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MOM'S MEANDERINGS: A bouquet of events from choral music to fine art and lush flora says Happy Mother's Day in ways Hallmark could only dream about.

A harmonic convergence gets underway at 3 p.m. Sunday, May 14, in Casas Adobes Congregational Church, 6801 N. Oracle Road. The vocal lineup includes Lynn Marrs, Patrick Hogan and Bob Swensen, accompanied by harpist/pianist Greg Reynolds, and pianist Lloyd Bartlett. A $7 donation is requested. Call 297-1181 for details.

St. Michael's Musicians and Old Pueblo Singers present the Mother's Day Bouquet concert on Sunday, May 14, featuring sacred vocal, instrumental and choral chamber music. Included in the program are works by Bach, Holst, Mozart, Rossini and Pergolesi. Performance is at 3 p.m. at St. Michael and All Angles Episcopal Church, 602 N. Wilmot Road. For information, call 886-7292.

Spend a relaxed day with mom from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Sunday, May 14, at the Tucson Botanical Gardens, 2150 N. Alvernon Way. This floral outpost celebrates mom with a "Clay Designs in Nature" display and sale, sponsored by the Southern Arizona Clay Artists Association. All the pieces are handmade and wheel-thrown by local artists (who will be on hand to discuss their work), and the inventory includes pots, planters, wall hangings and garden sculptures.

The garden also welcomes picnickers to its lush 5.5 acres. And a colorful invite it is: the urban oasis is blazing with blossoms right now, from firecracker penstemon and desert bluebell to blackfoot daisy and the lovely scented iris. Admission is $4, $3 for seniors, $1 for children ages 6 to 11, free for all moms and for children ages 5 and under. For information, call 326-9686.

Finally, little ol' Bisbee gives a nod to maternity with the fourth annual Bisbee Spring Arts Celebration. Taking place throughout the historic district, this small town extravaganza includes a paint-a-thon, live music, wine tasting and a studio and gallery walk. More than 30 galleries, studios and eateries throw open their doors for the event, which runs from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Sunday, May 13 and 14. Call (520) 432-5421 for details.

SUNNY-SIDE UP: Look on the sunny side of life at the 18th annual solar potluck on Saturday, May 13.

Citizens for Solar brushes the energy grid aside with a gathering that features exhibits and demonstrations of solar-powered equipment -- including sun-pumped live music -- new building materials and "lifestyle ideas," along with the best sun-baked grub this side of Venus.

The free, sunny fun runs from 9 a.m. to sundown at Catalina State Park, on North Oracle Road at milepost 81. The park exacts a $5 parking fee. For information, call 292-9020.

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