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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:

Thursday, February 4th at 6:00 p.m. - PROSPECT RIDING CENTER will present on their organization, programs and benefits of therapeutic horseback riding.

NO MEETING on March 3, 2016 due to the Manatee County Agency Fair scheduled for the same night. BUDS Families are encouraged to attend the Agency Fair at Manatee Technical Institute. Please see the flyer for more information. (This is not a BUDS sponsored event, but it will include valuable information and parent classes for residents of Manatee county with school-age children with disabilities).


Martial Arts Classes

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

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.


D.A.D.S. Night Out

Wednesday, February 10, 2016 from 6:30 - 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. (Location varies.) Dadsnightout@manasotabuds.org


Buddy Walk 2016 - Save the Date!

The Manasota BUDS 15th Annual Buddy Walk will be held on Saturday, October 22, 2016!

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 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!

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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