Phoenix Parks and Recreation Launches Ranger-led Hiking Group ‘Hike Right PHX’
The city of Phoenix Parks and Recreation department recently launched a new monthly hiking group, Hike Right PHX. This group is aimed at promoting safe hiking practices for people of all experience levels and will be led by Phoenix Park Rangers.

Hiking is incredibly popular in Phoenix, with its beautiful desert landscapes and scenic trails. However, with this increase in popularity comes a need for education on how to hike safely and create a community atmosphere for hikers of all abilities.

“We are thrilled to launch Hike Right PHX as a way to promote safe hiking practices to both new and regular hikers in our community,” Parks and Recreation Director Cynthia Aguilar says. “Our park rangers are experts in trail safety and provide a community atmosphere for hikers of all abilities.”

Hike Right PHX will offer monthly hikes on the second Saturday of each month. The first hike will take place on Saturday, March 9 at 8 a.m. at North Mountain Visitor Center, 12950 N 7th St., in Phoenix.

Registration is recommended for Hike Right PHX and can be completed online through the City of Phoenix Parks and Recreation. For more information, visit
Zu Izakaya Set to Open Paradise Valley Location This Month
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A new culinary experience is on the horizon for Paradise Valley. Zu Izakaya is set to open its doors in mid-March at 12615 N. Tatum Blvd.

Zu Izakaya’s Paradise Valley location is expected to have the same hours as its Tempe location, offering customers a late night dining destination Monday through Saturday from 4 p.m. to 12 p.m. and Sundays from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m.

This much-anticipated venue aims to provide a dynamic and casual atmosphere perfect for a variety of occasions. Whether it’s a family gathering, a romantic date, or a casual meet-up with friends after work, Zu Izakaya’s environment is designed to be warm, welcoming, and conducive to creating memorable experiences.
The menu features a fusion of Asian cuisine and sushi. There will also be a full bar complete with an assortment of cocktails, wine, beer, and soju, tailored to complement the flavors of the dishes. For more information, visit

Paradise Valley Education Association’s Prom Boutique is Back
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The Prom Boutique program put on by the Paradise Valley Education Association is back, offering a helping hand to students attending Paradise Valley Unified School District (PVSchools) schools as they gear up for their prom festivities. This initiative aims to ease the financial strain associated with prom by providing students with free access to prom attire, ensuring an unforgettable celebration without the worry of expenses.

To make the prom night even more special, the community is invited to contribute formal wear and accessories, as well as gift certificates for hair styling, nail services, and dining experiences. These generous donations will allow students to fully enjoy their prom night, adorned in their chosen outfits and indulging in added pampering services, all at no cost.

The Prom Boutique will welcome students across several events scheduled at Sweetwater Community School, located at 4215 E. Andora Dr., in Phoenix. These events are designed to allow students to select their perfect prom ensemble. The boutique will be open on the following dates and times, with access requiring a PVSchools student ID:
• March 23, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.
• March 28, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
• April 9, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
• April 16, from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
• April 20, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Donations are accepted at the PVSchools’ District Administrative Center, located at 15002 N. 32nd St., on Mondays and Tuesdays. For more details, email [email protected].