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Brandon religion events starting Oct. 18

The United Methodist Church of Sun City Center, 1210 Del Webb Blvd., will present Phil Provenzano and the Jazz Experience in concert at 6:30 p.m. today. A donation of $5 is requested. Also, the church seeks golfers and sponsors for its ninth annual UMC Mission Golf Tournament on Nov. 9 at the Riverside Golf Club, 1 Pier Drive, Ruskin, which benefits this year's mission — a trip to the remote Amazon region of Peru to build a church and lead Bible studies. For information, call Jeff Jordan, director of worship arts, at (813) 634-2539.

Congregation Beth Shalom, 706 Bryan Road, will host Rabbi Mark Glickman Oct. 25 and 26 as part of the Scholar-In-Residence program staged by the temple's adult education committee. Glickman, a religion columnist for the Seattle Times, will discuss his book Burnt Pearls: The Rise, Fall and Redemption of the Nazi Jewish Library at 7:45 p.m. on Oct. 25. He will discuss his book, Sacred Treasure, the Cairo Genizah, at 8 p.m. on Saturday. (813) 681-6547.

The Crossing Church holds Trunk-or-Treat at both of its campuses, 10130 Tuscany Ridge Drive in Tampa and 3058 E College Ave. in Ruskin, from 4 to 7 p.m. Oct. 27. The Tampa event will include a magic show, Brk Out teen band, puppet show and bounce houses. The Ruskin event also will feature bounce houses, along with face painters, balloon artists, jugglers and stilt walkers.

Bay Life Church, 1017 Kingsway Road, holds a Halo-ween and fall festival from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Oct. 27. The event will include carnival games, bounce houses and live entertainment, along with a fun and exciting mix of Bible stories and trick-or-treating. Find out what a gooey pumpkin, spider web, pit of bones and an empty coffin have to do with Jesus.

First United Methodist Church, 120 N Knights Ave., Brandon, will host its annual Fall Festival from 5 to 7 p.m. Oct. 27. The free event will include a trunk-or-treat. (813) 689-4161.

Bell Shoals Baptist, 2102 Bell Shoals Road, holds Going Deeper With the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, up-close and personal interviews with Bucs players, Oct. 28. Hot dogs and drinks will be served from 6 to 7 p.m. and interviews begin at 7 p.m. Register at

Calvary Chapel, 1331 Kingsway Road, will hold Harvest Festival, an alternative to Halloween, from 6 to 9 p.m. Oct. 31. There will be games, candy, rock climbing and hayrides. (813) 681-5318.

First Presbyterian Church of Brandon, 121 Carver Ave., will host a dinner, concert and auction to benefit Family Promise of Greater Brandon, an organization serving homeless children and families, Nov. 2. The event, There's No Place Like Home, will include live music and catering from 3C's Catering and Bistro. $25 for dinner and music or $5 for only the concert. Doors will open at 5:30 p.m., dinner will begin at 6 p.m., and the concert is at 7:30 p.m. For more information about Family Promise or tickets, call (813) 689-4597 or visit

New Life Tabernacle, 6912 Williams Road, Seffner, will present its biannual fashion show, Whole Armor, at 6 p.m. Nov. 2. The runway exhibition includes an eclectic showcase of designs from stores, vendors and designers throughout the greater Tampa Bay area. General admission is $20. VIP admission is also available at a rate of $25. Tickets can be purchased online at, at the church or by calling (813) 446-6138.

South Brandon Worship Center, 4929 Bell Shoals Road, will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a Latin Fiesta Day beginning at 12:30 p.m. Nov. 3. The free event will include food, games and live music. (813) 661-2273 or visit

Nativity Catholic Church, 705 E Brandon Blvd., will host a Shoppers Paradise presented by St. Jude's Circle from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Nov. 23. Interested vendors can call (813) 689-4131 or (813) 689-5177.

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