With temps in the 90s last week, the return of farmers' markets, cyclists and the smell of fresh-cut grass in the air... it's pretty safe to declare that summer has arrived here in Maine. With information about safe sunscreens, MaineShare's annual "Hike & Bike" event, the new edition of the Green & Healthy Maine Visitor's Guide, and more, we hope this newsletter helps your summer get off to a great start!
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|The 2013 Green & Healthy Maine Visitor's Guide is Here!
| Introducing the 2013 Green & Healthy Maine visitor's guide, our annual magazine designed to help Maine travelers (from near and far) connect with Maine's green & healthy lifestyle. Inside, you'll find in-depth articles and beautiful photography, as well as regional resource guides. So whether you are travelling to the southern beaches, greater Portland, the Midcoast or Downeast Maine you'll have a head start on finding each region's local gems. Click here to access our digital edition. And please let us know what you think!
|Hike & Bike to Support the Maine You Love!|
Going for a hike or a bike ride this summer can help make Maine a better place to live. MaineShare's annual "Virtual Hike and Bike" event will take place now through Labor Day allowing participants to choose their own hike, bike ride, or walk to raise money for MaineShare. It works like any other event: you collect pledges, go out and hike or bike on a day that is convenient, and send in your donations. The virtual format saves time, paper, and precious fuel while offering more flexibility for participants. With no expenses involved every dollar goes to MaineShare, to support their work raising funds for 42 statewide groups working for the environment, safe food and water, and equal rights for all the people of Maine. To find out more about MaineShare and to register for the Hike and Bike event, click here.
|Out of the Blue Sustainable Seafood Program|Five kinds of unfamiliar fish and seafood, all recommended by restaurant chefs, fishery scientists and a chorus of fishermen, are appearing on Maine menus in the summer. Atlantic Pollock, mackerel, Acadian redfish, whiting, and northern shrimp, caught off the coast in the Gulf of Maine and bordering fishing areas, are each in their own right magnificent and healthy meals. A campaign called Out of the Blue intends to put more of them on our plates. Learn more about how this program from the Gulf of Maine Research Institute (GMRI) seeks to promote sustainably-harvested seafood from the Gulf of Maine.
|Donate Blood and Get a SunriseGuide!|
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. During this month, donate blood at any of the following drives in York County and the midcoast area and you will receive a complimentary copy of the 2013 SunriseGuide as a thank you gift. For more information or to make an appointment, please call 1-800-REDCROSS or visit www.redcrossblood.org.
June 6th: YMCA, Boothbay
June 7th: Funtown, Saco
June 10th: Maine Life Gate Church, Limerick
June 13th: DHHS, Rockland
June 13th: St. Martha's Church, Kennebunk
June 28th: Knights of Columbus Hall, Brunswick
Value of the 2013 SunriseGuide: $20.
Value of the life you may save: PRICELESS.
|This Summer's Safest Sunscreens|
As you prepare for sunny days outside this summer, make sure you're covered with one of the Environmental Working Group's best sunscreens for 2013. They've just released their 2013 Sunscreen Guide rating the safety and efficacy of more than 1,400 sunscreens, lotions, lip products and makeups that advertise sun protection. The ratings are based on chemicals, toxic ingredients, and their potential risk to human health. To learn more and see which sunscreens are safest for you and your family, click here.
|This Month's Expert Conversation|
Heat pump heating/cooling technology with Chris Kessler from reVision heat
Long used for cooling in warm climates, heat pumps are now one of the fastest growing technologies for ultra-efficient heating in cold climates. reVision heat's Chris Kessler joins us this month to share more information about Air Source Heat Pumps -- an efficient alternative for keeping your home comfortable in the summer and winter. Read the full conversation here.
|SunriseGuide Partner News|
True North is holding its 2nd Annual Wellness Walk on June 15th along the Back Cove Trail in Portland to celebrate healthy living and preventative care. All proceeds benefit True North's education, research and access programs, and general operations. Learn more.
Schooner Olad now has a second boat named "Owl," that can take up to six passengers on private, intimate sails in Camden Harbor. Learn more.
Grandy Oats recently launched a Land Trust Partnership program where they donate 25% of their online sales to a different local land trust or environmental organization. Learn more.
METRO is offering two summer youth programs this season: Summer Youth Bus Pass (unlimited rides for people 18 and younger for $20) and Ride the Bus, Borrow a Book that gives kids free rides home from their local public library.
Keep an eye out for Allagash Brewing Company's "Tribute Series Beers" - each one benefits a different local group, organization, or fund. Allagash donates $1 of every bottle sold. Learn more.
Congratulations to Coastal Maine Botanical Gardens for recently being named the #1 Public Garden in the U.S. by TripAdvisor! Learn more.
Habitat for Humanity just opened a brand new ReStore in Kennebunk! Learn more about this discount home improvement store.
|Sustainable Living Event Highlights |
This list is just a sampling of the many events happening around Maine. Please visit the Local Events section on our website for even more events.
WERU Farm Fresh Live Radio Auction
Jun 6, 6-8pm, WERU Radio Station
Affordable Clean Energy Options in Maine
Jun 7, 6-8:30pm, First Parish Church, Brunswick
Willard Beach Clean-up in Celebration of World Ocean's Day
Jun 8, 10am, Willard Beach, South Portland
Paddlebirding with Maine Audubon
Jun 9, 9-11am, Great Pond, Cape Elizabeth
Jun 11, 5:30-7:30pm, Bayside Bowl, Portland
Coastal Farms and Foods Tour with the Belfast Co-op
June 13, 1-2:30pm, Coastal Farms and Foods, Belfast
Trek Across Maine
Jun 14-16, Bethel to Belfast
Sustainable Health, Sustainable Wealth
Jun 15, Westbrook Performing Arts Center, Westbrook
2nd Annual True North 5K Wellness Walk
Jun 15, 9:30am-12pm, Back Cove Trail, Portland
Sustainable Food Production in Maine with E2Tech
Jun 19, 7:15-9:30am, Urban Farm Fermentory, Portland
Allagash Victoria Ale Premier
Jun 21, 5:30-8:30pm, Victoria Mansion, PortlandFor a complete list of events, please visit the Local Events section on our website.
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