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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 and/or Music Therapy session provided at no cost to BUDS families.

Upcoming meetings:

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.

Thursday, March 1, 2018 - No Meeting due to Manatee County Agency Fair held at Manatee Technical College (6305 SR 70, Bradenton) from 5:30 - 8:00pm. The Agency Fair will include workshops and other resources for parents of children with disabilities. Manasota BUDS is encouraging all Manatee County BUDS parents to attend.

Thursday, April 5, 2018 at 6:00 p.m. - To be determined.



D.A.D.S. Night Out

Wednesday, February 7, 2018 at 7:00 pm

*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, March 8, 2018 at 6:00 pm

Join BUDS Moms for a casual night out at Apollonia Grill, located at 8235 Cooper Creek Blvd, University Park 34201.

Manasota BUDS will pay for appetizers and desserts to share, and non-alcoholic beverages.

Please RSVP to:  kbarry@manasotabuds.org


Year in Review Dinner


Saturday, February 24, 2018 at The Saloon at Hunsader Farms

Email your 2017 pictures to be included in the Year-in-Review slideshow to kbarry@manasotabuds.org


Pathfinder Family Fun Day for BUDS Families


Save the date:  Saturday, February 17, 2018 (All Day Event)

Limited family spaces available. $25 Family Copay


FND Parent Mentoring and Support Classes

Join other BUDS families for this informative session of 6 classes, which provides parents with support, resources and information to help you better advocate for your child with Down syndrome (or other disabilities/special needs). The classes meet every Thursday from January 25, 2018 to March 1, 2018 from 10:00 am. - 1:00 pm.

To register or receive more information, please contact Mary Smith at bsmith22@tampabay.rr.com


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.




Buddy Up Tennis - Spring 2018


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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