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Monthly Meetings

1st Thursday of every month at Living Lord Lutheran Church (11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch 34202). Dinner and childcare with Music Therapy session provided at no cost to BUDS families.

Upcoming meetings:

December 1, 2016 -  ARTS A BLAZE will be joining us for the annual BUDS Pottery Painting Party! Manasota BUDS will cover the cost of one item (up to $20) each for individuals with Down syndrome and their sibling(s) to paint. ARTS A BLAZE will bring items to choose from, or you can stop by their studio to reserve your choice item for them to bring on 12/1. Parents and other family members are welcome to attend and paint, but are responsible for purchasing their own items.

Painting party begins at 6:00 p.m. and food will be served at 7:15 p.m. Respite care and music therapy will be available for children who do not wish to paint.

NO JANUARY 2017 MEETING - Happy Holidays!


Buddy Walk 2016

Over 1200 walkers, supporters and volunteers attended the Manasota BUDS 15th Annual Buddy Walk on October 22nd. With a goal of $100,000, Buddy Walk sponsors and supporters have raised over $50,000. With additional fundraising and grant efforts in 2016, we've raised over $85,000 to help maintain and hopefully increase our resources, programs, events, scholarships and supports for individuals with Down syndrome and their families in Manatee and Sarasota Counties.

Thank you for helping us continue our mission! We are still accepting Buddy Walk and general donations to continue our fundraising efforts for 2016. CLICK HERE TO DONATE ONLINE


Little Buddies Support and Playgroup

We're bringing it back! This is a playgroup for young children with Down syndrome, ages birth to 4 years old. We'll be providing an opportunity for peer to peer playtime in conjunction with parent supported play and music therapy provided by Gulf Coast Music Therapy. Additionally, we'll be using this time to support our fellow new BUDS parents in any way we can. 

The Little Buddies group will meet every other Thursday from 10:00 - 11:00 a.m. at the Living Lord Lutheran Church (11107 Palmbrush Trail in Lakewood Ranch) in the Sanctuary Hall.

Upcoming Little Buddies Playgroup Dates:

December 8, 2016    -      December 22, 2016


Moms' Night Out - Coming again in February 2017

D.A.D.S. Night Out

Wednesday, December 14, 2016 from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m

*Gecko's Grill & Pub, 351 N. Cattlemen Rd., Sarasota, FL 34232 (Fruitville/Cattlemen)

ALL Dads are invited and welcome at this monthly event. Dadsnightout@manasotabuds.org


Martial Arts Classes - (Ongoing)

Manasota BUDS is sponsoring Martial Arts classes for individuals with Down syndrome (age 6 years-old and up) starting February 5th! The classes will be held at Bostocks Martial Arts in Bradenton on Fridays from 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.

Please click here for more information and to register your child.

There is no cost to registered Manasota BUDS families.


Dance Class Sign-Up - (New Session starts 9/8/16)

Manasota BUDS has partnered with Stage Door Studios in Sarasota to provide a dance class for girls and boys with Down syndrome, ages 5 - 12 years old. 

When: Every Thursday 4:15-5:00pm

Where: Stage Door Studios, 4001 Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233

Objective: Students will learn choreography and fun dances of various styles while participating in gross motor activities that develop coordination.  Students will also develop self-confidence and advance in compliance in a kind, supportive and fun atmosphere with their BUDS friends.  The class will culminate with a recital at the end of the school year.  They have a choice of whether or not they want to participate.  Last year all the dancers participated and performed.  The director of the dance school said that it was the best performance of the night!!

Please follow this link to register for the Manasota BUDS dance class. http://stagedoorstudios.com/stage-door_register.htm

Please email Brooke at bolivieri@manasotabuds.org if you have any questions.



Buddy Up Tennis Sarasota (New Session starts 9/10/16)

Buddy Up Tennis is a weekly, high-energy 90-minute program focused on adaptive tennis, fitness, and fun for children and adults with Down Syndrome. Visit the Buddy Up Tennis website or email sarasota@buddyuptennis.com for more information!


Manatee County Agency Fair & Parent Workshops

Save the Date: Thursday, March 2, 2017 - 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Manatee Technical College (SR70/Caruso Rd) Check out the Agency Fair Flyer here


Programs & Services

Group Meetings & Events

Connect with other families, learn more about current support systems and get involved! We offer guest speakers and time to network with other families. We also invite you to join in our Buddy Walk to socialize, connect and raise awareness about the BUDS mission.

Meetings are held the 1st Thursday of every month at 6:00 p.m. at Living Lord Lutheran Church, 11107 Palmbrush Trail, Lakewood Ranch, FL 34202. Food and drinks provided.

New & Expectant Parent Kits

Kits include books and inspirational essays, local contact names and phone numbers, and information about Manasota BUDS, NDSS, and NDSC. All materials are compiled and approved by Manasota BUDS parents, with families in mind.

Small Group Activities

Join our youth community!
Little Buddies - age birth to five
BUDS Kids - age 6 to 10
Teen BUDS - age 11 to 18
YADS - Young adults with Down syndrome, age 18+

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