Cruz the Coos Fuzzy Dice Giveaway this weekend

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We are headed into a big weekend here on the South Coast!

Between the Bay Area Fun Festival, the Prefontaine Memorial Run and Cruz the Coos, visitors will have plenty of family friendly activites to choose from.

Cruz the Coos and Shore Acres Show n’ Shine
The Sunset Classic Chevy Club hosts their annual Cruz the Coos and Shore Acres Show n’ Shine September 14-16,2012. More than 500 participants come together to show off their restored vehicles (1972 or older).

On Saturday, September 15 guests will enjoy a Classic Car Show from 9am – 3pm in the Mill Casino Hotel Parking Lot. The cars will later line up at 2nd Street and Golden Avenue and viewers can enjoy the annual “Cruz” in downtown Coos Bay from 6-8pm.

*Fuzzy Dice Giveaway Sept. 14-16, 2012
In conjunction with Cruz the Coos weekend, guests will get a pair of fuzzy dice just for showing their player’s card. Guests may show their player card at the Mill Club during booth hours Friday, Saturday or Sunday. New club sign ups are also eligible to receive a pair of fuzzy dice. Limited to one per guest while supplies last (no rain checks).

*Must be a Mill Club Member to redeem this offer.  Signing up for our Mill Club is free and easy to do! Go to to sign up today.

The Bay Area Fun Festival is September 15-16, 2012 and features a parade, vendors, music, arts, crafts food and more. The Shore Acres Show n’ Shine is held inside Shore Acres State Park. K-DOCK Classic Hits Radio will broadcast everyone’s favorite oldies and fun interviews at 92.9 FM. The Coos Bay Chapter of the Harley Owners Group will host a Poker Run from 9am to 12 noon here at The Mill Casino.

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26th Annual Cruz the Coos & 2011 Bay Area Fun Festival September 16-18

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Millionaire$ Club Members Will Receive a free pair of fuzzy dice this weekend (while supplies last).

2011 Bay Area Fun Festival is coming to Downtown Coos Bay this weekend! The festival features the famous Cruz the CoosPrefontaine Memorial Run, parade, music, fun, vendors, art, food, beer, wine and so much more!  Musical entertainment provided by Bay Area Teen Idol Finals and ROCKounty featuring Molly HatchetThe Marshall Tucker Band!

More than 400 classic cars can be seen at the 26th Annual Cruz the Coos event. Highlights are a Friday night beach party at Sunset Beach, Saturday registration and poker run at the Mill Casino Hotel, Saturday night Cruz the Coos through downtown Coos Bay, and a Sunday show and shine at Shore Acres State Park.

For more information, call Darrell King of Sunset Classic Chevys at 541-888-3863.

As an added bonus, we will be handing out FREE Fuzzy Dice to Millionaire$ Club members the weekend September 16-18, 2011
from 10 am – 6 pm (while supplies last) . Visit our site for details and to learn how to sign up for the Millionaire$ Club for free!

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Visitors from the Deep Blue Sea….Whales Spotted at The Mill Casino!

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Most people go to casinos for the “wild life,” but it is a little known secret that The Mill Casino sometimes plays host to another form of wildlife. Every so often you will see whales pass through the bay, and sometimes they will even put on a little “show” just for us.

For these three Orca (aka Killer Whales) it’s a twelve-mile swim from the Pacific to our stretch of the bay. We were fortunate to have spotted them as they said “hello” to our dinner guests at the Plank House Restaurant. You never know what you are going to encounter here at The Mill Casino! We hope all enjoyed their visit!

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 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

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,

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.

Just Another Beautiful Autumn Day in Coos Bay

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What a fantastic day it was today on the Oregon Coast! It’s a balmy 70 degrees out, no wind, and the sky and waters couldn’t be clearer. Fall is in full swing.

A few lucky guests who were out on the dock this afternoon got to see the end-for-end turning of a ship headed for the Oregon Chip Terminal, just south of the Hotel. Click here to see the rest of photos in Facebook of this enormous ship!

The Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park is Gears Up for a BIG Weekend on the Oregon Coast

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We are revved up (no pun intended) for another exciting weekend here on the Southern Oregon Coast!

One of our favorite events of the year: Cruz the Coos is back September 17- 19 and we cannot wait!   Receive FREE Fuzzy Dice while supplies last when you show your card at the Millionaire$ Club booth.  Not in the Millionaire$ Club?  Not to worry.  Signing up is free and easy, and you get lots of perks when you visit The Mill Casino.

The 26th Annual Cruz the Coos is part of the Bay Area Fun Festival and is presented by the Sunset Classic Chevys and begins this Friday at 6 PM with their annual Beach Party at Sunset Bay State Park (For Pre-Registered 3 Day Participants only).

On Saturday, Sept 18 , Cruz the Coos Registration begins at 9:00 AM to 3:00 PM here at The Mill Casino. Registration is limited to the first 500 Cruz vehicles and they must be 1975 or older, insured, licensed, street legal & operated by licensed driver.

Be sure to stop by the Poker Run hosted By Harley Owner’s Group, Coos Bay Chapter in our casino from 9 AM-12 PM.

Lineup will begin at 5:00 PM – S 2nd St, @ Golden Ave in Coos Bay and the CRUZ the COOS event is scheduled from 6-8PM in Downtown Coos Bay.

Later that night, enjoy the sounds and grooves of one of our favorite bands, The Young Bucs in the Salmon Room from9 pm to midnight.  Doors open at 8:30 $10 General Admission; FREE for Millionaire$ Club members (see what I mean about the perks?) Tickets only at the door, 21 and better only.

You can also enjoy live music this weekend with the high-energy classic rock & power pop sounds from Phamous Phaces playing at Warehouse 101 Sept 17 – 18, 2010 9 p.m. – 1 a.m.

Be sure to download the event schedule to see all of the activities taking place throughout the weekend or visit for more event details.

Free Concerts in Mingus Park Each Tuesday Night in September

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The Best Free Music Series on the Oregon Coast

The Mill Casino is proud to be a co-sponsor of Free Concerts in the Park each Tuesday evening this month at 7pm at Mingus Park in Coos Bay, Oregon (concerts are held in Marshfield HS in case of rain).

The event, hailed “The Best Free Music Series on the Oregon Coast” kicked off this week with a free concert with powerful blues and soul from Curtis Salgado. Mark your calendars and plan to join other music lovers each Tuesday night this month.  You can also help support this music series by joining the Music On The Bay-Coos bay, Oregon on Facebook and telling your friends!

2010 Performers

September 14: JJ Grey and Mofro
September 21: Coup D’Bop & Soulpie
September 28: Young Bucs (Bluegrass)
Dale Inskeep Band

Here is a sneak peek from one of this week’s featured artists: JJ Grey and Mofro

Free Shuttle from Blossom Gulch School, Coos Art Museum and Old City Hall. Dancing in designated area, food & beverages available. B.Y.O picnic, this is a non-smoking event.

“Music on The Bay” is a Non-Profit Corporation bringing musical excellence to the Bay Area, along southern Oregon’s coast. All donations are tax deductible. For Membership and Donation information, please contact Dr. Oded Shulsinger at 541.267.5151, ext 314.

Share Your Clam Chowder Recipe for Chowder Bounty!

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Make a good Clam Chowder? The Coos Bay – North Bend Visitor & Convention Bureau wants to hear from you! In preparation for it’s fall/winter promotion, Chowder Bounty, the VCB is asking for area chefs; professionals and amateurs to submit their favorite clam chowder recipes to be featured on:

The new Chowder Bounty campaign is the VCB’s latest effort to increase overnight stays and will include the new website, chowder themed logo, print collateral, and both online and traditional advertising to promote overnight stays in the Coos Bay, North Bend, Charleston area.

According to Katherine Hoppe, director of the VCB, value based vacations and packages have become increasingly popular with travelers. “We’re already a very affordable vacation destination compared to other coastal cities, we want to capitalize on that by packaging one of our best offerings, our chowder.”

The campaign will offer visitors $50 in dining gift certificates when they stay for two nights or more in participating lodging properties. There will also be opportunities for people to vote for their favorite chowder through the Oregon’s Adventure Coast Facebook page (

“We know that recipes tend to be a highly trafficked area on websites and we think it will add a fun component to the site. We’d love for our community to participate and share their favorite original recipes,” said Hoppe. Recipes can be submitted via email to or by mail to 50 Central Ave, Coos Bay, OR 97420.

The website will launch August 23 to coincide with the annual statewide Oregon Bounty promotion which celebrates the state’s culinary abundance through unique travel experiences. Travel Oregon collaborates extensively with local communities, industry associations, government agencies and private business, and is proud to grow the Oregon Bounty promotion as a key campaign in the state’s $7.7 billion tourism industry, helping Oregon to be recognized as a not-to-be-missed culinary and travel destination. A play off of that, Chowder Bounty will run from October 1, 2010 to March 1, 2011.

Dean Runyan & Associates reports that visitors spent $163 million dollars in Coos County in 2009, with over $45 million spent on food & beverage. The VCB is hoping to increase those numbers with their Chowder Bounty campaign.

Gearing Up for The Highway 101 Harley-Davidson Lighthouse Run

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Attention Harley-Davidson lovers: Join us for the 10th Anniversary Lighthouse Run June 25th through the 26th, 2010. We are thrilled to be a part of this annual event that attracts Harley enthusiasts from all over!   This year’s theme is  “As West As It Gets”; and we promise an unforgettably good time to all participants.  Don’t forget to ask about the Special Lodging & RV rates for participants!

Registration begins at 4:00PM on Friday June 26 at our hotel and will continue until 8:00PM. Event packets with tee shirt, pin, meal ticket, raffle tickets and promotional items at the time of registration.

You can also purchase your poker hand(s) for a chance to win a free Harley-Davidson motorcycle and/or the high/low-hand pots on Saturday night. Purchase your 50/50 tickets from HOG Chapter 2137 to support local charities AND a chance to win cash on Friday and Saturday evenings.

Attendees will be treated to live music on Friday night from the Ty Curtis Band; and the Run kicks off at 9:00AM, Saturday morning with a group run to the Umpqua River Lighthouse in Winchester Bay, the most photographed lighthouse in Oregon. A terrific day of beautiful Oregon coast riding is topped off with a delicious dinner (included), lots of sponsor giveaways, 50/50 drawing, announcement of high-hand/ low-hand winners and – hopefully – the winner of a brand new Harley-Davidson motorcycle. Entertainment will be provided by comedian Herb Dixon, nationally known for his hilarious motorcycle comedy.
To register, or for more information: call 541-266-7051 or visit   For area information visit or call 800-517-1611.

Make Your Plans Now to Watch the Waterfront Fireworks July 3 at The Mill Casino

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Weekend Celebration includes $2,000 Cash Giveaway, Triple Points and Seafood Buffets!

We are celebrating Independence Day weekend in winning style with dazzling waterfront pyrotechnics, seafood buffets, triple points, fantastic music and a $2,000 cash giveaway.

The four day celebration kicks off on Friday, July 2 at 12:01 a.m., when members of the casino’s free-to-join player’s club, The Millionaire$ Club, will earn triple points for all their slot play until noon.

On Saturday, July 3, The Mill Casino will light up the skies over North Bend and the shores of Coos Bay, with their annual waterfront fireworks display. Guests are invited to sit in the non-reserved seating areas – along the dock, designated area south of the RV Park and at the South end of the casino. An outdoor grill and beverage station and a beer garden will be available in the area adjacent to the north side of the casino from 7 -10 p.m. while free non-stop shuttle service will be available from the south end of Pony Village Mall (next to Macy’s and the cinema) to the casino from 7 p.m. until midnight.

In addition to Saturday night’s spectacular waterfront fireworks, The Mill Casino will be giving away $2,000 in cash, guaranteed, from 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. on Sunday July 4 and Monday, July 5, in a series of $100 hot seat drawings on the casino floor.

Along with the weekend’s rewarding casino promotions and dazzling pyrotechnics, The Mill Casino also will be serving up great live music and amazing dining deals. On Friday and Saturday evening, Early Bird dining specials will be available in the Plankhouse, while those hungry for a deal are sure to find satisfaction at the Saw Blade’s bountiful $24.95 seafood feast. After dinner, be sure to swing by Warehouse 101 where both Los Panchos and Portland’s Freemartins will be dishing out sizzling entertainment all night long.

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