Jul 10, 2013 09:02 Ascension Parish briefs for July 4, 2013 Ascension Parish briefs for July 4, 2013 Advocate story July 10, 2013 Comments Commodities to begiven in Ascension The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank, Food for Families program and Ascension Parish’s Health Unit are planning quarterly commodities distributions in Ascension Parish. Food will be available through the federal commodities program from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Lemann Memorial Donaldsonville Community Center, 1100 Clay Street, Donaldsonville, and Wednesday at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, Gonzales. The Food for Families program will be distributing food from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Lemann Center and Wednesday at Lamar-Dixon. Food for Families is a Catholic Charities organization, which will be accepting applications for the program on both days. The commodities program is a federal program that makes donated foods available to emergency feeding organizations that provide food staples to qualified residents and families, a news release from the agency says. Gonzales Middle schedules events Gonzales Middle School has set the dates for its Bulldog Bash and new student registration. New student registration will begin at 8 a.m. July 29 at the school, 1502 W. Orice Roth St., Gonzales. Students can pick up their schedules and meet their teachers from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the school’s Bulldog Bash events. Sixth-graders are asked to arrive on July 30, with seventh-graders set to go on July 31 and eighth-graders, Aug. 1. Call (225) 391-6450. Swamp pop festival tickets go on sale Tickets are on sale for the Swamp Pop Music Festival, set for July 19 and July 20 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center. The festival, a fundraiser for the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, features performances by area Swamp Pop favorites including Don Rich, South 70 and Ronnie Melancon and Friends. In addition to music, the festival features a two-day Jambalaya Festival Association cook-off and motorcycle poker run. Cooks competing in the cook-off will meet at 6 p.m. Monday in the Lamar-Dixon Center’s Big Sky Cafe . The festival began in 1998 and is one of the nation’s largest attended events that the CF Foundation hosts around the country. Admission to the 16th annual festival is $10 on July 19 and $15 on July 20. For more information, call (225) 769-9994. ä ON THE INTERNET: swamppopmusicfest.com Back to school hair styling offered Plans are underway for the fifth annual Back to School In Style event hosted by Anointed Hands Salon and More. The event will be held Aug. 4 at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center, 9039 St. Landry Road, Gonzales. Stylists will be on hand to provide free shampoos and styles for girls and haircuts for boys ages 5 to 15, a news release says. Sponsorships are available for the event, which was previously held in Sorrento. For information, call (225) 675-8558.