Social 3-2-2017

Dinner and Conversation at OZ Arts

Community leaders and personalities from across the city converged at OZ Arts to bring their interests and ideas to the table for conversation over dinner.

Event chairs were Arnita Ozgener and Laura Cooper.

Everyone mingled with conversationalists at a cocktail reception, and then enjoyed a lively discussion of diverse and entertaining topics over dinner.

The meal included potted pork, grilled pears, warm bread, smoked chicken, bean stew, broccoli salad, and creme renversee.

OZ Arts supports the creation, development and presentation of significant performing and visual art works by leading artists whose contribution influences the advancement of their field.

Among those hosting conversations were: Doug the Pug and Leslie Mosier, Meharry Medical College President and CEO James Hildreth, Congresswoman Marsha Blackburn, Nashville Entrepreneur Center CEO Michael Brody-Waite, Dance Network’s David Campbell, Metro Arts Commission’s Jen Cole, Central Police Precinct Commander John Drake, actor and former Tennessee Titans player Eddie George, architect Nick Dryden, University School Director Vince Durnan, and Josh and Ivy Elrod, owners of the design shop Wilder.

For more information, call 615-350-7200 or visit

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Phoenix Art Gala

The 7th annual Phoenix Art Gala, supporting the Healing Arts Project, Inc. (HAPI), was held at the Hilton Garden Inn Vanderbilt.

Reflecting the power of art in recovery, the evening included live music, dinner, awards, and an auction of original art created by HAPI artists in mental health and addiction recovery.

The Spirit of Artists Award was given to Barbara Shirley.

Belmont University School of Occupational Therapy received the Volunteer Friend Award and the Tennessee State University Brown-Daniel Library Art Corner was presented with the Community Friend Award.

Janet and Jim Ayers received the Business Friend Award for their support of HAPI.

Everyone enjoyed a buffet offering pasta with grilled chicken and marinara, kabobs with fruit, vegetables, chicken and beef, and chocolate fondue.

For more information about the Healing Arts Project, email, call 615-594-4642, or visit

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Warner Parks Valentine Coffeehouse

Warner Parks Nature Center held its Valentine Coffeehouse: Animal Romance, where everyone learned about the fascinating courtship rituals of woodcocks, owls and coyotes from experts Heather Gallagher and Rachel Anderson.

Everyone enjoyed bird-friendly coffee, pastries and chocolate, and live jazz.

The event promoted Warner Parks’ shade grown coffee, which is planted in the shade provided by tall trees, creating excellent homes for birds and other forest-dwelling wildlife.

This is as opposed to coffee grown in the sun, which requires thousands of acres of tropical forests to be lost.
Over the past 30 years, more than half the traditional shade coffee farms in Latin America have converted to growing coffee plants under full sun.

Unfortunately, according to officials at the Nature Center, scientists believe the conversion from shade to sun coffee contributes to the decline in numbers of birds that migrate from the U. S. to Latin America.

Warner Parks sell this bird-friendly coffee at the Nature Center on Highway 100 for $13 for a two-pound bag.

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