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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 and/or Music Therapy session provided at no cost to BUDS families.

Upcoming meetings:

Thursday, February 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm - Presentations by Dani Williams with NXT Generation Wellness, LLC and Andria Bilan & Sandi Chapnick with JoshProvides.org

Thursday, March 7, 2019 at 6:00 pm


BUDS Year in Review Dinner

Saturday, February 2, 2019 at 5:30 pm

The Beach House Restaurant, 200 Gulf Dr N, Bradenton Beach 34217

Join Manasota BUDS for our annual Year in Review dinner at a new venue! Enjoy the sunset, great food, and an amazing evening with BUDS families.

Due to limited seating, this event is for Individuals with Down syndrome and their IMMEDIATE family members only. (Parents/guardians and siblings)


Don't forget to submit your 2018 pictures for inclusion in the slideshow (no later than January 30th) to:  kbarry@manasotabuds.org


BUDS Guardianship Workshop

As part of the Special Needs Planning Series of workshops for families who have a person with Down syndrome, this event will cover the basics of Guardianship.  Local attorneys will present the information and answer your specific questions following the presentation.  Future workshops to include topics such as: Special Needs Trusts, Wills, Healthcare Directives, Social Security Disability and ABLE Accounts

Please join us for an approximate 60-minute presentation on the topic of Guardianship.

Tuesday, February 12, 2019 at 6:30 p.m.  (Arrive at 6:15) at CenterState Bank, Downtown Sarasota - 1100 S. Tamiami Trail, 1st Floor, Sarasota, FL 34236

RSVP HERE by February 4th

We will provide a comprehensive booklet, Planning Ahead produced and provided by the Florida Department of Developmental Disabilities, in addition to any handouts from the presenters.

  • Adult only event
  • No respite services or play area provided
  • No food or dinner provided


BUDS Pathfinder Family Adventure Day

Saturday, February 16, 2019 - All afternoon/evening event

Join us for this fun event with the gang from Pathfinder! Activities include: 

Canopy Walk
Estuary Explorer
Canoeing in the Cove
Tree Climbing (age 7+ to go up but younger kids can swing from ropes)
Zip Line

Dinner, a Hootenanny and Campfire with S'mores too!

RESERVE YOUR FAMILY'S TICKET HERE     This is a limited space event - $25 Copay per family, non-refundable.


Buddy Walk 2018


Thank you to all of our generous sponsors, donors and participants! We can't do what we do without your support!

We had over 1100 walkers and raised nearly $60,000 for Manasota BUDS!



D.A.D.S. Night Out

Wednesday, February 13th at 7pm

*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

Save the date! More info will be provided soon!

Wednesday, March 13, 2019



Save the dates - Registration coming soon!


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


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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