Kayenta Connection Newsletter • August 2017

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KAF has provided the Kayenta Connection with a much requested “sneak peek” at their 2017 Summer/Fall schedule. Their Grand Opening Gala will be October 20 & 21, 2017. Deanna Morales WILL be opening her new store “Desert Dew Drops” in the Kayenta Art Village on August 17th and Petite Feast has her monthly dinner scheduled for the 27th.

We hope you are enjoying your summer and that you are getting to enjoy some of Kayenta’s many happenings. Thanks for reading.

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Kayenta Arts Foundation

Kayenta Arts Foundation Upcoming Events


2017 Summer/Fall

In the works & behind the scenes:
(a sneak peek for our biggest supporters)

September 21st, 2017

Rosin Eclectic Cello Duo
September 23rd, 2017

Special Grand Opening Performances

Opening Gala Events
October 20 & 21, 2017  (including one performance of [title of show] each night)

[title of show] A fresh new Musical about the making of a FRESH NEW MUSICAL!
October 20 through November 4th

Special Visual Art Exhibit Honoring southern Utah Artists
Judy & Tim Terrell Main Lobby
Bonnie & Roger Head West Gallery
Center for the Arts

Enchanted Dolls from Around the World, A Holiday Event
(Dates to be announced)

Holiday Concert
DSU Chamber Singers  with Snow Canyon High School Jazz Band & Madrigal Choir
December 7th 2017

Neil Simon’s The Dinner Party
January 17th- 20th, 2018

Vietnam Through My Lens
February 16th – 18th, 2018

4 Strings 4 Corners 4 Bach
March 31st, 2018
Concert at a private home in Kayenta

St. George Chamber Singers Celebrate Bach
April 20th, 2018

Street Painting Festival
April 28th & 29th, 2018
Kayenta Art Village

Unless otherwise mentioned, events will be held at the Lorraine Boccardo Theater, Center for the Arts. Some listed programing is tentative and in the  early stages of development. All programing is subject to change.

$75,000 for $75,000 Before August 7th!

It’s almost Showtime! But before we can offer an amazingly-authentic-intimate-quality theatrical experience we need to complete the outfitting of the Theatre!

Luckily, we have been offered a matching challenge to help get the job done, but we are running out of time!

Generous donors have offered to match up to $75,000, one dollar for every dollar raised.

We have a very short time frame to reach this goal and take advantage of this amazing gift.

To date, we have raised enough for chairs, risers, rigging, and a studio piano, but here is what we need to achieve a fully outfitted Center:

Immediately needed for grand opening: $200,000 by August 7th to order:

  • Sound System
  • Lighting System
  • Draperies
  • Accessibility System for Persons with Hearing Impairments ($5,000 Pledged)

Needed to complete outfitting for the first full season: $150,000 by September 30th to obtain:

  • Projection Equipment ($5,000 Pledged)
  • Concert Piano ($5,000 Pledged)
  • Dance Floor
  • Spotlight

URGENT! WE NEED YOUR HELP NOW! Give $500 or more and be recognized on a plaque in the Center showing that you support the arts in southern Utah.


Be Part of the Art


Kayenta Homes & Properties

Labor Day Weekend
Pool Party
Saturday, September 2, 5:30 – 9 pm


During the hot summer months the Real Estate market usually slows down, but here at Kayenta Homes & Properties we’ve been breaking records…and not just with the temperature. In July we closed one of our listings with an unheard of $294.22 per square foot sales price which in turn establishes greater values in Kayenta. Also in July, we’ve been breaking the million dollar glass ceiling by putting two of our million dollar plus listings under contract. The homes were listed and $1,200,000 and $1,399,900.

This year has been a very successful year for sales in Kayenta. Since January 1st,2017 there have been 26 homes sold. Currently there are 3 homes under contract and 7 available listings. As far as lots go, 21 have sold and there are 3 under contract.

If you are curious as to the value of your home/lot or are thinking of selling, please stop by our Real Estate Gallery located in the Art Village or give us a call at 435-628-7234. We will use our expertise and love of Kayenta to value your home and give you a complete overview of the market trends in Kayenta.

We are excited to finish this year out with another successful fall selling season and are looking forward to seeing you all around the Art Village.

Your Kayenta Real Estate Experts,
Jeff, Kurt and Nancy

Jeff Sproul, Principal Broker
Kurt VanLeeuwen, Sales Agent
Nancy Kosick, Sales Agent
435-628-7234 • www.kayentahomes.com

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Petite Feast Supper Club

Petite Feast Supper Club • August 27, 2017

It’s hot, hot, hot outside! Come enjoy this backyard style bash that is sure to wow with a delicious menu and inspired festiveness! This unique menu will feature local produce and the robust and spicy flavors of the season. Please join us!~ Victoria

“Lois and I want to just say we had a wonderful time yet again at your monthly dinner last night. You’ve done a great job creating a sense of community by providing this gastronomic forum. We look forward to the next Petite Feast.”
~ Paul & Lois

About Petite Feast Supper Club: After 30 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’oeuver 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 will be announced monthly through her invitation list. Pricing for each event varies. The next event is scheduled for Sunday August 27th. Click here for more information, menu and to purchase tickets: http://petitefeastutah.com/about-petite-feast/petite-feast-dinner-club/



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Petite Feast Supper Club


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

~ Roger Head ~

Although we are experiencing summer temperatures early this year we hope you will take the time to stroll through the arboretum gardens to see how well the plants of the desert adapt to the heat.  Construction of the connection between the Arboretum and the Desert Rose Labyrinth has taken a pause due to the heat and the long awaited sewer line project on Kayenta Parkway.  This spring we planted a number of desert plants along the route.  Thanks to a number of volunteers who are hand watering them, they will survive until the project is completed this fall.of the volunteers who have devoted many hours to the project.  Without this volunteer effort, this project would not have been possible.

For more information, contact Roger Head 632-1814 ● rbh@mtaonline.net.

~ A Collaborative Effort ~

Landscape committe header

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


If you have an article you would like us to consider for this new section in the Kayenta Newsletter please contact Sueann Skudlarczyk at saskud@gmail.com.

TRIPS AND TRAILS ~ Charles Dillier ~

Taking the summer off. Our trips will resume this fall.  Charles Dillier, 656-1956.

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Desert Dew Drops“Desert Dew Drops”

Every Drop is Unique

Opening for the Solar Eclipse • August 17 – 21, 2017
We have a special way of doing things. We specialize in one of a kind container gardens, but have a unique way of giving our customers their own special gardens.
1. Pick a theme (color, style, types of plants)
2. Pick a container
3. Pick some plants
4. Let us make your garden
You can even add extras like crystals, rocks, shells, figurines, or collections of your liking. In addition our little shoppe carries, candles, dried arrangements and Good Medicine products. We are adding new products weekly so be sure to come in and look for more surprises.

Our space is available for events or rentals. We also offer home care and plant rehabilitation services.

Store Hours

Tuesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday by appointment.
Closed Monday and Wednesday
11 am to 1 pm • 3 pm to 6 • Or sometimes we are here if customers are buying!

Desert Dew Drops
847, #C, Kayenta Art Village 84738

Gallery 873To our Kayenta Connection Readers.

Visit Gallery 873 to receive 10% off selected pieces

Cherie & George Stoddard, Owners • Gallery 873
873 Coyote Gulch Ct. Ivins, UT 84738 • 435-673-6628
Ivins • Southern Utah’s Red Rock Destination

Crescent Moon InnCome Stay In Kayenta!

Located in the desert community of Kayenta Utah, the Crescent Moon Inn is the perfect place to get away from it all. Relax and enjoy the picturesque desert surroundings and an unobstructed view of the night sky. 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 Crescent Moon Inn Reservations or Pricing call: 435-879-9076

or visit us at www.crescentmooninn.com

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Elevate Fitness

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

“My workouts are targeted, customized programs based on you or your groups fitness level and goals.  Perfect for groups of friends, co-workers, athletes or those wanting to join a smaller more focused group for their workouts.” Contact the studio for scheduling and pricing.

Elevate has been providing fitness expertise to the Kayenta Community and beyond since 2013. The studio space is also available for rental for workshops, trainings and other events.  Inquiries are welcome.

Be happy. Be healthy. Have a blast! E L E V A T E
For more information visit: johnyohmanfitnessretreats.com.

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

Yoga ClassFitness Yoga with Kayenta resident Christy Lueders

Wednesday and Friday mornings at 8:45 to 10am. These 75 minute sessions emphasize breathing, strength, flexibility, and balance. The level is intermediate. The style is hatha flow. The location is the Room for Thought, a multi-purpose room in Kayenta’s Art Village. If you would like to join in the fun, please call first at 435-673-3469.

Village Fitness Center

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. ($3 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. Drop in some morning or contact Gloria Prahl at gmp@infowest.com or call 435-674-2824 or 435-669-0430.

Sacred Space Spa Dear friends,

We have some big news to share with you!

Aly (that’s me) has been offered and accepted a job at the soon to be Amira Spa & Resort (formally Green Valley Spa) as Spa & Resort Director.  This is an exciting opportunity and signifies a big transition! I so hope you will all join me on this new adventure.  This beautiful 46 guest room resort  will have many wonderful amenities: gorgeous pools, tennis courts, fitness center, yoga classes, exquisite products (including Eminence organic skincare), onsite restaurant and a gorgeous new spa! I  will continue teaching yoga, develop the spiritual programs, and act as Director for Amira Spa. I will also continue doing massage for my current wonderful clients at Amira 2 days a week.

Sacred Space Spa will be closing it’s doors and joining forces with Amira beginning August 10th, 2017. 

If you currently have a massage pass we ask that you try to get in and use your pass while we are still in Kayenta, however if you are out of town or have recently purchased a pass please rest assured that your pass will be honored at Amira until it expires (a year from the original purchase date). Unused gift certificates will be handled in the same manner. The expiration date is on the top right hand corner of gift certificate, should you have questions about it’s expire date. If you have further questions about this or do not know if your pass has expired please feel free to call us so we can help this transition be as seamless as possible!

The past 6 years in the Art Village have been truly beautiful ones! We won’t be far away but still, we will very much miss being in Kayenta. We love you all and appreciate your support and love over the years. Again we will be close, and Javier will be coming to Amira as well, so come see us and tour the beautiful new spa beginning mid August!

Much love and gratitude,

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


Staying Put in Kayenta

Staying Put in Kayenta seminars will start up again on the 3rd Wednesday in September at the Room for Thought in the Kayenta Art Village.

We are planning on working with the LiveWell Center and presenting “Your Prescription for Longevity” over a period of several months.

Move well • Eat well • Cope with stress well • Sleep well
Love well • Connect Well • Prevent well

“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.

We look forward to seeing everyone in September.  Have a wonderful summer.

Best Regards,  Ellen Nathan
Secretary for Staying Put in Kayenta

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.

Contact StayingPutKayenta@gmail.com for information.


Tibetan Buddhism Class

Do you ever ask yourself…What can I do to create a zone of peace in the world?
New Class Starting September 6, 2017

If your answer is YES join our Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism Class

This class will introduce you to Buddhism, a 2,500 year old spiritual tradition, one that has the potential to change how you live your life so that you can bring more peace, loving kindness, compassion and joy to our world.

You will learn to do a daily spiritual practice that you can take anywhere with you. We will study Buddhist literature and key themes in Buddhist philosophy and develop a meditation practice that includes chanted prayers, mantras and visualizations.

  • Cost: $60 for the entire 8 week course, students must purchase a copy of our text: Awakening the Buddha Within: Tibetan Wisdom for the Western World by Lama Surya Das
  • When: Wednesdays, from 6-7:30 pm; September 6 – October  25, 2017
  • Where: Desert Dew Drops at the Kayenta Art Village, in Ivins, UT
  • Preparation: Wear loose, comfortable clothing; bring your meditation cushion if you prefer to sit on one; otherwise, chairs will be provided.

For registration and more Information email: tahrimarpoling@gmail.com

This class is limited to just ten students so sign up today.

This class will be taught by E. Kay Barickman, Ph.D. Kay is an ordained Zen monk, and she has taken refuge in both Zen and Tibetan Buddhist lineages. She has studied Buddhism for 19 years, and is offering this class with the guidance and blessings of Lama Thupten Dorje Gyaltsen Rinpoche, founder of Urgyen Samten Ling Gonpa temple.


Ivins City

Ivins City information can be found on their website at www.ivins.com

Dave the Date: Ivins Heritage Days Celebration, September 8 & 9, 2017

Introducing the New Snow Canyon Cafe at Tuacahn

Snow Canyon CafeChef Tracey Berry brings her culinary skills to this incredible location to create a fresh, delicious, casual cafe experience at the edge of Snow Canyon State Park and Tuacahn Center for the Arts. You can park your bike and dust off your hiking boots or just stroll up the iconic Tuacahn plaza stairway to enjoy an indoor / outdoor eatery like no other.
Please visit www.snowcanyoncafe.com for menu options.

Open Year-Round
Mon – Fri: 11 am – 8 pm • Sat: 9 am – 8 pm • Closed Sundays


~ Connie Butterfield ~

Ivins no-kill animal supporters

On June 24th, the Ivins City Animal Shelter hosted their Volunteer Appreciation luncheon. The Ivins City Shelter staff understands if it were not for the efforts of all the volunteers the Shelter would not continue to be as successful as it is. While recognizing all volunteers and expressing sincere thanks the Shelter also acknowledged two individuals who continue to be untiring in their efforts and support. Ursula Reikes and Les Balliet were honored as the Ivins City Shelter’s “Volunteers of the Year.” Congratulations and thank you Ursula and Les.

In August, the Shelter is reducing some of their adoption fees:
$10 for adult cats • $20 for kittens • $20 for dogs

The Ivins City Shelter is open Monday through Saturday 7am – 3pm.

During June, the Shelter received several kittens that were still needing to nurse. PAWS, One More Chance Rescue and INKAS united their resources and organized the required care for those kittens. Now as healthy independent kittens they have been spayed/neutered and most have already been placed in their forever homes.

The “Wish List” for the shelter this month is: Kirkland (Costco brand) Cat Food. The food is well received by all felines. They give it a big “paw’s up”!


While our fundraising efforts slow down during the summer months our volunteer activities stay strong. We have members who volunteer at the Ivins Shelter, we provide transportation for the animals to the vet, training/socializing sessions, off-site walks and back and forth from “Best Friends.” Monies raised from our fundraising events have been used for vet bills, medicine, pet food, kitty litter and other supplies needed at the shelter.

If you are interested in donating to INKAS there is a donation box at the Ivins City Animal Shelter, or, you can visit our website: inkas4pets.org or contact Ruth Webb at: 435-669-1670.

The Ivins City Shelter and INKAS will have a booth at Swiss Days ( Sept. 22 – 23). INKAS will also be at the Red Rocks Car Show at the Santa Clara City Park Sept–23 9:00am – 4:00pm.

Pets of the Month
Felix – Male Cat 4 years old

Tango – Male Dog 2-3 years old

INKAS Pets of the Month

The Ivins Animal Shelter

Stacey Trujillo, Manager: 435-628-1049

Monday – Saturday:  8AM – 3PM
Sunday:  CLOSED

INKAS contact info: Connie Butterfield 435-817-1616

Inkas4pets@gmail.com. You can also check us out on Facebook.

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. If you would like to join go to: www.nextdoor.com/join/VZBZAH.


Friends of Snow Canyon is on a Summer Break. We hope you have a great summer. Please check  back in late August for specific details regarding our upcoming member events.

Here is a sneak preview for 2017/2018 !

  • September: Astronomy: The Stars over Snow Canyon AND National Public Lands Volunteer Event
  • October: Gold Butte: A visual tour of Nevada’s newest National Monument
  • November: Annual Meeting and Social Event
  • January: The Amazing World of Lichen
  • February: Raptor & Predators of Snow Canyon
  • March: Red Cliff Desert Reserve
  • April: Guided Hikes: Wildflower Hike AND Medicinal Plants Hike
  • May: Guided Hike: The geology of Snow Canyon

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

Note:  Johnson Canyon trail is closed to the general public from Mar. 15- Sept. 15 unless individuals are participating in a ranger-led program.


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

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

PLACE • New Office, 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.

CALL TO RESERVE SPACE OR TO SIGN UP. HOME • 435-656-9199 CELL • 801-680-9616


Uncork Your Own Inner Artist!

Thursday nights and private parties. $35 for canvas, paint & a 2 hour class. Go home with your own acrylic painting. Bring a beverage, soda to wine. Have fun with friends!

Caroll Shreeve, BS in Art with 20 years teaching K to 12; Weber SU.
Works with kids age 6 to adults and private lessons.
CONTACT • 435-632-6463

OPEN STUDIO • Wednesday 11 – 3, COST $10
Bring your own medium. Kathy Heiner 435-669-8701

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Trips & Trails
For more details call Charles Dillier at 435-656-1956.

Group play is every day of the week but Sunday and the starting time changes with the season.  For more info, call Rick Erickson at 435-674-4972.

Kayenta Book Lovers
Meetings the 2nd Monday of every month. For more details contact:   A useful resource for any reader: https://sites.google.com/site/kayentabookclub/

Spirit of the Desert Episcopal Church
Every Sunday at 3 pm in Kayenta’s Room for Thought. For details contact Katie Mays at 435-628-3552. www.spiritepiscopalchurch.org.

The Red Cliff Tibetan Buddhist Sangha – Green Tara Practice
Starting August 4th this practice will happen every Friday from 9:45 – 10:45am in Desert Dew Drops at the Kayenta Art Village. The Green Tara Practice will begin with a teaching from Buddhist literature, followed by the chanting of prayers and the Green Tara mantra. The practice will conclude with a period of silent meditation. Preparation: Wear loose, comfortable clothing; bring your meditation cushion if you prefer to sit on one; otherwise, chairs will be provided. A suggested donation of $5, would be greatly appreciated.
For more Information email:tahrimarpoling@gmail.com

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