Kayenta Connection April 2023

Kayenta Arts FoundationPRESENTS KAYENTA’S

Street Painting Festival

April 15 & 16, 2023 • 10am – 6pm

A Full Weekend of Family Fun
with Street painting, Art Galleries, Food, and Entertainment

The Kayenta Arts Foundation FREE two-day Street Painting Festival happens April 15-16, 2023 at the Kayenta Art Village in Ivins, Utah.  Professional artists and local students create elaborate street art using simple chalk on pavement, leaving visitors in awe. The professional talent and community involvement is the reason that festival attendance has grown every year since 2012. Festival attendees have the opportunity to shop at art galleries, dine at Xetava restaurant, enjoy live entertainment, or sample fabulous food and libations from outdoor food vendors.

Kayenta Art Village • 7 Miles West of St. George

Kayenta Art Foundations Street Painting Festival

Center for the Arts at Kayenta

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

Center for the Arts at Kayenta

Your Optimism is Not Required

April 21 - 30

Created by Team Sunshine

YOUR OPTIMISM IS NOT REQUIRED is a performance event, facilitated workshop, and communal gathering all woven into an experience that illuminates the ways we might move immobilizing despair about our world into collective hope and action. It takes place at an intimate, outdoor performance site encircling a campfire. Guided by two performers, the audience comes to embody characters in the lives of Daughter and Dad: a fictional biracial teenager and her white father on a camping trip confronting futures potentially shaped by environmental and societal crises.

This performance will take place outdoors on the Walton Commons Plaza. There will be a small fire, but please do bring a blanket if the night feels cold. Seating is General Admission for this event.


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


Festival of the Americas

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

Much of this year’s festival will focus on Native American art and culture and takes place in the outdoor setting of Kayenta Art Village and Center for the Arts at Kayenta. The area was once the ancestral home of Paiute Indians and showcases the stunning natural beauty of Kayenta.

Festival of the Americas will promote collaboration between diverse cultural groups in the region, with more than 40 artisans presenting their work and engaging with visitors about the connection of their work to their cultural heritage.

Kayenta Art Village


Kayenta Art Village
Studios, Galleries,
Businesses, &
Dining Options

Unique Experiences,
Local Perspective,
Exceptional Art.

Linda and Tom Stout

Glass Artists
Gallery 873

Ivins City Hall

Ivins City Arts Commission


Ivins City Utah Art on Loan

Artist Reception

Monday, April 3 at 6pm
Ivins City Hall Council Chambers

Please join us to celebrate the City of Ivins inaugural Art-on-Loan program. Meet the Artists and see the art displayed in the beautiful Ivins City Hall building located at 85 N. Main.

“Also coming soon from Ivins Arts Commission. It’s a Wrap! Stay tuned”

Kayenta Community

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

Curious about Kayenta Real Estate?

We invite you to scroll through our slide presentation to get a summary of how Kayenta’s Real Estate stats stacked up in 2022.  If you want the unabridged version, please call or visit your local real estate experts at Kayenta Homes and Properties.

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


Make Space

Spring is in full bloom at MakeSpace Art School and Studios

Here is the latest from MakeSpace including samples of upcoming classes and a spotlight on one of our fabulous instructors.

Beth HopwoodMeet Beth Hopwood. Beth is a Kayenta resident and the official facilitator of the SoulCollage classes. Beth graduated from a three-year Shamanic Healing Professional Training in September 2022 taught by Julie Kramer, and has done dreamwork with Craig Webb. She sees her SoulCollage® facilitation as part of a larger spiritual path and work of service. Beth strives to infuse all this work with an awareness of the magic in everyday life. Here is more information on her classes available this spring:

Beth Hopwood

Create Your Own Soul Collage

When: April 28 or May 19

“Did you know that images have power? They can claim us (a gut feeling of being drawn to an image), and they help us name a part of ourselves. This is the beginning of creating a collaged card to discover the voices within.”  –Beth Hopwood

Creative play with mixed media and collage. A one-of-a-kind workshop that is great for beginners. Experience the ability to access your own, personal inner wisdom using images. Allow your creativity to emerge, in your own way, in your own time. Come and meet your creative edge with Beth through SoulCollage. No artistic talent is necessary.

Cassandra Wood

Cassandra Wood

Painting with Gouache for Beginners

When: April 18

Gouache. It’s What’s for Dinner. Okay, it’s not what’s for dinner. But…what is it? Gouache is a rich, forgiving paint medium that combines the best of acrylic and watercolor. Join this fun, relaxed workshop with Cassandra Wood. Warm up with some basic skills, try your hand at painting some desert flora, or just experiment with the materials and see if you’ve found your favorite new medium.  All supplies provided.

Darcy Lee Saxton

Darcy Lee Saxton

Creative Drawing

When: April 26

This class is focused on exploration and imagination as students experiment with a variety of mediums and approaches to drawing creatively!  We will overview composition, technique, and drawing from observation, but will not be overly concerned with realistic representation. By allowing ourselves to delve into the many possibilities that art making provides, we can uncover styles that are suited to our strengths and allow our artistic voices to shine. Come and discover what creative drawing has to offer you!  All supplies are included.

MakeSpace Kayenta

A New Printing Press at MakeSpace

Copy that!  Thanks to Kayenta resident, Dan Capshaw for his work to design and build this resource.  And, thanks to Royden Card, renowned artist and printmaker for commissioning our press.  You can get up close and personal with this resource by taking one of our many printmaking classes.  Check out the options on MakeSpace’s website!

Who’s Up for Open Studio & Classes this Summer?

MakeSpace is working on the upcoming summer schedule and new classes will be posted soon.  What is in store for you hardy desert dwellers?  A cool, uncrowded studio, a chill vibe, and a hot palette of classes, workshops, and camaraderie, perhaps?

Go to our website to get a complete listing of classes and to enroll.  And, while you are there, be sure to register your email address to receive monthly updates on our school and classes.


Bob and Kathy in Monte Rosa

Resident Spotlight

by Janell Bassett

Kathy Johnson and Bob Greely

Over the years, Kathy Johnson and Bob Greely have followed their passions in ways that led them in perhaps unexpected directions. From a 6-month, unscripted, around-the-world trip to retiring in Kayenta, Kathy and Bob have followed their instincts, and instructions on YouTube, as they’ve undertaken career moves and new projects that keep them busy and together pretty much 24/7.

Although she was majoring in business and psychology, Kathy took a turn to follow her lifelong love of art, finishing college with a degree in fine art. A painter, she taught junior high for 25 years and loved it, although large classes and multiple assignments, including advising the yearbook and building stage sets, were exhausting. Yet she was driven by the desire to connect with each student and spark a desire to learn and create.

Bob also made an early choice to follow his interest in computer science, much to his father’s alarm. Starting as a software engineer when the field was relatively new, he ultimately retired as a Director of Technology for a software company in Salt Lake City. 

Bob, from Montana, and Kathy, from Wyoming, were long-time Salt Lake residents when they stumbled upon Kayenta, struck by its beauty and uniqueness. In 2011, they bought their current home, which was a complete remodel and spent every weekend for three months driving south to work on the house. Upon retiring, their plan was to sell the Kayenta house and stay in Salt Lake. But one glorious day reversed their thinking and they moved here full-time.

In Kayenta, Kathy served on the Kayenta Arts Foundation and continued to pursue her art, now an interest in encaustics—using molten, pigmented beeswax as a medium. She teaches art classes at MakeSpace, where the key difference between teaching adults and kids, she reports, is that adults “are so quiet!  It’s a bit unnerving, to be honest,” she says.

Bob took on another vocation as a volunteer firefighter for the Santa Clara Ivins Fire and Rescue Department in 2019. After hours and hours of training each year he “retired” in 2022 when the department moved from volunteers to hiring full-time firefighters. But Bob is philosophical, noting, with a laugh, that at 62 he was “past his prime” and that firefighting is a young person’s game.

Though they traveled the world on that 6-month on-the-fly odyssey—with a month in Nepal, stops in Dubai and Crete, and an encounter with a typhoon in Thailand—now they keep busy with skiing, hiking, biking, pickle ball, and regular trips to Wyoming. There, they have been building a cabin on land Kathy’s family has owned since 1906, by themselves—for the past four years. “It’s totally off-grid.  No contractor, no crew.  And we don’t know what we’re doing,” Kathy reports. Hence the YouTube videos to “figure out how to do pretty much everything.” When they’re not sanding, painting, tiling, hauling, etc., they enjoy hikes, the wildlife, and solitude. And being together 24/7.

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. 

Petite Feast
Petite Feast

Petite Feast Dinner Club


April’s dinner has sold out but there is still time to reserve your seat at May’s table


SUNDAY, MAY 28, 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.

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.

“Jennifer and I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful Petite Feast dinner last night. The food, setting, and company were all wonderful. And special thanks for accommodating my diet. Actually more than accommodating-my entree was delicious and there were some envious glances from my neighbors, at least until they tried their own” – Jennifer and Bob Opal

Petite Feast Virtual Dinner Party


Meatloaf is a reliable, comforting weeknight dinner that is always in heavy rotation at the Topham house.  It is the undisputed champion of classic weeknight dinners. It’s a time-saving, ‘cook once but eat twice’ meal that always earns compliments and ample leftovers.  When I make it, I start with my basic recipe but somehow, I can’t help fiddling around with it – adding spices or mix-ins here and there – to get different results. This time it’s a Moroccan incarnation with preserved lemon and cinnamon and the next time, maybe Italian with pine nuts, parmesan, and sundried tomatoes; variations are endless.

Recent tinkering turned out a version that was particularly good.  It was tender and juicy (thanks to the eggs and milk/bread mixture) and the crispy tortilla topping provided texture and that unmistakable south-of-the-border flavor.  And because, where is it written that meatloaf has to be a rectangle? I baked it in a round loaf shape! Once out of the oven, I topped the wedge-shaped pieces with fresh tomato salsa and served it with shredded lettuce, avocado, and a dollop of sour cream.

Tim and Judy say, “Why not tequila? But if you’re after a wine, how about something that does not have high tannins, maybe Italian like Barolo, Barbaresco.”  My husband, Matt chimed in that cerveza is the only real choice here. He recommends, Bohemia Obscura.

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

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



½ slice sandwich bread torn into pieces
2 T milk
1 # ground turkey meat
4 T minced onion
1 clove garlic, minced
1 egg
10 large brine-cured black olives, pitted and sliced
3 T cilantro, chopped
1 t ground cumin
1 t ground chili powder
1 t ea. salt and pepper
1 C jack or cheddar cheese, shredded
1 ½ C fresh tomato salsa (store-bought or homemade)
2 corn tortillas (8-inch size)
Romaine or iceberg lettuce
Sour cream


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Line a rimmed baking sheet with aluminum foil and lightly coat with pan spray. Set aside.

Combine torn bread and milk in a mixing bowl. Once the bread has softened, mix together to form a loose paste. Add ground turkey, onion, garlic, egg, cilantro, sliced olives, cumin, chili powder, salt and pepper. Mix gently until well combined.

Add ½ cup of the shredded cheese and ½ C of the salsa. Blend together and shape into 5” round mound. Place on the prepared sheet pan. Spread ½ C of the remaining salsa over the top of the meat.

Slice the corn tortillas into thin ribbons and scatter them evenly over the salsa pressing lightly. Top with the remaining ½ C of shredded cheese.

Bake in the preheated oven for 40 minutes or until the loaf is cooked through and tortilla shreds are nicely browned and crispy on top. Remove from the oven and cool slightly before cutting into wedges to serve.

To serve: place a pile of shredded lettuce on a plate and top with meatloaf. Top with a spoonful of the remaining salsa, avocado and sour cream.

Serves 2 with leftovers

Coyote Tales
Coyote Tales
Coyote Tales
Coyote Tales
Coyote Tales
Coyote Tales
Coyote Tales

March 24th the Lorraine Boccardo Theater at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta was packed.

A single storyteller stood on stage, framed by a spotlight, telling a true tale about being busted – about the moment hospital security arrived to question her about missing helium balloons – the balloons which were now tied around her father’s hospital bed. The audience was bewitched – enchanted by the honesty and detail of her narrative.  In a very real way, the audience members were taking part in the storyteller’s real-life experience. We were right there with her and her family alongside her father’s bed. When she finished, another name was pulled from the hat and the next storyteller took the stage to share his experience of racing downhill on a dilapidated bicycle, as expected, listeners relished every moment of it.

Coyote Tales was happy to return to CFAK for the first performance of their 2023 season.  It was a delightful evening that was thoughtful, entertaining and filled with great stories and community connection. Five local storytellers were joined on stage by visiting tellers, Richard Perkins, Sear Hirten and Adam Hartshorn. Mike Lookinland of ‘Brady Bunch” fame even shared a tale! And of course, Doug Caputo served as the event’s self-proclaimed “Master of Sharemonies.”  He guided it as he always does with charm and expertise. Another high point of the evening was the music provided by Joe and Paula Ferario of Stillhouse Road.  Bluegrass music couldn’t get any better.

Petite Feast and Kayenta Homes and Properties hosted the welcoming pre-party where guests socialized and enjoyed tasty beverages and upscale finger foods like, cowboy style jar-cuterie, grape and blue cheese truffles, chocolate brownies and other finger foods. The party offered a wonderful opportunity to experience and appreciate our unique community. One storyteller quipped that the pre-party really just provides Victoria with an opportunity to strong arm a few more attendees into putting their name in the hat!

Coyote Tales events are intended to be about the shared connection between the teller and the audience.  Our stage is a no-pressure arena to celebrate our diversity, our community and our experiences.  In fact, many audience members leave our events feeling like they know their neighbors a little bit better.

We are happy to announce that our next live event will be at Ivins City Park in conjunction with the Heritage Days Festival. We’re working on an inspiring line-up of tellers, but there is room on the stage for you too! If you are interested in getting on stage, please contact Victoria through the Coyote Tales website



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

This project is sponsored by Petite Feast, Utah Humanities, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Kayenta Homes and Properties & Desert Dweller Realty

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.

“The secret of life is enjoying the passage of time”

James Taylor

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

Trips and Trails

Trips and Trails

Kayenta Exploration Group

March’s trip was canceled due to Rain. We have rescheduled the same destination for April 17

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 for 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)

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 email Denton Zubke 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.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Humanity
Advocate: Patrick Barickman

A Place to Call Home

On a sunny afternoon in January, a dozen or so volunteers from the Southern Utah Veterans and Washington City Rotary Clubs and Habitat for Humanity of SW Utah (Habitat) gathered at the Shivwits reservation community just west of Kayenta. We were there to continue preparation work to refurbish a solid home for a second chance to provide shelter for a long-time community leader and Shivwits Band member, Glenn Rogers, and his wife Lorretta. Jon Dimond, who is managing the remodeling project for Habitat, told us that their priority is to keep and improve sound structures in a community rather than tear them down since there is already such a shortage of good, affordable housing.

Some of you may know, or know of, Glenn. He has been a past chairman and is a current member of the Shivwits Band Council and a military veteran. Glenn started the annual Shivwits Christmas Toy Drive in partnership with M&S Turquoise in St George and has helped manage it for many years. 

As your Kayenta neighbors and members of the Washington City Rotary Club, we want to make you aware of an opportunity to provide some financial assistance, if you are able, to help complete this worthwhile project.

After the most recent volunteer event to finish removing debris from inside the house, Habitat had ServePro inspect the house for mold. The mold was bad enough that the decision was made to have ServePro remove the lower portion of the sheetrock and the top 2 layers of flooring. They treated the entire home to remove the mold so that it is safe for construction to continue. The bill from ServePro was approximately $11,000.

The next step is to replace the sheetrock and flooring then schedule inspections of the electrical, plumbing, and HVAC and obtain bids for any necessary repairs.

Habitat will cover the labor costs, but the homeowner is responsible for paying back the cost of the materials at zero interest.  After the bids come through following the inspections, Habitat will create a “scope of work” that outlines the necessary repairs they will complete and a payment plan for the homeowner.

To date, several individuals and Rotary have contributed approximately $6,500.  Several other Rotary donations are possible, but the amounts are unknown at this time.  As you can see, there is a great need for additional funding.

You may contact Scott Florence or the Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Utah (link below) for more information on how to help with this project.

Thank you so much for your consideration!

Patrick Barickman
Scott Florence

835 South Bluff Street, St. George, UT. 84770

Site preparation volunteer day, January 2023

Desert Preservation InitiativeDPI – Desert Preservation Initiative
Advocate: Chuck Warren 

March 2023 Update

What we’ve learned: It takes a team

Folks dedicated to maintaining the health and beauty of the natural environment face multiple challenges. It’s not just as simple as finding a problem and going out and fixing it. For example, what’s a problem in one person’s eyes, may not be so in another’s. Or, if parties agree that there is a problem, what’s the best way to address it?

The Desert Preservation Initiative (DPI) is committed to the study and, when needed, the restoration of our native desert ecosystem using scientifically proven methodologies. As DPI volunteers have begun to remove Tamarisk in Kayenta, outreach to government partners for assistance and support has been critical to moving forward in a responsible and effective way. 

As DPI’s volunteers soon learned, there are a myriad of agencies, state, regional, and local, whose work and/or interests overlap with what DPI does. Reaching out, “We found direct support, helpful professional training and advice, and, very simply, new and rewarding relationships,” says botanist Terrence Walters, DPI secretary.

DPI found both scientific and practical support for its mission. “We found support for Tamarisk removal from local fire agencies,” says Chuck Warren, DPI president, “from Andrew Parker, Fire Chief of Clara Ivins Fire and Rescue, and from John Schmidt, Wildland-Urban Interface Specialist, Dept. of Natural Resources, Division of Forestry, Fire and State Lands, both of whom see Tamarisk removal as essential to fire risk reduction.”

Volunteers were the beneficiaries of training workshops on safety procedures and gear along with the proper handling and application of herbicide from supporters such as Amy Davidson, a Compliance Specialist in the Pesticide Program of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food, who believes “the Tamarisk removal process is way overdue, especially with our water situation.” “Having these experts conduct workshops creates a real comfort level for our volunteers who are putting in the hours and the physical labor to get this work done,” says Dan Beck DPI vice-president and volunteer coordinator.

DPI also received direct assistance from Joseph Rawlinson, Ivins City Arborist, and Heber Heyder, Washington County Emergency Services Fire Warden, who brought equipment and crews to help chip Tamarisk debris at the DPI chipping corral in Kayenta.

DPI President Chuck Warren and Secretary Terrence Walters have driven outreach to these agencies. These connections have led the DPI team to new resources and have identified grant opportunities. And these conversations have increased our understanding of the complexities that face governmental agencies at all levels, from staffing limits to managing related environmental issues, such as wildlife, that need to be taken into consideration. Conversations are ongoing with the cities of Ivins and St. George, both of which address the need to remove Tamarisk.

“It’s thrilling to know that so many people working at so many levels of government are interested in and invested in the work we do to preserve the natural habitat of the Southwestern desert,” says Warren. “When you take on a project this big, it feels good that we can tackle it as part of a true team effort.”

Chuck Warren, left, reviews conditions in the Kayenta Wash with Heber Heyder, fire warden with Washington County Emergency Services; DPI volunteer Carrie Wilson, and Tiffany Martineau, Community Wildfire Planner.
Richard Heflebower, a horticulture agent for Utah State University Extension, joined Amy Davidson of the Pesticide Program of the Utah Department of Agriculture and Food to teach volunteers the proper application of herbicide at a safety workshop.
Brad Winder of the Noxious Weed Department, Washington County, shared his wide knowledge of invasive weeds and their impact on the native desert habitat at a training workshop in May.

Inkas no kill Animal Supporters

INKAS – Ivins No Kill Animal Supporters
Advocate: Lois Hewitt 

Kayenta Street Painting Festival

April is an event-filled month for INKAS starting with the Kayenta Street Paianting Festival on Saturday the 15th and Sunday, the 16th. This event brings professional artists and school groups to Ivins where they create amazing chalk masterpieces. You will find us at our usual location on the north side of Xetava.

PAWSitivly Art Festival

The following weekend the PAWS animal rescue will hold its first annual PAWSitivly Art Festival on Friday, the 21st, and Saturday, the 22nd at their adoption facility located at 1125 W 1130 N in St. George. Twenty-seven vendors will be on hand with their creations including everything from baked goods to a wide variety of arts and crafts.

Mutts at the Mall Adoption Fair

Our final event of the month is the Mutts at the Mall adoption fair on Saturday, the 29th. This is the second year this event held in the Red Cliffs Mall parking lot. Shelters and animal rescue organizations from Washington County will be there with adoptable pets looking for their forever homes. INKAS will be there to sponsor low-cost microchipping ($25). Look for us next to the Santa Clara – Ivins Animal Shelter booth. As a 501(c)3 nonprofit, we rely heavily on income generated by sales at these events and donations from the public. All proceeds are used to support homeless animals in our area.

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. 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


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 website.

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

Kayenta Committees

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

Kayenta Deseret ArboretumKayenta Desert Arboretum

A big thank-you to everyone who attended and supported our annual spring plant sale that was held March 16 – 19. Your support enables us to maintain our Arboretum which showcases native and water-wise plants suitable for our Kayenta environment.

Interested in volunteering in the arboretum?  Or just looking for information about the arboretum or our lecture series.  Please contact Roger Head.

Phone: 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

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

Ivins City Dumpster Dates and Blucan Recycling Calendars

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 group meets weekly to enjoy the limitless creativity of off-loom weaving.

For information contact Katie


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