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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:

November 3, 2016 -  No Monthly Meeting

December 1, 2016 -  To Be Announced


Buddy Walk 2016 - Online Registration is now CLOSED!

Don't worry, you can still register on-site 10/22 starting at 9:00a.m.! See you there!


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:

October 13, 2016    -    October 27, 2016    -    November 10, 2016   -     December 8, 2016    -       December 22, 2016


Moms' Night Out - Save the Date

We hope you can join us for a nice, relaxing evening out with other BUDS moms - good conversation and lots of laughter guaranteed!

Thursday, November 17, 2016 at 6:00 p.m. at Carmel, 8433 Cooper Creek Blvd, University Park (University and I-75 area).

BUDS will purchase appetizers and soft drinks for all - you are welcome to purchase your own wine, beer or cocktails and dinner.


D.A.D.S. Night Out

Wednesday, October 12, 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!


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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