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BABY F.R.I.E.N.D.S. PLAYGROUP (birth to 5yrs)

F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Playgroup is geared towards parents expecting a baby with Down syndrome and/or Special need with children birth to 5yrs.  Siblings and grandparents are welcome and we encouraged them to attend. Join other parents to share experiences and knowledge and most importantly to give each other support. Our meetings are informal and fun, with plenty of time to socialize while the children enjoy play and Music Time with Marzena. For more information contact Kathy Boisseau, Playgroup Director (603)438-2886. Check our website calendar and Facebook page for dates and times.

Would you like to host your own Playgroup? FRIENDS will help you find a place and pay for our families to attend.  At present we are looking for hosts in Hillsborough and Pinellas Counties. Call (813)245-2782 for more information







AFTER SCHOOL SPECIALS (All Ages Welcome)

A peer group comprised of children with special needs. The group’s purpose is to provide social activities throughout the course of the year for both the children and their families. The children enjoy fun activities, which are designed to enhance physical and social development. We encourage parents, grandparents, family members and friends to attend. Contact Kathy Boisseau for more information, (603)438-2886.







FRIENDS SELF-ADVOCATES CLUB DANCES & SOCIALS
 

VIRTUAL DANCE EVERY SATURDAY! Log onto the Zoom Link and register to join us for a fun dance party! www.zoom.us

BRANDON DANCE
DAY: The first Friday of each month.

THEME: A different theme each month. 
TIME: 7pm-9pm
COST: $5 donation to help pay for pizza and drinks
PLACE: Livingstone Academy Autism Center
ADDRESS: 1649 Bloomingdale Ave. Valrico, FL 33596
F.S.C & Livingstone Academy offers a safe, positive, and welcoming environment where special-needs adults can create lasting friendships and experience the joy of getting together once a month for a fun dance. Open to all special need’s individuals with pizza and drinks provided.


SEMINOLE DANCE

DAY: Friday - The 2nd Friday of each month.
THEME: A different theme each month.
ADDRESS: 13400 Park Blvd, Seminole FL 33776
COST: $5 donation to help pay for pizza, drinks, and decorations.
TIME: 7pm-9pm

FRIENDS and Oakhurst United Methodist Church offer a safe, positive, and welcoming environment where young adults can create lasting friendships, build self-confidence, and experience the joy of getting together. Need more info, call Ann Foyt, (813)245-2782
*VOLUNTEERS AND A DJ ARE NEEDED! – Earn Volunteer service hours by helping set up the dance, serve pizza to our guest and Dance! You must fill out the Volunteer Form on our website to volunteer and thank you for your time and support! Questions? Call (813)245-2782.



WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY 3/21

In celebration of World Down Syndrome Day F.R.I.E.N.D.S. will celebrate the value, acceptance, and inclusion of people with Down syndrome March 21st.  Enter our Rock Your Socks Contest to win a $50 Gift Certificate from the Columbia Restaurant. See our website calendar and Facebook events page for more information.






AMIGO LATINOS

Conectando Amigos Latinos fue creado para ayudar a las familias latinas que tienen un ser querido con síndrome de Down. Por lo general se reúnen cada tercer jueves del mes para las actividades sociales e invitar a los oradores invitados para hablar de temas que afectan a nuestras familias. Damos la bienvenida a todas las familias en el área de Tampa, FL. Contact Gloria Zepata (813)766-8061.





OCTOBER IS DOWN SYNDROME AWARENESS MONTH!

Every October, FDSWF sends out October is Down Syndrome Awareness month flyers, F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Brochures, and Parent Packets to our area hospitals along with a bucket full of candy.  Send us photos of your cutie pie dressed in their favorite Halloween costume to be featured on our flyer Submit your photos to info@friendssupport.org starting in September. Thanks for helping us spread the word!


F.R.I.E.N.D.S. HALLOWEEN PARTIES!
Join us for a spooky night of dancing at our Halloween Dance parties held in Brandon & Seminole.  Enter the Halloween costume contest and win a great prize. 






F.R.I.E.N.D.S. HOLIDAY PARTY 
Happy Holidays! You are cordially invited to fun evening of dinner, dancing, and good F.R.I.E.N.D.S.  Enjoy a FREE Italian Buffet dinner provided by Little Italy's Restaurant.  The kids will love the cookie decorating, Face painting by Lolo, and fun photo booth.  Julie Hirsch will be taking your Holiday pictures with Santa, Queen Elsa & Princess Anna. Wear your Ugly Sweater for a chance to win a wonderful prize and bragging rights for a year.  Please bring a dessert for all to share. Santa will be bringing each child and individuals with Down syndrome a small gift, please go to our F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Facebook page to RSVP your child, please state your child's gender and age.