Symphony Seeks Instrument Donations The Annapolis Symphony Orchestra, along with Severna Park's Music and Arts Center, is collecting flutes, trumpets, violins and trombones for their fourth annual Instrument Donation Drive. The project, launched in 1999, distributes used instruments to low-income students. Donations can be made at the Music and Arts Center, 558 Ritchie Hwy. in Severna Park.

For more information, call 410-268-1811.

Breast-Feeding Classes at North Arundel North Arundel Hospital's Special Beginnings Birth and Women's Center is offering a free breast-feeding basics class from 7 to 9 p.m. Nov. 19. The class will be held at the Birth and Women's Center, at 1454 Baltimore-Annapolis Blvd. in Arnold.

For more information or to register, call the center at 410-626-8982.

Senior Citizen Discount at Bookstore Borders Books & Music is hosting senior appreciation days Tuesday through next Thursday. Patrons who are at least 60 will receive a 20 percent discount on all regularly priced items. Seniors must present proof of age.

Borders is open from 9 a.m. to 11 p.m. Mondays through Saturdays and 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sundays. The store is at 1115 Annapolis Mall in Annapolis.

For more information, call the bookstore at 410-571-0923.

Holiday Decorating for Businesses The Annapolis Jaycees invites businesses in Eastport, West Annapolis and downtown Annapolis to participate in its 29th annual Hanging of the Greens holiday fundraiser. On Nov. 23, the Jaycees will decorate participating businesses with bows, greens, wreaths and garlands. Proceeds from the event will support the Jaycees -- a leadership training organization that distributes food, clothing and toys to needy families and supplies hot meals to residents of Annapolis's Lighthouse Shelter.

The application deadline is Nov. 10. For more information or to request an application, call Lori Ferguson Glebocki at 410-266-0626.

Workshop for Female Cancer Patients North Arundel Hospital will host a "Look Good, Feel Better" session for women undergoing chemotherapy or radiation treatment for cancer. The free event will be held from 1 to 3 p.m. Monday in the radiology conference room on the hospital's lower level. Sponsored by the American Cancer Society, the program provides cosmetic assistance to women experiencing side effects from cancer treatment.

Licensed cosmetologists will offer techniques for makeup application, methods for concealing hair loss and suggestions for treating skin irritations and other physical side effects of treatment. The program is free.

To make a reservation, call the American Cancer Society at 410-721-4304.

Home Loan Assistance Available From State The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development is restarting its Downpayment and Settlement Expense Loan Program, which assists low- to moderate-income home buyers with down payments and settlement costs.

The housing program will give interest-free and deferred loans of up to $3,000 to home buyers who use the Maryland Mortgage Program to purchase their homes. Loans will be deferred until either the first mortgage is paid off or the home is sold.

For more information about the loan program and Maryland Mortgage Program, contact the Homeownership Program office of the Department of Housing and Community Development at 410-514-7530.

-- Compiled by Eileen Rivers