Plant City Church of God, 2103 Mud Lake Road, plays host to gospel singer Gordon Mote on Sunday at 10:15 a.m. Mote, blind at birth, played the piano at an early age and earned a spot with Lee Greenwood as a keyboardist and backup singer after graduating from Belmont University in Nashville. He has shared the stage with such popular performers as Martina McBride, Alan Jackson, Rascal Flatts and Porter Wagoner, and his latest album, Songs I Grew Up With, was released in 2011.
United Community Church, 1501 La Jolla Ave., will host an Old Thyme Country Fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Oct. 20 with homemade goods and treats for sale and live entertainment. Call (813) 634-8460.
Congregation Beth Shalom, 706 Bryan Road, hosts more than a dozen candidates for public office at 4 p.m. Sunday at Congregation Beth Shalom of Brandon, 706 Bryan Road. For information, call Janice Perelman, (813) 748-8042.
First United Methodist Church of Brandon, 121 Knights Ave., holds a special pecan fundraiser this month. The women of the church have sold pecans for 42 years with the proceeds going to nonprofits. Prices this year: 1 pound for $10 or 5-pound boxes of pieces or halves (easily frozen) for $45. They also have chocolate amaretto pecans and pralines that make wonderful holiday gifts. Call (813) 662-4790 or email [email protected] to place an order by Nov. 1.
Nativity Catholic Church, 705 E Brandon Blvd., hosts attorney and speaker Stephanie M. Martin on Oct. 23 at 7 p.m. Martin will speak on "Catholics in the Voting Booth: The Call to Faithful Citizenship." The event is sponsored by the Nativity Women's Guild.
St. Andrew Presbyterian Church, 1239 Del Webb Blvd. W, holds its eighth annual Gigantic Sidewalk Sale from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Nov. 2 and 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 3. Items for sale will include a golf cart, furniture, tools, appliances, jewelry and many miscellaneous items. There will also be a bake sale. Call Rose Clifton at (813) 634-6787.
Congregation Beth Shalom, 706 Bryan Road, also will host its first Jewish food festival, NoshFest Brandon, on Nov. 4 from 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. Admission is free. Donations of food items to support local food banks will be accepted. Try traditional Jewish cuisine, such as potato latkes, kugel, corned beef sandwiches, brisket, challah, bagels and cream cheese, rugelach, mandelbrot, and of course, chicken soup. For information, visit noshfestbrandon.com or call (813) 681-6547.
Islamic Society of Tampa Bay, 7326 E Sligh Ave., offers classes on the Koran from 2 to 9 p.m. Monday through Thursday and 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. on the weekends. Call (813) 628-0007.