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Green Home Lecture Series
Get Moving with March into May
Start Planning Your Garden
Thinking About Summer Camp?
Earth Day is Coming
We're Growing Our Team!
Partner News
Sustainable Living Events
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 March 2011
Time to Spring Ahead!

Thomas Wolf 

March 2008

Wow, Daylight Saving Time really snuck up on us this year! Don't forget to "spring forward" this coming Sunday, March 13th, when we'll all set our clocks one hour ahead. We did a little sleuthing into the history of Daylight Saving Time, and discovered a really cool fact: time has not always been standardized like it is today. Did you know that in ancient Greece and Rome the amount of daylight on any given day was divided into 12 hours, regardless of the season? That means that summer hours not only felt longer than winter hours (oh, those blissful, endless summer days ... ), they actually were longer.

Endless summer days might still be a snowstorm away for us in Maine, but March is a great time to plan an organic garden, tune up your bike and dust off your helmet, and think SPRING!
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...lovely and local flower arrangements for any occasion...
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Green Home Lecture Series

We're thrilled to co-sponsor another Green Home Lecture Series, presented by the US Green Building Council, Maine chapter. The six part series is designed to provide a wealth of information on greening our homes, from financing improvements to core systems to landscape. Every Tuesday from 6-8:00 pm, March 29 to May 3 at 6:00 in Portland. The series moves to the midcoast this fall, so stay tuned for more info. E-mail for more information.  

March 29: "Greening" Your Home Overview and Financing
April 5: Evaluating Your Home
April 12: Your Home's Core Systems
April 19: Mechanical Systems and Alternative Energy Systems
April 26: Landscape
May 3: Healthy Homes and Green Kitchens and Baths

nordic walkingGet Moving with March into May  

We're partnering with March into May to support physical activity in our community. Beginning March 14, this free 10 week program is celebrating its 13th successful year of helping Maine community members "Get more out of life." March into May is a successful program for many because you pick the activities you enjoy and set your own goals. You're also provided with the support that is so often missing from individual exercise plans, including convenient tools like the physical activity log, success tracker, weekly tips, and other online resources. It's a great way to kick-start a new healthy habit. Visit the
MIM website for more information and to register!


Start Planning Your Garden

March is the month when winter begins to loosen its tenacious grip on Maine. Time for mud season! However messy it can be, melting snow turns dormant earth into the fertile ground necessary for new plant growth. Soon it will be time to start sowing seeds, but first we thought we'd share some tips on planning a garden, as well as some events throughout the month that will be great resources for the novice and experienced gardener alike. Read on.

Thinking About Summer Camp? 

Get a head start on planning summer activities for your kids

Did you know the 2011 SunriseGuide has great coupons to save you money on summer camp and school enrollments? Find summer camp discounts for:
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The Theater Project (Brunswick)
Friends School of Portland
Riley School (Rockport)
Ashwood Waldorf School (Rockport)
Ferry Beach Ecology School (Saco)


And school enrollments savings at:

Cricket Hunt School (Freeport) 

Friends School of Portland

Riley School (Rockport)

The ApprenticeShop (Rockland) 

Sail Maine (Portland)

Plus, save on childcare at Roots Enrichment Center, memberships to the Children's Museum & Theatre of Maine and play days at Greenlight Studio!

Earth Day 2011

Earth Day is Coming ...

Are you attending or involved with the planning of an Earth Day event? We're compiling a calendar of Earth Day 2011 events in Maine that will be widely publicized. Would you like your event included? Please send us the details and we'd be happy to help spread the word.

We're Growing Our Team!

Are you looking for a new opportunity where you can contribute in a meaningful way, while helping people and the environment? Perhaps a short term and part time opportunity is the best fit for you? We're looking to expand our advertising sales team this spring/summer. You'll work with the best businesses in Maine, helping them grow while helping consumers find out about their great offerings. The ideal candidate will be familiar with the communities south of Portland (Scarborough, Saco, Biddeford) and there is great potential for future projects. Read more.
HoneyMaker Mead

SunriseGuide Partner News

 HoneyMaker Mead is now available statewide, thanks to two new distribution partners for 2011. 

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Greenlight Studio's scholarship auction is coming up on March 19. Donate your art, services, gift certificates, or goods!
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Bella Luna Toys wins Green America Seal of Approval

Thorfinn logoThorfinn Expeditions has joined forces with Bikesenjava to form Rockland Outdoor Coalition.
Sustainable Living Event Highlights 
Included below, you'll find a sampling from the complete event list on our website. Consider it an appetizer. For a complete list of local events, please click here.

Portland Greendrinks

March 8, 5:30 - 8:00 pm, Empire Dine and Dance


Bangor Greendrinks

March 8, 5 - 8:00 pm, WBRC Architects Engineers


Green Tea Breakfast! The Arts: A Key Partner in a Sustainable Economy

March 10, 7:30 am - 9 am, GMRI, Portland


The Enchanted Earth: Portland Flower Show

March 10-13, Portland Company Complex, Portland

Open House: Belfast Cohousing and Ecovillage 

March 13, 2 - 4 pm, 45 Edgecombe Rd, Belfast 


Tour a Green School

March 16, 4:30 - 6:00 pm, multiple locations 


Gardening Ergonomics

March 22, 12 noon, Merryspring Nature Center, Camden 


18th Annual Maine Garden Day 2011

March 26, 7:30 am - 3:00 pm, Lewiston High School 

March 29 - May 3, 6 Tuesday sessions, 6 - 8 pm, ReVision Energy Showroom, Portland

For a complete list of events, please visit the Local Events section on our website.

Save the Date

March 27, all day, locations statewide

Grow Your Own Organic Garden
April 6, 6 - 9 pm, locations statewide

April 9, 9 - 5 pm, Maple Hills Farm, Hallowell

April 22, the Earth (and locations throughout Maine)

Have a sustainability event we can help you promote? Please e-mail us the details.

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