Feel the Force during event at Liberty library

‘STAR WARS’ SPECTACULAR: A “Star Wars” spectacular will be held 2 p.m. Saturday at the Liberty Library Branch, 415 Churchill Hubbard Road. Celebrate the Force with crafts, games and activities. Costumes aren’t required but are encouraged. Open to all ages. No registration required.

CHURCH CELEBRATION: The First Baptist Church of Braceville is planning its third annual Christmas celebration 7 to 11 p.m. Dec. 15 at Aulizio’s Banquet Center, 4395 Youngstown Road SE, Warren. Live entertainment will be provided by the Michael Austin Project.

All tickets will be sold in advance and not at the door. Contact Michelle Body at 305-519-0565, the church at 330-872-3511 or any First Baptist Church member. Tickets will be available until Dec. 10.

BACKPACK PROGRAM: The Newton Falls Community Backpack program has begun its seventh year of serving the needs of children of the elementary and middle schools.

The program was organized by local businesses in 2010 for Make A Difference Day to help bridge the gap over the weekend for those students on free and reduced lunch programs. The program provides them with foods and snacks such as cereal, cereal bars, cheese and crackers, vegetable soup, applesauce and other items. Each bag is packed with 10 to 15 items and given to more than 40 students on a rotating basis. Nearly 275 students who applied for the program are selected by the school nurse.

Donations of items for the program can be dropped off at Healthy Treasurers, Newton Falls United Methodist Church or the Associated Schools Employee Credit Union. Money can also be donated at the ASECU in the account named Newton Falls Community Backpack Program.

GRANTS AVAILABLE: The William Swanston Charitable Fund is requesting proposals from nonprofit organizations that address childhood obesity within Mahoning and Trumbull counties for its 2018 grant cycle. Interested grant applicants must first submit a letter of inquiry by Dec. 15.

Detailed information can be found in the Swanston Fund section of the Community Foundation of the Mahoning Valley website, www.cfmv.org.

Organizations with approved inquiries will be notified in February 2018 and will be invited to submit a full proposal, due in March. Final grant decisions will be announced in May.

Those with questions about the grant process or request for proposals can contact Casey Krell, director of supporting organizations and donor services, at 330-743-5555 or ckrell@cfmv.org.