Spend an Evening with Mark Helfrich, Head Coach for the University of Oregon Ducks Football Team

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Mark Helfrich

This winter, one of Coos Bay’s most distinguished natives is coming to The Mill Casino!

We are pleased to be the host site for the Coos Bay Schools Community Foundation Dinner, where guests will enjoy a chef prepared buffet dinner and an evening with Mark Helfrich, Head Coach for the University of Oregon Ducks Football Team and 92’ Marshfield High School Graduate.

Proceeds from the event benefit the Coos Bay Schools Community Foundation, a non-profit organization that promotes programs for the arts, academics, activities, and athletics to benefit the students of the Coos Bay School District.

Helfrich 2014 Spring Game Mark Helfrich has a special connection to our community. He grew up in Coos Bay, and became the quarterback at Marshfield High School before graduating in 1992. He turned down an opportunity to walk on at Oregon to attend Southern Oregon University, where he set school records as the starting quarterback from 1992-1995. During those years, Helfrich became an NAIA Scholar-Athlete (1993) and led the nation in total offense while earning NAIA honorable mention All-America accolades before he graduated with a bachelor’s degree in biology in 1996.

In January 2013, Mark Helfrich was named the head football coach at the University of Oregon, where he previously served as the offensive coordinator from 2009 to 2012. Born in Medford, Ore., Helfrich is the first native Oregonian to head the university’s football program in 71 years. In his first year as head coach, Helfrich led the Ducks to an impressive 11-2 season and a 30-7 Alamo Bowl triumph over Texas, surpassing Chip Kelly’s Oregon record for most wins by a rookie head coach. Proving that the first season was not a fluke, Coach Helfrich has led the Ducks this season to an outstanding 12-1 record in 2014, making them 1st in the North Division. The Ducks will be playing Florida State in the nationally televised Rose Bowl game on January 1, 2015.

Coos Bay Schools Community Foundation Dinner and Evening with Mark Helfrich, Head Coach for the University of Oregon Ducks Football

Location: The Mill Casino Salmon Room

Tickets: $100.00 per guest (Includes Dinner) Tables of 8 can be reserved. Tickets are limited and go on sale December 19, 2014 at Ko-Kwel Gifts. A no-host bar will be available.

Event Date & Time: 6:00 p.m. Thursday, February 26, 2015

Photo @ Athies22 (Own work) CC BY-SA 3.0 , via Wikimedia Commons

Find the Perfect Holiday Gift This Season at Kō-Kwel Gifts

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Most travel destinations have “gift shops” but when you step into our beautiful shop, Kō-Kwel Gifts,  you will instantly notice that this is no ordinary tourist “gift shop”. Situated next to our Hotel Lobby, Kō-Kwel Gifts offers shoppers a beautiful selection of unique gifts and keepsakes.

Our guests always enjoy browsing through the shop’s extensive selection of art and craft works created by Coquille Tribal artists and artisans and we encourage you to stop in this holiday season to find the perfect gift!

Family and friends will beam when they receive the gift of handcrafted jewelry, carved wood pieces, glassware and other works of art created by Coquille Tribal members. We encourage you to stop by and look for their beautiful pieces!

Kō-Kwel Gifts takes pride in its association with the Coquille Indian Tribe and its history. Thus it seeks to ensure that all hand-made items reflect the highest qualities of the Tribe. Artists and artisans take care to apply the highest standards while using the best materials available for their work. These items show the artist’s pride in the rich heritage of the Coquille people.

Mark your calendars, Kō-Kwel Gifts is having a holiday sale on select items on Friday, December 12th! Come in to see what treasures you will find!

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Wear Your Ugliest Christmas Sweaters to The Mill Casino’s Ugly Sweater Party!

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The Good, The Bad…..and the Ugliest Christmas Sweater!

What says Christmas to you? Lights? A tree? Spending time with family and friends or the spirit of giving?

What about a new holiday tradition that is taking the planet by storm?

Don’t know what that is? Ugly Christmas sweaters, my friend!

These sweaters have earned a special place in holiday traditions all over the country and are making even the most normal people go a little bit crazy. Now, we are even hosting our own Ugly Christmas Sweater Party on Friday, December 19, 2014.

Remember that hideous sweater that your mother-in-law bought you ten years ago but you hid in the closet because you wouldn’t be caught dead wearing it? What about that sweater that you wore in the eighties and re-discovered in a bottom drawer?  How about that holiday sweater that you thought was nice a few years ago and wouldn’t be caught dead wearing now?  You FINALLY have somewhere to wear these!

Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater to The Mill Casino’s Ugly Sweater Party! To participate, sign up for our Mill Club, find your ugliest holiday sweater (the uglier, the better) and register at The Mill Club booth between 7:00 p.m and 9:00 p.m. on December 19th.

All participants will be judged on the casino floor at 9:00 p.m. on the day of the contest. Prizes of $250 in cash will be awarded to the male and female with the ugliest sweater!  Remember, the uglier your sweater, the better the chance you have of taking in top prizes! A valid member ID and photo ID must be presented to collect the prize. Click here to download our rules.

If you have not been to one of these ugly sweater parties, this is a great way to get into the spirit of the season! Winning $250 won’t hurt either!

Join the Mill Club for Free!

Not a Mill Club Member? Sign up today for free and take advantage of the many perks and rewards the Mill Club has to offer like the ability to earn free play, discounts, meals, merchandise and invitations to exclusive special events! Mill Club Members are also invited to play in all of our fun and exciting casino promotions. Stop our Mill Club Booth anytime Sun. – Thurs. 8 am – 11 pm or Fri. & Sat. 8 am – midnight.

Ring in 2015 at The Mill Casino!

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Now that the holiday season is here, it’s time to make your plans for New Years Eve!

We invite you to ring in 2015 enjoying non-stop casino action, great food, entertainment, fun and more! Here’s a sneak peek at what you will find at The Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park for New Years.

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TOYZ will be here to ROCK Warehouse 101 from 9 PM-1 AM NEW YEARS EVE!

Celebrate New Years Eve in our cool nightspot, Warehouse 101, rocking out to TOYZ!

A local favorite and frequent guest of Warehouse 101, band members Vinnie Cavarra, Bob Richards, Kevin Mason, and Brian Powel will not disappoint. “‘It’s a Rock Show’ is not just part of our name, but it is what we strive to give. We enjoy what we do, and having fun is paramount.”

New Years Eve 2014 Mill Casino

Spend New Years in our casino, you could get lucky!

  • Random Hot Seats, you could win a share of $2,015
  • Entertainment by DJ Darryl, Prize Wheel and Party Favors on the casino floor
  • Happymatic PHOTO BOOTH and Artist-drawn caricatures
  • Stick around for New Years Day for our $5,000 Cash Giveaway! Earn entries 7 p.m., Tuesday, Dec 30 thru Thursday, Jan 1, 2015. Drawing is 4 p.m. New Year’s Day!

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Fabulous New Years Feasts at the Saw Blade Buffet

  • New Years Eve Prime Rib Dinner Buffet from 4 p.m.-10 p.m.
  • New Years Day Brunch from 8 a.m. – 2 p.m.

You are welcome to check in anytime after 4:00 pm; check-out time is 12 noon. If you need a late check-in, simply tell reservations at the time you book your stay. Complimentary Valet Parking is available. To make your reservations, call us at  800.953.4800 or 541.756.8800 or make a hotel reservation on-line by clicking here.

Whether your trip to the Oregon coast is for pleasure, business, adventure or all three, The Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park is the place to be this holiday season. Happy New Year!

Relax and Let Us Do All the Work this Thanksgiving

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Does the thought of hosting another holiday dinner put you in a panic? If so, it’s time to relax! We got this. The Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park is your solution to all of your holiday dilemmas!

Spend Thanksgiving Day (or the whole weekend) with us and let us take care of all of the holiday entertaining!  You just relax and enjoy traditional Thanksgiving meals, specials, lodging packages and great entertainment on the Oregon Coast.

We have created special holiday packages just for you:

Thanksgiving Day Package

This special offer is valid only for Thursday, November 27, 2014 and includes an overnight stay in the Hotel and dinner for two at the Thanksgiving Day Buffet in The Saw Blade Buffet from 11 am – 8 pm. Please call for rates and availability, 800-953-4800, ext. 3. Click here to learn more.

Shore Acres Hotel or RV Package

Available Thanksgiving through New Years. The package includes: Deluxe Bayside Room OR RV site, $40 dining credit in any of our dining venues, Complimentary pass or shuttle service to and from Shore Acres State Park (transportation must be scheduled at the time of reservation). To book this special stay, call reservations at 800-953-4800, ext. 3.  Click here to learn more about this package.

Anyone hungry?

The talented chefs at the Saw Blade Buffet are preparing a feast sure to entice the fondest of Thanksgiving memories. Join us for an unforgettable Thanksgiving Buffet on Thursday, November 27, 2014 from 11 a.m. – 8 p.m. NEW! We will be taking reservations for parties of 6 or more for seating in the Salmon Room. Call 541.756.8800 to make reservations. $23 per person. Children 12 and under are half-price. Ages 4 and under are FREE!

If it’s entertainment you are looking for, you will find it! Here is a list of fun events and promotions to check out the week of Thanksgiving.

Cornucopia of Cash!

Win your share of $30,000 in November in our daily cash giveaway! That’s right, we are giving away $1,000 in cash every day! Daily drawings are Sunday – Thursday at 7 pm (earn entry period 12:01 am until 6 pm); Friday – Saturday at 10 pm (earn entry period 12:01 am until 9 pm) Mill Club members earn entries for every 50 points!

Festival of Trees at the Mill Casino

Holiday tree showcase and benefit auction. Tree decorating will happen 11/24, decorated trees will be on display at The Mill November 25-Dec 4 . Auction finale will be held December 4 at 7 pm. All proceeds benefit local charities. 3201 Tremont Ave North Bend, OR 97459.  Click here to learn more.

Live Entertainment: Done Deal at Warehouse 101

November 28- 29, 2014 9pm-1am. Friday & Saturday night, Warehouse 101 is live! That’s right, get your groove on and dance the night away to Done Deal or stop in for a cool drink, great food and conversation. (2 Drink minimum during live entertainment.)

Downtown Coos Bay Christmas Tree Lighting

Friday, November 28, 2014 @ 5:30 p.m. Santa will arrive in Coos Bay by Tugboat to the Teen Idols singing Carols. Santa and the mayor will light the tree and then Santa will lead the children to the Egyptian Theatre where they can tell him their wish list. Stay and watch the movie, Elf, for free! Be sure to bring new socks, roll them up in a ball and during the snowball fight scene of the movie there will be a sock ball throw! All socks donated will be donated to the homeless shelters in the area. Meet at the Boardwalk located across the street from the visitor center. 50 Central Ave Coos Bay, OR 97420
(541) 266-9706

Oregon’s Civil War: Oregon State vs University of Oregon Game

Come to Warehouse 101 and watch the The Civil War showdown on Saturday November 29, 2014 as the Oregon State Beavers battle it out with the Oregon Ducks on one of our seven giant plasma screen TVs! Enjoying tasty items off our tempting menu and choose from more than 20 micro brews on tap! Join the Warehouse 101 Armchair Quarterback Club and receive a personalized football jersey and glass stein with your name on them! Club members receive priority seating and munchies during televised games. Click here to learn more.

Get Your Tickets to See The Fab Four at The Mill this Month!

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The Fab Four

Photo via The Fab Four on Facebook

The Fab Four, a.k.a. the “Best Beatles Show in the World” Coming to The Mill November 22, 2014!

Beatles fans, are you ready to experience what the Los Angeles Times has called, “The best Beatles show in the world”?

If the answer is a resounding YES, then get your tickets immediatelyto see The Fab Four, the ultimate Beatles tribute band, at The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park!  The Fab Four will perform at 6 p.m. and 8 p.m., Saturday Nov. 22 in the Salmon Room. Tickets are just $15 and are available at Ko-Kwel Gifts or charge by calling 800.953.4800. This show is for those 21 and over.

With uncanny, note-for-note live renditions of Beatles’ songs, and extensively researched, spot-on impersonations, The Fab Four – The Ultimate Tribute will make you think you are watching the real thing. Don’t believe us?  See for yourself!

This incredible stage show includes three costume changes representing every stage of the Beatles ever-changing career, paired with down-to-the-mannerisms reenactments of the late great band’s legendary live performances of such classics as “Can’t Buy Me Love,” “Yesterday,” “A Day In The Life,” “Penny Lane,” “Here Comes The Sun” and “Hey Jude.”

For more information about The Fab Four – The Ultimate Tribute, or to reserve a stay at The Mill Casino • Hotel & RV Park call 800.953.4800 or visit www.themillcasino.com.

Best Hotel on Oregon’s South Coast…and More!

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Best Hotel Oregon Coast

Yeah we said it! Best Hotel on Oregon’s South Coast!

But don’t take our word for it. Just ask the readers of The World newspaper, a daily publication covering the Bay Area of Oregon: Coos Bay, North Bend, Coquille, Myrtle Point, Bandon and Reedsport.

We recently learned that The Mill Casino has once again been voted “Best Hotel” on Oregon’s south coast in the 2014 Best of the South Coast Poll!

In the same poll, we were also named “Best Casino”, ” Best Business in North Bend” (tied with Cicarelli’s) and a “favorite” for “Best Customer Service” on the South Coast. The annual “Best of the South Coast” poll is a chance for readers to pick their favorite local businesses from all over Oregon’s South Coast.

The Mill Casino Are we honored that our hard working staff has received recognition for their enthusiasm and dedication to excellence?

Very.

Are we surprised?

No.

“I’ve worked in the industry for over 20 years now,” says Suzann Anaya, Director of Hotel Operations, “and I really mean it when I say that THIS team is the BEST I have had the pleasure working with. I look forward to coming to work each day and running our amazing hotel together”.

On behalf of The Mill Casino, we’d like to say THANK YOU to The World Link and everyone who voted to recognize the outstanding work that our staff does each and every day! Be on the lookout next month for the full list of winners and businesses in The World Link.

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Festival of Trees Is Back November 24, 2014 – December 2, 2014

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Reunite With Your Holiday Spirit at the Bay Area Rotary Club Festival of Trees Event November 24, 2014 – December 2, 2014

There is something very special that happens here at The Mill Casino every November & December. Even Ebeneezer Scrooge would be hard pressed to ward off the holiday spirit that fills our hotel & casino when Bay Area Rotary club presents their annual Festival of Trees!

The Festival of Trees is an event where participants demonstrate their holiday-decorating talents while raising thousands of dollars for local charities like Shots for Tots and Women’s Safety & Resource Center.

Businesses and individuals throughout the community come together annually to create this seasonal charity extravaganza by decorating or sponsoring special holiday trees and wreaths. The decorated trees and wreaths are then placed on public display for a week in our lobby, then auctioned off and delivered to the home of the winning bid or to a local family in need*.

Check out some of the winning decorations from the 2013 event:

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The 2014 Festival of Trees schedule is as followed:

Sponsors’ Decoration Party: Monday, November 24 4-8 p.m The Salmon Room
Public Viewing inside The Mill Casino • Hotel lobby November 25 – December 4
Gala Auction: December 4 7 p.m.

Decorated trees will be recognized in the following categories:
• Best of Show
• Best Themed Tree
• Most Traditional
• Most Elegant
• Best Wreath
• Judge’s Choice

Businesses, organizations and individuals interested in helping those in need are encouraged to participate by sponsoring and/or decorating a tree and/or wreath. To find out how you can get involved, please contact Heidi Proett at heidi.proett@opbc.com or 541-269-7929. Your contribution to The Festival of Trees/Bay Area Rotary Club is tax-deductible as allowed by law.

About Coos Bay, North Bend Rotary Club
The mission of Rotary International, a worldwide association of Rotary clubs, is to provide service to others, to promote high ethical standards, and to advance world understanding, goodwill, and peace through its fellowship of business, professional, and community leaders. To learn more about our local chapter, please visit coosbaynorthbendrotary.com or “Like” them on Facebook.

*Purchased trees may be donated to a needy family through Community Action, Services for Families or Coquille Indian Tribe Housing Authority. Delivery limited to a 30 mile radius.

Great food, entertainment and fun ALL season long at Warehouse 101!

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Everyone is talking about Warehouse 101 at The Mill Casino. It’s like a sports bar, comedy club, music venue, nightclub and lunch or dinner spot all in one. Want to catch the big game? In the mood to laugh out loud? You’ll find it all here.

With nightly entertainment, seven giant plasma screen TVs, a tempting menu and 20 microbrews on tap, it’s your place to play at the end of the day. Here’s what’s hot this fall at Warehouse 101:

Football Season Excitement
Just for you die hard game day fans, Warehouse 101 is opening at 9 AM on Saturday and Sundays all season long! With seven plasma-screen TVs, great food and drink, we are THE place to be during football season.  Come in and sign up for the WH101 Quarterback Club to receive a football jersey and a Stein Glass with your name on it!
Warehouse 101 Armchair Quarterback Club

Laugh the night away every Wednesday evening.
Take a mid-week break and come join us for some laughs at Warehouse 101. Every Wednesday, we feature new comedians who are sure to make you laugh. Two FREE hilarious shows start at 7 pm and 9 pm. Click here to see our comedians performing this month and join us!

For a limited time only, enjoy our October Comedy Night Package! This special offer includes an overnight stay in a deluxe room,$40 dining credit that can be used in any of our dining venues and reserved seating for the 7 pm or 9 pm Wednesday Comedy Show! Please call for rates and availability, 800-953-4800, ext. 3. Click here to learn more about this package. Available through 10/31/2014

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Book the October Comedy Night Package for a limited time!

Happy Hour Sunday – Thursday 3 pm – 6 pm
$1 off Draft Beer & Well Drinks. Enjoy a great meal, a great drink, or choose from 20 select imported, domestic or micro brew beers on tap in a casual, fun and friendly atmosphere.
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Warehouse 101 BBQ

Dance the night away to fantastic live music every Friday and Saturday night
Friday & Saturday night, Warehouse 101 is live from 9pm-1am! Get your groove on and dance the night away to live music each night or stop in for a cool drink, great food and conversation. (2 Drink minimum during live entertainment.)  Click here to see the latest band schedule.

Coming up:
October 17, 2014 – October 18, 2014: Mr. Wizard
October 24, 2014 – October 25, 2014: The Koz
October 31, 2014 – November 1, 2014: Phamous Phaces

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Host Your Holiday Event at The Mill Casino!

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“When a guest wants to organize an event here, they simply have to call our facility and we will take care of the event from start to finish.” -Lucinda DiNovo, Mill Casino Sales Director

When it comes to planning a seamless event or party, timing is everything.  It’s hard to believe, but the holidays will be here before you know it and now is the time to book your event venue! The event spaces at the Mill Casino are perfect for everything from holiday parties to wedding receptions, rehearsal dinners to reunions, we can even accommodate corporate meetings!

Whether your event is small or large, our event planners and service team is here to WOW you and help you arrange an event to remember. Space tends to book up during the months of November and December so now is the time to start booking your event space!

Here is what you can expect if you host your event with us:

Outstanding Service

You can be assured that your special occasion will receive the utmost professional attention. Guests will be amazed at how attentive and helpful The Mill Casino event planning staff is. We take a great deal of pride in our focus on providing you the best service. We’ll pre-book your Hotel room block at our special group rates and be on hand to greet your group upon arrival.

Fantastic Food

The Mill Casino’s catering team brings you dishes with a unique emphasis on Pacific Northwest cuisine. Your guests may also enjoy our five unique dining venues located inside The Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park.

Amazing Attractions and Natural Wonders

On the South Oregon Coast, “boredom” is not an option. Whatever their tastes are, your guests will have plenty of activities to choose from: From fishing to riding the sand dunes to strolling on the beach or through downtown Coos Bay.  Explore the tranquil nearby beaches and parks like Shore Acres State Park .

The View of Coos Bay

The sweeping view of the bay is the perfect back drop to any event- social or corporate. Most rooms have a direct view of the bay and guests are invited to take in the sites from numerous spots inside of the hotel: including the board walk and lobby.

Free WiFi & Advanced Technology Capabilities

Need to make a presentation? No problem! Our capable technology staff is here to help you with your meeting needs. You will also appreciate our extensive teleconferencing and free Internet access capabilities throughout the hotel.

Luxurious Hotel Accommodations

Staying overnight?  Mill Casino guests enjoy luxurious guest rooms, a work out facility, heated indoor pool, and sweeping bay views throughout the hotel.

Flexible Meeting Rooms

The Mill Casino Hotel & RV Park has over 14,000 sq. ft. of comfortable and open meeting space. Click here to see for yourself and watch them here:

Watch how we transform our Salmon room into a banquet hall and into a concert venue:

Or, consider The Hazel, Willow & Bear Grass Rooms for smaller intimate affairs:

Non Stop Casino Action

Thrill your guests at our Casino featuring over 700 slots, Vegas style table games, a 4-table poker room and Oregon’s most rewarding cash-back player’s club. Warehouse 101 is also a local hot spot for Live Music on the weekends and comedy each Wednesday night.

Ready to get started? Just fill out our Group Planning Guide with your requirements. You’ll soon be discussing your plans with a representative who knows how to make them a reality. See our Meeting Page for more layouts and information.

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