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.

  • Healing Minds: John R. McQuaid

    Monday, November 30, 2015

    Undepressing news about depression: not all self-help books are hype. Thanks to researcher-practitioners like John McQuaid, PhD., medical science understands and treats depression and post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) better than ever.  Dr. McQuaid is a leader in the field of psychotherapy research, a professor of clinical psychology at UCSF, 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.


  • 2015 Winter Solstice Luncheon

    Saturday, December 19, 2015

    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 by December 10. (You can use the comment form on our contact page. Be sure to specify Winter Solstice Luncheon.)  We welcome your potluck contribution.  Be hungry.


  • Cityscapes 2, with John King

    Monday, January 25, 2016

    If you wanted to take an architectural walking tour of San Francisco, you couldn’t find a better guide than the prolific, award-winning urban design critic of the Chronicle, John King. King brings that tour to us, with an illustrated talk highlighting 10 buildings that illuminate the city of today — several of those buildings from his new book, Cityscapes 2: Reading the Architecture of San Francisco. As with his earlier book, Cityscapes: San Francisco and Its Buildings (2011), King uses Cityscapes 2 to offer observations not just about 50 newly selected structures, from the iconic to the offbeat, but about how those structures reflect the city—its styles, values, politics, and history. The new book includes a focus on our own Sunset Library, which King will discuss in his talk. Spend the evening with us for a richer appreciation of San Francisco’s ever-changing cityscape.


  • San Francisco’s Art from the New Deal Era

    Monday, February 29, 2016

    During the Depression, artists in San Francisco showed us their world in vibrant public artworks as big and powerful as the events and people they depicted. Do we still hear the messages? Can we use them? Robert Cherny, history professor emeritus at SF State, will explore and explain these spectacular artifacts of an era that profoundly shaped our own. If art were water, these pieces would be the waterfalls of Yosemite. Join us for a dazzling display.