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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:

April 6, 2017 - A representative from Foundation for Dreams (Dream Oaks Camp) will be presenting on their services and upcoming summer camp opportunities. Additional information from Manasota BUDS on summer scholarship applications.

June 1, 2017 - To be determined.


Moms' Night Out

Thursday, March 16, 2017 from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.

*The Makers Market and Workshops, 6650 Cortez Rd W, Bradenton, FL 34210

All BUDS moms MUST RSVP and choose your project no later than March 8, 2017 by clicking here.

Only 24 spots are available - first come, first served. This activity is for BUDS moms only (no children are permitted in the workshop). Manasota BUDS will cover the first $45 of each BUDS mom's project for this event only. You must use Promo Code "BUDS" at RSVP/Order Checkout. Any cost above $45 is your responsibility. You are welcome to bring your own dinner and beverages (alcoholic beverages permitted).


World Down Syndrome Day Picnic 2017

Sunday, March 26, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

Manasota BUDS invites all BUDS families to attend our World Down Syndrome Day picnic at Myakka River State Park in Sarasota. Extended families are welcome too! WDSD falls on Tuesday, 3/21 - but we know how difficult it can be to get everyone together on a weekday evening. We hope you can join us for a BBQ lunch, craft activities, nature hike, and having a good time celebrating our loved ones with Down syndrome.

Don't forget to bring your sunscreen, bugspray and folding/camping chairs!

CLICK HERE to RSVP no later than March 22, 2017!

Board member and BUDS Mom, Brooke Olivieri has a special project in mind for the WDSD picnic. Please email a picture of your loved one with Down syndrome along with a short statement of accomplishment(s) from this past year to: bolivieri@manasotabuds.org


D.A.D.S. Night Out

Wednesday, April 12, 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


Martial Arts Classes - (Ongoing)

Manasota BUDS is sponsoring Martial Arts classes for individuals with Down syndrome (age 6 years-old and up) starting February 5th! 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

February 11th & 25th - March 4th & 25th - April 1st, 8th & 22nd - May 6th


Little Buddies Support and Playgroup

This is a playgroup for young children with Down syndrome, ages birth to 4 years old. We'll be providing an opportunity for peer to peer playtime in conjunction with parent supported play and music therapy provided by Gulf Coast Music Therapy. Additionally, we'll be using this time to support our fellow new BUDS parents in any way we can. 

Little Buddies Playgroup is on hiatus, due to a change in schedule for the music therapist and decreased attendance on Thursday mornings. We will be in touch soon to survey which days, times and locations will accommodate more families interested in attending.


Buddy Walk 2017 - Save the date:  October 21, 2017




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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