Upcoming Classes & Events Listing

The following is a list of upcoming in-store classes, events, and other Tool Shed happenings.

All events are held at 2427 N. Murray Ave., two blocks north of North Ave. near the intersection of North and Farwell, unless otherwise noted.

MKE Poly Group
Wednesday, March 21, 8:00 pm

This monthly discussion group is open to anyone who is interested in exploring polyamorous, nonmonogamous, or open relationships. Newcomers welcome. More information at www.meetup.com/Southeast-Wisconsin-Polyamory-discussion-group/. FREE.

Characters and Kink: A role play 101 workshop
with Mistress Lily
Friday, March 23, 8:30 pm

This workshop is to open your eyes and help you with the basics of incorporating role play into your intimate moments. Lily will be giving you tricks and hints on how to communicate with your partner before, during and after your scene. She will also help you dive into some role play scenarios to help get you started, from the known to the unknown! Come with an open mind and ready to learn some fun ways to heat up your sex life!

Mistress Lily Has been a professional domme in the windy city for 3 years and a sex educator for two. She loves helping people explore themselves and find out what their desires are.

$20 per person. Register here.

Ask the Sexperts! A Facebook Live Event
Tuesday, March 27, 8:30pm

When it comes to sex, it seems like the more you learn, the more there is to learn. Do you have a question or three about sexual health or pleasure? Wanna get an honest answer and a couple of good laughs? Spend the evening in the virtual company of Tool Shed staffers Lucky and Hudson and anonymously ask your secret questions. We'll combine honesty and humor, while providing accurate, up-to-date information to anyone with questions. Please join us!

For this event, we'll go live from our Tool Shed Facebook page at 8:30 pm on Tuesday March 27, 2018. Questions can be sent to our Facebook message inbox starting at 7:30 pm. Sending us a question grants us permission to read the question aloud, but we will never reveal any personal details like your name, age, or location when reading the question.

6 Sizzling Tips for a Sexy Selfie That'll Blow Them Away
with Sarah Sobon
Friday, April 6, 8:30 pm

What's the most important part of a good selfie? Is it the angle? The lighting? The facial expression? All of those things play a big part, but the most important thing is actually how you feel when you snap that pic! In this class you will learn to step up your selfie game with fun and easy strategies. By the time we're done, you'll definitely have the confidence to hit the send button on that sexy selfie.

Sarah Sobon is a professional photographer and the owner of Sarah Sobon Photography. She helps to empower people of all ages, shapes and sizes to feel beautiful and confident in their own skin. You can find her at sarahsobonphotography.com.

$10 per person. Register here.

Sex Toys 101
with Lyndzi and Lucky
Thursday, April 12, 8:30 pm

What's the difference between a dildo and a vibrator? What's safe for butt play? Does it really matter if my toy is made of silicone? We'll talk about all of these things and more! This class provides information about anatomy, reaching orgasm, sexual response, and how different types of toys can be used alone or with partners.

This class is welcoming to people of all genders, orientations and relationship groupings.

Staffers Lucky and Lyndzi have both worked at The Tool Shed for more than five years. They get to answer health and pleasure questions all day at work, and love teaching groups. Lyndzi is the store's assistant manager and the moderator of the Milwaukee Poly Group, which meets monthly at the Tool Shed. Lucky serves as the store's education coordinator and writes MKE SEX, a bimonthly sex ed column for Milwaukee Record.

This is a FREE event!

MKE Poly Group
Wednesday, April 18, 8:00 pm

This monthly discussion group is open to anyone who is interested in exploring polyamorous, nonmonogamous, or open relationships. Newcomers welcome. More information at www.meetup.com/Southeast-Wisconsin-Polyamory-discussion-group/. FREE.

Shining Through Survival: Sex for Survivors
with Clair Paul
Saturday, April 21, 10 am

In this workshop we will discuss the intimate intricacies of being sexual following an assault. Each survivor's story and experience is different, but too often sexuality becomes stigmatized and this can create shame and self-doubt. Ultimately, survivors have the capability to create their own narrative in order to continue to thrive and shine. We will discuss boundaries, coping skills, self-advocacy and how to effectively communicate with secondary survivors (loved ones who are also close to the survivors trauma).

*It is our goal to make this an all-inclusive event to all genders and sexualities because sexual violence has no socioeconomic status, age, gender, sexuality, or race.*

Clair Paul is a Milwaukee native and social justice advocate who works as a Social Worker to bring awareness to sexual abuse, substance use disorder, and mental illness. She has collaborated with Wisconsin Coalition Against Sexual Assault, UWM’s Sociocultural Department, Planned Parenthood of Wisconsin and Shepard Express’' Woman Up! Expo to develop and facilitate workshops on a variety of topics.

This is a FREE event, and registration is not required.

Sexuality and Desire After Menopause
with Akeira Johnson, MD
Saturday, May 5, 10 am

This class will address common concerns associated with female sexual function leading up to and after menopause. Together, we'll review the natural progression and phases of menopause and how these affect the overall well-being and balance during this life transition. We will look at treatment options for you to discuss with your health care provider. We'll also talk about over-the-counter options for managing vaginal dryness and loss of vaginal elasticity, as well as sex toys and other novelty items that may assist in treatment of sexual dysfunction.

From Akeira Johnson, MD: I have a specialty practice in women's health and I see the void of accurate education about sexual health in my patient's lives. I have started and currently run a female sexual health clinic at the VA hospital here in Milwaukee. I think that there are so many patients that can benefit from being empowered to talk about sex with their healthcare providers. In my practice, I focus on normalizing the many acts of sex and the importance of a sex life that is both consensual and enjoyable. I hope that outside of the VA I can empower people to have further discussions with health care providers if there is concern for pathology, empower those interested in (legal) nontraditional sexual activity (same sex, swinging, etc), and embracing sexual health as a priority.

$10 per person. Register here.

Hurts So Good: How Pain Disorders Can Affect Sexuality
with Kirsten Schultz
Thursday, May 10, 8:30 pm

Kirsten has lived with chronic pain all their life. When they wanted answers about relationships, sex, illness, and more, they couldn't find much. This presentation will cover the basics of how illness, pain, and disability affect our sexy times. We'll talk about ways to fight that-- from sexual health care and medications to relationship dynamics and communication tips. Don't forget to bring your questions about accessible sex toys and gear, too!

This class is welcoming to people of all genders and orientations.

Kirsten Schultz is a sex educator and writer. Through their work as a queer disability activist, they have earned a reputation for tearing down barriers while mindfully causing constructive trouble. They know how hard it can be to live a full life while dealing with health issues, so that's why they work most closely with people living with chronic illness or disability, helping them to rediscover their lives after diagnosis.

Kirsten has worked with organizations all around the world, including Healthline, Pfizer, the University of Guelph, and the Arthritis Foundation. In addition, their work has been featured in articles from publications such as US News, Broadly, HelloFlo, and Everyday Health.

Kirsten holds an MS in Healthcare Administration from Utica College. You can learn more about them and their work at chronicsex.org and on Twitter @chronicsexchat.

$15 per person/$25 for two. Register here.

MKE Poly Group
Wednesday, May 16, 8:00 pm

This monthly discussion group is open to anyone who is interested in exploring polyamorous, nonmonogamous, or open relationships. Newcomers welcome. More information at www.meetup.com/Southeast-Wisconsin-Polyamory-discussion-group/. FREE.

Couples Massage
with Kari Nabbefeld
Saturday, May 19, 10 am

This is a MORNING class.

Get ready for the lazy days of summer with a nurturing morning of partner massage. Learn how to improve intimacy and reduce stress with your partner through massage. In this class we will cover the basics of Swedish Massage, and learn ways to work massage into your everyday life, creating opportunities for you and your partner to escape from stress and open lines of communication through the power of touch. Together we can develop a routine and establish dialogue useful when speaking with your partner about touch. Both partners will take turns giving and receiving massage with Kari's guidance. At the end of this class you will receive materials that you can consult at home.

Kari L. Nabbefeld is a Licensed Massage Therapist, and a Graduate of Fox Valley School of Massage in Appleton, Wisconsin. As a freelance therapist she dose not work at a spa but rather works events around Milwaukee ranging from small parties to workplace or festival events. Passionate about prenatal, infant and sports massage, she is available for individual appointments. There will be no tables for this class, so please bring a yoga mat, thick beach towel or blanket, as well as a sheet for draping during your massage. Bring your favorite massage oil, or use one provided by Kari.

Class size limited!

$50 per couple. Pre-registration required. Register here.