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.

  • The Origins of Silicon Valley, with Paul Wesling

    Monday, September 26, 2016

    The Bay Area is home to the world-renown hub of technological innovation and explosive economic growth called Silicon Valley.  How and why did that engine of progress happen here? The explanation includes the sinking of the Titanic, a David vs. Goliath patent war, military exigencies and innovations, and the fact that William Shockley (the great physicist and inventor) moved to Palo Alto to be near his mother when she was ailing. Our speaker, Paul Wesling, has observed the Valley for decades as an engineer, executive, and educator there.  He tells a story about tech that any non-techie, too, can appreciate. 


  • Local Election Forum II

    Monday, October 10, 2016

    This meeting will take place on a Monday from 7 to 9 p.m. at the County Fair Building (1199 9th Avenue, near Lincoln) in Golden Gate Park. We are co-sponsoring the meeting with the Golden Gate Heights Neighborhood Association. The meeting will cover some of the many local and state ballot measures on the November ballot (particular measures to be announced) other than the proposal for a San Francisco public advocate, which will be discussed at the August 25 meeting.


  • What’s So Funny: Jewish Humor and the Great Jewish Comics of the 20th Century

    Monday, October 24, 2016

    Veteran actor, writer, storyteller, teacher, and comic Steve Budd explores Jewish humor through the work of the Jewish comic geniuses of the 20th century, from Groucho Marx to Jerry Seinfeld.  Part lecture, part performance, Steve’s  presentation traces the roots of Jewish humor and explains its character with jokes and routines from the greats. Get ready to smile.

    Note: this meeting is on the third Monday of the month because Halloween falls on the last Monday this year.


  • The Golden Ages of Sicily

    Monday, January 30, 2017

    In two golden periods a millennium and a half apart, Sicily led western civilization into the future. First as part of ancient Greece, then as part of the medieval Arabic-Norman empire, Sicily pioneered history, psychology, art, ethics, society, governance, and literature. A uniquely gifted guide will explore those eras with us. He is Douglas Kenning, a classical scholar and president of Sicily Tour, a company that offers tours of the island with an emphasis on its history and culture. Kenning’s richly illustrated talk captures the beauty and significance of a brilliant, important place.