July 2020

Happy 4th of July

As a reminder, Washington County has designated Kayenta a no-firework zone.


St George FIreworks

2021 July 4th Celebration!

For more information follow the link below.

Kayenta Art Village Rules of entering stores and Galleries

Washington County
Yellow: Low Risk

Social Guidelines

General public takes reasonable precautions

Maintain social distancing when in public settings

Face coverings worn in settings where other social distancing measures are difficult to maintain

Private, social interactions that occur without oversight by a formal organization are allowable in groups 50 or fewer; this may be increased incrementally based on data & milestone trends


Reconsider any nonessential travel into areas with widespread community transmission of COVID-19

In the state of Utah, adhere to guidelines of geographic area currently in

Check out these links for additional guidelines including what to expect when going to Southern Utah’s gyms, pools, restaurants, and personal services.

COVID-19 Cases • UPDATED JUNE 29, 2020

Washington County: 1,156 (30 new + 63 from yesterday)

Kayenta Homes and Properties

A Quieter 4th of July

There are 4 standard values Kayenta Development had when envisioning our community that still thrive today.

• Low profile structures to protect the views

• Colors and materials that blend into the natural setting

• Focused lighting to protect the night sky

• Preservation of the natural desert landscape

Over 2,200 acres comprise Kayenta with 80% of it bordering open space. Keeping that landscape in its pristine setting becomes a necessity during our fire seasons. In Utah, July 4th and July 24th are known for explosive celebrations complete with fireworks and large family and social gatherings.  Washington county has designated Kayenta a firework free zone. We ask that you stay safe and continue to respect our beautiful landscape as it is one of Kayenta’s most precious assets. It will be a quieter 4th for most of us, but not without celebration as we continue to enjoy our community and celebrations–just downsized this year.

We are in our office 7 days a week and have appreciated the friendly waves and smiles we have received from the other side of the window. We are always here to help with all of your real estate needs and to answer any questions you have about Kayenta and our community.

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

435-628-7234   www.kayentahomes.com

Kayenta Arts Foundation logo

Rob Goodman

Rob Goodman

Kayenta Arts Foundation

“The value of art in an individual and community’s life simply cannot be overstated. As art overcomes all barriers, it transcends culture, age, ethnicity, gender, all differences, including the human pain we all must suffer in life. As we allow art to transcend, it then has the power to transform each human heart, each of our communities, and restore beauty in our lives. I believe totally in the transformative power of art. This is why I spent my life pursuing, sharing and producing art. And that is why I now happily serve you as Chair of the Kayenta Arts Foundation.”

Rob Goodman now begins a two year role as Chair of Kayenta Arts Foundation (KAF) He served as Vice Chair for two years and has assisted in various capacities at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta since it opened in 2017. Rob spent his life in the theater as  a director and producer of professional theater.

He and Mary have four children and four grandchildren. They moved from Milwaukee WI to southern Utah in 2016 and into their new home in Kayenta in 2018. Rob says, “With the community, the art, the dark sky, Kayenta is the perfect place for us to live and play the rest of our lives.”

With art institutions all around us closing their doors, artists losing places to express themselves, and art losing some of its luster due to the pandemic, it is more important than ever that we find a way to continue producing art at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta (CFAK) and in the Art Village.This happens through theatre, concerts, lectures, dance, art exhibits, and festivals that celebrate our common humanity.

The staff and Board of Directors are dedicated to making that happen in a safe, healthy way through methods that include temperature testing of all performers prior to each performance, social distance seating between all ticket groups, mandatory mask wearing for all audience members, and front of house staff. Only when we all feel safe will we be able to free our spirits to participate with the art being performed.

With our funds from the Payroll Protection Plan running out June 15th, the staff has agreed to furloughs through most of the summer in order to help us be fiscally sound and ready to begin producing again in September. With their sacrifice and your generosity to this year’s Angels for the Arts Membership Campaign that is now assured of happening.

This summer we are offering small classes for young people through the Kayenta Arts Academy, July 6-31, and presenting Seussical the Musical, August 5-8, performed by adult performers and children from the Academy. We will also be presenting several of the very popular lectures using both in-person, socially distanced and virtual seating. Please check your email inbox for notices of those performances. If you are not on our email list, please email me and I will make sure you receive these important notices.

It is with great gratitude the Board of Directors and staff thank you for your incredible generosity so far with the Angels for the Arts Membership Campaign. You have exceeded our expectations and thanks to you, we have met and surpassed our goal of $50,000 by June 30th.  Thank you. Thank you. Thank you.

As Rob steps up to Chair, Jane Blackwell now serves as Past Chair (a new position), Mary Hatch as Treasurer, Kathy Johnson as Secretary along with Roger Head, June Pace, Liz Fortney, and Trish Sheffield as the KAF Board of Directors for 2020-2021.

PS: We then open the season outdoors with Karma Fest, September 17-19, presenting Cellos on Fire: Celebrate Beethoven’s 250th Birthday, with 25 cellos on our outdoor stage; Kurt Bestor: Music in High Places; and the St. George Opera: Opera Favorites Under the Stars, September 25-26.

PSS: Please feel free to contact me anytime with questions, concerns, or compliments.

Rob Goodman


Center for the Arts at Kayenta

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.

Kayenta Community

Our businesses and resident sponsored events and news

Petite Feast Dinner Club


Can you believe we are heading into week 16 of social distancing?  For me, I swear it seems like it’s been 16 years.  And with cases of coronavirus rising in our area it appears we are not even close to the finish line. No worries, the Virtual Dinner Party has got your back. If you are missing the activity of communal dining, looking to cook something new for yourself, or even just looking for a little kitchen therapy; the VDP has a recipe for you.  I know that together we will get through these trying times, but until then, I invite you to become a guest at the Virtual Dinner Party. 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 recipes anticipating the time when we can dine together again.

Last month our club chased down and conquered the perfect Sundried Tomato Risotto and Buffalo Chicken Burgers with Blue Cheese Dressing. We mastered Chicken Under A Brick using quicker cooking and super moist chicken thighs.  And, the recipe for Grilled Cauliflower Kabobs with a zesty Green Harissa Yogurt inspired Trish Olson to sub in broccoli for cauliflower which made for a tasty and beautifully colored skewer.  Last Friday our group held a Virtual Cocktail Party to celebrate the launch of the Second Virtual Coyote Tales storytelling event. The Greenfields, Budds and Terrells turned out beautiful Pull-Apart Bread with accompanying Vanilla Peach cocktails. But the Marianettis stole the show by preparing both the bread and the gluten-free Eggplant Pull-Apart option.  The photos do not do justice to the amazing creations of these chefs.  Please know how grateful I am for the opportunity to continue to cook with you. The activity and your participation boost my spirits. My hope is that these recipes, their preparation, and the sharing of their results uplifts yours  too.


Petite Feast is now taking limited reservations for our September and October Dinner Club. Please visit the link below.

We are hopeful that coronavirus concerns will be behinds us and we will be able to enjoy the company of our friends and neighbors around our communal tables.  But until that time, be safe and cook on! – Victoria

*Please know if you purchase a ticket for one of these dinners and we need to cancel, a full refund will be given.

Coyote Tales

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What are you Grateful for Kayenta?

Thank you to all the storytellers and the online audience members who participated in the second Virtual Coyote Tales.  It was a huge success!  We had over 000 votes and every storyteller was an audience member’s favorite.  Eleven storytellers took to their living rooms to entertain us with their take on the evening’s theme of “Gratitude.”  Stories ranged from the thankfulness found from rescuing an abandoned dog, to the appreciation of having good friends (who are pranksters!), to the grace that comes from a life of purpose, well-lived. The evening was a roller-coaster of emotions.  We laughed, we teared-up, we reflected, but overall we were mesmerized by the authenticity of each story and its presenter.  As always, the goal of each Coyote Tales event is to foster community spirit through the telling of well-crafted tales. Our stage – virtual or real – hopes to be a no-pressure arena to celebrate our diversity, our community and our experiences. We thank you for participating.

The Evening’s Results?  Over 300 votes have been placed so far and the race is neck and neck.  At the time of printing, votes were still being accepted so we are unable to announce our winners here.  First and second place contenders are jockeying for the lead with as few as one or two votes separating them. The race for third is shaping up to be a real nail biter too. We were, however, able to post the winners on the Coyote Tales website and Nextdoor immediately following the voting period which ended June 30th at 11:59PM. We will post them in the Kayenta Connection next month. Each and every story was an audience member’s favorite. Isn’t it amazing how an individual story can resonate and ring true for listeners in so many different ways?  Clearly, it was an evening of great storytelling. If you missed it, I encourage you to watch the show.


The evening also held a more somber theme.  The night of stories was dedicated to Jeff Metcalf, an inspiring writer, storyteller and friend who passed away June 13th after a long battle with cancer. As a tribute we included his story, “Surprise Wedding,” told on the Coyote Tales stage in April 2019. If you haven’t heard it, give it a listen.  Storytelling doesn’t get any better. You can find it on our website by following the prompts below the stories.

We hope that we will be able to gather together for live Coyote Tales events soon, but out of a sense of caution and social responsibility we feel it’s best to wait until there is more clarity about the coronavirus situation. But we are delighted to announce that we are planning Virtual Coyote Tales #3 and we want to hear your tale! If you are interested in submitting a story, please contact Victoria through the Coyote Tales website and we will give you all the details.

Many thanks to this community for believing in the power of stories.  Everyone has a story – Victoria

These events are generously sponsored by Utah Humanities, Desert Dweller, Zion Brewery Station 2, and Petite Feast

As always proceeds from Coyote Tales live events benefit our local charities.

“Oh my, these were such great stories. Honestly, I could have voted for all of them. Thanks for doing this.  A ray of sunshine in our troubled world.”

“The stories were awesome! It made it so hard to vote for one. Want to go back and listen to some stories again even after voting.”


Jeff Metcalf

Doug Mavor

Ben Lesser

Health, Fitness & Wellness

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

“What a lovely surprise to finally discover how unlonely being alone can be.”

~ Ellen Burstyn

Elevate Fitness

Elevate Fitness

Limited Participation Classes

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

Sacred Space Spa

Sacred Space Spa

We are Open

The guidelines for Sacred Space reopening are as follows: I will be taking temperatures (touchless thermometer) upon your arrival. I will be wearing a mask during massage appointments. If you have travelled outside Utah or to a COCID-19 hot-spot, please wait the 14-day period before you join a class or come to the spa. Out of respects for the spa, if you are not comfortable with these guidelines or feel under the weather please stay home.

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

Find your joy yoga

We are Open

The guidelines for Find Your Joy Yoga reopening are as follows: I will be taking temperatures (touchless thermometer) upon your arrival. I will be wearing a mask during massage appointments. If you have travelled outside Utah or to a COCID-19 hot-spot, please wait the 14-day period before you join a class or come to the spa. Out of respects for the spa, if you are not comfortable with these guidelines or feel under the weather please stay home.

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

Fitness Yoga with Christy Lueders

Classes Temporarily Suspended

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: joel_lueders@hotmail.com
Michael Hopwood: mhop802@gmail.com
Trish Olson: pason@comcast.net

Village Fitness Center

We are open

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.


435-674-2824    435-669-0430

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 

The INKAS members sincerely hope that all of you, your families and your four-legged pals are safe and healthy during this challenging time.

One good thing about “sheltering in place” is having time to do the often neglected spring cleaning of attics, cupboards, closets, garages and storage units!  Does anyone remember what’s in there?  What else is there to do?  If you find that you have usable items to move out of your house please consider donating them to INKAS (Ivins No-Kill Animal Supporters).  Our fall yard sale is our major fund raiser for the year, and we rely on community support to make it successful. Please watch for the date and our new location!

For donation pick up please call Connie Butterfield at 435-817-1616 or Sara Dupre at 206-724-5902.

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.

Inkas for pets

Friends of Snow Canyon State Park
Advocates: Isabelle Kalantzes

NOTICE:  The Park is now open to all visitors.

We’d like to invite all Kayenta residents to join us in supporting Snow Canyon State Park. Our mission is to provide support to Snow Canyon State Park through various means. For more information and to join Friends please visit our web site.

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

Nextdoor Kayenta
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

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.

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 Happy2help.Andrea@gmail.com

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 jennhairartist@gmail.com

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

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, rbhkayenta@gmail.com or 435-632-1814.

Kayenta Landscaping CommitteeKayenta Landscaping Committee

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

Kayenta HOAACC & HOA Information

The Kayenta ACC meetings are held the third Tuesday of each month, 2:00 pm in the Kayenta Community Room. A hard copy of the agenda is posted in the Kayenta Homes & Properties office the Thursday before the meeting.

Questions? Ellen Nathan

Phone: 435-652-8333, email: arneen@infowest.com

Blue Can Recycling

Blue Can Recycling

July 6 & 20

Dumpster Dates

July 11

Due to Covid-19 Restrictions, Pubic Works Employees will be unable to help unload. Please place heavy items on the ground.

Ivins City

Ivins City Offices are open.

For Appointments with a specific department call:
Administration: 435-628-0606   
: 435-634-9753
Parks or Cemetery: 435-634-7719
Public Works: 435-634-0689
Dispatch: 435-634-5730 or Animal Control: 435-628-1049

Ongoing Events and Activities

Weekly and monthly gatherings

Kayenta Book Lovers

Meetings the 2nd Monday of every month. For more details contact our bookclub

Kayenta Weavers

The Kayenta Weavers groups meets weekly to enjoy the limitless creativity of off-loom weaving.

For information contact Katie at: kayentakatie@gmail.com.

Spirit of the Desert Episcopal Church

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: tahrimarpoling.org for ongoing information about classes and retreats.



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