We hope this finds you relishing the warmth, sunshine and long days, and indulging in the many joys and pleasures summer has to offer.
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August is the Month for Art!
With so many annual art sales happening this month, there is no better time than August to experience the vast and impressive local art scene in Maine. So mark your calendars for these arts & crafts sales, make some space on your walls, and have a blast perusing paintings, photography, ceramics, and more! (And if all the sales aren't enough to give you your local art fix, click here for a list of Art Walks occurring monthly throughout Maine.)
Called to the Wild: Nature-Based Family Vacations in Maine
Maine's abundant natural beauty and wealth of recreational opportunities makes it a great destination for memorable family vacations. With a wide range of green and healthy choices for lodging, food, and activities; enjoy a vacation that's fun for the whole family, and easy on the environment. Click here for the article from this summer's Green & Healthy Maine visitor's guide.
Calling All Locavores!
This Saturday, August 10th, the University of Maine Cooperative Extension will be hosting its 5th Annual Backyard Locavore Day from 10am-4pm. Your day will be self-directed and there are fourteen sites in Southern Maine to visit. Demonstrations will focus on backyard gardening techniques, food preservation methods, and more. See backyard poultry and honeybees at work, plants of all sizes and varieties, techniques for container gardening and square foot gardening, and enjoy "Preserving the Harvest" demonstrations with food samples. Learn more.
A Lobster Tale
Local author Caitlin Shetterly tells the story of one family's experience teaching their young son about responsible eating while enjoying one of Maine's favorite culinary traditions. Enjoy Dahlov Ipcar's illustrations from the children's book Lobsterman as you read this unique and personal tale about the iconic Maine lobster. Click here for the full article from this summer's Green & Healthy Maine visitor's guide.
*Above Image: Copyright © Dahlov Ipcar, courtesy Down East Books
Central Maine Power Offers Grants for Electric Cars
Know a business or organization that might like to add an electric vehicle to its fleet? Central Maine Power just announced a program that will provide up to $15,000 grants for the purchase of an EV or EV charging station in exchange for collecting and sharing data with them. Learn more.
Raise Money for Your School
With the start of school approaching, it's a great time to think about new fundraising ideas for your school group. Did you know the SunriseGuide can help you raise money for the Class of '14, sports teams, arts groups, Project Graduation, boosters, environmental clubs, special trips & projects, and more?! With SunriseGuide fundraising, you keep up to $10 from each book you sell! Choose a product you can feel good about selling, while earning big bucks for your school! Click here to learn more about these fundraising opportunities.
SunriseGuide Partner News
Habitat for Humanity of Greater Portland is relocating into new offices and an expanded home renovations store, at 649 Warren Avenue in Portland.
MOFGA is currently seeking volunteers for their Common Ground Fair in Unity next month. Learn more.
Maine Standard Biofuels recently partnered with local nonprofit Reverb to fuel the tour buses for Guster and Barenaked Ladies when the bands played in Bangor. Check out the photos!
Capoeira Volta ao Mundo in Portland is holding their 3rd Annual Brazilian Burn fundraiser on August 17th, to support their "Capoeira Encounter" at the end of September.
Chewonki Foundation just installed an electric vehicle charging station; adding to their list of renewable energy systems, including a biodiesel production facility, a wind turbine, photovoltaic systems, a geothermal system, and a renewable hydrogen system.
Happy 30th Anniversary to The State of Maine Cheese Company!
Congratulations to our two recent contest winners! Meghan Gerrand
of Gorham won a two-night getaway to the Craignair Inn
in Spruce Head (along with a $50 dinner gift certificate), just for registering her copy of the 2013 SunriseGuide. And John Costa
of Falmouth won a two-night getaway to the Country Inn at Camden/Rockport
for participating in our annual Reader Survey.
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.
Center for Wildlife: We Are All Connected
Aug 8, 1-2pm, Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, Wells
11th Annual Maine Boats, Homes & Harbors Show
Aug 9-11, 10am-6pm, Harbor Park, Rockland
5th Annual Backyard Locavore Day
Aug 10, 10am-4pm, Various locations, Cumberland County
Aug 13, 5:30-8pm, Deering Oaks Park, Portland
Medicinal Herb Walk with Deb Soule
Aug 14, 3:30-4:30pm, Avena Botanicals, Rockport
International Biofuels Day with Maine Standard Biofuels
Aug 15, 5:30-8:30pm, Jacobs Chiropractic Acupuncture, Portland
Aug 15-17, 12-10pm, Boston City Hall Plaza, Boston MA
Family Barn Dance
Aug 24, 6:30-8:30pm, Wolfe's Neck Farm, Freeport
Fee Free Day at Acadia!
Aug 25, All day, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor
All Seasons Garden: Four Season Gardening
Aug 29, 6-8pm, Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, Wells
MITA's Small Boaters' Conference & 25th Anniversary Celebration
Aug 31, All day, Portland Yacht Services Complex, Portland
Scarborough Marsh Labor Day Weekend Extravaganza
Aug 31-Sep 2, 9am-8pm, Scarborough Marsh, Scarborough
For a complete list of events, please visit the Local Events section on our website.
Save the Date
Midcoast Mini Maker Faire
Sep 7, 11am-3pm, Camden Public Library, Camden
Common Ground Country Fair
Sep 20-22, 9am-6pm, MOFGA Common Ground Fairgrounds, Unity
14th Annual Portland Trails "Trail to Ale" 10K
Sep 22, 9am, Eastern Promenade, Portland
The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend
Sep 27-29, Statewide
Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire
Sep 28, 10am-4pm, Bates Mill Atrium, Lewiston
1st Annual Maine Chicken Coop Tour
Sep 28, Statewide
Portland No Impact Week
Oct 13-20, Portland
Have a sustainability event we can help you promote?