Ah, summer. An abundance of fresh produce, lazy days in the sun, swimming, biking and more! We hope your summer is off to a great start. Read on to get the 411 on safer sunscreens, food coops and more.
|This Month's FREE E-coupon|
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$10 off a 5 Lighthouse Day Tour from Summer Feet Cycling.
| This Summer's Safest Sunscreens|
Several ingredients found in common sunscreens were recently included in a Maine Department of Environmental Protection report listing 49 chemicals used in everyday products that present the highest concern for their potential health effects. Before you head out for a day in the sun, find out which sunscreens are safest and most effective for you and your family. Read more.
|Green & Healthy Maine Has Hit the Shelves!|
We're thrilled to announce that our newest publication, the Green & Healthy Maine Visitor's Guide, has officially been launched! Part-magazine and part-directory, this publication provides tourists, locals and "stay-cationers" with info about what's green and healthy in southern and midcoast Maine. Unique articles, exclusive offers and extensive regional directories make this magazine truly one-of-a-kind! For more information, click here.
|The 4-1-1 about Food Cooperatives|
When it comes to purchasing food, most people are familiar with the different places you can buy your groceries. Supermarket? Check. Natural Food Store? Check. Farmer's Market? Maybe a check...but definitely self-explanatory. Food Cooperative ("Co-op")? Hmm...come again? Isn't that the same as a natural food store?
Although food cooperatives can be found in many communities now and have a strong (and often long-standing) presence in the food buying market, people still may not understand what they are exactly and how they're unique from every other place you can buy food. So, since 2012 is the International Year of Cooperatives, we would like to clear up the "co-op mysteries" for you once and for all! Read more.
| Hike & Bike to Raise Money for MaineShare!|The 5th Annual 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. Learn more.
| We Need Bookworms and Shutterbugs! |
We're calling on you to do one of two things (or both!):
1.) Recommend a good book to us! We're compiling our list of books that address sustainability to include in the 2013 edition of the SunriseGuide. In the past, featured books have ranged from Animal, Vegetable, Miracle by Barbara Kingsolver to Raising Elijah by Sandra Steingraber. We're relying on you to share the best titles. Please send us your recommendations by Tuesday, July 31.
2.) Submit your photos for our annual photo contest! The winners will be featured in the 2013 SunriseGuide. If we select your photo, it will be printed in the 2013 edition and you'll get a free copy of that book! Please submit your photos by Tuesday, July 31. Send us an email with a digital attachment or for more information.
Share your voice with the SunriseGuide community! We look forward to hearing from you.
| This Month's Expert Conversation|
With Scott Cooper of Rising Tide Community Market
In celebration of International Day of Cooperatives (July 7th), Scott Cooper from Rising Tide Community Market in Damariscotta tells us all about that particular food co-op and the unique business model of member-owned cooperatives in general. Read more.
|SunriseGuide Partner News|
Congratulations to Evergreen Home Performance for being named Small Business of the Year by the Penobscot Bay Regional Chamber of Commerce! Learn more.
Pastor Chuck Orchards has just announced that it will be phasing processed sugar in all of their products, which (as they said) is a pretty sweet idea! Learn more.
Mojo Health Bar has moved to a new location. Find them at 299 Ocean House Road in Cape Elizabeth. For more info about Mojo and their offerings, click here.
The Portland Symphony Orchestra has a great lineup of KinderKoncert events they're taking on the road this summer to libraries around the state. For schedule and more info, click here.
ReVision Energy is kicking off "Maine's EV Revolution" with the grand opening of their innovative electric vehicle solar charging station! See how electric cars can now be powered by the sun at their big event on July 26th. Learn more.
|Sustainable Living Event Highlights |
Ninth Annual Boat Building Festival
July 13, 3:00 to 6:00 pm, Back Cove Park, South Portland
Maine Windjammer Parade
July 13, 9:00 am to 3:00 pm, Rockland Breakwater, Rockland
2nd Annual Craft Beer
July 14, 12:00 to 5:00 pm, Boothbay Craft Brewery, Boothbay Harbor
Portland Greendrinks volunteers at Boat Building Festival
July 14, 5:00 to 7:00 pm, Back Bay Cove, Portland
Gardens in the Watershed Garden Tour
July 15, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm, Georges River Land Trust, Rockland
Film Screening: Fixing the Future
July 18, 7:30 to 9:00 pm, Nickelodeon Cinema, Portland
Points and Pints
July 19, 5:30 to 8:30 pm, Novare Res Bier Café, Portland
Yarmouth Clam Festival and New Eco Market
July 20, 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, Yarmouth
11th Annual Maine Lobster Ride & Roll
July 21, 8:00 am to 12:00 pm, Oceanside High School, Rockland
Open Farms Day
July 22, 8:00 am to 6:00 pm, various locations statewide
Artisan Bread FairJuly 28, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm, Skowhegan Fairgrounds, SkowheganFor a complete list of events, please visit the Local Events section on our website.
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