Featured Oregon Coast Attraction: Shore Acres State Park

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Shore Acres State Park, located on Cape Arago Highway, is a local and national treasure. Each year thousands of visitors will visit the gardens and take it the magnificent views of the Pacific Ocean and the delightful displays of floral blooms year round and scenic beauty.

The Shore Acres were once the private estate of pioneer lumberman and shipbuilder Louis J. Simpson who developed the summer home into an elaborate mansion (destroyed by fire in 1921) and featured five acres of formal gardens. In 1942, Simpson’s estate was purchased by the state of Oregon for use as a public park.

Today, visitors can enjoy seasonal blooms and a “garden for all seasons”:

  • Hundreds of spring bulbs and daffodils – late Feb. thru March
  • 8,000 tulips – late March thru April
  • Hundreds of rhododendrons and azaleas – April thru mid-May
  • 5,000 flowering annuals/perennials – May thru Sept.
  • 800 rose bushes – June thru Sept.
  • 250 dahlias – Aug. thru mid-Oct.
  • 300,000 or more holiday lights (almost all L.E.D.)- Thanksgiving thru New Year’s Eve.
  • Hundreds of spring bulbs and daffodils – late Feb. thru Mar.

Here is a brief video tour:

How to Get There
Shore Acres State Park is located on the Cape Arago Highway, 13 miles southwest of Coos Bay/North Bend and U. S. Highway 101. The park is open every day from 8 a.m. to dusk. Please check posted times at park entrance for exact closing times. A nominal daily vehicle parking fee is charged. Annual day-use permits are available for purchase. Now available for either 12 or 24 month periods. Your camping receipt from Sunset Bay State Park or any other state park campground is accepted as a daily permit for those days registered. Display the receipt on the driver side of your dashboard when visiting Shore Acres State Park.

Ron Stubbs Brings “OUTRAGEOUS Comedy Hypnosis Show” to The Mill Casino May 5, 2011

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“I like to think that my hypnosis shows are an entertaining reminder of what’s possible when the source of our wonderment is set free.”  - Ron Stubbs

By popular demand, Master Hypnotist Ron Stubbs will be bringing his OUTRAGEOUS Comedy Hypnosis Show back to The Mill Casino May 5, 2011!   He has been called “the rock star of hypnosis” by Backstage Magazine and has thrilled sold out audiences around the globe with his high energy, action-packed entertainment.

Ron Stubbs is a professionally trained and certified Advanced Clinical Hypnotherapist, the highest designation available in the field but he is also a Certified Instructor of Hypnosis and Hypnotherapy.   He also earned the following accolades:

“The Rock Star of Hypnosis” – Backstage Pass Magazine
“2009 Entertainer of the Year” – Hypnotic Edge Magazine
“Voted #2 2009 Funniest Comedian in Washington” – King 5 Television Evening Magazine Poll
“Considered for Seven Grammy Awards in 2003”

Experience the OUTRAGEOUS Comedy Hypnosis Show for yourself at The Mill Casino Thursday, May 5, 2011 8 p.m. in the Salmon Room
Tickets go on sale April 12, 2011 10 am at KoKwel Gifts
$10 general admission
$5 Millionaire$ Club members

Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain Set to Arrive in Coos Bay on March 25!

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Coos Bay, Ore. – The brig Lady Washington and her companion ship Hawaiian Chieftain have moved up their arrival at Coos Bay by one week, which extends their scheduled visit from six days to 13 days starting March 25. And the two ships have added sailing excursions and other activities for K-12 students and the general public. The stop marks the first time Lady Washington has visited Coos Bay since 2008.

The two ships were originally scheduled to arrive April 1, but they changed plans after the March 18 tsunami severely damaged the harbor at Crescent City, Calif., forcing the boats to cancel their scheduled stop.

In Coos Bay, the ships will tie up on the waterfront near 200 S. Bayshore Drive and open to the public on these dates and times: 3/26-27, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 3/29-4/1, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m.; 4/2-3, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.; 4/5-6, 4 p.m. to 5 p.m. A $3 donation per person is appreciated.

Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will host guests on three-hour Battle Sails, which feature booming cannon fire and close-quarters, naval-style maneuvers. Battle Sails are scheduled for March 26, 27, April 2, 3. All sails depart at 2 p.m. Tickets are $60 adults, $50 students/seniors/active military, $40 children 12 and under. Purchase tickets at www.historicalseaport.org or call 800-200-5239.

At 10 a.m. March 27 and April 3, Lady Washington and Hawaiian Chieftain will take guests on three-hour value-priced Adventure Sails, which feature demonstrations of tall ship handling and a chance for guests to help sail a real tall ship. Tickets are $55 adults, $45 students/seniors/active military, $35 children 12 and under. Tickets are available by calling 800-200-5239 or visiting www.historicalseaport.org.

The Historical Seaport is also seeking Coos Bay-area businesses and service organizations which can sponsor K-12 students for living history experiences aboard its tall ships. The cost is just $5.25 per student. For information, contact Roxie Underwood, 800-200-5239, education@historicalseaport.org.

Lady Washington is a 1989 wooden replica of one of the first U.S.-flagged vessels to visit the west coast of North America. The modern ship appeared as HMS Interceptor in the movie Pirates of the Caribbean: The Curse of the Black Pearl. Hawaiian Chieftain is a steel-hulled representation of a typical early 19th century South Seas trader. She accompanies Lady Washington on her educational voyages.

The Grays Harbor Historical Seaport Authority is a not-for-profit, 501(c)(3) public development authority based in Aberdeen, Wash. that owns and operates the tall ships Hawaiian Chieftain and Lady Washington, the Official Ship of the State of Washington. GHHSA provides educational, vocational, recreational and ambassadorial activities and experiences that promote and preserve the maritime history of Grays Harbor, the Pacific Northwest, and our nation while serving the needs of the community.

Whale Watching Tips on the Oregon Coast!

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Spring Whale Watching Week : March 19 -26, 2011 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Image Credit: www.whalespoken.org

The Whales are coming, The Whales are coming! Twice a year, Whale Watching Spoken Here volunteers are placed at various points along the entire Oregon Coast to help visitors learn more about the estimated 18,000 whales passing by on their migration journey.

Beginning Saturday, March 19 volunteers will be at Shore Acres State Park and other locations along the Oregon Coast through March 26 from 10am-1pm. For information, call 541-888-3732 or visit www.ShoreAcres.net or www.WhaleSpoken.org.

Here are some great whale watching tips from The Whale Watching Spoken Here program:

  • This is not the only time you can see the whales. About 18,000 whales will pass by our coast during March, April, May and June on their way to Alaska’s Bering Sea.
  • Gray whales may possibly be seen year-round on the Oregon, Washington and northern California coastlines.
  • Winter migration has the highest numbers (30 per hour) but the whales are usually farther off shore (1-5 miles) because of stormy weather..
  • During the spring migration (northbound), the whales are more spread out (6 per hour) but they are closer to shore (1/2 – 3 miles), sometimes stopping to eat.
  • Summer feeding whales are very close to shore and eat tiny mysid shrimp that live in the kelp beds. They may feed for hours in the same location.
  • Bring your binoculars and dress for the weather. Focus your binoculars and have them ready, but watch with your eyes. When you locate a blow, then bring up your binoculars for a closer look.
  • Learn the diving and feeding habits of the whales (see the Whale Watching Center brochure) so you will know how often and where they may surface.
  • Morning light (with the sun at your back) is often helpful for spotting blows. Afternoon light reflects off the water and makes viewing difficult.
  • Calmer days are better whale watching days, by land, sea or air!
  • Any spot with an ocean view may yield whale sightings, but higher locations are better than sandy beaches.

Tickets on Sale for The Oregon’s Adventure Coast RV Jamboree June 8, 2011 – June 11, 2011

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Did you hear? It’s back! Tickets are now on sale for the Oregon’s Adventure Coast RV Jamboree June 8, 2011 – June 11, 2011 at The Mill Casino!

This event has become an annual favorite and offers 4 days of fun and friendship on the shores of Coos Bay.   The RV Jamboree offers something for everyone including a Show and Shine, Poker Run, an excursion to Misty Meadows Jams and the West Coast Game Park, live entertainment, and even a Pooch Paparazzi Family Photo Contest (check out photos from previous Jamborees)!

Your three-day RV Jamboree Package includes:
• Welcome Reception and Dinner Buffet
• A commemorative T-Shirt
• RV Show and Shine
• Traditional Salmon Bake Dinner
• An excursion to Misty Meadows Jams and The West Coast Game Park
• Send-off breakfast & prize-filled Poker Run
• Live entertainment performed by 50s Doo Wop band the Young Bucs

Click Here for complete information or call toll-free / 800.953.4800.

About the Mill Casino RV Park
Set in a tranquil, park-like waterfront location along the Oregon Coast, The Mill RV Park offers 102 level sites, including 65 slanted 68-foot pull-throughs, with full hookups and cable TV. It’s the perfect way to enjoy The Mill Casino and all that Coos Bay, North Bend and the Oregon Coast have to offer from the comfort of your home away from home.

Additional amenities include:
Showers and convenient on-site laundry
Complimentary internet access
A convenience store
Access to fitness room
Outdoor hot tubs and indoor pool
FREE shuttle that keeps you connected to The Mill’s gaming and dining offerings
Pet friendly, Good Sam and AAA discounts
FREE Casino Fun Book just for signing up for the Millionaire$ Club, 15% discounts per night for Millionaire$ Club members
Check-In: 3:00 pm, Check-Out: Noon.

Featured Event: Southcoast Clambake Jazz Festival Kicks Off this Week in The Salmon Room!

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The Mill Casino is proud to once again be a participating venue for the annual South Coast Clambake Jazz Festival! This festival began in 1987 and is one of the most popular music festivals on the Oregon Coast featuring Big Band, Zydeco, Blues, Gospel, Oldies, Rock & Roll and Dixieland.

Lots of people ask- are there clams? Actually, a “clambake” is a jam session, so no- it is not about the clams. That doesn’t mean that you can’t get good seafood in the Bay area!

The music of Soulpie and Black Tuesday will kick off this years festival at the Festival Warm Up held here at The Mill Casino on Thursday March 10, 2011. The festival will continue at various venues in Coos Bay & North Bend throughout the weekend of March 11- March 13, 2011.

This year’s line up includes: Sister Swing, Gator Beat, Steve Lucky & The Rumba Bums, Toot Sweet, Stompy Jones, Black Tuesday, Evolution, Its about Time Big Band, Solid Brass, Soulpie and the Young Bucs.

For complete details including ticket prices, schedules, etc visit www.ClamBakeJazz.org or Download the Festival Brochure. Badges on sale at KoKwel Gifts and at the door of each venue. You may also contact South Coast Clambake Jazz Festival at (541) 269-0112

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