Gospel Music Concert To Aid Cancer Society

"Love Lights a Cross," a gospel music concert and benefit for the Southeast Washington unit of the American Cancer Society, will be performed from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday at Rehoboth Baptist Church, 621 Alabama Ave. SE.

The program will feature local groups performing various types of religious music. Tickets are $10.

For information, call 678-0777. Democrats Seek Candidates

Anyone interested in running for one of 12 at-large ex officio seats on the D.C. Democratic State Committee has a little more than a month to qualify for committee elections Sept. 6.

To qualify, candidates must gather 100 signatures of registered Democrats from at least five of the city's eight wards on a special petition and submit that petition to the D.C. Democratic Party office by 5 p.m. on July 24. Petitions are available at the party office, which is in Room 806 at 1012 14th St. NW. The office is open from 9:30 a.m to 5 p.m. weekdays.

Candidates must be Democrats and must have been registered to vote in the District of Columbia as of May 7.

Members of the Democratic State Committee will verify the signatures and then elect six men and six women from among the certified candidates.

For information, call the committee at 347-2489. Affordable Mortgages

On July 2, Sovran Bank-DC National will begin accepting applications for $10 million in loans under its new Affordable Home Mortgage Program for low- to moderate-income District residents.

The program is being offered in partnership with the D.C. Department of Housing and Community Development, the D.C. Local Development Corp., the Office of the Superintendent of Banking and Financial Institutions, and other nonprofit groups.

The program will offer home mortgages to people in the District's economically underserved areas, including Anacostia, Far Northeast and Southeast, who may not qualify for conventional FHA or VA financing.

Under the program, participants will be able to finance 95 percent of their mortgage at the rate for VA loans minus one-half percent plus one point. Applicants must be willing to put at least $500 of their own money into a down payment.

To be eligible, applicants must meet income, credit and other criteria.

For information, call 955-8700. Summer Art Classes Offered

Sign of the Times Cultural Arts Center in Ward 7 is sponsoring summer art programs for children, teens and adults.

The programs, which begin Monday, include instruction in painting, drawing, silk-screening and mural painting.

To register, or to volunteer as an instructor, call 399-3400. Youth Orchestra Auditions

City youngsters who play a musical instrument can audition for the D.C. Youth Orchestra's summer session at 9 a.m. or 6 p.m. Monday at Coolidge High School, Fifth and Sheridan streets NW. Summer session practices will be held from Monday through Aug. 4.

Students should bring their instruments and be prepared to play scales and a short piece, which can either be memorized or sight-read. Students are placed according to their proficiency.

For more details, call 723-1612 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. weekdays.