With record snow falls in February, our guess is that you are either doing a happy dance or anxiously awaiting the arrival of Spring. This edition of the newsletter will help the new season get off to a great start with sweet offers from some of our favorite local businesses, oodles of upcoming events, and some tips for creatively paying for healthcare.
|This Month's FREE E-coupons|
Click on the logos below to print this month's exclusive offers.
$10 off your total purchase of $50 or more at Mexicali Blues
$5 off your total purchase of $25 or more at any Goodwill of Northern New England store
50% off a Spa Day Pass at the Portland Regency Hotel & Spa
Get two FREE truffles when you purchase a SunriseGuide at Dean'sSweets
$25 off the Application Fee at Cheverus High School for the 2013-14 school year
|Creative Ways to Pay for Wellness |
"I need to see a doctor, but I don't have insurance." "I could really use a massage, but it's not in my budget." "I'd love to take-up yoga, but I can't afford to until I'm done with school." Unfortunately, statements like these are made all too often as healthcare and wellness take the back burner to other pressing financial responsibilities. Fortunately, there are many places throughout Maine offering creative and affordable ways to ensure you can always take care of your health. Learn more.
|NRCM Citizen Action Day - April 2nd|
On April 2nd, the Natural Resources Council of Maine (NRCM) hosts its annual Citizen Action Day for members, activists, and concerned citizens. The day begins at the NRCM office in Augusta, where experts share information about priority legislation and tips for effectively communicating with legislators. Everyone then heads over to the State House where we have the opportunity to speak with legislators about pending environmental bills and the issues that matter most to you. Learn more.
|Recycle your Used Cooking Oil! |
Garbage to Garden is now providing curbside compost pickup in Portland, So. Portland, Yarmouth, Falmouth, and Cumberland (with additional cities being added - see list of candidate cities). For a small monthly fee, they will pick up your compostable items weekly and return finished compost to you as you request it. Thanks to a partnership with Maine Standard Biofuels, they even pick up used cooking oils that will be turned into biofuel! Additional candidate cities (if enough people sign up) include Bath, Brunswick, Westbrook, Saco and more! Learn more and sign up.
|MBS Spring Workshop - April 3rd|
Maine Businesses for Sustainability hosts its annual Spring Workshop on Wednesday, April 3rd at the University of Southern Maine Abromson Center (in Portland). The workshop will be from 7:30 am to 1:00 pm and features Karen Fleming, the MBA Program Chair from Green Mountain College. Hear about the practical and profitable approach to triple bottom line practices focused on people, profits and the planet. In addition, have the opportunity to attend two sustainability workshops of your choice, get a sneak peek at the Maine Sustainability Index, network with leading business and more! For a full schedule, and to register, click here.
Musicians from the Portland Symphony Orchestra are hitting the road over the next three months to perform their KinderKonzerts for children (ages 3-7) around Maine. Each concert teaches kids about a different family of instruments, while introducing them to live symphonic music through fun and interactive programs. For more information and a list of KinderKonzerts, click here.
|SunriseGuide Partner News|
Elements in Biddeford is now open! Stop in at 265 Main Street for the three basic elements: books, coffee and beer.
Help Longfellow Books recover from Nemo storm damage. Learn how.
Island Treasure Toys is opening a third store! It will be located on Front Street in Bath, and they plan to open in early May.
Kidz Clothesline recently moved to 22 Stanwood Street; diagonal from their old store.
Portland Power Yoga celebrated its 7th Anniversary last month, while EcoHome Studio celebrated its 1st! Congratulations to them both!
|Sustainable Living Event Highlights |
This is just a sampling of the many events happening around Maine. For even more events, please visit the Local Events section of our website.
Portland Flower Show
Mar. 7-10, The Portland Company Complex, Portland
"It's a Wild Life" Winter Film Series
Mar. 8, 7pm, The Highlands Coffee House, Thomaston
Maine Outdoor Film Festival to Benefit Teens to Trails
Mar. 9, 7pm, Windham High School, Windham
A Step-By-Step Guide to Reducing your Fossil Fuel Use
Mar. 12, 6-7:30pm, Wells National Estuarine Research Reserve, Wells
Building & Growing the Clean Tech Cluster
Mar. 13, 7:15-9:30am, USM Wishcamper Center, Portland
A Benefit Evening for Resilient Roots Demonstration Farm
Mar. 16, 5-9pm, Zero Station, Portland
Maine Water Conference
Mar. 19, 7:30am-4pm, Augusta Civic Center, Augusta
Maine Energy & Environmental Policy: Priorities for the 126th Legislature
Mar. 21, 7:15am-12pm, Governor Hill Mansion, Augusta
Organic Farming: Principles and Practices
Mar. 21 & 28, 10am-4pm, Gilsland Farm Maine Audubon Center, Falmouth
The Old House Trade Show
Mar. 23, 10am-5pm, Holiday Inn by the Bay, Portland
Maine Maple Sunday
Mar. 24, 7am-4pm, Locations Statewide
Grow your Own Organic Garden
Mar. 26, 6-9pm, Belfast Free Library, Belfast
(Note: This class will also be offered at over 30 different locations in Maine on April 3rd)
8th Annual Reel Paddling Film Festival & Silent AuctionMar. 29, 6-10pm, USM Abromson Center, Portland
For a complete list of events, please visit the Local Events section on our website.
|Save the Date|
20th Annual Maine Garden Day
Apr. 6, 7:30am-3pm, Lewiston High School, Lewiston
Great Maine Bike Swaps!
Apr. 14, 10am-2pm, University of Maine, Orono | Apr. 28, 10am-2pm, USM, Portland
Urban Runoff 5K & Green Neighbor Family Fest
Apr. 20, 9:30am-2pm, Deering High School, Portland
Fee Free Days at Acadia!
Apr. 22-26, All day, Acadia National Park
Maine Land Conservation Conference 2013
Apr. 27, 8am, TopshamHave a sustainability event we can help you promote? Please e-mail us the details.
Part handbook, part coupon book, the SunriseGuide is a resource for learning about, supporting, and living in a healthy and sustainable way in southern and coastal Maine.