The annual Knights of Columbus Law Enforcement Appreciation Banquet starts at 6 p.m. Wednesday at the council hall on Irma Boulevard in Gonzales.

U.S. Marshal Kevin Harrison will speak at the banquet, which honors officers from local law enforcement agencies.

The banquet, hosted by area Knights of Columbus councils, includes a meal and awards ceremony.

Book signing Saturday

Edward Braud III, award-winning outdoor cook, will sign his new book, “Black Iron and Cajun Spice,” at Landry’s Pharmacy, 416 Burnside Ave., Gonzales, beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday.

The book signing, “Biscuits, Coffee and Black Iron,” will run through 11:30 a.m. and feature Braud’s homemade biscuits and a demonstration of his cast-iron cooking expertise.

The book is a collection of Braud’s recipes and poems.

Candidate forums set

The Ascension Council on Aging will hold a “Meet the Candidate” forum for Ascension Parish seniors on Sept. 28 at its Gonzales Senior Center.

Candidates for parish president, Parish Council, and parish assessor will have an opportunity to give a short speech. A question and answer session will follow each group’s presentation.

A forum for candidates seeking election to the state Senate and House of Representatives will be held Oct. 6. For information, call Donaldsonville at (225) 473-3789 or Gonzales at (225) 621-5750

NAACP forum

The Ascension Parish NAACP chapter will sponsor a political forum Thursday at East Ascension High School, 612 E. Worthey Road, Gonzales.

Fifty-two candidates for various public offices have been invited, said NAACP Ascension Chapter President Robyn Penn Delaney.

For more information, call Delaney at (225) 717-1134 or Richard Brown at (225) 571-1021.

Another forum planned

Fifth District on The Move is hosting a forum for candidates running for office in St. James and Ascension parishes, according to a news release from the group.

Candidates in state Senate districts 2 and 18 and state House districts 58, 59, 81 and 88 and those running for offices in St. James and Ascension Parish can register to take part in the Sept. 28 event by calling Sandra Lewis at (225) 955-3198 or Nadine Nelson at (225) 717-1207 by the Friday deadline.

The forum will be held at 6 p.m. at Rose’s Catering, 10141 Frontage St., St. James.

Residents of both parishes are invited to attend. All questions for candidates must be submitted prior to the start of the event.

Drug abuse program

A program will be held Saturday at First Baptist Church, 1217 S. Burnside Ave., Gonzales, to present information about substance abuse prevention, according to a news release from Aretha Catchings.

The program, set from 10:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m., will present information on a Christ-centered recovery approach to substance abuse, she said.

The free program, held in observance of National Recovery Month, will include speakers and lunch.

To submit news, contact Darlene Denstorff at (225) 336-6952, fax, (225) 644-5851 or email to Deadline: noon Wednesday.