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.


DATE CHANGE!
Creating a Dating Profile Worth a Damn
with Lyndzi Miller
Saturday, October 3, 8:30 pm

Online dating can be a minefield for the average user, but adding in being alternative, LGBTQ, ethically non-monogamous, divorced, or in any way "othered" can make dating a special kind of hell. This presentation will focus on online dating profiles, specifically for those folks in alternative lifestyles or relationships. What makes a good profile? How do you create one that will get a positive response? How do you navigate the sites and apps once you have a decent profile? Join Tool Shed Staffer and Milwaukee Poly Group organizer Lyndzi Miller in a virtual presentation on creating a profile worth a damn.

Lyndzi Miller has been a sexual educator at The Tool Shed: An Erotic Boutique since 2012, and is their current assistant manager. She established the Milwaukee Poly Group in 2008, facilitating discussion and support group meetings every month since. She also hosts the bi-weekly podcast, "Polyamory Uncensored," interviewing ethically non-monogamous folks on their polyamorous journeys. She is an avid knitter, a mother, a burlesque dancer, and a huge geek.

This is a free class and will be hosted on Zoom. Online events are moderated. The meeting link will be posted here, and on our Facebook page, shortly before each event begins.


Tool Shed Book Club: Online Edition!
Sunday, October 4, 5:00 pm
October book selection:
I Hope We Choose Love: A Trans Girl's Notes from the End of the World
by Kai Cheng Thom

Book description:
What can we hope for at the end of the world? What can we trust in when community has broken our hearts? What would it mean to pursue justice without violence? How can we love in the absence of faith?

In a heartbreaking yet hopeful collection of personal essays and prose poems, blending the confessional, political, and literary, Kai Cheng Thom dives deep into the questions that haunt social movements today. With the author's characteristic eloquence and honesty, I Hope We Choose Love proposes heartfelt solutions on the topics of violence, complicity, family, vengeance, and forgiveness. Taking its cues from contemporary thought leaders in the transformative justice movement such as adrienne maree brown and Leah Lakshmi Piepzna-Samarasinha, this provocative book is a call for nuance in a time of political polarization, for healing in a time of justice, and for love in an apocalypse.

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. We'll be meeting online using the Zoom platform for the next few book clubs, in keeping with the Safer-At-Home order.

Book club meetings are hosted by the Tool Shed staff, and we pick different readings based on group interests. Participants are welcome on a drop-in basis; a monthly commitment is not necessary. Please join us!  We will post the Zoom link to the virtual meeting on our Facebook events page shortly before the event begins.

Upcoming book club selections are available for 20% off the cover price at the Tool Shed. Please help support the Tool Shed by purchasing your book club books with us!

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


Things That Go Buzz in the Night (and Day!): An introduction to vibrating toys
Friday, October 9, 8:30 pm

Customers in our store often ask, "What's the best vibrator?" And the very true (but often frustrating) answer is that there is no single best vibrator. There is only the vibrator that is best for you.

Join us on Zoom for a virtual tour of some of our favorite vibes. We'll discuss what to look for in a vibrator, the differences between battery operated and rechargeables, and how to know what will work best for you. We'll also take a look at a couple of motorized toys that aren't vibrators but are still a lot of fun!

This is a free class and will be hosted on Zoom. Online events are moderated. The meeting link will be posted here, and on our Facebook page, shortly before each event begins.


Tea Time
Sunday, October 11, 10:00 am - noon
Special shopping hours for trans and non-binary customers & their loved ones

Please note: We are starting Tea Time again, but in-person customer regulations are in force:

  • We can only accommodate 4 customers in the store at a time,
  • Face masks must be worn over nose and mouth while in store,
  • Groups larger than 2 are not allowed,
  • Visitors must follow physical distancing guidelines whenever possible,
  • Hand washing/hand sanitizer is required upon entry,
  • Customers must follow any specific guidance from our staff

Because of in-store regulations, you may have to wait in line outside if we are at customer capacity.  Thank you for your understanding.

Sometimes trans and nonbinary customers have in-depth questions about our products that can be hard to fully address during the everyday hustle and bustle of the Tool Shed’s regular store hours. Tea Time offers a relaxed space for trans and non-binary folks to ask questions and learn in a more focused environment. Partners and loved ones of trans and non-binary people are also welcome during Tea Time.

Tea Time is held on the 2nd Sunday of each month from 10:00 am to noon.


Electric Wand Basics
with Nyx
Thursday, October 15, 8:30 pm

A violet wand is guaranteed to turn heads at any dungeon and in any bedroom. Are you interested in learning the basics? Sex and kink educator Nyx will go over proper use and safety basics of these electrifying tools. There are a few critical differences between violet wands and neon wands but don’t fret--Nyx will break those down too! She will give you the facts so you can decide whether this type of electroplay is right for you.

Nyx’s adventures in BDSM come from the top, bottom, and in between. She became active in the Milwaukee kink scene in 2010 and has been reading, studying, playing, and/or ranting about it ever since. Nyx also works at the Tool Shed on Milwaukee’s east side and shares their mission of providing medically accurate and socially aware information on topics of sex and gender in a non-judgmental atmosphere to anyone who visits the store.

This is a free class and will be hosted on Zoom. Online events are moderated. The meeting link will be posted here, and on our Facebook page, shortly before each event begins.


Penetrate Your Mate! The Basics of Strap-on Harnesses
Saturday, October 24, 8:30 pm

Lots of people are curious about strap-ons, but buying one for the first time can feel intimidating and confusing. We’re here to demystify strap-ons for you, and give you tips for finding the right tools for the job. We’ll have a look at different styles of strap-ons and discuss fit considerations for different body types. We’ll also consider how to pick a good dildo for your situation, as well as simple accessories to elevate your game. Even those with previous strap-on experience may learn a thing or two!

Bring your question and join us for a lively talk about how to get the most out of your strap-on adventures!

This is a free class and will be hosted on Zoom. Online events are moderated. The meeting link will be posted here, and on our Facebook page, shortly before each event begins.


Tool Shed Book Club
Sunday, November 1, 5:00 pm
November book selection:
Making Spaces Safer by Shawna Potter

Book description:
Shawna Potter, singer for the band War On Women, has tackled sexism and harassment in lyrics and on stage for years. Taking the battle to music venues themselves, she has trained night clubs and community spaces in how to create safer environments for marginalized people. Now she's turned decades of experience into a clear and concise guide for public spaces of all sorts, from art galleries to bagel shops to concert halls, that want to shut down harassers wherever they show up. The steps she outlines are realistic, practical, and actionable. With the addition of personal stories, case studies, sample policies, and no-nonsense advice like "How to Flirt without Being a Creep," she shows why safer spaces are important, while making it easier to achieve them. Eschewing theory, she assumes the reader is already an ethical creature and jumps right in with candor, punk passion, and righteous anger to get the job done.

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 the Tool Shed staff, and we pick different readings based on group interests. Participants are welcome on a drop-in basis; a monthly commitment is not necessary. Please join us!

Upcoming book club selections are available for 20% off the cover price at the Tool Shed. Please help support the Tool Shed by purchasing your book club books with us!

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


Butt Anyway: The Ins and Outs of Anal Play
Monday, November 9, 8:30 pm

The butt is a nerve-dense region of your body that can bring you lots of pleasure if you treat it right! (And lots of displeasure if you don't.) Join us online for a conversation about anal exploration, by yourself or with a partner. We'll talk about good hygiene, safety, and the right tools for the job. Along the way, we'll bust a few myths about butt play and hopefully share a few laughs.

This is a free class and will be hosted on Zoom. Online events are moderated. The meeting link will be posted here, and on our Facebook page, shortly before each event begins.


Queer and Gender-Inclusive Sex Ed
with Ashley Altadonna
Friday, November 20, 8:30 pm

American sex ed has historically been taught within the confines of a cisgender, heterosexual, able-bodied perspective. This view of sexual education ignores pleasure as well as the lived realities and experiences of LGBTQIA+ folks, reinforces misconceptions, and often fosters an environment of fear, guilt, and shame. This presentation will examine why our sexual education is so lacking and offer a more inclusive framework for learning about communication, consent, our bodies, and pleasure.

Ashley Altadonna is the Education Specialist for Trans Tool Shed, and a Sexual Health and Wellness Educator for the Tool Shed Erotic Boutique, a national awarding winning, mission-driven, education-based sex toy store in Milwaukee, WI.

This is a free class and will be hosted on Zoom. Online events are moderated. The meeting link will be posted here, and on our Facebook page, shortly before each event begins.