Here are the latest Fenway neighborhood notes:
Muddy River tour
The Emerald Necklace Conservancy will host a free walking tour of the restored Muddy River from 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, May 19, meeting at REI at the Landmark Center, 401 Park Drive.
Led by an Emerald Necklace Conservancy docent, this tour will traverse the footprint of the restored Muddy River in the Back Bay Fens.
Walkers will learn about the project that brought portions of the Muddy River aboveground and hear the story of how a piece of Olmsted’s landscape was reclaimed as parkland after spending decades used as a parking lot. They should wear walking shoes and bring a refillable water bottle. Tours are cancelled for rain or extreme weather.
Check www.emeraldnecklace.org or call 617-522-2700 for updates.
The 36th annual Elliot Norton Awards recognizing excellence in Greater Boston theater will be held from 7 to 9 p.m. on Monday, May 21 at the Huntington Theatre Company’s Boston University Theatre, 264 Huntington Ave.
Randy Rainbow, comedian, actor, writer and Internet sensation, will be the guest of honor. This year’s recipient of the Elliot Norton Prize for Sustained Excellence is Leigh Barrett, who has sustained Boston theater audiences with her expressive musical theater performances, vocal range and versatility for decades.
A special citation will be awarded to Robert J. Eagle, to honor his 50 years at Reagle Music Theatre in Waltham.
A portion of the evening’s proceeds will be donated to the musical theater program of Boston Conservatory at Berklee.
Tickets are $35 and include a post-ceremony party.
Call 617-824-8000 or visit www.elliotnortonawards.com for more information and to purchase tickets.
The Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum, 280 The Fenway, will present “Community Sings,” an evening of singing in the African American tradition, at 7 p.m. on Thursday, May 24.
Community Sings, led by Dr. Ysaÿe Maria Barnwell, brings people of all ages and skill levels together to create beautiful and empowering music. The choir will sing rhythms, chants and songs from African and African-American traditions.
Tickets include general admission to the museum’s galleries and the special exhibition gallery.
Visit www.gardnermuseum.org or call 617-278-5156 for more information and to purchase tickets.
Salute to Tchaikovsky
The New England Conservatory will host a salute to Pyotr Ilyich Tcahikovsky at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, May 24 at Jordan Hall, 30 Gainsborough St.
This evening of music by Tchaikovsky celebrates the 28th annual Composer Celebration, in honor of NEC’s 150th anniversary. Ron Della Chiesa of WCRB will emcee the evening.
Selections will include “Liturgy of St. John Chrysostom, Op. 41” and “The Golden Cloud Did Sleep, TH 82”; “Lensky’s Aria” and “Prince Gremin’s Aria” from “Eugene Onegin, Op. 24;” “Iolanta’s Aria from Iolanta, Op. 69;” “Melodie for Violin and Piano;” the “Romeo and Juliet Fantasy-Overture;” and more.
Featured performers will include the NEC Youth Chorale, Adam Klein, Tatyana Dudochkin, Yelena Dudochkin, Eugene Kaminsky, InMo Yang, Mikhail Svetlov, Verona Quartet, Leo Plashinov, Brannon Cho, Temple University Music Preparatory Division Youth Chamber Orchestra and the NEC Youth Philharmonic Orchestra.
Tickets are $15 to $20 and can be purchased at the Jordan Hall box office at 617-585-1260.
Visit www.necmusic.edu for further details.
Memorial Day service
The 72nd annual Memorial Day services will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, May 26 at the Veterans’ Memorial Park in the Back Bay Fens.
The park, also called the Sgt. Charles Andrew MacGillivary Memorial Park, is a tranquil green area with monuments commemorating those who fought in World War II, the Korean War and the Vietnam War, near the Kelleher Rose Garden. The city of Boston’s Veterans Services, the American Legion, AMVETS, Veterans of Foreign Wars and other veterans’ organizations are sponsoring this program.
Visit www.cityofboston.gov for more information.
MFA open house
The Museum of Fine Arts, 465 Huntington Ave., will hold a free Memorial Day open house from 10 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. on Monday, May 28.
Highlights will include free admission to the special exhibitions, curators’ talks, art-making activities, films and dance workshops.
There will be musical and dance performances throughout the day, including a multidisciplinary concert created by teens from Sociedad Latina, as well as family tours and tours in English, Spanish and American Sign Language.