Upcoming Classes & Events Listing

The following is a list of upcoming 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.

The Tool Shed's detailed guidelines around classes and events (including our policies around cancellation, refunds, waiting lists, etc.) can be read here.


CORONAVIRUS EVENTS UPDATE

Due to physical distancing guidelines over the coronavirus, we're moving most of our happenings online!  For online events, we are using the Zoom platform. Online events are moderated. The meeting link will be posted here, and on our Facebook page, shortly before each event begins.  ALL TIMES LISTED ARE CENTRAL TIME.


Go Big and Go Home! Sex Machines, Swings, and Adult Playground Equipment
Tuesday, April 13, 8:30pm Central Time

Have you dreamed of transforming a little extra space into a dedicated play area in your home? Adding some quality, lager-sized erotic play equipment can open up a whole new world of sexy possibilities. For many folks, staying at home during the pandemic has sparked creative use of spare rooms and basements... or even just making a little extra closet space for stashing larger toys and equipment.

In this event we'll be showing off our in-store selection of sex machines, focusing on some of the features to look for when choosing a quality machine. We'll also talk about sex swings, and show you how to set up a simple-yet-sturdy freestanding sling frame kit. Finally, we'll cover some larger position aids and sex furniture. All of these items can enhance anyone's play, but they can especially make a difference for folks with mobility issues.

This is a free event, hosted on Zoom. Online events are moderated: check out our online events policies here.

Join Zoom Meeting
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Gadgets and Gizmos: Returning the Fun to Sexual Function
with Lucky Tomaszek
Friday, April 16,  8:30 pm Central Time

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, hosted on Zoom. Online events are moderated: check out our online events policies here.

A Zoom link to this class will be posted here on the day of the event.


Under Lock and Key: An Intro to Penis Chastity Devices
Tuesday, April 27, 8:30pm Central Time

Many people find chastity play intriguing and exciting. The idea of your lover or dominant acting as keyholder and having control over your chastity device, dictating when you can touch or play with your penis can be a thrilling power-exchange dynamic-- for everyone involved!

In this class, we'll take a look at a variety of chastity devices designed for wear on the penis, including hard plastic, silicone, and metal cages, as well as simpler devices that can serve as an introduction to cock restraint. We'll show you how to put together common multi-piece cages, and talk about the strengths and weaknesses of various designs. We'll also answer common questions about sizing and logistics of everyday wear.

While chastity devices exist for people of any genital configuration, this class focuses on devices made to restrain the penis. People of all body types and genders are welcome!

This is a free event, hosted on Zoom. Online events are moderated: check out our online events policies here.

A Zoom link to this class will be posted here on the day of the event.


Tickling, Teasing and Touch: Creating a Consent Culture in Your Home
with Lucky Tomaszek, LM, CPM
Saturday, May 8, 10:00am
This is a morning class!

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, all of which will help promote a consent culture in your home.

Lucky Tomaszek is a licensed midwife and sexuality educator living in Milwaukee. In addition to her current role as education coordinator at The Tool Shed, Cream City's education-based, mission-driven sex toy store, she has a long background as a birth worker, La Leche League Leader, and published columnist. She is the author of the semi-monthly column "MKE SEX", published by Milwaukee Record, and is a contributor to "The Ultimate Guide to Sex Through Pregnancy and Motherhood" by Madison Young. 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, hosted on Zoom. Online events are moderated: check out our online events policies here.

A Zoom link to this class will be posted here on the day of the event.


Sex with Erectile Difficulties
Tuesday, May 11 at 8:30pm Central Time

Erectile dysfunction (having trouble getting/keeping an erection during sex) can feel like a huge disruption to your sex life. For some, it may also undermine confidence and self-esteem.

There are many possible physical causes for ED including diabetes, high blood pressure, spinal cord injuries, prostate cancer treatments, multiple sclerosis, and side effects to certain medications. Stress, alcohol use, depression, and anxiety are also possible culprits. No matter the cause, ED doesn't need to be the end of enjoyable sex!

In this class we'll talk about some of the products that are available to help enhance your sex life while experiencing ED. We'll also discuss strategies to help confront some common ED obstacles.

This is a free event, hosted on Zoom. Online events are moderated: check out our online events policies here.

A Zoom link to this class will be posted here on the day of the event.


Lube Lessons: The Basics and Beyond
Tuesday, May 25 at 8:30pm Central Time

Are you brand new to lube and confused by so many different options? Do you already have a handle on lube basics and ready to learn more about choices for users with sensitivities or people trying to conceive? Are you a total lube geek who wants to dive deeper into ingredient lists and lube science? Then put this class on your calendar, because we'll be gliding over all kinds of lubricant knowledge!

This course is structured with the most basic information right up front, so folks who are new to the topic can attend the first part of the class to get guidance about lubes to fit their needs.

For those who wish to stick around for more, the second part of this class will get much nerdier! We'll go over some common lubricant ingredients and touch on the regulation and labeling of these products. We'll talk about how different lubes may interact with the vaginal environment and microbiome. Finally, we will discuss the concept of osmolality and its relevance to lubricant formulation. In other words... we're gonna geek out about lube, and you're invited to join us!

This is a free event, hosted on Zoom. Online events are moderated: check out our online events policies here.

A Zoom link to this class will be posted here on the day of the event.