Kayenta Connection May 2023

Kayenta Arts Foundation


Festival of the Americas

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

Friday and Saturday: 10AM – 5PM & Sunday: 10AM – 3PM
Friday Opening Ceremony: 7:30 PM (Tickets Needed)
Saturday Night D’DAT Concert: 7:30 PM (Tickets Needed)

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.

For more information on this family-friendly cultural event please visit our website below.

Kayenta Homes & Properties Memorial Day Weekend Pool Party

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


Center for the Arts at Kayenta

Soiree Musicale

Soiree Musicale Classical Chamber Music Concert

May 13


What is Chamber Music?
Most broadly, it includes any music scored for a small number of artists, with one performer to a part (in contrast to orchestral music, in which each string part involves a large section). Chamber Music also has no conductor, thus requiring the individual players to work together equally, sharing opinions and striving to synthesize something uniquely beautiful.

The concert is followed by a post-concert Meet the Artists reception.
Soiree Musicale is organized by Urs Rutishauser with support from Eve Whetton. 

Hubble Telescope

Voyage Lecture Series

May 23

James Webb Space Telescope



The James Webb Space Telescope (JWST) is a space telescope which conducts infrared astronomy. As the largest optical telescope in space, its high resolution and sensitivity allow it to view objects too old, distant, or faint for the Hubble Space Telescope. This will enable investigations across many fields of astronomy and cosmology, such as observation of the first stars, the formation of the first galaxies, and detailed atmospheric characterization of potentially habitable exoplanets.

The James Webb Space Telescope was launched on 25 December 2021 on an Ariane 5 rocket from Kourou, French Guiana, and arrived at the Sun in January 2022. The first JWST image was released to the public via a press conference on 11 July 2022.

Warp Trio

Warp Trio

June 2 & 3


Warp Trio is NOT your typical band. Warp Trio is a cross between chamber music ensemble, rock band and art project. Whether performing in a nightclub, gallery space or concert hall, Warp Trio is transporting audiences to the next level of concert experience.

Since their inception at the beginning of 2014, Warp Trio has maintained a broad range of repertoire ranging from traditional classical to their own original compositions and virtuoso arrangements of music spanning several different genres. They have performed as individuals all over the planet, and as a trio have begun to make their mark on the classical music scene with their energizing performances throughout the U.S.

Warp Trio programs aim to take the audience on a journey.


Wish You Were here photography exhibit

Friends, Family, and Newcomers: Everyone is invited to the next Artists’ Reception at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta

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.

All pieces are for sale, and a portion of the sales goes to the Center for the Arts at Kayenta.

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

Labyrinth Dat at Kayenta

This Event is FREE, Donations are welcome!

The Desert Rose Labyrinth is located at 792 Kayenta Pkwy., Ivins Utah

Kayenta Art Village

 Studios, Galleries,
Businesses & Dining Options

Unique Experiences,
Local Perspective, Exceptional Art.

Zia Pottery Christy Lueders

Zia Pottery • Christy Lueders

Ivins City Hall

Ivins City Arts Commission

It’s A Wrap!
Call for Entries

Entry Deadline: May 30, 2023

Artists notified of selection: June 30, 2023

The City of Ivins is looking for local artists to create paintings or drawings of high creativity and aesthetic merit that have relevance and connection with Ivins City’s natural beauty and diverse area and community, and represent the theme “Out of the Desert”.

For more information please click on the link below.

Kayenta Community

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

Art Sale for Worthy Causes


Paintings by Linda Lehmer Callison

Saturday and Sunday, May 20th and 21st 
Noon to 4:00 PM at my residence
781 Indigo Court, Ivins/Kayenta, UT 84738
Andrew Kramer
Checks only, please 

As many of you know, my dear Linda with the bright spirit and my beloved partner for 30 years, passed away last year. Linda was an imaginative and prolific artist who loved vibrant colors, painted in a variety of styles and had boundless creative energy. 

Because Linda believed in giving back to our world, I had a sale of Linda’s paintings last November with all proceeds donated to worthy causes. Because of your generous response, over $7,500 was raised, split among seven worthy causes. 

Of the more than 200 paintings displayed last November, many vibrant and exceptional paintings remain. Accordingly, I’m having another sale. Again, all proceeds will be donated to Linda’s and my favorite worthy causes.

Minimum donations begin at $20 for matted prints and range up to $500 for large paintings – about one-third of our former gallery prices.

Please bring your checkbooks and make your checks payable to one or more of the following worthy causes. Your checks will be your receipts for your tax-deductible donations. Please, no cash or credit cards or donations to other causes.

Heifer International
World Wildlife Fund
Southern Poverty Law Center
Union of Concerned Scientists
Southern Utah Wilderness Alliance (SUWA)
Conserve Southwest Utah

This is an opportunity to purchase inspiring art in time for the Holidays while supporting worthy causes. See you soon.

Make Space

MakeSpace Art School and Studios

Don’t miss out on the fun this spring!

We have a variety of classes available at MakeSpace in May. Go to makespacekayenta.com to see all the options and enroll. You will enjoy the classes and the camaraderie. We have highlighted a few featured classes but first learn about one of our popular art instructors who also happens to be our Kayenta neighbor, Ginny Northcott.

Ginny Northcott

Featured Artist and Kayenta Resident • Ginny Northcott

Ginny has lived and painted in southern Utah for almost twenty years. Her work is in acrylic painting and silverpoint drawings. She received her formal education in Art at Waldorf College, The University of Iowa and Coe College. She also served as Art Gallery Curator and Director at Coe College.  You can find Ginny’s work in local galleries, art shows, and in some of our neighbors’ homes. Check out ginnynorthcott.com to view her amazing art work.

In addition to being a fabulous artist, Ginny is an excellent art instructor and an all-around fun person.  She is teaching a silverpoint drawing class at MakeSpace in May.  Come learn about this interesting medium!  The details about Ginny’s class are noted below.  In addition, you will find a few highlights from other classes too

Silverpoint drawing by Ginny Northcutt

Ginny Northcott

SilverPoint Drawing

When: May 12
Time: 1:00pm – 5:00pm

This class will introduce you to the art of Silverpoint drawing.  This technique originated in the 14th-15th centuries in the Netherlands and Germany.  This medium involves drawing with a silver wire which is inserted into a mechanical pencil. The drawing surface is on board that has been treated with a Silverpoint ground and sanded to a smooth finish.  The nature of these drawings is to oxidize over time and become more sepia in tone.  No experience necessary! The supplies for this class will be provided but it would be good to have a sketchpad and pencil handy.

Deena Millecam watercolor

Deena Millecam

Painting with Watercolor

When:  4-Week Session beginning May 2nd (Tuesdays)
5/2, 5/9, 5/16, and 5/30
(no class 5/23)
Time: 1:00pm – 4:00pm

Come and be part of this vibrant group of watercolor artists that have made MakeSpace their home base. Each student works at their own pace, learning from Deena through demonstrations and personal guidance as well as from one another. Class time will include painting from personal inspiration images, in-class critique and instructor-led demonstrations.  All levels are welcome!

Acrylic pour by Carcy Lee Saxton

Darcy Lee Saxton

Fun with Acrylic Pour

When: May 24
10:00 am-1:00pm

Join us for a morning of art play and exploration as we learn the basics of working with fluid acrylic. In this class, we will overview composition and color as we create small acrylic pour paintings.  All supplies will be provided, including professional quality high-flow acrylic paint, pouring medium, and canvas. Walk away with beautiful high gloss acrylic paintings to keep or gift, plus the know-how to do it all again! For returning students, this class can be treated as an open studio.

MakeSpace Kayenta

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.


April 2023
Recap of Kayenta Community Forum

by Matt Marten

In early March, a small group of residents started engaging in talks with Terry and Matt Marten to gain information on the workings of the planning and development of Kayenta and the surrounding area.  The goal: to open dialogue so the community can better understand the day-to-day efforts that face our community and future development surrounding long-term planning that is of interest to our community.

The first question the group asked Terry was “What is the biggest current issue you are faced with?” The proposed Dry Wash Reservoir was on the top of Terry’s list.  While other issues are also important and ongoing the reservoir was the most pressing.  Terry explained the proposed project throws a monkey wrench into the plans for Kayenta he has been working on with the city for decades.  

At first glance, the reservoir project seems like a positive step toward responsible water reuse and bolsters conservation efforts but dig a little deeper and many questions begin to surface.  Questions arise about health, safety, pollution, nuisance, aesthetics, management, and cost to Ivins residents become of huge concern.   

Terry Marten has stated that if it is good for Ivins he would be in support of the reservoir but before the final plans are made the community should weigh in to determine if they find the project of value given all of the potential problems.  

The initial group meetings lead to a community forum that took place on April 8th at the Center for the Arts in Kayenta and focused on the proposed Dry Wash Reservoir located within the Kayenta community footprint.  The area proposed site stretches from Kwavasa Drive and continues south toward Highway 91.  The presentation was made by residents Shelley Lapkoff and Mark Lindquist.   The Martens and others also contributed to the presentation by answering questions posed by the audience of around two hundred community residents.  

With information the group had gathered from City Council meetings, WCWCD public information, interviews, and research the forum presented unanswered questions about the project and focused on the need for more communication and transparency from Ivins City and the Washington County Water Conservancy District.  It was determined a call for more public meetings is the first action needed to gain more information and have questions answered.  

Currently, Ivins City Mayor Chris Hart and the general manager from the Washington County Water Conservancy District (WCWCD), Zach Renstrom have agreed to meet with six members of the group.  The purpose is to acquire clarity, access answers to many questions, and express concerns. 

For more information on the developments concerning the proposed reservoir project and future Community Forums watch for special Kayenta Connection emails.  Information will also be posted on Nextdoor.

April 2023
Recap of Ivins City Council Activities

by Mike Scott, Ivins City Council


At the same time as there are questions about the use, viability, management, and maintenance of the proposed Dry Wash Reservoir in Ivins, the Washington County Water Conservancy District (WCWCD) has started to look at another reservoir differently. Last year Ivins recommended that WCWCD build a treatment plant to convert irrigation water from the Gunlock Reservoir into culinary water.

I don’t know who came up with this idea first, Lance Anderson or Chuck Gillette, our Public Works Director. Regardless, Lance has been leading the charge to consider this. Well, it appears WCWCD has been listening and now agrees this is a good idea to consider. 

What does this mean for the proposed Dry Wash Reservoir? How would this new culinary water source benefit Ivins? This is a new direction so it will take a while to get answers to these and other questions. Stay tuned.

Fire/EMS & Our Budget

The city has been working on a budget for fiscal year 2024, which starts in July. The first draft budget resulted in a deficit of over $1 million. The latest draft reduces that deficit to a little under $400,000. 

I don’t believe we should pass a deficit budget or dip into reserves to fund a planned deficit. And I’m not confident we can balance the budget without increasing the Ivins portion of property taxes. Now that probably got your attention! But don’t freak out about my tax increase comment. I may be the only council member who would consider that. 

There’s a public hearing at our May 4th City Council meeting on the budget. It would be valuable to get your input on the budget, ways to balance it or deal with deficits, property taxes, and Fire/EMS which I’ll discuss next.

One of the reasons we’re having trouble getting to a balanced budget is the proposed Fire/EMS budget for 2024 is almost 40% higher than 2023. That’s close to a $500,000 increase. Fire/EMS costs have risen significantly over the past few years. 

The chart below shows public safety cost trends. Based on the proposed budget, the cost of Law Enforcement has doubled in 11 years. Fire/EMS services have more than tripled. 

It’s reasonable/logical that costs increase due to inflation and population growth. Law Enforcement cost increases closely follow population/inflation increases but Fire/EMS costs are almost double what they should be from the impact of population and inflation.

Ivins puble safe cost trend index


One reason for the cost increase proposed for 2024 is the added cost of re-opening the Center Street station. Andrew Parker, our Fire Chief, should get a lot of credit for getting it opened quickly last year and holding off most of the cost increases to the 2024 budget. 

Another reason for higher costs is that we’ve been transitioning from a volunteer-heavy staffing model to a volunteer-light model. More full-time professional personnel cost more.

Our city council pushed for re-opening Center Street last year because a lot of Ivins was not within a 5-minute response time from the Rachel Street station near Harmon’s. It was a life/safety issue. It also resulted in some areas of the city getting an official “ISO rating” of 9 and even 10, which is the worst rating a fire department (and city) can get on a 1 to 10 scale. Because of that, I heard that some home insurance policies were not being renewed last year. 

Everyone on the city council supports the need for the Center Street station to be fully operational. But there have been questions about the wisdom of our move away from volunteers. At last week’s city council meeting Dennis Mehr asked if the higher cost from a professional staffing model was worth it. That’s a great question. One way to answer it is to look at changes in our official rating over time.

Our Fire Department was just reevaluated, and we now have an ISO rating of 4.  That puts us in the top 16% of fire departments statewide and 17% nationally. Looking back, we had a rating of 5 in 2013, then it improved to 4 in 2014 and stayed there until the Center Street station closed. 

The ISO rating doesn’t tell the whole story. The ratings are based on the score fire departments get from an evaluation of 16 items. Departments get a rating of 4 if their score is between 60 and 69.99. Our score is 66.27. So, we’re a strong 4, approaching a 3, which fewer than 10% of the fire departments in the country achieve. 

In prior years when we did get ISO ratings of 4, our best year’s score was 60.69, just barely enough to move us from an ISO 5 to ISO 4 rating. Does ISO 4 matter? I asked my home insurance agent. He said an ISO rating of 4 is great and qualifies homeowners for preferred rates.

Our current score puts us close to an ISO 3 rating. Chief Parker plans to secure that rating by 2027. Do we need to be that good? Is it worth the added cost? We’re already better than 80% of the fire departments nationwide. Should we be satisfied with simply being in the top 50%, like Garrison Keillor’s Lake Wobegon, where all the children are above average?

People have suggested other models to save us money. One would be a return to the volunteer-focused department we used to have, with a balance of full-time professionals and volunteers. But it sounds like getting volunteers is harder than it used to be. 

Another idea is to turn everything over to a “fire district” to save money. I’m not sure how well that works in practice as a cost-saving strategy. Last year the Hurricane Valley Fire District proposed a nearly 90% property tax increase. 

I believe that before considering any alternate plan we take a detailed look at what we’re getting from a full-time department that won’t show up in an ISO rating. I can see the benefit of a full-time professional staff with regular assignments and cohesive team training. And I think the alphabet soup of state & federal regulatory agencies and standards like NFPA, BEMS, NIOSH, NIMS, FEMA, UOSH, US Department of Labor, OSHA, IFC, ISO, and UFRA not only add to costs but make it harder for a volunteer department to work as well as it used to when there were fewer regulations.

Going back to my tax increase comment, we would need to increase the Ivins portion of property taxes by $47/year on a primary residence with a $500,000 market value. Ivins has not increased its share of property taxes since 2010. Anyway, come to next Thursday’s city council meeting and tell us what you think about the budget and all of the issues I touched on here.

More information

I try to keep these articles relatively concise. Not doing too well at that. It’s frustrating because there’s so much I want to discuss. So, please email me at Mike@MikeScott4Ivins.com for more information about these and other Ivins issues. Also, please tell me what issues in Ivins matter to you. Visit my website at www.MikeScott4Ivins.com for regular updates.

Petite Feast Dinner Club


Resesrve Your Seat at the 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.

“I just wanted to thank you for the wonderful Petite Feast dinner last night. Everything was delicious and so beautifully presented. I look forward to attending every month – the fantastic meal, thoughtful and professional service, and amazing friends I’ve made at them are priceless.” – L. Gaylord

Petite Feast Virtual Dinner Party


The weather is finally starting to warm up and I am delighted that I have already been the lucky recipient of my friends and neighbors’ gardening labor. Thanks to Kayenta Community Garden members, Bonnie and Roger Head, beautiful greens and tender fresh herbs have graced my table this week AND inspired this month’s VDP recipe.

May’s recipe has all the virtues of traditional lasagna but none of the usual drawbacks – no time-consuming assembly or marathon post-meal dishwashing sessions allowed.  It’s a speedy, virtually fool-proof rendition that can shapeshift from the usual cheese-blanketed, red-sauced casserole to a surprisingly light Greek-inspired version that’s full of the varied textures and robust flavors that reflect exactly how I want to be eating right now. It’s bright with lemon, fresh herbs, and salty feta. And, using instant cous cous in place of the standard pasta sheets makes its preparation lightning quick.

Just toss the cooked cous cous with the cheese and then layer it with a simple stove-top vegetable ragout. The whole thing holds together well and, like traditional lasagna, can be cut into neat squares for serving. It also reheats beautifully which makes it a perfect dish for prepping early in the week and enjoying on multiple nights.

The ingredient list is adaptable to whatever vegetables you happen to have in your crisper drawer.  Eggplant, summer squash, and spinach are what I’ve used here, but you could also lean toward Northern Africa with butternut squash, chickpeas, cinnamon, and kale.

Think of this recipe as a jumping-off point. Have your way with it. Take off to tasty destinations abroad by tinkering with the ingredients that you have on hand; just be sure to share your results with the group by posting your photo on Nextdoor. The only rule is, keep your vegetable ragout and cous cous ratio to about 1:1. Too much sauce and the results will be stodgy.  Too much cous cous and the resulting layers will be crumbly and dry. Chef’s tip: If the latter happens, pretend it was intentional : ) It will still taste great; just serve it with extra sauce on the side.

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 goodwill 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



1 ½ C water
1 ¼ C instant cous cous
1 T olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 medium zucchini, cut into ¼” dice
1 medium yellow squash, cut into ¼” dice
1 small eggplant, cut into ¼” dice
2 generous C chopped fresh tomatoes (or substitute canned with their juice)
½ C dry white wine
1 large bunch spinach, rough chopped
¼” parsley, minced
3 T fresh basil, minced
Pinch of crushed red pepper flakes (omit if desired)
Zest of 1 lemon
8 oz. mozzarella cheese, shredded
1/3 C feta, crumbled


Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.

Place cous cous in a shallow bowl. Bring the water to a simmer in a saucepan. Add the hot water to the cous cous and cover with plastic film. Set aside and cool to room temperature while you prepare the sauce.

Heat olive oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat.  Add the onion and sauté briefly.  Add garlic, zucchini, yellow squash, and eggplant. Sprinkle with salt and cook until vegetables are fork-tender but still hold their shape.  Add the tomatoes, wine, parsley, basil, and crushed red pepper.  Bring to a simmer and cover. Cook for 8-10 minutes.

Remove lid and add spinach. Return lid and let rest 5-6 minutes off the heat until spinach is wilted and tender.  Season to taste with salt and pepper.

Fluff cous cous with a fork to separate grains taking care to break apart any clumps.  Add lemon zest, feta and all but ½ C of the grated mozzarella.  Spread half of the cous cous mixture in a small casserole dish sprayed lightly with pan spray. Top with half the ragout, spreading evenly across cous cous layer. Repeat, ending with a sprinkling of the reserved mozzarella. Cover with aluminum foil and bake for 30-35 minutes. Remove from oven and let rest 10 minutes before serving

Coyote Tales


Gumball machines used to be a fixture at the entrance of every grocery store in town. Some were filled with gumballs, but others with tiny treasures in plastic capsules. Place a quarter or two in the slot and turn the knob to release the machine’s treasure with an exciting kerplunk. The machines are rare these days, but the magical kerpunking of any vending device still holds charm. Enter Coyote Tale’s ART-O-MATIC – a repurposed gumball machine stocked with unique lilliputian crafts. For only fifty cents and a twirl of the knob, you can be the recipient of a capsule containing a one-of-a-kind, diminutive work of art created by a Red Mountain Elementary school student.  100% of the proceeds from the sale of the art will be donated back to Red Mountain Elementary to purchase art supplies for the students.

The project was funded by Coyote Tales Storytelling Events using funds raised from a pre-covid event’s gourmet bake sale concession stand. Generous Kayenta theatergoers purchased upscale treats donated by Petite Feast. All proceeds from the bake sale were used to purchase the machines and art supplies to hold a special art experience for the fourth and fifth graders of the elementary school. During the class, the children sculpted and then painted figures inspired by their studies of the rainforest. An array of miniature frogs, toucans, flowers, and snakes were then enclosed within the machine’s capsules. Additional capsules contain haikus written by RME students. The machines will be stationed at Datura Art Gallery in the Kayenta Art Village, at Red Mountain Elementary School, and other Ivins locations.

Coyote Tales wishes to thank everyone who purchased baked goods and the wonderful Kayenta women who volunteered their time and expertise to help during the Red Mountain class. Much thanks also to tOM @ Datura Gallery and KH&P for their continued support. We could not have done this without you!

For information on Coyote Tales please visit our website.


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.

“Strength does not come from the physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”


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

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

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

Kayenta Exploration Group

May 15, 2023

We are going to Cathedral Gorge Nevada State Park west and north of Enterprise

Meet at the Kayenta Design Center at 9 am.

Bring a lunch. No dirt Road. Full-day trip.

For details call Charles Dillier at 435-656-1956

Javier’s 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

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 TIME Fridays 9:30-10:45am 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)

Kayenta Pickleball Group (KPG)

The courts have been repaired and are back in use!

THANK YOU to Matilda Mylander for all her tireless effort and thanks to all of you members for your patience! They are very usable, and we have had some very enjoyable games and some very good exercise already. If you have an interest in joining or have played very little to even not at all and would like to try it prior to paying dues, contact Denton Zubke by email at dbzubke@gmail.com or by phone or text at 701-570-4043. It’s a great way to meet other Kayenta residents and enjoy some fun and get some great exercise.

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.

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

Desert Rose Labyrinth
792 Kayenta Pkwy, Ivins UT

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 

April 2023 Update

Protecting the environment while preserving the beauty of the wood

While some very talented local artists and some local school kids joined in the fun at the Street Painting Festival in mid-April, other crafts were also represented, including some beautiful wood pieces made of Tamarisk from Kayenta. 

Barry Gray of the Southern Utah Woodturners manned a table showcasing a variety of unique pieces as well as talking to visitors about the work of the Desert Preservation Initiative (DPI), whose volunteers cut the invasive Tamarisk trees that Gray and others turn into bowls, trays, vases and more. Many visitors commented on the beauty of Tamarisk as it is worked into finished pieces, Gray reports. A portion of the sales through Gallery 873 go to support the ongoing work of DPI.

As DPI President Chuck Warren says, “Tamarisk has to go. It poses a huge fire risk, creates drainage problems, and excretes salt that kills some other plants. But there’s no reason it can’t be repurposed, as Barry does, to make some truly beautiful works of art.”

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.”

Woodturner Barry Gray shows off some of the pieces made from Tamarisk from Kayenta.
A lazy Susan created by Gray from the huge “mother tree” the Desert Preservation Initiative removed from the main Kayenta Wash.
A wine cooler crafted by Ron Kirchen of SUWT.

Inkas no kill Animal Supporters

INKAS – Ivins No Kill Animal Supporters
Advocate: Lois Hewitt 

Be Kind to Animals Week

Be Kind to Animals Week began in 1915 as a way to promote humane education and animal welfare. During the second week in May, people are encouraged to show compassion for all animals. We can all find ways to participate in this week. If you are a pet owner remember that taking care of a pet means more than providing shelter, food, and water. Mark your calendars for annual check-ups. Have your pet spayed or neutered to help reduce the overpopulation of unwanted animals. (The Humane Society St. George Clinic offers reduced prices for these surgeries.) Walk dogs on leash and make time for play to keep pets safe, happy, and socialized.

If you are not a pet parent but are thinking of becoming one consider adopting rather than buying your new family member. The Santa Clara – Ivins Animal Shelter always has a number of cats and dogs available. If they do not have what you are looking for you can always try one of our local animal rescue organizations. By adopting instead of buying from a pet store or breeder you will be giving a homeless animal the family it deserves.

If pet ownership is not in your future you may want to consider making a donation. When donating items to our local animal shelter it is a good idea to call ahead (435-628-1049) and ask what their greatest needs are at the time. Monetary donations may be made to INKAS either online or in our donation box at the shelter. All of our funds are used to support the shelter and local animal rescues.

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

Thanks to all who participated in our April 27 spring cleanup.

Wet weather earlier this spring brought a crop of cheat grass to the arboretum.  While it was too much to eliminate, we were successful in using an organic spray which should keep the grass from going to seed and plaguing us in the future.  We also made substantial progress in the installation of low-voltage pathway lighting which will make the arboretum much more accessible this fall and winter when darkness becomes an issue.

We are excited to announce that we have contacted DPI regarding the removal of tamarisk along the pathway leading to the Desert Rose Labyrinth and DPI has agreed to remove the trees within the next month.  Tamarisk increasingly impacts access as well as detracting from the experience of the Labyrinth.  This is a very public site and one that is important to the overall impression of Kayenta.  Once the removal of these invasive plants is complete, arboretum volunteers will restore the area, incorporating desert plantings indigenous to our area.

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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