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.

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).

  • Nelda Williams, record-setting triathlete

    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.

    At the start of the evening, SHARP will elect six officers and Board members at large.

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  • Winter Solstice Luncheon

    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.

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  • The History of Golden Gate Park

    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 of 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.

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  • Hadar Aviram: Observations on the Criminal Justice System

    Monday, March 30, 2015

    If you’ve never met a law professor, or if you have and think you never want to meet another one, you need to meet Hadar Aviram. She is an expert on the criminal justice system who uses her expertise to explain—plainly and compellingly. You may not agree with her, but you won’t be bored or befuddled. Among other things, she will discuss her provocative new book, Cheap on Crime, which explains how we have become more interested in cutting costs than in maintaining the “tough on crime” policies of the past. Given the slightest encouragement, Hadar may also mention her passions for film noir, open water marathon swimming, playing the flute, and singing (mezzo-soprano). Did we mention that she also writes a no-holds-barred blog on criminal justice and correctional policy in California? It is not clear when or whether she sleeps.

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  • Zahra Billoo: Muslim, feminist, advocate, organizer

    Monday, May 18, 2015

    Zahra Billoo is a civil rights attorney and the Executive Director of the San Francisco Bay Area office of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-SFBA), which recently celebrated its 20th anniversary. As thoughtful and articulate as she is passionate, Zahra is a leading voice for the civil rights of American Muslims. She will speak about her faith, the Muslim community in the Bay Area, and her work at CAIR—work that includes political advocacy on behalf of American Muslims, legal representation of Muslims with anti-discrimination claims, and outreach to people of other religions and no religion at all.

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