Kayenta Connection October 2023

Kayenta Art FoundationPRESENTS

Art in Layenta

A FREE Art Festival in the Kayenta Art Village

Food Trucks • Beer & Wine Garden • Live Music

Over 50 Juried Artists • Local Galleries

FRI, October 13, 11 am to 7 pm

SAT & SUN, October 14 & 15, 10 am to 5 pm


Festival Volunteers Needed

We are only 2 weeks away from our annual ART IN KAYENTA festival,
and we still have spots open for you to participate.

With every shift you complete, you shall receive
to a performance of your choosing!

We can’t wait to have you come be part of the art!

Please click on the link below to view the online signup sheet.  See you at the festival.

Stop by the Kayenta Homes & Properties
Art Village Office

for a free bottle of water during the Art in Kayenta Festival.

Kayenta HOmes & Properties

Our Concept Home will be open Friday, Saturday, and Sunday,
October 13, 14, and 15 from 11 am – 4 pm during the festival.

We look forward to seeing you.

Your Kayenta Home and Properties Sales Team:

Jeff Sproul, Principal Broker
Steve McAllister & Naomi Doyle, Sales Agents

435-628-7234   www.kayentahomes.com

Center for the Arts at Kayenta

Upcoming Events

The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company

The Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company

October 6 & 7, 2023

Ririe-Woodbury Dance Company, now in it’s 60th Anniversary Season, presents an evening of tantalizing dance. Performed at the Center for the Arts at Kayenta, this concert will include three stunning pieces. To Have and To Hold (1989) choreographed by Danial Shapiro and Joanie Smith explores themes of love and loss. Long View by Molly Heller is inspired by visual elements of “Full View,” a multi-media work Heller created in 2020. Daniel Charon’s On Being (2021) was created post social distancing and celebrates connection, community, and an awareness of those around us as the Company dancers explore physical connection and people moving in space together.

Soirée Musicale – Schubert Meets Jazz

Soirée Musicale – Schubert Meets Jazz

Christian Bohnenstengel & Chamber Music Society of Southern Utah

October 21, 2023

Soirée Musicale returns with a fascinating juxtaposition of classical chamber music and jazz. Franz Schubert’s beloved Trout Quintet has – at first glance – nothing to do with jazz. Its nickname stems from a set of variations that Schubert composed on one of his own art songs titled “The Trout” which he used as the fourth movement of the quintet. The piece served as a template for several other works such as the Jazz à la française, an exciting and toe tapping suite that combines classical idioms with jazz characteristics from the swing and bebop areas.



October 28, 2023

Pow Wow singer Joe Rainey performs his debut collection of songs, backed by electronics and Owls quartet, arranged by collaborators Andrew Broder & William Brittelle. Niineta, Joe Rainey’s debut album on 37d03d is a landmark in modern indigenous music. These are bold, electrifying songs that recontextualize the ancient Pow Wow sound in strange, new in-between places. Each note conveys a clear message, no matter the inflection: We’re still here. We were here before you were, and we never left.

For more information and tickets to the amazing events please visit our website.

We look for to seeing you at the Center for the Arts in Kayenta.

Ivins City Council Candidate Forums

Ivins City

Here are two opportunities to learn more about the six candidates running for the three City Council positions in this November’s election:

Forum #1—Thursday, October 26th, 6:30–8:00 pm – Center for the Arts at Kayenta – 881 Coyote Gulch Circle

Forum #2—Wednesday, November 1st, 6:30–8:00 pm – Vista School’s Auditorium – 585 E Center Street

Each forum will begin with each candidate explaining why they chose to run for City Council and why they are qualified.  Next, candidates will be asked a series of questions about issues (the questions will be given to them in advance). Then the audience will have the opportunity to ask questions for about 30 minutes.

We hope you can attend to be more informed about those running for City Council.  The forums are being organized by a group of Ivins residents.

Ballots for the general election will be mailed roughly 3 weeks before the final election date of Tuesday, November 21st.

Please Vote! Go to https://vote.utah.gov for more information about absentee ballots, etc.

Kayenta Art Village

 Studios, Galleries, Businesses & Dining

To check out all of our galleries and businesses click the link below

Good Medicine beauty lab

Opening Art in Kayenta Weekend

Come visit the NEW Good Medicine Intuitive Skin Care Storefront in the
Kayenta Art Village.

Good Medicine Beauty Lab is growing…..we are opening a new wonderful storefront in the Kayenta Art Village. Our new store will offer you the opportunity to touch, feel, and smell all of our unique face and body care products.

We love our customers and so like chatting with you about our desert-based, all-natural, and wild-crafted products. So stop by and test all our products, we will be open every day (yes you read that right) starting October 13th from 9-5!

Our products are all lovingly made in Kayenta from safe, natural, and locally sourced wild botanical ingredients.

In the Kayenta Art Village: 873 Coyote Gulch Ct. Suite C, walk towards the Center for the Arts & look for the bright purple door.


Vivienne Tuscadora-A Good Year

Vivienne Tuscadora-A Good Year

Artists of all stripes, there are only a few weeks left to create a ‘Found Object’ art piece for the next 2D & 3D* Kayenta Center for the Arts exhibition.  The art drop-off date is Wednesday, October 25th at the Center.

FREE Public Artist Reception 

Wednesday, November 1
6:30- 8:00 pm

The show is open to paint, textiles, paper, fabric, clay, and other 2D & 3D mediums.  

*Photographers, don’t worry – your show is coming in December

Follow the link below for entry forms and information.

Kayenta Community

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

Kayenta Community Meetings
– Recap

Kayenta Development hosted community meetings on September 13th & 16th.  The topic of the presentation was: Finding Balance in Our Community.  The reason for the meetings was to get together as a community and learn, share plans and aspirations for the future, and answer questions.

Matt Marten led the presentations and laid out the history of Kayenta and a plan moving forward. Founding developer and land-owner Terry Marten was present along with Lance Anderson and Brett Hinkey of Kayenta Development Inc. They added information and commentary during the presentation and helped field questions.  Also in attendance were dozens of Kayenta residents, Ivins City Planning Commission members, City Council members, and candidates.

Matt started the presentation by offering some context for the design and vision for our community by siting two distinct and influential communities.  The first is Rancho Santa Fe in southern California for its vision and noteworthy planning and architectural standards that have been in place for 100 years.  Rancho Santa Fe offers a quaint village center with an inn, restaurants, boutiques, and art galleries surrounded by residential properties.  This village provides residents and visitors a place to gather and socialize.  California recognizes this community as a historic landmark and it is the oldest functioning planned community in California.   Second is Sea Ranch on the northern California coast.  It offers inspiration for the preservation of the natural site where the colors and materials of the built environment blend with the landscape.  Like Sea Ranch, preservation of the natural landscape is one of Kayenta’s main goals.  Matt hoped that the community we all helped to build would stand the test of time and offer inspiration to other developments in the future.

The presentation touched on the 47-year history of Kayenta starting with the original purchases of 1,412 acres in 1976.  Matt went on to explain that over the next four-plus decades Terry Marten negotiated and acquired the additional acreage bringing the total to approximately 2,200 acres.  Over 90 different ownerships had to be negotiated and purchased to assemble the Kayenta footprint.

• Our planning encompasses approximately a 2,200-acre footprint we identify as Kayenta.

• Today’s footprint is approximately 936 acres. Protected by Covenant.

• Our Intention is to incorporate the remaining approximately 1,264 acres (minus 89 acres for Dry Wash Reservoir), into the Kayenta Concept and Covenant – zoning is the first step.

Matt stressed the reason we are still here developing and building Kayenta is that it is our business and life endeavor.  It is our intention to continue the path of development that we set out to build over 47 years ago.  Over the next year, we will be working towards securing zoning for undeveloped acreage that we intend to fold into the Kayenta footprint.  This is a step toward being able to plan subdivisions that will incorporate the Kayenta covenant (CCR’s).  Zoning is the first step of many in the subdivision plat approval process.  Over the next year or so we will be applying for zone changes in several areas.  This will match our master planning for Kayenta which has been envisioned since 1994.

The following list are the areas that Kayenta Development will focus on to secure zoning:

Dry Wash West

(Recently we secured Low-Density Residential)

Adjacent to Highway 91

Kayenta Covenant

55 acres (RE 37 and RE 20)

Kwavasa 2B

Low-Density Residential approximately 88 lots

Part of this area is in partnership with SITLA.

Kayenta Covenant

Approx. 98 acres.

Indian Hills

Low Density Residential approx. size 1 acre lots

Kayenta Covenant

Approx.  227 acres

North Taviawk

Low Density Residential approximately 61 lots (1 acre plus lots)

It will be added to the Kayenta Covenant.

Approx. 144 acres

Taviawk South

Low Density Residential Zoning approximately 24 lots

21 acres

Desert Cliffs (Kayenta Cliffs) West

Low Density & Medium Density Residential Zoning   

44 acres

Desert Cliffs 2 (Kayenta Cliffs) East

TBD 22 acres

(Mohler) Highway 91 & Kwavasa Drive

TBD 48 acres

Kayenta Casitas – Art Village

Resort Commercial Zoning

(Medium Density Equivalent)

It will be added to the Kayenta Covenant.

Approx.  6.94 + 16.03 + 2.69 = 25.67 acres

(Including Road 31.1 acres)

First on the list for zoning will be the Kwavasa 2B subdivision and Art Village (Kayenta Casitas).

Matt presented the vision for these two areas.  Kwavasa 2B is a low-density extension of the Kwavasa area north along the Paiute Tribal Land.  The Art Village expansion is located across Kayenta Parkway from the current Art Village.  This land is designated as Commercial Resort and High Density Residential on the Ivins City Land Use Plan.  We are proposing Resort Commercial (RC Zone).  Our concept would be equivalent to a medium density residential.  Conceptual sketches illustrated a resort commercial property that was akin to a Kayenta residential scale of clustered casitas, pathways, and landscaping.

The vision for the project is to create private and public spaces that can be enjoyed by our community.  The Kayenta Casitas Wellness Resort would be a fully staffed property with gardens, restaurant, meeting rooms, and gathering spaces that could be enjoyed by guests and residents.  Matt pointed out the need for commercial properties in our community and within Ivins that help to balance the community and provide amenities for residents.  Privately owned enterprises can fill the void if a city or HOA does not provide meeting or recreational spaces.  Private enterprise also offers tax revenues to the city offering diverse sources of revenues.

Overall, the vision and planning for the future of our community was well received by those in attendance.  In closing, Matt made a request of the community: Embrace the continued vision for Kayenta, be a community advocate, and offer thoughtful, careful, creative, and viable solutions.

We all agreed that more community meetings regarding topics large and small are valuable, keep the conversation going and to keep residents engaged in creating the vision for Kayenta.

Note: The community meetings covered more topics and details than could be covered in this article.  More articles will be offered in future Kayenta Connections covering similar and different topics of community interest.

Kayenta Footprint map

Kayenta Connecction Spotlight

Resident Spotlight

Janell Bassett, Editor

Lisa Bernath

Open to Exploration and Inspiration

While most people go through life with a sense of direction, we often find ourselves on a different path. Being open to possibilities opens new doors. Like many, Lisa Bernath had no intention of moving to Utah. But a chance visit and a moment of inspiration set her on a different road.

A New York native raised mainly in Ohio, Lisa eventually landed in Los Angeles and built a business that, although it diverged from her original dream of becoming a fashion designer, took her on a parallel path. Her interest in art and design began early, with classes at 12 through the Museum of Art in Cleveland, continuing through college with a minor in studio art. “I was always drawing, mostly figures and portraits. My dream was to be a fashion designer, but life led me to interior design.”

After 13 years in interior design, Lisa started a linens and bedding design and manufacturing company, a niche company creating specialty sheets for odd-sized mattresses. “My solution-oriented nature created a new career that led me to retirement at 63 years old,” she says. And it also gave her a life of business travel that inspired a travel bug. That desire to explore led to trips with her son, Adam, to Beijing and Machu Pichu, and, just this September, to Japan, where they celebrated her 70th birthday. Other recent trips, with Kayenta friend Eve Wetten, included month-long journeys through Southeast Asia; England, Scotland and Wales, and island-hopping in Greece.

Her initial visit to Kayenta was the result of coming to St. George to help a cousin pick out design selections for her new house here. A trip to Kayenta for lunch found them stopping at the model home on Paiute.  “I knew this was it as soon as I walked in,” she recounts. “I saw the modern southwest design and looked at the views out the windows. I said, ‘I can do THIS!’” Although she had explored Portland, Boulder, Napa, and other retirement possibilities, part of the draw to Kayenta was also the active arts community. Since moving, Lisa has volunteered with the Kayenta Center for the Arts gala, and indulges her interests in knitting, cooking, outdoor adventures, and yoga.

While her father and her son wondered what was up with Utah, after visiting they both responded, “I get it now.” Very special visits for her father, since passed, included times Lisa arranged for him to speak to the community about his experiences during the Holocaust, a time that shaped him for the rest of his life. His presentations at the Veterans Home and at The Center still elicit thanks from neighbors “for the opportunity to meet and hear my dad speak.”

Retirement hasn’t slowed Lisa down. She continues to seek new avenues to explore. Her just completed trip to Japan marks “39 countries traveled to date! More on the bucket list…of course,” she adds. And, although she hasn’t yet followed up on plans to get back to creating her art when she moved here, she’s enjoyed dabbling in a few Make Space classes so far. What’s next? “Stay tuned!”

Kayenta Connecction Spotlight
Kayenta Connecction Spotlight
Kayenta Connecction Spotlight
Kayenta Connecction Spotlight

Editors note. If you know someone that you think should be featured in our monthly Kayenta Connection under our NEW “Resident Spotlight” section please email the Kayenta Connection at kayentaconnection@rdicreative.com. Our intent is to focus on the incredible people living in our community– be they seasoned residents or new recruits. 

Make Space

Make Space photo montage

Make Space photo montage

New Fall Classes and Workshops are
Open for Registration

Oil Painting • Acrylics • Printmaking • Watercolor
Mixed Media • Free Lecture and Demonstration • Knitting
Encaustics • Fiber Arts • Pottery • Alcohol Inks

MakeSpace Kayenta

Your Community. Your Classes. Your Space. 

View the full schedule online.

And, while you are there, register your email to receive monthly updates on classes.


September Ivins City Council Update

Mike Scott, Council Member

Monthly Ivins Update

Shooting for A Four-Star General Plan

A general plan exists to guide decisions about how Ivins should grow, based on our community vision, priorities, and values. It’s important. Really important.

Ivins City General PlanOur current plan dates back to 2015 and needs updating. We started that process almost two years ago, in January 2022, with a series of community meetings. More meetings followed. Now we are nearing the end and should have a revised plan soon to help guide our future. But it isn’t done yet.

The Planning Commission held a public hearing on September 19th to get comments from residents about their proposed plan. They got a lot of good input at the hearing and from residents’ emails.

Next, they will consider any final changes based on that public input at their October 3rd meeting. They might wrap it up that night or continue working on it for another meeting. Then they will send their recommended plan to the City Council for our consideration.

So, please read the proposed plan and email the Planning Commissioners with suggestions for additions or changes you would like to see. The Plan is 59 pages, but the meat of the plan is just 30 pages. It’s a fast read.

To help, I posted an article on my website with the same title as this one, Shooting For A Four-Star General Plan (www.mikescott4ivins.com/?p=1870 ) with links to the current plan from 2015, the proposed new plan, a computer-generated comparison of the two plans that Ivins resident John Bjerke sent me, and the State of Utah’s “General Plan Writing Guide” for anyone who wants to see what the state recommends general plans include.

Please send me a copy of any comments you send to the Planning Commission (mike@MikeScott4Ivins.com). Their emails are: Perry Brown, pbrown@ivins.com, Pam Gardiol, pgardiol@ivins.com, Doug Clifford, dclifford@ivins.com, Dave Robinson, drobinson@ivins.com, Derek Larsen, dlarsen@ivins.com

City Council Candidate Forums

Ah, fond memories. How time flies. When I ran for City Council in 2021 a group of Ivins residents put together two candidate forums that were held a couple of weeks before the election.

That’s happening again this year. Ivins residents are hosting two candidate forums so we can learn more about the six people running for City Council in November’s election. Kudos to those volunteers for putting in time and effort to help all of us become better informed. And kudos to the six candidates too. It’s a lot of work.

The first forum is on Thursday, October 26th, 6:30–8:00 pm, Center for the Arts at Kayenta, 881 Coyote Gulch Circle.

The second forum is on Wednesday, November 1st, 6:30–8:00 pm, Vista School’s Auditorium, 585 E Center Street.

Pick one of the forums to go to and put it on your calendar now!

Both forums will begin with each candidate explaining why they chose to run for City Council and why they are qualified.  Next, candidates will be asked a series of questions about issues (the questions will be given to them in advance).

Then you, the audience, will have the opportunity to ask candidates questions for about 30 minutes. And I’m sure there will be an opportunity to talk more with candidates at the end of the evening.

The timing is great. You have about a month before the forums to learn about the candidates’ positions on issues facing the city. There are some significant agenda items coming up in October, like the general plan’s vision for the city, short-term rental development, and more.

It will be great to learn what the candidates think about these and other issues. Then ask them questions about their positions at the meeting. After the forums you will still have close to three weeks to find out more about any of the candidates before the election on November 21st.

Eight Is Enough!

No, this isn’t about the TV show from the late 1970s about the Bradford family. Governor Spencer Cox spoke at September’s Utah League of Cities & Towns convention about the challenge he and other Governors have made to all of us through their “Disagree Better Initiative.”

Dignity IndexApparently, our Governor thinks we need to do better at communicating with each other about city issues. Good idea, but I think the Initiative is mislabeled, at least in part. Its main goal is that by disagreeing better we will knock down barriers and open doors for real communication and problem-solving. Now that’s something to strive for.

The Governor recognizes we are going to disagree on lots of issues, but we should disagree in a way that allows us to find solutions and solve problems instead of endlessly bickering. He asked us at the convention to take his Disagree Better Initiative home and share it in our communities.

One of the handouts at the convention was “The Dignity Index.” The Index scores our communication along an eight-point scale from divisiveness and contempt (1) to respect and dignity (8). So, how are we doing in Ivins? Well, I don’t think we’re consistently hitting “8” yet. Fair statement? Nice goal though. Worth working towards.

The point of the initiative is we’ll all benefit from working together, especially when we have differing perspectives. When people with different views put in the effort to work together to solve problems, we end up with better results. We’re facing a lot of important and complex issues right now, so this seems like a good time to work on this.

I posted the “Dignity Index” and the “Dignity Index Scoring Guide” in my website article, Eight Is Enough! at www.mikescott4ivins.com/?p=1828

More City Information

I try to keep these articles relatively concise. Not doing too well at that. It’s frustrating because there’s so much 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 and now you can also add your comments to my articles.

Coyote Tales
Coyote Tales
Coyote Tales
Coyote Tales

It is Saturday night; the final evening of the City’s Heritage Days Festival, but Ivins City Park is packed. A lively crowd of story lovers sit on camp chairs and blankets listening to bluegrass music anticipating an evening of true stories told live. As the sun sets, a lone teller takes the stage and begins to tell his story – about a time when he and his eighth-grade schoolmates put their Def Leppard-fueled teenage swagger on display – and epically failed. It is a wonderful story full of vivid details and amusing observations. While he speaks, he pantomimes hoisting his boombox on his shoulder and demonstrates the confident strut he and his friends have perfected.  Through his telling, he is transformed into his thirteen-year-old self and the audience is right there with him.

Coyote Tales has become a much-anticipated part of the community’s arts and culture scene and the most recent event, held September 9th, did not disappoint.  Nine storytellers captivated the audience with lively, funny, and touching narratives based on the theme, WILD.  Visiting storytellers Peter Frick-Wright, Robert Perkins, David Lindes and Kase Johnstun were joined on stage by brave local Ivins resident tellers. It was a diverse and varied group of storytellers who fearlessly shared some of their life’s most meaningful moments.

The magic happens at Coyote Tales events because we can see ourselves in the stories. We’ve all been there. When we listen to the stories, we are permitted to fail, be challenged, or overcome obstacles along with the storyteller. The stories told air the unspoken, make fun of our idiosyncrasies, remind us of who we are, and in the end celebrate our diversity and our commonality.

As we file out after the show, members of the audience find their way to Kase and the other tellers to tell them how much they liked the stories. Kase Johnstun—who told the first Coyote Tale of the evening —is beaming. He is in his element. When I speak to him later, he isn’t exactly sure what motivated him to share his story with a crowd of strangers, but I think I know. In a world where too much time is spent on-screen, sharing our stories brings us together in real and meaningful ways. Through sharing, we, as a community, become more connected and involved. Coyote Tales wishes to thank everyone who attended the show for believing in the power of storytelling. If you want to find out more about sharing your story on our stage or to get details about upcoming events, please visit our website/

Everyone has a story – Vic

Coyote Tales events are generously supported by Petite Feast, Utah Humanities, Utah Division of Arts and Museums, Kayenta Homes and Properties, SBDance, and Desert Dweller Realty


Friday, February 9, 2024

Join us for Coyote Tales live storytelling at the Center for the Arts in Kayenta.
The theme for the evening’s stories is: SWEET.

Prepare a story about something that gives you pleasure. A sugary confection, bonbon or chocolate. A wistful memory that makes you smile, sweet nothings whispered in your year or saccharine words that have a bitter bite. Your first crush, your one and only or the one that got away. Tales of unrequited love or Cupid’s arrow hitting the bull’s-eye.

All proceeds from ticketed events have been donated to local nonprofits and all outdoor events have been free.

For information on Coyote Tales including stories in our archives please visit our website.


Petite Feast Dinner Club


The heat of summer has finally ended and the shorter days and cooler nights are indisputable signs that cooler weather is on the way. As the leaves shift from summery green to autumnal reds, oranges, and browns, and evening temperatures dip; seasonal produce follows suit, with autumn-hued root vegetables, earthy mushrooms, and winter squash returning to our menus. These beautiful vegetables provide the perfect foundation for savory soups, tarts, and braises. Pears and blackberry are at their best right now which makes them perfect for this dinner’s delightful dessert.









Vegetarian entree available as well – contact Victoria through the website to discuss options.




“You share your gifts so generously and with much beauty. Thank you! Kamal and I enjoyed every moment… the elegant delicious food, connecting with new friends, and the intimate story songs from David. We felt nourished in many ways.” Carrie and Kamal

 To reserve your seat at the table please click on the link below.

**exact address and driving directions will be emailed 1 week prior to the event


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. 

Winning Pie



*This month’s VDP recipe celebrates all the bakers who entered Ivins’ City First Annual Show Us How You Roll Heritage Days Pie Baking Contest. Congratulations to all the bakers. You are all winners!

The First Annual Ivins Heritage Days Pie Baking Contest had fourteen pies entered, and competition was tight. Every pie was a masterpiece. The contest brought in a variety of pies from across Ivins. From sweet to savory, Ivins bakers really showed us how they roll, and Kayenta bakers were no exception. They were there to represent! Nate and Sara Dupree, Lois Hewitt, Sally McNeil-Blimling, Jeff DeVore, Liz Fortney, and Hollie Ragland all turned out inspired creations that won high praise from the judges.

The results? Abigail Grossen’s delicious Hawaiian Chocolate Coconut Pie and Kayenta’s own Liz Fortney’s luscious Pecan Pie claimed second and third place respectively. But it was Ivins’ resident, Kirra Wilkinson, and her Southern Buttermilk Pie that really won the judges over. The well-balanced flavor paired with her perfectly baked graham cracker crust captured the blue ribbon win and hopefully a place on your Thanksgiving table. I am certain its pleasantly creamy custard and crisp sugar topping will be a welcome addition to your family’s holiday pie lineup. Kirra has graciously provided her winning recipe below.

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 participating in the contest. Cook On! – Victoria

Big Winner for Pie Contest




10 oz graham crackers
5 T butter, melted

1 ¼ C granulated sugar
2 T flour
3 eggs
½ C butter, melted
1 C buttermilk
2 t vanilla
Pinch of salt
Topping: (optional)
1 tablespoon cream cheese
1 tablespoon granulated
¼ t vanilla
¾ C heavy cream
Fruit as garnish

Preheat the oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.
Crush the graham crackers until they’re small crumbs (I use a bag and mallet). In a bowl, combine the graham crackers and melted butter using your hand or spatula until it’s well mixed.
Grease the sides and bottom of a 9” pie pan and press the graham crackers into the base and up the sides. Set aside. Take your time pressing it into place to get a firm crust.

In a large bowl, add the sugar and flour and whisk to combine. Add the eggs and whisk to combine. Add the vanilla, buttermilk, melted butter, and salt and whisk to combine.
Once the oven is up to temperature, pour the buttermilk mixture into the unbaked prepared pie crust and bake for 50-60 minutes. The center will be set when the pie is done so if you notice the center jiggling at all when you’re pulling it out, cook it for another 5 minutes and check again.

Remove from the oven and let cool for at least 2 hours before serving.

For the Topping:
Combine cream cheese, sugar, and vanilla in a mixing bowl with a whisk attachment and whisk on medium speed for about 2 minutes until combined. Add the cream and whip on medium speed until the cream reaches soft stiff peaks, about 2 minutes. Keep a close eye though because it will go from perfectly whipped to over-whipped in a matter of seconds.

Immediately use or keep refrigerated for up to 2 days until ready to use. Add fruit of your choosing as a garnish.

Xetava Gardens Cafe


Xetava Cafe and Tapas+Bar is locally owned, and unlike anywhere you’ve ever been. Designed to be a respite from the bustle of modern life, the building is nestled under the giant red cliffs of Ivins, surrounded by the Kayenta Art Village and Center for the Arts. Allow yourself to be mesmerized by the views while you choose between our new Tapas+Bar area or the original Cafe.

Hours of Operation


CAFE 11-5 • TAPAS+BAR 4-8



CAFE 11-8 • TAPAS+BAR 4-9


CAFE 9-8 (brunch ‘til Noon) • TAPAS+BAR 4-9


CAFE 9-8 (brunch ‘til Noon) • TAPAS+BAR 4-8

Health, Fitness & Wellness

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

“The secret of getting ahead is getting started.”

Agatha Christi

Elevate Fitness

Elevate Studio

Class Offerings for Fall 2023

I hope everyone is ready to get their “Fitness Groove” back on at Elevate this fall.

ElevateFit • 9:30 am, Mon, Wed, Fri

Elevate Yoga • 9:30 am Thur, 10 am Sat

Elevate Studio • 435-632-1381 • jyfitness@me.com

 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

Sacred Space Spa

Body, Skin, and Energy Work

Ask about our add-ons to enhance your treatment! 

Please call or text to schedule or with any questions! Please remember that I am usually booked at least 2 weeks out.

Namaste, Aly Hansen

For a full list of Spa Treatments visit:

Tel: 435-862-7743

Trips and Trails

Trips and Trails

Kayenta Exploration Group

October 16, 2023

Going to Crazy Jug Point on the North Rim of the Grand Canyon.

Meet at the Kayenta Design Center at 8 am

Bring a Lunch. 20 miles of dirt road, a full day trip.

For details call Charles Dillier at 435-656-1956

Javier’s Massage

Javier Massage

Javier Guzman LMT/LMMT

Massage is medicine for the body and mind

Hi, I’m Javier Guzman a licensed massage therapist who resides in the beautiful community of Kayenta. My handcrafted massages are designed for you whether you want relaxation, deep therapeutic, stress reducing, pain relieving, or just to improve overall health & well-being. Don’t delay your journey to a healthier you!

“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

“The land is whispering feelings of deep rest,
the sense of it landing softly
in each being’s bones and flesh
like gentle fog.”
-Brigit Anna McNeill

October’s cooler weather is an invitation to slow down and reconnect with the structure of scheduled classes, if summer’s activities took you away from home and away from your practice.

We will pick up where we left off:  Noticing the breath, paying attention to the body, and focusing the mind.

October Class Schedule
9:30 – 10:45 Tuesday: Vigorous Vinyasa
9:30 – 10:45 Wednesday: Relaxing Yin/Stretch
9:30 – 10:45 Thursday: Vigorous Vinyasa

Please contact me for more information.  Pre-registration is required.

Karen Kushner (E-RYT 500)

Kayenta Pickleball Group (KPG)

Does Pickleball Pique Your Interest?

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

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.

Veterans Memorial Concept Ivins Cemetary

Veterans Memorial Project / Ivins Cemetary
Advocate: Kathy Nied

Ivins Veterans Memorial Fundraiser
Golf Tournament

Saturday, November 11th, Veterans Day, 9:00 am (Shotgun Start)

Sunbrook Golf Course, 2366 West Sunbrook Drive

Entry Fee $125 per Player, $500 per team (4 players)

• Includes Lunch

• 4 Player Scramble

• Every player receives a golfer goodie bag

• Prizes to 1st 2nd and 3rd place teams

• Players without a full team will be combined to create a 4 person team


For complete tournament information and an official entry form visit our website.

Questions? Call Steve at 702-575-3557

This tournament is a fundraiser to honor Veterans by building a Memorial at the Ivins City Cemetery

Visit our newly created website at veteransmemorialivinscemetery.com to learn more and to support this worthwhile project.

Habitat for Humanity

Habitat for Humanity of Southwest Humanity
Advocate: Patrick Barickman

To learn more about our projects and mission please visit our website.

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

Desert Preservation InitiativeDPI – Desert Preservation Initiative
Advocate: Chuck Warren 

October 2023 Update

Why the natives are so important—plants that is

As with every community, there are tensions between the natives and the newcomers. In the plant world, these issues arise in competition for space and water, and are felt in the symbiotic relationship between the plants and animals which depend on each other. Thus, in Kayenta, where we are dedicated to preserving the natural desert landscape, distinguishing between native and invasive plants is critical to both the health and beauty of our environment.

The strength and value of native plants—and their particular place in the beauty of Kayenta—is the driving force behind the Desert Preservation Initiative’s year-long project to create two essential plant databases for approval by Kayenta’s Landscaping Committee. This effort, led by internationally known botanist Terrence Walters, is developing one database of invasive plants and a second database of restoration plants, or native plants to be used in replanting areas where invasive plants, such as tamarisk, have been removed.

“We get it that residents who are used to seeing greenery and plant growth in areas where invasives are removed are troubled by both the visual changes and have concerns about issues such as erosion,” says Walters. “By cataloging native plants that will thrive in specific restoration areas (e., deep ravines drainage systems, slides of ravines, habitats that have been completely altered by invasive species) and where such plants can be purchased, we are laying the groundwork for effective replanting as needed.”

The value of native plants is simple—they are healthier and stronger, are more likely to establish quickly and will naturally be hardy and healthy.  Having evolved over thousands of years, native plants grow in harmony with the environment, the soil, the water supply, the varying weather throughout all the seasons, and other native companions.

Walters is planning on-going discussions with Kayenta’s Landscaping Committee to define terms and to produce a short-list of approved restoration plants to help Kayenta homeowners as they submit plans to the Landscaping Committee for approval.

As the invasive tamarisk has essentially killed all native herbs, shrubs, and trees in this particular wash, the Desert Preservation Initiative will use its plant databases to help guide the process of revegetating with natives to restore the natural desert environment.

Won’t you join us? If you are interested in learning more, volunteering, or having a review of invasive plants on your property, please contact Chuck Warren, president, (chuckwarren222@ gmail.com) or Dan Beck, volunteer coordinator (danbeck2@me.com).

Inkas no kill Animal Supporters

INKAS – Ivins No Kill Animal Supporters
Advocate: Lois Hewitt 

Would you like to start your Christmas shopping early?

Have you been wishing you had purchased more microwave cozies, sun catchers, baskets, note cards or any other of INKAS’ locally handcrafted merchandise? We have been busy restocking our most popular items in time for ART in KAYENTA, October 13 – 15 in the Coyote Gulch Art Village. Look for us in our NEW LOCATION across from the Juniper Sky Fine Art Gallery. All sales go toward our efforts in support of the Santa Clara – Ivins Animal Shelter and local animal rescue organizations. We hope to see you there!

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 SkyThree Ivins City Council seats are up for election this November and because there are eight candidates who have filed to run, there will be a primary election on September 5.

Ivins Night Sky sent a short Questionnaire to all the candidates asking them their position on preserving and protecting our night sky and we are very appreciative of the candidates who responded. You can read their responses below.

This election is so important because the city council members who are elected will be updating the Ivins General Plan which will direct the city’s future. It will be critical to have council members who support our night sky.

Candidates Responses
Paul Bryson
Sharon Barton
Sharon Gillespie
Susan Ertel

Candidates who did not respond
Cheyne McDonald
James Barden
Jenny Johnson
Kevin Smith

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:

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

Good Medicine beauty lab

Good Medicine Intuitive Skin Care

Good Medicine Beauty Lab is a small women-owned company, that creates high-quality face and skincare products. The products are all hand-crafted in our Kayenta lab, from ethically sourced ingredients and wild desert botanicals.

• Unique face and body care products.

• Safe, natural, and locally sourced wild botanical ingredients

Stop by and test all our products, we will be open every day from 9-5!

Kayenta Art Village: 873 Coyote Gulch Ct. Suite C, walk towards the Center for the Arts & look for the bright purple door.

Kayenta Committees

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

Kayenta Deseret ArboretumKayenta Desert Arboretum

As fall approaches our Arboretum volunteers are making plans for the cooler months of the year. Check out our booth at Art in Kayenta where we will have plants and plant decorations available for sale.  Once again we are planning our lighting display which will highlight the holiday season.  Strolling through the pathways in the evening will be much easier this year as a result of a new pathway lighting system installed during the spring and summer.  Thank you to all of the volunteers who made this project possible.

We continue to welcome landscaping-minded volunteers who maintain and continue to make improvements to the arboretum and the Desert Rose Labyrinth. If you are interested in becoming a volunteer or just looking for information about the arboretum contact Roger Head, rbhkayenta@gmail.com or 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
The Shonto HOA Board meets regularly during the year avoiding some summer months. All meetings are from 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM on the third Wednesday of the month in the Theatre for the Arts, located in the Kayenta Art Village. The next meeting will be in September

Taviawk 2023 HOA Board  Meetings
The Board plans to meet on the Thursday after the ACC meeting (which is the 3rd Tuesday of each month) bi-monthly at 9:30 am at F1 Property Management. Dates are: July 20, September 21 & November 16

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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