Canton Woods is
Located in the Heart of Baldwinsville
Canton Woods is Open Monday thru
Friday from 8:30am to 4:30 pm (and some evenings).
The Senior Center is located at 76 Canton Street, Baldwinsville Click
here for a map
Canton Woods Mission
Citizens are a valuable community resource. Canton Woods
multipurpose Senior Center meets the challenges facing older
Americans by offering stimulating social activities, education and
recreation programs, nutrition, health and other activities.
Canton Woods - Helping Seniors to remain active members of the
Canton Woods is a warm and friendly place. All
persons are welcome and cordially received.
Any person 55 or older and living in the Village of Baldwinsville
or the Towns of Lysander or Van Buren is eligible to participate
in all Canton Woods activities. However, any senior living in
Onondaga County is eligible to come to the Center for congregate
meals and to participate in overnight trips. We ask each person
interested in joining our activities to fill out an information
sheet. Membership is FREE. All persons coming to the Center are
asked to sign the register, once a day, at the front desk.
Stop by the center to order the monthly newsletter which will be
delivered to your mailbox each month! The newsletter
provides information on all center activities, as well as a handy
calendar outlining the month's activities n a day by day
basis. The price for the newsletter is $2.00 for the year
for Baldwinsville School District residents and $3.00 for all
The original Canton Woods building was constructed
as a medical center in 1968 in an effort to attract physicians to
the village. Unfortunately, after a few years, they departed and
the building stood empty. In 1978, The Senior Club purchased the
building aided by funding from the Onondaga County Department of
Aging and Youth.
Unique in it's original concept,
Canton Woods Senior Center is one of the few rural Senior Centers
where responsibility is shared by three municipalities. It is a
fine example of inter-municipal cooperation. The property is owned
by the Village of Baldwinsville, with fiscal responsibility shared
by the Village, and the Towns of Lysander and Van Buren.
Between 1979 and 1980, the
building underwent two major renovations. This included the
addition of a large dining and kitchen area. Again in 1989, the
dining area was doubled in size and the office space was moved to
the center of the building. The recreation area was also increased
Two full and two part-time staff,
including a host of volunteers perform the tasks needed to keep
the center operating smoothly.
Canton Woods Senior Center is
incorporated under the laws of New York State and operated as a
private, not-for profit organization by its community Board of
All seniors are invited to
participate in the Senior Activity Group, which elects officers
each May and has a business meeting the first Friday of each month
at 11:30 am.
AARP Defensive Driving Class are taught at Canton Woods
throughout the year. Contact the Center to find out the dates and
times. Please read the
You must call or sign up for the class at the center and
Payment is the only thing that actually reserves your
space in the class!!
You must have a check for $10 dollars payable to AARP for
Getting your check to the front desk at Canton Woods holds
your spot in the class.
The class is limited to 30 People
*Taking this class will save you Money on your Auto Insurance.
On Tuesdays and Thursdays
throughout tax season, Canton Woods has AARP representatives at
the center to assist you in the preparation of your taxes. You
must bring in all records- W2's, 1099's and IT forms sent to you
by the IRS and State Tax Department, and also your previous year's
returns. This service is offered by appointment only. Slots are
available from 10am-1pm each Tuesday and Thursday. You can call
the center to make an appointment at 638-4536.
Canton Woods has a Notary Public
available by appointment only. If you wish to meet with a notary,
call the center at 638-4536 to set up an appointment.
The Outreach Program’s goals
are to reach isolated Seniors in the Towns of Lysander and Van
Buren by providing information and assistance concerning available
The Outreach Worker will help Seniors determine eligibility and
fill out forms for various entitlement programs.
One Outreach Worker serves Seniors in the Town of Lysander and
another serves those in the Town of Van Buren. They are available
by Telephone through Canton Woods Senior Center at 638-4536.
If they are not there when you call, a message will be relayed
to them and your phone call will be returned as soon as possible.
The B’Ville Express, at Canton
Woods, is operated through a grant from the Onondaga County
Department of Aging and Youth. This program coordinates volunteer
drivers with Seniors in need of transportation to essential
For further information call the Coordinator for the B’Ville
Express, Judy Laurange, at 638-4536.
The Meals on Wheels program
operates independently of the Senior Center and works out of the
Canton Woods kitchen. They provide nutritious, balanced meals for
people living alone, handicapped, or temporarily shut-in.
Meals are delivered by volunteers, five days a week, including
holidays. A volunteer will deliver a hot meal and a bag lunch to
the door in the morning. A small fee is charged. To order Meals on
Wheels, call 638-2171.
Canton Woods offers free legal
assistance to seniors over the age of 60. You must be an Onondaga
County Resident to receive this service. Call the center at
638-4536 for more information.
Canton Woods Senior Center is a
multipurpose building with facilities for all types of recreation.
From the large dining are to the recreation area, there are
facilities to meet the demands of such diverse needs of senior
citizens. Listed are a few of the main facilities Canton Woods has
to offer it’s members.
The Canton Woods Library is the
pride of the Staff and seniors and contains over 2000 hardcover
books including monthly best sellers. There are also large print
books and a wide variety of books on tape. The variety
of books parallels those found in a public library. A NEW
addition to the library are 2 new Dell Computers which are
connected to the internet. The computers are available at any time
during the day. .Public
Donations to the Library are always welcome and greatly
appreciated - for more information on how to donate, call Canton
Woods at 638-4536.
Canton Woods Senior Center
features a wonderful outdoor facility, with pavilion and picnic
area, as well as horseshoe pits, bocce ball courts, and
shuffleboard courts. Activities flourish during the spring, summer
and fall seasons on the “back forty”… come check it out!...
Feel like escaping to the islands
with Elvis, or Ireland with “The Quiet Man?” How about a trip
with Bing and Bob, off on the road to Morocco? Canton Woods has a
Free video library available to all seniors! There are over 2000
titles available on standard VHS tapes in our collection. Taking
them out is simple and easy! Simply check out your selection like
a library book, then go home and enjoy! We accept donations
of DVD's and videos.
houses P.E.A.C.E. Inc.'s Senior Nutrition program
each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12:00pm.
Services Division Senior Nutrition
done enough cooking, let us do the cooking for
with your friends and neighbors and enjoy a
delicious, affordable lunch at one of our many
Senior Nutrition Sites throughout Onondaga County.
Our meals are wholesome and mostly made from
scratch. The best part is the suggested
contribution price of $2.50.
about our Senior Nutrition Site Locations and
operation times, contact Liz Coffey, Assistant
Food Services Director, DTR:
Syracuse, NY 13204
Blood Pressure Screening
The Center has
blood pressure screening on the
fourth Friday of every month from
10am-12pm. A qualified nurse will
take your pressure and help to
keep track of your numbers from
month to month. Come in and keep
up with your health!
Aurora of CNY
County West Support Group, Aurora
of CNY, an organization for the
visually and hearing impaired,
meets each month on the fourth
Thursday of each month. The group
meets at the center at 12pm. Watch
the newsletter calendar, as
sometimes these dates change due
to the center's schedule.
year, Canton Woods sponsors flu
shots, given by Regional Health
Care at the center. The shots are
generally given in the last part
of October, beginning of November.
We schedule two dates and take
appointments for each day. Check
our monthly calendar for the dates
in the Fall.
A support group
for Parkinson's Disease meets
monthly at Canton Woods Senior
Center. The group is led by Dick
Olson, who encouraged all those
suffering from the disease, and
their families and friends to
attend! The group meets at 10am on
the second Thursday of each month
to discuss all issues concerning
Parkinson's Disease. You can call
the center at 638-4536 for more
Arm Chair Aerobics
features Arm Chair Aerobics on
Tuesday and Thursday mornings at
10:30am. The group meets to do
simple stretching and exercising
while sitting in chairs! This is a
low impact exercise group that is
perfect for the senior who can no
longer do fast paced aerobics.
Come and check us out. There is no
charge for this participation in
"Active Older Adult
YMCA of Greater Syracuse sponsors
"Active Older Adult
Exercise" classes at Canton
Woods Senior Center on Tuesday and
Thursday mornings at 9:30am. The
class format is extensive, with
emphasis on Strengthening,
aerobics, flexibility and
relaxation, and floor exercises
for abdominal, hip and leg
strengthening. The group is under
the experienced leadership of
longtime instructor Cathy Pacini.
There is a fee for this program.
Support Group Do
you or someone you care about have
diabetes? Canton Woods has
recently added a new addition to
its support groups! The Diabetic
Support Group meets
monthly on the third Thursday of
each month. The support group
features group discussions as well
as guest speakers and diabetic
educators. You can call the center
for more information at
Support Group Canton
Woods Cancer Support Group
welcomes all new members to its
ranks. The groupmeets every 3rd
Monday, from 1-2:30. It is led by
Gussie Sorensen, a clinical
therapist from Hematology-Oncology
of Central New York. The
group is open to anyone dealing
with cancer, and addresses the
emotional and physical needs of
cancer patients and caregivers.If you would like more
information on this group, you can
call Terri Stamp @ 638-4536, or
Gussie Sorensen @ 472-7504. All
ages are welcome!!
Activities: The "Center" also is host to
a number of classes, groups, trips and special
events each month. Be sure to check out the
monthly newsletter for details.