Well, here it is--one of the best times of the year to be a Mainer. Whether you are vacationing or just slipping in some fun on your lunch break, there are endless ways to enjoy the long sun-drenched days of July. We offer several in this issue, from the newly released
Green & Healthy Maine Visitor's Guide to great beach reading, from dining on the deck to cycling on some rail tracks--and so much more. Read on, and then go out and enjoy!
Outdoor Dining Season
It's deck season! A great time to savor some local fare along with the scenery and the mild summer air. Your SunriseGuide can hook you up with all of the above, PLUS great savings!
Enjoy the local harvest at
(or grab a take-home meal and have a picnic!).
Grab a celebrated take-out lunch from
Lois' Natural Market
and extend your lunch break on the Eastern Prom or Higgins Beach.
Sit yourself at one of
's sidewalk tables or take a pizza to go on your next fresh air outing.
Kick back and take in some rays along with your local brew at
And of course, go wherever
may be found and be certain to enjoy not only the fresh breezes but some deliciously fresh flavors as well!
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Looking for a few good books to bring on your next trip to the beach, or to enjoy in a sunny hammock with a tall glass of lemonade? You pick the spot--our local booksellers have chosen the book list!
to read more about the top picks on the SunriseGuide 2017 Sustainable Bookshelf, as selected by the avid readers at Longfellow Books in Portland and Royal River Books in Yarmouth.
We are hiring - join our team!
Want to help us spread the love? We are expanding and have positions open for an advertising sales & marketing professional (FT or PT) in our Portland office. The successful candidate is an organized, friendly, creative problem solver, with a fire in your belly for reaching your goals. You are passionate about helping Maine's healthy, local and green businesses to grow and prosper and let your inner light shine through your positive attitude (the glass is definitely half full).
Learn more here
We also have openings for regional account representatives. This exciting position works from your home office and offers a flexible part time schedule, perfect for moms or dads seeking an opportunity for when the kids go back to school. Or maybe you run your own business or attend grad school and are looking for something to supplement. Might that be you? We offer a fun team with plenty of support, and best of all, the opportunity to work with and help to grow some of the best small businesses in Maine! Interested?
Read more here
Happy Independents Week!
At the SunriseGuide, we love celebrating local, independent businesses all year round, but from July 1-7 we are joining independent business lovers across the country to shine special light on the beloved spots owned and operated by members of our community. In honor of "Independents Week," the SunriseGuide mobile edition is also on sale (direct from us only) for just $10 (reg. $14.95) and the book for just $15 (reg. $20). Download the mobile
or order the book
In addition, our lovely intern Jessica Ryan spoke to a few SunriseGuide friends about what it means to them to be an independent business. Here's an awesome video she created:
Click on the screenshot to view the video.
Want to know more?
to see all the Independents Week events being hosted by Portland Buy Local member businesses. And, stay tuned to our Facebook page for more SunriseGuide interviews throughout the week!
Green & Healthy Maine Visitor's Guide is here!
It's here! In print and online, the latest
Green & Healthy Maine
Visitor's Guide features the wild side of local craft cider; great island adventures; the naturally-inspired ceramics of Maine; 8 must-see botanical gardens; fun on Maine farms; 10 refreshing waterfall hikes and so much more.
Check it out today
and have a blast in Maine all summer long!
RailCyclers: a family outing with a twist
ooking for a fun and different way to
take in the sights this summer? The newly re-opened RailCyclers in Belfast are now taking reservations. Take a seat upon these bicycles built for rail tracks and peddle your way along the Belfast/Moosehead Lake Rail line.
Riding railcycles is a low-impact, quiet, non-polluting activity, and a great way to get in shape! Read all about it here.
Physicians for Social Responsibility hosts
the second annual "Food for Good" event
Food for Good, taking place on Sunday, July 30 from 1-4 at O'Maine Studios in Portland, is Maine's only food event that raises awareness about the connection between what we eat and climate change.
Enjoy climate friendly foods from local restaurants. Join in the excitement of the Climate Cake Competition (yes, cake!) being judged by local celebs and foodies! And learn from local chefs during cooking demonstrations.
Be the highest bidder and walk away with fabulous auction items to make your life healthier and more fun!
Cash bar, music, and fun with friends who share the same passion for preventing climate change.
Follow this link for more information and to purchase your tickets. Last year's event sold out, so act quickly!
Give blood, get a SunriseGuide
There is an urgent need for blood donations this time of year - in Maine and across the country. So the SunriseGuide has teamed up with the
American Red Cross
to help get the word out and to help incentivize donations. This month, donate blood at any of the following drives and you will receive a complimentary copy of the 2017 SunriseGuide as a thank you gift.
For more information and to make an appointment, please call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit
Sabbatus Town Hall, 190 Middle Road, Sabbatus
UNE Westbrook, Wing Lounge in Alexander Hall, 716 Stevens Ave, Westbrook
7/8: Sea Dogs, Hadlock Field, 271 Park Ave, Portland
7/10: Bill Dodge Auto Group, 2 Saunders Way, Westbrook
7/15: Aubuchon Hardware, 572 Lisbon Street, Lisbon Falls
7/17: Freeport Community Center, 53 Depot Road, Freeport
7/19: Walgreens, 233 US Rte 1, Scarborough
7/24: South Portland High School, 637 Highland Ave, South Portland
Unitarian Universalist Church, 97 Main Street, Yarmouth
7/28: American Legion Post 202, 79 Foreside Road, Topsham
7/28: Bank of America, 849 Main Street, Westbrook
7/31: Maine Medical Center, 22 Bramhall Street, Portland
7/23-7/30: Portland Blood Donation Center, 524 Forest Ave, Portland
8/1: St Anne's Church, 299 Main Street, Gorham
8/4: Saint Bartholomew Church, 8 Two Lights Road, Cape Elizabeth
8/8: Merrill Auditorium, 20 Myrtle Street, Portland
Calling all vendors: Portland Greenfest 2017
Register now for the fourth annual
on September 9th in Monument Square!
Click here for more information and to sign up
. Space is limited to 60 vendors, and the remaining spots are going fast. The event is free and open to the public, and will be promoted in print, social and radio media, along with many partner organizations. Booth fees range from $50 to $200 and include tables, chairs and tents.
The SunriseGuide is pleased to be a founding partner of Portland Greenfest, Southern Maine's premiere eco-event, attended by over 5,000 people enjoying exhibitors, music, food, art, and interactive fun for the whole family!
SunriseGuide Partner News
for winning the Freeport region's "Best of the Best" award for #1 Consignment Shop!
After initial news of their closing, Spiral Tree Yoga has announced that plans have changed and
they are staying open after all!
Biscuits and Co.
is now serving dinner on the weekends! Check out "Biscuits after Dark" for dinner or dessert every Friday and Saturday from 5-8pm.
Sustainable Living Events
This list is just a sampling of the many events happening around Maine. Please visit the
section of our website for even more events.
7/6, 5:30-8pm, UMaine Cooperative Extension, Falmouth
7/7-7/9, various times, East End Community School & Eastern Prom, Portland
7/7, 5:30-7pm, St. Patrick's Church, Newcastle
7/8, 11am-3pm, Portland Museum of Art, Portland
Portland Greendrinks - to benefit the Wild Seed Project
7/11, 5:30-8pm, Maine Audubon at Gilsland Farm, Falmouth
Wolfe's Neck Farm & Frontier Cinema present "Forgotten Farms"
7/13, 7-8:30pm, Frontier Cinema, Brunswick
7/15, 10am-2pm, FORK Food Labs, Portland
7/20, 7:30-11am, Brunwick Landing, Brunswick
7/21, 6-9pm, Point Lookout Resort, Northport
Bowdoinham Open Farm Day & Art Trail
7/23, 9am-6pm, multiple farms & galleries, Bowdoinham
7/27-7/29, conference Th-Fri 9am-5pm; fair Sat 9am-3pm, Skowhegan Fairgrounds, Skowhegan
7/30, 1-4pm, O'Maine Studios, Portland
For a complete list of events, please visit the
section on our website.
Save the date
Mark your calendars for these upcoming sustainable living events!
8/25-8/26, 6-10pm Friday & 9am-5pm Saturday, Thompson's Point, Portland
Have an event we can help you promote? Please email us the info.