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Manasota BUDS Events & Announcements


Monthly Meetings

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

Upcoming meetings:

Thursday, October 3, 2019 at 6:00 p.m. - Information and resources from the NDSS National Conference presented by our board member delegate. Buddy Walk updates, parent support and networking. An additional speaker had been added to our October 3rd BUDS monthly meeting! Mary Smith with FND Manasota will share what FND is doing and what is going on with the Legislative Session for 2019-20 and how it will affect individuals with developmental disabilities and their families. She will bring handouts with information on how BUDS families can get involved and advocate for our families and the developmental disabilities community.

There will be no meeting in November 2019



D.A.D.S. Night Out

Wednesday, October 9th at 7:00pm

*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


Moms' Night Out

Wednesday, November 20, 2019 at 6:00 p.m.

*Apollonia Grill, 8235 Cooper Creek Blvd, University Park

RSVP to kbarry@manasotabuds.org


18th Annual Buddy Walk

The Manasota BUDS 18th Annual Buddy Walk will be held Saturday, October 19th at Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival. The online registration and fundraising website is now open!

Register your family, create your team and use your fundraising page to invite family, friends and coworkers to participate and donate to help us reach our fundraising goal of $100,000 in 2019!

To register and for all Buddy Walk information, CLICK HERE!


VOLUNTEERS NEEDED! The money we receive as a result of the Buddy Walk is the main financial source which allows Manasota BUDS to pay for or towards many programs and services, including the new parent kit, dance classes, Buddy Up Tennis, summer camp scholarships, family night, speakers, and more.  We have a small but mighty number of repeat volunteers but could surely use help!   If you or your child/ward have been the recipient of any of our programs and/or services or if you just appreciate our mission, please sign up as a volunteer. A successful Buddy Walk is essential to the continuation of Manasota BUDS.  

Volunteer Sign-Up Information - CLICK HERE



Martial Arts Classes - (Ongoing)

Manasota BUDS is sponsoring Martial Arts classes for individuals with Down syndrome (age 6 years-old and up). The classes will be held at Bostocks Martial Arts in Bradenton on Fridays from 6:00 - 6:45 p.m.

There is no cost to registered Manasota BUDS families. For more information or to register your child for BUDS Martial Arts, please email: info@manasotabuds.org


Dance Classes

Manasota BUDS has partnered with Stage Door Studios in Sarasota to provide 2 dance classes for girls and boys with Down syndrome.  Please contact Brooke Olivieri to register your child by emailing bolivieri@manasotabuds.org  

Ages 5 - 8:  Wednesdays at 4:15pm

Ages 9 and up:  Thursdays at 4:15pm




Buddy Up Tennis

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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