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Get ready to bust out the green, because St. Patrick’s Day is almost upon us. Being so fun and inclusive, it must be the yin to being wary of the Ides of March’s yang.

A number of musical events (listed in Thursday’s Marquee) are coming up before and on the day to enjoy traditional Irish music (referred to as “trad” in the Old Country).

Folks go nuts dressing up their pets, donning kilts, leprechaun turned-up-toed shoes and derby hats, gobbling green Jell-O and quaffing green-hued beer. Bands play, people parade. For one day, we’re all Irish.

One local group will use the event to raise funds for charity. The fifth annual St. Patrick’s Day Celebration March 16 is an opportunity to socialize and enjoy Irish-themed music, food and drink, according to local chairwoman Marguerite Daltoso.

The fete will be in St. Patrick Catholic Church’s Blanchet Hall, 425 W. Alder St. Funds raised will go to Catholic Charities Walla Walla and Walla Walla Catholic Schools.

Entertainment will be from 5-9 p.m. From 4-7:30 p.m., homemade Irish pasties, John Lesko’s Famous St. Patrick’s Day Chili, coleslaw, green Jell-O, cupcakes and green Irish punch will be served along with corn dogs, Jell-O, chips and cupcakes for the kids. Traditional Irish adult beverages will be available, too.

The cost for dinner is $10 for adults, $7 for seniors 65 and older, $5 for children 12 and under, free for children under 3 or $35 per family. Tickets may be purchased at the door in advance.

Call Catholic Charities at 525-0572 for additional details.

Walla Walla Public Schools Assistant Superintendent of Personnel Laure Quaresma, Walla Walla Valley Education Association President Margo Piver and Blue Ridge Elementary teacher Tina Brennan updated the school board recently on the Teacher/Principal Evaluation Project, according to the Walla Walla Public Schools Week in Review online newsletter.

This new model is being piloted in the public schools among about 20 percent of district teachers. Laure said the State Steering Committee recommends all districts move to the new evaluation system for all classroom teachers and principals in 2013-14, with some classroom teachers on the Focused and some on the Comprehensive model.

Teachers will be evaluated on the eight-state criteria as well as the student-growth criteria and impact on student learning.

She said local districts will have flexibility on which types of assessment tools to use to determine the student achievement gains measured between two points in time.

Laure cited the TPEP team for investing its time and talents in developing an implementation plan that is ahead of the legislative timeline.

The state selected Tina to serve as a TPEP presenter, facilitating training throughout the state.

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