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Dressed for charity

Washingtonians will gather Thursday night at the Georgetown hot spot Smith Point to help make “every girl feel like a princess.”

Once Upon a Prom, created in 2007 by local young professionals Ashley Taylor and Katie Tarbox, is dedicated to providing scholarships and prom dresses to D.C.-area girls. At the party, guests will bring unwanted dresses that can be worn by a disadvantaged girl at next year’s prom. Guests also will be asked to make a small donation toward Once Upon a Prom’s scholarship fund. Miss Taylor says she would like to collect about 50 dresses and raise $2,500 for the Once Upon a Prom scholarship fund, which gave away $40,000 in scholarships last year.

In keeping with the fun, upbeat theme, members of the host committee will be wearing prom dresses from years past and serving prom punch as guest bartenders. A $10 donation is requested to attend; no RSVP is necessary.

For more information, visit www.onceuponaprom.org.

‘The Bea & the Bug’

“The Bea & the Bug,” a children’s production that uses insect characters who meet historical figures to teach youngsters about how they can change the world, is being performed as part of the Capital Fringe Festival. Directed by Peggy Jones and created by Gale Nemec, the show features interactive elements including music, dance, rap and original tunes from a five-piece band led by James Bazen.

The Education & Entertainment Foundation, which is producing the show, is providing free tickets to disadvantaged children. The foundation is seeking sponsors to purchase blocks of tickets to be given to low-income families and children.

The last two shows will be presented at 6 p.m. Thursday and Saturday at the Mount Vernon Place United Methodist Church, 900 Massachusetts Ave. NW. Tickets are $15. Those Interested in buying tickets or helping a child attend should visit www.the beaandthebug.com.