Upcoming Meetings and Events:
S.H.A.R.P. Community Room
1736 – 9th Ave. near Moraga
March Meeting: Monday, March 31, 2014, 7 p.m. at SHARP's meeting room, 1736 9th Ave.
Before Golden Gate Park existed, Coast Live Oak trees flourished in the northeast corner of what would become the park. By the 1990s, that section of the park had become a sad model of urban blight: unauthorized garbage dumps and homeless peoples' encampments. Today, the area has been rescued and revitalized, mostly because of volunteers who did the work and held city government accountable. Rob Bakewell, a leader in the effort, will give us a virtual tour through the Coast Live Oaks and will tell us how volunteers and the city are working together to maintain and improve the area.
Strawberry Hill, the hill above Stow Lake, has been called a singles bar for butterflies. Those would be three species of “hilltopping” swallowtail butterflies, who feast and breed on the hill thanks to native vegetation planted and maintained by local volunteers under the direction of lepidopterist Liam O'Brien. It wasn't always so. Three years ago, the spot was a dead zone for butterflies, choked with invasive weeds. Julia Brashares, who manages the project, will tell the story of the butterfly renaissance on Strawberry Hill, illustrating her talk with slides of the beautiful creatures and their new habitat.
April Meeting: Monday, April 28, 7 p.m., at SHARP's meeting room. City Guides has been giving free volunteer-led walking tours of San Francisco since 1978. Today there are nearly 300 active guides, leading some 60 different tours every month. Even if you're a native San Franciscan, you're certain to learn something interesting on a City Guides tour. There is no better way to discover or rediscover the city, except maybe this: several walking tours at once without the walking. A City Guide since 1981, Rob Spoor has given more than a dozen different tours, taken countless others, trained tour guides, and served on the City Guides Management Board. He will show us the most interesting aspects of several of the best City Guides tours and will pass along tips for how to select and profit most from a walking tour. Be forewarned: some tour highlights come in the form of a quiz. Don't worry, you won't be graded. By the end of the evening, you'll be ready for your next turn as tour guide for a house guest. And you'll probably want to take a tour or three yourself. http://www.sfcityguides.org