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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:

June 1, 2017 - Chasten Whitfield is a 17 year old angler who proves “it’s more than just fishing.”
Her mission is to help kids of all ages and abilities to become comfortable anglers while teaching positive life skills, thoughtfulness, doing whats right for the right reasons, and choosing to stay active outdoors. It’s not about what you look like or outside appearance, what matters is what’s inside. Visit her website for more information:  www.chastenation.com

July 6, 2017 - No Monthly Meeting



Summer Camp and Hippotherapy Scholarship Applications

Manasota BUDS has received and approved 30 summer camp scholarships for individuals with Down syndrome to attend the summer camp or enrichment activity of their choice. BUDS families will be notified via email between May 10th - 15th of their child's scholarship details.

Manasota BUDS has also received and approved 10 Hippotherapy/Equine Assisted Therapy scholarships. BUDS families will be notified via email between May 15th - 20th of their child's scholarship details.

Thank you for your patience as the scholarships and payments are processed.


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


Moms' Night Out - Save the Date

Thursday, May 18, 2017 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Apollonia, 8235 Cooper Creek Blvd, University Park

We know how hard it can be to get BUDS Moms together! We hope you can join us for this fun yet relaxing night out with other BUDS Moms. For reservation purposes, please RSVP by email to:  kbarry@manasotabuds.org

Manasota BUDS will pay for appetizers to share and any non-alcoholic beverages. You are welcome to purchase your own meal and alcoholic beverages during the event.


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 - (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. 

The BUDS dance class will be having their recital at Riverview High School on Saturday, June 10th at 3:00 p.m. If you're interested in purchasing tickets, please visit:  http://www.recitalticketing.com/24688/

We are planning to continue dance classes in the fall, and may be adding a dance class during the summer. We will update this website as information changes.

Please email Brooke at bolivieri@manasotabuds.org if you would like to be on the dance class e-mail list .



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!

Next Little Buddies Playgroup:  June 13, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. in Sarasota, hosted by the Knudsen family. To confirm attendance or for more information, please email Heidi at: heidi.knudsen09@gmail.com



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

Would you like to have a say about this year's Buddy Walk T-shirt color? Register your team ASAP and invite your friends, family and coworkers to join. The BUDS Buddy Walk team captain that has the most team members by July 31st at Midnight gets to choose this year's t-shirt color!


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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