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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:

August 4, 2016 -  We're inviting NDSC Convention attendees to share their experience. Join us for a short Back to School social - we'll be celebrating the end of Summer!

September 1, 2016 -  To be announced.


Buddy Walk 2016 - Online Registration is now open!

Get your team together and get ready to raise some funds for The Manasota BUDS 15th Annual Buddy Walk on Saturday, October 22, 2016!

Register online before September 15, 2016 to guarantee your FREE T-shirt.

We can't wait to celebrate 15 years of Manasota BUDS with BUDS families, friends, supporters and sponsors! Sponsorships for this HUGE event are available. For more information, please contact:  info@manasotabuds.org

Buddy Walk Sponsorship Opportunities are available!


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. 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. Light refreshments will be served.

Upcoming Little Buddies Playgroup Dates:

August 4, 2016    -    August 18, 2016    -    September 1, 2016    -    September 15, 2016


Moms' Night Out

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

Thursday, August 25, 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. To reserve your seat at the table, please RSVP HERE!


D.A.D.S. Night Out

Wednesday, August 10, 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 - (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. 

Where:  Stage Door Studios - 4001 Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233
Style: Hip-Hop and Personal Expression
Attire: No specific attire is required.  Dance shoes are optional, tennis shoes are perfect.
If you are attending, please pre-register online by following the following link:
This class is fully paid for by Manasota BUDS in support of our members who love to dance! No prior experience or skills are required.
If you have any further questions feel free to contact Brooke Olivieri at bolivieri@manasotabuds.org
We are testing out this class.  If all is successful we are hoping to expand to another class for older students.  We are also hoping to get a time slot in Fall that works for as many families as possible.


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 on current and upcoming sessions!


Save the Date - Signing Time Concert

On September 10, 2016, Manasota BUDS will host Emmy-nominated Rachel Coleman, and her Signing Time Concert, which will be open to all BUDS families. We will also be selling tickets to the general public, depending on ticket availability. 

Please save the date and subscribe to our E-newsletter for more information to come soon!

Click here for more information on Signing Time and Rachel Coleman.


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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