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family-snowman.jpgAs the heart of Winter arrives, we're cozying up and thinking of green and healthy ways to stay warm, from home renovations to outdoor fun to spreading the Valentine's love, and more. We hope the news, articles, and events in this newsletter ignite your passions! 

This Month's E-Coupon - FREE Admission for 2

Click on the logo above to print a coupon for FREE admission for you and a friend to the Maine Home & Remodeling Show

We're excited to participate in this year's Maine Home & Remodeling Show at the 
Cross Insurance Arena in Portland. The event features 180+ exhibitors, an Artisan Marketplace; a Meet the Chefs cooking series with Portland area chefs; and a Seminar Series with topics on a variety of home improvement projects. Show times are Saturday, February 13th, 10am-6pm, and Sunday, February 14th, 10am-4pm
Talking heat pumps with Scott Libby 

This month, we catch up with Scott Libby, owner of Royal River Heat Pumps in Freeport, to learn more about heat pumps and how evolving technology can help us efficiently heat our homes. Can a heat pump heat your entire home? Are there certain styles of homes where they work best? How do the costs to operate a heat pump compare with other heating systems? Read our full conversation and Scott's insight into home heating here.

Spread the Love!

As Valentine's Day approaches, love is in the air. Pull out your
SunriseGuide and explore all the ways you can celebrate love this month.
Love your friends: What better way to spend V-day than with your friends? Since it's on a Sunday this year, gather a group and head to brunch. Check out GatherFrog and Turtle, or The Sinful Kitchen, to name a few.

Love your family: Spend some quality time with the kids at The Children's Museum & Theater of Maine or Greenlight Studio, or sign them up for some classes at Aikido of Maine. You could also nurture your family ties with a parenting series from The Center for Parenting and Play.

Love your pets: Pamper your pet with treats and grooming from The Fish and BoneThe Dog Wash, EtcAnimal House, and Planet Dog.

Love your sweetie: Save on sweets for your sweetie from Love KupcakesDean's SweetsDirty Dozen Donuts, or Black Dinah Chocolatiers, among others.

Love yourself: Whether you resolved to be healthier in the New Year or you are feeling run down this cold and flu season, give your health a loving boost. Seek some assistance with your health goals at the MaineHealth Learning Resource Center, the Integrative Health Center of Maine, Lotus Family PracticeInner Shores and so many more.  

Let your love keep you warm this month, and let the SunriseGuide help! If you haven't picked yours up yet, stop by at a local retailer or download the app today ($20 print/$14.95 mobile). 
Save on the go with the SunriseGuide Mobile App!

The 2016 SunriseGuide Mobile Edition launched Jan. 1 and is available
for download from your smart phone here. The mobile edition makes it easy for you to find the best healthy, local and green businesses in Maine and redeem SunriseGuide coupons from your phone. You can even share an account with your partner or a friend! Imagine never again missing out on great offers because you left your SunriseGuide at home. With more than 200 discounts, the SunriseGuide mobile app will keep you saving all year long. ($14.95). Download here
Looking for a School Fundraiser?

Do you know a school group, sports team or faith group that is looking for a profitable and locally-supporting fundraiser this year? SunriseGuide Fundraisers produce high returns AND provide a Maine-made product that you and your supporters will feel good about. We can help you raise money for a Class of '16 or '17, sports team, Project Graduation, booster or environmental club, special trip, and more! There are no funds required upfront and your group earns up to $10 on each book sold! Learn more here.
Home & Business Energy Fairs

Learn how to save energy dollars while reducing your environmental impact. Local companies and nonprofits will be exhibiting solar energy, heat pumps, pellet boilers, biofuels, energy efficiency, natural gas, green grid power, and more. And we'll be there with books, magazines and the new mobile edition. The next fairs are on February 6 in South Portland and February 27 in Gorham from 10am-3pm.  Door prizes, children's entertainment, and workshops! Hosted by the Greater Portland Sustainability Council and other local partners. Click here for full details.
SunriseGuide Partner News


Congratulations to The Yard at the Mill on their one year anniversary!


Black Dinah

Congratulations to all the Good Food Award winners, including partners  Black Dinah Chocolatiers, Bixby Co., and Gold Star Honeybees! They rose to the top among 
almost 2,000 national entrants.
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Sustainable Living Events
This list is just a sampling of the many events happening around Maine. Please visit the Local Events section of our website for even more events.

Solar Energy in Maine: Where the Sun Does Shine!

Feb 3, 7:15-10:00am, Maple Hill Farm, Hallowell


BikeMaine Kick-off Party

Feb 4, 5:30-8pm, Downeast Family YMCA, Ellsworth


Home and Business Energy Fair 

Feb 6, 10am-3pm, South Portland Community Center, South Portland


Portland Greendrinks

Feb 9, 5:30-7:30pm, Portland


Bangor Greendrinks 

Feb 9, 5-8pm, Charles Inn, Bangor


Feeding Maine: A Growing Access to Good Food 

Feb 10, 6-9pm, Frontier, Brunswick


Great Maine Outdoor Weekend 

Feb 12-14, various times and events throughout Maine


Maine Home and Remodeling Show 

Feb 13-14, 10am-6pm Sat., 10am-4pm Sun., Cross Insurance Arena, Portland 


Is Solar Energy Right for your Next Project?

Feb 13, 9-10:30am, Shelter Institute, Woolwich


February Live Wildlife Show 2016

Feb 19, 10:30-11:30am, Gisland Farm, Falmouth


"Just Eat It" Film Screening 

Feb 20, 4:30-6:30pm, Portland Public Library, Portland


Moonlit Snowshoe Walk 

Feb 23, 5:30-7:30pm, Well Reserve & Laudholm Trust, Wells


Home and Business Energy Fair 

Feb 27, 10am-3pm, Great Falls Elementary School, Gorham


For a complete list of events, please visit the Local Events section on our website.

Save the Date
Mark your calendars for these upcoming sustainable living events!

NRCM Citizen Action Day

March 1, 8am-1pm, Maine State House, Augusta


Home and Business Energy Fair 

March 12, 10am-3pm, Thornton Academy, Saco


Home and Business Energy Fair 

March 26, 10am-3pm, Harriet Beecher Stowe School, Brunswick



Have an event we can help you promote? Please email us the info.