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.
English conversation The Howard County Library, 10375 Little Patuxent Parkway, offers Let's Get Together: English Conversation Club. The club offers an opportunity for those for whom English is a second language to practice speaking and understanding English in a group setting. It meets at 9:30 a.m. Mondays and 7:30 p.m. Thursdays. Register with the library before your first meeting. Information: 410-313-7850.
Wii Club The Howard County Department of Recreation and Parks offers a Wii Club for those 55 and older from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m. Tuesdays at the Bain Center, 5470 Ruth Keeton Way. The first game is free. Information: 410-313-7213.
Single Again Changing Focus Single Again, a nonprofit program for adults who are separated, widowed or in the process of divorce, provides weekly presentations and small-group discussions in a confidential, comfortable atmosphere. The group meets at 7 p.m. Mondays at First Presbyterian Church, 9325 Presbyterian Circle. An orientation for new members is offered at 6:30 p.m. Information: changingfocus.org.
Chair yoga The East Columbia 50+ Center at the East Columbia branch of the Howard County Library, 6600 Cradlerock Way, offers chair yoga, an easy introduction to yoga that eases the pain of arthritis, reduces fatigue and improves circulation and breathing, at 9:30 a.m. Tuesdays. Reservations: 410-313-7680.
Also at the 50+ Center
•Age Well Exercise classes with Joyce DiTomaso will be held at 10 a.m. Tuesdays and Thursdays. Cost for an eight-week session is $35.
•A belly dance class will be held at 1 p.m. Tuesdays. Learn hip movements, stretches, arm and hand techniques, and veil dancing. The first class is free, then a monthly fee is due.
•A yoga class is offered at 11 a.m. Mondays and 2 p.m. Tuesdays. The cost is $24 per month.
•A chess club for novice and veteran players meets at 1 p.m. Thursdays. Free.
•View newly released DVD movies on a large screen at 7 p.m. Thursdays. Free.Copyright © 2014, The Baltimore Sun