Shark tourney

The Charleston Rifle Club will hold a Shark Tournament benefiting Carolina Children's Charity, Aug. 29.

Prizes will be awarded for largest shark, $2,000; largest bonnet head, $750; and largest Atlantic sharpnose, $750. A state record wins a boat from Hanckel Marine.

Early registration is $100 per four-member team before Aug. 15; $125 after.

A captains meeting at 6 p.m. Aug. 28 in the ballroom of the Charleston Rifle Club will include free food, door prizes and a workshop by the S.C. Department of Natural Resources and the Coast Guard on shark identification and regulations. A party will follow the meeting.

The tournament starts with lines in at 6 a.m. Aug. 29 and all fish on the dock by 6 p.m.

E-mail jason_lind@msn.com. To get an application, visit www.carolinachildren.org.

Braves tryouts

The Charleston Braves baseball organization will hold tryouts for the fall season Aug. 8 at Academic Magnet High School.

Tryouts for Under-9 through U-12 will begin at 10 a.m. Tryouts for U-13 through U-17 will begin at noon. Call King Walker at 870-1713 or Mike Rentz at 296-3599.

Beer bottle toss

The second annual Jimmy Brownlee Memorial Beer Bottle Toss on the beach will be held noon-5 p.m. Aug. 8 west of the Folly Beach Holiday Inn. All funds raised will go to help needy families on Folly Beach.

The competition is planned in four categories: men, women, team and youth. For $5, competitors can throw 10 bottles at trash cans.

Call Ken Holland, president of the Folly Beach Anglers Association, at 530-6355.

Paddle tour

The Hampton Plantation State Historic Site and a local outfitter are joining forces to offer a canoe and kayak exploration and history lesson Aug. 8 at the former rice plantation.

Participants will take an easy paddle in the rice canals hand dug by slaves more than 200 years ago, exploring what is now a natural habitat for a variety of plant and animal life. Lunch and a tour of the mansion will follow.

The cost is $35 for participants 13 and up, $25 for 12 and under. Lunch is not provided. Participants are advised to bring bug spray and a bagged lunch and should meet at 9:30 a.m. The paddling will last 10 a.m.-noon, followed by lunch and a tour of the historic plantation home at 2 p.m.

There is room for 30 participants. For reservations call Kathie Livingston at Nature Adventures at 800-673-0679 by Aug. 7. For information on Hampton Plantation, call 546-9361 or e-mail greiter@scprt.com.