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OFFBEAT: Valpo couple hosts singer Callaghan in their home

Phil Potempa's daily entertainment news column
2014-03-23T00:00:00Z 2014-03-27T19:13:04Z OFFBEAT: Valpo couple hosts singer Callaghan in their homeBy Philip Potempa philip.potempa@nwi.com, (219) 852-4327 nwitimes.com

Singer and musician Georgina Callaghan, 31, who specializes in folk, Americana, and alternative country music, has adopted the same marquee name approach as Cher, Ann-Margret, Oprah and Charo.

Today, she performs as simply "Callaghan," and is best known for her 2009 single "Smile" produced by singer-songwriter Shawn Mullins.

A Valparaiso couple, Mike and Cebra Jesse, were kind enough to tip me off about a new entertainment trend that has artists agreeing to perform "in-home private concerts" while on tour and visiting cities and the surrounding areas.

"Hi Philip: I follow your entertainment articles and thought you might be interested in attending a house concert that will be held in our home Friday, March 21st. I have never hosted anything like this before, but it seems to be what artists are doing to get their name out and to also earn additional money while on the road. We saw Callaghan a few years ago at the Memorial Opera House in Valpo and really enjoyed her music. I noticed on her website that she would be performing in Evanston, Ill. on Sunday, March 23, and that she was looking for individuals to host house concerts while she was in the area. My husband and I volunteered and we are very excited about the opportunity to do this. I just thought it might be of interest to others in the area if they have a favorite entertainer that they follow. We would love to extend an invitation to you. Thanks Philip I really enjoy your articles. - - Cebra Jesse"

My thanks to Mike and Cebra for sharing such a wonderful opportunity for myself and what is a great idea for readers too!

The final stretch

Here's the latest update about our local contestants competing in the 2014 Seattle Sutton Slim Down Challenge. It's Week 9 of 15 and pounds continue to shed:

Annette Walker, 57 of Gary, STARTING WEIGHT: 235, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 9 WEEKS: 24

Jessica Mignard, 31, of Valparaiso, STARTING WEIGHT: 196.6, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 9 WEEKS: 32.8

Linda Adams, 46, of Crown Point, STARTING WEIGHT: 204.8, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 9  WEEKS: 14

Lon Saloman, 45, of Valparaiso, STARTING WEIGHT: 269, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 9 WEEKS: 42

Maureen Anleitner, 60, of Chesterton, STARTING WEIGHT: 225, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 9 WEEKS: 16.6

Michael Adams, 52, of Crown Point, STARTING WEIGHT: 247, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 9 WEEKS: 41.4

Dr. Michael Perez., 46, of Munster, STARTING WEIGHT: 256, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 9 WEEKS: 49.5

Rebekah Cowan, 50, of Valparaiso, STARTING WEIGHT: 181, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 9 WEEKS: 22.8

Sue Kiefer, 52, of Crown Point, STARTING WEIGHT: 182, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 9 WEEKS: 37.6

Tim Kreke, 62, of Crown Point, STARTING WEIGHT: 264, WEIGHT LOSS AFTER FIRST 9 WEEKS: 47.8

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