SHARP is a volunteer neighborhood association serving the Inner Sunset and Sunset Heights neighborhoods of San Francisco. Our activities include 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.
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).
Monday, October 27, 2014
With more people, cars, bicycles, and mass transit crowding, San Francisco faces critically important transportation challenges and choices. City voters have three such choices in this election: a $500 million transportation bond issue (Proposition A), a measure to increase SFMTA funding by a percentage equal to the city’s annual population increase (Proposition B), and a nonbinding policy statement about transportation priorities that would (among other things) restrict parking meters, increase funding for parking garages, and provide more representation for motorists (Proposition L). Advocates and opponents of each measure will debate them at SHARP. The prepared presentations will be brief, with ample time for questions and answers. Everyone gets a chance to ask one question before anyone asks a second. Before you vote this fall, check out SHARP’s transportation forum.
Monday, November 24, 2014
It takes an unusual person to jump into San Francisco Bay at dawn, swim a mile and a half, bike 18 miles, and run another eight. Nelda Williams is unusual and more. And that’s a good thing. She broke the course record for her age group (65-69) at this year’s Escape from Alcatraz Triathlon, besting the old mark by 29 minutes. A charming speaker as well as a dedicated athlete with 20 years of triathlon experience, Nelda will narrate a slideshow about the race, her part in it, and the triathlon world in general. The perfect program to help keep a Thanksgiving feast under control.
Sunday, December 21, 2014
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 (see contact page) by December 1. We welcome your potluck contribution. Be hungry.
Monday, January 26, 2015
So what were you doing when you were 21? Probably nothing like designing what may be the greatest architectural wonder in one of the most wondrous cities in the world: Golden Gate Park in San Francisco. William Hammond Hall was the park-architect boy wonder. With little experience, limited resources, and against the advice of no less an authority than Frederick Law Olmstead, who said it simply couldn’t be done, Hall transformed 1,000 acres of sand dunes into the world renown pastoral garden and woodland that is our front yard.
If you know where to look, Golden Gate Park is San Francisco history on display. Our presenter, Ernie Ng, knows where to look. A native San Franciscan with a love of botany as well as history, Ernie has been giving tours of the Botanical Gardens, the Conservatory of Flowers, and/or Golden Gate Park since the eighties. Soft-spoken and self-effacing, he lets his knowledge do the talking. He is a favorite of fellow City Guides and fellow docents at the Botanical Gardens. His richly illustrated talk will make your next walk in the park a stroll through San Francisco history.
To make that walk in the park a bit easier, perhaps, we’ll hear briefly at the start of the evening from Dr. Kirsten Hill, founder and owner of Dance with Life Chiropractic Family Wellness Center on Ninth Avenue. Dr. Hill’s presentation will include self-help tips for reducing stress and supporting the health of your nervous system. SHARP does not endorse, recommend, or warrant chiropractice or Dr. Hill’s services in particular.