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JULY 2016
Brightly bustling farmers' markets, family outings and picnics, leisurely afternoons in the sun, and the aroma of backyard cookouts in the air - all signs that summer is officially in full gear! With a new Visitor's Guide, yoga fun for all, some great programs to help the earth and your community, lots of great events and more, we hope this newsletter adds a little something special to your July.
Green & Healthy Maine Visitor's Guide

It's here! In print and online, the latest Green & Healthy Maine Visitor's Guide features the glories of local cheese, the talents of Maine's artisan jewelers, a look at Acadia's centennial celebration, and oh so much more. Plus, to complement the rest of our regional directory listings, we've included a new Lakes & Mountain region. Check it out today and have a blast in Maine all summer long! 

Celebrating 10 years
As we celebrate the 10th anniversary of the SunriseGuide, we want to send a big thank you to everyone who has helped us get here, loyal readers & advertisers, family & friends, business partners & advisors and Maine's incredible entrepreneurship eco-system. Creating the SunriseGuide has been a collaborative process from the start, with many loving hands and hearts contributing to its success. What began as an idea on vacation eleven years ago, has since grown into a central resource for Mainer's looking to support local businesses and find healthy, sustainable solutions for themselves and their families. And we couldn't have done it without the help of many.   Read publisher's note and special thank you to our 10-year partners.
Honoring the 2016 Stewards of Sustainability
Last week, while celebrating our 10th anniversary on Casco Bay Cruise Lines, we took a moment to honor the SunriseGuide 2016 Stewards of Sustainability. The efforts of the awardees have resulted in significant advances in the areas of sustainability, environmental health and wellness in Maine over the last 10 years. Read more about these trailblazing organizations and individuals.

From top left: John Naylor/Rosemont Market, Peter Taggart/Taggart Construction, Peter Garrett/Kennebec-Messalonskee Trails, Jeff Marks/E2Tech, Richard Burbank/Evergreen Home Performance. Front row: Sarah Short/NRCM, Ethel Wilkerson and Lora Winslow/Manomet's Sustainable Economies program, Karen Kleinkopf/FARMS, Naomi Beal/PassivhausMAINE. Not pictured:Mike Parker/Presumpscot Regional Land Trust and Jill Agnew/Willow Pond Farm
GreenFest vendor applications
Exhibitor applications are now being accepted for the third annual Portland Greenfest on September 10 in Monument Square. Click here to sign up. Space is limited to approximately 60 vendors and is going fast! The event is free and open to the public, and will be promoted heavily via broadcast, print and social media and many partner organizations.

Sponsorship packages are also available. Click here for details. All net proceeds will support the launch of the Green Teams Alliance to foster K-12 student environmental leadership in Greater Portland.

The SunriseGuide is pleased to be a founding partner for Portland Greenfest, Southern Maine's premiere eco-event, attended by over 5,000 people enjoying exhibitors, music, art, films, eco-fashion and more!
Give blood, get a SunriseGuide!
Red Cross Logo 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 2016 SunriseGuide as a thank you gift. For more information and to make an appointment, please call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit

7/6: UNE Westbrook, Wing Lounge in Alexander Hall, 716 Stevens Ave, Westbrook
7/8: Saco Community Center, 75 Franklin Street, Saco
7/9: Saco Fire Department, 271 North Street, Saco
7/11: American Red Cross Midcoast, 16 Community Way, Topsham
7/12: Kaplan University, 265 Western Ave, South Portland
7/13: North Windham Veteran's Center, 35 Veteran's Memorial Drive, Windham
7/14: Biddeford/Saco Elks' Club, 68 Ocean Park Road, Saco
7/19: Saint Martha's Church, 30 Portland Road, Kennebunk
7/20: Kindred Monarch Center, 392 Main Street, Saco
7/21: Bank of America, 110 Maine Street, Brunswick
7/22: American Legion, 79 Foreside Road, Topsham
7/27: Knights of Columbus, 43 Old Orchard Street, Old Orchard Beach
Maine's new PaintCare Program
It's that time of year when home painting projects are in full swing in Maine. As you peruse your existing paint supply and find that some is old or just won't be used, be sure to take advantage of Maine's new paint recycling program. It's free for everyone, regardless of when or where you bought your paint. You can drop off paint at one of nearly 100 permanent paint collection sites throughout the state. Click here to learn more about the PaintCare program and to find a drop-off location near you!

The Natural Resources Council of Maine is celebrating the implementation of this program and they want your help: they'd be grateful if you could snap a photo while you are dropping off your paint and post it to your Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram and be sure to tag #NRCMenvironment #PaintCare.
Maine Harvest Bucks
A new program for those who use SNAP/EBT is being implemented by the Portland Food Co-op, the Belfast Co-op, Blue Hill Co-op, Good Tern Co-op, Rising Tide Community Market, and The Farm Stand. Called Maine Harvest Bucks, the program allows SNAP/EBT participants to receive a $5 bonus voucher to spend on local fruits and veggies for every $10 they spend at the participating markets. Visit for more information.
Maine Harvest for Hunger Program
colorful veggies
When harvesting your garden's bounty this year, consider donating some of your produce to a local food pantry. With 15.1% of Maine households being "food insecure," the Maine Harvest for Hunger program seeks to provide those in need with fresh, locally-grown food. The program is open to all interested gardeners and is coordinated by the UMaine Extension Master Gardener Volunteer program.

We are hiring!
Want t o help us spread the love? We have a full time position open in our Portland office for an advertising sales & marketing professional. 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.
SunriseGuide Partner News

Magnolia Fitness has a new location on 333 Forest Ave. Drop in to say hi, and stay for a class! 


Congratulations to Avesta Housing's 409 Cumberland project for winning the Charles L. Edson Tax Credit Excellence Award. The affordable housing units were designed with environmental principles in mind from the basement to the rooftop garden.


 Congratulations also to Bixby & Co! Cofounder Kate McAleer has won a $100,000 grant investment from the Tony Burch Foundation. They also have a new flavor--Nutty For Me


. . . And one final congratulations to Garbage to Garden--winners of a $100,000 "Greenlight" grant from the business competition show "Greenlight Maine." 

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.

7/8-7/10, East End School, Portland
7/12, 5-8 pm, TBD, Bangor

7/12, 5-8 pm, TBD, Portland

7/12, 6:30-8 pm, Rockport Opera House, Rockport

7/17, 1-4:30 pm, Bayside Trail, Portland

7/17, 10 am - 5 pm, Mailly Waterfront Park, Bowdoinham 

7/19, 12-1 pm, Merryspring Nature Center, Camden

7/20, 6 - 7:30 pm, Wells Reserve, Wells

7/21, 1-4 pm, Christ Church, Gardiner 

7/24, all day, Camden Snow Bowl, Camden

7/24, all day, statewide

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!

"Family Farm Celebration" farm-to-table dinner

8/14, 5-8 pm, Wolfe's Neck Farm, Freeport


Bow Ties & Bean Boots

8/26, 6-10 pm, Portland Company, Portland


Portland GreenFest

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


Drive Electric Day

9/11, 12-4 pm, South Portland Community Center, South Portland


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