The Columbia Jewish Congregation presents "An Afternoon with Theater J" at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 3, at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place. Theater J will present a preview of scenes from its coming production of "Andy and the Shadows," written by Ari Roth. A discussion with the actors and playwright follows the performance. Tickets are $10. Information: 443-722-7101.
Children's puppet show
Rainbow Theatre presents "Circus on Strings" at 10 a.m. Friday, March 8, in the Slayton House Theatre, 10400 Cross Fox Lane. The show features juggling clowns, a ballerina, a cat on a trapeze and more. Tickets are $5 in advance and $6 at the door. Information: 410-730-3987.
Community service day
This event being held at 2 p.m. Saturday, March 9, at Awaken Wellness, 7130 Minstrel Way, Suite 160, includes two 45-minute yoga classes addressing back pain, stress, sleep deprivation, breathing techniques and more. Massage therapists will offer 15-minute sessions. Firefighters, their spouses, family members and friends are invited to this free event. Information: 410-312-9922.
Columbia's Prenatal through Preschool Baby Expo takes place at 11 a.m. Saturday, March 9, at the Owen Brown Community Center, 6800 Cradlerock Way. There will be informational speakers, product vendors, child safety information, health information and more. Information: 410-381-0202.
"Tom and Friends," a recital of classical, chamber and jazz music, will be held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, March 16, at the Owen Brown Interfaith Center, 7246 Cradlerock Way. Musicians include Alison and Jody Gatwood, Rebecca Henry, Mary Ratcliffe, Tom Benjamin, the UUCC Jazz Trio and the Chalice Swingers. Tickets are $10; free for children younger than 12 accompanied by a paying adult. Information: 410-381-0097, ext. 14.
Chesapeake Shakespeare Company is presenting "The Two Gentlemen of Verona" through Sunday, March 17, at The Other Barn, 5851 Robert Oliver Place in Columbia. Showtimes are 8 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays and 6 p.m. Sundays. Tickets are $15-$36. Information: 410-313-8661 or chesapeakeshakespeare.com.
•Fractal prints by Adam Zynger and a mixed-media show by Linda Trope titled "Arcane Convergence" will be on view through Saturday, April 13, in the Bernice Kish Gallery at Slayton House, 10400 Cross Fox Lane in Columbia. A reception with refreshments and music will be held from 3 p.m. to 5 p.m. Sunday, March 17. Gallery hours are 9 a.m. to 9 p.m. Mondays through Thursdays, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Fridays and 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays. Information: 410-730-3987 or 301-596-4883.
•The Artists' Gallery's annual "Poets and Painters" exhibit will be on view through Friday, March 29, in the American City Building, 10227 Wincopin Circle in Columbia. Members of the gallery exhibit paintings, drawings and ceramics side by side with the works of poetry that inspired them or were inspired by them. Exhibit hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mondays through Fridays and 9:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Saturdays. Closed Sundays. Information: 410-740-8249 or artistsgallerycolumbia.com.
The Long Reach Community Association offers Chicago-style stepping classes for adults from 7 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesdays. Stepping offers fellowship opportunities while exercising to music. Information: 410-730-8113.
Singles social group
The Phoenix Cultural Singles Group, a Columbia social group for those 50 and older, meets from 11:45 a.m. to 1:15 p.m. Sundays at the Oakland Mills Interfaith Center, 5885 Robert Oliver Place in the Oakland Mills Village Center. Coffee, tea and a light snack are served. The group plans events and trips. Information: 410-997-0739.