Mother’s Day falls on Sunday, May 8th, this year and singing telegrams, dinner dance cruises, free ferris wheel rides on the Santa Monica Pier and even a tuba concert are some of the ways it’s being celebrated locally.

SINGING TELEGRAMS — Members of the Santa Monica Chorus — a women’s chorus that sings songs in four-part a cappella harmony — plan to be ringing up moms across the country, serenading them and sending singing Mother’s Day wishes from sons and daughters living in the local area.

The Mother’s Day repertoire includes the songs “Heart of My Heart,” “My Mother’s Eyes,” “That’s What Friends (or sons, daughters, kids) Are For,” “Wind Beneath My Wings,” and “You Are My Sunshine.”

Mother’s Day singing telegrams are $15, or $17 for calls outside the Los Angeles area.

The Santa Monica Chorus won the 2005 Region 11 Small Chorus Championships of Sweet Adelines International, an organization of women singers committed to advancing the musical art form of barbershop harmony through education and performance.

Information, (310) 454-2603.

MOTHER’S DAY CRUISIN’ — A series of cruises will depart from Fisherman’s Village in the Marina in celebration of Mother’s Day.

Three-hour dinner dance cruises with mom in mind are scheduled to board at 7:30 p.m. Friday, May 6th; and 7 p.m. Saturday, May 7th, at 13755 Fiji Way, Marina del Rey. Tickets are $66.95.

On Mother’s Day Sunday, May 8th, champagne brunch cruises are scheduled for 9:30 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.; and an evening dinner dance cruise is set to depart at 6 p.m. Hornblower Cruises and Events is the organizer.

Information, (310) 301-9900.

FERRIS WHEEL RIDES FOR MOMS — Pacific Park is offering free rides on its 130-feet tall solar-powered ferris wheel to moms from 11 a.m. to 9 p.m. Sunday, May 8th, on the Santa Monica Pier, (ocean end of Colorado Avenue), Santa Monica.

Moms just need to notify the attraction’s operator and up they go. Admission is free to Pacific Park.

“Mothers make enormous contributions in their children’s lives throughout the year,” says Jeff Kocke, a spokesman for Pacific Park. “And for their tireless efforts, a free ride on the Pacific Wheel is a gesture of gratitude from all of the employees at Pacific Park to say thank you for the tremendous job that they do.”

Information, (310) 260-8744.

MOTHER’S DAY TUBA — Award-winning composer, performer, and yes, tuba player Tom Heasley is performing a special tuba concert for moms at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 8th, at Highways Performance Space, 1651 18th St., Santa Monica. Tickets are $15.

Heasley has toured extensively since the release of his first CD in 2001 that featured tuba, didjeridu, voice and electronics.

A note to moms looking to be relaxed on Mother’s Day, Heasley intends his tuba tunes to evoke “deep meditative states of awareness,” according to Highways.

Information, (310) 453-1755.

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