Summer may be winding down, but fall boasts a full slate of fun events happening throughout the state. In addition to Portland's Greenfest and the 41st annual Common Ground Country Fair, we are also celebrating apple season, driving electric, a SunriseGuide sale and so much more! Read on, and greet the start of fall in good company and good cheer. 
SunriseGuide SALE! Find your new favorite. . .

We hear it all the time - "The SunriseGuide helped me find my new favorite. . ." Whether it's a yoga studio, pet store, coffee shop or other treasure, what will YOU discover with your SunriseGuide coupons?

There's still plenty of time to find out in 2017! And from now until September 24th, the SunriseGuide mobile edition is just $10 and the book is just $15 (online orders only). If you haven't picked up a 2017 SunriseGuide yet, now is the time - get out and discover your new favorite places to save! Order the book here, or download the mobile version here.
Vote for us!

Voting is now open for the 2017 Indie Biz Awards, and we are honored to announce that the SunriseGuide has been nominated for the "Environmental Hero" award! Click here to cast your votes by September 15th, and then mark your calendars to attend the Indie Biz Awards event on October 12th at the Portland House of Music. 

Thank you for your support!
Portland Greenfest 2017 - this weekend!

Tricia Jamiol Photography
We hope to see you at the 4th annual Portland Greenfest  this Saturday, September 9th from 10am - 4pm in Monument Square. Check out over 50 exhibitors highlighting renewable energy, local foods, electric cars, clean water, wildlife, green products for your home or business, ways to get involved in greening your community & lots more! 

We sat down with founder Jeff Edelstein and asked him a few questions about how the Portland Greenfest got started and what it's all about. Check out the FAQ here.

We like to include some friendly reminders in the e-news to help you get the most out of the coupons in your SunriseGuide. This month, we're focusing on chocolate because, who doesn't like chocolate?! Intrigued? Find several opportunities to save on chocolate (and other sweet treats) all year long. Here are just a few of the great savings you'll find. . .
  • 10% off any purchase including special event & wedding favors; plus two FREE truffles with any purchase of $9.50 or more at Dean'sSweets.
  • FREE dessert with your purchase of a main course at Gather.
  • Buy one donut, get one FREE at the Holy Donut.
  • 20% off your total purchase at Arabica.
And then there's the hot chocolate, iced mochas, chocolate croissants, chocolate cupcakes. . . so many opportunities to fulfill the next craving, and the next, and the next - available at the local shops and bakeries you'll find in your SunriseGuide. Enjoy!  

Want more coupon reminders like this list? Sign up here for quick, friendly weekly emails highlighting 2-3 businesses in your SunriseGuide.
Pick up a paper coupon to the Common Ground Fair today!

Planning on attending the Common Ground Fair? Have the mobile edition of the SunriseGuide? Be sure to stop by our office at 80 Elm Street in Portland to pick up the  paper version of your $2 off admission coupon for the Fai r, as it is one of the only coupons in the book that you will not find on your phone. Remember to bring it with you when you head to the fair!

Our office is open 9:30-5, Monday-Friday. We look forward to seeing you soon!
2017 Common Ground Country Fair - September 22-24

Celebrate the rural agricultural traditions of Maine at  MOFGA's Common Ground Country Fair  in Unity, September 22nd-25th. Stop by our booth to say hi and pre-order your 2018 SunriseGuide. We'll also have subscriptions to  Green & Healthy Maine, special prices on the 2017 SunriseGuide book and mobile versions, and  hand crafted SunriseGuide mugs for sale! 

Getting there - There are several ecological ways to get to the fair - carpool, bike or ride the train to Unity. And bus options are available again this year, too!  

Volunteer at the SunriseGuide booth! 
We're looking for a few passionate SunriseGuide readers to help out at our booth. In exchange for two hours of your time, you'll get free admission to the fair, a free copy of the brand new 2018 SunriseGuide and our overflowing appreciation!  Email us  to learn more. 
Join Portland Buy Local's "Why Local" Forum - September 28
Local business owners tell us
Local business owners tell us "Why Local?"

Portland, like many cities, is struggling with an influx of national and multinational corporations displacing local businesses. To address these issues, Portland Buy Local is hosting a forum on September 28th from 1:00 to 5:00 pm, at USM Hannaford Hall. 

The goal of the forum is to address these issues as a community, through the input of city and community leaders. In collaboration with expert guest speakers, Portland Buy Local is committed to moving forward with policy that supports Portland's local economy.  Find out more and register here .

Celebrate apple season with craft cider

At this point, you've probably heard a bit about the craft breweries around the state, but did you know Maine is home to several craft cider establishments as well? These apple aficionados have a great time experimenting with fermenting native and heirloom apple varieties to create delicious drafts. Fall is a great time to visit them and taste what all of the hubbub is about. Read more here, and enjoy apple season all year long. 
School fundraising? Sign up early and earn more!

With school buses back on the roads and a new season approaching, it's the perfect time to schedule a fundraiser with The SunriseGuide! SunriseGuide Fundraisers produce high returns AND provide a valuable Maine-made product that you and your supporters can feel good about. We can help you raise money for a non-profit, Class of '18, sports teams, arts groups, Project Graduation, boosters, environmental clubs, special trips, projects, and more! If you sign up before September 29th, you will earn $10 per book - regardless of how many you  sell! Learn more here.
SunriseGuide Partner News

Gather is turning 5 this month - Happy Birthday! (Check out their birthday celebration in our Events section, below).

Sage Wellness is offering $10 off to all teachers and staff through the month of September!

METRO BREEZ has expanded from express service between Portland, Yarmouth and Freeport to now include Brunswick as well. 
Sustainable Living Events
This list is just a sampling of the many events happening around Maine. Please visit the Local Events section of our website for even more events. 

9/9, 10am-4pm, Monument Square, Portland

9/9-9/10, 10am-4pm, Laudholm Trust & Wells Reserve, Wells

9/16, 8am-4pm, USM, Lewiston

9/16, 8-9:30pm, LL Bean, Freeport

Electric vehicle expo & "EV ride & drive"
9/16, 12-4pm, Oxford Hills Comprehensive High School, South Paris

EV "ride & drive"
9/17, 12-4pm, South Portland Community Center, South Portland

9/21, 5-9pm, Fork Food Lab, Portland

9/21, 6-8pm, Scarborough High School, Scarborough

9/22-9/24, 9am-6pm Fri & Sat, 9am-5pm Sun, Common Ground Fairgrounds, Unity

9/26, 5:30-8pm, Scarborough High School, Scarborough

9/27, 6-8:30pm, The Resilience Hub, Portland

9/28, 1-5pm, USM Abromson Center, Portland

9/29-10/1, various times, various locations statewide

9/30, 8-11am, ecomaine facility, Portland

9/30, 10am-2pm, Maine Audubon, Falmouth

For a complete list of events, please visit the Local Events section on our website.
Save the date
Mark your calendars for these upcoming sustainable living events!
10/4, 1-4pm, Christ Church, Gardiner

10/12, 6-9pm, Portland House of Music & Events, Portland

10/14-10/15, various times, various locations statewide

10/15, 11am-5pm, Savage Oaks Winery, Union

10/18, 8am-5pm, Dana Warp Mill, Westbrook

Have an event we can help you promote? Please email us the info.