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Events & Announcements


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:

No January Meeting - Happy Holidays!

February 2, 2017 - Cheryl Moscal with The IEP Advocate, Inc. will be presenting a workshop on IEP's. (See flyer below for RSVP information.) Following her presentation, Cheryl will also be taking your questions, so come prepared!


D.A.D.S. Night Out

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 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



BUDS Annual Year-In-Review Dinner

Saturday, February 4, 2017 at 5:00 p.m. at Mixon's in the Grove

As is tradition, we will have a Year in Review Photo slideshow of the 2016 BUDS activities. We would love to share your photos! Please send your photos to info@manasotabuds.org no later than January 31st.

Please RSVP HERE to confirm your family's attendence - we need an accurate head count for catering purposes.


BUDS Pathfinder Family Adventure Day

Saturday, February 11, 2017 - Full Afternoon/Evening Event - $25 Copay per family

Dayspring Retreat: 8411 25th St E, Parrish, FL 34219

The BUDS Pathfinder Family Adventure Day is back and during a cool month! Enjoy a Canopy Walk, Exploring the Estuary, Canoeing in the Cove, Tree Climbing/Rope Swinging, and Zip Line followed by dinner, Hootenanny and a S'more-making campfire with our friends from Pathfinder!

There is limited space available, so CLICK HERE to reserve your family's spot!



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 Classes - (Ongoing)

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 would like to have your child attend.


Buddy Up Tennis Sarasota

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!


Bath & Racquet Fitness Club (2170 Robinhood St, Sarasota, 34231)

Saturday mornings from 10:00am - 11:30am

January 21st & 28th - February 4th, 11th & 25th - March 4th & 25th - April 1st, 8th & 22nd - May 6th


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


Moms' Night Out - Coming again in March 2017!


Little Buddies Support and Playgroup

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. 

Little Buddies Playgroup is on hiatus, due to a change in schedule for the music therapist and decreased attendance on Thursday mornings. We will be in touch soon to survey which days, times and locations will accommodate more families interested in attending.


Buddy Walk 2017 - Save the date:  October 21, 2017



On a personal note, our friend and Manasota BUDS supporter, Chris Egler, has lost his long battle with cancer. Through his giving nature and Bass4Bucks Charity Fishing Tournament, Chris raised over $180,000 for several local organizations, including Manasota BUDS. A friend to all who met him and a champion for children with disabilities and hardship, Chris will be greatly missed. Please keep his wife, family and friends in your thoughts.

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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