Upcoming Events & Announcements

Now it’s even easier to stay updated!

Events & Announcements


Monthly Meetings

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

NO JULY MEETING (Due to busy summer and vacation schedules)

Next meeting:  Thursday, August 6, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. 


D.A.D.S. Night Out

Wednesday, July 8, 2015 from 6:30 - 10:00 p.m. at Gecko's (351 N. Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota 34242 - near Sam's Club at intersection of Fruitville/Cattlemen) 

ALL Dads are invited and welcome at this monthly event. (Location varies.) Dadsnightout@manasotabuds.org


FREE Workshop for BUDS Parents - Let's B Safe

Does your child know some of the most common lures used by predators? Do your children know how to respond safely should they hear these lures? Does your child know how to identify a safe stranger (besides a policeman or fireman)? Do you know how to teach your child about personal safety without scaring her? Do you know how to fit this important part of parenting into your busy day?

Brenda Zofrea would like to invite you to join her in helping to insure that our most precious resource, our children, grow up happy and safe. Thanks to a grant she received, Brenda is able to provide this workshop to BUDS parents for FREE!

WHEN:  Saturday, August 1, 2015 at 10:00 a.m.

WHERELake Osprey Room at Keiser University (6151 Lake Osprey Rd, Sarasota, 34240)

Manasota BUDS will provide light refreshments. Registration opens at 9:30 a.m. The workshop will last approximately 90 minutes, including Q & A. This is for parents/adults only.


Please RSVP online:  http://www.manasotabuds.org/event/LetsBSafe/


For more information about the Let's B Safe program, visit their website and recent SNN news report: http://www.letsbsafe.com & http://www.snntv.com/2015/06/16/lets-b-safe-program-teaches-kids-how-to-be-safe/


Save the Date!

The Manasota BUDS 14th Annual Buddy Walk is scheduled for Saturday, October 17, 2015!

We need volunteers for the Buddy Walk Planning Committee NOW! If you're interested in being a part of the BW Planning Committee, please email 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+

Manasota BUDS

Newsletter Sign Up