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Coquille Tribal Community Fund awards $345,800 to support regional services

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Grants awarded to 47 area non-profits for community projects

The Coquille Tribal Community Fund awarded $345,800 in grants this week to 47 area non-profit organizations and public agencies. Grants were awarded under a program established in 2001 by the Coquille Indian Tribe to set aside a portion of the gaming revenues from The Mill Casino to support projects in the Tribe’s five-county service area. Since its inception, the Fund has distributed more than $4.1 million to support charitable efforts throughout the region.

“As active members of so many communities in Southwestern Oregon, the Coquille Indian Tribe is grateful for the opportunity to help improve social conditions in our region,” said Coquille Tribal Council Chair Edward Metcalf. “With so many needs and so few resources, we are happy to do our part through the Community Fund to help our friends and neighbors during these trying times.”

Members of the Fund’s Board of Trustees paid particular attention to programs providing food to families in need. Trustees awarded $93,950 to 13 area food projects along with an additional $12,000 for two area community gardens.

“We are regularly reminded of the great need among our neighbors to meet the basic necessities of life,” said Julia Willis, Fund administrator. “Our Trustees agreed that feeding the hungry has the highest priority when considering the overall needs of our communities.”

Along with food programs, Trustees provided $31,500 for programs targeted to children and youth and $41,500 for programs in support of veterans. The Fund continued its support for the Coos County Historical Society’s Waterfront Historic and Maritime Museum with a grant of $50,000.

The Coquille Tribal Community Fund supports non-profit and governmental organizations with projects in the areas of education, health, public safety, problem gaming, environmental issues, arts and culture and historic preservation. Funds are managed and distributed by a board of trustees comprised of community leaders, a gubernatorial appointee and representatives of the Coquille Indian Tribe and the Coquille Economic Development Corporation.

The fund reflects the commitment of the Coquille Indian Tribe to take a proactive, positive role in the well-being of the community. The Tribe is among the largest employers in Coos County. For organizations wishing to be considered for the next round of funding, the deadline for applications is Aug. 31. For more information, visit the Fund Web site at

The following organizations received grants this year.

  • Alternative Youth Activities, Inc. – $3,000 for the Mushroom Project.
  • Bandon Community Youth Center – $3,000 for after school programs.
  • Bay Area First Step – $6,000 for a community garden.
  • Bay Area Senior Activity Center – $10,000 for the senior lunch program.
  • CASA of Jackson County – $5,000 for color copier and printer.
  • Charleston Food Bank – $10,000 for food purchases.
  • Christian Help Food Bank – $3,450 for flooring replacement and food freight costs.
  • Coos Art Museum – $2,000 for the Student Biennial Exhibit.
  • Coos Bay Seventh Day Adventist Food Pantry – $10,000 for food purchases.
  • Coos County Friends of Public Health – $5,000 for exam vouchers.
  • Coos County Historical Society – $50,000 for Maritime Museum and Plaza.
  • Coos County RSVP – $4,000 for mileage reimbursement for senior volunteers.
  • Coquille Indian Tribe – $22,000 for the Talking Miluk Dictionary.
  • Crossroads Community Café – $9,000 nutritious meals.
  • Ecumenical Emergency Food Cupboard – $10,000 for food purchases.
  • Egyptian Theatre Preservation Assoc. – $3,496 for marquee sign repairs.
  • First United Methodist Church – $3,500 for food purchases.
  • Florence Food Share – $9,000 for food purchases and Share Garden support.
  • Florence Habitat for Humanity – $4,000 for interior and finishing supplies.
  • Huerto de la Familia – $6,000 for community gardens.
  • Junction City/Harrisburg/Monroe Habitat for Humanity – $4,000 for the Bilingual Build Project.
  • Maslow Project – $4,500 for homeless youth services.
  • Mobility Unlimited – $2,500 for the Mobility to Employment Program.
  • Nancy Devereux Center – $6,000 for building improvements.
  • ORCO Arts – $5,000 for the Youth Leadership Program.
  • Oregon Coast Community Action-CASA – $5,000 for volunteer recruitment and training.
  • Oregon Coast Community Action Emergency Housing Program – $5,000 for short-term emergency housing.
  • ORCCA-Share Bear Snack Pack program – $2,000 for food purchases.
  • Oregon Community Foundation – $3,000 for the Ready to Smile dental program.
  • Over the Rainbow, Inc. – $2,000 for horse feed.
  • Parent Partnership – $5,000 for homeless youth services.
  • Point Man Ministries Outpost 101 – $15,000 for veteran assistance.
  • Powers Action Team/Television Translator – $5,000 to re-establish “off air” television to the Powers-Gaylord area.
  • Powers Food Pantry – $6,000 for food purchases.
  • Project Blessing Food Bank – $5,000 for food purchases.
  • Restoration Worship Center Food Pantry – $6,000 for food purchases.
  • Rogue Valley Habitat for Humanity – $4,000 for the Women’s Build project.
  • SHAMA-Mental Health Association of SW Oregon – $6,000 for the Peer Support Learning Center.
  • SMART – $3,000 for book purchases.
  • South Coast Business Employment Corp. – $10,000 for home delivered meals for seniors.
  • South Coast Veterans Assistance Network – $10,000 for the Veterans Stand Down event.
  • Southwestern Veterans Outreach – $12,500 for office support.
  • St. Paul’s Preschool – $3,000 for preschool program support.
  • Sutherlin Community Resource Center – $3,000 for after school programs.
  • T.H.E. House – $15,854 for a new commercial dishwasher, air circulation system, security lighting and food purchases.
  • VFW Post 3440 – $4,000 for a roof replacement.
  • Women’s Safety and Resource Center – $15,000 for a senior advocate position.

Spring Whale Watch Week on the Oregon Coast March 24-31, 2012

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Planning an Oregon Coast visit this month? If you are planning a getaway at the end of March, you are in for a special treat. Each winter & spring, thousands of visitors come to our coast hoping to see the migrating Gray Whales as they make their annual trek from Mexico to The Bering Sea.

Volunteers with the Whale Watching Spoken Here program will be available from 10am to 1pm at Shore Acres State Park and 26 other locations along the Oregon Coast each day during Whale Watching Week- March 24-31, 2012. Whale Watching Spoken Here Volunteers help visitors spot the whales and answer questions.

An estimated 18,000 whales will pass by our coast this spring on their way to Alaska’s Bering Sea. Although most continue north, around 200 stay along the Oregon Coast to feed can still be spotted until late May. Many of them come close to shore feeding on Oregon’s great food supply. To learn more, call 541-888-3732 or visit

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March 2012 Mill Casino Promotion & Event Highlights

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Spring is just around the corner, which is reason enough to plan a getaway here on The Oregon Coast. Here is what’s happening in March!

March 2012 Mill Club Promotions

Guests must be a Mill Club member to participate in the following casino promotions. Signing up for the Mill Club is free and easy (not to mention you can enjoy all the perks that come with it!). To learn more, visit our Mill Club page.

Hit for a Hat: Mondays & Tuesdays March 5-27, 2012 Guests who hit an ace and jack of spades in Blackjack, Spanish 21, Three Card Poker, or Texas Hold’em will take home a genuine Mill Casino hat! Trade in five unworn hats for a black Mill Casino jacket size XL (while supplies last) or wear yours while dining at The Mill for a 10% discount. Guests are limited to five hats per day.

$10,000 Jackpot Bonanza Guests who win a hand paid Jackpot until 5:00 pm March 26, 2012 earn an entry into our March Jackpot Bonanza Lucky Loot drawings to win a share of $10,000, guaranteed! DRAWING: March 26, 2012 at 6:00pm . 5 lucky contestants vie for prizes from $400 to over $3,000!

Local Event Highlights

South Coast Clambake Jazz Festival March 9, 2012 – March 11, 2012
The Mill Casino – Salmon Room East-West Family Site until 10 pm
The Spruce-Cedar Room Family Site until 10 pm
The Hazel-Willow-Beargrass Room, Family Site until 10 pm
The Red Lion
All are Non-smoking venues. See Festival website for band schedules and ticket information:

50th Anniversary Tour Sylvia Browne March 29, 2012 – March 30, 2012 7:30 pm
The World’s Most Renowned Psychic & Spiritual Teacher is coming to The Mill Casino. This event has been RESCHEDULED to March 29 & 30, 2012! Previously purchased tickets honored for March shows. Call KoKwel Gifts at 541.756.8800 xt. 9

Whale Watching Week at Cape Arago March 24-31, 2012 Visit trained “Whale Watching Spoken Here” volunteers at Shore Acres State Park from 10am to 1pm to learn more about migrating Gray whales.

Girls Night Out! Australia’s Thunder From Down Under Coming to The Mill Casino April 11

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Call your girlfriends and prepare to be thunderstruck at The Mill Casino when the internationally acclaimed male revue, Australia’s Thunder From Down Under performs Wednesday, April 11, 2012.

Thunder from Down Under is Australia’s hottest export since Crocodile Dundee. Since their debut in 1991, nearly 7 million people have watched this troupe of outrageously handsome and muscular males dance with abandon, creating an impression that millions of women around the world have yet to forget. Showmanship, high-energy music, fabulous costumes, rock-hard bodies, sly humor and a state-of-the-art production have made Thunder one of the hottest tickets in Las Vegas and one of the most sought after acts on television. This uber-buff collection of male hotties, who love to perform and interact with the ladies, have appeared on such shows as “The View”, “The Tyra Banks Show”, and E!’s “Wild On Las Vegas”. This not-to-be missed show is a feast of flesh and fantasy that offers a titillating yet tasteful time for all.

Tickets for Thunder’s sizzling hot 7 p.m. and 9 p.m. Salmon Room performances go on sale Tuesday, February 21 at 10 a.m. at Ko-Kwel gifts. Tickets are just $25, with discounts of $5 to $10 available for Mill Club members. This show is for ages 21 and over only.

Psychic Sylvia Browne reschedules Mill Casino appearance; now March 29 & 30

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Tickets for February show will be honored; refunds available

World-renowned psychic, spiritual teacher and best-selling author Sylvia Browne has rescheduled her appearance at The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park. She will perform at 7:30 p.m. Thursday and Friday, March 29 and 30 in the Salmon Room.

Tickets for the previously scheduled Feb. 16 and 17 performances will be honored for the corresponding days in March. (Tickets for the Feb. 16 show will be honored on March 29 and tickets for Feb. 17 will be honored March 30.)

Tickets may be returned for a full refund. Refund requests must be received by Feb. 17.

Current ticket holders who may have questions about the change of date or who require refunds are encouraged to visit Ko-Kwel Gifts to review their ticket options.

Super Bowl Sunday XLVI Party at The Mill Casino

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Forget about Indianapolis; The Mill Casino is the place to be for some serious Super Bowl action. Come to our Super Bowl Sunday XLVI bash on Sunday February 5, 2012. Get here early! Kick off is approximately 3:30 PM (Pacific Time).

Inside Warehouse 101:

  • The big game will be shown on all seven big screen televisions;
  • Trivia questions for fun and prizes;
  • Free popcorn will be served during the game;
  • Win a share of $250 in our free football pool board. Football Pool will open two hours before kick-off. Prizes are 1st qtr. $25, 2nd qtr. $50, 3rd qtr. $75, 4th qtr. $100. Guests must be a Mill Club member to participate (sign up now- it is free and easy)

On the Casino Floor

  • Free popcorn for casino guests during the game;
  • Watch the game on the Casino floor big screen televisions;
  • Win a share of $250 in our free football pool board for Mill Club Members playing table games. One square per person. Must be a Mill Club Member Football Pool will begin sign-ups two hours before kick-off.
  • Guests in the iGaming Lounge will receive $60 credit when you buy in for $50 during the game.
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