Career Day with the Phoenix Fire Department
Join members of the Phoenix Fire Department on Sat., Aug. 13 from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. for career day. This interactive experience held at the Phoenix Fire Regional Training Academy will include a guided tour of the Training Academy grounds, the Command Training Center, and in-depth conversations of opportunities within the department. Members from different divisions will be present to describe day-to-day duties, experiences, and answer questions. Representatives from different affinity groups will be present to help those interested in learning more about the hiring process and steps to help them be successful.

Career day will include real time demonstrations from the Phoenix Fire Department’s membership including Operations, Emergency Medical Services, Technical Rescue Teams, and the Drone-1 Program.

The Phoenix Fire Department will hold a written test on Sept. 13 for the next hiring process. There are several steps those interested must take to be eligible to become a professional firefighter. Learn more about Career Day and necessary information regarding the hiring process at

City of Phoenix Adds Paid Parental Leave to Many Employee Benefits
Beginning Oct. 1, the city of Phoenix will provide eligible employees up to 480 hours (12 weeks) of paid leave for the birth, adoption, or foster care placement of a child during a 12-month period. The new parental leave benefit was unanimously approved by the city council in July and solidifies Phoenix as a top employer in the region. According to city officials, 480 hours is among the most generous parental leave package offered by any local government agency.
Keep It Cut Brings Membership Format to Desert Ridge Marketplace
Keep It Cut opened its flagship location at Desert Ridge Marketplace recently. Co-owners Jacob Meltzer and Josh Thorsvick have reimagined the men’s hair industry through an innovative membership format with the goal of keeping patrons clean-cut and groomed without having to pay an exorbitant price. Recognizing the frequency of men visiting their stylist to maintain certain styles, Meltzer devised a system where clients can pay for a single haircut for $21 or receive unlimited haircuts for a monthly $32. Clients under the monthly membership plan can redeem their unlimited haircuts at any one of the Valley’s nine different locations any day of the week. To learn more, visit

TravisMathew Open at Kierland Commons
TravisMathew, the popular men’s’ clothing brand is now open at Kierland Commons. Founded in 2007, TravisMathew draws its inspiration from the culture and lifestyle of Southern California’s surf, sand, and sun. With a smart blend of performance and innovative design, the versatile, everyday apparel seamlessly transitions from the back nine to the boardroom and beyond. For store hours, visit

Arizona State Parks and Trails Launches New Reservation System
Arizona State Parks and Trails is updating its reservation system to support the needs of nearly three million visitors annually. The new system will be in place by Aug. 1 and all existing reservations will be automatically transferred.

Updated features will include the ability to modify or cancel existing reservations online as well as select additional site amenities when making a reservation. Additionally, visitors will be able to make reservations at multiple parks on one transaction. The system will continue to be optimized with new features and tools to meet the diverse needs of Arizona state parks and the growing number of visitors. People are encouraged to sign up for the Arizona State Parks and Trails monthly newsletter for additional details and park news, activities, and events year-round. The Arizona State Parks and Trails reservations system will be available online at or by calling 877-MY-PARKS.