A 20-member delegation representing the Gonzales Committee on Cultural Affairs is in Meylan, France, this week as part of a long-standing cultural exchange program.

Follow the delegation’s travels by visiting Advocate contributor Von de Leigh Hatcher’s posting at theadvocate.com/news/ascension.

Fall Fest time

Free food, games, entertainment and crafts are on tap for Saturday’s Ascension Fall Fest in Gonzales’ Jambalaya Park.

The event, from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m., is sponsored by National Child and Families Services, which provides services for children in East Baton Rouge, Ascension and Iberville parishes.

For information, call Ashley Brown at (225) 456-2006.

Build a family legacy

The Rock Church, at 42080 Churchpoint Road, Gonzales, invites residents to attend a free simulcast Saturday hosted by Dr. James Dobson.

Dobson’s “Building A Family Legacy” program talks about a family legacy focused on faith in Jesus Christ, said Tony Alise, outreach director at The Rock Church.

The program starts at 5 p.m.

“Whatever stage you are in as a parent or grandparent, you can leave a spiritual legacy that will equip your children and grandchildren with an unshakable heritage of faith,”Alise said.

To reserve a seat, email twalise@yahoo.com or call Alise at (225) 763-1860.

Recycling Road Show

It’s recycling time in Ascension Parish.

The parish’s monthly Recycling Road Show comes to the Prairieville Wal-Mart store from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, Ascension Parish President Tommy Martinez said.

Parish residents can drop off newspapers and magazines, milk and juice cartons, cardboard, aluminum, tin or bimetal cans and metal lids, and No. 1 through No. 7 plastic containers.

For more information, call Don Hysell, environmental manager with Ascension Parish, at (225) 450-1308, or visit www.ascensionparish.net.

Genealogy talk

The River Road African American Museum is planning a genealogical workshop by Algiers native Michael Henderson.

Henderson, a member of the Afro-Genealogical and Historical Society of Chicago and author of “Got Proof! My Genealogical Journey Through the Use of Documentation,” will discuss two decades of his research as the family historian.

RRAAM Executive Director Kathe Hambrick Jackson said Henderson discovered the history behind his family surnames that include Mathieu, D’arensbourg, Phillips, Bruce, Peytavin and Legaux.

He will present his findings while giving tips and suggestions to help residents find their Louisiana ancestors during the Oct. 16 workshop.

Cost is $15.

To learn more about Michael Henderson, visit michaelnhenderson.com.

To register, call (225) 474-5553.

Contact Darlene Denstorff by phone, (225) 336-6952 or (225) 603-1996; fax, (225) 644-5851; or email, ascension@theadvocate.com or ddenstorff@theadvocate.com. Deadline: noon Monday.