As We See It

In brief: EDC’s charity auction, prize-winning music education and more

The crowd gets moving to Benny Benassi at Kinetic Field on the First night of EDC at the Las Vegas Speedway on Friday, June 19, 2015.
Photo: L.E. Baskow

PARTY HEART-Y Insomniac is bringing back its EDC Week Charity Auction, a 10-day online bid battle produced with eBay, in which kandi kids can try for exclusive EDC and EDC Week experiences. Last year’s lots included backstage passes, meet-and-greets with artists and even a helicopter ride to the Speedway with Insomniac founder Pasquale Rotella and wife Holly Madison. Better yet? Insomniac will again donate proceeds to a local charity—we’re feeling the PLUR—and this year’s recipient is the Shade Tree, a nonprofit shelter for women, children and pets who’ve suffered from domestic violence and/or homelessness. –Mark Adams

MUSIC TO OUR EARS For the17th year in a row, the Clark County School District was honored with a Best Com-munities for Music Education designation by the National Association of Music Merchants. The acknowledgment of outstanding music education and accessibility was bestowed on only 476 school districts in the U.S. In other music news, last Friday Las Vegas Academy of the Arts music teacher Bill Swick was given a $1,000 honorarium as one of 10 finalists for the 2016 Music Educator Award, a joint effort by the Recording Academy and Grammy Foundation. LVA received a $1,000 matching grant. –Mike Prevatt

HOT TOPIC Ever hike through Goldstrike Canyon or down the Arizona Hot Springs trail on a midsummer’s day? Then you probably remember how blistering hot it was. That’s one reason the National Park Service is considering the seasonal closure of the two Lake Mead National Recreation Area trails, where public-safety incidents have increased significantly since 2013. NPS is currently seeking public comment on the proposed closures, accepting feedback through May 1 either through the U.S. Mail or online at –MA

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