Lake Norman & Mooresville

Art Spectacular show includes exhibit, auction

Birkdale Village will host an Art Spectacular show to benefit Hope House and Lake Norman Free Clinic, Sept. 20 through Oct. 18.

The Rotary Club of Lake Norman/Huntersville has joined forces with the Lake Norman Art League to create the exhibit featuring two- and three-dimensional artworks.

Tom Stanley, chairman of the fine arts department at Winthrop University and director of Winthrop University Galleries, will serve as juror.

Stanley will select works from the entries submitted to Lake Norman League's annual fall 2008 exhibit, for which submissions are now being accepted.

Artists interested in entering the League's Fall Exhibit and Rotary Club's Art Spectacular show and auction may contact The Lake Norman Art League at for details.

Students and members of the Arts Institute from Asheville will participate in a contest to create a poster for the event. Juror-selected works from the exhibition, along with the entries for the poster contest, will be available at a silent auction at The Great Frame Up shop in Birkdale Village.

An opening reception will be 6 p.m. Sept. 20 at The Great Frame Up. Works will be on display at the store through Oct. 12.

The final sale and disposition will be on Oct. 18 at the Rotary Club's Wine Spectacular at the Northstone Country Club. Stanley will select one piece from the Art Spectacular to be part of the live auction.

For more information about the Art Spectacular show, e-mail Arvind Patil at or call 704-562-5327.

Blythe Landing to host volleyball tournament

On Sept. 20 beginning at 9 a.m., local volleyball players can register to play at Blythe Landing to benefit the Cornelius Animal Shelter.

Teams will be formed by a blind draw at 9:45 a.m. the day of the tournament. Teams will be made up of upper and intermediate players and teams will be coed. Entry fee is $25 per player and additional donations will be accepted.

First-place winners will receive a Wilson AVP (Association of Volleyball Professionals) official game ball valued at $60. Second- and third-place teams will also be awarded prizes.

The tournament begins at 10 a.m. To preregister or for details: e-mail or call 704-236-3458. Blythe Landing is located at 15901 N.C. 73 in Huntersville.

There's nothing funny

about ‘Chubby Bunny'

According to, “Chubby Bunny is a recreational game that involves the placement of an increasing number of marshmallows or similar items into one's own mouth and stating a phrase that is intended to be difficult to utter with the filled mouth.”

A popular phrase used is “chubby bunny.” The winner of the game is the player who fits the most marshmallows into his or her mouth and still say “chubby bunny.”

I have not played this game nor do intend to. I have advised my son and his friends not to participate when given the opportunity to play, even if it looks fun or sounds funny.

Youth groups and organizations sometimes play the game. It has been played in schools and at parties. There are 1,890 Chubby Bunny videos posted on You Tube. It is a well-publicized activity.

But what might not be well-publicized is that sometimes the losers end up choking.

On June 4, 1999, a 12-year-old girl in a Chicago suburb played Chubby Bunny at school. It was a contest during an annual school fair.

She collapsed at school and died. The marshmallows had melted into and filled her throat and air passages.

Her parents shared her story on “The Oprah Winfrey Show” to warn about the dangers of playing Chubby Bunny.

Recently, my son's friend played Chubby Bunny. On the verge of choking, he vomited and was able to spit out the marshmallows.

The kids participating and watching were all laughing and he almost inhaled the marshmallows.

There is nothing cute or funny about Chubby Bunny.