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).

  • Concert: Jonathan Chu, violin

    Sunday, March 8, 2015

    If you could not see him while he is playing, you would not think this is a 15-year-old. Jonathan plays with the tone and technique of an accomplished musician. This kid is going places. Fortunately for us, he’s still in the neighborhood. Catch him while he is still here and be transported. Here is a sample of his brilliance. The concert will last one hour, with no intermission. It begins at 2 p.m.  (This is the first day of daylight savings time, so set clocks one hour ahead the night before—spring forward.)

    The program includes Beethoven’s Romance in G Major, Op. 40; the first movement (Allegro) of Beethoven’s Sonata No. 5 in F Major, Op. 24 (Spring); and the complete violin concerto by Samuel Barber, Opus 14.   Jonathan will be accompanied on the piano by Jaymes Kirksey of the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.

    The concert is free, but space is limited and reservations are required.  Use SHARP contact form to make a reservation.  You may make a reservation for yourself and one other person. We will contact you to confirm your reservation. If your plans change and you are unable to come, please let us know immediately so that someone else can enjoy this remarkable young talent.

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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 speak plainly and compellingly in her effort to reform the system. 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.

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  • 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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  • 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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