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.

Tickling, Teasing, and Touch: Creating a Consent Culture for Kids
with Lucky Tomaszek
Saturday, March 11, 10 am

Learning how to say 'no' can be a very complicated thing for kids in our culture. As parents, we often feel resentful or amused (or both!) when our 2 year olds yell "NO!" across the room several times a day. We encourage them to share their toys with their friends and siblings, even when they have very strong feelings about it. Additionally, parents often neglect themselves to meet the needs of the family, which underscores the notion that other people are always more important than the individual. These, and many other cultural messages, make the very concept of consent difficult for children to really understand.

In this workshop, Lucky will talk about the language of consent, as well as some basic house rules that allow your children to understand the importance of respect while also honoring their bodily autonomy. We'll discuss how to set boundaries for ourselves and still meet a young child's high need for touch and interaction, as well as practice using language that promotes a consent culture in your home.

Lucky Tomaszek is a sexuality educator living with her three kids in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. In addition to her current role as education coordinator at The Tool Shed, Cream City's only education based, mission driven sex toy store, she has a long background as a birth worker and parenting columnist. Most mornings you can find her balancing her cat and her keyboard in her lap, doggedly trying to make the world a smarter, safer place for people of all genders, orientations and relationship groupings.

This is a FREE event.

MKE Poly Group
Wednesday, March 15, 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/.

This is a FREE event.

Fat, Freaky, Fun
with Michaela Null, PhD
Friday, March 24, 8:30 pm

Sex in a fat body is full of so much possibility! This workshop will bring together fat positivity and sex positivity to show you that fat bodies are rad and hella sexy. Skeptical? Michaela Null knows firsthand what it means to live empowered, sexual, and larger than life. No matter how much shame the world expects you to have, you can work to reclaim your sexual pleasure and be fat AF!

This workshop will focus on deconstructing fat sexual shame, reframing fat sexual pleasure, and offering tips and practices for sex by and/or with fat people. Michaela will draw on her own experiences of fat shame and sexual liberation. She will talk about the intersections of sex positivity and fat positivity and also address fat sex myths, as well as give practical tips for really good fat sex.  

Michaela A. Null received her Ph.D. in Sociology from Purdue University and currently serves as anassistant professor of sociology at the University of Wisconsin-Fond du Lac. Originally from Ohio, she started completed her bachelor’s degree at Wright State University before spending a year as an Americorps*VISTA working at a daytime homeless shelter. Her work focuses on the intersections of gender, sexuality, and body, as well as race and class, taking a critical lens regarding the sociology of fatness. Michaela's approach to sexuality education is conversational, exploratory and iterative.

$20 per person. Register here.

Kink 101
with Sir Wieland and cat
Thursday, March 30, 8:30 pm

Milwaukee favorites Sir Wieland and cat are back this fall to go over some of the basics to BDSM play. Do you want to learn about the ins and outs of bondage, or impact play? Are you interested in learning how to safely top a friend or loved one? Or maybe you want know how to safely negotiate boundaries to safely submit in a scene. This class will discuss all of those things and more. We'll discuss safety, limits BDSM for established couples, as well as meeting new people in the local kink community.

Sir Wieland and cat are well established and respected members of the Milwaukee BDSM community. In addition to teaching several classes here each year, they are regular presenters at several kink and BDSM conferences and events throughout the Midwest.

$15 per person, $25 with a friend. Register here.

Ask the Sexperts: A live Q and A
with the staff of the Tool Shed
Wednesday, April 5, 8:30 pm

Do you have questions about sexual health or pleasure? Curious about the latest and greatest in sex toys? Been wondering about the ingredients in your lube? Trying to figure out creative and positive ways to communicate about sex with a partner? Wanna get some honest answers and a couple of good laughs? Join the Tool Shed staff at a live Q&A event! "Ask the Sexpert" events strive to combine honesty and humor, while providing accurate, up-to-date information to anyone with questions.

This is a FREE event.

Couples Massage
with Kari Nabbefeld
Sunday, May 7, 10 am
This is a MORNING class

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!