Town Of Lysander | Canton Woods Senior Center 



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 Statement

Senior 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 community.


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 others.  

History of Canton Woods

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 in size.

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 Directors.

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.

Center Services


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 following Guidelines:

  1. You must call or sign up for the class at the center and pay! 
    Payment is the only thing that actually reserves your space in the class!!
  2. You must have a check for $10 dollars payable to AARP for each person.
  3. 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.

Tax Services

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.

Notary Public

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.

Outreach Program

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 services.

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 services.

For further information call the Coordinator for the B’Ville Express, Judy Laurange, at 638-4536.

Meals on Wheels

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.

Legal Services

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.


The "Center"

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.

“The Back Forty”

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!...

Video Library

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.


P.E.A.C.E, Inc. Luncheons

Canton Woods houses P.E.A.C.E. Inc.'s Senior Nutrition program each Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12:00pm. 

Food Services Division Senior Nutrition

"You've done enough cooking, let us do the cooking for you!"

Stay connected 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.

For information about our Senior Nutrition Site Locations and operation times, contact Liz Coffey, Assistant Food Services Director, DTR:

811 E. Washington St.
Syracuse, NY 13204
FAX: (315)-470-3375

Email: Food Services Senior Nutrition

P.E.A.C.E., Inc.'s Senior Nutrition Program is funded by:

U.S. Administration on Aging
NYS Office of Aging
Onondaga County Department of Aging and Youth

You can obtain more information about P.E.A.C.E. Inc., and it's programs by visiting their website at:


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 The 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.

Flu shots Each 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.

Parkinson's Disease 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 information.

Arm Chair Aerobics Canton Woods 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 this group.

"Active Older Adult Exercise" The 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.

Diabetic 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 638-4536.

Cancer Support Group Canton Woods Cancer Support Group welcomes all new members to its ranks. The group  meets 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!!


Special 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.  

Last Updated: 1/25/07






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