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.

  • Blue Courage and the SFPD

    Monday, April 27, 2015

    Blue Courage is a reform-minded training program that teaches police officers to think of themselves as a community’s guardians, focusing on the quality of the policing process, rather than the number and types of arrests and convictions. Lieutenant Jack Hart is a lawyer and veteran police officer in the SFPD who conducts Blue Courage training.  He will speak about what San Francisco is doing to avoid the tragedies that have recently afflicted Ferguson and other cities.

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    6:45 p.m.: Don’t miss an 8-minute mini-concert by The Musical Chairs, a group of four young violinists from the Golden Gate Philharmonic Youth Orchestra. The Musical Chairs are third and fourth graders who have been playing the violin for two or three years:  Dante Falzone, Maya Espinosa, Ava Kim, and Tila Hooper.  They will perform “Abide With Me” by William Monk; “Santa Lucia,” a Neapolitan boat song; “Aloha Oe,” by Queen Liliuokalani; and “Oh, Susanna!” by Stephen Foster.  Want to feel better about the future of the world?  Watch these hard-working kids at work.

    Members of the cadet orchestra in the Golden Gate Philharmonic
    Members of the cadet orchestra in the Golden Gate Philharmonic

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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.  Zahra describes the work of CAIR here.

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  • Healing Minds: John R. McQuaid

    Monday, June 29, 2015

    Depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) afflict many people, particularly troops returning from combat. Thanks to researcher-practitioners like John McQuaid, PhD., medical science understands and treats these afflictions better than ever before. Dr. McQuaid is a leader in the field of psychotherapy research, a professor of clinical psychology at UC San Francisco, 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.

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  • 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.

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