Well, what a year it has been. From a global pandemic, protests and riots in parts of the United States, national and local elections, online learning and remote work, describing 2020 seems like a daunting task. With terms such as quarantine, social distancing, and Zoom parties, it seems like our everyday lexicon will forever be changed by the words and phrases that have permeated our conversations. Close to home (meaning Kayenta), we have described 2020 as being: busy, postponed, slow, closed, open, to-go, by appointment, quiet, cancelled, hunkered-down, and crazy!
Here is a brief synopsis of the year from our perspective:
Since late March the village has been open and closed, on and off, as we have worked to navigate the COVID19 pandemic and manage public safety. Today, village shops and galleries are OPEN! The hours have become more regular once again (open every day 10am to 5pm). In the midst of all of this we have welcomed Hutch Studio Handcrafted Jewelry to the art village. As with all retail establishments, face coverings are required. The our businesses are following the governor’s mandates and requirements. These rules allow us to stay open and offer peace-of-mind for those who work in the village and our customers. As you can imagine, specialty retail and hospitality have been hit hard during the pandemic. Remember to help to support independent small business in our community and we will keep our local economy alive!
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2020 started off with a fantastic Gala in January and the annual Membership Drive only to be shuttered a couple months later. Like other theaters and art centers, Kayenta Arts Foundation and Center For The Arts In Kayenta (CFTAK) were forced to cancel most of its season which was a huge disappointment this year. Dozens of shows and two art festivals were cancelled due to COVID19 state mandates. By spring, CFTAK got creative and was the only arts venue in southern Utah to produce weekly online performance live-streamed via Facebook. By summer, the kids camp was able to safely produce Seussical the Musical and in October the Center for the Arts celebrated its third year in operation by presenting the two man play RED! Other performances were produced with audience seating socially distanced including an outdoor performance by Kurt Bestor. Check kayentaarts.com and Kayenta Art Scene on Facebook
for information on future performances and events. The show must go on!
By the end of March Xetava closed its doors due to state restrictions. After indoor dining had to be closed, “to-go orders only” were not viable to keep the doors open. The closure forced restaurant workers to lose jobs. Greg, Rachel and the entire staff acted quickly to offer food to anyone finding themselves without a job. Many of Xetava’s customers chipped in to the fund raising $20,000. The fund helped the area’s unemployed restaurant workers and additional supplies were donated to the Switch Point Community Resource Center. As the pandemic went on, it was clear that Xetava would need to figure out a new way of offering a safe dining experience. All outdoor dining was the answer and disposable containers were a health safety solution. Today, Xetava operates normal hours (open daily: noon to 5pm and extended hours for dinner Thursday through Sunday until 8pm. Saturday and Sunday open at 9am).
Personal services, fitness and yoga have continue to operate on and off in 2020. Right now, Sacred Space Spa offers spa treatments by appointment and Aly is taking yoga sessions online. Elevate Studio has been offering fitness and yoga outdoors (weather permitting) and Jenn continues to provide her artistry to hair by appointment. All businesses are operating according to state requirement.
After several years of growth, by the early months of 2020 real estate sales were softening and it looked like a recession might be likely. We had anticipated this and were not too concerned. As usual, we participated in the annual Parade of Homes but by the end of February talk of COVID19 was on everyone’s mind. Then the pandemic hit the US. By April, the world was hunkering down and our economic future was unknown but by summer the appeal of open-space and the ability to move-around drew interest to southern Utah and Kayenta. With few homes for sale, lot sales spiked and home design shifted into high demand. Sales continue to be brisk, as 2020 comes to a close. As you can see throughout our community, southern Utah and Kayenta continue to experience growth. To our surprise, we are continuing to grow even during the pandemic and unstable economy. For decades Kayenta Homes & Properties has sponsored the annual Memorial Day and Labor Day weekend pool parties. Sadly, we had to cancel both of these traditions this year. Additionally, we need to forgo our year-end holiday gathering. Stay safe everyone, we hope to gather next year.
We are sure you have a story to tell about 2020 and a few choice words to describe it! Let’s hope we can all be together again soon to share. As 2020 comes to a close, we say farewell to an unprecedented year and HELLO 2021!
If you’ve lived in Kayenta for any length of time, the twists and turns of the strangely-named roads, the ups and downs of the local hills and washes, and the various man made landmarks and reference points have surely become second nature to you by now. Over the past few years, however, Kayenta has seen a steady and growing influx of new homeowners (and home builders). Our unique quality of life has been discovered by others who share our values of moderate growth and land usage.
But for many of these newbies, conversational references by long-timers to such things as the “Taviawk Wash”, or the “Dog Park”, or the “Crescent Moon Inn” or the “Pickleball Trail”, for example, may only elicit blank stares and awkward pauses in return. But no longer! The complimentary Kayenta Map for Beginners (attached) can help even the greenest of neighbors climb quickly up the learning curve. In no time at all, you’ll be using local lingo with confidence (and accuracy), able to hold your own against more seasoned residents. Follow these virtual directions to the Posovi Water Tank from Highway 91 to test your aptitude:
Walk north on Kayenta Parkway over the “Cactus Gulch Wash” with the “Desert Rose Labyrinth” on your right then the “Kayenta Art Village” on the left. Continue to the stop sign (you’ll know you’ve gone too far if you see “Rock Park” and the “Pyramid” on your left). Turn right until you pass the “Elephant Rocks” on your right. Turn left and walk up the east side of “Humpback”. Turn right on Uwan and continue to the end of the street, where you’ll see stunning views of “Hell Hole Canyon” to your right as you arrive at the “Posovi Water Tank”. So, how’d you do?
Thank you for your continued support.
Your Kayenta Sales Team,
Jeff Sproul, Principal Broker
Nancy Kosick, Sales Agent
Steve McAllister, Sale Agent
We are thrilled to welcome, for the 3rd year, Emmy-award-winning and Grammy-nominated composer and performer Kurt Bestor, performing A Kurt Bestor Christmas: Coming Together. About this year’s Christmas show, Bestor says, “Despite being masked and socially distanced, this year’s shows are going to be very special. In a way, it’s a coming together after more than nine months of being apart.
Drew & Lacey spent the last ten years immersed in the Nashville music scene. The couple spent time on music row recording, writing and collaborating with top musicians; but Drew & Lacey truly shine when they are on stage. Their stage presence is dynamic and magnetic. It was this magnetism that allowed them to sell out the Rutledge live music venue in downtown Nashville for six years in a row.
The last concert of 2020 is a festival-style bash! Come at 6:30 for Josh Larsen, 7pm for Rebecca Gent, 7:20 for Lisa Mac, and 7:40 for Stone Company! Stone Company is a “Potato Music” trio featuring multi-instrumentalists Jon Stone, Byron Owens and Josh Baird. Stone Company plays an upbeat blend of Euro-American roots music with a groovy twist. Stone Company is headquartered in Southern Utah.
A Gift to our Community: Food for Switchpoint; 5 cans of food equals a $5 Savings on a Ticket, or a Free Concession!
Robert Harling’s “Steel Magnolias” is back by popular demand! This December, come warm your bones in the Lorraine Boccardo Theater and enter Truvy’s beauty salon, where all the ladies who are anybody in Chinquapin, Louisiana come to have their hair done and swap gossip.
Thank you to www.alanholbenphoto.com 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.
Hollie Ragland and nationally renowned, local artist, Greg Ragland (gregragland.com) are creating a vertical sculpture made of cubes that requires your interaction to construct! A contribution of $100 makes you part of the sculptural team. It buys you your 4 inch square that will be assembled with the others to make one concise piece of art. If so inclined you may purchase more than one square. With the necessary involvement of participants the completed project will raise $4,800 for The Center for the Arts at Kayenta. The finished sculpture created by Greg Ragland with the help of your time will be auctioned to the community—a financial bonus for CFAK added on to your already personal financial gift and your time.
Support the Visual Arts.
All works are for sale, with 25% of proceeds from art sales going to the Center for the Arts at Kayenta.
Center for the Arts at Kayenta, Main lobby
Monday – Friday, 12 – 4 pm
1. Community Reinvestment Agency (CRA)/Tax Increment Financing (TIF)
2. Public Infrastructure District (PID)
Their request basically boils down to the following:
1. The CRA/TIF is bring requested to finance an underground parking structure associated with the “Culinary Village”. The “Culinary Village” is to be located along Snow Canyon Parkway and would be an open air collection of shops, restaurants, and residential on the 2nd floor with the parking structure below.
2. The PID is being requested to finance both the Resort Center and the Culinary Village but not the parking structure.
Where the request stands now is that Black Desert is to provide additional data/ projections on number of visitors/year, etc which will enable Staff to fully analyze the returns/impact to the City. City Staff is working with our finance consultants to evaluate the details of Black Desert’s requests. Those details will be discussed at our next Council meeting on Dec 3rd.
As I stated at the last council meeting, I am ok with the PID because it simply allows Black Desert to create it’s own property taxes and doesn’t impact the rest of Ivins. However, I am not in favor of the CRA/TIF because it defers tax revenue from Ivins, Washington School District, and Washington County. In addition, initial reviews indicate it will take 30 years for the CRA to generate more revenue for the City than just approving the PID. There will be a public hearing associated with this request. Please keep sending emails to Council and also participate in the public hearing. Council reads your letters and listens to your concerns! Thanks again and take care –
The heart of a daily Tibetan Buddhist meditation practice is called the Ngondro. Here, we learn to engage in very transformative spiritual practices involving prayers, visualizations, and the recitation of mantras. When the ultimate nature of reality is realized, compassion arises naturally.
DATES: January 9, 16, 23; February 6,13, 20; March 6, 13
TIME: Saturdays from 10-11:30 am
COST: $50. (If your fee needs to be reduced or waived, please ask)
TO REGISTER: Contact Lhamo Khandro by phone or text: 801-671-8758
TEACHER: Lhamo Thupten Dawa Khandro
PREREQUISITE: Introduction to Tibetan Buddhism, or permission from Lhamo
Please go to tahrimarpolong.org for more information
Lhamo Khandro was ordained a Tibetan Buddhist Lama on May 21, 2017, and founded Tahri Marpo Ling with the blessings and guidance of Lama Thupten Dorje Gyaltsen Rinpoche. She has been a Buddhist practitioner for 25 years, and is ordained in both the Zen and Vajrayana Buddhist traditions.
Our programs are about “Creating Willing Relationships” with the American Wild Horse, and maintaining its unbroken spirit and loving nature. We offer “Where Heart Meets Horse” experiences at Kayenta Korrals during the winter. This adventure connects humans with the spiritual nature of the wild horse and themselves.
In this two-hour adventure, participants come to understand the horse’s perspective toward humans and learn to observe the horse’s nonverbal language. A critical component of this training is to create a safe space for the horse and the participant.
The cost is $100 donation to benefit the Windhorse Herd. Reservations are required.
Call (801) 557-1257
Gift Certificates are available
The holidays are all about togetherness, but this year the celebrating is taking on a whole new vibe. We usually ring in the New Year with togetherness, parties and the season’s best dishes. But this year whether you are celebrating with close family or entertaining a small socially distanced group, the important act of welcoming the New Year – or just saying good riddance to the old one – continues to provide us with something that is meaningful and needed in our lives. While I am saddened that Matt and I will not be attending a NYE party merrily toasting the arrival of a new year, we are determined to celebrate anyway! The transition to 2021 loudly calls for celebration and I invite you to join us.
So before the resolutions and reflections set in, party down with Petite Feast‘s New Year Celebration Dinner to Go. This special menu features relaxed but still swanky dishes like Beef Bourguignon, poached salmon on cucumber noodles, and a decadent French silk tart for dessert all designed to make saying farewell to 2020 a toast-worthy experience. There is even a vegetarian option if you prefer not to eat beef. The pick-up date is Wednesday, December 30th, but the meal can easily be enjoyed on Thursday, December 31st – New Year’s Eve.
The made from scratch four course dinner (with additional fancy extras) comes completely cooked with easy to follow heating and serving instructions. The menu requires little more than heating and plating work on your part.
Start planning your outfit! – Victoria
Poached Salmon on Spicy Cucumber Noodles
Bitter Greens with Roasted Delicata, Toasted Walnuts, and Fig and Shallot Vinaigrette
Beef Bourguignon with Garlic Mashed Potatoes and Sautéed Vegetables
Vegetarian option: Roasted Squash Cannelloni with House made Ricotta
and Parmesan Béchamel
French Silk Tart Bourbon Caramel Sauce
Plus some extra fancy treats to delight you!
Please know that I am thoughtfully declining to accept reservations for Petite Feast’s Dinner Club in our home until further notice. It is with an abundance of caution and concern for the health of friends and neighbors that I feel it is best to wait until there is more clarity on indoor coronavirus transmission risks. I look forward to the time when these concerns are far behind us and we are able to enjoy the company of our friends around Petite Feast’s communal tables. Until that time, please stay safe and be well. – Victoria
Dinner date: Wednesday, December 30, 2020
Dinners must be purchased by Friday, December 26, 2020.
Dinners are $85.00 for 2 adults and come with complete heating and serving instructions.
Single dinners are available for purchase by contacting Victoria through the website.
Dinners come boxed and ready for pick up: Wednesday, November 25, 2020.
Customer pick up 12/30 between 4-5pm. Unfortunately delivery is not available for this dinner.
Pick up address will be given in confirmation email after purchase.
2020 is shaping up to be a year unlike any other. The coronavirus has proven to be a lingering and formidable adversary that has changed the way we shop, socialize and gather. Could any of us have predicted that this state of uncertainty would last into December? I certainly would not have. But here we are. As a result, our Virtual Dinner Party has become my lifeline to the sense of community that dining together previously provided. By sharing these recipes and their results, our community of cooking and dining enthusiasts continues to create, inspire and persevere through these very strange times.
VDP chefs started off November by preparing swoon-worthy hasselback butternut squash. Instead of using the customary ho-hum tubers, we substituted butternut squash for a unique twist on the traditional Swedish fanned potato dish. Paul Andrews, Trish Olson and Joe Ray added blue cheese and toasted hazelnuts to the topping mixture which yielded impressive and tasty results. And Joe gets extra credit for researching and sharing the historical origins of the dish. Strong work Joe! Becky Liebert waited to make the dish until the end of the month when she included the stuffed squash on her Thanksgiving table. It was a perfect do-ahead side dish that received rave reviews from her family.
We continued the Thanksgiving sides dish recipe theme by making warm sweet potato salad with cabbage and feta and a corn and edamame maque choux. Both recipes are lighter, brighter vegetable dishes that can provide the zing that the usual carb-loaded holiday meal is calling for. The photographs from Keith Bromley and Christy Lueders confirmed that in addition to being excellent cooks they are plating masterminds. It was a delight to see their photogenic dishes! As an aside, any leftovers from either of these recipes can be used to make my favorite breakfast; anything served with a poached egg on top.
In the middle of the month VDP headed to Thailand when club members prepared Pad Thai. My recipe utilized an unorthodox ingredient hack because I had trouble finding tamarind paste and fish sauce at the grocery store. With some sleuthing, some club members were able to find them, but others happily cobbled together the kitchen staples of ketchup, soy sauce, brown sugar and vinegar to mimic the intriguing taste of the standard ingredients. Everyone who tried the recipe turned out amazingly authentic, restaurant quality dishes. Wendy Bradley said she will be making this dish again and again even though it contains ketchup!
Our final recipe of the month was for a pumpkin white hot chocolate that can be gussied up with coffee, brandy or a fluffy cloud of gingered whipped cream. See ya later Pumpkin Spice Latte!
Please know how grateful I am for the opportunity to continue to cook with you. The activity and your participation continue to boost my spirits. My hope is that these recipes, their preparation, and the sharing of their results uplift yours too.
If you are not a member but would like to become one, please join us through Nextdoor. If you would rather just have access to the recipes, all of them are available at https://petitefeastutah.com/recipes/. I will continue to enthusiastically post weekly anticipating the time when we can dine together again around Petite Feast communal tables.
But until that time, be safe and cook on! – Victoria
A lot has changed recently, but one thing has remained the same. Storytelling – in all its forms – is a powerful bond that connects and unites us as individuals and communities.
Check out the COYOTE TALES’ website for all the details on upcoming VIRTUAL events. While you’re there, you can listen to past shows and get tips and tricks for leveling-up your own storytelling game.
Coyote Tales events are sponsored by Utah Humanities, Petite Feast, Desert Dweller, and Zion Brewery Station 2 and are offered as a safe way for our community to gather together-apart. As always, proceeds from live events are donated to local nonprofits and Coyote Tales Virtual events are free to all.
Elevate Studio is offering a limited participant outdoor fitness class. No more than 4 participants per class and you are required to bring your own equipment. Pre-registration is required as these classes remain popular.
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
I am booking massage appointments and follow strict COVID-19 guidelines for my industry and for your safety.
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.
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.
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!
The Village Fitness Center is open but with limited class sizes. Following social distancing protocols for the safety of everyone we are only allowing 4 participants for each class. The Village Fitness Center located near the theater and next to the room for thought has circuit training classes M/W/F at 8 am and Tu/Th/Sat at 9 am. ($4 per session). Other options to use the facility are also available. Come join your neighbors to strengthen your muscles, improve your heart rate and have some fun. Please contact Gloria Prahl for more information and to check on class availability.
December is here and the promise of the season brings renewed hope after a long and trying year. A wonderful gift has already come to communities in the St. George area. The Humane Society of Utah recently opened a clinic offering affordable vaccinations and spay/neuter services for animal shelters, rescue groups, and pet owners. The availability of these low cost services can help to greatly reduce the homeless and unwanted pet population. Their facility is located at 1192 Sunset Blvd, Ste 2, St. George. For more information or to book an appointment visit their website http://www.utahhumane.org. and select the St. George location.
Thank you for your continuing generous support of INKAS. As you do your holiday shopping please consider registering INKAS as your charity of choice when shopping with AmazonSmile. We wish the very best for you and your families during the holiday season. Merry Christmas! Feliz Navidad!
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.
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.
We invite women and men residents of Kayenta to join us in our mission to fund local nonprofits that support women and girls of all ages in the southern Utah area. Through the strength of collective giving we make high impact grants to improve lives in our community. Please Join Us.
Please 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.
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) email@example.com
Happy2Help is an in home personal concierge service.
• Personal Shopping
• Health Recovery Assistance
• Meal Prep
• Snowbird Service
• Home Organization
• Event Assistance
Call or email Andrea, your trustworthy neighbor at
401-258-9772 or Happy2help.Andrea@gmail.com
Located in the desert community of Kayenta Utah, the Crescent Moon Inn is the perfect place to get away from it all. The Inn is just a short walk or bike ride from the Kayenta Art Village, where locally-owned art galleries, the Sacred Space Day Spa and the Xetava Garden Cafe add to your unique experience.
For Reservations or Pricing call:
Staying Put in Kayenta is a member-driven organization for Kayenta residents, proactively providing programs and services so members can lead vibrant, active and healthy lives while living in their own homes.
For information contact
Secretary for Staying Put in Kayenta
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.
CALL TO RESERVE SPACE OR TO SIGN UP
HOME • 435-656-9199 CELL • 801-680-9616
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, firstname.lastname@example.org or 435-632-1814.
Please visit the Kayenta HOA website ACC tab for Landscaping documentation. Select Landscaping Regulations Rev 2017 and Landscaping Review Steps 2017.
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: email@example.com
Due to Covid-19 Restrictions, Pubic Works Employees will be unable to help unload. Please place heavy items on the ground.
For Appointments with a specific department call:
Parks or Cemetery: 435-634-7719
Public Works: 435-634-0689
Dispatch: 435-634-5730 or Animal Control: 435-628-1049
*Tahri Marpo Ling
Tibetan Buddhist Sangha
Join us on Friday and Sunday mornings, from 10-11 am. Contact Lhamo Khandro by texting or calling 801-671-8758, to get ZOOM instructions for entering this virtual Buddhist sangha.
Friday, 10-11 am, Green Tara Practice
Sunday, 10-11 am, Awakened Mornings
Visit our website: tahrimarpoling.org for ongoing information about classes, meditation periods and retreats.
*Tahri Marpo Ling was founded by Lhamo Thupten Dawa Khandro on May 21st of 2017, with the blessing and guidance of Lama Thupten Dorje Gyaltsen Rinpoche. Lhamo Khandro has been ordained in both the Zen and Tibetan Buddhist lineages, and has been practicing Buddhism for 25 years.
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