5,000 reactive points of light and a 496-channel sound system envelop each audience member. The Stars invites viewers to become active explorers – as they discover the traces of themselves in light, the universe, and those who have been here before us.

(the stars) experience is a one-hour long crafted experience, for up to 8 audience members at a time. This theatrical experience features a beginning, middle and end, all guided by an unseen narrator. (Scroll down to see calendar with available dates, and pick your time)

Thank you to our generous sponsor of (the stars) Utah Tech University

Voyager Lecture Series

Voyager Lecture Series

March 21

Jurassic World: Could It Become A Reality? Presented By Jerry Harris

In a remote island in 2015, a theme park exists where spectators watch dinosaurs — animals previously extinct for eons — run wild, free to roam the grounds, and eat up everything (except their human visitors) in sight. There are T-rexes, velociraptors, triceratops, and more, even including a hybrid dinosaur built by the park’s scientists to wow fans. It all sounds like the stuff of fantasy, or more accurately, the plot of a famous film franchise, right? Actually, not quite — although not possible just yet, the crazy events of Jurassic World could happen — someday. Join us as Jerry Harris walks us through if Jurassic World become a reality.

Coyote Tales

Coyote Tales

March 24


Coyote Tales are live, open-mic style storytelling events with amateur and experienced storytellers. Each event has a theme on which stories are to be based. The theme for this event is: “Busted.” Potential storytellers may address that theme in any way they choose. Prior to the event, storytellers craft their true, on-theme story, practice the telling (5 minutes or less), and work on eliminating excess detail to nail the perfect ending. When the doors open, potential storytellers put their name in the hat in hopes of being chosen to share their tale. If chosen, the storyteller takes the stage to delight the audience.

Dee-Dee Darby-Duffin

Dee-Dee Darby Duffin And Friends Jazz Band

March 25

Dee-Dee Darby Duffin And Friends Jazz Band

Dee Dee Darby Duffin and Friends are flying in for smooth jazz classics plus some “cool” twists on some great standards.

Born in the “Charm City” of Baltimore, Dee-Dee has been delighting audiences with her mixture of jazz standards, R&B, soul, and funk for a quarter of a century. While making sweet sounds Dee-Dee also discovered the acting bug and has performed in countless regional theater productions and discovered her love of jazz while performing to sold-out shows in the lead role in Lady Day At Emerson’s Bar & Grill for Pygmalion Theater Company in Salt Lake City, Utah. Folks have been lining up to see her ever since.

Soiree Musicale

Soiree Musicale Classical Concerts

April 1

Piano Quintets Of Schumann And Shostakovich

Soiree Musicale presents a masterful performance of Piano Quintets of Schumann and Shostakovich, featuring Christian Bohnenstengel (piano), Urs Rutishauser (violin), Joie Whittaker (violin), Tara Tichner (violin), Linda Ghidossi-DeLuca (viola), and Ka-wai Yu (cello).

Soiree Musicale is organized by Urs Rutishauser with support from Eve Whetton


Wish You Were Here

Opening Reception

Wednesday, May 3rd • 6:30 – 8:00 PM

This Event is FREE

This show will run from May 3rd through May 21st 2023.

Call For Entries

Photographers, start your cameras and plan now to enter the upcoming photography show at the Kayenta Center for the Arts. The exhibition, entitled “Wish You Were Here: Postcards from the Desert” will be displayed May 3 – 31.  The art drop-off date is Wednesday, April 26th, between 3-6 p.m. at the Center.

The shows keep getting bigger and better and we’re excited to be able to display more incredible pieces. Click this link and scroll down to find the instructions, size limits and entry form.

Thanks for being part of the art!

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 and regional artists, and broaden our support from the wider community in southern Utah.

Photographer: John Yohman
Photographer: Rita Hartman

Kayenta Community

The local perspective. Our businesses and residents news and events.

St George Area Parade of Homes

Kayenta’s Parade of Homes 2023 Entry Stats

We had a total of 7,921 people through our Parade Home this year. A little rain and snow did not stop the crowds with many attendees coming back for a second visit to enjoy this beautiful Kayenta home.  Matt Marten of Gulch Design Group and Jake Joines of J2 Construction have been creating our Parade Home for over the last 16 years. Their combined skills and efforts always create a home that Kayenta Homes & Properties is proud to present along with our community volunteer hosts. People like Kayenta, but they love our community, and having the community involved in the hosting process has always taken our home to the next level. Thank you to every single volunteer who has helped put Kayenta on the map over the last 16 years. Our 2023 Parade of Homes entry will be our last as Kayenta moves in a new direction for its marketing.

Kayenta Homes & Properties

Our office is open 7-days a week to help with all your Kayenta real estate needs.

Your Kayenta Home and Properties Sales Team:

Jeff Sproul, Principal Broker
Steve McAllister & Naomi Doyle, Sales Agents

435-628-7234   www.kayentahomes.com

Make Space

Make Space Open House
Make Space Open House
Make Space Open House

Photos: Alan Holben

Celebrate MakeSpace – Our Local Art School and Studio

MakeSpace celebrated our one-year anniversary at an open house during the Kayenta Arts festival.  Many neighbors and friends visited our beautiful studio that day and learned about the impressive variety of art classes available right here in Kayenta.  And, new classes are being added all the time!

Be sure to subscribe to the MakeSpace newsletter to get monthly updates on upcoming classes.  It is easy to do.  Just go to makespacekayenta.com and enter your email address near the bottom of our home page then click subscribe

Here is a sample of some upcoming classes at MakeSpace

Make Space

Matt Pectol

Acrylic and Oil Painting Studio

When: March 25, 2:00 – 5:00 pm

Come paint with Matt on Saturday afternoon!  Whether Oil or Acrylic is your jam, be inspired as part of the welcoming and creative community of MakeSpace!  Led by professional local artist Matt Pectol, you will enjoy creating in the company of other painters.   Enjoy experimenting with various techniques, methods, and materials as you work on projects of your own choosing.

If you are newly curious about painting in either medium or are well into the process of developing your own personal style, this is the place!

Make Space

Margaret Abramshe

Sun Printing on Silk and Cotton

When: April 19, 10 am –  1 pm

Using the power of the sun, Pro-Chem Silk and Fabric Paint, found objects, leaves, and more; each student will create unique fabrics to incorporate into their next textile art projects. The process will include instruction on how to paint, mix colors, and manipulate fabric to allow the heat of the sun to create unique fabric. As a bonus, each student will sun dye a silk scarf to take home

Theresa Otteson

Theresa Otteson

Vintage Flora in Oil or Acrylic for All Levels

When: April 14 & 15, 10 am – 4 pm

In this two-day painting workshop, Theresa will teach you how to capture the essence of florals in two methods; wet-in-wet and indirect through demonstration and personal instruction. On the first morning, Theresa will cover materials, paint application, and various other topics, and give a demonstration of a wet-in-wet method leaving the afternoon for students to paint. On the second day, in the morning, she will demonstrate how to paint a flower in an indirect method and students will have the rest of the day to paint.

MakeSpace Kayenta

MakeSpace Gift Cards are now available!

Know someone you’d like to introduce to MakeSpace? Want someone to join you at your next class? Someone whose creative mojo needs to burst forth? We have the perfect gift….  Gift your loved ones and friends the chance to join one of our amazing art classes by purchasing a gift card to use on any class!  Click on this link for more information



Kayenta Art Village

Kayenta Art Village Studios and Galleries.

Unique Experiences, Local Perspective, Exceptional Art.

DPI – Desert Preservation Initiative
Advocate: Chuck Warren 

February 2023 Update

Supporting beauty both natural and man-made through Gallery 873

Cherie Stoddard has been intimately involved in the world of art most of her life. Prior to moving to Kayenta, she was a professional photographer who owned her own studio in Carrollton, Georgia, specializing in high key photography. Drawn to the area by family living in Utah, she and her husband George “checked out this region of the country when we retired. George’s daughter showed us Kayenta and of course we knew right away that this is where we wanted to live.”

They moved to Kayenta in 1999 and built the first house in the Taviawk section.   Cherie went to work for Terry Marten in the Datura Gallery in the Art Village. Deciding at some point that she wanted to operate her own gallery, Cherie and George opened Gallery 873, planning to focus on metal art. But as they soon discovered, “with so many talented artists living in the area,” it made sense to expand to carry other medias.

Committed to “passionately supporting local and emerging artists,” Cherie has recently added another form of support to her work, bringing in the Tamarisk pieces created by woodturner Barry Gray; a portion of the sales of these beautiful wood pieces will go to support the work of the Desert Preservation Initiative (DPI). 

Cherie supports the mission of DPI.  “I am so happy to see Tamarisk removed and that something beautiful can be made from this noxious bush,” she says. As a gallery owner, she also finds the creation of bowls and platters from Tamarisk found in Kayenta “a novel idea and a great gift item for those visiting Kayenta and Southern Utah. 

“As happens many times a year, an artist will walk into the gallery and ask me to review their work to see if I will represent them,” Cherie recounts. “This is how I met Barry and DPI.” Barry and Terrence Walters, DPI secretary, had discussed furthering DPI’s partnership with the Southern Utah Woodturners in removing Tamarisk and selling the pieces created from Tamarisk wood as a source of funding, and so Barry called on Cherie at Gallery 873. “Her response was very enthusiastic,” Barry says. “She immediately put out the items in two highly visible places in the gallery, “ Terrence adds.

The opportunity to present Tamarisk pieces to the community was further widened when Barry joined other artists at the Kayenta Arts Festival, manning a table outside Gallery 873 to display his work and to present the mission and opportunities of DPI.

Working with local artists, Cherie Stoddard showcases the imagination and beauty of the works those artists create as they interpret the world we live in. Working with DPI, Cherie supports another kind of beauty—the beauty of the natural environment we call home. “Cherie appreciates beauty in all its forms, both natural and manmade,” says Terrence Walters. “We’re lucky to have her on our team.”

Cherie Stoddard, Gallery 873, and Barry Gray, Southern Utah Woodturners, set up the Desert Preservation Initiative table selling pieces made from Tamarisk harvested in Kayenta.
Southern Utah Woodturner artist Barry Gray explains the art of woodturning to guests at the Kayenta Arts Festival.
Tamarisk bowls and trays for sale in Gallery 873. A portion of the sales benefit the removal of invasive Tamarisk in the Kayenta community.
A selection of items crafted by Barry Gray from made from Tamarisk wood.

Kayenta Connection March Spotlight, The Baldwins

Resident Spotlight

Lou and Elaine Baldwin

Like many Kayenta residents, Lou and Elaine Baldwin apply the skills and lessons from their professional lives in service of our community. A motor sports performance engineer, Lou brings a deep understanding of data and system dynamics to his work as a member of an observation team for the Architectural Control Committee. Elaine brings her appreciation of the value of clear, targeted communications to her work as a member of the Shonto Point Welcoming Committee.

A native of Delaware, Lou attended the Virginia Military Institute before following his passion for motor sports as a race car driver in the Formula Atlantic Series. He went on to manage racing programs as a performance engineer responsible for maximizing a car’s performance (by analyzing a car’s data and monitoring vehicle dynamics) for Nissan, Ford Cosworth, Toyota, and GM resulting in winning teams at Indy 500, Daytona 24 hrs. and Sebring. Over the years he met racing notables such as Mario Andretti, Paul Newman, Tom Cruise, Roger Penske, and four-time Indy 500 winner Helio Castroneves. He is also a hereditary member of The Society of The Cincinnati, the nation’s oldest patriotic organization founded in 1783. His ancestor was a surgeon for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War.

Originally from Pennsylvania, Elaine earned a BA in Advertising/Journalism from San Diego State University and worked as a media director for a variety of advertising agencies in northern California before specializing in promotional products and literature. Seeing the need for companies “to competitively promote their identities,” she started Ad Dimensions Promotional Products focusing on high-tech, non-profit organizations, and local small businesses. She also became involved in managing major events for clients such as the March of Dimes, YWCA of Silicon Valley, and the City of San Jose.  

While both have traveled the world, they settled in Kayenta after spending several vacations in the casita of friends who brought a home here. “We researched several cities and kept coming back to the beautiful Red Mountains of Southwest Utah, specifically Kayenta,” Elaine says. Soon, they got involved in activities that support the values that drew them here. 

“It’s important to me that the community we reside in is well planned, aesthetically appealing, maintained properly and safe,” says Lou of his work on the Shonto Point HOA and the observation committee, currently overseeing 14 new builds. Similarly, Elaine, who is also a member of the Landscaping Committee, has been busy to date visiting 30 new homeowners as part of the Welcoming Committee, providing “a personal connection with the community” and answering questions and providing key contacts for newcomers.

Both Baldwins also pursue artistic interests. Lou creates fences, gates and patio covers as a metal artist. Elaine has been working in alcohol ink projects and “inspired by this great artist’s community and our surrounding scenery, I’m also dipping into acrylic pour and watercolor painting.” Together, they enjoy hiking, rock hounding, entertaining friends, and “toasting the stunning Red Mountains with a glass of chardonnay. Cheers!”

Kayenta Connection March Spotlight, The Baldwins

Editors note. If you know someone that you think should be featured in our monthly Kayenta Connection under our NEW “Resident Spotlight” section please email the Kayenta Connection at kayentaconnection@rdicreative.com. Our intent is to focus on the incredible people living in our community– be they seasoned residents or new recruits. 

February 2023 Ivins City Council Update

Mike Scott, Ivins Council Member

Join Me In a Water Challenge?

How many gallons of water did you use in the past twelve months? The chart below shows how much water single-family homes in Ivins used in the twelve months through the end of January.  

 There were 124 homes that used more than 330,000 gallons. But if I included them in the chart and continued to show results in 10,000-gallon increments, the charts would have been very wide because a few users consumed over one-million gallons each. 

Why don’t you pull out your latest utility bill to see how you compare. Your bill shows a chart of your monthly usage. The numbers at the bottom of the chart just above the months row show what you used each month in thousands of gallons.

Now for the challenge. How much can you lower your water use in the next twelve months? It would be helpful to learn from each other what conservation strategies we each worked on and how useful they were. 

This is going to be a difficult challenge for anyone who is already focused on conservation, but it will be interesting to see if there is any more room for additional water savings. Let me know if you want to join me in this water challenge (mike@MikeScott4Ivins.com).

Housing Talkabout

Please attend a “Housing Talkabout” at Rocky Vista University on Wednesday, March 22nd at 7:00 PM. The panelists at this point include Utah State Representative Mark Walters, Richard Kohler AIA, Shirlayne Quayle, the Housing Strategies & Policy Director for St George City and current head of the Washington County Housing Affordability Coalition (HAC), and Stacy Young, the Governmental Affairs Director for the Southern Utah Home Builders Association (SUHBA). 

In addition, the mayor is looking for another expert with experience in other areas of the state or beyond that have faced the growth and zoning dilemmas that we are currently and what solutions are that they came up with. If that’s you, please contact the mayor at chart@ivins.com 

This Talkabout will focus on ways our recent survey results can be implemented or in some cases perhaps cannot be. We’ll touch on State Law and requirements governing housing including those focused on moderate- and low-income housing, options on the appearance and density of that type of housing, the struggle we have providing housing for essential service providers and for those who will need to be employed by our developing resorts, and what we ought to be doing to prepare and zone for our future growth. You can participate on Zoom at https://us02web.zoom.us/j/88158372546 

Short-Term Rentals

Because of the strong negative public response to short-term rentals (STRs) in the General Plan Survey, the mayor has asked the Planning Commission to reconsider short-term rental use, which is allowed under the “resort hotel” classification. They will start discussing this at their February 28th meeting. 

The Shape of Water

Do we have enough water to continue growing? We get contradictory answers. The Water Conservancy District’s (WCWCD) Impact Study says we used 99% of our available water last year and will run out of water for growth in 2023. Yet the District says we have enough water for at least a few more years of growth. What gives?

If you use what I call a “Leading Supply Model,” we have enough. If you use a “Lagging Supply Model,” we’re out. I believe WCWCD is using the Leading Supply Model.  That lets us commit to new construction today even though we are technically out of water today because it assumes that by the time the new homes are built and occupied, conservation and reuse will increase to meet that new demand.

In my opinion, that model puts the cart before the horse. We’re already dealing with so much uncertainty from Mother Nature. The Leading Supply model just compounds that risk.

By comparison, the Lagging Supply Model doesn’t add new construction until new sources, conservation, or reuse actually produce additional water. It’s a more conservative model. But given the uncertainty Mother Nature brings to the table, it’s a lot safer.

The leading supply model minimizes disruption in our economy. The lagging supply model maximizes water security. We can label these as the “eat well model” and the “sleep well model.”

This is a summary of a more detailed article on my website that has a lot more information. See:  https://www.mikescott4ivins.com/?p=1397.

More information

I try to keep these articles relatively concise. Not doing too well at that. It’s frustrating because there’s so much I want to discuss. So, please 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. Visit my website at www.MikeScott4Ivins.com for regular updates.

Petite Feast
Petite Feast

Petite Feast Dinner Club




SUNDAY, April 30, 2023







Vegetarian entree available as well – contact Victoria through the website to discuss options.


 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.

“As always, we had a perfectly delightful evening. The food was exquisite and the company was so engaging and fun. We savored the meal and treasure your friendship and the way you so graciously share your talents with all. With gratitude for the Petite Feast experiences and the friendships we make every time.” – Debbie Chase

Petite Feast


When I was a kid, the fanciest dish my mom ever made was Chicken Cordon Bleu. It was a dinner party extravagance for a fancy affair that she and my dad were hosting. To my 10 year old self, the dish was the pinnacle of sophistication. I recall that the guests seated around the table actually applauded as my mom brought the steaming platter into the dining room! I swear I can still see her proudly smiling. It is a wonderful memory that delights me to this day.

Chicken cordon bleu (blue ribbon chicken,) at its most basic, is made by wrapping a chunk of Swiss cheese and a slice of smoked ham inside a flattened chicken breast. The parcel is then skewered with a toothpick, dipped in egg and bread crumbs and finally pan fried until golden brown. It is a fussy dish that takes time, but never fails to impress.

As tasty as it is, it’s way too fidley for a doable mid-week dinner. Serious recipe streamlining is definitely needed. To make the dish simpler, I decided to omit the messy egg/breadcrumb dip and go straight to the frying pan after rolling the chicken breast. And to minimize time spent standing at the stove, I started the chicken breasts on the stovetop but then finished them in the more gentle (hands free) heat of the oven.

Because we were out of Swiss cheese, I put a saltimbocca spin on the traditional filling by subbing in Fontina and fried sage leaves for the usual cheese filling. Once cooked, I served the roulades on a bright arugula-bread salad with punchy lemon vinaigrette made from the pan drippings. The result was a weeknight meal that was every bit as impressive as my mom’s original but a whole lot easier. Cue the applause!

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 comes 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. Cook On! – Victoria



3 T good quality olive oil
2 cloves garlic, minced
4 fresh sage leaves
2 boneless skinless chicken breasts, cleaned, trimmed and butterflied
2 oz. Fontina cheese, cut into batons ( ½” x ½” x 2 ½”)
2 slices high-quality smoked ham, sliced thin
2 slices rustic bread, torn into bite-size pieces
Juice of 1 lemon
1 t red wine vinegar
1 C baby arugula


Heat oven to 350 degrees.

Tear bread into rustic croutons and set aside.

Heat an oven-proof skillet over medium-high heat. Add 2T olive oil and when sizzling, carefully add sage leaves. Fry until leaves are crisp. Add garlic and cook briefly until garlic is fragrant but not browned. Remove pan from heat and transfer sage leaves to a plate.

Place chicken breasts on cutting board and cover with plastic film. Pound thin into a rough rectangular shape. Remove plastic and lightly season breasts with salt and pepper. Place 2 reserved sage leaves in the center of each breast. Top with sliced ham and fontina baton. Roll each breast into a tight bundle and secure with toothpicks. Season outside of rolls with salt and pepper.

Reheat skillet with oil and garlic over medium high heat. Place chicken roulades in pan and lightly brown on all sides. Transfer pan to the oven and bake 3 minutes. Remove pan from oven and push roulades to one side of the pan. Add croutons to the empty side and toss them lightly to coat with pan juices. Return pan to oven and continue roasting chicken for 5-6 more minutes or until chicken is cooked through and croutons are nicely toasted.

Remove pan from oven and transfer chicken and croutons to separate plates. Collect pan juices in a bowl. Add remaining 1T olive oil, lemon juice, and red wine vinegar and mix well. Add arugula and croutons and toss gently.

Remove toothpicks from chicken and serve alongside the arugula bread salad.

Serves 2

Coyote Tales

Please join us on March 24th to hear true stories told live the Coyote Tales way!

Storytelling – in all its forms – is a powerful bond that connects and unites us as individuals and communities. Coyote Tales events are community-focused storytelling celebrations that not only entertain but strive to foster deeper empathy, compassion, and understanding the listener.  On March 24th Coyote Tales is pleased to join The Center for the Arts at Kayenta in inviting you to enjoy a unique evening of true tales told live.

We are pleased to announce that artist, filmmaker, explorer and writer, Robert Perkins will be sharing a story on stage. Robert is a natural storyteller. His stories come from his passion for the natural world and exploring our place in it. He has been called the Lou Reed of documentary filmmakers due to his ability to combine observation and reflection which has resulted in a quirky and deeply insightful body of work. Robert will be joined on stage by a few of your Kayenta friends and neighbors and other soon-to-be-announced invited tellers! Don’t miss their takes on the evening’s theme, “BUSTED”.

Join the Party. The night begins with a pre-show party – open to all ticket holders –  hosted by Petite Feast and Kayenta Homes and Properties where guests can socialize and nosh on upscale finger foods like, grape & blue cheese truffles, fig marmalade and chevre crostini, cowboy-style jar-cuterie, salted caramel brownies and other tasty bites. Stillhouse Road Bluegrass will even be on hand to add just the right amount of cowboy charm to the party.

We have a great lineup of tellers for the show, but there is room on the stage for YOU too. If you are interested in participating, please contact Victoria at the website link below.

Filmmaker Robert Perkins

Event Details

Date: Friday, March 24th, 2023 at The Center for the Arts at Kayenta

Pre-show party 6:30 pm (event ticket required for admission)

Storytelling: 7:30 pm

While there you can also hear past shows, get tips and tricks for crafting your own great tale and get information on our upcoming live events.

Everyone has a story – Vic

Coyote Tales events are funded by Petite Feast, Utah Humanities, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Kayenta Homes and Properties & Desert Dweller Realty. All proceeds from live Coyote Tales events have benefited local non-profits or have been FREE.

Xetava Gardens Cafe


Locally owned and operated cafe under the giant red cliffs of southern Utah. Full espresso bar, beer/wine, patio dining…with local, organic, vegetarian and vegan options.

Hours of Operation

coffee/baked goods 10-11
lunch/dinner 11-5



coffee/baked goods 10-11
lunch/dinner 11-8

brunch 9-12
lunch/dinner 12-8

Health, Fitness & Wellness

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

“If you get the inside right, the outside will fall into place.”

Eckhard Tolle

Elevate Fitness

Elevate Fitness

A new focus with new classes to inspire and motivate everyone.
Check our website and Facebook page for more details.

Elevate Rise & Shine Intro/beginner Yoga • 8:00 am Tues

Elevate Cardio • 8:00 am Wed

Step & Strength • 8:00 am Thur

ElevateFit • 9:30 am, Mon, Wed, Fri

Ali’s Yoga • 9:30 am Tues

Elevate Yoga • 9:30 am Thur, 10 am Sat

Elevate Zen Stretch • 10:45 am Mon, Fri



Elevate Studio • 435-632-1381 • jyfitness@me.com

Participants MUST be vaccinated. Class size is limited and subject to change.
Pre-registration is required. Contact John before attending your first class.

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

Find Your Joy Yoga

Find your joy yoga

Find Your Joy Yoga

Tuesdays at 9:30 am

At John Yohmans’s Elevate Fitness Studio in Kayenta!

Classes are $15 • Punch cards are available for $75 (5 classes)

No sign-up is required!

I will also be offering Sacred Healing Classes one Saturday morning a month
at my most sacred place, my home.

Classes include:
Sacred Tea Ceremony • Meditation • Yoga
Class/workshop will be 2 hours.
Please email me for a list of upcoming classes and dates.

Vaccination cards are required to attend in-person classes.

Call/text: 435-862-7743


Sacred Space Spa

Sacred Space Spa

Body, Skin, and Energy Work

Ask about our add-ons to enhance your treatment! 

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

Trips and Trails

Trips and Trails

Kayenta Exploration Group

March 22, 2023

Going to the old Sheep Shearing area and the Grand Canyon of the Hurricane south of the town of Hurricane

Meet at the Kayenta Design Center at 10 am.

Bring lunch. 20 miles of dirt road. Half-day trip.

For details call Charles Dillier at 435-656-1956

Javier’s Massage

Javier Massage

Javier Guzman LMT/LMMT

(Kayenta Resident)

Massage is medicine for the body and mind

“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

Call or text for an appointment:

Javier Guzman

Kayenta Home Yoga

Kayenta Home Yoga

Vigorous Vinyasa & Yin/Deep Stretch

Yoga practice leads you in the right direction, while non-attachment allows you to continue the inner journey without getting sidetracked along the way.  The outcome is not the point. It’s the quality of mind that accompanies the work that is of value—the ability to nurture a calm, curious, observant intelligence. (Yoga Sutra 1.12, Yoga Journal)

February Classes

Life is a balance of holding on and letting go:

Vigorous Vinyasa Flow classes help energize the body while calming the mind.

I offer mindful, alignment-based Vinyasa classes which include seated and standing poses, a bit of balance and core work, all leading up to a peak pose (inversions, arm balances for example) to challenge mind and body. You are welcome to level up or down and to skip poses — this is your practice!

Relaxing Yin/Deep Stretch classes open the body and mind, turning awareness inward.  Each pose is held several minutes, allowing time for the tissues to lengthen and inviting the mind to enter a meditative state.  Yin Yoga has been described as an internal massage for the tissues and organs.  Leave feeling relaxed and supple in body and mind!

Wednesdays 9:30-10:45am Vigorous Vinyasa

Thursdays 9:30-10:45am Relaxing Yin/Deep Stretch

NEW Fridays 9:00-10:15am Vigorous Vinyasa

$15/class cash/Venmo, or purchase a 4-pack of classes for $50.

Your first class is free! Classes are held at my small Kayenta Home Yoga studio.  Bolsters, blocks, and straps are provided.  Please bring your own yoga mat. 

Questions?  Email or call me for more information and to sign up.

See you on your mat!

Karen Kushner (E-RYT 500)



Karen Kushner (E-RYT 500)

Desert Rose Labyrinth

Desert Rose Labyrinth

The labyrinth is sacred ground, a place of rest and renewal.

The Desert Rose Labyrinth & Sculpture Garden is a community resource with the intention that all who walk the labyrinth will be blessed with peace, comfort, and open hearts. The Labyrinth is maintained and funded by Kayenta volunteers. Please be respectful and leave only footprints. For more information or to make group reservations, please contact:

Cheryl Collins: 435-674-1664

Beth Hopwood: 802-922-8905

Kayenta Pickleball Group (KPG)

Kayenta Pickleball group

Kayenta is fortunate to have two private pickleball courts located at the edge of an open space that always inspires.  The Kayenta Pickleball Group has been dinking and dropping (if you’re new to the sport, you’ll soon know what this means) on the court since 2012.  The courts were closed in late December 2022 due to cracks in the surface that have developed over several years.  The repairs will be completed soon, hopefully by mid-February 2023.

Our avid pickleball community consists of up to 20 members that regularly participate in one of the fastest growing sports in the country.  The Kayenta Connection and office will post the opening date for the courts.   Drop-in play in the winter is currently scheduled at 10:am on Mondays (women’s play), Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Saturdays.  The start time changes with the seasons.

We’re planning on more organized events such as clinics, beginner classes, and round robins in 2023.  Join us in learning to play.  It’s fun the first day, infectious, and great for fitness.  Please contact Denton Zubke at dbzubke@gmail.com or Erin at the Kayenta office for more information.

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 

Ivins No-Kill Animal Supporters (INKAS) is a 501(c)3 organization and a Registered Utah Charity. It was founded in 2010 with the mission of providing support to Ivins Animal Shelter and Adoption Center, now the Santa Clara-Ivins Animal Shelter. In 2006 our shelter became the first no-kill municipal shelter in the state of Utah. Maintaining a no-kill shelter, as opposed to one that euthanizes animals after a set period of time, is more costly because the animal’s needs must be met at the shelter until they are reclaimed by their owners, adopted, or transferred to an animal rescue organization. Through a memorandum of understanding with Ivins City, INKAS provides support through veterinary care, specialty foods, and other needed supplies. Funds are raised through the sale of merchandise at various local events and through the donations of many generous animal lovers. You can help by designating INKAS as your charity on Amazon Smile or by donating on our website.

Santa Clara-Ivins Animal Shelter

Bailee Mabe, Shelter Manager

474 North 200 West, Ivins


Hours by appointment:
Monday – Saturday, 8am – 3 pm

Dogs and Cats

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.

Friends of Snow Canyon State Park
Advocates: Lori Capshaw


Live events have returned.  New events will be listed regularly so check our website often.

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
Advocate: Ray Borg

Nextdoor is a completely private online website environment for all of the Kayenta Nextdoor neighborhoods. Special thanks to Ray Borg for being our fearless leader.

Community and City Resources

Resident support services, businesses, and education and enrichment programs

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

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

Shonto Point HOA Meetings
February 15th, 2023, 2 pm, Studio, Center for the Arts at Kayenta

Shonto Point Annual Meeting
April 1st, 2023, 2 pm, Studio, Center for the Arts at Kayenta. Proxy ballots for candidates will be mailed before the meeting

Taviawk Annual Meeting
The Taviawk HOA Annual Meeting will be conducted via mail-in ballot between February 9th and February 26th, 2023. After F1 tabulates the ballots, the Board will hold the 2023 Annual Information Meeting to present the budget for 2023, ongoing HOA developments, and the voting results at the Ivins City Hall Conference Room at 10:00 am on Wednesday, March 1, 2023.

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

BluCan Recycling
March 13 & 27

Dumpster Dates 
March 11 & 25

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 Ivins Unity Park Recreation Room at 350 S 300 W for worship, music, and fellowship. Parking lots are located near the tennis courts and the skate park. 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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