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.

  • Brain Work: A Scientist Studies Neurogenesis

    Monday, July 25, 2016

    Did you ever wonder what any of those hotshot biomedical researchers at UCSF actually do? And how they do it? And why it matters? Georgia Panagiotakos, Ph.D, is one of those scientists. A Sandler Fellow at UCSF, she runs a lab that studies how the brain develops (neurogenesis). She will tell us how she spends her days and, while she’s at it, how our brains came to be what they are (at least before they started going downhill). Get a look at neuroscience in action and a look inside your head, too. Your synapses may never be the same. And you will never have to read Neurogenesis for Dummies.


  • Understanding the Presidential Election, with Melissa Michelson

    Monday, August 29, 2016

    We will look at the election through the eyes of someone who studies elections. Melissa Michelson is a professor of political science, a widely quoted authority on Latino voter turnout, and the prize-winning co-author of two books and numerous articles. Among other topics, she will discuss the strategies of the candidates and their campaigns.  How in particular are they trying to win?  What actually affects the way people vote and, just as importantly, whether they decide to vote in the first place? What do we really know about this campaign, and what do we think we know that may well be untrue? Go beyond the heat of the campaign with a person who can shine some light on it.