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In support of married couples looking for more "us time," a black-light bash trivia event will benefit the couples at the Jefferson City Marriage Encounter.

A twist on trivia will take place Feb. 23 at the St. Martins Knights of Columbus No. 7194.

The Jefferson City Marriage Encounter has held bi-annual couple retreats since 1975. The organization is run by volunteers who believe marriage enrichment is a positive experience for all couples.

"It really is an effort to help people who have good marriages make them even better," organizer Candy Smith said. "No matter how good your marriage is, everybody hits dry spots."

Sponsored by Bartlett and West and Bentlage Homes, the organization fundraisers help the group continue to be in the area and award scholarships to couples in the group who need help making end's meet for the retreat.

"We truly believe that people don't need to go on a marriage encounter, they deserve to go on a marriage encounter," organizer Britt Smith said.

Marriage encounter weekends include space to talk openly with other couples about communication, children, money and other topics. The next Jefferson City Marriage Encounter is April 27-28. Visit for more information.

For black light trivia, doors open at 5:30 p.m. and games begins at 7 p.m. Food will be catered by Colton's Steak House and Grill for $10 a plate. The meal includes chicken breast or 6 oz. Sirloin steak, baked potato, vegetable and their famous rolls. Cheesecake is available for an additional $2.

Half of all food sales will benefit the organization. More than $1,000 in cash prizes will be awarded that night. A table of 8 will be $160. To sign up, contact Jill Cremer at [email protected]

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