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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, April 4, 2019 at 6:00 pm

Thursday, May 2, 2019 at 6:00 pm


World Down Syndrome Day Event

Sunday, March 24, 2019 - Orioles Spring Training Game vs Pirates at 1:05 p.m.

11:30 am to 1:00pm - BUDS Private Picnic

This will be a FREE event for BUDS families only. BUDS will cover the cost of the game ticket and picnic lunch for BUDS families.

Parking is $10 and is NOT INCLUDED with ticket



Special Needs Trusts/ABLE Account Workshop

Monday, April 8, 2019 at 6:30 pm

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 Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts.  Local attorneys will present the information and answer your specific questions following the presentation.  Future workshops to include topics such as: Wills, Healthcare Directives, and Social Security Disability.

Please join us for an approximate 60-minute presentation on the topic of Special Needs Trusts and ABLE Accounts at CenterState Bank Downtown Sarasota, 1100 S. Tamiami Trail, 1st Floor, Sarasota, FL 34236

RSVP Here for April 8th Workshop


D.A.D.S. Night Out

Wednesday, April 10th 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

Keep checking back for updates on upcoming Moms' Night Out events!




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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