Midwest Writing Center accepting intern applications: The Midwest Writing Center is accepting applications for its Young Emerging Writers summer internship program. The six-week program runs from June 10 to July 17 and is for graduating and continuing high school students ages 15-19. The program will develop writing abilities, editorial acumen and professional skills culminating in the production and distribution of a literary journal including the work of the participants.

Interns will receive a small stipend, a free registration to the David R. Collins Writers Conference at St. Ambrose University, Davenport, from June 27-29 and a one-year membership to the center.

To download an application, go to www.midwestwritingcenter.org. The deadline for applications is Wednesday, May 15. Interviews will be by appointment or conducted via telephone. For more information, contact Ryan Collins at 563-324-1410 or email mwc@midwestwritingcenter.org.

Midwest Writing Center extends poetry deadline: The Midwest Writing Center has extended the deadline for submissions to the 40th Mississippi Valley Poetry Contest to Wednesday, May 15. Winning poems will be published in an anthology and contributors will be invited to attend a launch party and public reading in the fall.

Guidelines for submissions are available online at www.midwestwritingcenter.org. For more information, contact Ryan Collins at 563-324-1410 or email mwc@midwestwritingcenter.org.

Q-C Pride looking for festival vendors: Q-C Pride Inc. invites vendors to participate in the 6th Annual PrideFest from noon to midnight Saturday, June 1, and noon to 8 p.m. Sunday, June 2, in downtown Davenport. The annual street festival will feature entertainment on two stages.  To download a vendor application, go to www.qcpride.org. For more information, contact the  board of directors president Jeff Simpson at 563-676-6727 or email simpboyd@mchsi.com.

Law Day Luncheon to discuss equality: The 2013 Law Day Luncheon, sponsored by the Scott County and Rock Island County Bar Associations and Legal Secretaries Associations will be held May 1 at the Hotel Blackhawk Gold Room, 200 E. 3rd St., Davenport. Check-in is at 11:30 a.m., with lunch at 11:45 a.m.

The theme is "Realizing the Dream: Equality for All." The guest speaker will be Dr. Tom Carpenter, a local civil rights activist who has been a part of many historic civil rights events. He is the director of education at St. Ambrose University.

The cost for the luncheon is $30. To make a reservation, call Barb Nicol at 563-324-3246 or email bnicol@lwlaw.com. All reservations must be received by April 24.

Community Shred Day at Faye's Field: The Bettendorf Public Library will host Community Shred Day on Wednesday, April 24, in the parking lot at Faye’s Field, 18th Street and Learning Campus Drive, Bettendorf. Document Destruction and Recycling Services will confidentially and securely shred up to 100 pounds of paper per individual for free. This program is presented in conjunction with Money Smart Week.

Ceremony to honor cancer survivors and victims: During the American Cancer Society’s Relay for Life on Saturday, April 27, a luminaria ceremony will remember those lost to cancer and to honor those who have survived.

The Relay for Life will take place from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the RiverCenter, 136 E. 3rd St., Davenport. At 2 p.m., there will be a special Survivors’ Lap, where cancer survivors will take the relay’s opening lap. The luminaria ceremony will take place at 4 p.m. Each luminaria is a suggested $10 donation. To donate a luminaria, go to www.relayforlife.org/scottcountyia.

For more information about Relay for Life or the American Cancer Society, call 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.