SHARP is a volunteer neighborhood association serving the Inner Sunset and Sunset Heights neighborhoods of San Francisco. Our activities include free program meetings in our building, small financial grants, and a resources page with links to useful information about the neighborhood. Our programs cover civic, political, and cultural topics. The meetings are a great place to connect with friendly, constructive neighbors, like you. You’re invited!  SHARP — a resource for the Inner Sunset.

Upcoming Meetings

Unless otherwise noted, SHARP meets at 7 p.m. on the last Monday of the month in the ground floor meeting space of our building, 1736 Ninth Avenue (between Moraga and Noriega). Doors open at 6:30 p.m. for cookies and conversation.

  • Citizen Science in the Bay Area: Rebecca Johnson

    Monday, October 26, 2015

    “Citizen scientists” are ordinary people all over the world who are helping to conduct scientific research by doing such things as collecting soil samples, classifying galaxies according to their shapes, and transcribing scanned images of letters written to Albert Einstein. Dr. Rebecca Johnson, a researcher and co-coordinator of citizen science at the California Academy of Sciences, will describe how the Academy is helping to enlist Bay Area residents as citizen scientists.  For example, San Franciscans are discovering and documenting the city’s biodiversity in their backyards, local parks, sidewalk gardens, and walks to school or work.


  • Healing Minds: John R. McQuaid

    Monday, November 30, 2015

    Undepressing news about depression. Self-help is not hype. Thanks to researcher-practitioners like John McQuaid, PhD., medical science understands and treats depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) better than ever before.  Dr. McQuaid is a leader in the field of psychotherapy research, a professor of clinical psychology at UCSF, and the Associate Chief of Mental Health for Clinical Administration at the San Francisco Veterans Affairs Medical Center (SFVAMC). He co-authored a guide for laypersons: Peaceful Mind: Using Mindfulness and Cognitive Behavioral Psychology to Overcome Depression. Dr. McQuaid will explain depression and PTSD, review the latest research about them, and use case examples to describe treatments that work, including what patients can do for themselves. Join us for a hopeful, understandable briefing not only about treatment and recovery but about how everyone can better cope with emotional strain.


  • 2015 Winter Solstice Luncheon

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

    Jack Barry doesn’t just talk (and eat) turkey; he puts his money where his mouth is. Thanks to the generosity of him and spouse May Pon, left, SHARP is again hosting a winter solstice luncheon, featuring the tastiest turkey ever to entrance the taste buds. You’ll have to ask Jack where the bird comes from; it may be a trade secret. What isn’t a secret is its moist, tender texture and mouth-watering flavor. Add mashed potatoes, gravy, cranberry sauce, corn, peas, salad, apple pie, tea, and coffee, plus potluck contributions, and you have a feast bordering on a food festival. Who says there is no such thing as a free lunch? This one is free to SHARP members; $10 for non-members. Noon to 2 p.m. at the SHARP meeting space. RSVP required by December 10. (You can use the comment form on our contact page. Be sure to specify Winter Solstice Luncheon.)  We welcome your potluck contribution.  Be hungry.