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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 Music Therapy session provided at no cost to BUDS families.

Upcoming meetings:

May 4, 2017 - Brooke Olivieri will be presenting a special reading workshop she's developed specifically for BUDS families. Brooke is a reading teacher, mother of a child with Down syndrome, and a Manasota BUDS board member.

June 1, 2017 - To be determined.



Summer Camp and Hippotherapy Scholarship Applications are now open!

CLICK HERE to apply for a Manasota BUDS Summer Camp 2017 Scholarship - apply by 4/23/2017

CLICK HERE to apply for a Manasota BUDS Hippotherapy 2017 Scholarship - apply by 4/30/2017


D.A.D.S. Night Out

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

*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

Gulf Coast MBA Annual Golf Tournament

Thank you to Gulf Coast Mortgage Bankers Association for raising funds for Manasota BUDS during their upcoming Annual Golf Tournament! Complete your RSVP now to participate on May 5, 2017 at Legacy Golf Club at Lakewood Ranch! Raffle tickets are also available for a chance to win $500 CASH! Tickets are $10 and can be purchased by emailing: info@manasotabuds.org


Moms' Night Out - Save the Date

Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

Location to be determined and announced at a later date.


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.

Please click here for more information and to register your child.

There is no cost to registered Manasota BUDS families.


Dance Classes - (Ongoing)

Manasota BUDS has partnered with Stage Door Studios in Sarasota to provide a dance class for girls and boys with Down syndrome, ages 5 - 12 years old. 

When: Every Thursday 4:15-5:00pm

Where: Stage Door Studios, 4001 Cattlemen Rd, Sarasota, FL 34233

Objective: Students will learn choreography and fun dances of various styles while participating in gross motor activities that develop coordination.  Students will also develop self-confidence and advance in compliance in a kind, supportive and fun atmosphere with their BUDS friends.  The class will culminate with a recital at the end of the school year.  They have a choice of whether or not they want to participate.  Last year all the dancers participated and performed.  The director of the dance school said that it was the best performance of the night!!

Please follow this link to register for the Manasota BUDS dance class. http://stagedoorstudios.com/stage-door_register.htm

Please email Brooke at bolivieri@manasotabuds.org if you would like to have your child attend.


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!


Bath & Racquet Fitness Club (2170 Robinhood St, Sarasota, 34231)

Saturday mornings from 10:00am - 11:30am

April 22nd & May 6th

Tennis with the Stars Event (Click for more info)

Friday, April 28, 2017 at 6:30 – 8:30pm

Bath and Racquet Fitness Club - 2170 Robinhood Street, Sarasota, FL 34231

Click below to see video from Buddy Up Tennis Sarasota Athlete, Sarah Davis
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Little Buddies Support and Playgroup

Little Buddies Support and Playgroup is offered at different times and locations. Be sure to check our Facebook page and sign up for our E-newsletters for updates!





Buddy Walk - October 21, 2017

Registration is now open for the Manasota BUDS 16th Annual Buddy Walk on Saturday, October 21, 2017! Register your team, family and friends and start raising awareness and funds for individuals with Down syndrome!

Register online now!

Manasota BUDS 16th Annual Buddy Walk will be held at Hunsader Farms Pumpkin Festival. Every registered walker will be given FREE entry into the Pumpkin Festival following the Buddy Walk.

$15 per walker, FREE for individuals with Down Syndrome and children under 3. Register prior to September 15, 2017 to confirm this year's t-shirt in your size!

Check out our Sponsorship opportunities ranging from $250 to $5000. For more information, please email:  kbarry@manasotabuds.org


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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