The Sunrise Guide - The coupon book for healthy and sustainable living
In this issue...
Hike or Bike Your Favorite Trail for MaineShare
FREE E-coupons
PACE Helps Finance Energy Efficiency Upgrades
We're Proud to Announce!
Survey Results Are In
Congrats to Our Facebook Giveaway Winners
Partner News
Sustainable Living Events
Save the Date

Visit a Sponsor!

 July 2011 
Begin the Month with a Bang!
The beginning of July always arrives with pomp and celebration, fireworks filling the night skies across the states with mesmerizing displays of exploding color. What a great way to start the month!

This newsletter is full of enough exciting topics to keep that bang going until August and beyond: learn about financing energy efficiency upgrades in your home, read about the winners of some fun prizes and awards (and how you can win fireworksstuff too!), plus a resource we created to help you have new adventures using your SunriseGuide coupons.

Most importantly, we encourage you to relish in the long midsummer days!

-The SunriseGuide Team

Hike and BikeHike or Bike Your Favorite Trail and Raise Funds for MaineShare

The Smaller Footprint Hike and Bike is a fantastic (and fun!) opportunity to support the work of MaineShare. MaineShare provides an easy way to donate to over 30 statewide organizations working to achieve good health, environmental protection, safe communities, economic opportunity, human rights, animal welfare, and peace in the state of Maine. Participants will start and end their hike or bike anywhere and anytime between now and Labor Day, so there will be no expenses involved and all funds raised will go directly to MaineShare's efforts.


To get you inspired, we've collected a list of resources that will help you find the perfect trail near you:biker sillhouettes 

List of State Parks, State Historic Sites, and Public Reserved Lands at 


Multi-use Trail Finder at Bicycle Coalition of Maine  


Interactive map of Maine trails at 


List of off-road trails at Rails to Trails Conservancy's   


Happy Trails!  


This Month's FREE E-coupons

Click on the logos below for this month's exclusive offers!


Bathras Market logo 

$5 OFF your purchase of $25 or more

Tim McLain logo

30 minutes FREE

when you book an hour-long massage

Casco Bay Lines

$2 OFF any scenic cruise for Shift logo
everyone in your party


20% OFF any purchase

(Formerly H.W. Horch)

home improvement PACE Helps Finance Energy Efficiency Upgrades

Have you heard of the new PACE financing program? PACE (Property Assessed Clean Energy) helps homeowners finance energy efficiency upgrades - from insulation projects to alternative energy installations like solar hot water. Homeowners can borrow up to $15,000 at 4.99%. Low monthly payments mean that the savings in your month-to-month energy costs might even exceed your monthly loan payment - meaning more money in your pocket every month and reduced energy costs into the future. PACE is available in a growing number of communities in Maine. Learn more here.


entreverge award logo We're Proud to Announce!  

Heather Chandler, owner and publisher of The SunriseGuide, won an entreverge award this year, a recognition that pays tribute to the skills, passion, and commitment of greater Portland's young entrepreneurs. What an honor! Read more about the award in the Portland Press Herald article here.


Survey Results Are In!  

Plus a fun way to take advantage of your unused coupons  

Thanks for taking last month's survey! The results confirm our inkling about how folks use their SunriseGuides: 80% of you told us that you've visited a store that you learned about from the guide without using the corresponding coupon. Furthermore, 90% of those coupon-less visits resulted in a purchase! We're so thrilled to be increasing traffic to our favorite locally-owned businesses. Of course, we want you to save money and we want the store to know you were there. So we hope you'll use your coupon and if you forget it, please be sure to tell the store you found them in the SunriseGuide!  


If you're wondering how to use those coupons gathering dust in the neglected corners of your SunriseGuide, we're here to help with some ideas! Check out a recent addition to our website, 2011 Coupon Adventures. Let your SunriseGuide lead you on a thrifty discovery of Maine!  

Congrats to Our Facebook Giveaway Winners!  

Did you know you can win pretty awesome stuff by "liking" our Facebook page? We just gave away five Golf Privilege Cards from the American Lung Association Maine chapter ($79 value), and a free one-hour massage with Sue Vittner.


Congratulations to everyone!

SunriseGuide Partner News

Three of our partners (Rising Tide, Hannaford Bros. and Rosemont) have been certified as Environmental Leader grocers by the Maine Department of Environmental Protection!Rosemont Market logo

Rising TideHannaford logo  

Shift logo 


Welcome, Shift! Formerly FW Horch Sustainable Goods & Supplies in Brunswick, Shift's philosophy and products are very similar. If you are looking for supplies to support your sustainable lifestyle, visit Shift at 56 Maine Street in Brunswick and check them out online at


Wellness Desgined logo  

Wellness Designed, Inc. is located in the new Camden Whole Health Center. Look for the beautiful new sign at 91 Elm St in Camden. Check out their FB page Camden Whole Health.   


Apprenticeshop logo  

New this summer at the Apprenticeshop in Rockland: workshops and short programs! Sign up for weekend skill building workshops to week-long intensives. Learn to sew a ditty bag or build a toboggan. For more information go to
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.

Cathance River Kayaking Series
July 2-23,
Along the Cathance River, Midcoast Maine

Canning and Preserving Workshops with UMaine Cooperative Extension
July 12 through September, Statewide

Discovery Treks with Portland Trails 
Fridays through September, 5:30pm-6:30pm, Greater Portland

Designing/Installing a Small Scale Solar Electric System
July 10, 9am-5pm, Belfast

Portland Greendrinks
July 12, 5:30pm-8:30pm, Gulf of Maine Research Institute, Portland

7th Annual Windjammer Parade
July 15, Rockland Harbor

July 15-17, Tinmouth, Vermont

North Atlantic Blues Festival
July 16-17, Public Landing, Rockland

Midsummer Market at the Gardens
July 22-24, 9am-4pm daily, Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens

10th Annual Maine Lobster Ride and Roll
July 23, 8am, Begin and end at Oceanside High School, Rockland

Open Farm Day
July 24, Statewide

2011 Kneading Conference and Maine Artisan Bread Fair
July 28-30, Skowhegan Fairgrounds

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

Save the Date

Annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show
August 12-14, Harbor Park, Rockland

Tour de Farms
August 21, Begin and end at Morris Farm Trust

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

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