It’s in the bag.
Urban Blanket Bag
What: Newton-based design outfit Monkey Bed debuts its line of nylon city-adventure satchels, each containing a water-resistant fleece blanket with room for four.
Why: The deluxe Esplanade ($135) has space for a laptop and two bottles of wine.
When: You’re going to a picnic.
Where: Online at themonkeybed.com.
What: Sample more than 250 vintages on the high Boston Harbor seas before sidling up to the buffet tables.
Why: The precastoff sparkling wine reception includes nibbles like chicken tartlets and bacon-wrapped scallops.
When: Thurs., 6:30-10 p.m.
Where: Seaport World Trade Center, 200 Seaport Blvd., on the dock, South Boston. Tickets ($85) at 781-893-1900 ext. 3 (thru Wed.) or online at gordonswine.com.
Orange Is the New Black Reading
What: Smith College grad Piper Kerman recounts her year of lockup in a minimum-security slammer after conviction on a drug charge.
Why: Do time with this frank and funny memoir.
When: Tues., 7 p.m.
Where: Brookline Booksmith, 279 Harvard St., Coolidge Corner (617-566-6660). Admission is free.
Yappier Hour at The Yard
What: Lap up a cocktail with fellow dog-’rents while Fido indulges in a Chardognay (chicken stock, water, fresh cilantro).
Why: People treats like shrimp ceviche ($10) and ice cream cookie sandwiches ($8).
When: Every Wed., 5:30-8 p.m.
Where: The Liberty Hotel, 215 Charles St., Beacon Hill (617-224-4000).