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April 2020

Snow Canyon State Park

Snow Canyon State Park is currently open only to residents of Washington County per Governor Gary R. Herbert’s “Stay Safe, Stay Home” Directive. Visit the Utah State Parks COVID-19 webpage for updated information.

The state of Utah has set up

to provide information on the new Coronavirus and well as a Hotline for those who suspect they may have the virus.

HOTLINE: 800-456-7707

Those exhibiting symptoms are asked to call either their doctor or the hotline first before going into an emergency room or urgent care. 

Keeping Connected in a Difficult Time

Social distancing does not mean social disconnect.

Kayenta residents are coming up with creative ways to stay connected with friends and family.  Victoria Topham’s Dinner club is now virtual–via Nextdoor Kayenta. Coyote Tales has gone virtual too for its event schedule April 27th. The Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism class is still scheduled but they will uses a video conferencing system called ZOOM. Friends are utilizing FaceTime to have happy hours and family reunions and online video games now have a new demographic–50+. Just in case you need a little “how to” check out the link below and connect to your Kayenta friends as we embrace each other through technology.

The Kayenta Community



Take a moment to enjoy what our natural environment has to offer.  In Kayenta, we are blessed to have this at our door step.  There is no need to be cooped up if you take the right precautions.  Enjoy your patio or a walk outside but please maintain social distancing.  The early spring rain assures that we will have spectacular blossoms for weeks to come.  Get outside and get some fresh air!

In light of COVID-19, please remember to reach out to your neighbors and make sure they are okay.  Groceries, medications, and supplies may be needed by someone.  Stay connected for support. 

Please maintain social distancing if you have a meeting or venture out shopping.  Please be responsible and safe. 


As you know, Kwavasa Drive has been closed for several months, as infrastructure is being added.  The goal is to have the road paved and reopened in mid- April.  Additionally, Kwavasa Drive is closed as the city builds new storm drainage.  This project is expected to be completed in mid- June.  Given the current situation, these projects may take longer as they rely on the availability of workers and materials.


Unfortunately, the Kayenta Art Village is closed to walk-in visitors but some of the galleries and services might remain open by appointment.  Please contact the gallery or business to see if limited shopping or services are offered.


Gallery 873 will have an online store available SOON.  Customers can call the home phone of the Gallery Owner Cherie Stoddard and she will meet them at the gallery if they wish to purchase.  The number is: 435-656-5864.


Zia is temporarily closed to the public but our artists are still busy with their imaginations trying out new glazes and creations to tempt your spirit with when we are finally able to reopen.  All our artists are local and greatly appreciate your support through the years. You can follow us on Facebook to see new creations.   If you are a Kayenta resident and wished you had purchased something before the temporary closing you may private message on Nextdoor the studio manager, Kathy Barth, who will coordinate with you arrangements to make a purchase for studio pick up. Stay healthy and hope to see you soon.


Juniper Sky Fine Art Gallery is proud to announce we are now representing artist Ted F. Remington. The gallery is currently open by appointment only, as we take precautions to keep employees and clients safe during the pandemic. If you are interested in making an appointment, please call or text Deb at 435.668.1888 or Alesha at 435.862.1620.


Xetava is temporarily closed, but we’ve turned into a relief hub for displaced restaurant workers. We’ve started a fundraiser, and we’ve already had our first distribution and fed over 500 people.

Take a look at the following links to find out what we are doing to help.

Kayenta Homes and PropertiesKAYENTA HOMES & PROPERTIES

Our agents are working remotely this time, taking phone calls and may meet with you by appointment. 


Gulch Design Group will continue working with clients via technology and continues to interface with builders.  Construction projects continue and new home designs are still in progress.


JENN is currently OPEN for her existing clients. Please call to schedule your next visit at 801-637-0884.


Elevate Studio is closed for now.  If you need support with your fitness routine contact John.


Sacred Space Spa is suspending all spa services (massage and facials) and yoga classes, for the time being due to the current health pandemic COVID-19.

Kayenta Homes and Properties

We are temporarily doing business in a new way due to COVID-19 safety precautions.

Our realtors are working remotely, answering calls and scheduling appointments to view properties or discuss potential listings.  We take pride in being the face of Kayenta and although we are not in our office we want you to continue to rely on us if needed. Our residents are the heart and sole of this community and the reason so many want to call Kayenta home. We are here to help with your Kayenta real estate needs.

Kayenta HOmes & Properties

Thank you for your continued support.

Your Kayenta Sales Team,

Jeff Sproul, Principal Broker
Nancy Kosick, Sales Agent
Steve McAllister, Sale Agent


Center for the Arts at Kayenta

Center for the Arts at Kayenta Event Update

The Center for the Arts at Kayenta Team is working hard and keeping our chins up, at a good social distance of course, while we look ahead during this fluid time. We have decided to hold off on any gatherings or events until AFTER MAY. Not knowing yet the exact dates of when we will be showing our next wave of plays, musicals, lectures, concerts, storytelling and art exhibits is difficult for all of us! We hope you miss us as much as we miss you, our patrons, donors and friends! Be assured however that the events and shows will happen –eventually– plus more exciting events are on the horizon!

We are rescheduling our current planned events and there are many new, not yet announced events, that will be coming soon for the new 2020/2021 season which begins July 1st. Stay tuned for the many exciting updates to come to you as we make our way through these unprecedented times! We need you more than ever to love and support the arts!

Be sure to join our email list! Tell us which email we should use by sending a note to: We will send updates, information about upcoming events and perhaps even some online entertainment ––being planned now!

The box office will only be open from 12–4pm on Mondays and Fridays. Hang on to your tickets we will have dates for exchanges and options coming soon!

Heartfelt thanks to the entire community for the many wonderful times we have seen you as you have come out and enjoyed the fine diverse entertainment, education and enrichment we have had this past season.

See you at the theater as soon as it is safe!

Jan Broberg

Your Personal Stage Awaits


Our stages may be dark for now but that does not mean you can’t indulge in your favorite theatrical adventures. Read the original inspiration behind many of the most successful stage adaptations. From children’s classics to historical fiction, books can often lead to a broader narrative understanding than what time permits our storytelling to explore onstage.  Below is a list of just a few of Jan Broberg’s favorite books that have been adapted to Broadway plays and musicals.  There is no excuse not to hit the books this April.


Alexander Hamilton

by Chernow, Ron

A Fun Home

Fun Home

by Bechdel, Alison

The Color Purple

The Color Purple

by Walker, Alice


Gypsy, A Memoir

by Lee, Gypsy Rose

Mary Poppins

Mary Poppins

by Travers, P. L.

Les Miserables

Les Misérables

by Hugo, Victor


The Phantom of the Opera

by Leroux, Gaston



by Doctorow, E. L.

Thank you to for his talent and photography used to promote many Center for the Arts at Kayenta and Kayenta Arts Foundation shows and events.
All programing is subject to change.

Kayenta Community

Our businesses and resident sponsored events and news

Petite Feast Dinner Club


In this time of voluntary self-isolation where our favorite eateries have been asked to close their doors (as Petite Feast Dinner Club has done), we are spending a lot more time at home. All of us are trying to pitch in, and for me, that has always meant to cook for and share food with others. So, I thought it would be fun to start a Nextdoor group to share a weekly recipe that participants can prepare at home using pantry staples. Each Friday we celebrate a Petite Feast Virtual Dinner Party and I invite you to attend. My goal is to share the beauty of preparing something delicious and nourishing for those we love and to share it around our virtual communal table.

HOW IT WORKS: I post the recipe on Nextdoor Kayenta each Wednesday with an ingredient list, easy to follow instructions, preparation video, and a photo of the completed dish. On Friday your job is to prepare the meal and enjoy it at home. Afterward, I encourage you to share any photos and thoughts you have on the experience through our Nextdoor group. Want to sign up? Click to sign up through Nextdoor. Not on Nextdoor, not a problem. Email me directly @

Tim and Judy Terrell have generously offered to suggest a wine pairing to complement each meal. To make it easy they’ll give general suggestions about varieties of wine that will pair well. The wine is not necessary, but it makes for a wonderful dining experience.

*To avoid unnecessary trips, please check your pantry before heading to the grocery store for ingredients. Hopefully most ingredients will be things you already have. Of course, I will be available through Nextdoor private messaging or the Petite Feast website to answer any questions you have about preparing the recipe.

Please keep supporting your favorite eateries by getting take-out when you can but, get in the kitchen, roll up your sleeves, and get cooking too.

Our first few dinners have been a grand success. Won’t you please join us? – Victoria

Coyote Tales

The Show Will Go On…Virtually!

Many local businesses and venues are being asked to close their doors in response to concerns about the coronavirus, and so many of our favorite activities are being canceled or postponed until further notice. But fear not, the show will go on!

I’m putting together a virtual Coyote Tales “Story Slam Smackdown.” This is a curated event of invited past storytellers, and maybe a few surprise new ones, who will each be sharing a two-minute story based on the theme, “A Funny Thing Happened.” Invited competitors will engage in the ultimate story challenge by using their smartphone to record and submit their story. Our panel of judges will choose the top ten submissions and then post them on the Coyote Tales website.

Here’s where you come in: On April 27th, listen to the stories online, and then vote for your favorite. The teller who receives the most votes will receive a $200.00 cash prize provided by our friends at Utah Humanities. That’s right, cash money!  Please watch for more details on Nextdoor and through our website

We are so sorry we can’t gather with you to hear these stories live as a community. But, this is virtually the next best thing. “Everyone has a story.”  —Vic

This event brought to you by Petite Feast and Utah Humanities.

UPDATE ON RED MOUNTAIN ART PROJECT – Due to school closures from COVID-19,  we have had to postpone the Red Mountain Elementary School Art Project until a time when it is safe for schools to reopen.  We have purchased all the supplies and materials for the project and are anxious to be able to reschedule the class.  We are working closely with Kelly Cope, Red Mountain’s Art Teacher, and hope to be making unique sculptural art with the children very soon. I thank you for your support of this project. It means so much to the children and the community.


Due to school closures from COVID-19, we have had to postpone the Red Mountain Elementary School Mini Sculpture (photo) Art Project until a time when it is safe for schools to reopen. We have purchased all the supplies and materials for the project and are anxious to be able to reschedule the class. We are working closely with Kelly Cope, Red Mountain’s Art Teacher, and hope to be making unique sculptural art with the children very soon. I thank you for your support of this project. It means so much to the children and the community.

Health, Fitness & Wellness

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

Fitness Events

Trips and Trails


For more details on upcoming events call Charles Dillier at 656-1956

Wellness Event


Class is now being offered though a video conference system called ZOOM

How can we bring more loving-kindness

compassion, joy and peace to a troubled world?

This question goes to the heart of Buddhism.

Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism: An 8-Week Class

In this introductory class, students will study the history and philosophy of Buddhism, and will gradually learn a daily meditation practice that can follow them “off the cushion” and into their lives. Space is limited,.

Please contact Lhamo Khandro at to reserve your place.

Where: ZOOM a video conference platform

847 Coyote Gulch Ct. Suite B, in Ivins, UT. 84738
When: April 8 – May 27th, Wednesday evenings, from 6:00 to 7:30 pm.
Cost: $100*
Text: Awakening the Buddha Within by Lama Surya Das. Each student should purchase a
text in advance, and bring it to class.
Instructor: Lhamo Thupten Dawa Khandro, is ordained in both Tibetan and Zen Buddhist lineages, with 23 years of Buddhist practice. She established Tahri Marpo Ling Gonpa in Ivins, UT with the blessings and guidance of Lama Thupten Rinpoche.
For more information about our sangha, meditation practices, classes and retreats, please see our website:

Both chairs and cushions are available. Wear loose, comfortable clothing.
*If a reduced rate is needed, please ask.

Elevate Fitness


Elevate is a boutique fitness studio located in Kayenta offering group fitness classes, and private, semi-private and group training workouts. Be happy. Be healthy. Have a blast!  ELEVATE!

Inquiries can be directed to
John Yohman, Owner
Elevate Studio • 435-632-1381

Sacred Space Spa


Sacred Space is a boutique-like day spa offering world renowned spa treatments as well as a wonderful selection of products, books, teas, and gifts. All spa treatments are performed by licensed professional therapists and estheticians that have been extensively trained and are extremely talented body workers and healers.

For more information on our services, pricing and monthly discounts visit our website. Your neighborhood day spa and yoga studio.

Tel: 435-862-7743

Find Your Joy Yoga Classes


Tuesday & Thursday FYJY with Aly at 9:30am

Saturday Restorative Yoga/Level 2 alternating with Aly at 10am

Space is limited. Contact Aly for details, pricing and for sign up info at 435-863-7743.

Fitness Yoga


Friday mornings 9 to 10:30 am, except most of June, July, and August.

These 90 minute sessions emphasize breathing, strength, flexibility, and balance. The level is intermediate and the style is hatha flow.   We are a warm and welcoming group with an average of 8–14 participants.  The location is the Room for Thought, a multi-purpose room in Kayenta’s Art Village.

If you have some experience and would like to join in the fun, please call first at 435-619-3475 for more details.

Kayenta Pickleball Group

We have a women’s league on Monday mornings and mixed doubles drop-in play on Tues, Thurs & Saturday mornings. Contact one of the members below for the current start times.  Players’ abilities vary, with some playing in competitive tournaments others more focused on great exercise and having fun on the courts with neighbors.  If you’re thinking about giving pickleball a try, please contact a member of the committee or any active member for details about joining. It’s a great game! Members in good standing may access the secured courts at any time.  See you on the courts!

Joel Lueders:
Michael Hopwood:
Trish Olson:

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. ($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. Drop in some morning or contact Gloria Prahl.

435-674-2824    435-669-0430

Kayenta Committees

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

Kayenta Deseret ArboretumKayenta Desert Arboretum

If you haven’t visited the arboretum, take advantage of this unique attraction in our community.  The arboretum was expanded last year and now extends from the north parking lot of Coyote Village to the Desert Rose Labyrinth.

Each year we need volunteers to keep this Kayenta treasure looking its best.  Whether you have volunteered in the past or not, please let us know if you can help with the occasional maintenance needed to keep it beautiful.  We are developing a permanent list of arboretum volunteers.  Please contact Roger Head, or 435-632-1814.

Kayenta 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:

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 

Ensuring the well being of our pets

The coronavirus has introduced a good deal of uncertainty into all our lives. Along with attempts to avoid the known human to human transmission, there has been concern about transmission of from pets to humans. This has lead some people to consider giving up their pets as a way of protecting themselves and their families. According to the Center for Disease Control and the World Health Organization there is NO evidence that family pets can transmit the virus. This is comforting news for all of us who are pet owners. However, with preparedness on everyone’s mind, it is a good time to think about what steps should be taken to ensure the well-being of our pets, especially in the event of self-quarantine or hospitalization. Following are some recommendations:

• Have adequate food, medications and other supplies on hand to avoid extra trips to the store and veterinarian.

• Arrange for someone to care for your pets should you be unable to do so. Shelters and rescues will not be able to handle a large influx of animals being surrendered.

• Keep all vaccinations up-to-date. This will be especially important should you need to board your pets.

•If you do become ill avoid physical contact with your pets. This is a type of surface contact so it could lead to the virus being transmitted to others in your household.

The Kayenta Street Painting Festival scheduled for April 25 & 26 has been cancelled. INKAS relies on funds generated from the sale of our pet-themed products at events like this to support the homeless animals at the Santa Clara – Ivins Animal Shelter and local animal rescue organizations.  We welcome your donations more than ever and want to remind you that INKAS is a 501(c) 3 organization and is a Registered Utah Charity.

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. 
You can also check us out on Facebook.

Friends of Snow Canyon State Park
Advocates: Isabelle Kalantzes

NOTICE:  To help limit the exposure of park staff and visitors to COVID-19, our entrance stations are currently closed.  FEES ARE STILL REQUIRED and visitors should be prepared to use the self-pay stations upon entry and pay with cash.  The Snow Canyon entrance fee is $10 per vehicle. 

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 “Like” us on FriendsofSnowCanyon.

Nextdoor Kayenta
Advocates: 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.

Ivins Night Sky Initiative

Ivins Night Sky Initiative
Advocate: Nathan Dupre

The Initiative’s mission 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. To accomplish that mission, the new board identified a number of action steps for 2020 and will meet again next week to finalize their 2020 plan.

Please visit the Initiative’s website for more information at or email them at

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

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.

For information contact
Ellen Nathan
Secretary for Staying Put in Kayenta

Happy 2 Help

Happy2Help is an in home personal concierge service eager to help you.

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

Crescent Moon Inn

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

JENN Hair Artist

Looking for a Hair Artist right here in Kayenta?….JENN 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 and helping you visualize your natural beauty!

JENN is located in the Kayenta Art Village
924A Art Village Way
Ivins, UT 83455
801 637-0884 (call or text)
Book online at

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

Blue Can Recycling

Blue Can Recycling

April 13 & 27

Dumpster Dates

April 18

Ivins City

Ivins City Offices are now CLOSED to Public due to COVID-19

In an effort to slow COVID-19, we have closed our doors to the public.  You can make payments, apply for services (new), submit building permits (new), etc… via email/online submission.

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

Due to COVID-19 the City has also decided to cancel all city events through the end of April.

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:

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.

The Tahri Marpo Ling Buddhist Sangha


Join us on Friday and Sunday Mornings from 9:00am – 10:00am at the Sacred Space Spa at the Kayenta Art Village.

Friday, 9:00am – 10:00am, Green Tara Practice

Sunday, 9:00am – 10:00am, Awakened Mornings

Visit our website: for ongoing information about classes and retreats.


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