DOWNEY - Marsha Moode and Don Knabe will co-host the 60th annual Downey Christmas Parade on Time-Warner cable when it takes place Dec. 4 at 1:30 p.m.Moode is executive producer and director of the Downey Civic Light Opera while Knabe sits on the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Moode has been named Volunteer of the Year by the Downey Chamber of Commerce, a "Woman of Distinction" by Soroptimist International of Downey and a "Woman Making History in the Southland' by the League of Woman Voters. A graduate of USC, she has written, produced or directed 150 theatrical productions and hosted two 90-minute cable programs: "Campaign Series" for 18 years and "Good Company" for 15 years. She has acted in commercials and TV series, working alongside Henry Fonda, Shirley Jones, John Forsythe and Burt Reynolds, and hosted a live radio program, "Poetry Live," in Los Angeles for two years. For three years she starred as Ramona in "The Ramona Pageant", a production with 350 cast members and a daily attendance of 6,000. Knabe has co-hosted the parade for 20 years. He was first elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors in 1996 and was overwhelmingly re-elected in 2000, 2004 and 2008. The 4th District, which Knabe represents, is home to more than 2 million residents and includes the city of Downey. Knabe was selected to serve on the president's Homeland Security Advisory Council and is a trustee at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach and past president of the Los Angeles Coliseum Commission. He has received many awards and honors over the years, including the Good Scout Award from the Boy Scouts of America. Formerly mayor of Cerritos, Knabe has been married to Julie for 43 years. They have two sons, Matt and Kurt, and four grandchildren.
********** Published: November 24, 2011 - Volume 10 - Issue 32