Join Key Peninsula Civic Center board members and Key Peninsula residents dining “El Sombrero Night,” three Mondays in support of the popular center, starting this month.

El Sombrero is a popular gathering spot for anyone seeking fine Mexican cuisine on the Key.

El Sombrero owner Pablo De La Cruz takes his role in the community seriously. He believes in giving back to the people who support him. Donating a portion of income from sales to worthy local organizations is a good way to do that.

Patty Ghiossi, the civic center’s marketing and facilities coordinator, heard about the restaurant’s generosity and saw an opportunity for the civic center. She introduced the idea at a recent board meeting, and got the green light.

“Pablo has offered this out to people,”said board member Claudia Loy.“The Historical Society did it. Patty talked to Pablo and took the bull by the horns.”

“The community comes together, and if you have the tools to do it why not?”De La Cruz said.  “A percentage of the proceeds will go to the civic center.”

“Save up and come out to dinner,”Loy added. “It’s a great way to support the civic center. There’s no set up or clean up. I’m looking forward to my Margarita Cadillac Grandé.”

El Sombrero Night is three Monday nights are Oct. 19, Nov. 2 and Dec. 7 from 5 p.m. to closing.

Key Pen “Blues and Brews Fest” is coming to the Key Peninsula Civic Center on Oct. 24.

Event organizers say a rich blend of music from a masterful guitarist promises an evening to remember.

The Dean Reichert Band. a Northwest group, will play a variety of music on Oct. 24. Doors open at 7 p.m.

Reichert grew up in the Seattle area and later moved to Vancouver. He has played Las Vegas and opened for many bands.

Brats, burgers, garden burgers, hot German potato salad will be available for purchase.

Tickets are on sale at Sunnycrest Nursery, Blend Wine Shop, The K.P. Civic Center and Brown Paper Tickets, at

For information on both events, call 884-3456 or email

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