School buses on the roads again, apples at the Farmers' Markets, and a smattering of orange leaves - autumn is on its way to New England! We hope you're enjoying this glorious time of year when two amazing seasons overlap to bring us delicious local food, warm days, and cool crisp evenings.
This Month's FREE E-coupons
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FREE $20 voucher for the local school project of your choice, courtesy of the Maine Mall
Free Pesticide Disposal System
Mainers are urged to take advantage of a free opportunity to dispose of banned or unusable pesticides that they may have in their homes or elsewhere on their properties. This October, the Maine Board of Pesticides Control (BPC) will team up with the Maine Department of Environmental Protection (DEP) to dispose of banned pesticides or pesticides that have become caked, frozen, or otherwise rendered unusable. This free disposal program is open to homeowners, family-owned farms and greenhouses. To participate, you must register by September 27, 2013. Learn more.
Healthy & Vegetarian Dining in Maine
Maine's unofficial state motto is "The Way Life Should Be," but perhaps it should be changed to "The Way Food Should Be." Thanks to a great selection of restaurants, cafés and markets that cater to conscious eaters, everyone in Maine can eat well. Read the full article from the 2013 Green & Healthy Maine visitor's guide, and learn about the many healthy and vegetarian restaurants from York County to the Downeast region.
Markets and Faires for Local Makers
September is the month in Maine to showcase or peruse home-made "things;" whether edible, functional, inventive, or artistic. This month, there will be two Maker Faires happening in Maine. Maker Faires are gatherings of "curious people" who come together to share their do-it-yourself projects that "feature innovation and experimentation across the spectrum of science, engineering, art, performance, and crafts." There will be a Mini Maker Faire in Camden on September 7th and in Lewiston-Auburn on September 28th. And for local farmers, artists, crafters, and product-makers, every Wednesday night there is a "Makers Market" at 222 Anderson Street in Portland, featuring a variety of locally-made items.
The Common Ground Fair is Right around the Corner!
Come visit our table at MOFGA's Common Ground Fair September 20th - 22nd and pre-order your copy of the 2014 SunriseGuide! Remember to bring along your 2013 SunriseGuide coupons for $2 off an adult admission.
Join hundreds of vendors, more than 1,000 volunteers, and tens of thousands of fair-goers who gather to share knowledge about sustainable living; eat delicious, organic, Maine-grown food; buy and sell beautiful Maine crafts and agricultural products; compete in various activities; dance; sing; and have a great time. There are several ecological ways to get to the fair - click here to learn about carpooling, biking and riding the train to Unity!
Volunteer at the SunriseGuide booth! We're looking for a few passionate SunriseGuide readers to help out at our booth. In exchange for two hours of your time, you'll get free admission to the fair, a free copy of the brand new 2014 SunriseGuide and our overflowing appreciation! Email us to learn more.
Sailing Maine's Salty Sea Breezes
Ah, the salty tang of fresh ocean breezes, island-dotted vistas and the wild cries of swooping gulls. Unique sailing excursions from Eastport to Kennebunk have long brought vacationers the natural delights of Maine's sparkling bays and inlets, offshore islands, beaches and traditional lobster bakes. Learn more about the many unique ways you can try out your "sea legs," and enjoy Maine's famed coastal tradition. September is the new August, so there's still plenty of time to get out on the water this year!
SunriseGuide Partner News
El Rayo has started plans to open a second location. Their new restaurant is expected to open in the spring and will be on Route One in Scarborough.
Happy Birthday to Maine Media Workshops in Rockport - they're celebrating their 40th Anniversary this summer!
METRO is offering two back-to-school specials: College students can ride free (with a valid student ID) from September 1st - 15th; and there will be a discounted fare available for K-12 graders for the entire 2013-14 school year. Learn more.
Congratulations to Go Green Landscaping on their recent expansion. They purchased Casco Bay Safe Lawns, providing expanded organic lawn care and eco-friendly landscaping services in southern Maine!
The Holy Donut will soon be opening a second location on lower Exchange Street. The new shop is expected to open this fall.
Happy 1st Anniversary to Roost House of Juice in Portland - congratulations on a successful first year!
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.
Midcoast Mini Maker Faire
Sep 7, 11am-3pm, Camden Public Library, Camden
26th Annual Laudholm Nature Crafts Festival
Sep 7 & 8, 10am-4pm, Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, Wells
Belfast Area Open Studio and Farm Tour - Preview Party
Sep 12, 5:30-7pm, The Belfast Boathouse, Belfast
Kid's Day of Service
Sep 14, 9:30-11am, Whole Foods Market, Portland
The Common Ground Country Fair
Sep 20-22, 9am-6pm, MOFGA's Common Ground Fairgrounds, Unity
14th Annual Portland Trails Trail to Ale 10K
Sep 22, 9am, Eastern Promenade, Portland
Maine's Environmental Policy Update with E2Tech
Sep 26, 7:15-9:30am, USM's Abromson Center, Portland
The Great Maine Outdoor Weekend
Sep 27-29, Statewide
1st Annual Maine Chicken Coop Tour
Sep 28, Various locations statewide
School Gardens Open House
Sep 28, Various locations statewide
Fee Free Day at Acadia
Sep 28, All day, Acadia National Park, Bar Harbor
Lewiston-Auburn Mini Maker Faire
Sep 28, 10am-4pm, Bates Mill Atrium, Lewiston
Punkinfiddle: A National Estuaries Day Celebration and Family Festival
Sep 28, 10am-4pm, Wells Reserve at Laudholm Farm, Wells
17th Annual Harvest Dance
Sep 28, 6-11pm, Wolfe's Neck Farm, Freeport
For a complete list of events, please visit the Local Events section on our website.
Save the Date
Green Eggs: "Innovative Heat Distribution" with U.S. Green Building Council
Oct 2, 7:30-9am, Maine Audubon, Falmouth
Oct 12, Wolfe's Neck Farm, Freeport
Portland No Impact Week
Oct 13-20, Portland
Maine Made 2013: A Celebration of Maine Food, Artisans & Creativity
Oct 19, 10am-4pm, Samoset Resort, Rockport
Have a sustainability event we can help you promote?