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
Check out these links for additional guidelines including what to expect when going to Southern Utah’s gyms, pools, restaurants, and personal services.
South West Utah Health COVID-19 Information
Recently, Jeff, Nancy and I undertook the never fun but necessary annual ritual commonly referred to as “Spring Cleaning” around our office. COVID-19 had disrupted our typical work routines and so we took advantage of the opportunity (?) to tackle some mundane chores that had been put off for too long. While tackling our back-office filing cabinets and storage shelves (cleaning, organizing, and purging where required), we happened to stumble across a large, opaque plastic container previously unnoticed by us during the regular hustle and bustle. Curious as to what might be inside, we dragged our discovery into the front office where its contents could be viewed under better light.
So, what was inside? Well, sadly, no Apple stock certificates! Instead, we found stacks of paper of different shapes, colors and sizes…dusty; flimsy; sun or water damaged; faded with the passage of time. Several Kayenta newsletters dating back to the 1990s, full of interesting articles, community updates, recipes, new homeowner profiles; human interest stories; photos; and more. Terry and Matt Marten (both looking 20 years younger though otherwise much the same as today) and other Kayenta residents are easily recognizable in the images, though some of the photographs of people who have either since moved away from Kayenta or who have passed on are poignant and bittersweet.
One local St. George newspaper insert dates to the early 1980s and touts the promise and vision of the planned Kayenta community. Early development plans frequently change due to subsequent events, and such was the case with Kayenta, also. In this advert from almost 40 years ago (prior to Terry acquiring controlling interest in future development), it mentions a commercial center to be built in the heart of Kayenta at the corner of Kayenta Parkway and Sandstone Drive. (Fun fact: Sandstone Drive, once it actually became platted, became today’s Evening Star Drive). Here, one would be able to find major markets; a pharmacy; garden and hardware store; other shopping facilities; and a separate medical /professional complex.
In addition, this insert contains testimonials from several homeowners who gush, when referring to Kayenta, that “it’s like owning a little piece of heaven without going to heaven”. Such praise could easily be written by any number of us who live here 30 years on. Some things, apparently, DON’T change!
The box, of course, includes a wealth of real estate-related documents, which you might expect, given where we found it. Sales brochures from the late 1990s for Kayenta Patio Homes advertise homes starting at $200k (whereas nowadays homes seldom come on the market for under $500k); and estate-sized lots in Shonto being promoted for $80k – $100k that sell today for $250k-$400k. One glossy brochure introduces a brand-new Kayenta development to be named “Taviawk”! Most of these faded brochure maps of the community make no mention of the Posovi area; instead, the area north of the humpback hill just fades away into nothingness, much as ancient maps reflected unexplored areas by simply writing over the area “here be dragons”.
In short, the box, though short on stock certificates, is a treasure trove of memorabilia from Kayenta’s past. If you have any interest in learning about those who pioneered our community, how development occurred (and changed over the years), or how Kayenta was marketed during the early years, we invite you to stop by Kayenta Homes & Properties (in the heart of the Art Village) to find out for yourselves. We’re open daily until 5pm and are happy to share our discovery with our neighbors.
Thank you for your continued support.
Your Kayenta Sales Team,
Jeff Sproul, Principal Broker
Nancy Kosick, Sales Agent
Steve McAllister, Sale Agent
Two and a half months ago the Kayenta Arts Foundation announced that it had to temporarily stop doing performances at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta and postponed two upcoming festivals until next year because of Utah’s new guidelines to stem the spread of COVID-19.
Even though the Center for the Arts at Kayenta was without its usual diverse and wonderfully entertaining events, the activity behind the scenes did not stop. The staff, led by Jan Broberg, Executive Director of the Center, has been very busy rescheduling of two plays that had been in rehearsal and were ready to open, multiple concerts, lectures, and other events that needed to find a new date. There was also a great deal of activity with ticket exchanges and refunds. All of this on top of planning for an entire new season of events while facing an unknown future.
The KAF Board kept up its bi-weekly meetings while struggling with keeping the organization functioning during a period when the earned income from ticket sales had stopped. The Fundraising, Marketing, and Finance committees kept meeting and everyone, Board and staff, have worked very hard to plan for a better future.
Thanks to the success of ticket sales and generous donations the first three quarters of the fiscal year, and the success of the grant writing by the Fundraising committee we have remained fiscally positive. We are very grateful for the grant from Payroll Protection Program (a part of the government CARES act) which has kept the staff employed so all the behind the scenes work could happen.
In mid-May we launched the Angels for the Arts Membership Campaign. More than ever, this year we are very reliant on the success of the Membership Campaign to enable us to support our artists and bring you the best performing arts in southern Utah. With a $50,000 goal to reach by the June 30th, two donors donated a combined $25,000 to challenge the community to help reach our goal. Please, be an Angel for the Arts, go to KayentaArts.com and click DONATE to get your 2020-21 Membership today.
Thank you for your generous support.
Chair, Kayenta Arts Foundation
Limited seating (soft re-opening) for these upcoming events:
(June 30) Voyager Lecture: Fossils in Your Backyard-Dr. Jerry ‘Dino Guy’ Harris; 7:30pm
(July 6–Aug 8) Kayenta Arts Academy: Theatre Arts Class Sessions; 9-17 year olds; M-F, 9am-3pm
(Aug 5-8) Seussical: Kayenta Arts Academy Students & Professional Actors Entertain; 7:30pm
(Aug 18) Voyager Lecture: Imaging & Exploring Jupiter-Dr. Candice Hansen-Koharcheck; 7:30pm
Events on the Plaza Outdoor Stage (if all goes as planned) will include:
Kayenta Acoustic Roots Music for All: “KARMA Fest” (Various Bands, Food & Drink, 4-7:30pm)
(Sept 17) Cellos on Fire: Celebrate Beethoven’s 250th Birthday; 7:30pm
(Sept 18-19) Kurt Bestor: Music In High Places; 8:00pm
(Sept 25-26) St George Opera: Arias, Duets, Ensemble Opera Favorites Under the Stars; 8:00pm
October will be full of Special Events: Our Grand Re-Opening Celebration & more. More details SOON, we have some exciting things planned, so stay tuned!
Wonderful news! The Center for the Arts will re-open with the Kayenta Arts Academy (ages 9-17). Students will participate in small class sessions (2 weeks and 4 weeks long) from July 6th–17th, 20th–31st, and July 6th–August 8th! Classes begin at 9 am and include scene study, music theory, playing instruments, creative dance, visual art, musical theatre and improv! Five Master Instructors will be imparting a world of great fun and instruction to our next generation of artists! Students who enroll in the four-week course will be involved in ‘Seussical’ which runs August 5-8. We will have an exciting new set-up in the Lorraine Boccardo Theatre to incorporate socially distanced seating—Seussical will be done Center-Stage style, otherwise known as Theatre-in-the-Round! This will allow us a larger audience than anticipated, with six feet between parties. Purchasing groups of tickets is preferred in order for us to fit the most folks into seats possible, so talk to your friends before you make the purchase and tell us who you’re sitting by! You can also look forward to September with “Cellos On Fire” and several outdoor events on the Plaza, directly in front of the Center including Kurt Bestor “Music In High Places”, The Best of St George Opera “Favorites Under the Stars” and K.A.R.M.A. Fest (Kayenta Acoustic Roots Music for All Festival)! And don’t worry if you don’t see some events on our website. We’re launching a brand-new website, much improved in late June! We are excited to see you again, and plan to have all safety protocols in place before you return.
Be safe and see you at the theatre soon!
Tune in to the Art Village’s Facebook page or YouTube channel for both Live and recorded entertainment from Kayenta Live!
Production Manager, Chris Whiteside has hosted a weekly hour of live music and discussions about the arts with musicians near and far since April 4th! Just scroll down our Facebook page to find and watch the ones we’ve already done. Like the page to receive notifications about when the next one is. If you don’t have Facebook and would like to be notified, join our email list by sending your email and full name to email@example.com.
Upcoming performers include local folk music innovator Dave Tate, master mentalist Paul Draper, blues legend and educator Michael “Hawkeye” Herman, and more!
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.
During these tough times the concept of community and connection are taking on new meaning and importance. Due to coronavirus, gathering safely leaves many of us, including me, with feelings of uncertainty and doubt. Still, coming together in a group seems to be exactly what we need and crave. The inability to dine together during quarantine is difficult, but I know eventually we will get through this. Until we can confidently gather around Petite Feast’s communal tables as we used to, 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 Petite Feast Virtual Dinner Party. I will continue to enthusiastically post recipes anticipating the time when we can dine together in person. I believe that sharing this activity, even virtually, is one way we can celebrate our fortune of good friends and good food.
Last month our club totally crushed making Vichyssoise with Seared Shrimp and handmade Ricotta Gnocchi. We amazed ourselves and our families with restaurant worthy dishes that were tasty, inspired and showcased the skill of each chef – that means you Larry Pisto! Strong work! We prepared Salmon Burgers with Basil Crème Fraiche and a crafty Overnight Tabbouleh Salad that was the perfect dish for the warm weather we are having.
I am hopeful when I say that Petite Feast is now taking limited reservations for September and October dinners. Matt and I are anxious to open our table and our home to you when we are on the other side of social distancing, masks and the ever present fragrance of hand sanitizer. Until that time I encourage you to be safe and keep cooking! – Victoria
As we enter another month of social distance uncertainty, it’s clear; things are not back to normal. But that’s not stopping us! We are excited to announce the Second Virtual Coyote Tales Storytelling Event! The date for the event is, Friday, June 26th and the theme for the evening’s stories is, “Gratitude.” As always, our goal with these events is to foster the important connection of community through the beauty and craft of well-told stories. We are pleased to welcome tellers from across the nation to this event, but we need you too!
Share your story. Please consider submitting a true, on-theme, first person, story for possible inclusion. Storytellers may interpret the theme in any way they chose. Use your smartphone to record the audio and video of you telling your 3 minute tale. *Hints – Hold your phone horizontally when recording. It produces a better video. And, your video should be of only you telling the story. Props, accompaniments and visual aids are not allowed. Then, when you are ready to share your tale, shoot me an email and we will send you a link to upload your video to our site. Our panel of judges will choose the top ten submissions and then post them on the Coyote Tales website the evening of the show.
Log on to “see” the show. On June 26th, watch the stories online and then vote for your favorite. The top three stories will split a $400 purse generously provided by Utah Humanities and our first Virtual Coyote Tales winner, Jesse Ehrlich. The Grand prize is $250 and second and third place winners will receive $100 and $50 respectively. Bragging rights go to all the winners!
Need inspiration? Relive the magic of the First Virtual Coyote Tales. Each and every story of this unique evening was a winner.
Please watch for more details on Nextdoor and on the Coyote Tales website coyotetalesstories.com
We are disheartened that we can’t gather with you to hear these stories live as a community like we usually do. And we are really looking forward to future live events at Zion Brewery Station 2. But until the time when we can gather safely, this is virtually the next best thing.
Everyone has a story – Vic
This event 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.
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
The guidelines for Sacred Space reopening are as follows:
1. Temperatures will be taken upon arrival (touchless infrared thermometer).
2. During massage appointments I will be wearing a mask.
3. If you have traveled outside of Utah, please wait the 14-day period before you join a class.
4. If you do not feel comfortable with these guidelines, or if you are at all 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.
The guidelines for Find Your Joy Yoga reopening are as follows:
1. Yoga class size will be limited to 10 to accommodate additional space between participants
2. Temperatures will be taken upon arrival (touchless infrared thermometer).
3. If you have traveled outside of Utah, please wait the 14-day period before you join a class.
4. If you do not feel comfortable with these guidelines, or if you are at all 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.
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!
Joel Lueders: firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael Hopwood: email@example.com
Trish Olson: firstname.lastname@example.org
The Village Fitness Center located near the theater and next to the room for thought has circuit training classes M/W/F at 8 am and Tu/Th/Sat at 9 am. ($4 per session). Other options to use the facility are also available. Come join your neighbors to strengthen your muscles, improve your heart rate and have some fun. Drop in some morning or contact Gloria Prahl.
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
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.
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 email@example.com. “Like” us on www.facebook.com/ FriendsofSnowCanyon.
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.
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.
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
Happy2Help is an in home personal concierge service eager to help you.
• 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. 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
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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, email@example.com 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: firstname.lastname@example.org
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
Meetings the 2nd Monday of every month. For more details contact our bookclub
The Kayenta Weavers groups meets weekly to enjoy the limitless creativity of off-loom weaving.
For information contact Katie at: email@example.com.
Every Sunday at 3 pm in Kayenta’s Room for Thought. For details contact Katie Mays at 435-628-3552.
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.
Email submissions / changes to firstname.lastname@example.org with “Kayenta Connection (month)” in the subject line. Our Kayenta Connection Newsletter updates the 1st of the Month. Please submit 6 days prior to the end of the month to be included.
The Kayenta Connection is a publication that is focused on the Kayenta Community (residents, visitors and other interested folks). Information and articles should appeal to our Kayenta readers and reﬂect the spirit of our community. The KC cannot be responsible for mistakes submitted by the contributor.
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