The weekend is almost here. If you’re looking for something to do, check out this list of events and activities around East Texas.

Camille Saint-Saens Concert, a celebration of the French composer, presented by Longview Symphony Orchestra, 7 p.m. Saturday, LeTourneau University Belcher Center, 2100 S. Mobberly Ave., Longview. Conducted by Gregory Grabowski, the orchestra’s centerpiece in the program will be Saint-Saëns’ “Cello Concerto No. 1 in A” minor featuring Evgeni Rachev, cello. Also included will be St. Saëns’ musical menagerie, “The Carnival of the Animals,” with narrator Patrick Hill. Tickets: $20 to $45. Information: .

Historic Longview Farmers Market, 7:30 to 11:30 a.m. Saturday, city parking lot at High and Cotton streets in downtown Longview. Information: .

Kilgore Cruise Night, 5 to 9 p.m. Saturday, downtown Kilgore. Admission: free. Information: .

Avalon Faire, April 2-May 1, weekends only, 10 a.m.-7 p.m. Saturdays, 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Sundays, 1076 FM 1252 W., Kilgore. Cost: Adults ages 19 and older $15, students ages 13-18 $10, children ages 4-12 $6, children 3 and younger free, season passes available. Information:, (903) 985-7633.

“The Complete Works of William Shakespeare ABRIDGED,” presented by Kilgore College Theatre, 7:30 p.m. Thursday-Saturday, 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Van Cliburn Auditorium on the college campus. Tickets: $7 Kilgore College students, $10 adults. Information: .

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I began my role as features editor in March 2020, right in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic. This is my second stint at the News-Journal. A Louisiana native, I also was in the Leadership Longview class of 2000.