Phoenix Fire department career day
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 necessary information regarding career day and 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.

Beirut Market, a Middle Eastern Grocery Store, Opens in North Phoenix
A Middle Eastern grocery store, Beirut Market, opened recently near the northeast corner of Cave Creek and the 101 in north Phoenix. Featuring a juice and dessert bar, the store also offers produce, fruits, dairy, home goods, canned goods, bread, sweets, snacks, and hookahs. Their lunch and dinner to-go dish menu changes daily. Specials are posted on their Facebook page at

Oregano’s to Open in North Gateway Village Core in 2023
Oregano’s the popular Italian restaurant known for their Chicago-style deep dish pan pizzas and thick crust pies announced plans for a new location in north Phoenix, at the North Gateway Village Core development off I-17 and Dove Valley Road in mid-2023. The Scottsdale-based concept currently has 23 locations in Arizona and Colorado.

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. 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.