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 20, 8:00 pm

This monthly discussion group is open to anyone who is interested in exploring polyamorous, nonmonogamous, or open relationships. Regular meeting occur on the third Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise noted.  Newcomers welcome. More information at www.meetup.com/Southeast-Wisconsin-Polyamory-discussion-group/. FREE.  


Blown Away: Tricks and Tips for Going Down
with Mistress Lily
Friday, March 22, 8:30 pm

Blow jobs may seem like a simple task, but there’s lots of techniques you can add to give your partner the best blow jobs! Mistress Lily will teach you tricks and tips for giving great head. Using toys and lubes, and having a good mindset makes all the difference when being with your partner(s). Come with an open mind, this class is for everyone!

Mistress Lily has been a professional Domme in the Windy City for three years and a sex educator for two years. She loves helping people explore themselves and discover their secret (and not so secret) desires.

$20 per person. REGISTER HERE.


Modern Pinup: Getting Dolled Up
with Allison Catherine
Thursday, March 28, 8:30 pm

If you look at pictures of pin-ups and bombshells wondering how you would look all done up and want to do it more regularly, this class is for you!

Becoming the beauty you envision on your own is no easy task! Not all of us grew up with a mentor to teach us how to present the way we want and those skills aren’t inherent for any of us regardless of gender. There is an endless sea of products and information that can take years to catch up on if we haven’t been exposed to beauty culture regularly. Keeping up with beauty culture can involve biology, chemistry, economics, history and some philosophical thinking. We are here to help! The goal of this class is to answer the questions about dolling up that our culture suggests we should either be born knowing the answers to or never be curious about.

We will discuss practical everyday beauty routines as well as what it takes to get dressed to the nines and release your inner bombshell!

This class is welcoming to people of genders, orientations, sizes and abilities.

Allison Catherine is a sexuality and gender educator with a decade of performing and transformation experience in drag and strip club communities. With a B.A. in Philosophy from UWM, she brings an educated and lighthearted perspective to sensitive subjects.

$15 per person. REGISTER HERE.


Decorative Rope
with Sir Wieland and Cat
Thursday, April 4, 8:30 pm

In this class, we'll take the basic ties learned in the Rope Made Easy class, and turn them into decorative pieces of art on the body. With a few extra techniques and your own fresh ideas, we hope to inspire you to use your imagination to develop your own ties. We'll cover an ankle tie, a toe tie (is your pedicure up to date?), chest ties and karadas.

Bring rope, and wear fitted clothing so the rope doesn't tangle in your clothes. If you're not sure what kind of rope, or how much, just bring what you have. We'll have rope available here for your use, and some for sale after the class. Also, bring your creative mind.

$15 per person or $25 per couple-- sign up with a friend or partner and save! REGISTER HERE.


Tool Shed Book Club
Sunday, April 7, 5 pm
April's book selection: Come As You Are by Emily Nagoski, Ph.D.

Book description:
An essential exploration of why and how women's sexuality works--based on groundbreaking research and brain science--that will radically transform your sex life into one filled with confidence and joy.

Researchers have spent the last decade trying to develop a "pink pill" for women to function like Viagra does for men. So where is it? Well, for reasons this book makes crystal clear, that pill will never exist--but as a result of the research that's gone into it, scientists in the last few years have learned more about how women's sexuality works than we ever thought possible, and "Come as You Are" explains it all.

Event description:
Each month the Tool Shed book club meets to discuss a book or other piece of writing that sheds light on sexuality today. Book club meetings are hosted by various Tool Shed staff, and we will pick different readings based on group interests. Participants are welcome on a drop-in basis; a monthly commitment is not necessary. Please join us!

The books we choose will be available to purchase at the Tool Shed; the upcoming book club selection will be 20% off the cover price. Please help support the Tool Shed by purchasing your book club books with us.

This is a FREE event. Pre-registration is not necessary.


Ask the Sexperts: A Facebook Live event
Monday, April 15, 8:30 pm

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 Monday, April 15, 2019. 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.


MKE Poly Group
Wednesday, April 17, 8:00 pm

This monthly discussion group is open to anyone who is interested in exploring polyamorous, nonmonogamous, or open relationships. Regular meeting occur on the third Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise noted.  Newcomers welcome. More information at www.meetup.com/Southeast-Wisconsin-Polyamory-discussion-group/. FREE.  


Gadgets & Gizmos: Returning the Fun to Sexual Function
with Lucky Tomaszek
Friday, April 19, 8:30 pm

Our culture continues to hold a very romantic view of sex, one in which all we need for a mutually satisfying sexual encounter is two naked bodies and a little enthusiasm. Those of us living with pain and disability know that there's a lot more to it. It's helpful to let go of deeply ingrained beliefs about the "shoulds" of sex, and instead open up to all of the possibilities inside of us. When we learn how to work with our body, instead of against it, we often find that we are capable of experiencing more than we thought possible. This class will discuss tools, toys, aids and devices to help facilitate sexual expression (specifically sexual health, function and pleasure). We will also emphasize that there's no right way to have sex. There's only what's right for you.

Welcoming to people of all genders, orientations and relationship statuses.

This is a FREE event. Pre-registration is not necessary.


The Kink in Your Closet 2.0: Wearing Fetishwear
with Laura Meyer
Thursday, May 2, 8:30 pm

Ever wonder where fetishwear came from, or even, what it IS? Local corset maker and costumer Laura Meyer will take you on a kink-laden journey through leather, latex, PVC, and fishnet fabrics. Sights along the way include; stiletto heels and boots, hobble skirts, corsets, hosiery and gloves, among others. As a follow-up to the popular first class in 2018, this edition will include hands-on demonstrations of how to correctly wear/lace/wriggle into several of the items discussed, including thigh-highs and garter belts, corsets, and latex gloves.

Laura Meyer is a fashion designer, costumer and educator in Milwaukee, WI. She holds a Masters in Education from Alverno College and has over twenty years of experience in costuming and research. Her work, focusing on corsetry and historic designs, has been featured in art exhibitions, museums and various interviews for publications in the Milwaukee Metro area. Her interest in alternative lifestyle/fashion is integral to the research and creation of her fashions.

$15 per person or $25 per couple-- sign up with a friend or partner and save! REGISTER HERE.


Ready, Set, Flirt!
with Allison Catherine
Thursday, May 9, 8:30 pm

Get in and buckle up because in 2019 we're into healthy relationships built on trust and communication! But first things first, how do I tell that cutie I'm into them?

Flirting is a topic that seems simple, but has been confounded with years of conflicting social messages often guided by misinformation about sex and gender. Are the lines really blurred or were the premises just wrong? In this class we will explore flirting from a Who, When, and How framework that applies to all folks regardless of sex, gender, or preferences. We will share ideas of how to flirt from the perspective of healthy and unhealthy attractions instead. What do our unhealthy attractions look like and why are we so drawn to them? What do our healthy attractions look like and why can they be so frightening?

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

Q&A at the end of the class.

Allison Catherine is a sexuality and gender educator with a decade of performing and professional flirting experience in burlesque and strip club communities. With a B.A. in Philosophy from UWM, she brings and educated and lighthearted perspective to sensitive subjects.

$10 per person. REGISTER HERE.


MKE Poly Group
Wednesday, May 15, 8:00 pm

This monthly discussion group is open to anyone who is interested in exploring polyamorous, nonmonogamous, or open relationships. Regular meeting occur on the third Wednesday of each month, unless otherwise noted.  Newcomers welcome. More information at www.meetup.com/Southeast-Wisconsin-Polyamory-discussion-group/. FREE. 


Ethical Indulgences: Hosting Inclusive Play Parties for Every Body
with Lyndzi Miller and Kayla McNeil
Thursday, May 16, 8:30 pm

Have you ever fantasized about having a threesome, swapping partners with another couple, jumping into an orgy, or hosting a play party? Lots of people love the fantasy, but few know how to make it a reality. There are many ways to get it right-- and exponentially more ways to get it wrong! Hosts Lyndzi Miller and Kayla McNeil will teach you how to host an ethical, sex-positive, and consent-focused play party (and what all of that means), how to get involved in sex-positive and queer communities, and how to create a welcoming, non-creepy, space to have amazing, sexy fun.

This class is welcoming to people of genders, orientations, sizes and abilities.

$20 per person/$35 per couple. REGISTER HERE.


Couples Massage
with Betsy Meinecke
Saturday, May 18, 10:00 am

This is a MORNING class!

Reach out and touch someone... consensually, mindfully, and therapeutically! Massage requires clear communication and supportive, nurturing intent, which makes it an incredibly powerful way to connect and de-stress with each other. We will spend most of this class hands-on, taking turns giving and receiving Swedish-based body massage, under the guidance of Betsy Meinecke of Anahata Massage Therapy.

Massages will be performed on the Tool Shed floor, so bring something (yoga mat, thick blanket, or sleeping bag) to lie on AND something large enough to cover your entire body (sheet, blanket, or large beach towel) for draping. Please bring the lotion or oil of your choice in a bottle with a pump attachment, or purchase a bottle of massage oil from the Tool Shed. Betsy will provide handouts for folks to take home after class.

Betsy Meinecke (she/her or they/them) holds a BS in Biology from the College of William & Mary, an Advanced Medical Massage Diploma from The Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy, and has been a full-time bodyworker for twelve years. Betsy has been in private practice for 7 years, and has served on the faculty of The Pittsburgh School of Massage Therapy and The Milwaukee School of Massage. She is delighted and honored to be returning to The Tool Shed as an educator.

Class size limited!

$50 per couple. Pre-registration required. Couples only. REGISTER HERE!