BEAVERTON, Ore. -- No threats have been reported -- but Beaverton officials said they were adding a more visible police presence to Friday evening's tree lighting ceremony.
A Corvallis man is facing charges in an attempted car bomb plot at Portland's ceremony on November 30. Mohamed Osman Mohamud, 19, was snared by the FBI trying to detonate a fake bomb in a van parked at Pioneer Courthouse Square.
And in Baltimore, a 21-year-old was arrested Wednesday on charges he tried to blow up a military recruitment center. The car bomb Antonio Martinez was accused of trying to detonate was a fake provided by the FBI, which had been keeping tabs on him since October.
Mayor Denny Doyle and city officials invited the community the 7th annual ceremony and Holiday Open House at Beaverton City Library on SW 5th Street at 5 p.m. The tree lighting program starts at 6:15 p.m. in City Park.
City spokesman Jordan Imah said police were working with the FBI's Joint Terrorism Task Force and would have a more visible presence as only a precaution.
Festivities include a children's holiday craft workshop, performances by Beaverton Youth Cheer and Dance and the Beaverton Community Band, a community sing-a-long and a visit from Santa Claus.
Around 800 people were expected to attend. A toy drive is also being held to benefit Beaverton's low-income and homeless youth and foster children in Washington County.
New, unwrapped items may be dropped off in collection barrels located in the library foyer. Doyle said they would be using a living, 110-foot Ponderosa Pine in City Park, decorated with more than 15,000 LED lights.