STG: The People’s Theatre

THING 2019 (photo by Christine Mitchell)

In August, KPTZ celebrates Seattle Theatre Group (STG), a non-profit arts organization with a vision to be “The people’s theatre.” STG’s own Adam Zacks, the producer of Sasquatch! Musical Festival, created THING, a unique music and arts event at historic Fort Worden in Port Townsend.  “Everyone is welcome at THING,” Adam Zacks says. “It’s important to impact culture and be thoughtful with our choices around who we program. We want everyone to be able to see a version of themselves onstage.”   THING is happening Friday, August 26 through Sunday, August 28 at Fort Worden State Park. 

Attendees can enjoy presentations by tribal storytellers Elaine Grinnell and Delbert Miller in partnership with SAMA: Sacred Music & Art. They can also dance to the music of Jungle, Modest Mouse, Father John Misty, Goose, Sparks, Freddie Gibbs, José González, Reignwolf, and more. Performances will also include comedian Jerrod Carmichael, Triumph the Insult Comic Dog, and artists from STG’s Education & Community Engagement programs. Scott Freiman will deconstruct the Beatles Revolver in a multimedia presentation and journalist/author Marcus J. Moore will interview Jazz is Dead. The Future is 0, a satirical, live game show will put artist-contestants through a variety of mental, physical, and psychological challenges.

At THING, people can choose from a variety of different fare from food vendors, participate in a paper lantern parade, and explore Architects of Air’s Luminarium—a maze with saturated color and a sensory soundscape.

THING is designed to have something for everyone. There is no admission fee for children under 12 and the festival is prioritizing accessibility and inclusivity. Half the artists identify as Black, Indigenous, or as People of Color. One will find ASL interpretation, sensory areas, and dance classes – including for people of different mobility levels.  STG thanks Fort Worden Hospitality, the Port Townsend community, the artists, volunteers and of course, THING attendees for their support. For more information, go to

The 10th Annual All County Picnic 

As a rural community, our ability to respond to emergencies and recover from disaster is dependent on the networks and relationships we build in advance. Knowing where and how to connect to information and resources before a crisis is key. The All County Picnic is a two-day event that invites East Jefferson County to a community-wide celebration of resiliency and emergency preparedness. Saturday, August 20 and Sunday, August 21. 

On Saturday, August 20 from 11am-4pm at H. J. Carroll Park’s Rotary Pavilion, engage leaders from city and county agencies, and leaders from Jefferson County’s network of public health and safety professionals, including KPTZ! Afterwards, grab your Go Bag and corn on the cob to bring home to your neighborhood “Picnic in Place” gathering. 

On Saturday, August 20, neighborhoods throughout East Jefferson County will host “Picnic in Place” events with the help of their NPREP Team. Events will be social, fun neighborhood gatherings focused on building relationships, networking, and paging up on preparedness topics. To connect with your Neighborhood NPREP Captain, go here

The 10th Annual All County Picnic is a collaborative effort of the Jefferson County Department of Emergency Management, Local 20/20’s NPREP Action Group, and The Production Alliance.

KPTZ Partners with Jeffco Dept. of Emergency Management


KPTZ IS YOUR PARTNER in helping to provide this community with important information in which to educate and inform of any weather warnings or disasters. We appreciate all the work the Department of Emergency Management is doing in keeping us informed and safe! For more information, please read the following…

The Jefferson County “emergency-information” blog is now active due to the RED FLAG warning issued by the National Weather Service.

When this area is under a WARNING, (or any other incident with community wide impact) the information is posted on the blog, and a NIXLE text message is disseminated to all subscribers.

To find our emergency information blog go to and click on the INCIDENTS IN PROGRESS tab.

To subscribe to free NIXLE text messages from this office go to and click on the cell phone icon in the upper right corner.

Bob Hamlin, Program Manager – KE7DPH
Jefferson County Dept. of Emergency Management

KPTZ – High Visibility at 19th & Blaine


KPTZ has a new look. Thank you so much for your hard work and contribution in bring a new look our way. Tom Booth, thank you for your beautiful KPTZ 91.9 stenciling! Ann Katzenbach, thank you for leading the efforts and a big thank you to Helen Gilbert, Colin Foden, Graham Hadden, Gail Pruit and Kate Dwyer for rolling up your sleeves and working so hard. If you didn’t know where we were driving down Blaine street, you will now!!


Kris Shapiro

Station Manager

1st Anniversary Ribbon Cutting and Open House


On Monday, May 14, the Jefferson County Chamber Ambassadors joined us at KPTZ on our first anniversary with a ribbon cutting ceremony. Followed by an open house – volunteers, members and guests dropped by for a slice of birthday cake courtesy of Candace’s Cookies, tamales by Rosa Delicia Mexicana, and fiddle and accordion music by The Alternators, Peter Evasick and George Radenbaugh. Thank you one and all for your support and birthday wishes!

KPTZ’s 2012 Commemorative T-Shirt

Our 2012 t-shirt was designed by local artist and KPTZ volunteer Tom Booth. It commemorates KPTZ being honored as this year’s Rhody Parade Grand Marshal and all of the volunteers at KPTZ who have made our first year on the air a success!


If you have volunteered at KPTZ, we invite you to march in the parade with us on Saturday, May 19. We will gather at the Fire Hall on Lawrence Street on or before 12:30 p.m. The parade starts at 1:00 p.m. Have fun with your “electic, authentic” attire, but wear comfortable shoes or boots. The route is about a mile and the parade through town will last about an hour. Contact our volunteer coordinator to RSVP you’ll be joining the procession at [email protected] Drop by the station to get your limited edition t-shirt (discounted for those marching in the parade). T-shirt colors are blue, sand and pistachio green.