Mark Your Calendars for the 2014 BBQ Blues & Brews on the Bay in May!

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The Mill Casino will kick off summer 2014 in a big way this Memorial Day Weekend when we host the 3rd Annual BBQ BLUES & BREWS on the BAY May 24th-25th!

The event has grown so popular, we thought you might like to get a heads up so you can make your travel arrangements and begin brushing up those BBQ skills for what should be a very heated competition.

There is nowhere better to be this Memorial Day weekend than The Mill Casino for this weekend celebration that features finger-lickin’ good barbecue, hand-crafted beers, and sizzling hot blues music, Jim Monihan Mac ‘N Cheese Challenge and a Kansas City Barbecue Society sanctioned BBQ competition.

Think you have what it takes to be a BBQ master? Then sign your team up for a chance to win a share of $8,000 in Cash Prizes by filling out our TEAM REGISTRATION FORM!

You can also register to be a certified Kansas City Barbecue Society (KCBS) judge by clicking here! For more information please call 1.800.953.4800 or 541.756.8800.   Follow the BBQ Blues & Brews on the Bay Facebook Page to stay up to date on event news and announcements!

Friday, May 23rd
3 pm – 6:30 pm – Learn the ins and outs of BBQ and become a Certified KCBS BBQ Judge.

Saturday, May 24
Noon – 8 pm – Enjoy food vendors, beer garden and live entertainment. Sample over 20 craft brews for a $10 donation.
Noon – 3 pm – Sample BBQ from the competitors
2 – 4 pm – Eating contests

Sunday May 25
Noon – 5 pm – Enjoy food vendors, beer garden and live entertainment. Sample over 20 craft brews for a $10 donation.
2 pm – Jim Monihan Mac ‘N Cheese Challenge turn in.
2:30 – 3:30 pm – Sample BBQ and Mac ‘N Cheese from the competitors
4 pm – Awards Ceremony

The Kansas City Barbecue Society is a non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and enjoying barbeque. The KCBS sanctions over 300 barbeque contests coast-to-coast throughout America.

Coquille Tribal Community Fund awards $342,000 to support regional services

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2014 Coquille Tribal Community Fund Grant Recipients

The Coquille Tribal Community Fund awarded $342,000 in grants to 39 area non-profit organizations and public agencies this week during a special luncheon at The Mill Casino.

The following organizations received grants this year.

  • A Family for Every Child – $5,000 for adoption agency programs.
  • Bandon Community Youth Center – $3,300 for youth center operation costs.
  • Bandon Historical Society Museum – $3,000 to purchase display furniture.
  • Bay Area First Step – $3,500 for kitchen renovations.
  • Bay Area Senior Activity Center – $10,000 for food purchases.
  • CASA of Douglas County – $5,000 to train CASA volunteers.
  • Charleston Rural Fire Protection District – $5,500 to update traffic safety equipment.
  • Children’s Advocacy Center of Jackson County – $10.000 for therapy group services.
  • Christian Help Food Bank – $5,000 for delivery and transportation costs.
  • Coos Art Museum – $4,500 for the student biennial exhibit.
  • Coos Bay Seventh-Day Adventist Food Pantry – $10,000 for food purchases.
  • Coos County Public Health – $5,000 to purchase a new microscope for disease prevention.
  • Coos Historical & Maritime Center – $82,000 for building costs for the new center.
  • Ecumenical Emergency Food Cupboard – $10,000 for food purchases.
  • Egyptian Theatre – $10,000 for structural repairs.
  • F.I.R.S.T. – $2,000 to purchase books for students.
  • Florence Food Share – $5,000 for food purchases.
  • Habitat for Humanity/Rogue Valley – $5,000 for construction costs.
  • Kairos – $7,700 for treatment services for children and families.
  • Little Theater on the Bay – $8,000 for renovations and new seating.
  • Maslow Project of Coos County – $10,000 to provide necessities to those in need.
  • ORCCA-Share Bear Snack Pack program – $6,000 to feed hungry children on weekends and holidays.
  • ORCCA-CASA – $5,000 to train CASA volunteers.
  • ORCCA-South Coast Food Share – $8,000 for food costs.
  • Point Man Ministries Outpost 101 – $20,000 for the emergency fund for veterans and families.
  • Port Orford Street Revitalization Association – $3,500 for the downtown beautification project.
  • Pregnancy Resource Center – $2,000 to provide services to pregnant women.
  • Reedsport Volunteer Fire Department – $11,000 to purchase a new jaws of life.
  • Restoration Worship Center Food Pantry – $2,000 for food purchases.
  • Rogue Valley District Council – $10,000 for the emergency utility assistance program.
  • Siuslaw Outreach Services – $6,000 for the emergency voucher fund.
  • South Coast Alano Club – $10,000 for a new roof and heating system for the building.
  • South Coast Business Employment Corp. – $10,000 for senior nutrition program food costs.
  • Southern Oregon Lions Sight and Hearing – $5,000 to purchase low-cost hearing aids.
  • Southern Oregon Project Hope – $10,000 to provide the homeless community with basic necessities.
  • Star of Hope Activity Center – $8,500 to purchase a baler and box truck for cardboard recycling.
  • Sunset School – $2,000 to purchase electronics for the technology club.
  • Women’s Safety and Resource Center – $10,000 for direct client services.
  • Zonta – $3,500 to provide school supplies to low income children.

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 owns The Mill Casino • Hotel and is among the largest employers in Coos County.

“Ever since we created the Community Fund in 2001, this day has held an important place for members of Coquille Indian Tribe because it is an opportunity to share our bounty with our friends and neighbors,” said Coquille Tribal Council Chairperson Brenda Meade. “It is an honor to help those who are doing so much to improve lives in southwestern Oregon.”

Each year the Coquille Indian Tribe sets aside a portion of the gaming revenues from The Mill Casino to support projects by non-profit organizations in the Tribe’s five-county service area. Since its inception, the Fund has provided more than $4.6 million in grants for charitable efforts throughout the region.

Although this year’s funding continued to support regional cultural activities, including $82,000 to complete a $600,000 commitment to the Coos Historical and Maritime Center, the Fund’s Board of Trustees focused its giving to programs serving the most needy.

“Our economy continues to present serious challenges for so many people in southern Oregon,” said Sheldon Chase, Board of Trustees chairman. “This year we were able to provide $44,000 to programs serving children and $66,000 for food programs along with funding for a host of projects serving veterans, seniors and the disadvantaged among us.”

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 www.coquilletribalfund.org.

Coquille Tribe to complete $1 million in grants to Coos Historical and Maritime Center

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The Coquille Indian Tribe’s $1 million contribution to the Coos Historical and Maritime Center will near completion this week when the Coquille Tribal Community Fund presents an $82,000 grant to the museum at its annual grantees luncheon.

This year’s grant completes the Fund’s promise to provide $600,000 to the construction of the bayside Historic and Maritime Center in Coos Bay. The Coquille Tribe is supplementing the grant funding by providing an additional $400,000 in monthly installments that will be completed in April.

According to Coquille Tribal Council Chairperson Brenda Meade, the Tribe has maintained a decades-long relationship with the museum and its efforts to present the region’s history.

“Our Tribe is defined in part by its history and traditions and by its ties to this place, so it is important that our story be told in relation to the larger history of Coos County,” Meade said. “We are very pleased with the close relationship that we have with the Coos County Historical Society and are happy to do our part to help them tell this great local story in a new and modern facility.”

Community Fund representatives will distribute $342,000 to 39 area non-profits at their annual grantees event on Thursday, Feb. 20 at The Mill Casino.

Celebrate Valentines and Presidents this Weekend at The Mill!

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There is never a shortage of romance on Oregon’s South Coast and there is no better place to spend Valentine’s Day weekend.

If you want to sweep your sweetheart off of their feet for Valentine’s Day, let us help! Not only will you be a close distance from romantic destinations and drivers, you will also find fine dining, non-stop casino action, luxuriously appointed suites and rooms, stellar service complete with gorgeous views of Coos Bay.

Here is a round-up of special events happening this week at the Mill!

Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dinner for Two

The Plank House restaurant will host a very special 4 course prix fixe Valentine’s Day Sweetheart Dinner for Two this Friday, February 14th, 2014 from 4:00 pm to 10:00 pm.  Guests will be greeted with a rose for the lady and a welcome glass of champagne!  Click here to see a preview of the menu that features Chateaubriand (Filet Mignon for Two) carved tableside, served with double baked horseradish potato, grilled asparagus and your choice of Sauce Béarnaise or Brandy Demi-glace…mmmmm!   $62 per couple (Does not include gratuity). Please call for reservations ext. 1284

Valentine’s Day and President’s Day Weekend Buffets at The Saw Blade

For those with a “heart”ier appetite, the Valentine’s Day Buffet at The Saw Blade may be to your liking! Join us on Friday February 14, 2014 from 4 – 8 pm and enjoy a selection of salads, sides, entrées featuring steak and fish and an expanded pastry and dessert selection you don’t want to miss for just $14.95! Children ages 5-11 ~ 1/2 price. 4 & under eat FREE!

Come again over the long weekend to celebrate President’s Day with more special buffet dinners for $14.95 (Children ages 5-11 ~ 1/2 price. 4 & under eat FREE) all weekend!

  • Presidential Dinner Saturday, February 15, 2014. 4:00 pm – 8:00 pm Showcasing favorite foods of our United States Presidents.
  • Presidential Brunch Sunday, February 16, 2014. 9:00 am – 1:00 pm Come in for our Presidential Brunch that will include past and present presidential food favorites.
  • Presidential Brunch, Monday, February 17, 2014 8:00 am – 2:00 pm. Presidential breakfast and lunch favorites. There is also the regular Land & Sea dinner buffet on Monday night.

February Casino Promotions

Join our Mill Club so you won’t miss out on special deals and fun with these Valentine’s Day & President’s Day themed gaming promotions in our casino. Now’s the time to Join the Club! We will cover your loss up to $100* in FREE SLOT PLAY! Take advantage of monthly offers in free slot play, dining, Hotel & RV Park stays and much more! Visit the Mill Club for complete details.

*NOT TO EXCEED $100. For carded slot play only. Does not apply toward table games play.

Click here for more details on the following casino promotions:

  • Play for a Buffet: Play your way to a Free Buffet Monday’s and Tuesday’s until February 25! Earn 600 points per day for one buffet that day.
  • Winner Olympics Going for Gold! THREE BIG WINNERS! Grand Prize Drawing Saturday, February 22 at 8 pm.
  • Pick a President Monday, February 17 from 1 pm – 6 pm. WIN UP TO $500 CASH!
  • Olympic Sunday: HOT SEATS! Sunday’s in February from 2 pm – 10 pm. Win up to $100 in FREE SLOT PLAY!
  • Gift of the Month: Earn the Gift. Keep the points! Earn 1,000 points during the Month of February and receive the gift of the month! Limited to 1 gift per guest while supplies last. Sizes subject to availability.
  • DOUBLE FREE PLAY FRIDAY’S! YOU CHOOSE which day to double your FREE SLOT PLAY! Either February 21 or February 28. Offer is valid from 10 am – Midnight on either Friday.
  • Spin it to Win it! Random hot seats to select guests who can SPIN IT TO WIN IT! Spin for Free Slot Play, Dining or Bonus Points! Every Wednesday in February from Noon – 8 pm.
  • Bonus 10X Points President’s Day From 6 pm – 10 pm.
  • 4X the points every Thursday in February from 12:01 am-11:59 pm. Use your points for Free Slot Play and much more!
  • Crazy Cupid’s 10 X Points! Friday, February 14 from 6 pm – 10 pm.

Entertainment in Warehouse 101

  • Live Music 9pm-1am February 14, 2014 – February 15, 2014. Rock out to the hits of the past and present and dance the night away with Done Deal!
  • Meet the Reps from 21st Amendment Brewery 8 pm – Midnight February 15, 2014! They’ll be giving away t-shirts and other merchandise! With every purchase of a 21st Amendment product receive an entry ticket! For carded slot play only. Does not apply toward table games play. GRAND PRIZE DRAWING AT 10 PM

Here are some other ideas to impress your Valentine from Coos Bay – North Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau:

  • Charleston Merchants Association’s 2014 Crab Feed Saturday February 15, 2014 11 am-3 pm. Location: Old Charleston School Charleston, OR 97420. Don’t miss out on what generations of Charleston, Oregon visitors and locals have enjoyed each year. Come and enjoy fresh Dungeness Crab dinners, whole or half crabs at market price includes side dishes,bread, beverage and cake. Projected dinner prices are $17 for whole crab dinner and $13 for half crab dinner.
  • Stroll around the Charleston Harbor- a bustling marina serving charter boat operators, sports fishermen, crabbers and recreational boaters. The harbor offers wonderful views & a variety of shops/restaurants. Treat yourself to a wine and chocolate tasting at Charleytown Market on 91152 Cape Arago Highway.
  • Head over to Shore Acres State Park for some awesome storm watching and take some awe inspiring photos of the famous crashing waves (it truly is a sight to behold)! Cape Arago State Park, located at the end of the loop of Cape Arago Hwy, is another destination worth seeing on your visit!
  • Take some time to explore The Cape Arago Beach Loop on your way through Charleston! It is a romantic drive and a great way to experience a variety of natural Pacific Coast beauty in a number of settings. The Cape Arago Beach Loop will take you to beaches and state parks where you can take in the breathtaking vantage points and see the famous seals and sea lions on the Oregon Coast.
  • Spend the day at Coos Art Museum in downtown Coos Bay.  CAM is the third oldest art museum in Oregon and it contains six galleries (over 5600 square feet)! Coos Art Museum presents anywhere between 12-25 changing original and touring exhibitions, including exhibits from its 530 piece permanent collection. Don’t miss the Prefontaine Memorial Gallery on the 2nd floor, where you will find numerous photographs and tributes to this hometown hero. Tues – Fri: 10 am to 4 pm.

It’s not too late to surprise your sweetheart with a Romantic Getaway at the Mill Casino this month!

Join us in February for our Romantic Getaway Package that includes: Deluxe Bayside Room, $40 Dining credit at any of our dining venues, Complimentary bottle of champagne or cider with souvenir toasting glasses, Turn down service.  To book this special stay, call reservations at 800-953-4800, ext. 3. Click here to learn more about our packages.

photo credit: Miriam Cardoso de Souza via photopin cc

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