Around Ascension for Friday, July 5

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 for eligible applicants through the federal commodities program from 8 a.m. to noon Tuesday at the Lemann Memorial Donaldsonville Community Center, 1100 Clay St. in Donaldsonville, and on Wednesday at the Lamar-Dixon Expo Center in 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 that 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.

Fun at the library

Teens in Ascension Parish have a variety of classes and workshops to choose from as part of the Ascension Parish Library’s summer program.

A lesson on how to make resin jewelry is set for 5:30 p.m. July 16 at the library’s Dutchtown branch. Boys can learn a few fun crafts during a 5:30 p.m. program at the library in Gonzales.

The teen book club will meet at 5:30 p.m. July 18 at the Galvez branch.

From aromatherapy to facials, the library is offering a free ticket to relaxation during its spa day program at 2 p.m. July 19 at the Donaldsonville branch.

A spa day is scheduled at 2 p.m. July 19 at the Donaldsonville branch.

For more information on summer programs for teens, call the Ascension Parish Library in Gonzales at (225) 647-3955; Galvez, (225) 622-3339; Dutchtown, (225) 673-8699; or Donaldsonville, (225) 473-8052.

Calling Swamp Pop cooks

Tickets are on sale for the 16th annual 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 festival is $10 on July 19 and $15 on July 20. Call (225) 769-9994.


Bingo for seniors Monday

The Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 3693 and its Auxiliary unit will host a Bingo and Birthday Party at 1 p.m. Monday at the post hall on Churchpoint Road in Gonzales.

Ascension senior residents and people with disabilities are invited to play bingo and celebrate July birthdays.

Contact Darlene Denstorff: phone, (225) 336-6952; fax, (225) 644-5851; email, Deadline: noon Wednesday.