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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:

There will be no meeting in November 2019

Thursday, December 5, 2019 at 6:00 pm - BUDS families are invited to participate in our annual pottery painting party!



D.A.D.S. Night Out

Wednesday, November 13th 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. [email protected]


Moms' Night Out

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

*Apollonia Grill, 8235 Cooper Creek Blvd, University Park

RSVP to [email protected]



Manasota BUDS iFLY All Abilities Event

Sunday, December 1, 2019 from 2:30 - 5:30 p.m.

This is a Manasota BUDS Teen and Young Adult indoor skydiving event available to those age 13 and older. Manasota BUDS will cover the cost of all Teen and Young Adults with Down syndrome. Family members are able to participate by reserving their ticket and paying $39.95. 


There are only 25 tickets available on a first come, first served basis. If you reserve a ticket and you find you are unable to attend you must email [email protected] at least 7 days prior to the event in order to release your reservation and allow someone else to attend. Cancellations less than 7 days prior to the event or no-shows will not receive a refund.

For specific information about this inclusive iFLY event, visit https://www.iflyworld.com/programs/all-abilities/

If you arrive after the required Arrival Time (2:30 p.m.) a risk of losing your time slot may occur. No refunds (partial or full) can be processed due to late arrivals.



Manasota BUDS Buddy Walk

Thank you to everyone who participated, donated and supported the 18th Annual Manasota BUDS Buddy Walk! We are still accepting online donations until December 31, 2019 to help us get closer to reaching our goal to support our families, programs and scholarships. Click here to make your tax-deductible donation now!



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: [email protected]


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 [email protected]  

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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