Page numbers refer to the pages in Moab Happenings magazine. It can be downloaded or pick up a paper copy from many businesses in Moab, Salt Lake City or Grand Junction, Colorado.
Dec 4–8 Introduction to Weaving Class with Diné Master Weaver Anita Hathale- Learn the entire process of creating a small weaving, from warping the loom to creating patterns to completing a project. Class is limited to 12 students and will be held from 9am–4:30pm. The course fee includes a loom stand for each participant and weaving tools will be available for loan or purchase directly from the instructor. Info and register at www.moabmuseum.org/intro-to-weaving
The cost of the course is $600/person. At Moab Museum, 118 East Center Street.
Dec 8, 9 Grande Ballet Academy presents Journey to the Land of Sweets- Excerpts from The Nutcracker. At Star Hall, 6:30pm. Tickets $15 each. Call or text 801-889-0172 for info or tickets. See Grande Ballet Academy Moab on Facebook.
Dec 8 Live Music: Blu Pig- Comedy Night
Dec 8, 9 Live Music at Red Cliffs- Alan & Valerie
Dec 9 Bingo & Brunch- Benefit for the CNS Senior Wish program. 11am to 2pm. Cost: $45.00 includes 4 cards, additional cards $7.00 a piece. Great Prizes & Wonderful Brunch included. Canyon Steak Waffle. Call 435-260-0161 for reservation.
Dec 9 Moab Music Festival—Musical Story Hour- The Nutcracker with pianist Ilya Ramlav. 10:30am St. Francis Episcopal Church, 250 Kane Creek Blvd. Admission is Free. moablibrary.org
Dec 9 Moab Music Festival—The Nutcracker Suite and other holiday works with Ilya Ramlav- Celebrate the holidays with the Moab Music Festival with a special solo piano performance of Tchaikovsky’s Nutcracker Suite and other holiday works performed by Ilya Ramlav. St. Francis Church, 250 Kane Creek Blvd, 7 pm, pay-what-you-wish tickets. www.moabmusicfest.org, moablibrary.org
Dec 9 Gallery Moab Artist Reception- An open reception for Ceramic artist Barbara Gregoire is exhibiting a selection of recent work for her show, "Conversations with Clay," 5–8pm, at Gallery Moab. See pg 7B
Dec 9 2nd Annual Winter Kickoff Party and Fundraiser- Hosted by the Utah Avalanche Center and the Lower Utah Nordic Alliance. This event will support avalanche forecasting, education, and winter recreation in Southeast Utah. There will be live music, ski waxing, beer, and an opportunity drawing of donated items. Tickets are available for $20 in advance or $25 at the door. utahavalanchecenter.org
Dec 9 Compassionate Chefs- WabiSabi is hosting a formal fundraiser at the Element hotel to support WabiSabi's mission of giving to the community! Get dressed up in your fancy clothes, enjoy a cash bar, live music, and sample plates from beloved restaurants in moab! Tickets can be found at:
Dec 9 Live Music: Blu Pig-
Bob Greenspan & Mama T
Dec 10 43rd Annual Messiah- Kigalia Fine Arts, free event, Blanding, (435) 678-2760, KigaliaFAC@gmail.com
Dec 10 Restorative Yoga + Reiki- Join Crystal at Desert Power Yoga for a 60 minute restorative yoga class with Reiki. 2pm. Sliding Scale Fee. Sign up online at www.desertpoweryoga.com
Dec 10 Sacral Chakra Class- Join Crystal at Desert Power Yoga for an educational discussion about the Sacral Chakra. 12pm at Desert Power Yoga. Sliding Scale Fee. Sign up online at
Dec 10 Live Music at Red Cliffs, Brunch with Santa- Alan Snow. See ad pg 3A
Dec 11, 18 The Invitation to Connect: Yoga, Trauma, The Art of Devotion- Moonflower’s “The Invitation to Connect” series concludes this month. Join Trista Winder and Angela Houghton for lecture, all levels yoga, meditation, and mantra. In all of us is written our dharma, the path that resonates with your heart. To fall in love with your passions and serve the beings around you as your best and sacred self embodies the energy of the great monkey God Hanuman. Join us for a short lecture around the wounding and limited beliefs that often hold us back and practice the art of yoga with courage and bravery devoted to connecting with what is in your heart. All welcome. Props and mats provided. 5:30–7pm at the MARC
Dec 11 Green Thumb Gathering- Join Youth Garden Project (YGP) and the Moab gardening community for the first annual Green Thumb Gathering! This event will be for gardeners (and those who want to learn!) to reflect on and celebrate the 2023 growing season, meet each other, and ask questions of a knowledgeable panel. The panel will include representatives from YGP, Easy Bee Farm, USU, and more TBA. Free; no rsvp required; hot tea and snacks will be provided. Hosted at the Moab Arts & Recreation Center (MARC), 5:30-7pm.
Dec 12 AYURVEDA & Digestive Wellness Talk w/ Kathy Dickey- FREE workshop to discuss the Ayurvedic term for digestive fire, Agni, and the importance of digestion and health. 5-6pm. Sundari Yoga & Wellness Studio,1105 South US-191 #3 Moab,
www.sundariyogamoab.com See article pg 12A
Dec 13 5% Day for Moab Solutions’ Emergency Needs Fund- Every second Tuesday of the Month, Moonflower donates 5% of the day’s sales to a local organization that furthers our mission of providing socially responsible foods, goods, and education in promotion of a healthy, sustainable community. This month, Moonflower’s 5% Day will be donated to the Emergency Needs Fund. Join us in supporting this organization by shopping the co-op! 8am–8pm @ Moonflower Co-op
Dec 13 Mental Health Hike- CFI’s free Mental Health Hikes provide a safe space for members of the community to spend time in nature and learn skills to improve physical, mental, and emotional well-being. "Rest as a tool for healing" is the December theme. 10am-5pm. Canyonlands Field Institute. Info at cfimoab.org
Dec 13 Science On Tap- Dear Rats, Thank You for Our Drinking Water with Tara Bishop at World Famous Woody's Tavern from 5:30pm - 7:00pm. sciencemoab.org
Dec 13 MELT Method with Kelly Michaud- MELT Method is a gentle self-care technique that uses soft foam rollers and balls to enhance mobility, stability, and performance. Noon–1pm. Sundari Yoga & Wellness Studio, 1105 S-191 #3.
Dec 13 Live Music: Blu Pig- Community Music Night
Dec 14 Free movie screening: Barbie- To live in Barbie Land is to be a perfect being in a perfect place. Unless you have a full-on existential crisis. Or you’re a Ken. Join us for this hilarious and heartwarming movie, written and directed by Greta Gerwig. Door prizes and trashy snacks! Costumes encouraged! Presented by Grand County Public Library | Moab branch | 257 E. Center St. For more info call 435-259-1111 or visit www.moablibrary.org
Dec 14 Live Music: Blu Pig- Dustin Burley
Dec 15 Live Music: Blu Pig- Wolf River Band
Dec 15, 16 Live Music at Red Cliffs- Dave Mensch
Dec 16 Christmas Bird Count- This free and festive event relies on volunteer birders to determine winter populations of birds across the Americas. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org See Nature Happenings article on pg 5B
Dec 16 Breakfast with Santa- Moab Diner, 7–11am
Dec 16 Bike Fiend Local Appreciation Event- For all the support our community gives us, we're offering up to 50% off all merch and up to 25% off all bikes plus FREE basic tune ups. Desserts by Rachel and more! Please join us and shop for the Fiend in your life! 9am–6pm. 69 E Center St, Moab See ad pg 2B
Dec 16 Live Music: Blu Pig- Bob Greenspan & MamaT
Dec 17 Moab InterFaith Coalition Christmas Sing-Along - Free, everyone is welcome. 6pm Moab First Baptist Church, 420 Mi Vida Dr, Moab. For information: 435-260-8499
Dec 17 Live Music at Red Cliffs, Brunch with Santa- Alan Snow. See ad pg 3A
Dec 19 Learn to Make Borscht!- Learn to prepare authentic Ukrainian borscht, a beet-based soup common in Eastern Europe with Misha Gomberg at 6pm at Moonflower Co-op! Participants will help prepare and then be able to enjoy the soup at the end of the class. All ingredients will be provided. Sign up at bit.ly/borschtclass.
Dec 19 Creative Mindfulness- Attunement to somatic awareness with tools for mindfulness. Alignment to inner & higher self through commitment to self-care practices. Activate self-awareness through visual expression. Allow yourself to discover new ways to tell your creative tale. 5pm, 76 South 100 West - In the Back of Red Rock Bakery. Sign up online at www.wellnesscollectivemoab.com to save your spot.
Dec 20 Live Music: Blu Pig- Community Music Night
Dec 21 Thompson Springs Summer Solstice Event
Dec 21 Winter Solstice 108 Sun Salutations Practice- Join Crystal at Desert Power Yoga to complete a special solstice yoga practice. 10:30am at Desert Power Yoga. Sign up online at
Dec 21 Mala Making- Join Crystal at Desert Power Yoga to make a traditional mala and set a new intention for the Winter season. Sign up online at www.desertpoweryoga.com Investment is based on a sliding scale. 1:30pm at Desert Power Yoga
Dec 21 Kava Ceremony to Welcome the Winter Solstice- Join Crystal at Desert Power Yoga to participate in a Kava ceremony and meditation to welcome the Winter Solstice. 3:30pm at Desert Power Yoga. Sign up online at www.desertpoweryoga.com
Dec 21 Live Music: Blu Pig- Dustin Burley
Dec 22 Live Music: Blu Pig- The Nanites
Dec 22 Live Music at Red Cliffs- Broken Arrow
Dec 23 Live Music: Blu Pig- Jon Budd
Dec 23 Live Music at Red Cliffs- Down in the Roots See ad pg 5B
Dec 24 Christmas Eve
Dec 25 Christmas
Dec 25 Live Music at Red Cliffs- Christmas Brunch with Down in the Roots
Dec 27 Yoga for First Responders- Join Breann with Wellness Collective for a special yoga class for first responders only. 6:30pm, 76 South Main St—behind Red Rock Bakery. Class is free and you can sign up for class online at www.wellnesscollectivemoab.com
Dec 27 Live Music: Blu Pig- Community Music Night
Dec 28 Live Music: Blu Pig- Dustin Burley
Dec 29 Live Music: Blu Pig- Danny Rose
Dec 29, 30 Live Music at Red Cliffs- Alan Snow
Dec 29, 30, 31 Broadway musical Always...Patsy Cline- Musical about the late, great country music singer Patsy Cline and her friendship with Louise Seger. High Desert Opera presents three live performances at the Avalon Theatre, 645 Main St., Grand Junction, CO. See article pg 7B
Dec 30 Year-End Customer Appreciation Sale- Stock up for the winter and save when you shop at Moonflower Co-op during our Year-End Customer Appreciation Sale! Owners save 15% off all purchases all day and all other customers receive 5% off. 8am - 8pm @ Moonflower Co-op
Dec 30 Live Music: Blu Pig- Bob Greenspan & MamaT
Dec 31 Mental Health Hike- CFI’s free Mental Health Hikes provide a safe space for members of the community to spend time in nature and learn skills to improve physical, mental, and emotional well-being. "Rest as a tool for healing" is the December theme. 10am-5pm. Canyonlands Field Institute. Info at cfimoab.org
Dec 31 New Years Eve
Dec 31 Red Cliffs Lodge Roaring Twenties Party- See ad pg 4B
Jan 1 New Years Day
Jan 10 Mental Health Hike- "Growth Mindset" Canyonlands Field Institute. Info at cfimoab.org/events/
Jan 17 Science On Tap- Snakes: Zero Legs, Two Hemipenes, One (Mobile) Heart with Scott Gibson at World Famous Woody's Tavern from 5:30pm - 7:00pm. sciencemoab.org
Jan 21 Mental Health Hike- "Growth Mindset" Canyonlands Field Institute. Info at cfimoab.org/events/
Jan 26 Moab Music Festival: Winterlude—Alison Shearer Quartet at the Hoodoo- The Alison Shearer Quartet is back after last year’s sold-out Winterlude concert. JazzTimes calls Alison Shearer “a force on the rise.” This New York City-based quartet performs the soulful, rich and groovy music that has been winning over audiences since 2016. Hoodoo Moab, 7 pm, pay-what-you-wish tickets $30-$50. Get tickets at www.moabmusicfest.org
Jan 27 Moab Music Festival: Winterlude—Musical Story Hour- "Peter and the Wolf" in partnership with the Grand County Library. 10:30am at Star Hall
Jan 27 Moab Music Festival: Winterlude—Warp Trio at Star Hall- Warp Trio performs their first Moab concert. The ensemble finds itself at the intersection of chamber music, a rock band, and art project. Come experience their truly unique sound. Star Hall, 7 pm, pay-what-you-wish tickets $20-$50. Get tickets at
Jan 27 Arches Ultra- 9K, Half Marathon, 50K, 50M. Hosted in Moab, Utah, this winter trail event has stunning views of the La Sal Mountains and Arches National Park. Visit Moab when it's at its quietest. madmooseevents.com
Jan 29 Moab Music Festival: Winterlude—Music Workshop #1: Intro to Improvisation-The Alison Shearer Quartet introduces improvisation as a tool for musical expression! Learn about the concept of call and response, building a groove, and the standard blues form. Bring your instrument (encouraged!) or attend as an observer. Register at www.moabmusicfest.org/winterlude
Jan 30 Moab Music Festival: Winterlude—Music Workshop #2: Chamber Music Masterclass- Warp Trio workshop centers around all things chamber music playing! Observe the masterclass or sign up for a 15-20 minute coaching session of a piece of music you’ve selected and previously rehearsed with friends. Come prepared to play a 2-5 minute piece (any genre/groups encouraged/solos acceptable) and receive coaching on stage in Star Hall from Warp Trio in a supportive and welcoming public environment of fellow participants. Register at www.moabmusicfest.org/winterlude
Jan 31 Moab Music Festival: Winterlude—Music Workshop #3: More Improv! Build upon your improvisation skills with the Alison Shearer Quartet, including how to develop a solo, incorporate chromaticism in your playing, and learn about the origins and evolution of the bebop jazz style. Bring your instrument (encouraged!) or attend as an observer. Register at www.moabmusicfest.org/winterlude
Feb 1 Moab Music Festival: Winterlude—Music Workshop #4: Crafting Stories: Music & Film- Warp Trio leads an interactive workshop on film scoring! After a discussion and demo of their own film score project, participants will jump into the creative process, learning how to craft their own short scores. No prior musical or composition knowledge required. Register at
Feb 2 Moab Music Festival: Winterlude Showcase- Performances by Grand County students, BEACON After-School Strings, Middle School Strings, GCHS Jazz Band, and drum circle participants, featuring the Alison Shearer Quartet, Warp Trio. FREE, Star Hall, 7 PM.
Feb 7 Science On Tap- So Salty! Paradox Basin, Past and Present with Evey Gannaway Dalton at World Famous Woody's Tavern from 5:30pm–7:00pm. sciencemoab.org
Feb 10 Puttin’ on the Ritz- Seekhaven will be hosting the classiest event of 2024 at the Hoodoo Moab! Attendees are invited to sport their finest attire and join fellow Moabites for an evening full of first-class dining and dancing in addition to a silent auction chock-full of art, activities and services. The evening begins at 5:30 pm, giving attendees a chance to socialize and bid on the wide array of silent auction items. The silent auction bidding and payment will be managed on the Bid Beacon app, so you can bid on your phone throughout the night, ensuring great winnings! Dinner will be prepared by the talented staff at Josie Wyatt's, and served around 7 pm.
Puttin’ On the Ritz helps raise funds to sustain and expand Seekhaven’s safe shelter, supportive services, and educational programs. Seekhaven is the primary advocacy program for victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and is the only emergency shelter in the region. Serving Emery, Grand and San Juan Counties, Seekhaven serves over 300 people each year and provides nearly a quarter million dollars in financial aid to survivors. Your support and participation ensures Seekhaven can continue to provide needed services in Southeast Utah! "
Feb 24 Red Hot Ultra- 15K, 33K, 50K, 50M. Hosted in Moab, Utah, this rugged desert event shows off one of our most scenic courses. A classic Moab race that every trail runner should experience. madmooseevents.com
Mar 16 Canyonlands Half Marathon- 5 Mile, Half Marathon. Hosted in Moab, Utah, this historic road half marathon boasts world class views! madmooseevents.com
Mar 23 Behind the Rocks Ultra- 10M, 30K, 50K, 50M. Hosted in Moab, Utah, this trail event gives runners a challenging and unique racing experience. madmooseevents.com
Apr 17 Moab Museum Annual Membership Gala-
Apr 20 Amasa Trail Race- 15K, 25K. Hosted in Moab, Utah, this trail event is hosted on world class trails, next to the mighty Colorado River, with expansive mountain and desert views!
Apr 27 Thelma and Louise- 15K, Half Marathon, Marathon, 50K. Hosted in Moab, Utah, this ladies' trail racing experience runs past Picture Frame Arch and next to the Behind the Rocks Wilderness Study Area. madmooseevents.com
Free Community Lunch
Thursdays from 11:30am to 1:00pm at the St. Francis Episcopal Church (250 Kane Creek Boulevard, Moab). Free lunches for all who come by. Homemade soups (always several choices) or sandwiches, bread (chips with sandwiches), dessert, coffee and water. Call St. Francis Episcopal Church at 435 259-5831 for information.
Free Community Food Pantry
Fridays from 4-6pm at the St. Francis Episcopal Church (250 Kane Creek Boulevard, Moab) No ID, no name, no address, no personal information needed. We always have canned goods, bagged goods, meat. We often have bread, fresh produce, milk, cheese, fruit juice, eggs. Also personal toiletries, cleaning supplies, diapers, dog food. Feel free to pick up for someone who can't get out, or someone who is working. Call St. Francis Episcopal Church at 435 259-5831 for information.
Moab Valley Multicultural Center Food Pantry
Clients may access the Food Pantry once every two weeks. Schedule:
Mon Wed Thu: 9am-12pm, 1-5pm
Tue: 9am-12pm, 2:30-5pm
LUNCH at the Grand Center
182 N. 500 W. Noon on Mon, Tues, Wed & Fri under 60: $6.00 over 60: $2.50 suggested donation
Moab Community Health Talks - Our Village Community Center hosts Dr. Don Leathers, naturopathic physician, and Sarah Cook, massage therapist health coach & lay homeopath in an informal round table discussion meant for community members to have their questions answered in a supportive space. Second Wednesday of each month. 1-2pm at Our Village Community Center, 721 N 500 W, Moab. Suggested donation of $5-$20.
or 435-260-0294 or 435-259-8123
Moab Community Yoga
Tuesdays 6:30-7:30pm at the Moab Arts and Recreation Center (MARC) in the dance room. 111 E 100 N
MELT Method Series w/ Kelly Michaud
MELT (Myofascial Energetic Length Technique) uses balls, a soft roller, and bands to reconnect, rebalance, and rehydrate your fascia to a healthy, supportive state.Wednesdays Noon-1:15pm (Nov 16-Dec 21) 6 Week Series $90. Drop-ins welcome $20. Sundari Yoga & Wellness Studio 1105 S US-191 #3 www.sundariyogamoab.com
Gyrokinesis® Class w/ Anne Howe
The Gyrokinesis® Method is a movement method that addresses the entire body, opening energy pathways, stimulating the nervous system, increasing range of motion and creating functional strength through rhythmic, flowing movement sequences. It is an original and unique method that coordinates movement, breath and mental focus. Thursdays 5:30-6:30pm. Sundari Yoga & Wellness Studio 1105 S US-191 #3
Sheng Zhen Meditation - Thursdays 5:30-7pm at Moab Arts and Recreation Center. Other classes available and info at
Full Circle Intertribal Center (FCIC)
Native youth alliance: The focus of this program is building confidence, empowerment, life and leadership skills in our Native Youth.
We will implement traditional teachings within the curriculum. This is for ages 10-18. With native youth coordinator Felicia Tsosie and guest speakers. Seasonal fruits and veggies will be provided. Thursdays 4-5:30pm, 111 East 100 north, MARC dance room. Native based programs
Diné Bizaad Class-" Preserving a language is preserving its very culture." Language educator Miyoshi Lee and rotating teachers. All ages. Fridays 5-6pm, stage room at the MARC. 111 East 100 north. Native based programs
Nourishing traditions: Cooking with our culture. Rooted in kinship. Native based programs held at Youth Garden Project. Cook 11-4 Dinner 5-7pm last Thursday of every month.
Men’s Group TBA Native wellness program MOVEMENT IS MEDICINE. This program is about being grounded in our physical form. Wellness walks, runs, traditional foods, and diets. Meeting place is 150 east center street Portal Building FCIC office. First and last Monday of the month.
Grand County Public Library's 2nd Wednesday Book Club meets at 6 pm on the 2nd Wednesday of each month. ( 5/10, 6/14, 7/12, 8/9, 9/13, 10/11, 12/13) All are welcome! Call the library at 435-259-1111 to learn more or to reserve a copy of the monthly book selection.
Grand County Public Library's Castle Valley Book Club meets at 9:30 am on the last Friday of each month at the Castle Valley Town Pavilion. (5/26, 6/30, 7/28, 8/25, 9/29, 10/27,11/24,12/29) All are welcome! Call the library at 435-259-1111 to learn more or to reserve a copy of the monthly book selection.
The Moab Peace Choir - Tuesdays at 6pm
@Hearthspacemoab @Helipadmoab 239 W Center. Connect through the power of your voice, no singing background required. Reach out to Leeya Katrina Shaw on Instagram:
Swing Dance Lessons - Wednesday evenings 7pm at the MARC, facebook: @moabswingdance
Moab Taiko Dan, a local drumming group specializing in the art of Japanese drumming, is recruiting beginners. We have beginner classes on Thursdays at 5:30-7:30pm at the Center Street Gym. Contact us at email@example.com or at 435-201-0209
Hardback Radio on KZMU The library teams up with Back of Beyond Books to bring you the latest exciting literary news, and discuss the best of what we're reading. First Monday of every month at 5pm on KZMU radio. 9.1 or 106.7 FM
Livestock Built this City, Downtown historic tour of Moab's business district. Saturdays at 10am. Moab Museum. Register at
Page numbers refer to the pages in Moab Happenings magazine. It can be downloaded or pick up a paper copy from many businesses in Moab, Salt Lake City or Grand Junction, Colorado.