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Manasota BUDS Events & Announcements

Buddy Walk - October 21, 2017


Thank you to everyone who attended, donated, supported and volunteered at our 16th Annual Buddy Walk! With your generous support, we raised $60,000 to continue our mission of helping individuals with Down syndrome and their families in our community!

You can still donate toward our Buddy Walk goal of $100,000 for 2017! Your end-of-year donation is tax-deductible and will benefit families right here in Manatee and Sarasota counties! DONATE NOW!


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:

Thursday, December 7, 2017 at 6:00 p.m. - BUDS Family Pottery Painting Event! Arts A Blaze will be providing pottery, paint and everything you need for your one-of-a-kind creation! Manasota BUDS will pay for individuals with Down syndrome, siblings and parents (up to $32/person) to participate in this fun annual event!

No January 2018 Meeting - Due to families traveling over the holidays.

Thursday, February 1, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. - Allie Motherway, a Community Care Coordinator with Community Resource Network of FL, will be presenting on their services and also assessing the need for assistance among BUDS families.



D.A.D.S. Night Out

Wednesday, November 8th from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.

Wednesday, December 13th 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

Thursday, November 30th at 6:00 p.m. at Valentino's, 8203 Cooper Creek Blvd, University Park, FL 34201. Email your RSVP to:  kbarry@manasotabuds

Manasota BUDS will pay for appetizers to share and non-alcoholic beverages. All BUDS moms are invited and welcome at this 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 - (New Session!)

Manasota BUDS has partnered with Stage Door Studios in Sarasota to provide 2 dance classes for girls and boys with Down syndrome.  

Class 1: Beginning Experiences with Dance, Wednesdays from 4:15-5:00pm
Ages 5-7
Performance in June (optional)
Students need to be able to follow basic instructions with parent intervention as needed. Very kind teacher and helper are great in encouraging compliance & participation in a kind environment. 
Class 2: Intermediate Dance, Thursdays 4:15-5:00pm
Ages 8-16
Performance in June (optional)
Students need to show interest and basic motivation in dance.
Very kind teacher and helper are great in encouraging participation in a kind environment.
Registration will open again in January to fill any available slots.
Step 1: Contact Brooke Olivieri at bolivieri@manasotabuds.org to be put on the list.
Step 2: Register online with Stage Door Studios at www.stagedoorstudios.com
The costs associated with the class with be covered by Manasota Buds.  Please ensure that if you sign up you give your best diligent efforts to attend classes regularly.



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 Up Tennis & Braden River TOP Soccer



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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