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May 2016 
The "May flowers" are popping (fiddleheads too), and with them oodles of Spring- and gardening-related events. Read on for some home and garden inspirations, two fun races for worthy causes, and plenty of events to get you out and about with a little extra "spring" in your step this month!

Home Garden Flower Show: May Fair
We are excited to be a part of this year's Home Garden Flower Show, May 13, 14 and 15 at Fryeburg Fairgrounds. In its 16th year, the Home Garden Flower Show features almost 300 vendors throughout seven buildings and spans over 5 acres of outdoor space. Energy efficiency is an important part of the show, along with a "Meet the Chefs" cooking series; "Celebrate Art" demonstrations; a Craft Beer, Wine & Cheese Pavilion; the Garden Marketplace; and the Farmer's Market. There's something for everyone, and for you, a special 2-for-1 deal!

Creating bee friendly gardens and landscapes
Whether a rural homestead or a tiny urban lot, the most attractive gardens and landscapes buzz with bees, butterflies, birds and other pollinators. Creating a landscape inviting to pollinators adds interest and action while providing a much-needed lifeline to critical species struggling to survive. It's something all of us can do to help domesticated honeybees and native pollinators, whose numbers have declined sharply due to a host of suspected factors, including loss of habitat, diseases and pesticides.  
Save on gardening supplies
Getting ready to do some gardening of your own?  Be sure to bring your SunriseGuide along when you visit local stores to stock up on plants and supplies. Check out offers from O'Donals Nursery and Broadway Gardens, as well as  Maine Hardware and Ace Coastal Hardware for seeds, plants, and soils, plus all your gardening supplies. 
Run for great causes
Looking to get fit for Spring? There are two 5k races are coming up this month that you won't want to miss:

Love Maine's outdoors? Ready for some friendly competition? Here's the event for you: Not Your Ordinary 5k happens Sunday, May 15 at Augusta's Capitol Park and along the Kennebec River Rail Trail. Benefiting the Natural Resources Council of Maine, registration begins at 8:00 a.m., and run at 9:00 a.m. Click here for more information and to register.  

The SunriseGuide is proud to sponsor the 1st Annual "No Child Wet Behind" Diaper Drive and 5k with Family Fun Run! Presented by the Maine Doulas, the event brings awareness to the need for diaper donations.  The event takes place on Saturday, May 21 from 8-11am at the Back Cove in Portland. Click here for volunteer information or to register.
Governor's Award for Environmental Excellence
The Maine Department of Environmental Protection is inviting nominations for the annual Governor's Awards for Environmental Excellence . The awards program honors businesses, not-for-profit organizations, public entities and new ventures for their extraordinary efforts to protect and improve Maine's environment, and spotlights those who serve as a model for creative new ways to shift a culture toward sustainability. Applications are due on June 24th and more information can be found here .

ATTN Biz Owners.... 
The 2016  Green & Healthy Maine visitor's magazine releases next month. This year marks the 5th anniversary of introducing the best of Maine to visitors who don't want to leave their healthy lifestyles at home when they travel--they are looking for places to eat, things to do and unique shopping and lodging experiences while they are here. Do you own or work with a business that may be interested in reaching this large and growing audience of visitors this summer?  The deadline is approaching. Contact us today to find out how you can be included!

SunriseGuide Partner News


Congratulations to Black Dinah Chocolate's Blue Hill location for being named best sweets shop in Maine by Yankee Magazine. . .



. . .AND to Summer Feet Cycling  for their Yankee award: their "5 Lighthouse Tour" was ranked one of the best in New England!


 Tanglerella is about to open a new Learning Studio & Zen Shop in Yarmouth. She will be hosting a "Sneak Peak" this Saturday, May 7th from 11-4. Door prizes and $5 discount toward an Into to Zentangle session! 

Check out the Facebook event.

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.

"A Climate of Change" short film festival

5/5, 6:30-8:30pm, Bowdoin College, Brunswick


Portland Mom & Baby Expo

5/6-5/7, Portland Expo Center, Portland


Free Admission for Mom at Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

5/8, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens, Boothbay


Portland Greendrinks
5/10, 5-7pm TBA, Portland

5/11, 5:30-7:30pm,  Open Bench Project, Portland

5/12, 6-8pm, Frontier Cinema, Brunswick

5/12, 12-4pm, Christ Church, Gardiner

5/14, 10am-12pm, Koviashuvik Local Living School, Temple

5/14, 10am-1pm, Maine Audubon, Falmouth

5/15, 8am-12pm, Capitol Park, Augusta

5/18, 6-9pm, East Coast Yacht Sales, Yarmouth

5/19, 7:15-10am, Congregation Bet Ha'am, South Portland

5/21, 8-11am, Back Cove, Portland

5/21, 9am-1pm, Wolfe's Neck Farm, Freeport


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!

Opening day of new farmer's & crafter's market in Wiscasset

6/1, 9am-1pm, Wiscasset Community Center, Wiscasset


Spring Festival

6/4, 10am-3pm, Wolfe's Neck Farm, Freeport


16th Annual Maine Fiber Frolic

6/4-6/5, 9am-4pm, Windsor Fairgrounds, Windsor


The SunriseGuide's 10th Birthday! 

6/6, TBD


The Maine Women's Ride

6/12, 7am, LL Bean, Freeport


"Herban:" A new urban herb-fest

6/18, 10am-8pm, Milk & Honey of Swallowtail Farm, Portland


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