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Country music writers to appear in concert

Singing songwriters Tony Haselden and George Teren, authors of popular country songs, appear in concert at 8 p.m. Aug. 29 at the Carrollwood Cultural Center, 4537 Lowell Road.

Haselden wrote You Know Me Better Than That for George Strait, Mama Knows for Shenandoah and 15 other top country hits. Haselden is also a founding member of Louisiana's LeRoux. His unique guitar style created the textures that helped define the band's sound. In 2010, he was inducted into the Louisiana Music Hall of Fame and the LMHOF Songwriters' Association Hall of Fame.

George Teren wrote Real Good Man for Tim McGraw, She's Sure Taking It Well for Kevin Sharp, and Ladies Love Country Boys for Trace Adkins.

Advanced tickets are $24 general admission; $20 for center members. On the day of the show, tickets cost $26 for general admission and $22 for center members. Tickets may be purchased online at, at the center's box office, or by calling (813) 922-8167.

Hillsborough County

Bus ridership up 4.6 percent in July

HART ridership continues to gain steam with a 4.6 percent increase in July over the same month last year.

A total of 1,235,600 trips were taken in July, which marks the 10th consecutive month of serving more than 1 million bus riders in fiscal year 2014. This continues an upward ridership trend for HART, coming after a record year in 2013 with 14.6 million riders.

Year-to-date (October 2013-July 2014), bus ridership is up 1.9 percent; an increase of 234,099 trips, compared to the same period last year.

For the month of July, bicycle boardings saw a 7.9 percent increase over June's numbers. HART logged 20,120 boardings compared to 18,649 last month.

For more information on HART, including OneBusAway, trip planning, schedules, maps and fares, go to

Training focuses on homeowner boards

Hillsborough County Mandatory Homeowners' Association new board members are invited to attend training sessions to prepare for service Saturday from 9 to 11 a.m. at Hillsborough County Center at 601 E. Kennedy Blvd., 26th Floor, in downtown Tampa.

As of July 1, 2013, all newly-elected members of a homeowners association board of directors must be certified, pursuant to Section 720.3033(1) FL Statutes. This optional training session is in lieu of certifying in writing that the member has read the association's declaration of covenants, articles of incorporation, bylaws and current written rules and policies and will uphold those documents and policies and faithfully discharge his or her fiduciary responsibility to the association's members. The course is offered by Hillsborough County's Office of Neighborhood Relations in partnership with Wetherington Hamilton Attorneys at Law.

To register for the course, call Nadia Garbaj at (813) 272-5844.

For more information about Hillsborough County's Office of Neighborhood Relations, call (813) 272-5860 or visit

New Tampa

Artist talk features Robert G. Woods

Artist Robert G. Woods will give a talk at 11 a.m. Saturday at the New Tampa Regional Library, 10001 Cross Creek Blvd. Woods will describe the creative process for his famous sculpture the Key Tree, which was recently installed on the library's rear patio.

The 12-foot-high steel tree was a collaboration created in 2005 by Woods, a Plant City artist, and 60 fifth-grade students at Tampa Palms Elementary School, who used gauge wire to attach the key "leaves" onto the 14 branches. As seen by Woods, these are "keys to unlocking children's futures — because children are constantly growing." At the conclusion of his talk, Woods will present a $50 gift card to the member of the audience who most closely guesses the actual number of keys attached to the sculpture.

Facilitated through the Arts Council of Hillsborough County, the Board of County Commissioners accepted the donation of Woods' sculpture Nov. 6, 2013. Previously, it had been displayed outdoors at the Bank of Tampa in New Tampa.

Following the event, the Friends of the New Tampa Regional Library will provide refreshments and conduct a membership drive. For more information, call (813) 273-3652.

North Tampa news 08/19/14 [Last modified: Wednesday, August 20, 2014 1:53pm]
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